extends Patriot Act
another five weeks
Shortly before 16 provisions of the USA Patriot Act were
set to expire February 3, Congress passed a second short-term extension,
continuing the act until March 10. The House approved the five-week extension
February 1, and the Senate followed suit the next day, the Associated
Press reported February 3....
bill ties funding to filtering pornography
A bill introduced January 30 in the Iowa Senate would withhold
state funding to public libraries unless they eliminate access to
pornography on the public librarys computer equipment. If
enacted, Senate File 2108 would also require state-funded public libraries
to prohibit patrons younger than 17 from borrowing R-rated films....
John N. Berry III retires
After more than 40 years at Library Journal, Editor-in-Chief
John N. Berry III retired January 31. Berry joined the magazine in 1964
as assistant editor, becoming editor-in-chief in 1969....
to borrow $45 million
to finish library construction
At a public hearing January 26, the IndianapolisMarion
County Public Library board voted to borrow $45 million to cover cost
overruns on its $103-million expansion project, which has been delayed
several years by lawsuits stemming from faulty construction....
Incident triggers curious reaction
The selection of The Curious Incident of the Dog in
the Night-Time for the 2006 Galveston County (Tex.) Reads event has
resulted in the mayor of a Houston exurb announcing that the board of
his community library would reconsider the books addition to its
execs name taken off
new Bentonville, Arkansas, library
A Bentonville (Ark.) Public Library facility scheduled
to open this fall will not bear the names of former Wal-Mart executive
Tom Coughlin and his wife Cynthia, the BPL Foundation has decided. Cynthia
Coughlin addressed the foundations board January 31, hours after
her husband pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud....
auctions name on Ebay
In an attempt to raise at least $375,000 for a renovation
and addition, Womelsdorf (Pa.) Community Library is auctioning naming
rights for the library on the Ebay online marketplace....
school arsonist to be released in May
A 20-year-old man convicted of arson in the April 2004
firebombing of a Jewish elementary school in the Montreal, Quebec, suburb
of Saint-Laurent is scheduled for release in May....
Public Library and city
discuss revised governance
City councilors tabled a proposed ordinance February 2
that would have forced the Providence (R.I.) Public Library to place eight
publicly appointed trusteesfour chosen by the mayor and four by
city councilon the librarys board....
footwear rule upheld
in appeals court
An Ohio man has lost his latest bid to go barefoot in the
Columbus Metropolitan Library....
Conference in New Orleans,
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public libraries auction naming rights to their library on Ebay?
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your library reclassify James Frey's controversial book A Million
Little Pieces as fiction?
University of Hawaii at Hilo, Edwin H. Mookini Library. This
position will be responsible for a wide range of academic library
technical services duties, including managing, cataloging, and tracking
serials in print and electronic formats and integrating electronic
materials into the OPAC....
Freedom to Read Foundation:
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees all
individuals the right to express their ideas without governmental interference,
and to read and listen to the ideas of others.
through new products from ALA Editions and ALA Graphics
Pritzker Military Library in Chicago
10 : The
Bancroft at 100: A Celebration, 1906-2006,
Berkeley (Calif.) Art Museum. An exhibition featuring rare and precious
manuscripts, paintings, photos, and other objects from UC-Berkeleys
Bancroft Library, many of which have seldom been on public view.
Oregon Library Association, Annual
Conference, Salem Conference Center, Salem. Thriving on Change
. . . Embrace the Possibilities. Contact: Robin
Tri-Conference 2006, Century II, Wichita,
Kansas. Cosponsored by the Kansas Library Association, the Kansas
Association of School Librarians, and the Kansas Association for
Educational Communications and Technology. Contact: Michelle
Tennessee Library Association / Southeastern
Library Association, Joint Conference,
Memphis. Contact: Annelle
West Virginia Library Association,
Spring Fling, Flatwoods, W. Va. Spring Fling '06: Empowering
All Library Staff. Contact: Brian
Raitz, 304-420-4587, ext. 11.
me, but werent libraries supposed to disappear? Thats
what everyone was saying when it looked like the Internet was going
to render books archaic. Online search engines were supposed to
send reference desks to the junk heap. But as Delray Beach celebrates
the opening of its beautiful new library, its
clear that reports of libraries
impending death were greatly exaggerated.
