Friday Video: Library As Publisher

Library as Publisher

What do you think about when you think about Library as Publisher? Ready to jump right in? Are you eager to jump in but wondering where to start? Or perhaps you are asking yourself just what the heck this idea of “Library as Publisher” actually means!

Now is your opportunity to learn the answers to those questions and more by participating in a series of five monthly online “Brown Bag” discussions, each on a different facet of the notion of “Library as Publisher”. These one hour online discussions will feature case studies meant to educate and inspire. Participants will have the chance to ask questions of those libraries that have already entered the realm of publishing with services such as open textbooks, local author fairs, publishing assistance, digital commons, income generating websites, and more, and they will be encouraged to share their own ideas and stories as well.

Ultimately, the goal of these Brown Bag discussions is to encourage libraries and archives to test the waters as “publishers”. To this end, the NY 3Rs Association, Inc. will offer a “Library as Publisher Innovation/Incubator Grant” open to all libraries in New York. Keep watching your inboxes for more information.

The series is sponsored by the NY 3Rs Association – I2NY Work Group on Library as Publisher. Read more on the I2NY project.

The videos are not embedded-able so head on over to http://www.ny3rs.org/i2ny/publisher/1565-2/ and find the recordings at the bottom of the page. The first two are available at the time of this posting.

John Cooley: Visionary or scam artist?

CooleyHere’s my father’s latest article for the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle:

The story of early aviation is full of daring geniuses, fearless fools, enterprising promoters and genuine crackpots.

All of them, in their own way, were interesting characters, and most of them are long-forgotten. Rochester was not devoid of its own characters, one of whom was John F. Cooley.

His name first appears in local newspapers in the mid 1890s, with stories of his development of a fantastic airship. Although he was educated at the Penn Yan Academy, some newspapers stated that he was from New York, others labeled him the “wizard of Hornellsville,” but it was Rochester where he settled to construct his new invention and hustle for financing.

In July 1895, while displaying a prototype of the airship, he told a Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reporter that he had been working on the model for 12 years and he had solved the problem of practical aerial navigation and his ship could maintain a speed of 200 miles an hour. In early 1896, he announced that he had $800 in subscriptions from Rochester men and he would soon build his flying machine.

By September 1897, he claimed to have tested his airship design at Windsor Beach, stating that “although it still needed adjustments, it behaved beautifully, remaining several hours in the clouds anchored by a long rope.”

Read the full article @ DemocratAndChronicle.com.

Monroe County Public Library local music project

From my hometown library:

mikaeladavisThe Local Music Project of the Central Library

The library has loaned music for decades, CDs most recently, and cassettes and vinyl before that. The Arts & Music Division of the Central Library is developing a new service to enhance our collection and to bring our patrons the latest technology by making our local music available for download. This new service, called the Central Library Local Music Project, has been created to make the music of local talent available to our patrons through both downloadable and CD formats. Read more, or visit the FAQ for more information!

Music to Borrow or Download

The following listing shows local music albums available to Monroe County Library System cardholders for borrowing. We are in the process of adding download access for all items on this page, but aren’t there yet. Look for the“Download the album” link to see what is currently available for download. We appreciate your patience as we develop this service, and continue adding more items for download.

Thanks dad!

Find one of the country’s best hot dogs in Greece, NY

Schallers Hot DogWell, at least according to USA Today. Bu then again I’m a bit biased. I grew up going to Schaller’s out by Lake Ontario and always loved their food. And there’s nothing like a “white hot”!

Schaller’s Drive-In, Rochester, N.Y.: Meat Sauce, Mustard, Onions; Schaller’s specialty is the upstate hot-dog variety known as White Hots: fat natural-casing dogs made from pork, beef, and veal, made by Zweigle’s. Top it with some of their meat-based “hot sauce,” mustard, and onions, grab a handful of pickles, and you’re in summer-vacation heaven.  Foursquare/ Chris C
Read the full article @ USAToday.com. (Schaller’s is #4)