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town helps restore libraries
hit by Katrina
A group of volunteers from State College, Pennsylvania,
spent three days in early January helping to restore the Long Beach (Miss.)
Public Library, one of the libraries hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in
flap confounds CIPA-compliant Connecticut library
A Groton, Connecticut, city council member called January
3 for restrictions on the use of internet workstations at the public library
in light of a police investigation into whether a patron viewed and downloaded
child pornography in December at a public-access terminal there....
librarian finds Byron manuscript
A University College London librarian has discovered the
only known original manuscript of a poem by English poet Lord Byron inside
a book in the librarys Strong Room Collections....
public library visits up, borrowing down
A survey released in January by the Chartered Institute
of Public Finance and Accountancy in London showed a 7% rise in visitsup
by more than 17 millionto public libraries from three years ago....
Check out the new spring
catalog from ALA Graphics!
International Center for Research on Women, Washington, D.C. Acquires,
maintains, and provides in a high- quality, timely, and cost-effective
manner the information and resource materials needed daily for staff....
do YOU think?
ALA make the right decision in recommitting to New Orleans as its
2006 Annual Conference site?
You Need to Know about Libraries
E-Learning Online Seminars, Current
Copyright Issues Facing Academic Librarians. Contact: Stephanie
Orphan, 800-545-2433, ext. 2511.
Reference Interview, RUSA online course.
Contact: Eileen Hardy, 800-545-2433,
Library Association Annual Conference, Memphis,
Tennessee. Contact: Anna Neal,
on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, Annual Meeting,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Crossing
Borders, Latin American Migrations: Collections and Services for/from
New Library Users. Contact: Adam
Conference, Boston. Contact: Melissa
Faubel, 800-545-2433, ext. 5022.
some strange reason the mayor thinks putting an Xbox in our city
library will encourage kids to run off and read Charles Dickens.
Council member Fay Barker, on learning that the gaming consoles
had been installed at the Townsville Knowledge Centre in Queensland,
Nov. 3, 2005.
Libraries Council Conference, 2005
Place and Possibility: Chicago Public Library showcases
vibrant neighborhoods. By Jennifer Burek Pierce.
Mayor Daley meets and greets at the conference.
ALA Associate Executive
Director Gerald Hodges Dies
Gerald Hodges died January 10 at Northwestern Memorial
Hospital in Chicago at the age of 61. He had been diagnosed wih lung cancer
last fall, underwent surgery, and returned to work, but suffered a relapse....
nationwide to participate in
non-MLS salary survey
In 2006, ALA will conduct a survey of salaries for full-
and part-time library-staff positions that do not require an ALA-accredited
MLS. A scientifically selected sample of public and academic libraries
soon will receive a letter detailing the purpose of the survey and instructions
on how to respond....
to provide volunteering opportunities
in New Orleans
Librarians and library staff attending the ALA Annual Conference
in New Orleans, June 2228, will show how Libraries Build Communities
through daylong community service efforts to help rebuild New Orleans....
Public Library Administrator Program application process opens January
The online application for the Certified Public Library
Administrator Program, jointly sponsored by PLA, LAMA, and ASCLA, will
become active on Tuesday, January 17. Those who want to be the first to
participate in this program may apply online
Johns seek AASL presidency
Cassandra G. Barnett, a school library media specialist
at Fayetteville (Ark.) High School, and Sara Kelly Johns, a school library
media specialist at Lake Placid (N.Y.) Middle/Senior High School, have
announced their candidacy for the office of AASL president....
launches KIDS! @ your library campaign
Building on the Campaign for Americas
initiative will provide promotion tips, sample press materials, downloadable
art, and other tools to help local libraries reach out to kids, their
parents, and caregivers....
Libraries welcomes new design
and new editor
journal, Public Libraries, enters into its 45th year of publication
with an improved layout. Kathleen Hughes, former PLA manager of communications
and Public Libraries managing editor, takes over as editor....
announces open forum
at Midwinter Meeting
Cathy De Rosa, Vice President, OCLC Marketing and Library
Services, will discuss Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources
on Monday, January 23, in San Antonio....
Cotton Dana Public Relations Awards to be announced at Midwinter Meeting
The winners of the 60th annual John Cotton Dana Library
Public Relations Awards will be announced at a press conference open to
the public on Saturday, January 21, 4 p.m., in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention
Center, Room 103A, in San Antonio....
The deadline for submitting applications for the Diana
V. Braddom FRFDS Scholarship has been extended to March 1. Librarians
and library staff members eager to enhance their fundraising skills through
formal financial development training are invited to submit an application
is 2005 Carnegie Medal corecipient
ALSC acknowledges FableVision, multimedia studio and educational
publisher, as a corecipient of the 2005 Carnegie Medal for Excellence
in Childrens Video for The Dot.....
in college library depicts racial and class struggles of the 1970s
For the past 20 years, the Three Rivers Community College
library on the Mohegan campus has been home to a mural whose history is
as complex as its subject matter....
Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin, Jan. 9
library prohibits kids with no adult chaperone
Wickliffe Public Library in suburban Cleveland requires
students under 14 to be chaperoned between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays
because of loitering and vandalism....
(Ohio) Plain-Dealer, Jan. 7
Bronx Library Center to open next week
The spanking-new Bronx Library Center that will open
a week from today looks decidedly out of context at the intersection of
East Kingsbridge Road and Briggs Avenue, a stone's throw from East Fordham
Road. And that is not necessarily a bad thing....
York Sun, Jan. 10
Online Advocacy Center
ALA has debuted an online site designed to provide members
and library advocates with easy-to-find tools and resources. New sections
include: Getting Started, a motivational piece for the beginning
advocate, and Grassroots Resources, a bibliography of articles
and Web sites pertaining to specific advocacy issues....
Public Information Office
regarding the proposed
ALA dues increase
ALA members understand that our work is critical to our
society and future, and that we cannot just accept business as usual.
The association must either move forward or it will fall behind....
for an academic library makeover
Steven Bell uses a newspaper industry model to show academic
libraries how they can confront the challenges of internet competition....
Librarians Association of Wisconsin
issues report on access to legal info (PDF file)
Public Access to Legal Information Committee recommends service practices
that could enhance access to legal information and assistance in Wisconsin....
Librarians Association of Wisconsin
of Congress releases report
on preservation of sound recordings (PDF file)
The Library of Congress has announced the completion of
a commissioned report that examines the question of what libraries and
archives are legally empowered to do to preserve and make accessible for
research their holdings of pre-1972 commercial sound recordings....
The American Library Association-Allied Professional
Association (ALA-APA) has extended its renaming contest deadline to January