Connecticut librarians shed John Doe gag
I am relieved that a federal court has at long last
lifted a Patriot Act gag order and allowed me to acknowledge that I am
the recipient of a National Security Letter [NSL] on behalf of my organization,
Library Connection, asserted Executive Director George Christian
at a May 30 press
conference at the New York City headquarters of the American Civil
Liberties Union. The statement ended months of speculation that the Library
Connectiona nonprofit consortium of 27 public and academic libraries
in central Connecticutis the John Doe plaintiff in Doe v. Gonzales....
Court sends mixed signals on public employees speech
In a 54 ruling on the Garcetti v. Ceballos
case, the Supreme Court asserted May 30 that the Constitution does not
necessarily protect government employees from retaliation by their supervisors
for anything they might say in the course of their employment....
Department urges internet firms to retain user data
In a private May 26 meeting with leading internet companies,
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller
said internet service providers should retain subscriber information and
network data for two years in order to aid investigations into child pornography
and terrorism activities....
Bush announces $1.5 million in Gulf Coast grants
During a May 31 visit to New Orleans, First Lady Laura
Bush announced that the Institute of Museum and Library Services will
grant an additional $1.5 million to aid the recovery of libraries and
museums in disaster areas....
head testifies on Showtime contract
Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence M. Small told the House
Administration Committee May 25 that the museum is locked into its contract
with the Showtime Networks cable channels for 30 years. He also testified
that the controversial deal between the Smithsonian and Showtime to create
television programming guarantees the museum $500,000 a year and gives
it 10% ownership in the new Smithsonian on Demand channel....
Gov. Ehrlich kicks off summer reading in Baltimore County
The Baltimore County Public Library in Towson unrolled the red carpet
May 15 to welcome Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. as he kicked off the summer
statewide reading program, Clue into Reading. Visiting students
listened to Ehrlich read Dr. Seusss Green Eggs and Ham for
override for Medway Library discouraged
Town officials May 22 recommended against the Medway (Mass.)
Public Library boards request for a second ballot measure overriding
the states Proposition 2 1/2 tax-limitation law. The selectmen instead
suggested that the library investigate whether other city departments
would accept budget cuts to provide the additional $200,000 the library
needs to stay open after July 1....
Bibliothèque issues report on falling glass panels
The Grande Bibliothèque du Québec released
an independent contractors report May 31 on six decorative panels
of glass that shattered and fell from the librarys exterior in June
and July 2005. A seventh glass panel burst May 2....
Library of Parliament reopens
Canadas Library of Parliament reopened to the public
June 3 after a four-year, $136-million ($124 million U.S.) construction
project to preserve and renovate the 130-year-old building in Ottawa.
The rehabilitation work was necessary to repair leaking windows, dangerous
electrical wiring, and structural problems....
35th anniversary lecture features Carla Hayden
ALAs 20032004 President Carla D. Hayden will
give the 2006 Jean Coleman Outreach Lecture at Jazz in the Morning,
a 35th anniversary breakfast and celebration of the Office for Literacy
and Outreach Services on Monday, June 26, 7:30 to 10 a.m., at Annual Conference.
The lecture, entitled Access Agenda for all Libraries, will
celebrate 35 years of advocacy for staff serving traditionally underserved
populations in libraries....
on library service to older adults
Sponsored by OLOS, the Reaching Out to Older Adults: The Why and
How of Library Services preconference to be held in New Orleans
June 2223, will introduce local library staff to issues reflecting
effective service delivery based on tried and true practices. Online registration
is open until June 9....
Hutchinson, George. In Search of Nella
Larsen: A Biography of the Color Line. Belknap Press,
May 2006. (0-674-02180-0).
Larsens racial heritageblack West Indian father,
Danish motherwas further complicated by her mothers
later marriage to a white man, the birth of a white half sister,
and an early life spent between Chicagos vice district
and Copenhagen in the late 1800s....
Row Book Fair, Chicago
Well, the 22nd annual Printers
Row Book Fair wrapped up June 4. Nearly 100,000 book lovers
enjoyed the chance to browse nearly 200 book stalls; to hear
fascinating readings, interviews, and panels; to have their
photos taken with one of the monsters from Where the Wild
Things Are; and to drink beer....
Keir Graff, Likely Stories blog, June
Roddy serves author Terri Rousey the Virtuous Angel
pizza at Angeli on Decatur.
