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Library of Congress test drives cloud storage

The Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program and DuraSpace have announced that they will launch a one-year pilot program to test the use of cloud technologies to enable perpetual access to digital content.

The pilot will focus on a new cloud-based service called DuraCloud, that replicates and distributes content across multiple cloud providers and enables organizations to share, access, and preserve said content. Eventually the service will also provide computing capabilities in addition to the storage and archiving functions. (DuraSpace is a joint effort of the Fedora Commons and the DSpace Foundation.)

Duracloud_flowThe project started with a vision of federated repositories and infrastructure that would scale massively and remove the risks of data silos. The other major goal is to make the service usable across external and internal cloud deployments.

Let’s assume that any security issues can be worked out and recognize that this approach may actually be the ideal way for government agencies to share and archive data–especially data that’s not terribly sensitive.

Just the ability to share data across agencies and with the public would be a huge advancement for any agency. Based on the architecture diagram below, this looks like a feasible approach–at least until agencies start building internal clouds that become silos (again).

Among the NDIIPP partners participating in the DuraCloud pilot program are the New York Public Library and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

There are plenty of these kinds of efforts under way and sooner or later one will hit the mark. I look forward to the day when the cloud promise fully delivers.

By Dave Rosenberg reposted from CNet (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13846_3-10286280-62.html)

Annual Conference 2010

Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel, Portsmouth VA

The 2010 VLA Annual Conference will be held
Oct. 21-22, 2010 at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel, Portsmouth VA.

Would you like to present at the 2010 Conference? Please complete the Concurrent Session Proposal Form (PDF) .

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: MAY 1, 2010

Council Meeting

September 10, 2010:

Council will be meeting at the Twin Hickory Area Library from 10 – 12:00 on Sept. 10, 2010.

Twin Hickory is a County of  Henrico Public Library and is located at 5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Virginia, 23059.

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Council Meeting

June 11, 2010:

Council will be meeting at the Twin Hickory Area Library from 10 – 12:00 on June 11, 2010.

Twin Hickory is a County of  Henrico Public Library and is located at 5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Virginia, 23059.

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Council Meeting

April 9, 2010:

Council will be meeting at the Twin Hickory Area Library from 10 – 12:00 on April 9, 2010.

Twin Hickory is a County of  Henrico Public Library and is located at 5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Virginia, 23059.

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Council Meeting (Twin Hickory Area Library-Richmond)

Jan. 29, 2010:

Council will be meeting at the Twin Hickory Area Library from 10 – 12:30 on January 30th. Twin Hickory is a County of  Henrico Public Library and is located at 5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Virginia, 23059.

Note this Council meeting is not at the regular location.

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ACRL's Virginia chapter hosting summer regional programs at JMU and VSU

logo_ACRLACRL’s Virginia chapter is pleased to invite you to attend one of our two summer regional programs. The events, held July 29 at James Madison University and Aug. 5 at Virginia State University, will each feature a panel session on “Making the peer review process work for you,” a tour/discussion of new/renovated library spaces, and the opportunity to network with colleagues.

Wednesday, July 29 @ James Madison University’s East Campus Library (opened in 2008)

Wednesday, Aug. 5 @ Virginia State University’s Johnston Memorial Library (renovated in 2004)

REGISTRATION: To register for the program most convenient to you, please e-mail Luke Vilelle (lvilelle@hollins.edu). There is no cost to register, but space is limited, so please register early. The only cost associated with the program will be the cost of your lunch, should you choose to join us.

The details and program agenda are below. Directions and room location information will be provided to registrants.

Western Regional (in Harrisonburg): July 29

James Madison’s East Campus Library (opened in 2008)

9:30-10:00, Registration/arrival

10:00-10:15, Introductions

10:15-11:00, Panel: “Making the peer review process work for you”

  • Jody Fagan, editor of the Journal of Web Librarianship and chair of the ALA Poster Sessions committee
  • Lesley Moyo, reviewer for The Electronic Library (and recipient of the journal’s 2008 Outstanding Reviewer Award)
  • Candice Benjes-Small, co-chair of the VLACRL 2009 conference committee

11:15-12:30, Learning Spaces in the East Campus Library (tour and discussion, led by East Campus Library Services Director John McGehee)

12:30-1:45, lunch (optional)

Parking: free

Lunch: TBA, at a nearby restaurant.

Eastern Regional (in Petersburg): Aug. 5

Virginia State University’s Johnston Memorial Library (renovated in 2004)

9:30-10:00, Registration/arrival

10:00-10:15, Introductions

10:15-11:00, Panel: “Making the peer review process work for you”

  • Christopher Millson-Martula, editor of College & Undergraduate Libraries
  • Joan Ruelle, member of the ACRL 2009 Conference Contributed Papers committee
  • Luke Vilelle, co-chair of the VLACRL 2009 conference committee

11:15-12:30, Tour/discussion of the James Hugo Johnston Memorial Library

12:30-1:45, Lunch (optional)

Parking: free

Lunch: TBA, most likely at a nearby restaurant.

"Communication is the Key" Paraprofessional Forum Workshop

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When: Friday, September 18, 2009 from 9:30a – 2:45p

Where: Greenwood Library,  Longwood University,  Farmville, Virginia

Featuring: Richard P. Holt, Human Resources Trainer, George Mason University

Details:

Seating is limited

Information for directions and parking will be sent to participants prior to the event.  You can also visit the Longwood website:

http://www.longwood.edu/directions.htm

9:30a – 10:00a Check-in/Refreshments
10:00a – 10:15a Opening Remarks
10:15a – Noon Morning Session
Noon  -   1:15p Lunch
1:15p -   2:45p Afternoon Session

Registration  Form (No onsite registration)

Communication is the Key Flyer (Word Doc)

Communication is the Key Flyer (PDF)

ALA 2010 Emerging Leaders application process now open

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2010 class of Emerging Leaders.  Applications can be found at http://www.ala.org/cfapps/emergingleaders/. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2009.

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The program is designed to enable approximately 100 library workers to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership.  Participants are given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, network with peers and get an inside look into the ALA structure and activities.

For the first time since its establishment, the Emerging Leaders program will accept non-MLS library workers.  Library support staff personnel are encouraged to apply to the program and will have an opportunity to be considered for sponsorship through the ALA Library Support Staff Interests Round Table. Continue reading ALA 2010 Emerging Leaders application process now open

Free Video Magnifiers Available Via Corporate Sponsors

Nancy Shugart, Owner of AmazingVideoMagnifiers.com, is now collecting names of libraries who do not have a video magnifier or who are in need of a new one. She will then work with a corporate sponsor to purchase one for each library on the list.

geniePro-1A video magnifier, also called a CCTV, is an electronic magnifier which enables people with low vision to see to read and write.

There are an estimated 21.2 million Americans living with vision loss.  As the 9 million baby boomers continue to age, this number is expected to grow substantially.

Many people who have low vision cannot afford to purchase their own video magnifier.  Unfortunately, many libraries also do not have the funding to purchase this technology. Continue reading Free Video Magnifiers Available Via Corporate Sponsors