Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tool for Creating Tag Clouds

A blog post called "Critical Glanceability" by Ann-Marie Deitering (Oregon State University) includes an interesting looking tag cloud for "critical thinking," created by using, a free site. You can enter a series of words or a url for a site with an RSS feed, like this LILi blog, in order to create a tag cloud image, with a number of choices for color and layout. Check out the LILi blog tag cloud.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Mellon Seminars in Digital Humanities

During this academic year, 9 Mellon Seminars in Digital Humanities will take place at UCLA in Real Life (RL), in Humanities Building 193/199. They will be "broadcast" simultaneously into Second Life (SL) via a live feed to Entropia, the Digital Library Federation's SL island. The following SLurl (Second Life URL) will teleport you to Entropia, though you must have an SL account in order to log on:

SL accounts are free:

Topics to be covered include Web 2.0, virtual worlds, digital narratives, and the classroom as laboratory.

Seminars will be offered from 2 to 5 pm (U.S. Pacific time) on the following dates:

Fall Quarter: October 8th, November 5th, December 1st
Winter Quarter: January 5th, February 2d, March 2d
Spring Quarter: April 6th, May 4th, June 1st

Todd Presner (UCLA, Germanic Languages) and Jeffrey Schnapp (Stanford University, Stanford Humanities Laboratory), ask that this information be shared with anyone interested in attending in RL or in SL.

Email if you would like a copy of the flyer with more details.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

SCIL Works Call for Proposals

SCIL (Southern California Instruction Librarians), a CARL Interest Group, is calling for proposals for its February 6, 2009 program, scheduled for CSU San Marcos. The program is called "'The Daily and the Visionary': Employing Reflective Practices to Increase Our Engagement and Success." Check the SCIL Works 2009 web site for details.

Monday, September 22, 2008

SCIL (Southern California Instruction Librarians) Nominations

SCIL, a CARL (California Academic & Research Libraries) interest group, is seeking nominations for Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, a 3-year term (Vice-Chair, Chair, Past-Chair). Deadline: October 10th. Contact Debbi Renfrow to nominate yourself or others: or (951) 827-5732.

By way of history, SCIL started out in 1975 as a subgroup of a CLA (California Library Association) committee. It grew quickly and turned into an independent organization called California Clearinghouse on Library Instruction, with southern and northern groups open to librarians in any type of library interested in library instruction/bibliographic instruction. In actuality, though, most CCLI South members were from academic libraries. In later years, CCLI South became an interest group of the California ACRL Chapter, and renamed itself SCIL.

The LILi group has, in a way, gone back to the CCLI South roots, and expanded by drawing in librarians from all types of libraries, in its mission to investigate and develop sequential lifelong information literacy curriculum for all levels of libraries in California.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

"Wikipedia, YouTube & Information Literacy" Workshop

Around 56 high school and community college librarians from the Los Angeles area attended the "Wikipedia, YouTube & Information Literacy" workshop I presented, on Friday, September 19th. I've just posted my slideshow and outline (with urls) on It was great fun, and we all learned from each other. After the workshop, about a dozen of us had a LILi (Lifelong Information Literacy group) lunch meeting. We discussed and agreed to continue to pursue grant funding for the IL survey we would like to conduct of Los Angeles County libraries. A librarian from a public high school in Long Beach offered to host a future meeting. Fuller notes are forthcoming.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

ACRL in Second Life - Tools for Libraries

An announcement from Rhonda Trueman, Chair, ACRL Second Life Task Force:

ACRL in Second Life - Tools for Libraries

The ACRL in Second Life group will meet again this Saturday at 8 AM SLT (Pacific) in Second Life on ALA Island. Alexandria Knight/Esther Grassian will speak on tools available at the ICT Library on Info Island and Abbey Zenith/Rhonda Trueman will talk about the tools developed for library use by Bucky Barkley of Buckaroos, located on Eduisland 4. These tools, presented by Alexandria and Abbey, include a whiteboard, seating that allows students to raise their hands, SLoodle tool bar, web monitors that connect the user to approximately 30 URLs, signs that rotate pictures for exhibits and give out landmarks and notecards, Virtual Reality Rooms, and more! -- a chance to learn and share your favorite SL tools.

DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 20, 2008, 8 AM SLT

LOCATION: Second Life, ALA Island, ACRL Site


For information about the meeting or how to join the ACRL in SL group, please contact: Abbey Zenith/Rhonda Trueman at

Monday, September 15, 2008

LILi Meeting 9/19 1-2:30 + Agenda

The LILi Advisory Board will be meeting this Friday from 1 to 2:30 pm, immediately following the high school and community college workshop described in the LILi blog posting just previous to this one. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Check the LILi Google Calendar for an abbreviated Agenda.

