Thursday, October 21, 2010

Educause Grants for Next Generation Learning Challenges

From the website...

"Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) re-imagines the future of student success with information technology as an essential enabler, making customized, interactive learning possible. We know that technology makes it possible to extend the reach and multiply the benefits of learning innovations for the thousands of students, and especially for those who need it most. NGLC seeks to demonstrate that the power to scale innovation and stimulate adoption through technology-enabled solutions can have a transformative effect on the student experience. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged nearly $20 million to provide grants to organizations and innovators to expand promising technology tools to more students, teachers, and schools.

To learn more about the initial request for proposals (RFP), EDUCAUSE is offering two free webcasts where initiative staff will review the program, highlight the proposal process, and answer questions. Join us on October 19 at 3:00 p.m. ET or October 27 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Pre-proposals for this first wave of funding will be due on November 19, but may be submitted as early as October 25."

Monday, October 18, 2010

LIRT Newsletter Only as PDF via LIRT-L

LIRT, the ALA Library Instruction Round Table, is an organization of librarians from all types of libraries, who are interested in instruction.

From the LIRT President...

Dear Library Instruction Round Table Members,

Beginning with the December 2010 issue (vol. 33, no. 2), the Library Instruction Round Table Newsletter will be prepared as a PDF file only. An email will be sent to LIRT-L informing members of the issue’s availability, and a link provided on the LIRT website where the file can be downloaded.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Second Life AASL Discussion: "The End of an Era: Falling Off a Cliff

Group Notice From: ALA SL-Events

Join the inaugural AASL-SIGMS monthly article discussion group on Sun, 10/17 at 4:30 pm SLT [Second Life Time=Pacific Time] on the ALA Main Stage. This month, we will discuss the School Library Monthly entitled, "The End of an Era¦Falling Off a Cliff". This article is based on the remarks provided by Allison Zmuda during this year's AASL conference. See for more info. SLURL:

Electronic Green Journal & Open Access Week

Maria Jankowska (UCLA Library) reports the following:

In celebration of Open Access Week, October 18-24, 2010
( ), the Electronic Green Journal has
just published a new issue that is available
at: .

Electronic Green Journal aids international scholarly communication by
providing a freely accessible forum for the exchange of environmental
information. It has been an open access publication since its
founding in 1994 and is published by the UCLA Library twice a year.