Act compromise announced
Four Republican senators who blocked legislation to renew
the USA Patriot Act last year over what they said was a lack of protection
for civil liberties announced February 9 that they had reached an agreement
with the White House on a revised bill....
Musician Wynton Marsalis joins Archivist Heather Lyle of
Denison University in Granville, Ohio, January 23 as part of a three-month
series of programs commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Black
History Month, and Womens History Month. Nearly 200 people attended
a library reception after a convocation address by Marsalis and a performance
by the Denison Gospel Choir....
increases library funding
in 2007 budget
President Bushs proposed 2007 budget, released February
6, would boost funding for library programs at the Institute of Museum
and Library Services to $220.9 million, an increase of nearly $10.3 million
over FY 2006....
federal library programs within IMLS
President Bushs budget for FY 2007 includes a proposal
to integrate the National Center for Education Statistics program
for public and state library statistics, along with the National Commission
on Libraries and Information Science, into the Institute of Museum and
Library Services beginning in 2008....
budget includes $30 million
for D.C. library
President Bushs FY 2007 budget proposal includes
$30 million in federal support for the District of Columbia library system
to begin construction on a new central library and renovate neighborhood
budget funds archives transfer
to Nixon Library
The 2007 budget submitted by President Bush February 6
includes $10.6 million toward conversion of the privately funded Richard
Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, California, to a presidential
library run by the National Archives and Records Administration....
Republic gives $111,000
to Alabama library destroyed by Katrina
Nearly six months after the tidal surge from Hurricane
Katrina destroyed it, the Mose Hudson Tapia Public Library in Bayou La
Batre, Alabama, is getting a major gift from across the water....
libraries would get
23% boost in governors budget
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has called for a record increase
of 23% in state support to public libraries....
manager injured when
teens crash into Columbus library
The manager of the Livingston branch of the Columbus (Ohio)
Metropolitan Library suffered a broken arm February 6 when three youths
rammed a stolen Cadillac through the wall of the main office....
Public Library realigns staff,
adopts virtual reference
Hampered by a tight budget and staffing limitations, the
Tacoma (Wash.) Public Library is implementing a plan to keep its nine
branches open as many hours and days as possible....
sentenced to three years
for book thefts from Baltimore County
A Maryland man was sentenced to three years in prison February
7 for checking out more than 400 books from the Baltimore County Public
Library and selling them on the street....
school librarian sued for assault
A Humboldt, Tennessee, woman has filed suit against the
city school system and East End Elementary School Librarian Emily Turner
for damages involving the librarians alleged assault on a 6-year-old
destroys Ontario librarys
A fire gutted the municipal building February 8 that housed
the West Lorne branch of the Elgin County Public Library in Ontario, Canada....
Conference in New Orleans,
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for leading the people, activities and functions of the Plumsted
The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) is the first-ever
national conference to be held and sponsored by the five caucus associations
of color at the same time in the same city. It will take place in Dallas,
October 1115, 2006.
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Library Federation, Annual Conference,
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Florida Library Association,
Annual Conference, Lake Buena Vista. Contact: Thomas
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New Mexico Library Association, Annual
Conference, Farmington. Contact: Lorie
Educause Policy Conference, Washington,
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movie (90% Hollywood, 10% real) does not even come close to describing
the actual security protections we give to the Charters of
Freedom. . . . P.S. My personal favorite for any sequel: Raiders
of the Lost Archives.
of the United States Allen Weinstein, answering a question about
how accurate the movie National Treasure was regarding NARAs
protection of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence;
from an Ask the White House online interactive forum, Jan. 17.
Womans Day initiative
As part of
its latest editorial initiative, Womans Day magazine is collecting
stories on how the library has changed its readers lives. The magazine
announced the initiative in its March 7 issue. Stories can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org from now until
May 10, when the promotion closes....
courses approved for
Public Library Administrator certification
ALA-APA Certified Public Library Administrator Program Certification Review
Committee approved seven courses in its first application review during
the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio....
Accreditation is continued for the University of Arizona, Dalhousie University,
Florida State University, and Long Island University, with conditional
accreditation for Catholic University of America....
From November 2004 to January 2006, ALA and Walgreens joined
together to provide consumer health education and promote libraries as
sources of accurate, reliable health information. The project, called
Be Well Informed @ your library, provided grants and other
resources to 10 U.S. library systems. Its final report (in PDF format)
research grant proposals
must be current ALA members, and 2006 proposals must address one of three
identified topics: an active learning and service approach to diversity
in small or rural libraries; emerging technologies and services to diverse
populations; or the role of the diversity committee, liaison, or officer
in the creation of institutional change in libraries....
