System Reference Center's Search - March 2010

Handling What You Can’t Control: Managing Stress in Today’s Libraries
Led by Enid Berman, this workshop will review your experiences with balancing demands and your resources for dealing with them, change in the library and actions that you can control. Sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee (formerly known as the Library Staff Development Committee of the Greater Bay Area).

Thursday, March 18, 2010 - Alameda County Library - Fremont Fukaya Room
Sign-in 8:30 - 9:00am Workshop 9:00am - 1:00pm - $30 - Details and registration

LOCKSS and CLOCKSS at Stanford: Preserving our Digital Heritage – The Community Taking Control
Victoria Reich, Director of Stanford's LOCKSS Program, will discuss broad digital preservation principles, and share how libraries are using LOCKSS to preserve both purchased e-materials and local heritage e-materials. She will also introduce the CLOCKSS Archive - clockss.org.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Roche Palo Alto, 3431 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1353
SLA Members: $25. Non-members/Guests: $30.
Registration - Directions

Literacy Off the Page - The Changing Nature of Literacy in a Digital Age
The Peninsula Library System and the San Mateo County Library present the 14th Annual Literacy Network Breakfast. Presenters William Crossman, Phil Bronstein, Jean Holbrook and J. Maarten Troost will discuss questions such as: Is print dying? Are books a thing of the past? Can newspapers compete with the Internet?

Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 7:30am - 10:00am - Cost: $35.
Poplar Creek Grill (formerly Dominic's) - Poplar Creek Golf Course
- 1700 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401
Details and registration

Community Ability Awareness Seminar
Participants will explore ability awareness through an interactive workshop including thought-provoking topics, creative simulation activity, and reflective practice. This seminar lays the foundation for inclusive storytime as it speaks to respect and viewing a person with a disability as a whole person. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Santa Clara County Office of Education - San Jose/Eastside Room
- 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131
Cost: $10. Details and registration flyer

National Library Week, Teen Tech Week, and more
Look at the links for spring events for tie-ins to your programs

  • March - Women's History, Nutrition, Teen Tech Week
  • April - National Library Week , National Poetry Month, Dia de los Ninos
  • May - Asia/Pacific Month, National Bike Month

News from Pacific Library Partnership Member Libraries
Results of Exhibit
- San Jose Public Library is only Bay Area library to exhibit NASA's never-before-seen composite photos of the Milky Way. A school visit to in Library Lobby at King Library recently resulted in a record-breaking day in the children's department the following Saturday. School children's visit and after

The website for the International Year of Astronomy has many ideas for programs and much information, including a map of the night sky for each month. - Details with astronomy links

Teen Tech Week Online Activities
San Jose -
The winners of the third annual Battle of the Bands will be announced during Teen Tech Week in San Jose. The battle and voting are only online. For teens who didn't have the means to record and upload their music, library staff had recording and uploading available at the branches.

Contra Costa County - The teen services staff at the Contra Costa County Library turned Teen Tech Week into a month-long event by creating iByte, an online program where registered teens who complete at least five of the activities, such as accessing static-free online radio, creating a sound track for a book or manipulating images at MorphThing or GeneratorBlog. Details in this Contra Costa Times article.

Apps for Healthy Kids
As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation, Apps for Healthy Kids challenges software developers, game designers, students, and other innovators to develop fun and engaging tools and games that drive children, especially “tweens” (ages 9-12) – directly or through their parents – to eat better and be more physically active. Deadline for aps is June 30, 2010. Programming resources and tie-ins.

Census 2010 Promotion
The Census 2010 is profoundly important, as funding and Congressional representation depend upon it. The official count day is April 1, 2010. The 2010 mail-in census form is one of the shortest in history - just 10 questions that take about 10 minutes to answer. The 2000 census participation rate for PLP's counties ranged from 68% to 76%; the California rate was 73%.

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Volume 30 - Number 6
Search was published bi-monthly in January, March, May, July, September, and November, from March 2008 to January 2010. Search then resumed its monthly schedule.