Archive for February, 2009

Rocky Mountain News Ceases Publishing

Friday, February 27th, 2009

About two months shy of its true 150th anniversary, the Rocky Mountain News published its last paper and prepares to completely close down. It had been seeking a buyer in the midst of troubles plaguing many newspapers these days. My hat is off to our colleagues. I can’t help wondering what will happen to the […]

Computers In Libraries Conference NELINET Discount Feb 23 Deadline

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The NELINET $234 discount for the 2009 Computers In Libraries ends today, February 23, 2009 Date: March 30 – April 1,2009 Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA Costs*: Computers in Libraries (March 30 – April 1, 2009) – $234.00 Internet@Schools East (March 30 – 31, 2009) – $109.00 Combo (Computers in Libraries and […]

Vormelker-Thomas Student Award Deadline March 4

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The Vormelker-Thomas Student Award deadline is fast approaching Wednesday March 4, 2009 The News Division of the Special Libraries Association invites graduate students and December 2008 graduates interested in a career in news librarianship to apply for the Vormelker-Thomas Student Award. The award, co-sponsored by the News Division and ProQuest, is a $1,500 stipend to […]

Linux System Administrator Wanted

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Blake Carver of LISHost is looking for an experienced Linux Systems Administrator: “Business is good at LISHost and we could use some help from an experienced systems administrator. The position involves all the usual things a sysadmin would do, including server maintenance, security, and support. The job is part time, requires no travel and has […]

Winthrop, Mass., Public Library In Peril

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Disclaimer: I am the Technical Services Librarian at the Winthrop Public Library and union shop steward. The Winthrop(Mass) Public Library is facing a serious financial crisis since the Town of Winthrop received a $511,000 state aid cut a few weeks ago. The Town Council was going to close the Library, but after a massive media […]

Wall Street Journal gets rid of 2 News Librarians

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Techdirt and Editor & Publisher posted two stories that the Wall Street Journal is laying off two news librarians: Editor & Publisher: “NEW YORK The librarian who operates The Wall Street Journal’s news research library — which is set to close with the elimination of her job and another staffer’s — said in a memo […]

Report on Forum about Electronic Media and News Preservation

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Garrett pointed me to the summary “On the Record: A Forum on Electronic Media and the Preservation of News” in the current issue of Focus on Global Resources. “The recent and ongoing contraction in the newspaper industry and the emergence of the Internet as a venue for real-time news suggest that preserving newspapers will become […]

Digital Commonwealth Conference March 31 College of the Holy Cross Worcester Mass

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

The Digital Commonwealth is holding it’s 3rd annual Digital Library Conference and Vendor Fair on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. Keynotes * “Rebooting America,” David Liroff, formerly of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. * “Digital Preservation: Prologue and Principles,” Nancy McGovern, University of Michigan, Digital Preservation Officer, […]

2 from On the Media: US Gov’t Electronic Records and the Supposed Death of the Newspaper Industry

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

I don’t normally listen to the National Public Radio program On the Media, but I happened to catch two stories on this week’s episode definitely worth mentioning here. 1) Like many archival repositories, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the archives that handle many important United States government records, like those from the Office […]