Handheld Librarian Online Conference 2010

More people than 2000 people attended the first ever Handheld Librarian Conference in July 2009 which featured a wide array of collaboration, learning and networking activities focused on Mobile Library Services!

The Handheld Librarian 2 will continue the dialog with a 2-day online conference scheduled for February 17-18, 2010 and is now accepting registrations at http://www.handheldlibrarian.org.

The program — sponsored by Alliance Library System, and LearningTimes — will include a series of wonderful keynote and featured speakers collection of available resources, discussions boards, and access to the recording of all live events for one year after the conference. More people than ever are using mobile devices for a wide variety of purposes including communication, internet access, text messaging, and entertainment. It is important that libraries provide mobile services as handheld use increases.

The conference will feature four exciting keynote talks:

Joan K. Lippincott from the Coalition for Networked Information speaking about “Mobilizing Libraries for Today’s Students”

Joe Murphy from Yale University speaking about “This is Now: The Mobile Library”

Alison Miller, Internet Public Library, “Mobile Trends and Social Reference”

Tom Peters of TAP Information Services, addressing “Morphing with Mobile”

Mobile SIG co-convener, Sarah Jewell, will be presenting on Thursday at 3:30. Her topic is “Medical Info to Go: Point of Care”.

Registration for the conference is $69 per individual or $119 for a group. LIS students can register for $29. LIS students need to contact Lori Bell, Alliance Library System, at lbell AT alliancelibrarysystem dot com for a coupon code to register for the $29.

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Metro Smart Phones and Mobile Computing SIG

Metro’s Smart Phones and Mobile Computing Special Interest Group (SIG) is born from the PDA & Handheld Computing SIG. It is composed of individuals from all types of libraries interested in personal digital assistants and other handheld electronic technologies (e.g. smart phone, tablet PCs). Through meetings, events and other shared-learning opportunities, members explore innovative ways libraries can use these technologies to enhance staff workflow, provide patron services, and support users.

There are two exciting speakers lined up for the SIG’s next two meetings.

On Wednesday, February 24, Matt Benzing, Information Technology Librarian, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, will talk about Mobile Versions/Skins for a Library Website.

On Wednesday, May 12, Alexa Pearce, Acting Librarian for Journalism, Media, Culture & Communication, New York University, will discuss Mobile Reference Services Provided by Libraries.

Both meetings will be held at METRO Headquarters, 57 East 11th Street, from 3:00-4:30.

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Hartford Chorale’s Encore (Hartford Courant)

…The chorale toured China in 2001 and has been invited back to sing in three musical events associated with the 2008 Olympic Cultural Festival — two in Beijing and one in Qingdao. The chorale is one of only two U.S. choirs invited by the Cultural Ministry of China; the other is the New York Choral Society, which is sending 72 singers to perform with Hartford’s group.

“China was awarded the Olympics while the chorale was there,” said Christiana. “We thought they were just being polite, saying, ‘We should invite you back.’ It’s really an honor to be going back.”

The two East Coast choirs will perform jointly on June 23 during the opening ceremonies of the festival. They will be led by Richard Coffey, music director of the Hartford Chorale, and John Daly Goodwin, music director of the New York Choral Society. The 15-minute repertoire includes a movement from the Yellow River Cantata (in Chinese), the simple folk song Da Hai (“The Sea,” also in Chinese) and the title song from “The Sound of Music.”

The group of 132 singers will then perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the Asian premiere of Philip Glass’ “Itaipu” in the Beijing Concert Hall, conducted by renowned conductor Yong Yan Hu, a graduate of Yale University and the Juilliard School of Music.

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Upcoming NYC Electronics Recycling & Clothing Donation Events


Drop off your unwanted or broken electronics for recycling. Only the following items will be accepted:

* computers & laptops
* monitors
* printers & scanners (desktop only)
* keyboards & mice
* TVs
* VCRs & DVD players
* cell phones

Other kinds of electronics won’t be accepted. Only NYC residents (no businesses allowed*) may drop off material (limit five pieces per vehicle). The first 100 people to drop off electronics will receive a $5 Best Buy gift card.

All dropped off items will be recycled through contracted vendors and all data on hard drives will be destroyed; no scavenging will be permitted and no tax-deduction receipts will be given out.

While safe to use, electronics contain hazardous materials, such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium. Recycling your unwanted electronic equipment keeps these hazardous materials out of the waste stream and the environment.

