Friday, June 13, 2008

ALA Announces...

Partnership with RadioShack to Help Educate Citizens About the DTV Transition
The American Library Association (ALA) and RadioShack Corporation have announced a nationwide initiative to help educate the public about the Digital Television (DTV) Transition set to begin on Feb. 17, 2009. Through this partnership, RadioShack's 4,500 company stores and many of the 1,000-plus participating franchise stores will offer knowledgeable team members to 16,000 ALA public libraries to host educational sessions for library patrons.

ALA members who wish to host a digital television transition presentation in their library may make a request directly through RadioShack's corporate offices. More details will be provided to ALA members at the ALA Annual Conference June 26-July 2, 2008, in Anaheim, Calif. In certain markets RadioShack Spanish-speaking team members will be available to host presentations for Spanish language patrons.

New tools promote wider sharing of research for scholars across disciplines
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) have released a new series of bookmarks in the Create Change campaign, which targets scholars in different disciplines with messages about the benefits of wider research sharing. Librarians can use these freely available files to enhance their efforts to engage faculty interest in changing the way scholarly information is shared.

Exceptional Web sites for children
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the Web sites added this spring to Great Web Sites for Kids, its online resource containing hundreds of links to commendable Web sites for children.

Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) features links to valuable Web sites of interest to children, organized by subject headings such as animals; literature and languages; mathematics and computers; the arts; and history and biography. There is also a special section with sites of interest to parents, caregivers and teachers and an area devoted to sites in Spanish.

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