Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Sooo after learning all about Twittering and Facebooking and all of that funky Social Networking/Media stuff your stomach might be growling. Why not join the NY Librarians Meetup for some great food and interesting chats at L'Asso Pizza.

Please RSVP if you can make it for a break-out at this fabulous local eatery. We're expecting to finish about 7:30PM and have reservations for about 10-15 people by 8PM. We'd like to know how many of you plan to come. So let us know as soon as possible. You can bring your iPhones if you'd like so that folks can continue discussing, evaluating and exploring social media sites.

Hope to see you there! If you're interested, read more below:

Proudly sitting on the corner of Mott Street and Kenmare at the southern end of Nolita, L’asso has become the area’s newest beloved neighborhood restaurant. L’asso (“the ace” in Italian) continues to receive accolades for its thin-crusted pizza, which adheres to strict traditional Italian standards.

Along with weekly new pizza creations, the menu also includes unique pasta, salads, and appetizer specials – as well as the city’s finest “legal” pizza.

Favorites include Pizza al Tartufo (Portobello mushroom pesto, cheese, fresh rosemary, and truffle oil), Pizza San Daniele (prosciutto san daniele, mozzarella, arugula, parmigiano, and olive oil), and the wildly popular Margherita DOC, a pie so rich in history, a law was recently
passed defining the proper way to prepare it.

So come to the Meetup and then enjoy a nice, delicious, slice of pizza at L'Asso. But, don't forget to RSVP on the MEETUP website . Hope to see you all there! BTW, just discovered that L'asso has WiFi so bring your iPhones or netbooks along if you wish. 

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Twittering for Librarians

In today's world Social Networking has almost become a second language for some people. Still though, there are those like me, that still get confused with all the different ways of connecting to one another; whether it be through Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc.

This afternoon, Wednesday March 24, you will be able to better learn how to use one of these networking sites when you join Nancy Picchi for a hands-on look at Twitter from a librarian’s viewpoint. After discussing how librarians can use Twitter professionally as both a social networking and a current awareness tool, Nancy will:
- demonstrate how to build a Twitter network,
- offer pointers on creating and sustaining Twitter conversations,
- discuss Twitter etiquette,
- share tips on how to monitor the Twitter stream, and
- demonstrate a number of Twitter-related sites and apps that help streamline Twitter use

Nancy will also discuss ways in which librarians can use Facebook professionally, and offer pointers on how Facebook users can separate private and professional spheres on the same personal account. Finally, Nancy will demonstrate how librarians can use the professional networking service Linkedin in conjunction with Twitter and Facebook to build a professional social media portfolio.

So if you'd like to take part in this technological wave of networking and want to learn some new things, come join the NY Librarians Meetup and Nancy Picchi today to get a hands-on demo of Twittering and Facebook.

Date: Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: 10 Jersey Street, New York, NY

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Summer Study Programs for Info Pros & Library Students

The Donaldson Reading room in the main Wilkins...Image via Wikipedia
I have learned over the years about the following programs by serendipity and have found that generally they are not particularly well known among special librarians. Despite the fact that times are challenging economically, I thought it might be helpful to compile information about these programs in one email, as they may be of interest to some of our SLA-NY members, both professionals and students. The two programs sponsored by UNC do offer library school credit for one course to students from all library schools .

The University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science (SILS) has sponsored for a number of years two summer study abroad programs, one in England and one in the Czech Republic. The London Seminar is in conjunction with the Department of Information Studies, University College London. The Prague Seminar is in cooperation with Charles University there. Each program is two weeks long and is open to both students and professionals. Students taking either of the Seminars pay an extra fee if they want credit and write a paper (ca 15-20 pages) about some aspect of the seminar. The course credit should be good at any library school.

· The London Seminar, entitled "British Libraries and Librarianship: Past, Present and Future," from May 16th - 29th, 2010, is already full for the summer of 2010, but is accepting applications for the waiting list. Anyone who is interested might want to keep an eye on the website early in 2011. This Seminar is new and replaces one that SILS held in conjunction with Oxford University for many years.

· The Prague Seminar, entitled "Libraries and Librarianship in the Czech Republic," is from May 23 - June 5, 2010, and still has openings.

Rare Book School (RBS), located at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, offers a wide variety of one-week summer courses in Charlottesville in June and July 2010. Continuing-education opportunities are available for professionals and students from many disciplines and levels to study the history and preservation of written, printed, and digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field. RBS was founded (in 1983) and directed for many years by Terry Belanger, a professor at the former Columbia University School of Library Service. RBS moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992. Terry was honored in 2005 as a MacArthur fellow (AKA "MacArthur Genius Award") for his efforts to preserve one of the great inventions of humankind: the book. Recently retired, Terry still teaches at RBS.

The London Rare Book School, which is part of the Institute of English Studies in the University of London, offers one-week courses in two sessions: June 28 - July 2 or July 5 - 9.

For more information, please check the websites. If you have any questions, I am happy to try to answer.

Thanks and best, Leigh Hallingby
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

"Ask Not What You Can Do For Your Library..." - Albany Lobby Day 2010

Yesterday, on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2009 I participated in a state-wide effort to lobby on behalf of the libraries throughout New York in Albany, NY. This was my first visit to the state capital. From the city, it takes a little less than four hours to get there. I went with a large contingent of fellow library staff members from the New York Public Library. The library’s union, Local 1930, sponsored the trip by paying for the bus. We left in the early hours of Tuesday morning, just after 8:00 AM. People from all departments and levels of the library were encouraged and did participate, from librarians to clerical staff to even staff members from our Development Office. Since the issue of funding affects us all, it was nice to see that over fifty staff members were willing to pack in and tightly squeeze on a bus to fight the good fight and restore our library budget for the next fiscal year.