[LISNews] The LISNews For November 17th 2011
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Let's see what's new over on LISEvents and also the most popular stories on LISNews. LISEvents.com is The Library-Community Conferences and Events Site.
-Virtual Tech Summit
-NOTSL Fall Meeting: Coming to Terms with Genre/Form Access
-NASIG 27th Annual Conference
-IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2012
-IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2012
-IADIS International Conference e-Society 2012
-Library Journal Design Institute
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--National Book Awards Go to Salvage the Bones and Swerve
Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday night for Salvage the Bones, a haunting tale of the struggles of a 15-year-old pregnant girl as a hurricane bears down on her fictional
Gulf Coast town of Bois Sauvage, Miss. In the nonfiction category, Stephen Greenblatt won for The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, a rumination on the pleasure of knowledge and on the agony of its
loss, the judges citation said. It was published by W.W. Norton & Company. My book is about the power of books to cross boundaries, to speak to you impossibly across space and time and distance, to
have someone long dead seem to be in the room with you, Mr. Greenblatt said in his acceptance speech. My book is about what the magic of the written word is. More:
--'A Fish In Your Ear': What Gets Lost In Translation
NPR piece on the book: Is That a Fish in Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything Excerpt: The Russian language has a word for light blue and a word for dark or navy blue, but no word for a
run-of-the-mill generic shade of blue. So when translators are tasked with converting "blue" from English to Russian, they're forced to choose a specific shade. It's hard to imagine that this particular
choice would have any serious implications, but interpreters are constantly translating concepts into other languages with words that have no exact match. In his book, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?, David
Bellos explores the history, the future and the complexity of translation from the tangled web of simultaneous translation at the United Nations, to movie subtitles and the text on ATM screens.
--Google Reader Is Not About Reading News It Is About Curation
Google Reader Is Not About Reading News It Is About Curation "The core of my concern is that curators need tools to find those stories that may not be as popular as others. Otherwise, all news comes from
a few select sites that are read by the masses. Obviously, this is not what we want to have happen. I hope Google finds a way to continue to provide tools for curators, or works with some other tools to
allow for easy integration with Google+."
--Librarian transforms branch auditorium into a gallery for local artists
Gravesend librarian Boris Loselev is on a mission to give his neighborhood a culture shock. For the past ten years, Loselev has quietly turned the Avenue X library branchs auditorium into a high-class
gallery exhibiting emerging artists work. I want to raise the culture for everyone in the area, said Loselev, 60. Our goal isnt selling art, its promoting art. Loselev said Gravesend is in
desperate need of a culture shock so he works overtime on his own dime to pull off the monthly art exhibits. Full article
--Fire Aside, Other Kindles Also Shine
NYT article by David Pogue: Fire Aside, Other Kindles Also Shine Anyone here own a Kindle Touch? What do you think about it?
--Novelist Fights the Tide by Opening a Bookstore
NASHVILLE After a beloved local bookstore closed here last December and another store was lost to the Borders bankruptcy, this city once known as the Athens of the South, rich in cultural tradition and
home to Vanderbilt University, became nearly barren of bookstores. A collective panic set in among Nashvilles reading faithful. But they have found a savior in Ann Patchett, the best-selling novelist
who grew up here. On Wednesday, Ms. Patchett, the acclaimed author of Bel Canto and Truth and Beauty, will open Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore that is the product of six months of breakneck
planning and a healthy infusion of cash from its owner. Full article
--Roger McNamee: Six ways to save the internet
The next big shift is now, and its not what you think: Facebook is the new Windows; Google must be sacrificed. At TEDxSantaCruz, tech investor Roger McNamee presents 6 bold ways to prepare for the next
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