Henriette Avram dies
Henriette Avram, credited with the development and implementation
of the MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging) format, died April 22 at age
86. Avram, who retired from the Library of Congress in 1992 after 26 years
of service, was named LCs first director for processing systems,
networks, and automation planning in 1980....
seeks to search journalists archives for classified documents
The FBI is demanding access to some 200 boxes of the papers
and notes of Jack Anderson that the late investigative journalists
family is donating to the George Washington University library to remove
any leaked classified documents. However, the family has resisted the
governments efforts, claiming that turning over the materials would
be inconsistent with the reporters life work....
claim dropped against Ohio State librarian
Ohio State University officials have found no evidence
that a librarian at the schools Mansfield campus engaged in harassment
when he suggested four best-selling conservative books be added to the
freshman reading list....
board chair resigns over director hearing
A testy exchange between two patrons and Gwinnett County
(Ga.) Public Library Executive Director Jo Ann Pinder on March 17 led
to trustees calling a special hearing to decide whether to discipline
Pinder. However, two days before the April 17 hearing took place, board
Chair Dan English submitted his letter of resignation....
school board blocks reconsideration end run
The board of the MiamiDade County Public Schools
voted 63 April 18 not to interfere with the systems established
materials-reconsideration process in the review of A Visit to Cuba,
which has been challenged by a Cuban expatriate....
British Library support e-journal standard
The Library of Congress and the British Library have agreed
on a common standard for scholarly electronic journals that will help
ensure long-term access to online content....
takes criticism for closed branch
Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library officials came under fire
at a town hall meeting April 19 for closing the Brownsville branch for
one week after a staff member was injured breaking up a fight March 15....
to keep Guthrie name on public library
The Hanover (Pa.) Public Service Committee voted 82
April 17 to send a motion to the borough council approving the name of
its new library as the Guthrie Memorial Library, Hanovers
gust tears roof off school library
Wind removed the 2,100-square-foot roof of the Mountain
Elementary School Library in Los Alamos, New Mexico, on April 15. The
damage occurred early on a Saturday and was not discovered until the local
Key Club came to paint at the school that day....
teleconference on Confronting the Crisis in Library Education
ALA President Michael Gorman will host a free national
satellite teleconference on Friday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
CDT. Confronting the Crisis in Library Education will address
the question of whether todays library education programs are doing
an adequate job of training the next generation of librarians and discuss
the related issues of continuing education and certification....
responds to FBI efforts to access Anderson papers
ALA President Michael Gorman issued a statement April 21
in the wake of reported
efforts by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to access the personal
papers of journalist Jack Anderson....
of Glory chronicles the story of African-American baseball
The Campaign for Americas Libraries announced a new
Annual Conference program entitled Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues
and the Story of African-American Baseball, which will feature James
L. Gates, library director at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
in Cooperstown, N.Y....
Forum to focus on word-of-mouth marketing
Word-of-mouth marketing is the latest buzzword
when it comes to promoting your library, but what does it really mean?
The PR Forum will take place in New Orleans on Sunday, June 25, from 8
to 10 a.m. The program is geared toward library public relations and marketing
professionals but is open to any ALA member wishing to attend....
joins Advocacy Institute sponsors
The Southeastern Library Association has joined the list of cosponsors
for the ALA Advocacy Institute, scheduled for Friday, June 23, during
Annual Conference in New Orleans....
Growing Up with Science. Marshall Cavendish,
2005 (0-7614-7505-2). Gr. 69. As we read all the bad
press about the state of science knowledge among American
students, it is heartening to see such a colorful and useful
encyclopedia available for middle-school readers. This set,
the third edition of a title last published back in 1990,
explains many of the most complicated aspects of science and
technology, such as how laser disks and computers work, in
clear and precise language with the help of beautiful color
photographs and drawings....
staff applies creativity to fundraising
for Gulf Coast colleagues
Hundreds of librarians and library staff members
have pitched in to raise funds for hurricane relief and adopted
libraries. Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, celebrated
Mardi Gras using such props as a Booktruck Named Desire
float (above) and raised more than $1,200 for Southern University
at New Orleans in February. Amesbury (Mass.) Public Library kicked
off National Library Week with a 1950s-style dance to raise funds
for its adopted libraryJefferson Parishs Lakeshore
Library in Metairie, Louisiana....
about Katrina cough
Despite claims that there have been more coughs, sore throats,
and runny noses since Hurricane Katrina roared through the New Orleans
area, a new state health department study has found that the monster storms
lingering local effects do not include an increase in severe respiratory
New Orleans Times-Picayune, Apr. 19
tide carries many to hopeful shores
The New York Times analyzed relocation patterns
in 17 counties in and around Atlanta and Houston, two leading destinations
for Katrina evacuees. The average evacuee has landed in a neighborhood
with nearly twice the income as the one left behind, less than half as
much poverty, and significantly higher levels of education, employment,
and home ownership....
