September 2008
Volume 29 No. 2



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News You Can Use
Free2 Vote
The Free2 Vote campaign materials are now on the Free2 intranet just in time for the November election. Contact your library's Free2 representative for more information.

As part of the Free2 campaign, on August 26, 2008, Michael Krasny interviewed Jane Light, San Jose Public Library director; Al Escoffier, Burlingame Public Library director; Jim Rettig, ALA President; and Martin Gomez, Urban Libraries Council president, on his Future of Libraries forum on KQED. Podcast

More Seekers for Health Care Information
Recently published studies report a significant increase in health care information seekers from the numbers in earlier studies.

  • Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC): 56% Details
  • Pew Internet & American Life Project: 75% - 80% Report

In view of these findings, Califa is offering a trial of Natural Standard, a decision support tool for the safety and efficacy of herbs, supplements, and complementary medical practices. The trial ends September 30. Details are in the Califa blog entry for August 29


DIVA Night - September 30 - Kepler's Menlo Park
Led by Children's Book Buyer, Antonia Squire, representatives from the major publishers will share their top picks, offer sneak-peaks of new youth literature, and raffle bagsfull of books and advance copies.

CLA 2008 Conference - "Leading the Way" - November 14-17, 2008 - San Jose. Details

Picturing America - NEH/ALA Book Grants
The 6th Annual We the People Bookshelf grant applications for art books on the theme, Picturing America, are now being accepted through January 30, 2009. Details

Website Additions
- Elections - Lobby connections, pros and cons of hot-button issues
- Patrons & Services - Non-tax revenue survey report

Events and Training
Gale InfoTrac+ - Free Annual Update Training with Kurt Stovall
- Santa Cruz, Tuesday 9/23 - 9:30-12:30 - Register
- Berkeley, Tuesday 10/7 - 9:30-12:30 - Register

The Future of Libraries (4.0): Effective Marketing & Outreach in an Onsite-Online World - September 24, 2008 - San Francisco
The keynote speaker is Christie Koontz, founder of GeoLib and columnist for Marketing Library Services. This is the fourth annual Future of Libraries workshop sponsored by the Library Staff Development Committee of the Greater Bay Area.

San Francisco Public Library, Main Library - Koret Auditorium Directions to Main Library Main Library Floor Plan Parking
Wednesday September 24, 2008 - 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: $40 advance registration
Details & registration

Readers Advisory for Teens - Thursday, October 23, 2008 - San Leandro
Joni Richards Bodart, PhD, aka "The Guru of Booktalking" and author of Radical Reads: 101 YA Novels on the Edge, and The Booktalker, will present tools needed for quality teens' readers' advisory.

San Leandro Public Library - 300 Estudillo Avenue, 94577
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Cost: $ 20.00 advance registration. $25.00 at the door
Details & Registration

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OCLC Western's Trainings - September - October, 2008 - San Mateo and San Francisco
Local training locations and schedule:
OCLC Office, San Mateo, 777 Mariners Island Boulevard, Suite 550, 94404
San Francisco Public Library, Main Library - 6th Floor computer lab
Directions to Main Library Main Library Floor Plan Parking

Managing Archival Collections: An Introduction
Thursday, September 25, 2008 (Registration Deadline: 9/22/08)
9:00 am-4:00 pm - San Mateo

Streaming Audio and SMIL for Oral Histories
Friday, September 26, 2008 (Registration Deadline: 9/23/08)
9:00 am-4:00 pm - San Mateo

Local Holdings Foundations
Monday, September 29, 2008 (Registration Deadline: 9/22/08)
1:00 pm-4:00 pm - San Francisco

Local Holdings Maintenance
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 (Registration Deadline: 9/23/08)
9:00 am-4:00 pm - San Francisco

MARC 21 in Your Library
October 27, 2008 (Registration Deadline: 9/29/08)
9:00 am-4:00 pm - San Mateo

Just for Copy Cats
October 28-29, 2008 (Registration Deadline: 9/30/08)
9:00 am-4:00 pm - San Mateo

OCLC Western offers even more trainings in a WebEx format. Complete schedule.

Eureka Leadership Training - September - June
Although the first of this series of workshops has passed, you may still sign up for offerings taking place during 2008-2009. Description and workshop schedule.

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Reference Picks
Mashup the Library - CARL IT North Workshop - July 28, 2008

The workshop presented trends in social networking and demonstrated tools and applications to bring together data visualization tools, e.g. statistics overlaid on a map, and applications to bring together information from internal library databases and Internet sites to make dynamic, informative, and interactive websites.

Highlights from the CARLNIT Blog
Speakers' presentations
LibGuides examples: Elections - Gardening - Reading Campaign

LIS Wire - Website for News by and for Libraries
LIS Wire collects press releases from libraries, library vendors, and associations, with an RSS feed available, for example the ALA announcement of its technology survey of public libraries. To post your library's press releases, sign up for a free account.

"Online Life" - Reports Applicable to Libraries

Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study Published by The ALA Office for Research & Statistics and the Information Institute at Florida State University, key findings report a 30+% growth in online services and that libraries are relying more on non-tax funding. Overview
Survey data for an updated report is being collected until November 7. Survey form

Pew Internet and American Life: Teens,Video Games and Civics Game playing is universal and social, and experiences are diverse, with statistics for your teen program planning and funding applications.

StickK - Enlist Supporters to Help You Make Commitments
Based on research at Yale, StickK offers a way for people to announce their goals and for supporters to watch and encourage them. Some examples: post 3 blog entries in a week, finish a book in time for a book group discussion, have an online tutor review your essay before turning it in.

News from Our Members
Community and Big Reads
Pleasanton - Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Details
Peninsula Library System - What is What, by Dave Eggers - Details
- San Francisco Public Library - West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story by Tamim Ansary - Details

Library Openings, Upgrades and Funding Measures
San Jose Public Library
- Pearl Avenue - August 2, 2008 - Press release
- Willow Glen - August 23, 2008 - Press release .

San Mateo County - Portola Valley - September 15, 2008 "Soft" opening
Redwood City Public Library - Redwood Shores - September 6, 2008

Palo Alto City Library - Bond Issue November 2008
Santa Clara Counry Library - Gilroy Library Bond Issue November 2008

In June 2008, measures which would benefit these libraries passed: Alameda and Santa Cruz Counties, and Orinda in Contra Costa County, as well as those for these libraries' jurisdictions: San Benito County and Pacific Grove. The report is published in the California League of Cities' California Local Government Finance Almanac, a well-organized primer on state and local finance, very informative for election programming and webliographies.


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