question Justice Department on Anderson probe
At a June 6 hearing examining the FBIs attempt to gain access to
the papers of the late investigative journalist Jack Anderson, the Senate
Judiciary Committee criticized the recalcitrance of a Justice Department
official testifying on the efforts....
passes telecom bill without net-neutrality amendment
The House of Representatives passed legislation June 8 that would allow
telephone companies to offer competitive, bundled packages of telecommunications
services in new markets, but it rejected an amendment to ensure equal
access to online content to all customersthe so-called network neutrality
voters reject library construction measure
Proposition 81, which would have allowed California to borrow $600 million
in bonds for public library construction and renovation to accommodate
the states increased population, only won 47% of the vote in the
June 6 election. The measure, reportedly the largest library construction
bond proposition in state history, was placed on the ballot after a 2004
compromise by the legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to replenish
the Library Bond Act of 2000....
PL director resigns amid controversy
Jackie Griffin, director of Berkeley (Calif.) Public Library for five
years, has resigned, following a controversial decision to install RFID
devices and ongoing staff complaints about her management style, according
to the June 9 Oakland Tribune. The library agreed to pay her $34,451,
approximately three months salary, and six months of health benefits
in exchange for her resignation....
County board fires library director
A group of Georgians stepped up its criticism of the management of Gwinnett
County Public Library June 5 by launching the GCPL Watch website, which
describes more than a decade of opposition by some residents to library
policy decisions made during Director Jo Ann Pinders 15-year tenure
there. Matters came to a boil June 12 when trustees
fired Pinder at a tumultuous public meeting....
to auction Martin Luther King Jr. archives
After years of failed attempts to sell Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s
private papers to the Library of Congress or a university, Kings
family has agreed to allow New York auction house Sothebys to put
the collection up for sale June 30....
Hall named poet laureate of the United States
Librarian of Congress James Billington announced June 14 that Donald Hall
has been named the next poet laureate of the United States. The author
of 15 books of poetry, Hall will be the Library of Congresss 14th
poet laureate consultant in poetry, a 70-year-old post administered by
LCs Poetry and Literature Center....
on network neutrality
ALA President Michael Gorman and Association of Research Libraries President
Brian Schottlaender issued a joint statement June 9 on the Houses
failure to support the Markey
Amendment on net neutrality....
on broadband wiretap decision
ALA President-Elect Leslie Burger issued a statement on the June 9 federal
appeals court decision that upheld the governments authority to
force high-speed internet service providers to allow the police and FBI
access for wiretapping internet phone calls....
lawmakers recommend $10.3-million LSTA increase
ALA extended thanks June 7 on behalf of Americas library patrons
to members of the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations Subcommittee for its recommendation of a $10.3-million
funding increase for the Library Services and Technology Act....
Advocacy Now! training in New Orleans
Funding? The USA PATRIOT Act? Fair Use? Google?: Library Advocacy
Now, a two-hour advocacy training program offered at Annual Conference,
will focus on current technology issues. The training is scheduled for
Saturday, June 24, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m....
and archives groups file amicus brief on copyright infringement case
ALA, together with the American Association of Law Libraries, Association
of Research Libraries, Medical Library Association, Society of American
Archivists, and Special Libraries Association, filed a friend of the court
brief June 7 in support of the National Geographic Societys right
to republish works in a digital format without seeking permission of authors
or other contributors....
Librarian documentary to preview at conference
ALA will offer a sneak peek at a new documentary in the making, The
Hollywood Librarian: Librarians in Cinema and Society. Footage from
the film, still in post-production, will be shown at the Morial Convention
Center Auditorium, Sunday, June 25, at 9 p.m....
to host jazz film-discussion series
National Video Resources, in partnership with the ALA Public Programs
Office, has named 43 public and academic libraries nationwide as pilot
sites for the six-week documentary film viewing and discussion series
Looking At: Jazz, Americas Art Form....
Card Sign-up Month promotes the Smartest Card
Promotional tools in Spanish and English are available online to promote
The Smartest Card. Get It. Use It. @ your library theme for
Library Card Sign-up Month, which begins September 1. New this year are
radio public service announcements featuring actor-comedian George Lopez,
as well as a summary of best practices from public libraries nationwide
using the Smartest Card theme....
Books for youth
Patterson, James. Maximum Ride: Schools
OutForever. Little, Brown, May 2006. (0-316-15559-4).
Max and her flock are back in this new volume in the Maximum
Ride series, a follow-up to The Angel Experiment (2004).
In a flying fight with Erasers, Fang is injured so seriously
that the flock takes him to a hospital. Its obvious
hes not a normal human (having wings and avian DNA),
so it isnt long before the FBI shows up....