Howard Goodman, It's a Brave New World at the Delray Library,
Fort Lauderdale Sun-sentinel, January 10.
applauds library funding increase in Presidents 2007 budget
Bushs 2007 budget requests $262.2 million for the Institute of Museum
and Library Services, an increase of $15.1 million, or 6.1% over FY 2006.
For the Library Services and Technology Act, the budget includes $220.9
million, an increase of $10.3 million over FY 2006. Contact
the White House to thank the Administration for its continued support
and commitment to our nations libraries....
Hall of Fame named
Campaign founding partner
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is the latest
Founding Partner in @ your library®, The Campaign for Americas
Libraries, ALAs national, multiyear public awareness and advocacy
campaign about the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st century....
addresses 65% solution
January 22, ALA Council adopted a resolution calling for a coordinated
national effort to classify school librarians as instructional staff and
to recognize the impact of state-certified school librarians on student
Stories CLUB applications open
Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens and Books)
is a book club grant program organized by the ALA Public Programs Office
and YALSA to provide young adults with the opportunity to discuss books
relevant to the challenges in their lives. Oprahs Angel Network
is providing a grant to support the program....
selects conference theme
Keepers VI: Preserving the Past, Sustaining the Future is the theme
for the 6th National Conference of African American Librarians. The conference,
sponsored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, is
scheduled for August 26, 2007, in Fort Worth, Texas....
editor joins ALA Editions
Fry is now an acquisitions editor at ALA Editions, ALAs
book publishing imprint. Fry joined ALA Editions in 2004 as managing editor....
staffer in Public Programs Office
L. Giles will be responsible for management of the Public Programs Office
website and the PPO Online Resource Center....
preconference on libraries,
archives, and museums
The Institute for Library and Museum Services has provided
funding for 30 new and aspiring professionals to attend a major national
conference organized by ACRLs Rare Books and Manuscripts Section
entitled Libraries, Archives, and Museums in the 21st Century: Intersecting
Missions, Converging Futures? to be held in Austin, Texas, June
recognizes five new SLMS programs
AASL announces the recognition of five graduate programs
leading to a masters degree in education with a specialization in
school library media or masters
degree in library and information studies....
appoints new editor of RUSQ
Diane Zabel, the Louis and Virginia Benzak Business Librarian
at the Schreyer Business Library, Penn State University, has been appointed
editor of Reference and User Services Quarterly, RUSAs refereed
Information Literacy Immersion program
Applications are due February 15 for ACRLs
Institute for Information Literacy Immersion Program, which brings together
academic librarians for five days of intensive work in teaching and information
calls for 2007 conference proposals
ACRL invites proposal submissions for a half-day or full-day
workshop or preconference to be held prior to the 2007 ALA Midwinter Meeting
or Annual Conference. Submissions will be accepted through April 3....
for proposals for
Diversity Research Grants
ALA Office for Diversity seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant
program. Applicants must be current ALA members, and the 2006 proposals
must address one of three identified topics. Deadline is April 15....
Excellence in Academic Libraries winners
This years recipients are the Thomas Tredway Library
at Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., and the Rochester Institute of
Technology Libraries, Rochester, N.Y. Sponsored by ACRL and Blackwells
Book Services, the award recognizes the staff of a college, university,
and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services
and resources to further the educational mission of the institution....
National Library Week Grant winner
The Maricopa County Library District in Phoenix, Ariz.,
is the winner of the $5,000 grant, awarded annually for the best public
awareness campaign in support of National Library Week (April 28,
Grow Your Own scholarships
PLA has announced the winners of its inaugural Grow
Your Own institutional scholarship program....
Childrens Books for 2006
has selected its 2006 list of titles that includes fiction and nonfiction
poetry and picture books of special interest, quality, creativity, and
value to children from preschool through age 14....
Childrens Videos 2006
has selected its 2006 list of Notable Childrens Videos. The list
includes videos for children 14 years of age and younger of especially
commendable quality that demonstrate respect for a childs
intelligence and imagination and that reflect and encourage the interests
of children in exemplary ways....
Childrens Recordings 2006
ALSC has selected its 2006 list of Notable Childrens
Computer Software for 2006
ALSCs notables list recognizes
high-quality computer programs and online subscription services for children
14 years of age and younger....
Young Readers Group Award winners
librarians have been named winners of the 2006 Penguin Young Readers Group
Award administered by ALSC....
