March 30, 2007

First Book Project

First Book Project
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First Book is a national nonprofit organization that provides books to children from low-income families and gives them the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Actress Nia Vardalos is a supporter and advocate of First Book and is raising awareness for the organization.

NLW 2007 Day in the Life of SC Libraries

SC Library Staff can join this group and submit photos for the contest April 16-18, 2007 to celebrate Libraries in SC during National Library Week. Sponsored by the SC State Library.

March 29, 2007

Save our History Grants

Grant Program Application

There is important history in every community that is rarely incorporated into our children's education. It exists in our neighborhoods, buildings, schools, monuments, cemeteries, documents, and cultural traditions and can be used to enliven the study of history and instill pride in our youth. Save Our History grants fund projects that put these valuable resources to work.

The key to a Save Our History grant project is a partnership between a history organization, museum, historical society, preservation organization, archive, library, or a government agency and a school district, a coalition of schools, one school, or an organization that provides educational programming for children. The collaboration between these partners provides a unique basis for students to experience the history of their community through hands-on preservation based projects.

This year, The History Channel will again award $250,000 in grants of up to $10,000 to fund partnerships between history organizations and schools or youth groups on projects that teach students about their local history and actively engage them in its preservation. History museums, historical societies, preservation organizations, historic sites, libraries, archives, government agencies, and other historical organizations are all eligible to apply.

Applications are due June 1st, 2007.

Save Our History - 2007/2008 Grant Program Application

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Librarians Beware

All librarians! Watch out for flatulence in the library! You may be being YouTubed!

Read In 2007

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Yesterday was a great success! It was the 2007 Read In which started at the SC State Library with 1700 K12 students who marched to the statehouse grounds to promote reading and libraries. The event was sponsored by the SC Association of School Librarians and the SC State Library.

March 28, 2007

Talking Book Services Online Book Discussion

The South Carolina State Library, Talking Book Services, invites you to participate in an online book discussion Tuesday April 24th, 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. We will be discussing Fannie Flagg’s Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven, available on cassette RC 62789.  To participate, you need: 1. Access to a computer running Microsoft Windows 98 or higher 2. Internet connection. 3. A sound card and speakers or headphones to hear the discussion. 4. A microphone if you want to talk. (If you don’t have a microphone,you can type your comments using the text chat option.) For more information visit:

South Carolina State Library - Talking Book Services Online Book Discussion

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March 27, 2007

Live Chat with Reference Librarians Available

Reference librarians at the South Carolina State Library can now answer questions using live chat software. Try it out! Just click on the Ask a Librarian link wherever you see it on our web site to connect to a librarian.Librarians are available during the Library's regular hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. When the Library is closed, leave an e-mail message using the same link. Users who prefer instant messaging can also contact a reference librarian at the username scslreference on AIM or Yahoo Messenger.

For additional information, contact Mary Morgan, Director of Information Services, at (803) 734-8866

South Carolina State Library - Live Chat with Reference Librarians Available

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March 26, 2007

SCLA Adopts an Immigrant Rights Resolution

SCLA Immigrant Rights Resolution

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Ask a Librarian (PHP)

Today we began using PHP to offer live chat service with a reference librarian! Why is this better than IM? Because the end user doesn't need a username... also you can rate the service and also get a transcript emailed to you after you're done...

Flickr: Ask a Librarian!

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Jimmy Wales in SC

Free Knowledge for Free Minds
Appearing at the Twichell Auditorium at Converse College
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
7:00 p.m.
Join Jimmy Wales as he discusses the world of peer-reviewed, open content internet media and the founding of Wikipedia.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by
Spartanburg County Public Libraries

Converse College

Spartanburg County Public Libraries - Events

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A day in ... Great use of Flickr!

This is a wonderful way to use Flickr!  Try it in your community! You could do a Day in the Life of... (your county/community) then post it to your Flickr account :-)

Tame The Web: Libraries and Technology: A Day in Allen County

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March 20, 2007

SC State Library Notable Documents Awards

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The South Carolina State Library is pleased to announce the selection of the most notable South Carolina state government documents of 2006. The selection is announced annually on or near Freedom of Information Day, March 16th, the birthday of President James Madison, an early proponent of citizen access to government information.