Straight answers from Michael White
For every resident of New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina changed everything.
But for clarinetist Michael White, the floods destroyed 30 years of collecting
when they swept over his personal library of materials related to the
citys musical and cultural heritage. The water reduced photographs,
documents, recordings, and musical instruments to piles of rot and mold....
Journal: New Orleans now
University of New Orleans History Professor Günter Bischof summarizes
the state of the city: Every day there are signs of comeback. The
French Quarter and Uptown of course present themselves as if nothing happened
last fall.... Yet in spite of such progress the lag in the overall recovery
effort is still palpable. Nine months after Katrina large parts of the
city are still vacant, with only halting signs of repopulation....
George Mason Universitys History News Network, June
Looking for fresh signs of the citys recovery, New Orleans food
lovers have been watching the locked front door of Brennans
Restaurant. Executive Chef Lazone Randolph made a lot of people happy
June 8, when the storm-damaged restaurant reopened with refurbished dining
rooms, new ceilings, a modern sprinkler systemand the same menu
that has drawn loyal patrons for decades....
New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 2
un-conventional year for New Orleans visitors
Police and health officials assured Michael Gorman that New Orleans was
safe, and he confirmed in person that its restaurants and night life were
back. Yet visions of disaster trouble Gorman, dean of library services
at California State University at Fresno and president of the American
Los Angeles Times, June 12
weather alerts by text messaging
ALA has set up an opt-in text messaging service to provide
messaging directly to the cell phones of thousands of attendees, vendors,
and staff spread over hundreds of locations around New Orleans....
service reopens at Convention Center
Aramark Corporation said it plans to open two restaurants, a food court,
and the kitchen at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 20.
The company has worked closely with the New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority
to clean or replace kitchen equipment, utensils, banquet fixtures, flooring,
seating, and serving equipment. About 80% of the dining facilities have
Philadelphia Business Journal,
adds more flights
Southwest Airlines has added six daily non-stop flights from New Orleans
Louis Armstrong International Airport, reclaiming the spot as the largest
carrier operating from the area. The new flights bring Southwests
total to 24. While thats more than other carriers, it still amounts
to only 43% of the airlines pre-Katrina service....
USA Today, June 13
As the city faces a new hurricane season, T-shirts making light of the
storm that put 80% of New Orleans under water nine months ago have proliferated
in the French Quarter. Vendors say they are outselling the typical tourist
shirts, made for the New Orleans of another time, by a wide margin....
Reuters, June 11
online ALA Exhibits map
Find Annual Conference vendors alphabetically, by booth number, or by
clicking on booth locations on this searchable, zoomable floor map...
to blog the conference?
Add your blog and web address to the list on ALAs conference wiki...
Shonrock is new RUSA president
Diana D. Shonrock, science and technology librarian at Iowa State University,
will assume office as RUSA president in July. An active ALA member, Shonrock
has served as chair of the Management and Operation of User Services Section
and was instrumental in the sections reconfiguration into the Reference
AASL has established a permanent weblogAASLblogto
provide a focused and flexible format for information about programs,
conferences, projects, resources, and activities of interest to AASL members
and others in the K12 library media community....
blog gets a new look
The makeover, courtesy of Andrea Mercado, is a result of migrating from
Blogger to WordPress 2.0.3....
blog manager selected
Linda Braun, educational technology consultant for LEO: Librarians and
Educators Online, has been selected as manager of the YALSA
Blog. Braun will be responsible for the content and look of the blog
and will work closely to recruit and oversee designated bloggers....
hires Kathryn Deiss as new content strategist
Kathryn Deiss has been appointed ACRL content strategist, effective July
17. Deiss will seek out important and innovative practices, approaches,
and projects to bring them to the attention of the larger academic and
research library community through a variety of formats including books,
workshops, articles, podcasts, and virtual learning events....
announces Presidents Program panel
José-Marie Griffiths, James G. Neal, and Raymond Santiago will
serve on the LAMA Presidents Program panel, Leadership Excellence
for Transition: Lessons for Librarians in Every Generation, at ALA
Annual Conference, Sunday, June 25, 1:303:30 p.m....
holds workshops on emergency preparedness and recovery
The Task Force on the Environment (one of seven task forces comprising
ALAs Social Responsibilities Round Table) is sponsoring two workshopsPreparedness
Matters and Recovery Mattersto address the roles
librarians and libraries may play in helping the communities they serve
in developing community disaster and emergency preparedness programs....
