Thursday, December 29, 2011

Feeding Your Reading Life - The Book Whisperer - Education Week Teacher

Feeding Your Reading Life - The Book Whisperer - Education Week Teacher

The Book Whisperer

Donalyn Miller
Donalyn Miller is a 6th grade language arts teacher in Texas who is said to have a "gift": She can turn even the most reluctant (or, in her words, "dormant") readers into students who can't put their books down. Donalyn is the author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child (Jossey-Bass/Education Week Press). She first appeared in in the popular"Creating Readers" Ask The Mentor column. She writes about how to inspire and motivate student readers, and responds to issues facing teachers and other leaders in the literacy field.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Library Student Journal

Library Student Journal :  International -- Peer-reviewed--Open source

Library Student Journal ISSN: 1931-6100

Library Student Journal was founded in 2006 by Masters students in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University at Buffalo. Its authors, readers, and editorial board members include future Library and Information Science (LIS) practitioners around the world. We publish papers on topics of interest to the LIS field as broadly defined. LSJ is divided into four sections: 1. Articles - peer-reviewed research and literature reviews 2. Essay - less-formal papers of a personal or informational nature 3. Editorials - opinion pieces of any length 4. Reviews - reviews of recently published or commonly used LIS books.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

2011 I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony (YouTube)

The 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/ New York Times I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony, was held December 8 at The Times Center in New York City with more than 300 guests in attendance.
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[IFLA-L] Blue Shield 2nd Statement on Egypt

20 December 2011

As the altercations in Egypt endure, and following the recent damages suffered by the Institut d'Egypte in Cairo, the Blue Shield expresses its great concern regarding the safeguarding of the country's invaluable cultural heritage amidst the ongoing turmoil, and wishes to recall the importance of the Arab Republic of Egypt as repository of the world's collective memory. The recent events in Cairo have given reason for new alarm. The Blue Shield and the world heritage community bemoan the loss of lives that took place during the events and the damages the disaster has entailed.

The 12-hour fire, which broke out during clashes near the building on 17 December 2011, gravely endangered the manuscripts and other rare documents housed within. Out of a collection of about 200,000 manuscripts, journals and books, which date as far back as the 16th century, many documents - some of them considered very precious on a historical level - had been salvaged and can be restored.

The Institut d'Egypte was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798 and housed, among many other valuable documents, the records of Napoleon's 1798-1801 Egyptian Campaign. Amongst these, an original copy of the 20-volume Description de l'Egypte.

In keeping with its mandate to protect cultural heritage in times of conflict and political crisis, the Blue Shield wishes to support UNESCO's efforts to raise public awareness on the importance of the protection of heritage in general, and that of the Institut d'Egypte in particular:

What's happening after burning the Egyptian Scientific Institute

What's happening after burning the Egyptian Scientific Institute

Dear all,

I would like to thank all of you for your response to my post on burning the Egyptian Scientific Institute. I really appreciate every message I received about this issue. Today, I would like to share with you a new report by Cybrarians about what's happening after burning the Egyptian Scientific Institute, this report follows up the efforts that started to save the library collections and its restoration. It also has exclusive photos inside the National Library of Egypt where the restoration process is running.

You can access the report at this link: .

Best regards

Mahmoud Khalifa
President, Cybrarians: The Arabic Portal for Librarianship and Information
M.A., Information Science, Cairo University
Cel: +2 012 2489 4472
Tel: +2 02 2797 2695
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Summer program : Southern Miss British Studies Program

In summer 2012, the Southern Miss British Studies Program, one of the oldest and largest study-abroad programs in the U.S., will offer a course in Library & Information Science.  Spend a month with us in the United Kingdom, June 28 – July 29, 2012, earning 6 hours of credit while learning about interesting, historic libraries, archives and special collections. Distinguished British librarians, archivists, and information specialists will provide lectures and behind-the-scenes tours in a variety of British libraries, museums, and archives.

Students will have the opportunity to accompany faculty to sites around London and Edinburgh as well as day trips to Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford.  Students will have time to explore sites of interest on their own or to see a play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the National Theatre or the Old Vic Theatre, all within walking distance on the South Bank of the Thames.  King’s College Dorm on Stamford Street is a short distance from Waterloo Station, where you may catch the tube to Leicester Square theatre district, Paddington Station, or King’s Cross Station, site of Harry Potter’s “Platform 9¾.”

