Archive for 22.06.2010

Facts for the 4th of July celebrations

The Fourth of July 2010  is coming.

Here are useful materials for your programming.


Fast facts from the Census Bureau
·       ePublication: Historians on America
·       ePublication: U.S. History in Brief
·       ePublication: U.S. Maps with Facts in Brief
·       ePublication: Outline of U.S. Legal System
·       ePublication: Outline of U.S. History
·       eJournal: Snapshot USA
·       Poster Show: USA Landscapes – From Sea to Shining Sea
·       America.gov: Fourth of July Music Reflects U.S. History, Diversity (article includes some audio links)
·       Library of Congress: Patriotic Melodies (with sheet music)
·       US Army Band Patriotic Music
·       US Air Force Band Patriotic Music
·       US Navy Band Patriotic Music
·       US Coast Guard Band Patriotic Music
·       America.gov: Fireworks and Family
·       America.gov: Celebrating Independence Day in the United States
·       America.gov Videos
·       USA.gov: Fourth of July is Independence Day: more downloadable resources
·       National Archives: The Declaration of Independence
·       Library of Congress: The Declaration of Independence
·       World Digital Library: The Declaration of Indepenence – brief description in 7 languages
·       White House: Our Government
·       YouTube USG Channel 

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Reaching out through library partnerships — CO.NX chat on June 28

We invite all American Corners, Binational Center libraries, and Information Resource Centers to join the CO.NX session on June 28 to participate in an international live video chat about forming Sister Libraries and other international partnerships with US partners. A question and answer session will be part of the program. 
Building Bridges to Establish International Partnerships: The Nuts and Bolts. Monday, 6/28/2010 10:30 am – 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time
CO.NX Chat room is at https://statedept.connectsolutions.com/information?launcher=false; Log-in as a Guest to view the CO.NX announcement and then on June 28 to participate in the live panel discussion. 
Description: Building Bridges to Establish International Partnerships: The Nuts and Bolts. The International Relations Round Table of the American Library Association is sponsoring a panel discussion on the timely topic of international partnerships to exchange knowledge, resources, and staff.  Where do you start? Join your American and international colleagues as they present blueprints for cooperative ventures involving exchange and sister library relationships. Successful participants will discuss the first steps to begin the process and garner support.
This event is part of the annual conference of the American Library Association in Washington DC and is hosted by your colleagues in the Information Resource Office in the Bureau of International Information Programs.
Speakers: Richard Blake, Librarian, Waynesburg University; Sandy Chen, Assistant Professor, Clarion University of Pennsylvania; Henry Mendelsohn, Regional Information Resource Officer, U.S. Embassy, Cairo; Dr. Maurice A. Mikhail, Consultant to Mubarak Public Libraries, Egypt
Hope to “see” you there on June 28, 2010!
Barbara Conaty
American Corners Coordinator
Washington DC

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7-11 червня 2010 р. проходила 17-та Міжнародна конференція «Крим 2010». Під час конференції, крім великої кількості засідань різноманітних секцій і круглих столів, пройшли засідання, присвячені програмі «Американські куточки». Десять керівників центрів «Вікно в Америку», відібрані для участі у конференції на конкурсних засадах, отримали нову корисну інформацію і знання щодо покращення обслуговування користувачів і надання доступу до інформації про США. Фотографії з конференції можна побачити тут:  http://vkontakte.ru/album-4524177_111860390
Керівники центрів «Вікно в Америку» взяли участь у першому на конференції бібліотечному флеш-мобі, відео якого можна побачити тут:


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Proposals for Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Program 2010

The Elsevier Foundation is seeking new grant proposals for the 2010 Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program. Sponsored by Elsevier, a leading global publisher of scientific, technical and medical information, the Innovative Libraries program provides grants to library programs in the developing world for innovative systems and services that improve access to scientific, technical and medical information. The deadline for Innovative Libraries proposals is September 15th 2010. Grants will be awarded in December 2010 and provide one, two and three year awards between US$5,000 to US$50,000 per year.

The Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program supports the efforts of libraries in developing countries to improve their ability to put scientific, technical and medical information to work for those who need it. Past projects have included: expanding library information resources through digitization and knowledge preservation; training and education programs for librarians and researchers; developed-developing world partnerships to provide longer term technical assistance and training.

“Last year, the number of applications to the Innovative Libraries program rose by more than half–a clear indication of the need for this type of information development,” said David Ruth, Executive Director of the Elsevier Foundation, “We believe strongly in the critical importance of funding proposals that demonstrate the use of information to address diverse issues of development, including environment, clinical care, emergency management and research skills.”

Active since 2002, the Elsevier Foundation provides grants to institutions around the world, with a focus on supporting the world’s libraries and scholars in the early stages of their careers. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 60 grants worth millions of dollars to non-profit organizations working in these fields. In January 2010, $600,000 in grants were awarded to 12 organizations selected for their innovation and potential for impact in the developing world and academic workplace.

More information on the program requirements and details of how to submit a 2010 proposal are available on The Elsevier Foundation website.

The online Elsevier Foundation application program will accept proposals from August 1st through September 15th.

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