Student Writing Award winner
Yi Shen, a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison
SLIS, is the winner of the 2006 LITA/Endeavor Student Writing Award for
her paper entitled Social Scientists Information Behavior
in Scientific Research Practice....
if they gagged Gutenberg?
Imagine if the leaders of 16th-century Germany, feeling threatened by
the democratizing forces of the printing press, had taken Gutenbergs
invention and limited its use to those they agreed with politicallyor
if Luther had to pay licensing fees for nailing up his 95 Theses on every
church door in Germany. Thats what Big Telecom is trying to do.
By creating two internet tiersone that is fast and charges fees
to website owners, and a second-class Web that is cheaper and slower and
could limit access to independently run sites....
San Francisco Chronicle, June
the King County library system
An editorial calls the King County (Wash.) Library System a bibliophiles
heaven and urges the city of Seattle to support it equitably, even
as trustees face a major crisis....
Seattle Times, June 11
amateur sleuth who gave the National Archives a red face
The scandal over missing documents that rocked the National Archives this
spring came to light not because of the digging of an investigative reporter
or a timely leak by a concerned federal insider. Instead it was Matthew
M. Aid, an amateur researcher and historian, who figured out that for
at least six years the CIA and the Air Force had been withdrawing thousands
of records from the public shelves....
Washington Post, June 8
Library explores the architecture of knowledge
The architecture of knowledgewhat an intriguing concept,
we thought when we heard that Chicagos Newberry Library was holding
a panel discussion on the subject, in connection with Closed/Open,
installation by Antonia Contro that opened May 17 at the library....
Chicago Tribune, June 8
to reassemble Maimonides works
Scientists at the University of Manchester hope to use digital technology
in reassembling some 300,000 tiny fragments of an 800-year-old Jewish
Washington Post, June 14
James Joyces grandson suppressing scholarship?
Scholars must ask grandson Stephen Joyces permission to quote sizable
passages or to reproduce manuscript pages from those works of Joyces
that remain under copyrightincluding Ulysses and Finnegans
Wakeas well as from more than 3,000 letters and several dozen
unpublished manuscript fragments. He has also destroyed potentially valuable
correspondence, blocked or discouraged countless public readings of Ulysses,
and once tried unsuccessfully to halt a webcast of the book....
New Yorker, June 19
of gracious reading, for members only
Susan Kelly is an avid reader of detective novels, but the public library
doesnt always have what she wants and she draws the line at buying
books in hardcover. So Ms. Kelly joined a membership library, where she
has, among many other privileges, the run of more than 15,000 new and
New York Times, June 11
Americans say libraries are essential
A study (PDF
file) sponsored by the Americans for Libraries Council shows that
libraries are poised to lead the way to solutions to todays pressing
community problems. According to Long Overdue: A Fresh Look at Public
and Leadership Attitudes about Libraries in the 21st Century, 78%
of Americans say that if their library shut down because of lack of funding
they would feel that something essential and important has been
lost, affecting the whole community....
Americans for Libraries Council, June 13
membership approves move to combine with OCLC
RLG member institutions have approved a proposal to combine operations
with OCLC, clearing the way for two of the worlds largest membership-based
information organizations to become one, effective July 1. The agreement
was approved by the required two-thirds of voting RLG member institutions....
RLG, June 9
Library to create comprehensive digital Kennedy archive
Senator Edward M. Kennedy announced June 9 a major and unprecedented effort
by the National Archives and Records Administration to build a new librarya
digital one consisting of the entire collection of papers, documents,
photographs, and audio recordings of President John F. Kennedy, eventually
making them accessible to citizens throughout the world via the Kennedy
Presidential Library and Museums website....
JFK Library Foundation, June 9
a more holistic tenure process
Steven Bell writes, What do we gain by putting our young or new
professionals through a process that leaves them feeling drained and uninspired,
believing that what you really have to communicateand how you choose
to communicate itisnt as important as where you write or speak
ACRLog, June 14
Libraries Association conference blog
Catch up on the activities of SLA colleagues, as summarized in the official
blog for the SLA Annual Conference, June 1114. Information Today
also blogged the conference....
SLA; Information Today
honored with Webby Awards
The 10th Annual Webby Awards Gala took place June 12 at Cipriani Wall
Street in New York City. Among the institutions honored for their websites
were the Library of Congress,
which garnered a Peoples Voice award in the Cultural Institutions
category. Official honorees (the top 20% of all sites entered in the competition)
included the Tacoma
(Wash.) Public Library, the Jefferson
County (Colo.) Public Library, the Gerald
Ford Presidential Library and Museum, and homeworkNYC.org
(designed by the New York, Brooklyn, and Queens public libraries)....
