March 30, 2009

NLW Day in the Life of SC Libraries Photo Contest 2009

During National Library Week 2009 April 12-18, South Carolina library staff members will submit a wide range of photographs of library staff members working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that librarians do in a given day. We encourage you to be creative in taking photos that capture the essence of South Carolina libraries and are visually attractive. Winners will be recognized on the SC State Library’s web site and during the 2009 SCLA Annual Conference October 28-30, in Columbia. ALL PHOTOS MAY BE SUBMITTED BETWEEN APRIL 12 AND APRIL 18. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCE ON FRIDAY APRIL 24. See GROUP RULES for full information.

March 24, 2009

Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community

Diigo - Web Highlighter and Sticky Notes, Social Bookmarking and Annotation, Social Information Network!

While this is a neat web site, I have to comment on how confusing the logo makes the name.  The two ii's in the middle make it look like an M and that makes it difficult to really know and remember what the name of the web site is...  Just my two cents...

Twouble with Twitters

I couldn't resist sharing this on my blog. So, how are libraries using Twitter? Just for PR and Marketing? What are other uses?

March 16, 2009

How To Develop A Facebook Page That Attracts Millions of Fans

-Facebook Pages Icon-Over the past few years Facebook has witnessed a dramatic rise in new user adoption and with that rise has come the opportunity for brands to interact directly with existing customers and engage new ones. At the end of 2007, Facebook announced the launch of Facebook Pages and last week they launched a revised edition which includes a number of significant upgrades. This week, those pages will be going live for all. There are numerous ways for brands to leverage Facebook but the overall branded experience is becoming increasingly integrated into a single offering as the new Pages product highlights. So what are the primary benefits and changes for the new branded pages?

view the full post by Nick O'Neill here!

March 12, 2009

State Library Announces Why I Love My Library Campaign

In celebration of National Library Week, April 12-18, 2009, you can take a moment to share how you have benefited from using the library.
Personal stories can make a difference in funding for public libraries statewide and ensure that every citizen has access to quality resources and information.

Simply visit, click on the Love Your Library? link, and fill out the online form – it’s that easy!
Just like you, thousands of people all over South Carolina use their public libraries to access the information they need to improve their lives, find jobs, and to help their children learn and stretch their imaginations.  Share your library story today!
The campaign is an initiative of the South Carolina State Library ( and the Association of Public Library Administrators (

March 11, 2009

The Lion's Roar Library News Podcast for week of March 13 2009 Now Available

The Lion's Roar podcast for the week of February 27, 2009, is now available online and on iTunes.
This edition's podcast includes: American Library Association (ALA) and the South Carolina Library Association (SCLA) laud President Barack Obama for noting how libraries assist Americans during the president’s recent address to Congress; Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently awarded 23 Connecting to Collections Statewide Planning Grants; PASCAL helps libraries share resources and save South Carolina money; Thomas McNally, who has served as interim dean of the University of South Carolina libraries since 2007, has been named to the post permanently; featured web site is the South Carolina Association of School Librarians located at; Thursday, March 26, 2009, from noon to 1pm, professional counselor Carmella Broome will discuss her first book, Carmella’s Quest.

Ann Brashares interview

March 10, 2009

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine

The ALA Public Programs Office, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces a new small format traveling exhibition to libraries, “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine.” Public, academic (university, college and community college) and medical libraries may apply to host the banner exhibition by downloading an application at In order to be considered, applications must be received at ALA by May 1.

Using materials from the NLM’s History of Medicine collections, the exhibition explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards in J.K. Rowling’s books, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series. Exhibition panels feature the works of 15th- and 16th-century alchemists, naturalists and occultists, and explore the intersection between the Harry Potter novels an Renaissance thinkers, lore and practices. More information about the exhibit, including educational resources, is available at

Following the application process, 12 libraries will be selected to host the exhibition for a four-week display period between September 2009 and November 2010. All libraries on the tour will be expected to pay for incoming shipping for the exhibition, which will range from $250 to $450, depending on the distance between sites. The exhibition is composed of six fabric panels mounted on self-supporting stands and measuring 7 ft. high x 3 ft. wide x 15 in deep; panels are printed only on one side. It requires 30 linear feet of space, or 300-400 square feet. For more information on “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine,” or to obtain an application, visit

Questions? Contact the ALA Public Programs Office at