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This week, country music legend Dolly Parton celebrated a big milestone: 100 million books. That’s right, books. Parton’s nonprofit, Imagination Library, mails free books to children from birth to age 5 across the country, and this week, she celebrated the program’s remarkable growth in a special ceremony at the Library of Congress.
Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden and Dolly Parton
In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. The new program gave each child a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, Dolly wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income. Continue Reading →
Our hearts and prayers are with the bombing victims at the Boston Marathon and Boston’s first responders as they quickly took action to ensure the safety of everyone there and get the wounded to treatment.
The American Red Cross has put together a similar service and issued the following statement:
Our hearts go out to all those in Boston dealing with this tragedy and our thoughts are with all of those injured.
The Red Cross has sent more than 100 additional blood products to several Boston area hospitals to help meet patient needs. Thanks to the generosity of volunteer blood donors, there is currently enough blood on the shelves to meet demand. People can call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment to give blood in the days and weeks ahead.
Right now, many people are concerned about loved ones in Boston, and it is important for people to connect with one another. People in Boston who have access to a computer can go to redcross.org/safeandwell to list themselves as safe or they can text or call a family member and ask to be registered on the site. Please note that due to high volume, the Safe and Well site is experiencing slow page loads at this time. Please be patient and continue to check back.
Over the next few hours, the Red Cross will be working in close coordination with officials to determine how we can best help the community and support emergency workers.
Many Red Cross volunteers and workers were on the marathon course, as they are every year to support the runners. Communication in the area is difficult and we are working right now to reconnect with those workers.
The Association of College & Research Libraries Conference for 2013 running from April 10-13 in Indianapolis will showcase the most current and relevant trends in academic and research librarianship – both scholarly and practical. Attend and return to your library with a wealth of new ideas and a renewed sense of professional pride and purpose.
“ACRL is a wonderful experience for librarians at all stages of their careers. Networking opportunities abound and the programming is exceptional. One of the best conferences I’ve ever attended.” — Carrye Syma, Texas Tech University
We will be with Accessible Archives at booth 1300 in the exhibit hall. Be sure to stop by to talk about how Unlimited Priorities can help your organization grow.
Cape Coral, FL, March 27, 2013 — Iris L. Hanney, president of Unlimited Priorities LLC®, a company specializing in support for organizations within the information industry, has announced that Delores Meglio, long-time member of that industry, has joined the company in a dual capacity. Delores will market publishing e-services for Unlimited Priorities’ clients.
Delores Meglio has spent more than 25 years in the information industry. She is a recognized expert in the field of digital publishing, database management and content aggregation. She has in-depth experience in new business development, contracts and licensing, mergers and acquisitions, and sales support. Prior to joining Unlimited Priorities Delores served as Vice President of Publisher Relations at Knovel, where she was responsible for guiding content selection, licensing and production. She formerly was Senior Vice President for Ziff-Davis and Thomson Corporation, producing more than 100 highly profitable online and Web-enabled databases in technology, business, and health. As Vice President of the New York Times Information Division, she developed ground-breaking databases for the White House and the oil, gas and energy industries. Delores is a graduate of City College of New York, holds a Masters Degree in Information Science from St. John s University and attended the INSEAD European Management Institute in Fontainebleau, France. In 1992, she won the YWCA Tribute to Women in Business Award.
Commenting on the hiring Iris Hanney said, “This is an exciting time for Unlimited Priorities. Delores’s background more than qualifies her for both her roles. With her expertise in relationship building and her MLS degree I am confident that she will contribute significantly to the company’s continued growth.”
About Unlimited Priorities LLC
Unlimited Priorities is attuned to the management requirements of organizations in the information industry, both commercial and not-for-profit. We provide executive-level support services by utilizing a highly skilled group of professionals with abundant experience. Our practice specialties include Sales and Marketing, Business Development, Financial Services, Operations Management, Production, Information Technology, Social Media, and Content Development and Licensing. Our Archival Initiatives Division offers advice to libraries, historical societies, and industry associations in selecting, distributing, and monetizing their valuable archival content. Our goal is to enhance our clients’ abilities to succeed, offering solutions that are realistic, practical, achievable and affordable.
It looks like everything old is new again. This just in from OCLC:
The OCLC Board of Trustees has concluded that rather than moving forward with the appointment of Jack B. Blount as its President and CEO, it is in the best interest of OCLC to have Jay Jordan continue serving in these capacities. Mr. Jordan has agreed to postpone his retirement to continue leading OCLC.
The OCLC Board of Trustees believes Mr. Jordan’s strong track record, his skills as a leader, and his ability to identify and navigate emerging trends, make him uniquely qualified to serve the nearly 72,000 institutions that use OCLC services.
The Board of Trustees has complete confidence in the global management team and the 1,250 employees, who are working diligently to serve libraries around the world and fulfill OCLC’s mission and goals.
The Board is committed to an orderly transition of leadership and will be assessing its succession planning process as it moves forward.
Unlimited Priorities, acting in its capacity as sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives, has coordinated the sale of the Lily database to the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of thirteen research universities: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin and the University of Chicago.
The Lily, the first newspaper for women, was edited by Amelia Bloomer from 1849 to 1854 and by Mary Birdsall during 1855 and 1856, after which it ceased publication. Conceived as a temperance journal – writing deemed the best way for women to work for reform – it gradually began to include articles about other subjects of interest to women, such as child-bearing and education. However, coverage soon turned to the issue of women’s rights, with articles about laws unfair to women and demanding change. Many of these were penned by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a driving force behind the first women’s rights convention, who played a leadership role in the women’s rights movement for fifty years.
All CIC members will receive permanent access to The Lily.
We’re pleased to announced that Mark Gauthier has joined our team of executive-level professionals to bring increased expertise in database publishing and workflow re-engineering.
Mark was most recently Vice President, Indexing and Editorial Services at H.W. Wilson. He managed the editorial and production operations of ten periodical indexes, the Wilson retrospective databases, full text services, and Current Biography. He also oversaw Wilson’s name and subject authority files and coordinated the editorial studies conducted by the American Library Association’s Committee on Wilson Indexes.
Commenting on the latest additions to the Unlimited Priorities team, Iris L. Hanney, President said: “I am delighted to welcome Mark who complements our existing team and adds to the depth of our expertise in all aspects of database publishing and workflow re-engineering, both critical to the success of companies in the information industry. The addition of Mark to our team will continue to ensure that we are able to offer our clients the most current expertise available.”
For more information, see Mark’s Bio on our Team Page.
Iris L. Hanney leads one of the discussion meetings held with HRAF staff and Unlimited Priorities Team members.
At Unlimited Priorities we get to meet with a lot of different organizations. Last week, we had the opportunity to meet with Human Relations Area Files, or HRAF as it is known to its members.
HRAF is an internationally recognized organization in the field of cultural anthropology. In the 1930s, behavioral scientists started to develop a classification of cultural information by subject, providing quick access to research materials. HRAF grew out of these efforts. It was founded in 1949 as a not-for-profit membership consortium of universities, colleges, and research institutions. Its mission is to provide information that facilitates the cross-cultural study of human behavior, society and culture.