Thursday, December 21, 2006

Happy Solstice

Reminder: SLIS Library closes at noon Friday 12/22 and re-opens Jan 2.

Have a great break!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

ALA puts up a MySpace page

SLISLabLib staffer Becky Yoose notes:
If you have a MySpace page, you can now add ALA to your "Top 8" list! You can view ALA's MySpace page at Take a look at the "Top 8" and see if you recognize any of the libraries there...

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

WisCon (Feminist Science Fiction Convention) Pre-registration Open

WisCon happens in Madison, Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28, 2007. It's a hugely popular event and will fill. A brief description from their homepage:
"This is the world's leading feminist science fiction convention. WisCon encourages discussion and debate of ideas relating to feminism, gender, race and class. WisCon welcomes writers, editors and artists whose work explores these themes as well as their many fans. We have panel discussions, academic presentations, and readings as well as many other uncategorizable events. WisCon is primarily a book-oriented convention... with an irrepressible sense of humor."

For more info:

Monday, December 4, 2006

Attend WI Library Legislation Day Jan 23

I strongly encourage SLIS students to practice library/archives advocacy now and take this convenient (early in the semester, just up the street) opportunity to join librarians and other information professionals, trustees, and friends from around the state who will show up to speak with our state legislators. It's a great opportunity to network as well as get briefed on current issues and just see a legislative day in action. More information and registration forms at:

Register by Friday, Dec. 29th. Talk to me if you're going. I would be happy to meet up with people there.

Friday, December 1, 2006

New e-journal: Partnership

Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research has just published its first issue. Take a look:

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Sue Searing, the LIS librarian at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and graduate assistants from GSLIS provide a "Current Clips" service. As they say on their site:

"This free service offers thoughtful, easy-to-read summaries of the key recent publications in the field, for practicing librarians, information professionals and academics. Each issue focuses on a topic of current concern to the Library and Information community. "

Take a look:

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Update to SLIS Library Hours

The SLIS Library hours for the end of the Fall Semester, Winter Break, and Spring Semester have been updated.

End of Semester Hours
Saturday, December 9th: Open 12-9
Sunday, December 10th: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday, December 22nd: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Winter Break Hours
December 23rd - January 1st: Closed
January 2nd - January 5th: 9:00am - 1:00pm
January 6th - January, 7th: Closed
January 8th - January 12th: 9:00am - 5:00pm
January 13th - January, 14th: Closed
January 15th (MLK Day): Closed
January 16th - January 19th: 9:00am - 5:00pm
January 20th - January, 21st: Closed

Spring Semester Hours: January 22nd - May 11th
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

They are also available on the extended hours page.

Friday, November 24, 2006

MPL "played" by SLIS Library and other video

This link will get you to the homepage for Bridget Zinn's video (and a link to the video on Google video):
Homepage for "World's Fastest Librarian"

And in this week's AL Direct there was a note about "Investigate the Possiblites," a short on YouTube that is a promo for a PL in Kentucky in film noir style:

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Goines' WHORESON Book Discussion 12/1

Join members of the Jail Library Group (JLG) and others for a discussion of a book by one of the most requested authors at the jail, Donald Goines. For some background on Goines see: and

What does "street lit" have in common with other genre fiction? What did you find compelling? Hard to read? We'll talk about these and other questions 12:00-1:00, December 1, 2006 in the SLIS Library.

Monday, November 20, 2006

LISRadio interview with Michael Powell

Check out the interviews available at LISRadio (University of Missouri -
Columbia, School of Information Science and Learning Technologies).  The
latest is with Michael Powell of Powell's Bookstore in Portland and
there is an archive with many others of interest.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Worldcat Beta! lets you:

  • Search many libraries for an item and then locate it in a library nearby

  • Find books, music, and videos to check out

  • Find research articles and digital items (like audiobooks) that can be directly viewed or downloaded

  • Link to "Ask a Librarian" and other services at your library

  • Post a review or notes about an item

Check out

LISNews is a collaborative weblog [aka blog] devoted to current events and news in the world of Library and Information Science. A dedicated team of international bloggers scour the World Wide Web to find stories they find interesting. You'll find links to news stories and Web sites, along with original writing, interviews and reviews. LISNews is updated frequently, usually 7 days a week.