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    November 3rd, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Bloomfield, Conn. – The San Mateo, Calif. based Peninsula Library System, which serves all the
    public and community college libraries in San Mateo County, is benefitting from mk Sorting Systems
    in providing one of the most technologically advanced service solutions to busy on-the-go library
    patrons, resulting in 24-hour access.
    Equipment arrived in Millbrae last week and will be operational by the end of the year at the BART
    transit station, located at 200 North Rollins Road. The mk LibDispenserTM lets library patrons enjoy
    the convenience of reserving, borrowing, renewing and returning library materials any time. Two
    browsing stations access a collection of up to 876 items with easy future expansion options. The
    result is a fully-automated service - a stand alone branch - integrated into the member library’s
    management software (ILS) via SIP2 communication.
    Aided by California State Library LSTA grant funding, the mk LibDispenser™ provides additional
    library access to over 746,000 residents of San Mateo County who use the mass transit system in
    the area. San Mateo County’s BART station is a major end node located in between San Jose and
    San Francisco and also one of the busiest transit centers in Northern California.
    “Residents of San Mateo County have often requested - through surveys, focus groups, and staff
    communications - more accessible services, longer access hours, and more convenient pick-up and
    drop-off locations for library materials,” states Wayne Walker, Operations Manager for the CALIFA
    Group. “The interest of BART in partnering with the members of the Peninsula Library System to
    install a LibDispenserTM in its station is an opportunity to provide such service elements to transit
    riders,” explained Walker.
    “We developed the mk LibDispenserTM with the goal of bringing library services to patrons in unique
    settings outside the traditional library environment,” says Markus Flory, President of mk Sorting“We are very excited that the BART station in Millbrae is an ideal location to benefit transit
    riders with on-the-go library service.”
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    About mk Sorting Systems
    mk Sorting Systems, a subsidiary of mk Technology Group, develops and installs user-friendly self
    service, sorting and RFID systems and book dispensing solutions for libraries. mk offers individual,
    customized automation solutions designed to meet each library’s specific needs.
    For sales and marketing information, contact Kristin Vogel, Sales and Business Development
    Consultant at 1-860-760-0438 or by e-mail at Visit mk
    Sorting Systems on the Web at

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    November 3rd, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Contact: Thomas Gladysz
    Tel. 415.695.9477

    A once controversial bestseller which inspired a silent film starring screen legend Louise Brooks will be celebrated at the San Francisco Public Library on November 14th. This special event on what would have been the actress’ 104th birthday takes place in the 250 seat Koret Auditorium of the main branch of the SFPL.

    The 1929 Louise Brooks film, Diary of a Lost Girl, is based on a bestselling book first published in Germany in 1905. Though little known today, the book was a sensation at the beginning of the 20th century. Controversy, spirited debate, and even lawsuits followed its publication. By the end of the Twenties, it had sold more than 1,200,000 copies – ranking it among the bestselling books of its time.

    A new edition of the original English language translation of this hard-to-find work has brought this important book back into print in the United States after more than 100 years. This new edition includes a 20 page introduction by Thomas Gladysz, Director of the Louise Brooks Society (, detailing the book's remarkable history and relationship to the acclaimed 1929 film. This special "Louise Brooks Edition" includes three dozen illustrations.

    Was it – as many believed – the real-life diary of a young woman forced by circumstance into a life of prostitution? Or a sensational and clever fake, one of the first novels of its kind? This contested work inspired a popular sequel, a banned stage play, a parody, a score of imitators, and two silent films. The best remembered of these is the often revived G.W. Pabst film starring Brooks. The book, by Margarete Bohme, was finally driven out of print and into obscurity at the beginning of the Nazi era.

    “The book has unusual historical significance as well as literary sophistication. I set out to reclaim it from the ash heap of history,” stated editor Thomas Gladysz.

    A display of archival materials relating to “The Diary of a Lost Girl, from book to film” is on display on the fourth floor of the SFPL. The Nov. 14th event is set to start at 1 pm. Gladysz will give a short illustrated talk about his new edition of The Diary of a Lost Girl, followed by a screening of the G.W. Pabst film. This event is free and open to the public.

    More information at and

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    November 3rd, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Journal of Library Innovation has just published its latest issue at We invite you to visit our web site to
    review articles and items of interest.

    Thank you for your continuing interest in our journal,
    Pamela Jones
    Medaille College
    Phone 716-880-2451

    Journal of Library Innovation
    Vol 1, No 2 (2010)
    Table of Contents

    The Price of Innovation (3-5)
    Sheryl Knab

    Innovative Practice: Reports from the Field
    Quick and Dirty Library Promotions That Really Work (6-14)
    Eric Jennings, Kathryn Tvaruzka

    Accommodating Community Users in an Authenticated Library Technology
    Environment (15-21)
    Jonathan T. Younker

    Making Physical Objects Clickable: Using Mobile Tags to Enhance Library
    Displays (22-28)
    Laura Baker

    The Library is Undead: Information Seeking During the Zombie Apocalypse
    Margeaux Johnson, Amy G. Buhler, Chris Hillman

    Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming Obstacles Between Vision & Reality (44-45)
    Jean Tate Hiebert

    The Mobile Marketing Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic
    Mobile Marketing Campaigns (46-47)
    Sarah Passonneau

    The Anywhere Library: A Primer for the Mobile Web (48-49)
    Justina M. Elmore

    Bite-Sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions for the Overworked Librarian
    Katie Donahue