Multimedia Information and Techology: journal news 12 May 2010

– EU seeks administrators in field of librarianship/information science

– Netherlands Literary and Documentation Museum in The Hague installs interactive video screens

– Access PalgraveMacmillan for free in May

– Books for isolated communities in Africa

– CIPFA figures say childrens fiction is major growth area for UK libraries

– Anthony Beal wins CSG Information Literacy Award

1.EU seeks administrators in field of librarianship/information science

The European Personnel Selection Office of the EU has announced a recruitment competition for administrators in the field of librarianship/information science. Further details can be found in the relevant number of the Official Journal here:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/JOHtml.do?uri=OJ:C:2010:110A:SOM:EN:HTML

2. Netherlands Literary and Documentation Museum in The Hague uses interactive video screens

A major refurbishment of the Letterkundig Museum, the Netherlands Literary and Documentation Museum in The Hague includes a total of 115 BrightSign units: 100 of them for LCD panels in the “Pantheon” gallery of writers, eight driving short-throw DLP projectors and seven for individual kiosk-style installations.

http://www.vhs-bv.nl

3. Access Palgrave Macmillan for free in May

Free online access to Palgrave Macmillan’s complete journals portfolio throughout May 2010.

Scholarly journals across the core disciplines of the humanities, the social sciences and business and management. Journals include:

• Journal of the Operational Research Society http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jors/

• Journal of International Business Studies http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jibs/

• IMF Staff Papers http://www.palgrave-journals.com/imfsp/

• Feminist Review http://www.palgrave-journals.com/fr/

This offer also provides access to the first issue of BioSocieties (http://www.palgrave-journals.com/biosoc/) published by Palgrave Macmillan and content from postmedieval (http://www.palgrave-journals.com/pmed/), launched by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010.

To set up the trial, visit: http://www.nature.com/libraries/site_licenses/free_trials.html

4. Books for isolated communities in Africa

Ian Stringer, a past chair of IFLA’s Mobile Section who was recently made an Honorary Fellow of CILIP for his services to mobile libraries at home and abroad, will be sharing his experience of the IFLA funded Caterpillar Project in South Africa, Burkino Faso and Ghana.

Caterpillar Book boxes have been designed to transport books to isolated communities in Africa, often providing communities with the only means of accessing books. Ian will speak about the pain and anguish, pleasure and joy in getting books to 200,000 readers in remote African areas.

9th June, 18.00 – 19.45, CILIP HQ. Book through: a.m.tyler@btinternet.com

5. CIPFA figures say childrens fiction is major growth area for UK libraries

The number of children’s fiction books lent has risen significantly in the latest UK library survey issued by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

The number of children’s fiction books lent rose by 6.1%, while new child fiction acquisitions increased by 8.8%. Children’s non-fiction lending rose by a smaller 0.7% with non-fiction acquisitions up by 3.3% in figures relating to 2008-09.

Meanwhile adult fiction lending fell by 0.1% and non-fiction by 1.8%, while adult fiction acquisitions fell by 3.4% and non-fiction by 4.3%.

The pattern of library usage continues to change, with the number of web visits to UK libraries increasing by 49% over the previous year, up from 76,192,000 to 113,489,000. Physical visits to libraries have decreased by 4.3% since 2004, down to 324,991,000 from 339,708,000.

See more at: http://www.cipfa.org.uk/press/press_show.cfm?news_id=60897

6.Anthony Beal wins CSG Information Literacy Award

Anthony Beal of West Cheshire College has won the CSG Information Literacy Award for the most inventive initiative in the sphere of information literacy. For full details, visit: http://www.lilacconference.com/dw/awards/index.html

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