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LEARN BEFORE YOU BURN. This fall, the University of California-Berkeley mounted a “Learn Before You Burn” campaign to warn its freshman class against downloading copyrighted music. In their first week on campus, the students went through an orientation on the penalties of illegal downloading. Anyone caught illegally downloading copyrighted files will be removed from the university network for a full week. Read more here.

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DREXEL U’s iSchool helps maintain the Internet Public Library as a public resource and digital training ground in information science.

INTERNET LIBRARY GETS A NEW LIFE. With more than $600K in funding from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant, the iSchool at Drexel University (PA) is collaborating with the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, and Florida State University to transform Drexel’s Internet Public Library (originally launched in 1995) into a learning laboratory for information science students and faculty, and to develop and maintain the site with updated services that can help provide extensive hands-on digital librarianship experience for information science students. Eileen Abels, a professor in Drexel’s College of Information Science and Technology, points to IPL as a “valuable public resource and teaching tool,” with more than 12 million hits per month.

ALUMNI ARE CLICKING. Columbia Southern University (AL) has launched a new “CSU Click” online service for its alumni. The service provides social networking functionality for the school’s grads so they may blog, share photos, and network about their careers and current interests with more than 9,000 CSU alums.

TUNED IN TO HISTORY. The State University of New York- Maritime College is offering two new online courses this fall that were developed in collaboration with The History Channel. Both courses are based around History Channel television series content and will be offered for credit, marking the first time the TV channel has developed content for college credit.

BLUE WATERS RUN FAST. $208 million from the National Science Foundation will help the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign build the “Blue Waters” computer, which is expected to go live in 2011 at petaflop speeds—a new class of computation capable of more than 1,000 trillion operations per second. The system will be operated by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and its academic and industry partners in the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation. Read more here.

GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT. Wayne State University (MI) has launched a broadcast service that can send emergency alerts or other informational messages directly to student and faculty cell phones, e-mail addresses, or IM accounts, based on the individual’s choice of message services. The cell phone method is proving to be the most popular for emergency notification, comprising nearly 75 percent of the signups for emergency messages, say WSU administrators. Deputy CIO and Director of IT Support Services Patrick Gossman adds that the system does not require Wayne State’s 33,000 students to switch cell phone providers in order to take advantage of the service, as it works with 69 service providers currently operating in the Montclair area.



Michael KellerMichael Keller is the new Senior Presidential Fellow at the Council on Library and Information Resources. The appointment with CLIR will support research that examines the recommendations of recent cyber-infrastructure reports and explores the roles and functions of institutional repositories, digital archives, and digital libraries. Keller will continue to work from Stanford University (CA), where he is university librarian and director of academic information resources. Read more here.

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