seeks to opt out of
GATS library agreement
Maine Gov. John E. Baldacci has asked the Bush administration
to exclude the state from General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
treaty obligations specifically related to libraries, archives, and museums.
The World Trade Organization began renewed negotiations on specifics of
the treaty in Geneva in late March....
study links school libraries
and student achievement
A study funded by the Ontario Library Association offers
the first Canadian finding that shows a positive correlation between student
achievement and library resources and staff. Released April 6, School
Libraries and Student Achievement in Ontario includes assessment
data from more than 50,000 students and over 800 of the provinces
publicly funded elementary schools....
A Visit to Cuba
In response to a parents objection to a book cover
depicting Cuban children wearing the uniform of the island nations
Communist youth group, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary School
in Miami has formed a materials review committee to reconsider Alta Schreiers
Vamos a Cuba (A Visit to Cuba) on April 19....
slam Smithsonian deal
Ken Burns and other prominent documentary filmmakers are
blasting a deal between the Smithsonian Institution and the Showtime Networks
cable channels to create television programming, saying it could cut off
their access to the museums collections and curators....
cooperative recognized as outstanding
The Illinois State Librarys Talking Book and Braille
Service (TBBS) in Springfield was named Network Library of the Year by
the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
at an April 4 ceremony at the Library of Congress....
Michigan director will file lawsuit
An attorney retained by fired Bay County (Mich.) Library
Director Frederick J. Paffhausen announced April 4 that he will file a
breach of contract lawsuit against the system....
make permanent stops
along Gulf Coast
More than 300 libraries have signed up through
the ALA Adopt a Library
program to help make a difference in the hurricane-devastated
region. Some have chosen to donate bookmobiles to libraries in
Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, such as this one presented
to the Hancock County (Miss.) Pearlington branch by the Allegany
County (Md.) Library System....
bridge cultures during El dia de los niños
April 30 marks the 10th anniversary of national El día
de los niños/El día de los libros (Childrens Day/Book
Day), and libraries across the country will host Día celebrations
with family programs, including bilingual story hours, book giveaways,
and other literacy events....
three new cosponsors
Three new cosponsorsthe Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas Library Associationshave
signed on to participate in the ALA Advocacy Institute, Friday, June 23,
125 p.m., at Annual Conference in New Orleans. The institute teaches
participants legislative issues and skills for advocating library services....
Books for youth
Borden, Louise. Across the Blue Pacific.
Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker. Houghton, Apr. 2006 (0-618-33922-11).
Grades 35. In this fully illustrated, fictional memoir,
a woman, Molly, recalls her childhood war years on the American
home front. World War II seems far away to Molly, but her
4th-grade teacher brings it close by painting an enormous
map on the wall....
life: Public libraries
and the recovery process
Local libraries face many challenges: While most of the
remediation issues have been or eventually will be dealt with, many libraries
are beyond repair. Instead of helping readers, librarians are dealing
with Federal Emergency Management Agency paperwork, compiling damage estimates.
Staff reductions have curtailed library services; librarians, like the
rest of us, have been displaced....
New Orleans Times-Picayune, Apr. 2
money urged for Louisiana libraries
Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu asked a House panel on April 10
to restore nearly $1 million that Gov. Kathleen Blanco proposed cutting
from the State Library of Louisiana. Landrieu and others said public libraries
have played an especially vital role to Louisiana residents since hurricanes
Katrina and Rita....
Baton Rouge Advocate, Apr. 11
Orleans black social networks hurting
Most people they know want to rebuild, eventually. But
no one can quite imagine the day when their houses will be livable again,
and now the glue of their lives is gonetheir neighbors, local businesses,
social clubs. Just about every black institution in town is struggling
or has disappeared....
Associated Press, Apr. 8
chief admits levee design failure
In the closest thing yet to a mea culpa, the commander
of the Army Corps of Engineers acknowledged April 5 that a design
failure led to the breach of the 17th Street Canal levee that flooded
much of the city during Hurricane Katrina....
New Orleans Times-Picayune, Apr. 6
Lady finds feeling of hope in city
On her tenth trip to the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina,
First Lady Laura Bush on Monday touted a federal program to help young
people find work and said her foundation
will help damaged schools get new books and rebuild their libraries....
