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in Maryland library incident
Two county security officers, who wore hats identifying
them as Homeland Security guards, have been reassigned after they intervened
in a patrons internet session at the Little Falls branch of the
Montgomery County Public Library in Bethesda, Maryland....
library funds cut 80% under Bush budget
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys network
of libraries stands to lose $2 million of its $2.5 million in funding
under President Bushs proposed 2007 budget, which threatens to close
the headquarters library and many regional facilities as well as shut
down the libraries electronic catalog....
midyear budget cut
would mean service reductions in NYC
In the face of midyear budget cuts proposed by the city
administration, New York Citys three public library systems are
gearing up for service reductions should the cuts be approved....
City trustees identify
12 sensitive kids topics
Oklahoma Citys Metropolitan Library Commission has
identified 12 social issues that it deems sensitive enough when treated
in a childrens book to warrant the title being restricted to the
parenting collection established by commissioners last fall....
Vancouver filters all access 24/7
The board of the Fort Vancouver (Wash.) Regional Library
District voted 43 at its February 13 meeting to require filters
on all library computers. The rule also prohibits any patron, regardless
of age, from viewing pornography online, library officials announced in
a February 14 press release....
catches on in Belgium
Two Belgian librarians are hoping to draw more young people
into public libraries by promoting what they call bib-dating,
or meeting other book lovers in a small group in order to find similarly
Conference in New Orleans,
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Lawyers for Libraries, an ongoing project of ALAs Office for Intellectual
Freedom, is designed to build a nationwide network of attorneys committed
to the defense of the freedom to read and the application of constitutional
law to library policies, principles, and problems. The next institute
is in Houston on April 25 before the Texas Library Association
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February 15 poll:
librarians support the right of newspapers to publish commentary
or images offensive to Muslims or other religions?
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New York (N.Y.). Isabella Geriatric Center, a long-term care facility
of 1,200 staff members in Manhattan, is able to provide its staff
with a special library, focusing on geriatrics and health care.
Book recommendations, ordering, and processing are an integral component
of this position....
Paper ballots for ALAs 2006 election must be requested
by March 6. Find out more about the paper ballots and online voting here.
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have a philosophy that parks are to be enjoyed by the public and
not by the fussy librarian [who] does not want to take the book
off the shelf.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), urging national parks managers to
make public access a priority, Miami Herald, Jan. 12.
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survey shows library use on the increase
A new national study finds that Americans overwhelmingly
are very satisfied with their public libraries, agree more public library
funding is needed, and believe public libraries will be needed in the
future. Two-thirds of adult Americans (roughly 135 million people) visited
their public libraries last year....
responds to Wall Street Journal editorial
ALA President Michael Gorman and the Public Information
Office have sent a response to the February 10 Wall Street Journal
Barber makes planned gift
to Cultural Communities Fund
Peggy Barber, a charter member of the ALA Legacy Society, has recently
named the Cultural Communities Fund in her estate plans. The CCF is an
endowment created to help all types of libraries across the country bring
communities together through cultural programming....
it like on the Xavier University campus?
At Xavier, I have to give a lot of credit to the construction
contractors and the recovery companies, who have been working round the
clock. Many campus buildings, including the library, are operational and
most of the signs of the flood are gone....
Robert Skinner, Xavier University
view from the schools
ALA will be the first really big convention to return to
the city. And how will this help school libraries? What helps the city
helps the schools. Also, I think many local school librarians will attend
the conference that would not normally have the chance to attend a national
convention due to lack of funds....
Terri J. Rousey, Mount Carmel Academy
The Convention and Visitors Bureau offers digital video
reports on the citys recovery. Watch the Krewe de Vieux Mardi Gras
parade, the Mardi Gras Marathon, the reopening of Canal Place, Tim Zagats
take on the New Orleans restaurant scene, and more....
New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Feb. 17
plan for Mardi Gras health problems;
clinic at Convention Center to double in size
New Orleans population may surge in the waning days
of Carnival to its pre-Katrina level of nearly a half-million people.
