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Posted by gaelicnotes on December 15, 2010

First bookless academic library branch?
The University of Texas at San Antonio claims to have the USA’s first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It has the seating capacity for 80 people and offers students a rapidly growing collection of electronic resources that includes 425,000 e-books and 18,000 e-journal subscriptions….UTSA Today, Sept. 9; UTSA College of Sciences News, May

The UK Royal Mail has launched the world’s first “intelligent” stamp, the first to work with image recognition technology. It launches online content when used in conjunction with an  iPhone or Android smartphone. Users place the camera over the stamp, which then launches the online content. Read more>>

World Book Night…. 5 March 2011.

One million books will be given away free in the UK and Ireland.  Some 20,000 volunteers will hand out 48 copies each of their favourite book from a 25-strong list and a further  40,000 will be distributed by organisers. Continue reading the main story

Books on the list include Atwood’s The Blind Assassin, Bennett’s A Life Like Other People’s, Nigel Slater’s Toast, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, and Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning Life of Pi

Noteworthy Reads

Stress test for reference librarians
“People think librarianship is easy”   Dealing with stress and burn out.  

Wait! You can’t retire without sharing that with us

Worried about succession planning – you are not alone.. Are you worried about the departure of staff with well-honed reference skills, years of experience a deep knowledge of the collection and traditional resource>  Read more>>>about what to do about retirement’s brain drain.”…  American Libraries feature

The role of Information Literacy in the provision of virtual reference services at the enquiry desk”
by Daniel Beck in Journal of Information Literacy (4.2) Available here


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