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....
offers Smiley Student Fund
Black Caucus of the American Library Association announces the Smiley
Student Fund, whch will provide two applicants with funds to attend the
Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in Dallas, Texas, October 1115,
Center repairs running
ahead of schedule
Repairs at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center are running
ahead of schedule, and two hallsthe same exhibit halls used by ALA
for its Midwinter Meeting in 2002that
had originally been scheduled to reopen April 1 will host their first
post-Katrina event this weekend....
New Orleans Times-Picayune,
Gras stirs pride,
nonchalance in New Orleans
New Orleans residents began the first post-Katrina Mardi
Gras parade season with a mixture of pride, defiance, and a touch of nonchalance.
In the picturesque French Quarter, the first parade marking the annual
carnival began this weekend with brightly colored floats mocking government
officials and a giddy pride that the Big Easy was on the road
to recovery from Hurricane Katrina....
Gras success critical
to restoring city image
The Mardi Gras season, the crown tourism jewel of New Orleans,
has become a crucial milestone for the city post-Katrina. By any measure,
prosperity is vastly enhanced by the krewes, those lining the parade routes,
and those visitors who come to view this spectacle. Success this year
will be defined by other critical factors, too....
New Orleans City Business,
You Know What It Means
to Miss New Orleans?
New Orleans is a complex American city that is in dire
need of help. Katrina and corporate greed threaten to wash away its nuances,
and that is why Chin Music Press decided to gather the voices of the Crescent
City in a special volume of essays, art, and information....
Chin Music Press
closing session speaker announced
Paco Underhill will present the keynote address at the
closing session of PLAs 11th National Conference, March 25, in Boston.
The author of The Call of the Mall: The Geography of Shopping (2005),
Underhill will draw on research of over 20 years on how shoppers interact
with stores and the geometry that, as he puts it, rules the shopping
YALSA book on summer reading programs
YALSA has released a second edition of Sizzling Summer
Reading Programs for Young Adults, edited by Katharine L. Kan. The
book contains more than 50 successful programs, including details on handling
registration, getting donations, creating partnerships, tracking reading,
and promoting programs....
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....
selects Spectrum Scholar as intern
RUSA has selected Megan Zoe Perez, a 2005 Spectrum scholar
attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as the 2006
offers online course for
librarians serving Latinos
ASCLA will offer its first online course, Selecting
Spanish-Language Materials for Adults, April 17May 15, taught
by Yolanda J. Cuesta....
urges action to preserve
scholarly electronic journals
The ACRL Board of Directors endorsed the statement Urgent
Action Needed to Preserve Scholarly Electronic Journals at its
January 24 meeting in San Antonio. Academic librarians, university administrators,
and others issued the statement October 15, 2005, after participating
in a meeting in New York City to discuss electronic journal preservation....
appoints new KQ Web editor
Gayle Bogel will be responsible for content of KQ Web,
the online companion to Knowledge Quest....
D. Stueart elected to
ALA honorary membership
D. Stueart was elected to honorary membership in action taken by the ALA
Council at the 2006 Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio. Honorary membership,
ALAs highest honor, is conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions
of lasting importance to libraries and librarianship....
Cline named 2006
Hugh Atkinson Award winner
M. Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College at Harvard University,
has been named the 2006 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award.
Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson
Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions
in the area of library automation or management....
Jane Petrowski wins ACRL Dudley Award
Associate Director Mary Jane Petrowski is the winner of
the ACRL Instruction Sections Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian
Award. The honor recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution
to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment....
English is ACRL academic/research
librarian of the year
Ray English, Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries at
Oberlin College, Ohio, has been named ACRLs 2006 Academic/Research
Librarian of the Year....
names distance learning award winner
Monica Hines Craig, off-campus librarian for the Metro
Detroit Region at Central Michigan University, has been named the 2006
recipient of the ACRL Distance Learning Librarian Conference Sponsorship
Award. The award honors an ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing
to the success of, distance learning librarianship....
sciences librarian named
Oakley Hutchins, former coordinator of library instruction at St. Olaf
College Libraries, was chosen to receive the 2006 ACRL Distinguished Education
and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award....