Medical officials said February 16 that LSU has agreed to double the capacity
of the medical facility it operates at the Ernest N. Morial Convention
Center with state-supplied equipment....
New Orleans Times-Picayune, Feb. 17
Orleans readies for return of conventions
Almost a decade ago, the American Library Association planned
its annual convention for June 2006 in New Orleans. Then along came Hurricane
Katrina last September bringing widespread devastation to the Crescent
City. And suddenly, the ALA had a big decision to make quickly: Should
it move the convention of some 20,000 librarians to another city?...
B to B, Feb. 13
Orleans waits for
post-Katrina retail revival
Retailers are attempting to revive consumer spending in
Orleans Parish but with just an estimated 105,000 of nearly 445,000 pre-Katrina
residents back in the city and few tourists, sales tax revenues reflect
a big drop in consumer spending....
New Orleans City Business, Feb. 20
New Orleans begins grant process
ReJazz New Orleans has released its grant application guidelines
designed to allow New Orleansarea schools, libraries, cultural venues,
and other organizations to apply for monetary aid to be used toward program
enhancements and revitalization, repairs, restoration, and other storm-related
Business Wire, Feb. 15
offers 32-page online guide (PDF file)
Published just in time for Mardi Gras, travel publisher
Fodors has put together a free, full-color, downloadable travel
guide to New Orleans as part of the companys
commitment to covering the post-Katrina city....
Fodors, Feb. 15
first completely online conference
Innovate and Motivate: Next Generation Libraries
is the first-ever virtual Conference offered jointly by ACRL, the Coalition
for Networked Information, and Educause. The Joint Virtual Conference
will offer a forum for an energizing exchange of ideas focusing on technology
and academic librarianship. April 6 is the registration deadline....
to hold genealogical
Tribute to New Orleans preconference
RUSAs History Section is offering a preconference,
Behind the Genealogy Reference Desk: A Tribute to New Orleans,
on Friday, June 23. Attendees will explore the rich genealogical resources
of New Orleans with expert genealogists and learn how to preserve and
protect institutional and family genealogy records and local history treasures....
Unlimited will sponsor General Session at AASL Fall Forum
The 2006 AASL Fall Forum, Assessing Student Learning
in the School Library Media Center, will be held at the Crowne Plaza
at the Crossings in Warwick, Rhode Island, on October 1315, and
feature a panel of nationally recognized speakers on the subject of school
library media professionals role in student assessment....
offers More Outstanding Books
for the College Bound
Designed for school library media specialists, YA librarians,
and adults working with children and young adults as they prepare for
their next educational adventure, More Outstanding Books for THe College
Bound covers 45 years of recommended titlesfrom 19592004....
The Machine-Assisted Reference Section and Reference Services
Section of RUSA will host a preconference, Reinvented Reference:
The Integration of Digital and Traditional Reference Services, on
Friday, June 23, in New Orleans....
to host Literary Tastes Breakfast
Authors Elizabeth Alexander, Mary Gaitskill, and Jeannette
Walls will be among the guests at a June 25 breakfast hosted by RUSAs
Notable Books Council at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans....
Presidents Program on
The Flattening of the Web
The AASL Presidents Program at ALA Annual Conference
will be The Flattening of the Web, featuring David Warlick,
a former classroom teacher and district administrator, who will discuss
why the internet has been dubbed the great equalizer and how
it contributes to the flattening of the world....
Awards Luncheon will feature
prominent YA authors
Authors Ann Bausum and Sue Macy will speak at the Awards
Luncheon and Presidents Reception at the 2006 ALA Annual Conference
in New Orleans....
Local 1526 and James Fish are
SirsiDynix/ALA-APA Award Winners
AFSCME Local 1526 of the Boston Public Library and James
Fish, director of the Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library, are the winners
of the second annual SirsiDynix/ALA-APA Award for Outstanding Achievement
in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers....
announces federal library awards
The Federal Library and Information Center Committee has announced the
winners of its national awards for federal librarianship to recognize
the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library
technicians fulfill the information demands of government, business and
scholarly communities and the American public.
