Overdrive & Project Gutenberg e-books

Did you hear the news?

Boston Public Library, Overdrive’s partner, now has 15,000 Project Gutenberg e-books in their Overdrive collection. They are accessed through the Overdrive platform, have no checkout or check in, but are also counted in their stats. The advantage is one-stop shopping. Overdrive says it will be available to all of us in the future. Read more about it in the Library Journal article.

Anyone can go to the Project Gutenberg site and get the titles for free now, of course.  There are over 33,000 e-books in the total collection. They are things that the copyright has expired on, so a classic book is in this case a classic example (sorry).

Here’s how to download from their collection to your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

1. Go to the iBookstore and download the Stanza (free) or the QuickReader ($). follow the instructions below and enjoy your book.

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Utah State Library for the Blind loses Radio Reading Service

Nostalgia washes through me about the Utah State Library for the Blind’s loss of their Radio Reading Service, effective April 2010.

Sure, it may be an outmoded idea, not really a 21st Century Idea.  And sure, the State of Utah has huge budget cuts and we need to keep a balanced budget. And sure, I support our Governor Herbert and our legislature on keeping a balanced budget. After all, we try to do that at home and it seems to be workin’.

I especially support USL admin for doing their homework and finding the least used service, since we can’t keep them all in these tight times. Hopefully one day we’ll be back to the days we had pre-recession. I’m all for that.

Moreover, many people may have given up the radio for something zestier like facebook, like twitter, like Salt Lake Tribune online, who has thoughtfully written an article about it.

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Scholarships for E-Government Librarians

The Center for Library and Information Innovation at the iSchool at the University of Maryland College Park, in partnership with the Government Information Online Initiative and the University of Illinois at Chicago, is accepting applications for 20 Master of Library Science (MLS) scholarships. The scholarships are for a new online MLS program focused on e-government services and digital government information.

Applications are due by 1 February 2010, and the program is scheduled to begin in Fall 2010. For more information, see www.liicenter.org/libegov.

From Peggy Garvin, SLA/DGI Blog

"Free For Books for All" going going gone

My great grandpa would have remembered when Philadelphia Public Library coined the phrase, “Free Books for All.”  That was 1891 and he would have known. He was proud to witness the driving of the Golden Spike ( now that was progress), the buggy and wagon’s morph to the automobile, the steam locomotive’s morph to the jet plane, the radio’s morph to the  TV. Then there was the magical day when man walked on the moon. One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.   He thought he’d seen it all and he did.   He was well read, though a farmer, and he had ideas of his own.

He would have been proud that Philly put out for its citizens. By 1898 the Free Library had the largest circulation in the world at 1,778,387 volumes*. All of them free to the public. Walk in, get a book, go home and read it. Improve your mind, expand your soul.

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Kanab City Library celebrates 10 years in its new building

Kanab City Library was filled with fond memories and tributes to Marolynn Watson at their Tenth Anniversary Open House on May 16th 2009. The Library Board and staff had gone all out to show off many highlights of the past ten years. There were displays showing library accomplishments and artifacts of the library in days of old. The library first started  in 1915.

Marolynn Watson was the Library Director from 1980 to 2002. She got the funding and all of the approvals for the current library building. She was described as a “bulldog,” fighting hard for the community and the library. She received a special gift: a plaque to be put up on the entryway pillar. She and her son Rob flew in for the occasion.

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