Friday, September 29, 2006

Fall 2006 issue of California LIBRARY News

The Fall 2006 issue of California LIBRARY News written by CARL member Jackie Siminitus is available. There's content about streaming video,, Calisphere, Google video among other items of interest (grants, conferences, events).

UIE Virtual Seminars

From Mari Miller, CARL-N IT IG member, comes this post:

User Interface Engineering, founded by Jared M. Spool is a leading research, training, and consulting firm specializing in web site and product usability. The firm offers fee based UIE Virtual Seminars.

The next 90 minute seminar is The Visual Design of Web Applications: Creating Usable and Beautiful Designs with Hagan Rivers on November 1st, 2006. "Learn the key strategies for creating both usable and aesthetically pleasing web applications for your customers. Cost is $129."

Thursday, September 28, 2006


Facebook is like There is a Facebook blog as well.

"Facebook is a social utility that helps people better understand the world around them. Facebook is made up of many networks - individual schools, companies or regions - each of which are independent and closed off to non-affiliated users. Facebook launched in February 2004, and the website now has over 9.5 million registered users across over 40,000 regional, work, college and high school networks. According to comScore, Facebook is the seventh-most trafficked site on the web and is the number one photo-sharing site. Facebook is a private company located in Palo Alto, California."

Stephen Abram on Library 2.0 and Web 2.0

SJSU School of Library and Information Science is hosting Stephen Abram as a speaker on Friday evening, Nov. 3, 2006.

Mr. Abram is currently SLA President-Elect.

Samuel Lazerow Memorial Lecture:

Are We Ready For Massive Library Innovation?

Speaker: Stephen Abram, VP Innovation, SirsiDynix

There is a global conversation going on right now about the next generation of the web. It's happening under the series title "Web 2.0". It's the McLuhanesque hot web where true human interaction takes precedence over merely `cool' information delivery and e-mail. It's about putting information into the real context of our users' lives, work and play. It's about truly understanding user needs. What does Library 2.0 look like in this Web 2.0 ecosystem? In a world of MySpace, Facebook, Virtual Worlds and Second Life and a world with user-driven tools like, Flickr, Blogger, LibraryThing, and Pandora - what are the competencies needed by Librarian 2.0 to sustain relevance? Come and hear Stephen Abram's highlights to spark this discussion further.

Friday, November 3, 2006 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hotel Sainte Claire, Santa Vesta Room
302 South Market Street San Jose, California 95113
Free metered and public parking after 6:00 pm

No charge for admission.

Hosted by SJSU - School of Library and Information Science. Sponsored by Thomson Scientific.

This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals needing other accommodations should contact the School of Library and Information Science at 408-924-2416 as soon as possible.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Webinar of MusicOnline Thursday September 28th

Thanks to Mari Miller, CARL-N IT IG member for the following post:

Califa will be hosting a webinar of MusicOnline, from Alexander Street Press, Thursday, September 28, at 10am. This online music service for libraries consists of three individual streaming music databases – Classical Music Library, African American Song and The Smithsonian Global Sound World Music. These three databases have been bundled together (a total of over 150,000 tracks) and priced for public libraries (we also have academic and school library pricing as well). Patrons may listen either in the library, or at home through remote authentication. Liner notes and reference material are included.

If you would like to view the webinar, please email with:

Your Name:
Your Library:
Your Email Address:

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

RSS Benefits for You and Your Library

RSS Benefits for You and Your Library is a 2 hour self paced fee based course offered by OCLC.

Topics covered include:

1.Importance of RSS to libraries and library professionals
2.Specific ways libraries and library professionals can use RSS to their advantage both as consumer and producer
3. Examples of successful implementations of RSS in various library settings
4. The steps to consider when implementing a RSS feed for your library
5. Definitions and variations of the term RSS
6. Comparisons of RSS to other web communication tools
7. How to manage information through RSS readers
8. Definitions and comparisons of RSS readers

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

OCLC Western Training Opportunities in California

Thanks to CARL member Jackie Siminitus, AT&T Library Advocate for this entry.

OCLC Western is pleased to provide the following professional development and training opportunities for September, October and November in California. For more information, including a complete listof classes scheduled in your area, please visit the OCLC website or contact us at 800-854-5753.

Here are a few:

Digitization and Preservation
Oct 18, 2006 - OCLC Western - Ontario, CA

Developing and Managing Digital Programs
Nov 2, 2006 - Woodbury College - Glendale, CA

Developing and Managing Digital Projects
Nov 7, 2006 - Online-Live Meeting

Digital Content Management: Compliance in the Digital Age
Oct 30-Dec 1, 2006 - Online

EAD Encoding Practices and Policies
Nov 2, 2006 - OCLC Western - Ontario, CA

Streaming Audio and SMIL for Oral Histories
Nov 3, 2006 - OCLC Western - Ontario, CA

ACRL Fall Virtual Institute, November 9th

Thanks to CARL member Susan Boyd, Librarian at Santa Clara University for this entry.

Registration is now open for the ACRL Fall Virtual Institute, "The
User at the Center,
" which will be held completely online on November 9, 2006.

October 26, 2006, is the advance registration deadline.

The institute will focus on how libraries can use technologies
and practice to put the user at the center of the information enterprise on campus.

The ACRL Fall Virtual Institute will provide participants with a
framing featured speaker, Jeffrey Trzeciak, University Librarian at
McMaster University, as well as concurrent sessions focusing on topics
varying from vlogging to wikis to user perceptions.

Complete program descriptions

Registration materials

Questions? Contact; 312-280-2522.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Podcasting conference call September 28th

Thursday, September 28
2 p.m. Eastern Time (11 a.m. Pacific)

"Podcasting is one of the hottest trends in communication and technology today. A word coined from merging "broadcasting" with "iPods" – portable devices for downloading audio files, including spoken word as well as music – podcasting is not yet entirely mainstream, though millions already listen to hundreds of different programs available for free on the Web.

Join me and Copyright Clearance Center for a free Beyond the Book conference call discussion with Rob Simon, a media and marketing entrepeneur and founder, president and
CEO of BurstMarketing which specializes in creating and publishing podcasts.

At a growing number of colleges, for example, professors who already have blogs, where they post online commentary on their favorite topics or academic specialties, are now adding podcasts to reach even larger audiences. Classroom lectures are also being made available as podcasts. Book authors, columnists, instructors, professors and freelancers can all use podcasting to further their reach, increase understanding of their works, and supplement their existing content. Beyond the Book wants to show you how."

Space for this program is limited!

E-mail us at, or call us
toll-free at 1-800-982-3887 ext. 2420.

Be sure to include your name and e-mail address.

The first 50 registrants will receive e-mail confirmation with instructions on dialing in to
this toll-free conference call discussion.

Visit us online at Beyond the Book for more information about all of Copyright Clearance Center’s Beyond the Book programs.

Christopher Kenneally, Director, Author & Creator Relations
phone: 800-982-3887 ext. 2420