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Comment by Henry Brown on May 13, 2014 at 9:42am

From Library of Congress:

May 13, 2014

FEDLINK Announces Annual Awards for Federal Librarianship

The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, business and scholarly communities and the American public.

FEDLINK will honor the 2013 award winners at the 2014 FEDLINK Spring Exposition on May 13 at the Library of Congress in Washington, where the winners will receive their awards from the Library’s Associate Librarian for Library Services, Roberta I. Shaffer. The names of the winners will remain on permanent display in the FEDLINK offices at the Library of Congress.

Federal libraries and staff throughout the United States and abroad competed for the awards. The winners are listed below.


Comment by Caryn Wesner-Early on March 10, 2014 at 11:42am

I got this through SLA-CDC, and know nothing beyond what's in it:

Please see below for information about a free DC-area event, from the Library of Congress/IMLS/National Library of Medicine. Information is also available at, where additional speakers will be announced soon.


On April 8, 2014, the inaugural cohort of National Digital Stewardship Residents will present a symposium entitled “Emerging Trends in Digital Stewardship” at the National Library of Medicine.  The symposium will consist of panel presentations on topics including preserving social media and collaborative workspaces, open government and open data, and digital strategies for public and non-profit institutions.  It will also feature a demonstration of BitCurator.

The National Digital Stewardship Residency is an initiative of the Library of Congress and Institute of Museum and Library Services.  It “provide(s) a robust, hands-on learning experience to complement graduate-level training and education.  The inaugural cohort began their residency at Washington, D.C. area libraries, museums, and cultural institutions in September 2013.  Ten residents are embedded in institutions around the area, each completing a project related to an aspect of digital preservation and stewardship.  The NDSR program aims to “serve the American people by developing the next generation of stewards to collect, manage, preserve, and make accessible our digital assets.” Further information about the program can be found here:

All sessions will be held in the National Library of Medicine’s Lister Hill Auditorium, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Information about the Auditorium and host site is here:


The symposium is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is encouraged.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

8:30-9:30      Registration

9:30-9:45      Opening Remarks, George Coulbourne and Kris Nelson, Library of Congress

9:45-10:45    BitCurator Demonstration, Cal Lee, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science

11:00-noon    Panel discussion on Social Media, Archiving, and Preserving Collaborative Projects

1:15-2:15      Panel discussion on Open Government and Open Data

2:45-3:45      Panel discussion on Digital Strategies for Public and Non-Profit Institutions

For online registration, please go to:

For symposium updates and logistical information, please go to:

For all other information about the symposium, please contact Maureen Harlow at

All are welcome.

 Emily Reynolds


Digital archivist, World Bank Group Archives

National Digital Stewardship Resident

@emilyrnlds |

Comment by Henry Brown on January 5, 2014 at 2:25pm

From the Austin Tx Statesman:

San Antonio library offers glimpse of bookless future
All-digital libraries have been on college campuses for years. But Bexar County, which runs no other libraries, made history when it decided to open BiblioTech. It is the first bookless public library system in the country, according to information gathered by the American Library Association.

Comment by Henry Brown on December 14, 2013 at 11:27am

From The British Library Blog:

We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.

Which brings me to the point of this release. We are looking for new, inventive ways to navigate, find and display these 'unseen illustrations'. The images were plucked from the pages as part of the 'Mechanical Curator', a creation of the British Library Labs project. Each image is individually addressible, online, and Flickr provies an API to access it and the image's associated description.

We may know which book, volume and page an image was drawn from, but we know nothing about a given image. Consider the image below. The title of the work may suggest the thematic subject matter of any illustrations in the book, but it doesn't suggest how colourful and arresting these images are.

Comment by Henry Brown on December 9, 2013 at 6:45am

From Library of Congress

 FEDLINK Opens Nominations for Federal Librarianship Awards

National Awards Program for Achievements Made in Fiscal Year 2013

To honor the innovative ways in which federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, business, research, scholarly communities and the American public, the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship for fiscal year 2013.

The award winners will be honored for their contributions to federal library and information service at the FEDLINK Spring Expo in Washington, D.C., in May 2014. For nomination materials, visit the Awards Working Group section of the FEDLINK website ( or send an e-mail to The nomination packet includes the nomination form, selection criteria and a list of needed supporting materials. All completed nominations must be emailed to no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 13, 2014.


Comment by Henry Brown on October 25, 2013 at 3:59pm

IMO an excellent read, if rather long ~3600 words, which probably could use some further distribution
From the Guardian:

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens


Comment by Henry Brown on October 10, 2013 at 9:09am

IMO Interesting!

From a local TV station in Houston Tx:

BiblioTech is a new library in Texas, but you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. The library houses no physical books.

Staffers at San Antonio's BiblioTech say it's the first "bookless library." And in addition to its catalog of 10,000 e-books, this techy library also provides a digital lifeline to a low-income neighborhood that sorely needs it.

BiblioTech opened its doors Sept. 14 on the south side of San Antonio, a mostly Hispanic neighborhood where 40% of households don't have a computer and half lack broadband Internet service.

Although the library houses no printed books -- and members can even skip the visit by checking out its e-books online -- BiblioTech's staff says the library's physical presence is still key to its success.


Comment by Henry Brown on September 20, 2013 at 2:10pm

Have posted a discussion which could/should be of some interest/value to some!

Title: Bridging the Digital Divide

Comment by Henry Brown on July 20, 2013 at 10:18am

The Next Level for Libraries!

From Arstechnica:
3D printing for all: Inside Chicago library’s new “pop-up maker lab”
3D printers, laser cutters, and milling machines are now open to the public.

CHICAGO, IL — If you've ever had a hankering to try out a 3D printer, a laser cutter, or a milling machine without dropping thousands of your own hard-earned dollars, the Harold Washington Library in Chicago is the place to be. Starting today, July 8, Harold Washington has become the first major urban library to open a pop-up "maker lab," allowing members of the general public the opportunity to experiment with the cutting-edge technologies. And while there are still a few wrinkles to iron out before the public can use all the machines, the Chicago Public Library (CPL) system is already looking forward to where this project will go next.

Comment by Caryn Wesner-Early on July 8, 2013 at 11:57am

Thanks, I appreciate the apology!


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