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“Libraries Make Room For High-Tech ‘Hackerspaces’

Interesting article from NPR on how some libraries are creating “hackerspaces” for their customers.

The Library Grants Center

“Welcome to Salem’s Library Grants Center, a free web tool designed to help librarians everywhere_whatever their level of experience_navigate the world of library grants.”–From the website.

“ is a free web application for generating and customizing unique, dynamic views through which users can experience cultural heritage digital collections. The intended users of Viewshare are individuals managing and creating access to digital collections of cultural heritage materials. Contact us at to request a free account. The site is administrated by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress.

American Libraries E-Content Blog

“Keeping up with the many varieties of digital content—and how libraries can offer them to their patrons—just got easier.   American Libraries has launched an “E-Content” blog that provides information on e-books, e-readers, e-journals, databases, digital libraries, digital repositories, and other e-content issues. The blog complements the new section on e-content that appears in the weekly e-newsletter American Libraries Direct and focuses on similar issues.”–From ALA Website.

Best Free Reference Websites 2011

“This is an annual series initiated under the auspices of the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of ALA to recognize outstanding reference sites on the World Wide Web. “–From the website.

Find The Data — Libraries

Compare libraries from around the country according to a varied set of criteria, including the number of print materials, library visits, size of community, and much more.


What is Overbooked?
It is resource for ravenous readers. Special efforts are made to alert readers to books that they may not become aware of via other book-related resources. Like a good library, Overbooked is intended to provide access to all kinds of book-related information.”–From the website.  A really good site for reader’s advisory.

Social Media : A Guide For Researchers

“This guide has been produced by the International Centre for Guidance Studies, and aims to provide the information needed to make an informed decision about using social media and select from the vast range of tools that are available.”–From the website.

Perceptions of Libraries, 2010 : Context and Community

“OCLC’s newest membership report, Perceptions of Libraries, 2010, a sequel to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, is now available. The new report provides updated information and new insights into information consumers and their online habits, preferences, and perceptions. Particular attention was paid to how the current economic downturn has affected the information-seeking behaviors and how those changes are reflected in the use and perception of libraries.”–From the website.

Five Museums and Five Libraries To Receive Nation’s Highest Honor

The Institute of Museum and Library Service has selected the 10 institutions selected to receive the 2010 National Medal For Museum and Library Service.  The Nashville Public Library is one of the recipients.

Geek The Library : An Awareness Campaign for U. S. Public Libraries

Brought to you by OCLC, with funding by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this is about a campaign, open to public libraries,  that is designed them to help in tough economic times.

Black Librarian Nation

“The Black Librarian Nation was created to give African American Librarians a place to network, and share their experiences in the field.”–From the site.