The Southern Miss School of Library and Information Science is accredited by the American Library Association and students from other ALA-accredited programs from across North America as well as Hawaii have participated.  Information about course requirements is available online at:
To see additional photos of British Studies, connect with me on Facebook:

More information about the British Studies Program and application are available online:

Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Library & Information Science
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5146
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Information Literacy in the Digital Age: An Evidence-Based Approach
by T.S. Welsh and M.S. Wright (Chandos, 2010)

British Summer Studies LIS Course, Summer 2012

2011 I Love My Librarian Award Follow-up from ALA.

 Thank you for attending the
2011 I Love My Librarian Award

We hope you agree that it was an inspirational evening with the 10 winners and the 300 librarians, guests and friends from the New York Metro area. 

If you’d like to relive the evening, check out:

Caroline Kennedy:
Vartan Gregorian:

Video of the award ceremony:

Photos from the award ceremony:

Short video interviews with the 10 winners:

FREE Lecture Thursday, January 19th, 2012 : THE JEWISH CORE: What does it mean to be a Jew after modernity? A LIVE DIALOGUE BETWEEN Dr. David Ellenson and Dr. Daniel Gordis MODERATED BY Rabbi Alfredo F. Borodowski, PhD

We invite you to a lecture. Please feel free to share this message with anyone who might be interested.

THE JEWISH CORE: What does it mean to be a Jew after modernity? A LIVE DIALOGUE BETWEEN Dr. David Ellenson and Dr. Daniel Gordis MODERATED BY Rabbi Alfredo F. Borodowski, PhD

Rabbi David Ellenson, Dr. Daniel Gordis

Thursday, January 19, 2012

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

1 East 65th Street

New York, NY 10065


More information:

Join us in celebrating the publication of Dr. Ellenson and Dr. Gordis’ new book, Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: Conversion, Law, and Policy-Making in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Orthodox Responsa.This exciting public dialogue will feature two of the most influential Jewish scholars of our day, Dr. David Ellenson and Dr. Daniel Gordis. Probe the challenges to Jewish self-definition in the modern period by examining a wide array of legal opinions on conversion and intermarriage, written by nineteenth- and twentieth-century Orthodox rabbis in Europe, the United States, and Israel, and discover how these rabbinic decisions are, in fact, attempts to define policy for Judaism in the modern period.

Elizabeth F. Stabler


Stettenheim Library

Temple Emanu-El

1 East 65th Street

New York, NY 10065

New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations

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“New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations“
“New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations“ is a new series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, models of library associations and library schools working with new professionals, and groups by and for librarians. The free webinars are presented by IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning  and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group in partnership with ALA.
Below, the date and time of the first webinar. Save the date!
January 17, 2011
2:00 p.m. CST
3:00 p.m. EST
8:00 p.m. CET
7:00 a.m. EDT (next day)
World Clock
Instructions for Registration: Coming soon!
Dr. Alex Byrne, New South Wales State Librarian and Chief Executive of the State Library NSW in Australia. IFLA President 2005-2007. Highlighting the topics: LIS school curriculum, gained skills and degrees vs. “the reality” at work. Bridging the gap between theory and practice. How to deal with generational differences at work?
Janice Lachance, J.D., CEO of the Special Libraries Association. Featuring a model of a library association’s work with new professionals in various regions of the globe.
JP Porcaro, Head of Library Acquisitions and Technological Discovery at New Jersey City University. Co-founder of ALA Think Tank, and originator of the Make It Happen philosophy for librarians. Featuring a group by and for librarians.
Future webinars
Come back to this page and stay tuned for announcements of future webinars. Speakers featured in upcoming webinars include:
Kay Raseroka, IFLA President 2003-2005
Maureen Sullivan, ALA President Elect
Barbara Ford, Director, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, ALA President 1997-1998
Jukka Pennanen and Mace Ojala, Cycling for Libraries
Rachel Bickley, LIS New Professionals Network
The series explore useful topics to help new professionals at various stages of their career, including:
·         LIS school curriculum, gained skills and degrees vs. “the reality” at work. Bridging the gap between theory and practice. How to deal with generational differences at work?
·         Mentoring and best practices including pros and cons of different approaches like peer-to-peer, and classical mentor-mentee relationships.
·         How to develop leadership skills as a new professional: programs, mentoring, learning by doing. Working abroad, leaving your home country.
·         Continuing Professional Development for new professionals, how to stay up to date from the very start even if conditions at work (funding/permission to attend conferences, support with writing articles, etc.) are not the best.
The webinars will be recorded and made available at a later date.
Questions and requests for information:
Loida Garcia-Febo
Coordinator of the series

