The winner of the Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen was Mr Gum and the Dancing Bearby Andy Stanton, illus. David Tazzyman (Egmont Press)
Michael Rosen explains:
'If there had been a prize for funny books when Roald Dahl was writing, he would have won it with every book he wrote! That’s why this award was named in his honour.
Children love funny books but when adults draw up lists of the best books they nearly always leave the funny ones out. When I became the Children’s Laureate, I said that my job should be as an ambassador for fun. That's why I came up with the idea of this funny prize, all part of the job!'
The Roald Dahl Funny Prize aims to:
> promote laughter and humour as a feel-good factor when reading, by encouraging families to read together and discover the pleasure of humorous (funny) books. This in turn will reinforce the message that reading together promotes family well-being.
> draw attention to funny books as readable and enjoyable books. We hope that the prize will enable these books to gain a profile that makes them more accessible to children and young people. The prize will work to achieve this through a range of activities supported by libraries, teachers and parents.
> reward and encourage authors (and illustrators) who write and illustrate books using humour in their stories, poetry and fiction. By creating these awards we hope to promote a vibrant area of publishing often overlooked by other awards.
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"With prompting from the Sunlight Foundation's Open House Project, the US Library of Congress announced today that its online database THOMAS will now generate persistent URLs, known as legislative handles, for legislation documents. As Free Government Info says, 'it is certainly nice to be able to link to legislation with a persistent link! But it would be much better if one could click to create a link rather than following a 600-word description of how to link on another page.' Still, this is a definite step forward for the Library of Congress and for government transparency. From THOMAS: 'Legislative Handles are a new persistent URL service for creating links to legislative documents from the THOMAS web site (http://thomas.loc.gov). With a simple syntax, Legislative Handles make it easy to type in legislative links to bibliographies, reference guides, emails, blogs, or web pages. Legislative Handles, for instance, http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.uscongress/legislation.110hconres196, are a convenient way to cite legislation.'
AURORA, CO, June 25, 2008 - BCR's CDP has released the updated Digital Imaging Best Practices, Version 2.0, featuring new sections on digital cameras, digital preservation and more. The revised Digital Imaging Best Practices document is based on the Western States Digital Imaging Best Practices Guide published in 2003, developed by experts and practitioners in the field.
Brenda Bailey-Hainer, BCR president and CEO, says, "one of the biggest joys of working in a collaborative environment is seeing the great achievements - like this document - that collective efforts bring about. The biggest reward for this particular endeavor will be the rich digital content that will result from the many librarians, archivists and museum professionals who will use BCR's CDP Digital Imaging Best Practices as a guide to their work."
The Digital Imaging Best Practices Working Group took leadership for the revision, spending time researching new and updated standards, examining new technologies and evaluating new workflow options. The working group drew on the expertise of its members and digitization colleagues to address the many changes informing image digitization during the last five years.
Sarah Goodwin Thiel, digital services librarian, University of Kansas, served as the working group chair. She notes, "While continuing to address the needs of a particular audience, beginning practitioners and those from institutions with limited resources and/or expertise, Version 2.0 is developed to assist practitioners from the cultural heritage section to navigate the quickly evolving world of image digitization and to efficiently increase and improve access to digital scholarship."
Daily Med http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/about.cfm DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs. This information includes FDA approved labels (package inserts). This Web site provides health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts.
See an interactive map to explore Kansas museums with exhibits that relate to the Kansas Distance Learning Week theme.
Sessions were available for viewing as they were happening via web stream at http://tv.greenbush.us/. Click on "IDL Live video stream" at the top right of the page. Test the site to make sure you have the right software prior to the session.
Jim Minges reported for the Statewide Inter-library Loan Courier Task Force. The Task Force hopes to implement an ILL Courier system in July of 2009. The service will be open to any library able to pay whatever the cost is determined to be.
Brad Williams, Chief Information Officer of Kan-ed, reported that the Governor recommended a 20% cut for Kan-ed, a crippling cut to funding essential for operation. It is not too early to begin talking to legislators about this.
Christie Brandau made the following announcement about budget cuts at the State Library.
"The Kansas Division of the Budget delivered its budget recommendations last week, including the recommendation for State Library funding. It is a difficult budget year, and agencies are being asked to cut their funding for the current year as well as for FY2010.
For FY2009, (July 1, 2008- June 30, 2009), our funding has been reduced by 3% or $166,289. After consultation with the SLK management team as well as the SLK Advisory Board and the System Administrators, the funding will be taken from three programs: State Library Operations ($9,700), Audiobooks, Music and More ($20,920) and state aid ($135, 669). The statewide, state funded programs untouched by this cut are HomeworkKansas and Talking Books, both services that were already funded for FY09. State Library funding for the databases, for the Kansas Library Catalog and continuing education programs is through the federal LSTA funding and is not affected by these reductions.
For FY 2010, we have been asked for an additional reduction of $162,238 or a total of $297,271 less than FY08. In order to accommodate this reduction, we regretfully submitted a package that included elimination of HomeworkKansas. However, the Division of the Budget did not recommend accepting this package, and we will need to look elsewhere to reduce that amount of state funding.
The bottom line for Kansas libraries is that this year there will be fewer resources from the State Library, fewer online audiobooks and less state aid for FY09. I don't know the bottom line for FY10, but we will work hard to minimize the impact on Kansas library patrons.
On the positive side, we will still have the same experienced and dedicated staff at SLK, ready to help whenever they can. And, we will have a new position! We will be consolidating job responsibilities at SLK, and replacing a former staff position with a part-time Youth Services Consultant in the near future. This will be a great step forward for us in the provision of children's programs like Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, etc.
As always, if there are questions,concerns or suggestions, please feel free to contact me or any of the SLK staff."