Sondheim & Lapine’s Passion, Directed by John Doyle, Will Play Off-Broadway in 2013

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning Passion, the musical of romantic obsession, will return to New York City in 2013 in the intimate setting of Classic Stage Company’s 199-seat home in the East Village, the not-for-profit company announced on Jan. 13. Tony Award winner John Doyle — who gave fresh life to Company and Sweeney Todd on Broadway — will direct.

CSC has been acclaimed in recent years for its productions of plays by Anton Chekhov and for David Ives’ Venus in Fur and New Jerusalem, works with roots abroad. Passion, a 1994 Tony winner for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, is drawn from Ettore Scola’s Italian film “Passione d’Amore,” and concerns an ugly, broken, grasping woman named Fosca who pursues a handsome soldier, Giorgio, who is already in love with beautiful but married Clara. The musical had a relatively short life on Broadway, but has since gained stature as a unique musical rumination on the nature of love.



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

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.

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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