Associated Press, Apr. 10
different place without the displaced
It does not matter how many photos
youve seen, how riveting the videotapes have been as they splashed
across the television screens, with desperate voices crying out in the
background, or listening to the emotional Congressional testimony of displaced
residents of New Orleans. None of those experiencesor even all of
them combinedcan prepare you for the experience of entering the
citys lower Ninth Ward....
Louisiana Weekly, Apr. 10; Minneapolis City Pages,
Most employers stood up to Katrina
A Survey of Compensation Practices in Areas Affected
by Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma found that more than
90% of employers maintained staff and benefits and 33% provided living
assistance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina....
New Orleans City Business, Apr. 10
mobile booth to visit in May
One of the two StoryCorps oral-history project Mobile Booths
touring the country (see American Libraries, Dec. 2005, p. 4245)
will stop in New Orleans, May 428. Reservations to record an oral
history can be placed beginning April 18 at 10 a.m. local time....
pledges its support
to the ALA Cultural Communities Fund
ACRL has pledged to support the ALA Cultural Communities
Fund with a gift of $20,000. The Cultural Communities Fund is an endowment
created to help libraries across the country bring communities together
through cultural programming....
for young adults who enjoy the Gossip Girls series
YALSA has announced a list of books to recommend to teens,
both avid and reluctant readers, who are looking for books similar to
those in the Gossip Girls series. The books on this list are perfect
for when your readers have finished with every Gossip Girls title in your
library and are clamoring for another book like the Gossip Girls,
said YALSA President Pam Spencer Holley....
County Public Library gets D&B minority business award from RUSA
The 2006 Dun and Bradstreet Award for outstanding service to minority
business communities goes to the Orange County (Calif.) Public Library.
is the 2006 recipient of the 2006 Dun and Bradstreet Award for Outstanding
Service to Minority Business Communities. The award is presented by RUSA's
Business Reference and Services Section....
in the library catalog? Of course
Jenna Freedman at Barnard College has started one of the
countrys few scholarly online
catalogs of zines. The collection of 500 zines includes primary sources
documenting activism during the 2004 Republican National Convention and
Critical Mass protests in New York. Titles include Brooklyn Diary,
Junk/Food, Race Riot, and Satans Panties....
New York Times, Apr. 11
puts freedom first
The McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, which opened to the
public April 11 on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, is designed to make
visitors confront some uncomfortable topics. It employs an array of audiovisual
and interactive technology to examine incidents in which First Amendment
freedoms have been challenged....
Chicago Tribune, Apr. 5
proposed Texas 65% rule (PDF file)
School librarians will be included when calculating instructional
costs under proposed revisions to the states school financial rating
system, which is designed to provide the public with a clear look at the
spending practices of each school district....
Texas Education Agency, Apr. 6
for storm-damaged libraries
11-year-old Kelsie Buckley raised more than $9,000 in pledges
for Gulfports library by riding
her horse halfway across the state of Mississippi. Kelsies goal
is to raise $10,000 for every Mississippi library destroyed by Katrina.
There were seven....
CBS News, Mar. 31; WLOX-TV, Biloxi, Mar. 12
agencies and overdue books
Claire Leavy, director of the Lee County (Ga.) Public Library,
recently turned to Unique Management Services of Jeffersonville, Mo.,
a collection agency that serves 750 public library systems across the
United States and Canada. Unique tries to persuade patrons to return overdue
items and pay their late fees....
Los Angeles Times, Apr. 7
chooses 50 items for
National Recording Registry
Calvin Coolidges 1925 inaugural address, Fats Domino
singing Blueberry Hill in 1956, Don Azpiazus 1930 rumba
hit El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor), and Sonic Youths
1988 album Daydream Nation were among the recordings the Library
of Congress selected for preservation in its National Recording Registry
Library of Congress, Apr. 11
appeal for the preservation of the worlds audiovisual heritage
200 million hours of audio and video records are endangered,
particularly in developing countries. This call (originally launched in
2004, but still active) is intended to draw attention to the perilous
situation of these archives, to get the support of the United Nations,
and to demonstrate the solidarity of archivists and users all around the
International Federation of Television Archives
OPACs suck, part 2:
The checklist of shame
Karen Schneider reviews key features common to most search
engines (even the least expensive) but that are often missing in online
ALA Tech Source blog, Apr. 3
future of the library catalog:
A February 21 report, written by Cornell University Technical
Services Librarian Karen Calhoun and commissioned by the Library of Congress,
offers some suggestions on revitalizing OPACs in the face of declining
use, as well as a 10-step blueprint for implementing changes. Reference
Librarian Thomas Mann offers a critical
review of aspects of the Calhoun report....
