January 25, 2008
The deadline for the Call for Presentations for the 2008 Michigan Library Association conference has been extended to January 31, 2008. Click here for more information about how to submit a proposal. Programs will be selected by March 14, 2008.
The MLA conference will take place October 22-24, 2008 in Kalamazoo.
January 24, 2008
The Library of Congress has added over 3,000 photos from two of its collections to Flickr, the photo-sharing site. These are “images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist” (Library of Congress Blog). One collection is from the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information and includes color photographs from the 1930s and 1940s. The other collection is the Bain News Service Collection and includes photographs from the 1910s.
Follow these links to find out more about this great partnership:
Library of Congress Blog
View the Photographs on Flickr
Don’t forget to visit the American Memory pages and the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog at the Library of Congress to find more views of the past!
January 18, 2008
The DALNET consortium is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital project: the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Speeches and Interviews website. This new collection includes links to YouTube videos with speeches by and about Dr. King. The website also contains a timeline, a brief biography of Dr. King, and links to other related websites. The official launch date of the project is January 21, 2008, Martin Luther King Day. DALNET director Steven K. Bowers stated that “This project is a unique way to remember Dr. King and his work in this year which marks the 40th anniversary of his assassination.”
Bowers conceived the idea of cataloging YouTube videos for access in the consortium’s online library catalog and systems librarian Cathy Wolford recognized the importance of creating a collection of links to videos featuring Dr. King. DALNET project volunteer Patricia Lewis spent hours researching and cataloging the videos, and she created the concept of having an online website for access to the project. Lewis noted “This was an exciting project and I loved working with the DALNET staff. I was inspired . . . .”
Visit the website: Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Speeches and Interviews
January 18, 2008
This press release dated January 11, 2008 announced that OCLC has acquired EZproxy authentication and access software. Betsy Wilson, member of the OCLC Board of Trustees and Dean of University Libraries at the University of Washington, states in the announcement that, “The library community has embraced EZproxy as the preferred solution for serving patrons remotely, and we believed it’s important to continue the service model that users currently enjoy. OCLC’s acquisition of EZproxy ensures that the software will be developed and supported for libraries over the long term.”
EZproxy 4.1 is scheduled to be released in March 2008.
January 14, 2008
From the “E-News for ARL Directors” for January 9, 2008: “On December 26, President Bush signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2007, which includes a provision mandating NIH-funded researchers to deposit peer-reviewed electronic manuscripts in PubMed Central for broad public access. This important shift in policy—from voluntary to mandatory deposit—signaled Congress’s strong support for increased public access to federally funded research.”
For more information: http://publicaccess.nih.gov/
January 11, 2008
This week, the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control released its final report entitled “On the Record: Report of The Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control.”
The report is available as a PDF here.
January 9, 2008
DALNET and Wayne State University hosted a meeting with Josie Parker, current president of the Michigan Library Association and director of the Ann Arbor District Library, on Monday January 7, 2008 in WSU’s Undergraduate Library. Ms. Parker is meeting with groups around the state to discuss the topic that will be up for a vote on January 25 – changes to the association’s bylaws and Articles of Incorporation. It was a productive meeting and an informative discussion with librarians and support staff from a variety of DALNET institutions, including academic and special libraries.
Please visit the MLA Website to read more about the proposals at http://www.mla.lib.mi.us/restructuring.