Daily Archives: March 1, 2012

Nebraska Learns 2.0: This month, make your resume interesting and go on an information diet

Nebraska Learns 2.0 (http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/nelearns/) is the Nebraska Library Commission’s ongoing online learning program. It is a self-discovery program which encourages participants to take control of their own learning and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY.

Each month, we offer you an opportunity to learn a new Thing (or lesson). You have all month to complete that Thing and receive one CE credit. You may choose which Things to do based on personal interest and time availability. If the Thing of the month doesn’t interest you or if you are particularly busy that month, you can skip it.

* The Thing for March is: Visualize Your Resume – http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/nelearns/2012/03/01/thing-53-visualize-your-resume/

Let’s just all admit this up front and get it out of the way: resumes are boring! Ok, moving on…So, what can we do about it? This month’s thing takes a look at two online services that allow you to create a visual and interactive online resume. Granted they may not work for every situation, but I think you’ll agree, they’re not boring.

Another facet of Nebraska Learns 2.0 is BookThing. Each month we pick a single title that we feel has relevance to librarianship and/or information theory. Some of the titles will be very obviously related, while others may not seem so on the surface but there is a connection. Your assignment will be to read the book and create a blog post answering some questions about the title.

* The BookThing for March is: “The Information Diet” by Clay A. Johnson: http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/nelearns/2012/03/01/bookthing-the-information-diet/

If you are new to Nebraska Learns 2.0, your first assignment is to sign up to participate at: http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/nelearns/sign-up-2/ This program is open to ALL Nebraska librarians, library staff, library friends, library board members and school media specialists.

We hope you’ll join your library colleagues in the fun as you learn about new and exciting technologies!

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National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants – applications due May 2, 2012

Posted Date: Feb 29, 2012
Closing Date for Applications: May 02, 2012
Award Amount: Varies

NEH challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Through these awards, many organizations and institutions have been able to increase their humanities capacity and secure the permanent support of an endowment. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support ongoing program activities. Challenge grants may also provide capital directly supporting the procurement of long-lasting objects, such as acquisitions for archives and collections, the purchase of equipment, and the construction or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities. Funds spent directly must be shown to bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly.

Applications are welcome from colleges and universities, museums, public libraries, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit entities.

Eligible Applicants

  • State governments County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education Private institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)

NEH welcomes proposals that respond to NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative. Such projects could focus on cultures internationally or within the United States. International programs might seek to enlarge Americans’ understanding of other places and times, as well as other perspectives and intellectual traditions. American programs might explore the great variety of cultural influences on, and myriad subcultures within, American society. These programs might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest.

Details are available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/challenge.html.

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NCompass Live: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: An interview with Robert Miller of The Internet Archive – Recorded Online Session

In this month’s Tech Talk Michael will be speaking with Robert Miller, Global Director of Books for the Internet Archive about just what the Internet Archive is and its current projects relating to digitizing books for public consumption.

In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

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