Terri Rousey, assistant librarian at Mount Carmel
Academy in New Orleans, offers ALA members a diners tour
of the French Quarter in this American Libraries restaurant
guide: Many restaurants have made great accommodations to
open quickly, with owners inviting employees to live in their
homes and putting trailers in the parking lots. You will find
that many of your favorites from years past, including The Pearl,
Brennans, K-Pauls, Court of Two Sisters, Palace Café,
Mothers, and Emeril Lagasses Emerils and NOLA,
are open and happy to have you back!...
American Libraries, June/July
offers special drive-in rate for Monday of Annual Conference
With a banner day planned at the Morial Convention Center, ALA is offering
a special one-day rate for Monday, June 26, during Annual Conference in
New Orleans (June 2228). Members may attend for $99, and nonmembers
will pay $125. Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday will be at the regular rate....
at Morial Convention Center
ALA has contracted with the Morial Convention Center to provide Wi-Fi
access at the Annual Conference. This access will be available to all
users (councillors and attendees) for the duration of the event. Wi-Fi
coverage is available throughout the building with the exception of the
first big convention since Katrina will be a test for New Orleans
Later this month, nearly 20,000 delegates of the American
Library Association will arrive here for the first citywide convention
since Hurricane Katrina. Its not a matter of choicetheyve
got to get it right, said Steven Hacker, president of the Dallas-based
International Association for Exhibition Management....
Dallas (Tex.) Morning News, June 4
season started June 1
But if this year is anything like every year since 1855,
dont expect to see many hurricanes in the Gulf for the next month
or so. In more than 150 years, not a single hurricane has come near New
Orleans in June. During the same period, only four tropical storms have
hit the city in summers first weeks....
New Orleans Times-Picayune,
superintendents point to the city as a model for the future
Could the school district reputed to be the worst in the
nationthe one in New Orleansprovide a model for revamping
schools across the U.S. as it rebuilds after Hurricane Katrina? Superintendents
Randy Bridges of Rock Hill and Vickie Phelps of Clover think it will be
Rock Hill (S.C.) Herald, June 4
Orleans still struggling
Little in this city is the way it was before Aug. 29, 2005. Its
easy to find a parking spot along Canal Street, nearly impossible pre-Katrina.
Motorists cruise with ease during evening rush hour through downtown.
In Jackson Square, where President Bush pledged to help New Orleanians
until the recovery is complete, few tourists snap photographs of historic
St. Louis Cathedral....
Hattiesburg (Miss.) American, June 4
is sinking faster than expected
Everyone has known New Orleans is a sinking city. Now new research, reported
in the journal Nature and based on satellite radar data for the
three years before Katrina struck in 2005, shows that some areas are sinking
four or five times faster than the rest of the city. And that, experts
say, could be deadly....
ABC News, May 31
Visit NewOrleansMuseums.com for background on art museums, history museums,
historic homes, multicultural museums, zoos and gardens, and religious
museums. A museums
map pinpoints their locations....
New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation
and streetcar information
At present, there is no charge to ride any RTA bus line
within the city limits of New Orleans (Orleans Parish). Service on RTA
lines numbered 2 through 115 is free. Free fares will continue at least
through June 30, since FEMA has agreed to pick up these costs through
New Orleans Regional Transit Authority
Many taxis are privately owned, so they will look different
from each other. Rates vary, but approximate rates from the airport are
$21 for up to two passengers....
Consultants Directory entries wanted
LAMA is seeking entries for the 2006 edition of its Library
Consultants Directory, a special insert to be published in the Fall
2006 issue of Library Administration & Management, which will
appear in September. Listing information and payment must be received
by July 15 for inclusion in the 2006 Directory....
materials sought for Swap & Shop
Libraries of all types and sizes are invited to share their
creative public-relations efforts with colleagues at LAMAs annual
Swap & Shop: Great PR Exposed! event at Annual Conference
in New Orleans. Swap & Shop showcases public relations materials (annual
reports, newsletters, and reading promotions), including a juried selection
of the best PR materials produced in the past year and the 2007 John Cotton
Dana Awards for outstanding achievement in library public relations....
announces upcoming CE events
Registration for the ALCTS summer continuing education
programs is now open. Program topics include metadata applications, digital
library development, fundamentals of acquisitions, and principles of controlled
publishes Spring 2006 library history bibliography
Ed Goedeken, humanities bibliographer at Iowa State University,
has compiled the Spring 2006 Bibliography of Writings on the History
of Libraries, Librarianship, and Book Culture for the semiannual
newsletter of the Library History Round Table....