Library of Congress, Feb. 17
and death certificate access threatened
Buried within the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention
Act of 2004 is a regulation that bars most public access to birth and
death certificates for 70 to 100 years. In much of the country, these
records have long been invaluable tools for activists, lawyers, and reporters
to uncover patterns of illness and pollution that officials miss or ignore....
In These Times, Feb. 14
reclassifies many documents
in a secret review
In a seven-year-old secret program at the National Archives,
intelligence agencies have been removing from public access thousands
of historical documents that were available for years, including some
already published by the State Department and others photocopied years
ago by private historians. The National Security Archive report on this
program is here....
New York Times, Feb. 21
court mulls allowing worship services
in public libraries
Prohibiting a Christian group from using a library meeting room for prayer
services violates free speech rights and is discriminatory, an attorney
for the group argued February 17 in federal court....
Monterey County (Calif.) Herald, Feb. 17
State Library cancels ACLU film
The Montana State Library has cancelled its presentation
of The ACLU Freedom Files that was to be held on Friday, February
24. ...we felt that showing this video without providing opportunity
for all aspects of the issue to be presented was not in the best interest
of our users, said Darlene Staffeldt, Montana State Librarian....
Montana State Library, Feb. 21
Public Library offers video downloads
The Denver Public Library, already offering audio books
as downloads, will be the first major system in the nation to offer free
movies, concerts, and videos to any cardholder with a fast Internet connection....
Denver Post, Feb. 16
blogs to read in 2006
This list came from Blake Carvers quest to
find the people doing the most interesting and original writing on the
web. Here is a group of librarians working hard to increase understanding
our profession and its place in the rapidly evolving online world.
These are 10 writers who cover very different aspects of our profession,
10 sites that inform, educate, and amuse. At the top is the ALA
LISNews, Feb. 21
offers junior fellow summer internships
The Library of Congress is offering special 10-week summer
internships to college students who will work full-time from June 5 to
August 11 in LCs Copyright Office....
Library of Congress, Feb. 17
joins with Moscow in online discussions
of One Book, One Chicago
Chicago and Moscow will create an internet book club to
discuss the 10th One Book, One Chicago selection, Aleksandr
Solzhenitsyns One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Chicago
Public Library, in partnership with the All-Russia State Library for Foreign
Literature in Moscow, will moderate the online postings....
Chicago Public Library, Feb. 15
2006 eBook survey results (PDF file)
This report represents efforts by the International Digital
Publishing Forums standards working groups to identify consumer
satisfaction with electronic books and areas of improvement for the industry.
The report details the responses of regular purchasers and users of eBooks.
Those identified in the report are often referred to as early adopters
whose opinions on available eBook products will help publishers, retailers,
and technology companies produce better products in the future....
International Digital Publishing Forum, Feb. 22
errors in library databases
Terry Ballard and Tina Gunther have released a new version
of their master list of common and uncommon errors found in OPACs or other
online documents (think goverment and photograpy).
Some 1,266 new entries were added in 2006....
Terry Ballard, Feb. 2
and data quality problems
in the digital library
Jeffrey Beall describes the main types of data quality
errors that occur in digital libraries, both in full-text objects and
Journal of Digital Information, vol. 6, no. 3
in school libraries (PDF file)
Colorados Library Research Service has posted the
findings of a libnet inquiry regarding magazines and databases in school
Library Research Service, Feb. 21
roundtables on March 8 and 16 on copyright exceptions for libraries and
The Library of Congress Section 108 Study Group is reaching
out to the library, archives, rights-holder, and creative communities
for input on recommendations for revising the current library and archives
exceptions. As part of that process, the Study Group will host two days
of roundtables for interested parties to offer suggestions and comments
on how best to revise these exceptions for the digital era....
Library of Congress, Feb. 14
free search service to the public
The National Library of Australia is offering a free end-user
search interface to its national bibliographic database, Libraries
Australia, beginning February 27. The database contains information
about more than 40 million books, journals, newspapers, images, maps,
and online documents located in 800 libraries across the continent....
The Australian, Feb. 22