Loida Garcia-Febo
ALA Chair, Committee on Membership Meetings
ALA Councilor-at-Large

IFLA CPDWL Standing Committee
IFLA New Professionals SIG
REFORMA Past President

Coordinator, New Americans Program
Queens Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, N.Y. 11432
phone: 1 + 718-990-8569; fax: 1 + 718-990-8626
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IFLA FAIFA Chair on the burning of the Egyptian Scientific Institute of Cairo

Dear Colleagues
Recent postings on IFLA-L have shown that many of us are increasingly concerned about the situation of libraries in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East, particularly since the burning of the Egyptian Scientific Institute of Cairo on December 17th.  The FAIFE committee shares these concerns and wishes to publicly state its support for all Egyptian libraries, librarians and library users during this time of tension, and reaffirm the principles of free access to information and freedom of expression that are core values of the librarians worldwide. The committee would ask the Egyptian authorities and, more broadly, the Egyptian people to protect libraries from any damage and to create the conditions for librarians to help serve their users who now, more than ever, need access to both contemporary information and cultural heritage.
FAIFE has paid particular attention to the experiences of librarians in the Middle East in the past twelve months. A Spotlight by our Egyptian colleague Mahmoud Khalifa, focused on the use of information during the Arab Spring ( Former FAIFE Committee member Shawky Salem shared his diary of the 18 days that proceeded the fall of the Mubarak government ( Both Shawky Salem and the Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Dr. Ismail Serageldin, spoke at the FAIFE session at the WLIC in Puerto Rico where their presentations were very well received. Dr. Serageldin himself made a statement on the IFLA website (where you can also find other news links regarding Egypt: Furthermore, IFLA, in its role as a member of the International Committee of the Blue Shield, spoke out against the destruction of cultural institutions such as libraries through statements on both Egypt ( and Libya ( At present IFLA, along with other Blue Shield members such as the International Council on Archives (ICA) and the international Council of Museums (ICOM), and UNESCO, is participating in discussions regarding the safeguarding of cultural heritage in Yemen and Syria. We work as hard as we can with our partners on these issues to share resources, information and expertise.
Nevertheless, if the sad events of December 17th tell us anything, it is that cultural disasters that involve libraries, whether they are pre-mediated or accidental, are sadly still common, and that institutions can often become victims of societal unrest quite out of the blue. We are now working with our colleagues in the Blue Shield, along with the staff of our regional office in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, to gather more information on the unfolding situation, and will endeavour to report back to IFLA-L when we have a better idea of the extent of the damage at the Egyptian Scientific Institute and other institutions caught up in the turmoil. In the meantime, I refer you to Danielle Mincio from the Preservation and Conservation’s excellent post on the situation which was previously sent to the IFLA-L list. 

Yours Sincerely, 
Kai Ekholm, FAIFE Chair

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Hopeful Workplace | Infopeople

The Hopeful Workplace | Infopeople:  FREE Webinar

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Start Time:
Pacific - 12 PM, Mountain - 1 PM, Central - 2 PM, Eastern - 3 PM
Presenter: : George Needham and Joan Frye Williams

There’s a fair amount of doom and gloom out in library land, but futurist Joan Frye Williams and strategist George Needham are having none of it! These passionate library advocates believe that dealing with desperate economic times need not make us desperate.
In this upbeat webinar, George and Joan will explore how we can get out of the rat race that says “do more with less” and shift our focus to hope-engendering ways to “do different with less.” They’ll offer practical techniques for improving your own job satisfaction and moving your organization in a more positive direction.
Tune in to learn how we can all support each other, build trust and confidence, and develop services that recapture that feeling of success for ourselves and our communities.
This one-hour webinar will be of interest to anyone in the library community who wants to see libraries move forward, including library staff, volunteers, friends, trustees, and commissioners.
Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required.
Do you require an accommodation for an Infopeople webinar? For this service, please complete and submit a request form at least 72 hours before the webinar: Request Form

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Egyptian Institute video

Thousands of rare documents burned in Egypt clash - Technology & science - Science -

Thousands of rare documents burned in Egypt clash - Technology & science - Science -

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Protesters tell of saving books from Institut d'Egypte fire | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt

Protesters tell of saving books from Institut d'Egypte fire | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt

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I just saved a group of ancient books including this French one from 1863 !!! #OccupyCabinet

I just saved a group of ancient books including this French one from 1863 !!! #OccupyCabinet

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Apple's struggle to defeat Amazon set to be exposed by European ebook inquiry | Books | The Observer

Apple's struggle to defeat Amazon set to be exposed by European ebook inquiry | Books | The Observer
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Not Worried About Circulation | all these birds with teeth: this is not about science.