STATEN ISLAND
Saturday, September 8, 2007
8am – 2pm
Staten Island Mall, Parking Lot F (near main entrance, 2655 Richmond Ave.)

MANHATTAN
Sunday, September 9, 2007
8am – 2pm
Union Square North Plaza (southeast corner of 17th St. and Broadway; cars enter at 16th St & Union Square West).

BRONX
Sunday, September 16, 2007
8am – 2pm
Lehman College, North Lot (Goulden Ave., just south of Bedford Park West)

QUEENS
Saturday, September 29, 2007
8am – 2pm
St. John’s University, Alumni Hall Parking Lot (corner of Utopia Parkway & Union Turnpike, cars enter at Gate 3 on Union Turnpike & 80th Rd.)

BROOKLYN
Sunday, September 30, 2007
8am – 2pm
Keyspan Park, Coney Island (Surf Ave. & 19th St., take Cropsey Ave. exit off the Belt Parkway)

More info.

American Classics Concert: Gershwin, Glass & Adams,


It’s time for great American Music at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, May 23 , 8 p.m. , when the New York Choral Society will perform a concert version of “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin. This is the all-time American classic. Songs like “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’,” “Bess, You Is My Woman,” and “I Loves You Porgy.” It’s a program with soul. I’ve heard the soloists at rehearsal and they’re fabulously entertaining.

Plus there’s a piece by the contemporary composer Philip Glass called “Itaipu”. For those who don’t know his style, think a modern Bolero or Carmina and add the setting of a waterfall in the tropical jungle of Paraguay. Based on the creation myth of Guarani Indians, for whom the Parana River is the place where music was born. Believe me, you’ll know what I mean, after you hear this piece. It’s quite breath-taking.

Order tickets directly online. Tickets are $20-$75. Limited student rush tickets are $10 the night of the concert with valid ID.

Gather.com First Chapter Competition: Final Round!


Thanks for visiting Gather.com’s First Chapter competition and voting for my friend, Candida Korman. She’s made it through Rounds 1 and 2 and it is now down to ten semi-finalists!

You now have the opportunity to vote for her work in the final round.

Her novel, Wendy and Alice, is a mystery set in contemporary New York and featuring a soon-to-retire FBI agent contemplating the next chapter of her life. Alice is at loose ends until Wendy, a little girl she rescued from kidnappers decades ago, reappears as a controversial photographer. Wendy’s work is targeted by a conservative family values organization and when the leader of that group is murdered she is the obvious suspect. Freedom of expression, sexuality and the definition of art are explored as passionate characters on both sides of the red/blue divide people this murder mystery.

Candy mentioned that this book has come close to being published…repeatedly. One publisher held onto it for a year before turning it down, another held it for 6 months.

You can read Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. Please read and vote on Chapter 3. Here’s a sample from Chapter 3:

Alice was less concerned with a child accidentally seeing a sexual image — they certainly saw enough nudes and near nudes in fashion magazines and movie ads — than she was with the likelihood that pedophiles would find Wendy Liddell’s work alluring. That held a real possibility of danger, but Alice wasn’t sure if banning images was a valid option. Once one started banning art, it was a classic, slippery slope toward censorship of all kinds.

According to the New York Times art reviewer, the photos were ” . . . poetic expressions of burgeoning sexuality that rode the fine line between innocence and knowledge.” Were such poetic images dangerous to children? Alice would not have permitted her own daughter to pose nude, nor would she have displayed books of nude children in her home, but that did not mean she harbored naiveté about childhood. Children did not suddenly wake from innocent slumbers and transform into sexual beings. They were, although certainly not old enough to consent to sexual activity and not physically mature enough to experience a full range of sexual feelings, on some level, sexual beings all along.

Little girls and their kissing games, little boys and their curiosity about bodies, roughhousing, staring, pointing, accidental touching, sneaking peeks at magazines, stealing into the ladies room and so much more that is part of the normal development, and natural curiosity of children. Add the peculiar interventions of parents, and other adults, and the sexual evolution of children gets distorted and accelerated. Alice recoiled in disgust at the baby beauty queen industry, which dressed little girls in Miss America gowns and makeup. But the miniature, sexualized adults in these contests were not creatures out of context, they were simply an extreme example of the clothes, hairstyles and mannerisms of ordinary children, who rushed ahead toward adulthood.

You need to be a registered member of gather.com and be logged on to the site before you vote. The site has *truly horrible* navigation, so please click on the links I’ve provided.

Voting ends Wednesday, May 16th, so please vote soon.