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Letter to the Honorable Joe Wilson

The Honorable Joe Wilson
House of Representatives
2229 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4002
Re: Amendment #35 to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution
Dear Representative Wilson:
This week, the House of Representatives will consider amendment #35 to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution. This amendment submitted by U.S. Rep. Scott Garret (R-NJ), seeks to zero out the Institute of Museum and Library Services, eliminating all federal funding specifically for libraries. Please vote NO on this amendment. 

Here in South Carolina, public libraries provide invaluable services to the communities that they serve. The American Library Association states that in South Carolina, the return on investment for every $1 invested in libraries, they return $4.48 to the community in services. Here in Richland County, in addition to the free Internet services provided to the public, the books, audio and video services provided at no cost to county residents, the library provides assistance in creating resumes, job training and even practice interviews at no cost. Professional resume services can cost over $200, something many residents would not be able to afford.

Please ensure that these and other invaluable services provided to our community by our libraries continue to be available. Vote NO to Amendment #35 to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution.

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Advocacy Matters

One of the most important things for any grad student to learn is how to advocate for his or her chosen profession. As an MLIS candidate I am calling on my blog readers to advocate for the profession today. US Representative Scott Garrett of New Jersey, has put forth Amendment #35 to the Continuing Resolution. This amendment will zero out the funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS is a federally funded grant agency which provides money to libraries and museums throughout the United States to fund a variety of programs. For those of us who are students at University of South Carolina, it recently provided us a grant to give 7 doctoral candidates a fully funded 3-4 year program, including travel expenses for education and research. To view other grants that the IMLS has funded, head over to their website to search through the grants.

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Welcome to the Public Domain

We’re back to copyright today, because a new year welcomes a new group of people to the public domain. Works of authors who passed away in the year 1940 enter the public domain in many, but not all countries.

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How I tore through a book series

I’ve been meaning to read at least the first book in the Percy Jackson series for a while. Last summer I watched the movie, and I really enjoyed it, so the books made my reading list. Unfortunately, as a graduate student, I don’t have a lot of time for pleasure reading. Winter break is a great time to catch up, so when I got a $30 gift card to Amazon, I decided to use part of it to buy the first book in the series, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

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Farewell Del.icio.us…Or is it?

The blogosphere exploded with the news Thursday that De.licio.us was being shut down by Yahoo! following various cutbacks. Indeed, some blogs claimed to have confirmation of the plans, although later updates have changed that information.

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Bookshelves Runneth Over

My bookshelves runneth over.

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Libraries, Archives, QR Codes and Microsoft Tag

QR Codes like the one above are becoming more and more common. (This code was created using a free generator produced by the ZXing Project.) They appear on documents, posters, blogs, websites and other forms of advertisements. The prevalence will only increase in the future, because QR code generators are rampant on the Internet. A Google search of the phrase “QR Code Generator” on 11/6/2010 returns over 12 million results, and a Bing search for the same phrase returns 102 thousand results. (Note: these numbers were accurate at 12:15 a.m. on 11/6/10 future searches may return different numbers). Anyone can use a QR code generator to hold business card, appointment, website and text information to name only a few functions. Denso Wave created the QR code in 1994, although mainstream use is much more recent.

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Copyright? What’s that?

It’s a hard question to answer. The simple answer, is that copyright is a law that protects the rights of a creator to their work. Classes and volunteer work have recently brought home the complexities of copyright law. I’ll discuss some of the complexities below.

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Watch the tags!

We are an electronic society full of taggers. For those librarian readers out there, you all know that tags are important. They’re metadata! They tell us who or what is in a picture or a document, and that’s important. But tags have gotten somewhat out of control. We tag almost everything. I’m guilty of adding 3 or 4 tags to each of my blog posts. Hopefully they’re useful, but I have to wonder if anyone even reads the tags. And there are many times when I question just how useful tags can really be.

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Wow, that was a struggle.

I struggled my way through my first critical book review today. Despite knowing that this was meant to be a critical evaluation of the book from the perspective of an archivist, my brain kept heading back to “book report.” It was difficult to stay in the mindset of a criticism of another author’s work, and how that work related to my chosen field. Despite the struggle, I think the final document ended up well, and I hope I do well on it grade wise. Perhaps the biggest part of my difficulty was that the instructor asked specific questions to be used in the evaluation of the book, however several of them didn’t apply to this book due to the way it was written. I know what some of you are thinking, but the book was actually picked from a list of options that she provided on the syllabus, so it’s not my fault. All in all, I think I did O.K. I guess I’ll find out when I get my grade.

For those interested in the book I was evaluating, it was The Passport: The History of Man’s Most Traveled Document by Martin Lloyd. If anyone is interested in the history of the passport, it was an engaging book about the evolution of the document, and how it has developed over time. I recommend it. If you’re interested, I may post the review here on my blog at some point. I don’t want to post it just yet, as it hasn’t been graded yet, and because I don’t want there to be any concern with plagiarism issues. Not that I plagiarized anyone when writing the document you understand, but I’d hate to have to prove to my instructor that my blog is really my blog and not someone else’s. So for now at least, you don’t get to read my review. Look for it later, when the instructor has had a chance to grade it.

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