Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Computer Book Prepub Alert

Speaking of LJ, why not apply for my old gig?

Library Journal is seeking a librarian with knowledge of computer books and technology to manage and write Computer Book Prepub Alert, a quarterly, online-only column that forecasts what will be big three to four months in advance. Interested persons should email a resume and writing sample to Heather McCormack, Managing Editor, LJ Book Review, at hmccormack@reedbusiness.com.

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Call for Nominations: Movers & Shakers 2008

The editors of Library Journal need your help in identifying the emerging leaders in the library world. Our seventh annual Movers & Shakers supplement will profile 50-plus up-and-coming individuals from across the United States and Canada who are innovative, creative, and making a difference. From librarians to vendors to others who work in the library field, Movers & Shakers 2008 will celebrate the new professionals who are moving our libraries ahead. Movers & Shakers 2008 will be distributed with the March 15 issue of Library Journal.

Deadline for submissions is extended to November 15, 2007! You can nominate someone here (scroll down the page).

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Thursday, May 10, 2007


Computer ME-dia

Most of you have probably noticed the LJ web site redesign by now. The most significant part of this, for me, is that now I can point you directly to one place for all the "Computer Media" and computer book "Prepub Alert" columns. So, if you're doing collection development in this area, you can bookmark or grab the RSS feed.

Updated May 10 to add -- it's not clear whether the old RSS feed for Computer Media is going to redirect to the new one, so please do unsubscribe from the old feed and grab this one instead.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Computer Book Giveaway Recipients

Thanks to everyone who participated in the computer book giveaway. I wish I had enough pertinent titles to give out to everyone who asked, but had an overwhelming response. Please do watch this space for an opportunity to try again. (Most likely next spring, but possibly sooner if I build up a new stock of the most commonly-requested items -- and my back recovers from the trip to the post office!)

The following six libraries will each be receiving a box of computer guides:

Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, VA
Cornell Public Library, Cornell, WI
Magee Public Library, Magee, MS
Glenwood City Public Library, Glenwood, WI
McIntosh Memorial Library, Viroqua, WI
Memphis Public Library, Memphis, TN

And nope, I'm not obsessed with Wisconsin. It just happened.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Computer Book Giveaway

I review computer guides for LJ (and, if you haven't picked up the RSS feed yet, you might want to, since the column's hard to find on their site). So, I have several stacks of books here, published between 2005-2006, that need to leave my house. These are not galleys, but actual published copies.

I'll mail one box of these books to each of three U.S. public libraries, no strings attached (although a donation receipt would be nice). If interested, e-mail cmedia@lisjobs.com by April 24 with the following info:

Contact name, e-mail, and physical library address
One paragraph on why your library could use a box of computer books
A couple of subject areas you could particularly use (e.g., Windows XP, A+ certification, podcasting)

The three libraries selected will be notified by May 1, and I'll ship out the books via media mail in early May. Feel free to pass this message along to colleagues.

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Sunday, March 18, 2007


Move and Shake

Library Journal has posted its March 2007 "Movers & Shakers" supplement. If you're feeling down on the field, go and read about some of these folks to get yourself energized again. Congratulations to everyone -- I was lucky enough to get to write a few of the profiles, so if you're bored on a Sunday night, you can play a little game and guess which ones :).

(On a totally unrelated note, I just noticed Blogger didn't update for daylight savings time. Hmm.)

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