Not Worried About Circulation | all these birds with teeth: this is not about science.

The shocking truth about print books: 49% of our stacks has never circulated since 1996. #academiclibraries #printbooks
This tweet came through the other day, and frankly it didn’t bother me the way it used to. It leans on a little bit by Raganathan’s first law, which is “Books are for use.” If they’re not being used, then why keep them? I like to make the argument that we can’t always anticipate how things will be used by others. Consider Mendelssohn’s “rediscovery” of Bach. Books are not just for current use, but they easily translate into future use. [For more, please click the headline above.]

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Book burning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Book burning -

Books burned by the Nazis, on display at Yad Vashem

Book burning, biblioclasm or libricide is the practice of destroying, often ceremoniously, books or other written material and media. In modern times, other forms of media, such as phonograph records, video tapes, and CDs have also been ceremoniously burned, torched, or shredded. The practice, usually carried out in public, is generally motivated by moral, religious, or political objections to the material.
Some particular cases of book burning are long and traumatically remembered - because the books destroyed were irreplaceable and their loss constituted a severe damage to cultural heritage, and/or because this instance of book burning has become emblematic of a harsh and oppressive regime. Such were the destruction of the Library of Alexandria, the obliteration of the Library of Baghdad, the burning of books and burying of scholars under China's Qin Dynasty, the destruction of Aztec codices by Spanish conquistadors and priests, and the Nazi book burnings of Jewish literature.
Although one motivation for book burning may be censorship, it is in most cases an act of displaying severe displeasure, hatred, or contempt for the book's contents or author, or to attract attention for the outrage perceived by those who highly appreciate the book and its content. For example, the burning of Beatles records after a remark by John Lennon concerning Jesus Christ, the destruction of the Sarajevo National Library, and the 2010 Qur'an-burning controversy.

From Wikipedia.  For full article, please click headline above.
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The role of Information Technology in defeating the Arab regimes: Facebook 2-0 Arab Presidents | IFLA

People from multiple Arab countries holding na...Image by nebedaay via FlickrThe role of Information Technology in defeating the Arab regimes: Facebook 2-0 Arab Presidents | IFLA: T
by Mahmoud Khalifa

In January 2011, Arab countries and the entire world followed what happened in Tunisia and Egypt. Two Arabic regimes were step down in the same month. On January 14, 2011; the Tunisian president Zein Abedeen Bin Ali escaped outside of Tunisia after 27 days of protests. In Egypt, on February 11, 2011; the strongest Arab president Mubarak resigned and left Egypt after very active protests at all cities of Egypt. The Egyptians have a record because the protests continued for 18 days only!! A new history is being written in Arab countries. Please click headline above to read more.

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A black day for heritage: burning the Egyptian Scientific Institute

A black day for heritage: burning the Egyptian Scientific Institute

Copyright © 2011 Cybrarians : the arabic portal for librarianship & information science. All Rights Reserved.  
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011
Cairo, Egypt 
This day will be marked as "the Black day for Egyptian Heritage". Morning during conflicts between some Egyptian protests, the Egyptian Scientific Institute which established in 1798 by Napolean Bonaparte has been burned. The Egyptian Scientific Institute is the oldest sceintific institute in Egypt and Middle East at all. It has the most rich and rare library in Egypt.
The fire started on the lower floors of the building, which is on Qasr al-Aini Street in central Cairo, but later reached the higher floors. The firemen, who arrived very late at the site, could not initially control the fire. Eyewitnesses were reported to have seen protestors throwing a Molotov cocktail at stone-throwing soldiers at the Shura Council building, but the projectile missed the intended target and instead landed in the Egyptian Scientific Institute.
The library contains about 40.000 items of rare books and manuscripts, however it has unvaluable items, like:
  •  The original copy of the french book "Description de l'Egypte"  
  • Atlas of Old Indian arts.
  • German atlas about Egypt and Ethiopia, 1842.
  • "Egypt: the mother of the world", 1753.
Professor Mahmoud al-Shernoby, the general secretary of the institute, told state TV in a phone interview that the damage is a “great loss” to Egypt and that those “who caused this disaster showed be punished.” 

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