The new semester is now upon us!  With our core courses out of the way, many of us ELMSters are in different classes now.  I’m taking two digital courses this semester (Curation and Digital Libraries).  Hopefully, they will be less intensive than the crazy summer sessions!

Librarianship Unplugged

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Originally posted on hls:

A few months ago at work, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Internet went down and service was not restored until about 4 o’clock that afternoon. Considering that I work at a public library where many of the patrons are there specifically for using the Internet and that the Internet is my main source of ready reference answers, this was quite the concern. In fact, as soon as the patrons caught wind that the Internet was down and that we had no idea when it would be back, the building cleared out quickly, and the library became strangely quiet. No typing. No screaming children. Few questions. But that day, I had the chance to practice many of the search techniques I’ve studied in library school and to test my knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System and the library’s physical collection. I got to know many of the offline resources that we…

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Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (FY 2015)

Originally posted on The Researching Librarian: Library Topics:

July 15, 2014
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Call for Applications: FY 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the FY 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program now through the program deadline of September 15, 2014. The program supports grants for the recruiting and educating library students, continuing education for those already in the profession, research, and new programs that build institutional capacity. For program guidelines and more information about the funding opportunity, click here.

This year, the program incorporates three agency priorities, which were discussed in a series of national convenings with IMLS staff and stakeholders. They are:

• National digital platform
• Learning spaces in libraries
• STEM learning in libraries
In particular, applicants should consider projects of professional development and continuing education that address:

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