IMLS funding by 2.7%
On December 30, President Bush signed into law the Labor,
Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Act, which
includes $247.1 million for Institute of Museum and Library Services programs
and administrationa 2.7% increase over FY 2005....
steam leak damages
rare Cambodian newspapers
A steam leak at Yale Universitys Sterling Memorial
Library in New Haven, Connecticut, January 7 damaged more than 3,000 books
and a valuable collection of Cambodian newspapers that document the nations
genocide during the 1970s....
County approves $300,000
for internet filters
By a 30 vote January 10, the Los Angeles County Board
of Supervisors approved spending $344,000 to install filtering software
and privacy screens on all county library computers....
books go back to school in Maryland
The superintendent of the Carroll County (Md.) Public Schools
reinstated to high-school library shelves in mid-January two young-adult
novels that he had banned several months earlier....
Texas, school librarians
drop appeal on consent policy
A group of library media specialists at the Irving (Tex.)
Independent School District have agreed to withdraw their appeal of a
policy requiring middle-school students to get parental permission before
checking out When Jeff Comes Home....
library bars unchaperoned
Ongoing patron-behavior woes during after-school hours
have prompted officials of the Wickliffe (Ohio) Public Library to ban
visits between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. from youngsters under 14 unless accompanied
by an adult or enrolled in a library program....
Check out the new spring
catalog from ALA Graphics!
Wayne State University Libraries seek a creative and self-directed
individual to play a leading role in exploring, implementing, and
supporting transformative technologies....
track of public policy issues that are important to libraries.
do YOU think?
ALA increase its membership dues by $10 for each of the next three
January 11 poll:
ALA make the right decision in recommitting to New Orleans as its
2006 Annual Conference site?
You Need to Know about Libraries
Library Association Annual Conference, Anchorage. Learning through Libraries. Contact: Judy
Ohio Digital Commons for Education Conference,
Open Doors to the Future.
Contact: Judy Leach, 614-995-3240.
National Archives and Records Administration 20th Annual Preservation
Conference, College Park, Maryland.
Contact: Richard Schneider,
Computers in Libraries Conference, Washington,
D.C. Managing Digital: Innovations, Initiatives, and Insights.
Library Association Conference, Lafayette.
Louisianas Pearls of Wisdom.
Contact: LLA, 337-550-7890.
libraries block access to legal information of interest to readers
based on fear, we might as well lock the doors.
Three Cheers for Fearless Librarians, Des
Moines (Iowa) Register,
Nov. 22, 2005.
plans Patriot Act FOIA request
The ALA Executive Board intends to file a Freedom of Information
Act request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine if the
FBI has been collecting information on the Association and its leaders
as a result of their opposition to certain provisions of the USA Patriot
introduces "Radical, Militant Librarian" button
In recognition of the efforts of librarians to help raise
awareness of the overreaching aspects of the USA Patriot Act, the Office
for Intellectual Freedom is offering librarians an opportunity to proudly
proclaim their radical and militant support for
intellectual freedom, privacy, and civil liberties....
will pilot live webcast
of book awards at Midwinter
For the first time ever, ALA will pilot a live webcast
of its national announcement of the top books and video for children and
young adultsincluding the Caldecott, King, Newbery, and Printz awardson
January 23 at 7:55 a.m. CST....
2005 Top of the List selections
Booklist magazine has announced its 16th annual
Top of the List winners. The eight winning titles were chosen from the
annual Editors Choice selections as the best books and media of
for ALA members
ALA has contracted with the Southeast Florida Library Information
Network to make more than 1,500 e-learning courses from Element K, the
largest provider of web-based courseware in the country, available to
ALA members at affordable prices starting January 20....
Mora launches Día
10th anniversary in San Antonio
Pat Mora, noted childrens author of Doña
Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Big Heart, will help
launch the 10th anniversary celebration of El día de los niños/El
día de los libros (Childrens
Day/Book Day), an annual literacy event traditionally celebrated on April
30 that celebrates children, books, languages, and cultures....
The ALA International Relations Round Table offers an opportunity
to present world-class poster sessions at the ALA Annual Conference in
New Orleans, June 2228, 2006.....
announces student paper awards
for its Baltimore conference
ACRL will make available two library student research paper
awards, featuring a complimentary conference registration and a $500 stipend,
for its 13th National Conference, Sailing into the FutureCharting
Our Destiny, to be held in Baltimore, March 29April 1, 2007....
school library wins
YALSA's Great Books Giveaway
The Barbara Chace Library at the Forman School in Litchfield,
Conn., is the winner of the 10th annual Great Book Giveaway, and will
receive literally a ton of young-adult and adult books, videos, CDs, and
the People Bookshelf grant
ALA and the National Endowment for the Humanities have
announced that the January 17 deadline for the We the People Bookshelf
grant on Becoming American has been extended to March 1....
at Castlemont High in Oakland
If students at Castlemont High School want to check out
The Autobiography of Malcolm X or find books on Polynesian culture,
they'd better have a bus pass or some good walking shoes....
Oakland (Calif.) Tribune, Jan. 16
council puts library cat on reserve
The Willamina (Oreg.) City Council voted January 12 to
allow the citys library cat, nicknamed Agie, to remain at the library
until she dies....
(Oreg.) Statesman-Journal, Jan. 14
Library receives national AIA Honor Award for Architecture
The American Institute of Architects announced January
13 that the Clinton Presidential Library has received a 2006 Honor Award
for Architecture, the highest recognition of works that exemplify architectural
Business, Jan. 13
library suffers batty fate
An influx of bats in the Simunye branch of the Swaziland
National Library has led to its closure until further notice....
24, Cape Town, Jan. 16
in New Orleans FAQ
Why is the American Library Association (ALA) going to
New Orleans for its 2006 Annual Conference? And other questions answered....
Walt Crawford digs into the pros and cons of a new library
service model much debated in the blogs....
& Insights, Midwinter 2006
Patriot Acts compared (PDF file)
The Congressional Research Service provides a side-by-side
comparison of the existing law with the modifications agreed to in conference
and passed by the Senate...
Congressional Research Service
group to host public roundtables
in March on copyright exceptions
A committee appointed by the Library of Congress will
hold two public roundtables in March 2006in Los Angeles and in Washington,
D.C.to gather insights and opinions on how to revise copyright exceptions
for libraries and archives (Section 108 of the Copyright Act)....
search as an
information seeking paradigm
Penn State Professor Bernard J. Jansen muses on
the dynamics of sponsored searches in this introduction to a special theme
issue of the ASIS&T Bulletin....
Society for Information Science and Technology