Distinguished Service Award winner
Kayden, HarperCollins Books, is this years
recipient of the ALSC Distinguished Service Award....
Library Buildings Award
seeks jury nominations
LAMA Building and Equipment Sections Library Building Awards Committee
is seeking nominations and applications for jurors for the 2007 Library
Buildings Award competition, jointly sponsored by ALA and the American
Institute of Architects....
sought for 2006 CALA scholarships
American Librarians Association announces the availability of its 2006
scholarships. Full-time students of Chinese heritage who are currently
enrolled in an ALA-accredited masters or doctoral program of library
and information science at a higher education institution in North America
Francisco PL takes
gay history exhibit on the road
Out at the Library, an archived collection of gay history
by the SFPLs James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, has been packaged
for a tour of the country's eastern, Midwest and southern regions. The
exhibit coincides with the Hormel Centers tenth anniversary, and
was funded entirely by $250,000 in donations....
San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, Feb. 7
crash car into Columbus, Ohio,
Livingston branch library
Three teens plowed a stolen car into the outside wall of
the Livingston branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library February 6,
injuring Branch Manager Shirley Freeman, who was working in the buildings
main office. Columbus police say the crash was an intentional act in a
stolen car carried out by the teens, including one who had just finished
a one-week library suspension. Two teens have been arrested....
Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, Feb. 7; NBC 4 news, Feb. 7
squeeze in Mesa, Arizona,
putting strain on library staff
The citys interim library director Heather Wolf
has inherited the loss of 42 staff positions over the past year and a
$500,000 budget cut. The leadership team and I are coping with keeping
three libraries open with almost the same staffing level we had 10 years
ago while the workload keeps going up, she said. We
ask the staff to work any harder....
Arizona Republic, Jan. 25
fear digital lockdown
Libraries have warned that the rise of digital publishing
may make it harder or even impossible to access items in their collections
in the future....
BBC News, Feb. 3
book reserve unsuitable
for Oxford University
The head of Oxford Universitys library services has
condemned plans to increase storage space in British libraries by destroying
duplicate copies of rare books and journals. Ronald Milne, acting director
of university library services, said the idea of giving up some of the
Bodleians collections to a national reserve was unlikely to be acceptable
to the university....
Oxford Student, Feb. 3
bill would limit speech of artists
consumer, arts, and public interest groups jointly sent a letter February
3 to the Senate Judiciary Committee condemning provisions in the Trademark
Dilution Revision Act (H.R. 683) that weaken protections for individuals
and small businesses that refer to companies by their trademarks....
Citizen, Feb. 3
Than $85,000 Awarded
to Hurricane-Affected PTAs
The National Parent Teacher Association awarded $89,230
in grants to PTAs and schools in six states affected by Hurricanes Katrina
and Rita. An estimated 24,900 students will benefit from the grants that
have been awarded to PTAs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi,
PTA, Feb. 3
on orphan works
The Copyright Office has completed its study of problems
related to orphan workscopyrighted works whose owners
may be impossible to identify and locate. As requested by Sen. Orrin Hatch
and Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Office submitted its Report on Orphan Works
to the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 31. The report is also available
Copyright Office, Jan. 31
The National Archives website now includes a new
Todays Document feature, viewable online. Each days
document highlights a specific document, record, or photo from the holdings
of the National Archives relating to the current day, and/or current exhibitions
and programs at the National Archives....
Archives and Records Administration
to code a constitution
As Congress considers reauthorization of the USA Patriot
Act, we could really use a few good hackers in the debate. Thats
because the principles our legal system employs to protect life and liberty
are very similar to the principles that computer scientists use to design
secure systems. We need hackers right now becausewhether they know
it or notthey
News , Feb. 1
instant messenger (requires subscription)
UNCChapel Hill English professor Kathryn Wymer discovered
her students dont
use e-mail, so she looks into the pros and cons of communicating with
them using IM....
of Higher Education, Feb. 7
digitally re-shifted school library
ALA TechSource blogger Michael Stephens interviews
Christopher Harris, creator of the Infomancy
Blog, on new technologies in the school library....
TechSource Blog, Feb. 6
Thomas Jefferson have Googled?
Book Library Project would be applauded by at least one of Americas
founding fathers, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman said
February 6 during her keynote at a national publishers meeting....
news.com, Feb. 6