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Peace Corps Goes Digital

In 2011, the Peace Corps will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, director Aaron S. Williams announced the debut of the Peace Corps' Digital Library. This searchable collection of digital Peace Corps items dating from 1961 will be open to current and returned Peace Corps volunteers who are invited to share their experiences with personal narratives and photos. Since its start in 1961, the Peace Corps has been the home to nearly 200,000 Americans who have volunteered their services to help 139 host countries.

To complement the submissions from volunteers, the digital library will also include historic materials such as speeches, reports, press releases, and photos. The Peace Corps considers this site an educational resource, and as such, the materials can be used for publications, exhibits, and events, except those that are marked with copyright restrictions.

EBSCO Rewards Visionary Librarians

Five librarians each received a $1,500 scholarship to attend the ALA Midwinter conference in Boston last January, thanks to EBSCO and the American Library Association. The winners - Stephanie Carr, Amy PVy, Dennis Patrick Nangle, Carla Bosco, and Eric Frierson - were rewarded for their respective answers to the question: "What do you believe to be the biggest challenge in managing electronic resources in libraries today and what solutions do you envision?" The answers ranged from relying on Web 2.0 technologies to promote conversations among staff, librarians, and patrons; simplifying library and database interfaces; requiring new authentication to full-text content; and boosting use of social networking and cloud computing. The unifying thread among all respondents was the importance of incorporating innovative technology and better collaboration within and outside the library.

J.J. Keller to Honor 2010 Rising Stars

Publisher J. J. Keller is sponsoring the second annual Special Libraries Association (SLA) award that is designed to honor as many as five SLAmembers who have demonstrated leadership potential and exceptional contributions to the association and profession. …

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