Webby Awards, June 12
Parody of COPS TV show
This sketch was performed sometime in the 1990s by the Seattle-based KING-TV
show Almost Live!a comedy show broadcast from 1984 to
1999 that did frequent parodies. As you might suspect from context, the
performers were regulars on the show and not staff members of the Seattle
reasons why blog posting frequency doesnt matter any more
Thou shalt post every day is the most fundamental and most
well-known principle of blogging. You cannot be successful if you do not
go by the rule, right? Wrong. Daily posts are a legacy of a Web
1.0 mindset and early Web 2.0 days (meaning 12 months ago!)....
Marketing Profs: Daily Fix, June 6
librarians use electronic resources six times more than print sources
Lorie Klodas review of a May 2005 article in the Journal of Academic
Librarianship indicates more research in this area is warranted....
Evidence Based Library and Information Practice,
vol. 1, no. 2
rates top 10 most useful health websites
The Medical Library Associations Consumer and Patient Health Information
Section evaluates websites based on credibility, sponsorship/authorship,
content, audience, currency, disclosure, purpose, links, design, interactivity,
Medical Library Association
Fifty-four million people have profiles on MySpace as of February 2006,
and 180,000 more register to use the site every day. By all accounts,
its a phenomenon. Some people call it dumb luck, some call it brilliant,
and a few call it a sexual predators dream come true. In this article,
well find out what MySpace really is, what it can do for you, how
it blew past the competition, and why Rupert Murdoch thought it was worth
How Stuff Works
history of typographical bleeping
Mark Liberman looks at the origins of typographical bleeping, in which
asterisks or hyphens or underscores are substituted for certain letters
in order to avoid violating lexical taboos. A reader provided an example
from 1869, and this caused him to do a small search that pushed it back
Language Log, June 10
in New Orleans,
Cognotes is the daily newspaper of the ALA Annual Conference.
It is published Saturday through Tuesday during the Conference, and a
Highlights Issue is mailed to all ALA members after the Conference. Issues
are also posted online.
on the State of Colorados government portal in the Summer issue
of Interface, ASCLAs online newsletter.
do YOU think?
the FBI be allowed access to the Jack
Anderson papers to remove leaked classified documents?
is an unscientific poll that reflects the opinions of only
those AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
June 7 poll:
you see any threat to your users privacy if the government
mandates internet service providers to retain network data
for two years?
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website.
needed in contacting Senators about the Communications
Reform bill, S. 2686.
Long Island University, Brooklyn campus. Performs copy/original
cataloging of print and non-print materials in an OCLC/Horizon
environment, including retrospective conversion. Position
available Sept. 1 and will remain open until filled....
ALA has 57
chapters, each having affiliate relationships with state library
associations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the U.S.
Virgin Islands, and regional library associations in the Mountain Plains,
New England, Pacific Northwest, and Southeast regions.
Stories inside include:
The Crux of the LIS Education Crisis
Stronger Bridges over the Continuing- Education Gap
Science: Not Just for Boys Anymore
Overmyer reviews new resources in the exciting new world of booktalking,
in the January/ February issue of AASLs Knowledge Quest.
Leadership Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 800-545-2433,
ext. 2523. Contact: ACRL.
Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, General
Conference and Council, Seoul, Korea. Libraries: Dynamic
Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society. Contact:
Congrex Holland BV,
PO Box 302, 1000 AH Amsterdam, Netherlands; +31 20 5040 201.
Passport number must be submitted
before Aug. 1.
Sept. 1: Step
up to the Plate @ your library baseball trivia contest
with prizes for library users, including a trip to the Baseball
Hall of Fame. 100 participating libraries will win a Jackie
Robinson poster from ALA Graphics. Free promotional materials
National Institute, Hilton Pittsburgh. Childrens
Services Today and Tomorrow. Angela
Smith, 800-545-2433, ext. 2167.
Assessment Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment.
Contact: Association of Research
Fall Forum, Warwick, Rhode Island. Assessing
Student Learning in the School Library Media Center.
Contact: Andrea Parker,
800-545-2433, ext. 1396.
Read Week: Get Active @ Your Library.
Contact: Beth Yoke, 800-545-2433,
Librarian International conference, Copthorne Tara
Hotel, London. Discovering New Resources, Demystifying
National Forum, Nashville, Tennessee. Contact: LITA,
800-545-2433, ext. 4270.
what about writers and publishers? Libraries have been Napstering
the hell out of us ever since Alexandria.
Anthony Doerr in Doozy of a Decimal System, The
Morning News online magazine, Apr. 5.
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