Monthly Archives: December 2012

ALA Invites Applications for ‘StoryCorps @ your library’

StoryCorps hosts a student from Girls Inc.

The ALA Public Programs Office, in partnership with StoryCorps, is accepting applications from public libraries and library systems interested in hosting “StoryCorps @ your library” programs. Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to ALA, “StoryCorps @ your library” seeks to bring StoryCorps’ popular interview methods to libraries while developing a replicable model of oral history programming. Program guidelines and the online application are available at The deadline for applications is January 18.

In February, ten pilot sites will be selected to receive:

  • A $2,500 stipend for project-related expenses;
  • A toolkit of written and Web-based customizable program and promotional support materials;
  • A StoryKit (a customized set of professional recording equipment) to use to record on-site interviews during the grant period and retain for future use after the close of the pilot project;
  • A two-day in-person training by StoryCorps staff at the library site to orient volunteers and library staff to interview collection, digital recording techniques and archiving interviews in StoryCorps’ proprietary database.

Building on earlier planning work supported by IMLS, “StoryCorps @ your library,” will be piloted at 10 public libraries selected from across the country. Local libraries will retain copies of all interviews and preservation copies will also be deposited with the Library of Congress. For more information, visit With questions, contact the ALA Public Programs Office at

Can E-Books and Libraries Coexist?

Print — literature, journalism, you name it — has experienced an extended obituary over the last decade, alongside the rise of digital media.

But a recent Pew study found that even as sales of e-readers like Nook and Kindle grow swiftly, young people still frequent libraries more than you might think, and print books remain popular. Even the most plugged-in lit fans are not ready to abandon print as a dead medium. In fact, e-book readers consume more books annually, no matter the format.

For access to ebooks available to Wyoming residents from their Wyoming libraries, go to

To learn more, including who reads fastest — print or e-book readers — check out the infographic below, courtesy of

PBS Remixes Reading Rainbow

PBS Digital Studios has been on a roll remixing clips from some of their shows using autotune to create music videos. The most recent of these videos is from Reading Rainbow with Levar Burton. Be sure to take a look at some of their past videos as well; Mr. Rogers, Bob Ross and Julia Child. Also, my favorite (although not done by PBS Digital Studios) Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’.