FREE Workshop: "Wikipedia, YouTube & Information Literacy"

The annual UCLA College Library workshop for high school and community college librarians is scheduled for this Friday, September 19th, 10:30-1 at UCLA Powell Library. The workshop is overenrolled at 55 rsvp's, so we may or may not be able to squeeze more in. If you can't make it, don't worry, though. I'll post my slide show to and will make my outline handout available with live links, after the workshop.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

"I Love My Librarian Award": Nominations Open

Separate nomination forms are available for the following categories of librarians with Masters degrees from ALA-accredited institutions, currently working in a library in the U.S. :
The web site announcement includes the following:
"Up to ten librarians will be honored. Each will receive $5000 and will be recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by The New York Times at The Times Center in December 2008." Awardees will also receive a $500 travel stipend to attend the award ceremony.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

California State Reference Think Tank - Report

Cindy Mediavilla from the California State Library, and a LILi Advisory Board member, attended the State Library's recent Think Tank on the future of reference. She reports on it in her blog, La Vida Biblioteca. Cindy mentions that one of the trends discussed was "eliminating boundaries." This is certainly relevant to LILi's mission, as we, in many different types of libraries, work together to try to achieve our goals. We will look forward to reading official reports on the Think Tank, as the California State Library develops "a new Statewide Reference model," that will also address information literacy. As this new model is developed, the State Library intends to offer opportunities to provide input at the California State Library Association (CLA) conference, November 14-17, San Jose, and through other means.

SAVE THE DATE: Gold Coast Workshop

Please help spread the word and forward this message where appropriate.

Gold Coast Library Network, serving San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties invite you to save the date for our professional development workshop.

Friday, October 24
9:30am - 3:00pm
Santa Maria Public Library - Shepherd Hall

09:30 - 10:00 Registration
10:10 - 11:00 Librarians Gone Wild: Outreach, Outreach and Even More Outreach
11:10 - 12:00 Web 2.0 and Beyond
12:00 - 01:00 Lunch
01:00 - 01:45 Panel on Retention, Recruitment, and Diversity
02:00 - 02:45 LILi: Lifelong Information Literacy

Cost and registration information will be available soon.

Friday, September 5, 2008

IFLA and Information Literacy

The IL section of IFLA started around 2002, and I believe this year in Canada they made history by finally adopting an IL logo. We can learn more about this from Esther's latest Lili blog and several other weblogs. The IFLA IL section website is a little out of date but provides some history

Checkout especially the Information Literacy Resources Directory, created by the IFLA section "to record information literacy materials from different parts of the world, on behalf of UNESCO. "


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Information Literacy Logo & InfoLit Global

Announced on August 10th at the IFLA Conference: Edgar Luy Perez from Havana City, Cuba, has won the IFLA Information Literacy logo contest. You can view and download the logo with or without the phrase, "Information Literacy," in English, French, Russian and Spanish, with more languages to come.

As a reminder, IFLA and UNESCO sponsor InfoLit Global, a worldwide database of Information Literacy materials, with links to conferences, blogs, websites, products for users, organizations, publications, and train the trainer materials.

Librarians as Community Partners: Submission Call

Want to publish? Check this invitation, posted to various lists:

Seeking Submissions from Practicing Librarians (U.S. and Canada) for Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook (publisher: American Library Association).

Foreword: Kathy Barco, READiscover New Mexico: A Tri-Lingual Adventure in Literacy (Sunstone Press, 2007); children's librarian, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library.

Afterword: Edith Campbell, Media Director, Arlington High School, Indianapolis.
Indiana Libraries, Viewpoints;

Articles by practicing academic, public, school, special librarians sharing their experiences on how U.S. librarians are not tied to computers inside libraries: how librarians partner, outreach, and market libraries in their communities. Librarians with ethnic backgrounds serving diverse cultures are encouraged.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted, co-authored material. Two articles sharing the range of your outreach experiences, 1900-2100 words total; for example, one article could be 1000 words, another 900-1100 words on another topic. If you have only one outreach experience, please submit it but contributors with two will receive priority since it provides readers more diversity.

Possible topics: workshops at senior centers, story hours at community swimming pools, innovative literacy outreach, partnering with artists and writers, creative youth participation, effective advocacy with elected officials, diversity partnerships.

Editor Carol Smallwood, MLS, has written, co-authored, edited 19 books for Scarecrow, Libraries Unlimited, Peter Lang, and others. Her work has appeared in English Journal, Clackamas Literary Review, The Detroit News, and several others including anthologies. Pudding House Publications published her 2008 chapbook, a recent anthology is

The deadline for current cycle of completed submissions is October 30, 2008.
Contributor’s sign an ALA Writer Agreement before publication. Compensation:
a complimentary copy, discount on additional copies,

Please send 3 topic proposals; a 65-70 word bio beginning with your library of employment, title, highlights of your community library outreach activities, awards, and related professional contributions. Place PARTNERS/your name on the subject line to: