Thursday, October 27, 2005

The DC Principles is a group of non-profit publishers working to connect citizens to research via free access. Their site is here: http://www.dcprinciples.org/ They issued a press release on October 25 here: http://www.dcprinciples.org/linkingrelease.pdf . T. Scott Plutchak has excellent comments on the linking proposal and issues that librarians should consider here: http://tscott.typepad.com/tsp/2005/10/linking_proposa.html . I thought this was his most important comment: "My biggest frustration with the whole open access debate is that it has put librarians and the society publishers in opposition. Instead of working together to transform scholarly publishing, we waste time and energy arguing. This proposal is an opportunity to get us all on the same side of the fence -- where we ought to be. "

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

A main player in the open source support world, in my opinion, is Google (and I am not just saying that because thanks to them I have blogspace!). Here is a link to Chris DiBona's posting on their support of projects in Oregon: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2005/10/supporting-open-source.html . We need to get projects in the Heartland, folks!
Check out this story in BoingBoing.Net about the Open Content Alliance and a link to the Open Library: www.boingboing.net/2005/10/26/library_of_public_do.html . Consider this type of project as a possible Community Collaboration Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services: http://www.imls.gov/grants/index.htm .

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Individual Biomedical Informatics Fellowship, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine - next deadline for application is December 5, 2005: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/GrantTrainIndividualF37.html Yes, it is open to librarians!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Analysis of HON survey of health and medical internet users: http://www.hon.ch/Survey/Survey2005/res.html . Good news for consumer health librarians can be found in this quote from the Executive Summary: "Most patient-respondents (88.2%) agreed that seeking health information on the Internet improves the quality of consultation with their physician."
Another aggregator for your RSS feeds - Google Reader (beta) can be found here: http://www.google.com/reader/things/intro .
ACRL has a new blog for academic librarians. I took a look at it, and it is definitely one that will be added to my Waggr (http://www.waggr.com/). From the press release:
"The new blog can be found at http://www.acrlblog.org . Unlike many
blogs, ACRLog invites contributions from those interested in academic
and research librarianship. Guest commentaries, contributed conference
reports, perspectives from ACRL chapters, and opinions about the latest
trends and issues can all be shared within this blogspace.
ACRLog was created as a response to an article by Scott McLemee,
"Silence in the Stacks," published last June in Inside HigherEd. McLemee
wondered why there was no single blog geared to the interests of
academic librarians that explored what he called "the issues of the
day." The ACRL Board decided to fill the void, and ACRLog was born."

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Interested in offering tutorials to users that have video playback capability on their computers, cell phones, and/or iPods? You can set up a videoblog for free at: http://freevlog.org/ .

Thursday, October 06, 2005

"People need information as much as water, food, medicine or shelter. Information can save lives, livelihoods and resources." Quotes from the World Disasters Report 2005, released by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies http://www.ifrc.org/publicat/wdr2005/index.asp . Check out this report and note where a librarian's role would fit, or where a librarian could have helped. Send it to your library association lobbyist. Share it with your administrator. Give it to your local disaster preparedness council, along with your card.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Interesting article in Businessweek: Help for Info Age Have-Nots http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/oct2005/tc2005104_6877_tc024.htm
Article discusses what some companies are doing to bridge the Digital Divide.

Monday, October 03, 2005