Samuel Lazerow fellowship
Kyung-Sun Kim, of the University of Wisconsin at Madison,
has been selected to receive the 2006 ACRL Samuel Lazerow Fellowship for
Research in Technical Services or Acquisitions for her research proposal
entitled, Factors Affecting the Selection of Information Sources....
doctoral dissertation award
Jean E. Dryden, a doctoral degree candidate at the University
of Toronto, has been awarded the 2006 ACRL Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
for her proposal, Copyright in the Real World: Copyright and Archival
Material on the Internet....
rewards unique student orientation idea
Director Eva Lautermann, Information Literacy Librarian Sherry Durren,
and Library Technical Assistant Lois Shelton, of the Georgia Perimeter
College Jim Cherry Learning Resources Center, received the 2006 CJCLS/EBSCO
Community College Learning Resources Program Achievement Award for their
work on their CSI: Information Literacy orientation....
Susan Anderson, director of libraries at St. Petersburg
College, has been selected as the 2006 winner of the CJCLS/EBSCO Community
College Learning Resources Leadership Award....
library design competition extended
The deadline for submission of entries for the ALA/IIDA
Library Interior Design Awards has been extended through March 15....
announces 2006 award winners
announces the winners of seven distinguished service awards....
Marta Lange/CQ Press Award winner
R. Walden, humanities and social sciences reference librarian at the Ohio
State University Libraries, has been named the 2006 recipient of ACRLs
Law and Political Science Section Marta Lange/CQ Press Award....
libraries on the chopping block
Under President Bushs proposed
budget, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is slated to shut down
its network of libraries that serve its own scientists as well as the
public, according to internal agency documents released by Public Employees
for Environmental Responsibility....
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Feb.
(Wash.) library board votes for
mandatory internet filters
Mandatory filters will be installed on all computers in
the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, the library board decided
February 13. The 43 vote will eliminate the ability of users to
turn off filters on some computers and view material that some find objectionable
but that is legal....
Oregonian, Feb. 14
gave me half a million
to preserve rare books
Terry Belanger, director of the Rare Book School at the
University of Virginia, talks to Kiplingers
about his MacArthur Foundation Fellowship....
Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Feb.
lures readers into Belgian libraries
Its speed-dating, but in a new settingwith
books, said Eric Van der Straeten, one of the librarians who came
up with the idea. He and fellow Antwerp librarian Danny Theuwis are hoping
their idea will kill off the stereotype of libraries as stuffy....
The Independent, Feb. 13
Gertie the Bookmobile
could spend an active retirement in Louisiana
Waukegan (Ill.) library officials decided that after 50,000
miles and more than 40 years, Gertie should be retired. Then came a new
idea, with a heroic twist: sending Gertie to Jefferson Parish, La., to
serve readers in an area where Hurricane Katrina damaged 16 libraries....
Tribune , Feb. 14
Literacy through School Libraries
Improving Literacy through School Libraries (LSL) program promotes comprehensive
local strategies to improve student reading achievement by improving school
library services and resources. It focuses on funding to public school
libraries in districts with 20% or more family poverty. Applications for
the $19 million available are due April 11....
of Education, Feb. 10
captions across America
The National Association of the Deaf will launch Read
Captions Across America nationwide as a part of the National Education
Associations Read Across America on March 2. Read
Captions Across America is the first national reading event that
puts emphasis on the importance of captioned media (DVD, video, CD-ROM,
and Internet streaming) as a reading tool for children with or without
a hearing loss....
Association of the Deaf, Feb. 8
The AP-AOL Learning Services poll on public attitudes of
1,085 parents and 810 teachers about homework was conducted online Jan.
1323 by Knowledge Networks. An interesting result was that children
go to librarians for homework help 4% of the time....
Washington Post, Feb. 7
As digital repositories continue to evolve, keep
your eye on these projects. They may serve as the models for your own
digitization initiatives. An overview by Matt Villano....
Technology, Feb. 1
internet users top 1 billion in 2005
The worldwide number of internet users surpassed 1
billion in 2005up from only 45 million in 1995 and 420 million in
2000. The 2 billion internet users milestone is expected in 2011....
Industry Almanac, Jan. 4
academic library users want
Bodley Librarian Reg Carr reflects on the development of
a user-centered approach in academic libraries over recent decades and
into the era of the hybrid library....
issue 46, Jan.
are turning to iPods and iTunes
When you think of an iTunes or iPod music library,
odds are you think of a folder stored on a hard drive somewhere, full
of music files, videos and podcasts. But iTunes and iPods are starting
to take hold in traditional libraries as well....