in Connecticut Patriot Act case
Federal prosecutors announced April 12 that they would
drop their appeal in a case involving a Connecticut library system that
received a demand for patron records under the USA Patriot Act....
A March 2002 Memorandum of Understanding (PDF
file) between the National Archives and Records Administration and
the U.S. Air Force shows that archivists were concerned about an ongoing
program to reclassify thousands of previously released documents but ultimately
agreed to keep the operation secret....
Senate wont defund
inclusive kids collections
Members of the Oklahoma Senate have allowed an April 6
deadline to expire without considering a bill that would have prohibited
local funding authorities and library boards from funding their public
libraries unless the libraries have place[d] all children and young
adult materials that contain homosexual or sexually explicit subject matter
in a special area [and limited] distribution . . . to adults only....
adds 50 sound recordings
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced April
11 the latest group of 50 recordings for the National Recording Registry.
Created by Congress through the National Recording Preservation Act of
2000, the registry is dedicated to preserving classic American recordings
of music, speeches, and readings that are culturally, historically, or
Bernardino removes explicit manga book
Prompted by a request from a Victorville, California, parent
to consider the appropriateness of Paul Gravetts Manga: 60 Years
of Japanese Comics, the San Bernardino County Library decided to remove
13 copies from all its branches April 12....
U.S. Carnegie library
damaged by lightning
branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) has been closed indefinitely
after lightning struck the buildings 115-year-old clock tower mid-evening
on April 7. Miraculously, the building was empty at the time and no one
was injured. There were no library materials damaged either....
turkey @ your library
A male wild turkeys nesting season took a painful
turn when it flew through a double window at the Western branch of St.
Joseph County (Ind.) Public Library in South Bend shortly before 9 a.m.
Chapin Carpenter to highlight Scholarship Event
in New Orleans
Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter has been selected
as the featured artist of the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship event to benefit
the Library Relief Fund and provide scholarships on Saturday, June 24,
811 p.m., at the Convention Center Auditorium during the New Orleans
more associations sign up
for the Advocacy Institute
The Mississippi and Alabama Library Associations have signed
on to participate in the ALA Advocacy Institute, Friday, June 23, at Annual
Conference in New Orleans....
wins World Book
ALA Goal Grant Award
The Office for Research and Statistics is the winner of the 2006 World
BookALA Goal Grant Award. ORS is honored for its proposal, Public
Library Service to the Nations Linguistically Isolated: An Analysis
Using the Public Library Geographic Database and US Census Data 2000....
Lewis, Jerry. Dean & Me: A Love Story.
Read by Stephen Hoye. 2005. 9hr. Books on Tape, CS/CD. It
is a daunting task to narrate the memoir of a well-known celebrity
whose voice is distinctive and immediately recognizable, but
Hoye handles it with aplomb. This biography is Lewiss
take on his professional and personal relationship with Dean
Martin and his career following their breakup....
New Orleans site visit, April 34
ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels and
ALA President-Elect Leslie Burger discuss the state of the media
center at Benjamin Franklin High School with Principal Carol Christen
and Librarian Idella Washington. The library is in a temporary
space on the second floor and hopes to reopen by mid-August. For
more pictures, visit
and libraries in New Orleans
My first trip back to New Orleans was in September when
40% of the city was still underwater. Since Ive moved back, Ive
been able to see progress from a city where I couldnt buy a cup
of coffee anywhere, to a situation today where many of the restaurants,
bars, and music venues are up and running in the areas that didnt
experience heavy flooding....
Keith Weldon Medley
Over spring break, a group of educators from Minnesota
had the trip of a lifetime. Seven of us from Oak Point Intermediate School
in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, spent our break in New Orleans assisting in
Orleans CIO vows to keep
free city Wi-Fi at high speeds
New Orleans Chief Information Officer Greg Meffert said
he plans to continue fighting to keep a free downtown wireless internet
network functioning at high speeds....
Computerworld, Apr. 14
a great storm
New Orleans Times-Picayune
columnist Chris Roses 1 Dead in Attic is a slim but remarkably
engrossing volume that took its title from a spray-painted notation left
by a rescue team on a house in the 8th Ward. The stories Rose tells are
so moving that the book may one day be remembered as one of the most important
books ever written about New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina....
LSU Daily Reveille, Mar. 31
city: New Orleans
rebuilds by writing
In a slew of books responding to Katrina, writers show
that the Big Easy is not going to let 125-mph winds, FEMA, or Bush rain
on its parade....
