Friday, September 7, 2012

CFL/DSOC Nonprofit Section Virtual Learning Session Scheduled for October 18th

The October CFL/DSOC Nonprofit Section Virtual Learning Session has been scheduled for October 18th at 2PM ET.  As usual, there will be a 30 minute presentation with a 15 minute Q&A scheduled afterward.  The SlideShare link to the presentation will be emailed to registrants about a week before the session.  Make sure to copy down the call-in information from the confirmation message after you fill out the registration form. 

Title:Digital Asset Management: Lessons Learned

Description: Like many cultural heritage institutions, Longwood Gardens maintains image and audio-visual collections used internally by staff from all departments. A plan to manage these resources in an electronic environment became an institution focus in 2007, and this presentation will outline the process of selecting, implementing and maintaining a digital asset management (DAM) system, using Asset Bank DAM software.

Presenter: Maureen McCadden is the Digital Resource Specialist in the Library & Archives Unit of Longwood Gardens, a public display garden in Kennett Square, PA, 30 miles from Philadelphia. She has managed the organization’s Digital Asset Management system (DAM), a central repository of about 70,000 images, since its inception in 2009. Maureen holds an MA in Library & Information Science from Drexel University.

Registration link:

Deadline to register: Friday, October 5th

Monday, August 6, 2012

Check out our group's new HTML5 mobile site

The Consortium of Foundation Libraries has a new HTML 5 mobile website! The decision to make an HTML5 website for mobile users came about as we want to make sure that as many visitors as possible can access our web content. Unfortunately, for those of you who have phones that don't work with Flash (iPhones and Android phones running Jelly Bean 4.1), this can be quite difficult. Therefore, in addition to our Flash based website, the HTML5 mobile site was created to provide ease of access to information about our group to the non-Flash mobile community. Link

Saturday, June 2, 2012

July 25th Virtual Learning Session - Near Field Communication

Make sure to sign up for the July 25th virtual learning session that will focus on near field communication (NFC). The session will be held at 2 PM ET and there will be a 30 minute teleconference presentation followed by a 15 minute Q&A. Please register using this form no later than Friday, July 20th.

Near Field Communication: Introduction and Implications

Near Field Communication (NFC) is an emerging technology that allows devices and objects to transmit information wirelessly across a small distance. While it has many commercial applications (e.g., using your cell phone as a credit card at the grocery store), NFC could also have future applications for libraries as an intuitive way to derive digital meaning from the physical world. Placing particular attention to the needs of philanthropies, research institutions, and other nonprofit organizations, this presentation will introduce NFC technology and its potential uses in libraries, from frictionless fundraising and information sharing to peer-to-peer loaning and self checkout.

Presenter bios:

Sheli McHugh is the University of Scranton's Cataloging and Metadata Librarian. She holds a bachelor's degree in media studies from the Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in library science from Clarion University.

Kristen Yarmey is the Digital Services Librarian at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she concentrates on digital collections while exploring other emerging digital practices. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in library science from the University of Maryland.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Roundup

Here's a list of news stories that may be of interest published within the last 10 day:

AARP: Michigan relies too much on nursing homes for poor seniors: Detroit Free Press, April 6, 2012
Brief introduction: When it comes to long-term care, Michigan relies too much on nursing homes for its poor elderly residents, according to a new report by AARP Michigan.

1940 Census reveals California led the country in education: Huffington Post, April 3, 2012
Brief introduction: The National Archives released for the first time yesterday individual records from the 1940 Census – unleashing an online treasure trove of 3.8 million pages eagerly awaited by genealogists and researchers.

HIV among black women in 6 cities far exceeds national average: Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2012
Brief Introduction: African American women in six U.S. cities are becoming infected with HIV at a rate five times the national average for black women, and closer to the rates of some African countries, according to a new study.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What's new in Philanthropy?

Articles of interest in philanthropy and nonprofits published in the last 10 days:

1. Techies team up to make Wikipedia smarter; Wall Street Journal, March 30, 2012
Brief introduction: The German chapter of the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia on Friday morning announced a EUR 1.3 million ($1.7 million) grant from Google Inc. and from foundations backed by Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, and Gordon Moore, Intel’s co-founder and the namesake of Moore’s Law.

2. Kramer steps down as Stanford dean to run Hewlett Foundation;, March 29, 2012
Brief introduction: Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer has announced that he will step down effective on Aug. 31. Kramer, who has led the school since 2004, will become president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Roundup

Here is a listing of articles published in the last 7-10 days that may be of interest:

1. Preschoolers in surgery for a mouthful of cavities; New York Times, March 6, 2012
Brief Introduction: The number of preschoolers requiring extensive dental work suggests that many other parents make the same mistake. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted an increase, the first in 40 years, in the number of preschoolers with cavities in a study five years ago. But dentists nationwide say they are seeing more preschoolers at all income levels with 6 to 10 cavities or more. The level of decay, they added, is so severe that they often recommend using general anesthesia because young children are unlikely to sit through such extensive procedures while they are awake.

2. Digital records may not cut health costs, study cautions; New York Times, March 5, 2012
Brief Introduction: Computerized patient records are unlikely to cut health care costs and may actually encourage doctors to order expensive tests more often, a study published on Monday concludes.

1. Minorities get harsher discipline in U.S. schools, survey shows;, March 6, 2012
Brief Introduction: Black children made up 18 percent of students in a survey of U.S. schools while accounting for 35 percent of those suspended once, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Black students are more than 3 1/2 times as likely to be suspended or expelled than their white classmates, the survey showed.

2. California schools establish 'early warning system' to identify potential dropouts;, March 6, 2012
Brief Introduction: Some school districts in California are working to establish an "early warning system" to identify middle grade students who are at risk of dropping out, and then to vigorously intervene so they don't.

1. Autism not diagnosed as early in minorities; Las Vegas Review-Journal, March 4, 2012
Brief Introduction: Landa's preliminary research suggests that even when diagnosed in toddlerhood, minority youngsters have more severe developmental delays than their white counterparts. She says cultural differences in how parents view developmental milestones, and how they interact with doctors, may play a role.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

What's new in Philanthropy

Articles of interest in philanthropy and nonprofits published in the last 10 days:

1. U.S. investors lack interest in companies doing good;, February 27, 2012
Brief Introduction: Top U.S. chief executives lamented on Monday a lack of interest from investors in their efforts to do social good and suggested the creation of a social responsibility index of companies that would help educate shareholders on the value of philanthropy.

2. Pa. Senators move to curb lawmakers' nonprofit ties; Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 6, 2012
Brief Introduction: Hours after a former Pennsylvania representative was convicted of misusing funds he steered to a nonprofit organization, a state Senate committee endorsed a move Monday to limit legislators’ ties to charitable groups, the Pittsburgh Tribune - Review reports.

3. Gates Foundation calls for 'wacky' new ways to say that aid works;, March 1, 2012
Brief Introduction: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation officially calls it the Grand Challenges Exploration program and it was initially launched to fund unorthodox — some might even say "wacky" -scientific research projects aimed at solving problems in global health and development.