New York Times, Apr. 23
and repair at Dillard University
Over the course of eight years, Arthur J. Clement oversaw
$55 million in renovation and new construction on Dillard Universitys
historic campus in New Orleans. Then he watched with horror as Hurricane
Katrina washed much of the work away....
Chronicle of Higher Education, Apr. 28
Wetlands restoration has been pushed to the bottom of a
very long post-hurricane priority list. That may not be surprising, but
it is a big mistake. The future of the regions habitability is tied
to the health of its wetlands. Long before there were levees to hold back
the floodwaters, there were wetlands acting as a buffer....
New York Times, Apr. 23
Orleans Museum of Art welcomes ALA
NOMA (in City Park, a short taxi ride from the Convention
Center) offers free admission on June 2325 to ALA attendees who
bring their conference name tags. Librarian Sheila A. Cork can offer a
limited number of tours of the Felix J. Dreyfous Library on Friday, June
23, between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., if you e-mail
her well in advance....
New Orleans Museum of Art
Publishing releases new spring titles
Five new titles from ALCTS include a selection of the writings
of Ross Atkinson, preservation cost analysis, managing electronic resources,
the future of the library catalog, and knowledge management....
2006 National Institute registration open
Childrens Services Today and Tomorrow
is the theme of ALSCs 2006 National Institute, to be held September
1416 at the Hilton Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania....
to get a new look this summer
ChoiceReviews.online has been
totally redesigned and will be relaunched as CRO2 in the summer. The service
will have a new user-friendly interface and expanded functionality. CRO2
subscribers will have access to 115,000 Choice reviews, as well
as all editorial content from recent issues of Choice....
ASCLA online course
ASCLA is introducing Selecting Spanish-Language Materials for Adults,
its first internet-based course designed for library staff serving Spanish-speaking
populations. The course includes threaded discussions and chat sessions,
and will be held on August 21September 15 and October 23November
Roy receives 2006 Equality Award
Loriene Roy, professor in the School of Information at
the University of Texas at Austin, is the 2006 recipient of the ALA Equality
Award, which recognizes contributions for promoting equality in the library
Trapp wins the Sullivan Award
Janice Trapp, director of the James V. Brown Library in
Williamsport, Pa., is the recipient of the Sullivan Award for Public Library
Administrators Supporting Services to Children Award. The award, donated
by Peggy Sullivan, honors an individual who has shown exceptional understanding
and support of public library service to children....
Magi named Futas winner
Trina Magi, government documents librarian at the University
of Vermont in Burlington is the winner of the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst
for Change Award. Magi played a pivotal role in mobilizing opposition
to Section 215 (the library records provision) of the USA Patriot Act....
Gale Financial Development Award winner
The Arley (Ala.) Public Library is the 2006 recipient of
ALAs Thomas Gale Financial Development Award. The award, $2,500
and a citation donated by Thomson Gale, is presented annually to a library
organization that exhibited meritorious achievement in carrying out a
library financial development project....
Phi Mu Award recipient named
Lois Mai Chan, professor at the University of Kentucky
School of Library and Information Science, is the 2006 recipient of the
Beta Phi Mu Award, presented to a library school faculty member or to
an individual for distinguished service to education in librarianship....
selects 2006 NSLMPY Award winners
The Hilliard (Ohio) City School District; the Biblioteca
Las Américas in Mercedes, Texas; and Kapolei (Hawaii) High School
are the winners of AASLs National School Library Media Program of
the Year Award....
Conference Scholarship Award
The winners of the 2006 EBSCO/ALA Conference Scholarship
Award are Rita Baladad, Tina Bradley, Emily Chandler, Amy Joanne Chow,
Nancy Cope, Angela Gonzalez, Teresa Maria Mares, Cassandra Plater, Mildred
Walters, and Li Zhang....
reviews its subscription model
Elsevier is assessing new pricing models that could see
archive databases included with journal subscriptions. The scientific
publishing giant is collaborating with major libraries and believes there
is demand for a return to title-by-title subscriptions with the added
benefit of access to comprehensive databases....
Information World Review, Apr. 24
at the Evanston Public Library
For the third year in a row, peregrine falcons have chosen
to nest at the Evanston (Ill.) Public Library. The nest isnt visible
from either inside or outside the library, so the staff set up a FalconCam
to monitor the hatching process. The video updates every few minutes....
Evanston Public Library
Nicholas Basbanes dedicates Army library in Iraq
My escort on what was the unlikeliest of bibliophilic adventures, Lt.
Col. Brian C. McNerney, took me to a recreation center in which a new
library was about to open its doors to eager readers at LSA Anaconda near
Balad, Iraq. The freshly installed wooden shelves had been stocked through
the efforts of octogenarian Army veterans in the United States....
Los Angeles Times, Apr. 24
Bernardino County supervisor urged to keep manga book on shelf
Two weeks after ordering the removal of a comic book that
contained explicit graphic images from the San Bernardino (Calif.) County
Library, First District Supervisor Bill Postmus has received a letter
from the National Coalition Against Censorship in which he is accused
of censoring a critically acclaimed book....