DSpace Open Access; and AFSCME 2910
outlook for 2006
If 2005 data is any indication, 2006 should be a good year for most ALA-accredited
programs. Data submitted for the 2005 ALISE Statistical Report and
Database show that enrollment increased for a majority of ALA-accredited
programs, additional full-time faculty members were added, and total income
was up from 2004....
ALA Office for Accreditation, Prism, Spring issue
instruction in the new century:
A podcast/Flash interview
University of Washington iSchool Dean Emeritus Mike Eisenberg
speaks passionately on the future of library education in Tradition
vs. Technology: Whats all the fuss?...
InfoSpeak, vol. 2, no. 2
tap into the video game culture
Take a digital game world, throw it in a blender, add some
information and research skills, sift out the word educational
and maybe, just maybe, we have a new and effective way to teach our students
bibliographic instruction. Christy Branson, liaison librarian at the University
of Waterloo, Ontario, assesses the learning value of games in the library....
ASIS&T Bulletin, Apr./May
Kids Club website
offers K-4 interactive games
The NASA Kids
Club site serves a dual purpose. Children can play games at home for
entertainment, and educators can use it as a fun way to reach students
in the classroom, the library, during after-school programs, or anywhere
children and computers are together....
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Apr. 6
Rock & Roll Library concert tour, featuring The High Strung
Last year the quirky, carefree, energetic music of Detroits
The High Strung electrified Michigans teen patrons with their sunny
three-part harmonies and witty, lyrical bravado. This year the furious
guitars and squonking organ that accompany the bands catchy sing-along
choruses are roaming the country, headed for a library in your direction.
Recommended by the Alternative Teen
The High Strung
National Poetry Month
suggestions from RIF
April is National Poetry Month, and Reading Is Fundamental
offers some tips on rhyming and reading in the library....
Reading Is Fundamental
in New Orleans,
June 2228. Take advantage of advance
registration rates by May 19.
Show us your
Poster! Send in READ posters you have created using the READ CD
2 and you could win a $100 gift certificate from ALA Graphics and be featured
in American Libraries. Submissions are due by May 31.
Download the full-text, PDF version of the El día
de los niños/El día de los libros brochure, in English
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the Boy Scouts of Americas policy
of excluding agnostics, atheists, and gays prohibit libraries from
cooperating with the organization in joint programs?
is an unscientific poll that reflects the opinions of only those
AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
April 5 poll:
your National Library Week activities bring significantly more patrons
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cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
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As of 3:45 p.m. Central time, April 11:
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electronic, 1,621 paper).
Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar mentor or mentee. Application
deadline is April 21.
New Englands Carnegie libraries
= cultural icons: The 2006 facilities showcase
FAQ on the
Public Library Administrator program.
Library, London. Philatelic Rarities.
and Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, New York. The
New York to Paris Race, 1908.
University, Ithaca, New York. Gravely Gorgeous: Gargoyles,
Grotesques, and the 19th-century Imagination.
Library, San Marino, California. Land of Golden Dreams:
California in the Gold Rush Decade, 18481858.
of Congress, Washington, D.C. Benjamin Franklin in
His Own Words.
Angeles Public Library. Far and Wide: The Golden Age
of Travel Posters.
of California at Los Angeles. A Centenary Celebration
of Ralph J. Bunche.
of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Modern Jewish Literatures.
around the age of 13, being seen at the library
let alone enjoying yourselfwas as socially stunting as getting
or having the wrong pair of shoes. The irony is, the library is
brimming with the very toolsanarchy and rebellion, sex
necessary for quenching adolescent thirsts and winning popularity
Chad Dryden, The Lawless Library! Knight Ridder Newspapers,
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