PresentersAwards were presented to the winning agencies by Mary Morgan, SCSL’s Director of Information Services, at a morning ceremony at the State Library on March 15th, 2007. Interim Director Curtis Rogers congratulated the winners. “It gives me great pleasure for the South Carolina State Library to formally acknowledge such exemplary state government documents and the excellent work of South Carolina's state government employees,” Rogers said. “Providing access to these and other state documents, whether it be in print or online, perpetuates the ability for all citizens to enjoy free access of information.” Three judges from state documents depository libraries around the state selected the winners from items received last year at the State Library. The judges were Katina Strauch, College of Charleston; Jimmy Smith, Greenville Public Library; and Elaine Sandberg, South Carolina State Library.

March 15, 2007

SC State Library Exhibit

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great booth set up at the SC Association of School Librarians annual conference!

March 07, 2007

Library 2.0 on Ning

Library 2.0 on Ning
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check this out! very cool and easy to navigate social networking place

March 06, 2007

Social Software in Libraries

Book cover for Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication and Community Online. Coming out in late March/early April! Woo hoo!

By Meredith Farkas

Foreword by Roy Tennant

Here is the first book to explore the growing phenomenon of social software and how these technologies can be applied in libraries. Social software lets libraries show a human face online, helping them communicate, educate, and interact with their communities. This nuts-and-bolts guide provides librarians with the information and skills necessary to implement the most popular and effective social software technologies: blogs, RSS, wikis, social networking software, screencasting, photo-sharing, podcasting, instant messaging, gaming, and more. Success stories and interviews highlight these tools’ ease-of-use—and tremendous impact. Novice readers will find ample descriptions and advice on using each technology, while veteran users of social software will discover new applications and approaches. Supported by the author’s Web page.

2007/336 pp/softbound/ISBN 978-1-57387-275-1 $39.50

Social Software in Libraries cover on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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March 02, 2007

IMLS and NEA Announce Second Deadline for The Big Read Deadline: April 12, 2007

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.The Big Read answers a big need. Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, a 2004 report by the National Endowment for the Arts, found that not only is literary reading in America declining rapidly among all groups, but that the rate of decline has accelerated, especially among the young. The concerned citizen in search of good news about American literary culture would study the pages of this report in vain.The Big Read aims to address this crisis squarely and effectively. It provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. The initiative includes innovative reading programs in selected cities and towns, comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature, an ambitious national publicity campaign, and an extensive Web site providing comprehensive information on authors and their works.Each community event lasts approximately one month and includes a kick-off event to launch the program locally, ideally attended by the mayor and other local luminaries; major events devoted specifically to the book (panel discussions, author reading, and the like); events using the book as a point of departure (film screenings, theatrical readings, and so forth); and book discussions in diverse locations and aimed at a wide range of audiences.Ten communities participated in the pilot phase of The Big Read. The communities, selected through a competitive review process, ranged across the country from major metropolitan areas to small rural towns. Communities in the pilot phase read one of four books: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, or Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Activities occurred from February 2006 through June 2006.The Big Read continues to expand to include more communities and additional books.

The Big Read

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March 01, 2007

International Programs for Librarians

Summer Seminars

International summer seminars are open to all students and professionals, not just students at UNC Chapel Hill. Librarians at all stages of their careers have participated and enjoyed these programs in the past and are welcome to participate.

SILS is offering summer seminars in three different countries in 2007:

Study Abroad

For students who want to spend a longer time in an international setting, SILS provides semester-long study abroad opportunities. These opportunities are open to SILS students only.

More Information

For more information about international study in information and library science, contact International Programs Director Dr. Barbara Moran at 919/962-8067 or or write to UNC-Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science, Campus Box 3360 Manning Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360.

UNC SILS ›› Degrees & Programs ›› International Programs

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