Bush grants to school libraries announced
The Laura Bush Foundation for Americas Libraries announced June
5 that 206 school libraries are being awarded over $1 million in grants.
The schools receive grants of up to $5,000 to create or expand their library
book collections. Awards were made in 42 states, plus the District of
Laura Bush Foundation for Americas Libraries, June
confers Distinguished Service Award on Sherman Clarke (PDF
At its 34th annual conference in Banff, Alberta, May 59,
the Art Libraries Society of North America presented its Distinguished
Service Award to Sherman Clarke, head of original cataloging at New York
Art Libraries Society of North America
Andrews reflects on writing, reading, and film
Thanks to HarperCollins and the persuasive powers
of Texas Library Association Executive Director Patricia Smith,
the star of The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins
took time after her keynote speech at the TLA Annual Conference
April 26 to talk with American Libraries Editor-in-Chief
Leonard Kniffel and Texas Library Journal Editor Gloria
Meraz about her faith in the importance of teaching children the
joy of reading....
American Libraries Online, June 5
Courant cartoonist Bob Englehart salutes Connecticut librarians
Englehart wrote the following comments to accompany his editorial cartoon:
I salute Connnecticuts brave librarians. Its not very
often I draw a salute. Its not very often I have reason to. But
those four librarians who enlisted the aid of the ACLU to fight odious
provisions of the USA Patriot Act, and won, deserve our praise....
Hartford (Conn.) Courant, June 4
Proposition 81 defeated
Proposition 81, which would have provided more money for
public libraries, was defeated by voters 53%47% June 6. The proposition
called for spending $600 million to improve public libraries around the
state. A recent survey by the California State Library estimated it would
cost more than $4 billion to adequately upgrade the states libraries....
KFMB-TV, San Diego, June 7
exemption proposed for Privacy Act
A little-noticed proposal from the Senate intelligence committee would
exempt federal agencies from important provisions of the Privacy Act in
the name of the war on terrorism. The bill would initiate a three-year
pilot program, during which U.S. intelligence agencies would be able to
access personal information about Americans held by other federal departments
or agencies if it is thought to be relevant to counterterrorism or counterproliferation....
United Press International, June 6
firms want to maintain network neutrality
The nations largest high-tech trade association jumped into the
network neutrality debate June 1, siding with content providers like Google
that want to stop telephone and cable companies from charging them higher
fees for preferred internet delivery. The American Electronics Association
urged Congress to give the FCC rule-making and enforcement authority to
preserve the way internet traffic is delivered on a first-come, first-served
San Francisco Chronicle, June 2
resigns as NCLIS executive director
Trudi Bellardo Hahn is resigning as executive director of the National
Commission on Libraries and Information Science, effective June 30. Hahn
was appointed to the position in May 2005; prior to that she was interim
director from 2004....
National Commission on Libraries and Information Science,
writes book about Boulder flag flap
In 2001, when Boulders library director nixed his idea for a large
American flag in the front entrance but approved a display of 21 ceramic
penises, his star started falling, said Christopher J. Power, author of
Long May They Wave. Power said he found himself snubbed by library
officials and ultimately laid off....
Denver Rocky Mountain News, June 6
have not squeezed out readers
British Library Chief Executive Lynne Brindley says she does not apologize
for making the library a place available in 2004 to everyone who wants
to do research. Certain claims
that allowing undergraduates into the British Librarys reading
rooms has led to exclusion, not inclusion do not paint an accurate
picture. A busy British Library is a successful British Library,
The Guardian, June 1
user is not broken: A meme manifesting as a manifesto
In the wake of a discussion with a passionate young
librarian who cares, Karen Schneider has composed a list of Marcus
Aureliuslike meditations on libraries and technology, such as: It
is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than to find
a library website that is usable and friendly and provides services rather
than talking about them in weird library jargon....
Free Range Librarian, June 3
up, please: Why the uninformed librarian should be informed on library
Norman D. Stevens, director of university libraries emeritus at the University
of Connecticut, examines the current status of library humor, our response
to it, and whynow more than everinformed librarians should
not only be appreciating library humor but creating it....
