Monday, March 17, 2008

Books & Authors Webinar

Late March marks the release of Books & Authors, Gale’s new online readers’ advisory database that "leverages the Internet’s unique capacity to create, build, communicate with and sustain communities of readers.”

Books & Authors contains both fiction and nonfiction content along with book reviews from 30 different sources. Users also can create reading and search lists in their user accounts, which remain intact in a “My Reading Room” feature. A customizable interface helps libraries to promote events, special collections, or new additions.

A Webinar on Books & Authors is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3. To sign up for either of these two sessions, please send your name, library, and email address to

Discount pricing and a description can be found on the Califa Web site.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Scanner recommendations for 2008

In response to members' questions regarding the kinds of equipment to purchase for digitizing library materials, Califa consultant and LHDRP imaging coordinator, Trudy Levy wrote this handy guide to the kinds of scanner, digital cameras and other equipment for libraries to consider if they plan to image their own materials. This guide can be found in Califa's Information Forum on "Digitization."

Monday, March 3, 2008

Califa Member Survey

It’s time for Califa’s annual survey of members. This evaluation is extremely important for Califa’s staff and Board to plan Califa’s future services. The survey also provides direction on how Califa can improve its services. Please spend the few minutes to answer the nine questions of this brief survey. The survey will close on Thursday, March 21.

Please take the survey here, and thanks for your time.