Vacaville (Calif.) Daily Press, Apr. 25
cartoon caption contest provokes merriment
three winning entries (and eight honorable mentions) to create a caption
for a cartoon featuring a rough-looking motorcyclist staffing the reference
Pittsburgh (Pa.) Post-Gazette, Apr. 23
Books available for check-out
Last year, the Portland (Maine) Public Library joined forces
with the Maine
College of Art for a project in which artists were invited to take
any of the librarys discarded volumes and do with them as they pleased.
In February, 186 altered books were put into circulation, and within two
weeks about 100 had been checked out. Some library patrons used them as
centerpieces at dinner parties, others held mini-exhibitions in their
New York Times, Apr. 23
of Web 2.0 products and services
Confused about what Web 2.0 is all about? There are now
many Web 2.0 services that could replace current desktop applications.
Here is a major apps list, arranged by popular vote....
worlds greatest library
Established 206 years ago, on April 24, 1800, the Library
of Congress was initially intended merely to provide reference assistance
for a small number of government workers. But thanks in large part to
the efforts of one visionary Civil Warera assistant librarian, it
was ultimately built up into one of the most impressive repositories of
human knowledge on the planet....
American Heritage, Apr. 24
students have to say about academic libraries (Podcast
or streaming video)
Five Arizona State University students from various academic
backgrounds were engaged as a panel by moderator JoAnn Mulvihill on February
17. Panelists sounded off on what types of technologies they preferred
to use, what time and where they preferred to write papers, how they learned
about how to use the library, and what improvements theyd like to
Arizona State University
devaluing of higher education
In 20052006, average faculty salaries increased by
less than the inflation rate for the second consecutive year, making faculty
positions less appealing for the next generation of scholars. That is
one of the findings of the AAUPs annual report on faculty compensation....
Association of University Professors, Apr. 24
design for Mexican library
More than 200 Boeing 727 and 737 fuselages are stacked
in a north-south slant in relation to sun exposure for energy efficiency
in this design for a new Jalisco Library in Guadalajara, Mexico, by the
New York architecture firm LOT-EK.
The building utilizes the space inside the fuselages to contain and organize
functions that require enclosed spacessuch as book collections,
meeting rooms, and administration offices....
Noticias Arquitectura, Apr. 17
preservation and restoration directory (PDF file)
This directory lists companies and individuals who offer
services, equipment, or supplies for audio preservation and restoration....
Association for Recorded Sound Collections
great library card collection
13-year-old Cory Peterson of Suisun City, California, has
spent his past five summer vacations touring U.S. public libraries in
quest of library cards to add to his collection. Your library could be
on his 2006 trip list. Check out his website to see part of the collection....
in New Orleans,
June 2228. Take advantage of advance
registration rates by May 19.
The polls for the ALA Election closed on Monday, April 24, and
the results will be announced on the ALA website May 1 and in the
May 3 AL Direct. The final ballot count was 14,696, representing
12,646 electronic votes and 2,050 paper votes. 25% of eligible ALA members
What do YOU think?
April 11, the Library of Congress picked 50 recordings to add to
Recording Registry. Which one or two recordings would you have
is an unscientific poll that reflects the opinions of only those
AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
April 19 poll:
you willingly forego a salary increase or sacrifice benefits to
help your library through a financial crisis?
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website.
día de los niños/El día de los libros, a
celebration of children, families, and reading, is held annually on April
30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy
for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background.
PALINET, Philadelphia. Coordinate all aspects of order processing,
including sales order production, purchase order production, submission
and confirmation of vendor order forms, subscription renewals, administrative
functions, and team supervision....
Check out the new ALA Editions Spring-Summer 2006 catalog
for new publications (PDF
Leaders As Readers
New Worlds for Latino Children
Higher Purpose of Libraries and Librarianship
As of April 20, contributions to the Cultural
Communities Fund stood at $231,806. Please help us meet our 20052006
goal of raising $115,000 more by July 31 in order to qualify for up to
$80,000 in matching funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Interaction Laboratory, 23rd Annual Symposium, University
of Maryland, College Park. Contact: 301-405-2769, or e-mail.
Script Course at the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Contact: 610-866-3255, or e-mail.
Libraries Association, Annual Conference, Baltimore. BaltimoreWhere
Tradition and Transformation Converge.
Joint Conference on Digital
Libraries, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Opening
Issues: Books in Spanish for Young Readers, Barahona Center
for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents,
California State University, San Marcos. Contact: Isabel
Users Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
Church and Synagogue
Library Association, Annual Conference, Greensboro, North
Carolina. North Carolina Shines on Congregational Libraries.
Contact: Judy Janzen, 800-542-2752.
Council, Childrens and Young Adult Services Conference,
any parent wishes to restrict their childrens reading material,
let them deal with it as a family issuetheir family, not everyones.
Those who promote tolerance will certainly support Grassroots members
right to choose suitable reading material for their own children.
They expect the same courtesy extended to their families.
on the call by the group Grassroots American Values to restrict
childrens access to certain disturbing books,
Sandusky (Ohio) Register, Feb. 24.
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