The Simon, Apr. 14
offers disaster relief for public school libraries
AASL is administering an $800,000 grant program that will make funds available
to rebuild and expand public school library media programs affected by
disasters. Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief
Program is the largest relief effort in ALA history targeted specifically
to school libraries....
Teen Read Week website
The YALSA Teen Read Week website, Get
Active @ your library, the theme for Teen Read Week 2006, encourages
teens to read for the fun of it and use resources at their libraries to
help them lead active lives and find books on sports, fitness, volunteerism,
activism, college preparation, and career direction. This years
celebration will be held October 1521....
YALSA Teens Top Ten
Teens across the country are encouraged to read the 22 nominated
titles to prepare themselves for the Teens Top Ten vote, to
take place during Teen Read Week, October
votes will determine the 2006 Teens Top Ten booklist of the best
new books for young adults....
celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2006
Read Stephen R. Salmons brief history of the divisions early
years, from its beginning as a small, pioneering discussion group in 1964....
Information Technology and Libraries, Mar. 1993
Chen wins LITAs Kilgour Award
Simmons College Professor Ching-chih Chen is the winner of the 2006 Frederick
G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology sponsored
by LITA and OCLC. Chen has advocated the concept of the world digital
library since 1993, most recently the Global Memory Net, which will be
launched for universal access at the end of June....
Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award
The Gail Borden Public Library District of Elgin, Illinois, is the winner
of the Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award for
its project, Giants:
African Dinosaurs, created by Project Exploration. The library
attracted visitors by showcasing six life-size skeletons of dinosaurs,
displays of original fossil material, and interactive exhibits....
rebuffed on viewing Jack Andersons papers before they go to GWU
The family of the late newspaper columnist Jack Anderson
has rejected a request by the FBI to turn over 50 years of files to agents
who want to look for evidence in the prosecution of two pro-Israel lobbyists,
as well as any classified documents Anderson had collected, before the
papers are donated to George Washington University....
Washington Post, Apr. 19
and others petition
against Smithsonians Showtime deal
As the recent coupling between the Smithsonian Institution
and Showtime Networks continues to roil the documentary film world, more
than 215 filmmakers, television executives, and academics have signed
a letter demanding that the Smithsonian, a publicly financed museum, not
only reveal financial details of the joint venture but also abandon it....
New York Times, Apr. 18
Visit to Cuba to remain
on Miami-Dade school library shelves
School officials have ruled that a childrens book
about traveling to Cuba should remain in Miami-Dade County schools, despite
a parents complaint that the book does not depict an accurate life
Miami Herald, Apr. 19
years later, quakes dead
are still being counted
Former San Francisco city archivist Gladys Hansen has made
it her goal in life to account fully for the number of people killed by
the devastating 1906 earthquake and ensuing firestorm. To accomplish this,
Hansen goes to work several days a weekat her own office in a Mission
district warehouseto research, catalog, and respond to questions....
MSNBC, Apr. 14
Louisiana library reopens
Seven months after floodwaters soaked and destroyed 20%
of its books and other materials, the Chauvin branch of the Terrebonne
Parish Public Library has reopened....
Thibodaux Daily Comet, Apr. 12
fair to assist Katrina-hit school
Fort Wayne, Indiana, school media specialist Linda Wunderlin
coordinated an effort to raise funds to rebuild the South Plaquemines
High School library in Port Sulphur, Louisiana....
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Apr. 18
of earthquake coverage
NewspaperARCHIVE.com, an online database of historic newspapers,
offers a free archive on the history of earthquakes. The archive includes
stories of earthquakes dating as far back as 1759 and as recent as the
Kashmiri earthquake of 2005. It also contains articles about the San Francisco
earthquake of 1906, the devastating earthquake at Tangshan, China, in
1976, and other major earthquakes throughout history....
Scott McLemee notes the latest trend in the decline of
Western civilization: People now use cell phones in research libraries....
Inside Higher Ed, Apr. 12
Throughout April, the National Museum of American History
is celebrating its fifth annual Jazz Appreciation Month with concerts,
a poetry workshop, lectures, performances, a day of swing dancing, two
new displays, and audio podcasts about jazz....
Live Academic Search: The details
Barbara Quint writes it will be months before we can expect
a useful comparative review of Windows Live Academic Search and Google
Scholar. Technically both products are in beta. Microsofts Academic
Search is a true betait still adds significant content, and plans
are already in place for a second beta phase....
