Monday, January 25, 2010

IMLS Western Regional Fellowship

Great news! The IMLS Western Regional Fellowship guidelines and application are now "live" on the Transforming Life After 50 website at:

The IMLS Western Regional Fellowship: Transforming Life After 50 (TLA50) has been created as a collaborative effort of the California State Library, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Oregon State Library, and Washington State Library in partnership with the Pacific Library Partnership. It has been funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program with additional support from the participating State Libraries.

The goal of this Fellowship program is to develop public library leaders committed to working with and serving midlife adults ages 50+. Fellows should be public library staff on a leadership track. Acceptance of the Fellowship implies a commitment to work as an individual, as a representative of your library, and as a part of a cohort of Fellows to help reshape library practices regarding midlife adults ages 50+. Acceptance also implies a commitment from the Library Director, as evidenced by their Library Commitment Letter, to support the Fellow in his/her efforts to transform the library’s approach to midlife adults.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Edgy Librarian

Have you registered for The Edgy Librarian yet? If not, you've still got a week left. It's a day of engaging sessions including SMS Reference, Open Source ILS's, digitization and drupal. And the best part? It's all online, so you don't even need to leave the comfort of your desk.

Check it out and register at the conference website.


Friday, January 8, 2010

World Vital Records and Heritage Microfilm

An announcement from Heritage Microfilm/NewspaperArchive
-- has recently partnered with World Vital Records. We can now offer this resource as an institutional subscription. In fact, we have a specially priced - bundle package for clients who subscribe to both and World Vital Records. is the FASTEST growing genealogy collection online. You can search over 1 BILLION records in over 11,000 databases from around the world. The collection includes immigration lists, census records, vital records, parish and land records and much more.

- Get access to data that has traditionally been on multiple sites. By aggregating content through 42 partner relationships, you save thousands of dollars on the cost of accessing these digital records through less expansive subscription services or digital products.

- With new databases added daily, your membership is a direct investment in the growth of the collection. has grown to more than ONE BILLION RECORDS over the past two years.

- Proven team: Paul Allen, the co-founder of, has brought together a team of genealogy industry experts to offer the best service available through World Vital Records.

Contact Califa today for a price quote.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Califa Vendor: Library Automation Technologies

Califa is pleased to announce LAT as a new vendor providing automation equipment for Califa members.

Products included are LAT’s MAX™, MAXine™ and MAXwell™ book self check products, as well as the allCIRC™ media security and disc dispensing product lines.

LAT-Max™, LAT-MAXine™ and LAT-MAXwell™ are a family of self-service machines based on FlashScan™ technology. Providing multiple form-factors, all with a same patron interface, multiple finishes and all at the same price, the machines allow libraries to take advantage of the modern self-service technology regardless of their physical space constraints. Coupled with an array of impressive features and capabilities these machines, installed all across the country, have gained a solid, industry leading reputation for flexibility and value. allCIRC™ product line, already an established leader in media management, is an extension of the FlashScan™ technology that allows total optical media security while simultaneously providing self-service for their patrons.

For more information about LAT's technology and all library products visit

Library Automation Technologies Inc., (LAT) founded in 2001 has installations in hundreds of libraries throughout the United States. LAT's sole mission is to help libraries work better, smarter and more securely. LAT’s innovation earned the firm the coveted “#1 Fastest Growing in South Jersey, 2005” by the Philadelphia Business Journal, as well as a “Finalist in the Family Business of the Year, 2006” award presented by Farleigh Dickinson College. LAT further continues its growth expanding into automation by delivering media dispensing line of products solely dedicated to library operations.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Vote on new products

We need some help from our members - we've been approached by three new vendors, and we'd like to know which one you are most interested in. The first two are similar - math instructional videos from and Winpossible. The third is Guide By Cell, a product that lets you set up guided tours for patrons using their cell phones - useful for special collections, etc. If you could vote this week in the poll at the top right part of our blog, we'd be most appreciative!