August 21, 2008

get free ebooks

does anyone have experience using this site? what is the quality of ebooks offered? looks interesting!

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SC Center for the Book 2008 Awards Ceremony

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The South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book announces the recipients of the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Awards for Writing, Teaching and Literary Arts Advocacy. This year’s award winners are noted South Carolina author Mary Alice Monroe, for Writing; Eileen Bergreen of Hilton Head Island Middle School, for Teaching; and the Arts Council of Beaufort County, for Literary Arts Advocacy.

The SC Center for the Book Awards were formerly a single award known as the Palmetto Book Award. In 2008, the Palmetto Book Award expanded to honor excellence in Writing, Teaching and Literary Arts Advocacy. Nominees must be published writers, current teachers, or active promoters of the literary arts in South Carolina, as described in a one page nomination letter. Winners are selected from nominations submitted to the SC Center for the Book by the general public. Any individual or organization in South Carolina that works to promote the literary arts and to foster a creative atmosphere in the state is eligible for nomination for the Literary Arts Advocacy award. Any current teacher of the literary or language arts at any level or type of school in South Carolina is eligible for nomination for the Teaching award. Any South Carolina writer of any genre whose work was published in the previous calendar year is eligible for nomination for the Writing Award. Previous winners of the Palmetto Book Award include Dr. Walter Edgar (2007), SC Young Writers Conference (2006), and Hub City Writers Project (2005).

The South Carolina Center for the Book held its annual awards ceremony on August 14, 2008, at the Hilton Head Island Library (Beaufort County) from 2:00-4:00pm.

The South Carolina Center for the Book is the South Carolina affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and is a cooperative project of the South Carolina State Library, the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, and The Humanities CouncilSC.

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August 11, 2008


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Great PR poster for teen summer reading programs! Way to go!

A Government Adrift

While this is not directly about libraries, I do think it's a very interesting article and wanted to share...

August 2008 By JOSH GOODMAN

South Carolina still runs on its 1895 constitution. Guess what? It doesn’t work.

One day this June, a group of state agency managers came to Governor Mark Sanford with a pitch. They wanted to raise the projected growth rate for the for state retirement fund's investments from 7.25 percent to 8 percent. That would free up significantly more money for state spending.

Sanford hated the idea. Given that the system currently has only about 70 percent of the money it needs to pay retirees, he thought investment policies ought to be more conservative, not more daring. And given the turbulent economy, what reason was there to be optimistic about investments anyway?

In many states, there wouldn't have been much more to it. The governor would have prevailed. Mark Sanford, however, has the bad luck to be the governor of South Carolina. Read more...

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August 08, 2008

Libraries step into the age of iPod

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It may be about time to dig out that old library card. Hoping to draw back readers, libraries have vastly expanded their lists of digital books, music, and movies that can be downloaded by their patrons to a computer or MP3 player -- and it doesn't cost a cent, unlike, say, media from Apple Inc's (AAPL.O)iTunes Inc (AMZN.O).  Read more...

August 06, 2008

According to Study, Half of U.S. Adults Use Social Media

This is interesting considering probably only a third (maybe even here I'm being generous) of libraries use social media for communication purposes...

Written by Sarah Perez / August 6, 2008 6:00 AM

Half of U.S. adults use social media. That is, they do according to the latest findings from Universal McCann's "Media in Mind" study, an ongoing research effort that analyzes how consumers relate to media and products in their daily life. However, it's worth noting that in this particular study "social media" includes text messaging. Combined with blogging and social networking, these three technologies are used by 50% of U.S. adults for communication purposes.
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Google Trends is Cool

Check out Google Trends!

It's interesting to see how Google has tracked various search terms - take for instance, Obama, and McCain!

August 05, 2008

Storytelling and Science

This morning on the drive in to work, I listened to this wonderful podcast from Radio Lab. It's about science and the art of storytelling. I think it's an important message about using the art of storytelling to convey messages so that people will remember them and understand science better. It is Robert Krulwich's Cal Tech graduation speech. Also, he's very funny and thought provoking. I highly recommend giving it a listen.

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August 01, 2008

888 - 24 hours of Flickr - Make libraries SHINE!

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Libraries, get involved and submit photos from your libraries on August the 8th!

Given the success of last year’s event, we hope that you’ll join us in celebration of another 24 Hours of Flickr – Flickr 888 on Friday, August 8th, 2008 (8-8-8!), a most auspicious day!

How can you participate? Take a photo any time during the twenty-four hour period that’s August 8th where you are and then share it with the group. We’ll accept one (1) contribution per Flickr member into the group from noon PST Friday, August 8th until Tuesday, September 2nd, noon PST, 2008.

We’ve partnered with the cool folks at MOO to create unique Flickr 888 Postcard Packs. Those images with sufficient resolution (1795x1287 pixels) that feature “safe” content (as defined in our Community Guidelines), will be printed and sold in postcards packs this coming fall at MOO. We’re still working out the final details of how many, how much, etc., and we’ll share the full details here in the group when we’ve got our ducks in a row.

So, mark your calendars, and get ready to capture August 8th in all its glory.

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