Information Today, Apr. 17
success: A best-practices wiki
Meredith Farkas created this wiki to be a one-stop shop
for great ideas and information for all types of librarians. If youve
done something at your library that you consider a success, you can write
about it in the wiki or provide a link to outside coverage....
steps to including a Google Map
on your website
Chris Deweese of the Lewis and Clark Library System offered
this practical guide to putting a map on your library website at the HigherEd
BlogCon last week....
HigherEd BlogCon 2006, Apr. 14
Earth: From space to your face
Mark Aubin discusses the origins and operations of Google
Earth, and why parts of it are still blurry....
Google Librarian Newsletter, issue 3
Seven years under the DMCA
Since they were enacted in 1998, the anti-circumvention
provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act have not been used
as Congress envisioned. In practice, they have been used to stifle a wide
array of legitimate activities, rather than to stop copyright infringement.
As a result, the DMCA has developed into a serious threat to several important
Electronic Frontier Foundation, Apr.
This FAQ has been prepared to explain the Communications
Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) and how it relates to our nations
libraries. This is an important issue because it may affect library budgets
in the very near future, require certain technology expenditures, and
impose administrative burdens on library personnel to administer certain
security requirements under the law....
ALA Office for Information Technology Policy
looks to private publishers
for sales boost
The U.S. Government Printing Office is seeking to reinvent
its sales program by making government publications available in a commercial
mainstream setting, expanding distribution channels and using the latest
technology, while achieving significant cost reductions for taxpayers
through private-sector vendors....
Government Printing Office, Apr. 12
not revising the ALA Code of Ethics:
An alternate proposal
Rider University Librarian John Buschman offers three reasons why ALAs
of Ethics might be weakened if it were revised. A revision of a paper
given at the ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, June 26, 2005....
Library Philosophy and Practice, vol. 8, no. 2 (Spring
in New Orleans,
June 2228. Take advantage of advance
registration rates by May 19.
Office for Information Technology Policy offers the Copyright
Advisory Network website as a resource for librarians to learn
about copyright and to get help when they have copyright troubles.
What do YOU think?
you willingly forego a salary increase or sacrifice benefits to
help your library through a financial crisis?
is an unscientific poll that reflects the opinions of only those
AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
April 12 poll:
the Boy Scouts of Americas policy of excluding agnostics,
atheists, and gays prohibit libraries from cooperating with the
organization in joint programs?
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website.
Office for Diversity offers a selection of wristbands and t-shirts
as part of its Dollars for Diversity campaign.
The ALA Washington Office has launched a redesigned Legislative
Action Center to simplify sending e-mails to lawmakers on specific
library-related issues. It does require a login, because Congressional
offices have started requiring legitimate e-mail addresses from users
to avoid being overwhelmed by spam.
SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR, Phoenix Public Library, to direct
the operations of the award-winning Burton Barr Central Library.
Experience in a large urban public library serving a diverse population
employment resources is a list of links to information on
jobs, salaries, employment practices, and surveys offered by ALAs
Human Resource Development and Recruitment Office.
New Englands Carnegie libraries
= cultural icons: The 2006 facilities showcase
Public Programs Office has compiled this 44-page booklet, One Book
One Community (PDF
file), to help you plan for your community-wide reading event.
to apply for:
American Library Services Enhancement Grant, Institute of
Museum and Library Services. Contact: Alison
Institute for Information Literacy, National 4-H Youth Conference
Center, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Contact: Margot
Sutton Conahan, 800-545-2433, ext. 2522.
Book Awards, for the authors, illustrators, and designers
of the best books about Connecticut or by state residents. Contact:
Kat Lyons, 860-695-6320.
Conference of Librarians of Color seeks submissions for
15 awards and scholarships that will be presented at its Oct. 1115
conference. Contact: Liana Zhou,
Library Commission 21st Century Librarian Scholarships offer
financial support to eligible Nebraskans seeking masters, bachelors,
or associate degrees in library science or school library media.
Contact: Pam Scott,
Jack Keats Foundation offers $350 minigrants to support
programs designed by public school teachers and librarians.
National Book Association/ Ann Heidbreder Eastman Grant
offers up to $750 for a librarian to take a course or participate
in an institute devoted to aspects of publishing as a profession.
Contact: Ray Toler, 312-280-5416
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