Informed Librarian, June
survey for libraries
While the Cataloging in Publication program has grown significantly over
the years, the resources that support it have not. Given limited resources
and dramatic changes in information technology, the Library of Congress
is asking libraries (and publishers) to fill out a survey to determine
its future. The survey has 56 questions. LC tried to keep it brief, but
CIP serves many constituents, and cataloging is not a simple business....
Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Division
Katrina and Rita web archive
Internet Archive and many individual contributors created
a comprehensive list of websites documenting the historic devastation
and massive relief effort due to Hurricane Katrina. The sites were crawled
between the dates of September 4 and October 17. This collection, containing
more than 25 million searchable documents, will be preserved by Internet
Archive with access to historians, researchers, scholars, and the general
Chinese-Canadian roots website
Vancouver (B.C.) Public Librarys new Chinese-Canadian Genealogy
website, sponsored in part by Library
and Archives Canada, offers a variety of practical tools and resources
to support all stages of genealogical research, from basic techniques
commonly used by genealogists, to more advanced guidance....
Library and Archives Canada, May 31
broadband adoption, 2006 (PDF file)
At the end of March 2006, 42% of Americans had high-speed at home, up
from 30% in March 2005, or a 40% increase. And 48 million Americansmostly
those with high-speed at homehave posted content to the internet....
Pew Internet & American Life Project, May 28
shows how kids media use helps parents cope
Electronic media is a central focus of many very young childrens
lives, used by parents to help manage busy schedules, keep the peace,
and facilitate family routines, according to a new national study (PDF
file). In a typical day, 83% of children under the age of 6 use screen
media, with those children averaging about two hours a day (1:57). Media
use increases with age, from 61% of babies one year or younger who watch
screen media in a typical day (for an average of 1:20) to 90% of 4 to
6 year-olds (for an average of 2:03)....
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, May 24
speech audio and text archive
The University of Virginias Scripps Library and Multimedia
Archive has an archive of some of the most important presidential speeches
of the past 60 years available. Recently they expanded the collection
to include the full text of some of the more important presidential speeches
from the 18th and 19th centuries....
in New Orleans,
over 1,600 booths with products and services designed to help
you manage the library of the Millennium. Exhibit hours are: 9:00
a.m.5:00 p.m., Saturday, June 24, to Monday, June 26; and 9:00 a.m.3:00
p.m., Tuesday, June 27.
the highest level of Corporate Membership, the ALA
Library Champions program gives business members the best
means to promote the work of libraries and to demonstrate their
leadership in the library field. Library
Champions are among ALA's greatest corporate supporters, with
over 90% of their dues going to support library advocacy.
Conference of Librarians of Color is the first-ever national conference
to be held and sponsored by the five caucus associations of colorAILA,
APALA, BCALA, CALA, and Reformaat the same time (Oct. 1115)
in the same place (Dallas). Registration deadline extended to July
What do YOU think?
you see any threat to your users privacy if the government
mandates internet service providers to retain network data for two
is an unscientific poll that reflects the opinions of only those
AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
May 31 poll:
you think federal library employees have the right, under the First
Amendment, to expose suspected agency misconduct and inefficiency
in the course of their employment?
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website.
Circus World Museum,
Wisconsin. Circus World Museum seeks an archivist to manage the
Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center, the world's largest
and foremost facility for documenting circus history. The library's
collections cover all aspects of American circuses and Wild West
Books Week this year is September 2330. The 2006
Banned Books Week Kit is an opportunity to conduct or sponsor
positive educational programs, including exhibits, lectures, discussions,
plays, and films, demonstrating the harms of censorship.
Stories inside include:
The Crux of the LIS Education Crisis
Stronger Bridges over the Continuing- Education Gap
Science: Not Just for Boys Anymore
West Wyandotte branch of the Kansas City (Kans.) Public Library
is hosting the Public Programs Officesponsored traveling
exhibition, Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend
from May 5 through June 16. Their website
provides detailed information about the exhibit in English and Spanish.
An extensive list of library and online resources, including an
annotated list of fiction and non-fiction books for adults, teens,
and children enhances the library patrons visit.
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Contact: Julie Reese, 312-280-5034.
17Aug. 5: ACRL
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Business Reference 101. Contact: Eileen
8Sept. 1: RUSA
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10Nov. 3: RUSA
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sat me down and told me, At the library, you can go anywhere
you want when you read a book.
Papapietro of East Boston, Massachusetts, in response to the question,
Whats your favorite piece of advice from your mother?
Real Simple, May.
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