PC World – How to Recover (Almost) Anything

September 27, 2007

PC World – How to Recover (Almost) Anything 

Just found out that you deleted the wrong spreadsheet? Forgot your Windows password? Don’t despair. You can take care of these and many other goofs with the following tips.

Kirk Steers, PC World


50 Years of Reading Free – YALSA

September 27, 2007

50 Years of Reading Free – YALSA

Banned books are nothing new but check out this wikipedia article and the list of young adult books that have most often been banned. Did you read these books as a youth?  Have they been banned for good reason?  Are kids still reading them?  An interesting article and a lot of good literature that deserves to be read.

From the article: 
“Today, censorship is broader and better organized than in other eras. Before Gutenberg and the invention of the printing press in the mid-15th century, ordinary people did not have unlimited access to the printed word, so there was more emphasis on controlling the spoken word. Once print became available and affordable, especially through newspapers, newsletters, magazines, chapbooks and broadsides, print censorship became widespread. Many different forms of censorship exist; one needs look no farther than the Patriot Act to see how insidious and entrenched censorship is in the United States. While other nations have traditionally admired and aspired to emulate the freedoms granted by the first amendment to the US Constitution, these freedoms—religion, speech, the press, and assembly—are seriously at risk in American schools, libraries, and even homes. “

Travel grants for ALA Available

September 26, 2007

In addition to NLLN Continuing Education Scholarships, there are a large number of awards available for attendance at the ALA Annual Conference next summer. Read through this list for some great possibilities depending on your interests, background, and experienc. 

Here is a list of travel grant/award opportunities for the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, June 26-July 2, 2008


Sharon Lerner Scholarships available from MLA

September 26, 2007

One last opportunity to apply for the Sharon J. Lerner scholarship for the MLA Conference. This scholarship is a competitive scholarship but could be awarded to up to 3 recipients. Scholarship recipients would have their MLA Conference registrations paid and would be honored at the Awards banquet. The criteria for this award is as follows:

      1. Must be a current MLA member or become an MLA member if the scholarship is awarded to him/her.

      2. Successful applicants are MN library workers providing children’s or young adult services.

      3. Must have two or more years of library experience.

4. Applicants have either never attended an MLA conference or have attended an MLA conference sometime in the past, but would be unable to attend in the current year with out financial assistance.

5. Scholarship recipients agree to: attend the MLA Annual Conference, provide a newsletter article for MLA on the Annual Conference, become a member of MLA and join the Children and Young People’s Sections.

All applications must be received by October 1.
For a copy of the application, contact Heidi Hoks at hhoks@carverlib.org  or 952-4503.

Thank you,
Heidi Hoks
MLA President

Kid’s Page

September 20, 2007

Kid’s Page from the federal government is a  place for kids to explore, discover and learn. This fun site has tons of cool information; it’s divided into four topics:
Everything Art, History and Culture, People and Places, Science
and Nature. You can design your own sculpture online, take a
virtual trip to the Galapagos, and play the Viking board game. Pop
quiz: How deep in the ocean does the giant squid live?

This is a great site for librarians, teachers, parents — and Kids!

Fargo Pub Lib Children’s Coordinator job open

September 18, 2007

The Fargo Public Library is seeking a dynamic Children’s Coordinator to be responsible for the development, coordination, promotion and management of library service to children, their families and caregivers.  This position will work with other children’s and branch library staff to provide programs, including Summer Reading Program and preschool story time, develop other services and programs for children, assist in developing a strong children’s collection, and network with community schools, organizations and agencies.  Successful candidate will have an ALA-accredited MLS or school media specialist credential, previous experience working in libraries, and previous experience working with children, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to obtain a valid ND/MN driver’s license.  Salary range:  $3,042 to $3,310/month.  To apply submit resume, cover letter, 3 professional references and online application form through the City of Fargo’s web site: www.cityoffargo.com/hr/apply .  Review of applications begins October 5, 2007.

Nominate Academic Librarians for ACRL Awards

September 13, 2007

ACRL seeks nominations for 2008 awards
recognizing outstanding achievements in academic librarianship

For more than three-quarters of a century, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has been committed to celebrating the achievements of academic and research librarians through the presentation of awards, grants and fellowships.  With almost $34,000 donated annually by corporate sponsors, ACRL has and will continue to nominate, select and honor the very best in academic librarianship.   To read the full press release, click here: Press release for ACRL nomination information