board names interim director; Pinder asks for apology
Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Library trustees named an interim executive
director in a closed session June 15 to replace Jo Ann Pinder, whom the
board fired without explanation three days earlier. Pinders attorney,
Judith OBrien, sent a letter to trustees June 15 asking for a public
apology and claiming the board violated Georgia open-meeting and library
laws by executing a game plan that obviously had been scripted ahead
of time by four of its members and their behind-the-scenes legal adviser....
bans A Visit to Cuba in all its schools
The MiamiDade County school board voted 63 June 14 to remove
Alta Schreiers Vamos a Cuba (A Visit to Cuba) from its libraries
in response to a parents complaint that it portrays a deceptively
idealistic view of life in Cuba....
nominated to National Science Board
José-Marie Griffiths, dean of the School of Information and Library
Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been chosen
by President Bush to serve on the National Science Board, the 24-member
policymaking group that oversees and guides the activities of the National
sets fire to gay collection in Chicago branch
Gay rights activists in Chicago say a June 13 arson fire at the John Merlo
branch of the Chicago Public Library may have been a hate crime. About
100 books were destroyed after someone set a fire on the librarys
second floor, where a 1,000+ collection of gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender
books is located....
threatened over library gay pride program
A town councilor in Southbridge, Massachusetts, has called for a boycott
of the Jacob Edwards Library if it proceeds with a fundraiser featuring
a gay author and two displays marking June as national Gay Pride Month.
James J. Marino Sr. made his comments at a recent forum of the town council,
according to the June 15 Worcester Telegram and Gazette, which
noted that he did not ask the body to take any action....
adjuster hints UNM fire was intentional
Although the state fire marshal is still conducting an investigation of
the April 30 blaze that damaged the University of New Mexicos Zimmerman
Library, an adjuster for insurance broker Keenan and Associates told university
officials the fire apparently was set intentionally....
Library to stay open part-time; certification loss seen
At a June 12 town meeting, residents of Medway, Massachusetts, approved
a plan to keep the library open 20 hours a week. After voters failed to
override the states Proposition 2 1/2 tax-limitation law, the towns
Finance Committee had recommended in May that the library be closed July
Roberts to keynote closing session
Journalist and author Cokie Roberts will keynote the closing session at
the ALA Annual Conference, June 27, 89 a.m. Roberts currently is
the chief congressional analyst for ABC News and is a news analyst for
National Public Radio. She is also the author of We Are Our Mothers
Daughters, which tells stories of the fascinating women of the American
Bush invited to AASL town hall meeting
First Lady Laura Bush has been invited as keynote speaker to School
Libraries Work: Rebuilding for Learning, a national town hall meeting
sponsored by AASL and Scholastic to be held on Monday, June 26, from 12:30
to 3:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Convention Center. Lester Holt, NBC News
Weekend Today anchor, will moderate. Doors will open at noon; no
one will be able to enter after 12:30 p.m....
cultural communities in New Orleans
ALAs Public Programs Office and the H. W. Wilson Foundation have
partnered to provide support to the New Orleans Public Library. As a major
corporate donor to ALAs Cultural Communities Fund, H. W. Wilson
decided to offer support for the New Orleans community with $100,000 to
its Main Library, while working with ALA to promote cultural programming
through a programming grant....
Libraries columnist blogs at Hectic Pace
Andrew K. Pace, who writes the popular Technically
Speaking column in each issue of American Libraries magazine,
is launching the Hectic Pace
technology blog in conjunction with the Annual Conference in New Orleans.
Head of information technology at North Carolina State University Libraries,
Pace has been ALs go-to guru for cutting-edge technology
news and views since 2004....
Levine joins ALA as internet development specialist
ALA Publishing and ALAs Information Technology and Telecommunications
Unit have hired Jenny Levine as internet development specialist and strategy
guide, effective August 1. Levine comes to ALA with extensive experience
in emerging technologies, service development, and integration of services
into library environments. Her achievements with other organizations include
creating and teaching continuing education events. She also maintains
her own blog and has
done several speaking engagements with the Special Libraries Association
and the ALA divisions.
to Read Foundation announces election results
Five trustees were elected to two-year terms in the April election to
the FTRF Board of Trustees: Francis J. Buckley, Chris Finan, Deborah L.
Jacobs, Burton Joseph, and Candace Morgan. Of these trustees, Morgan,
Finan, Buckley, and Jacobs were reelected; Joseph previously served as
on-site for 2006 Advocacy Institute
On-site registration will be available for the Advocacy Institute, held
in conjunction with the ALA 2006 Annual Conference in New Orleans....
to Best Reading goes digital
The ALA Guide to Best Reading in 2006, a coproduction of ALSC, Booklist,
RUSA, and YALSA, is available for the first time as a digital download
from the ALA Store. The guide
is filled with annotated recommended and notable booklists such as Notable
Childrens Books, Notable Books, Editors
Choice, and Best Books for Young Adults....
to sponsor conference registration bags
Full conference registrants at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans will
receive registration bags, thanks to a generous donation by Springer.
The blue-and-black canvas tote-style bags will be handed out beginning
on Thursday, June 22, when registration opens....
grants for Lets Talk about It: Jewish Literature series available
ALAs Public Programs Office and Nextbook, a gateway to Jewish literature,
culture, and ideas, have announced two new rounds of grants for Lets
Talk About It: Jewish LiteratureIdentity and Imagination, a
theme-based reading and discussion series. The application deadline for
the first round of grants is December 1....
Ackroyd, Peter. Shakespeare: The Biography.
Read by Simon Vance. 19 hrs. Books on Tape CD (1-4159-2480-5),
2005. Ackroyds biography offers unique insight into
the life, times, and circumstances that surrounded and molded
the Bards literary works. The author casts a unique
and historical perspective on Shakespeare and includes information
about his family and the world in which he lived....
events in New Orleans
I want to take a moment to mention what my colleagues are
up to. Several of them will be putting their expertise on
display with programs in New Orleans. If you happen to be
headed there yourself, Im sure youll find these
well worth the while....
Likely Stories, Keir Graff, June 19
on National Guard troops
Many are confused about the recent news of the Louisiana National Guards
deployment to New Orleans. They are being brought in to the city to provide
assistance to the New Orleans Police Department in desolated areas of
the city badly damaged by the hurricane. This will allow more police officers
to patrol the tourism and historic core of the city, enhancing the already
very good safety record these areas enjoy....
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors
Bureau, June 20
the most out of your conference experience
The buzzword in the city is The librarians are coming! Taxi
drivers are excited and ready for the first big convention since Katrina.
Here are some tips from Stephen
Schneider, Walt Crawford,
Stephens Lighthouse, May 30; Free-Range Librarian,
June 19; Walt at Random, June 15; YALSA Blog, June 19
Museum will reopen June 24
The Louisiana Childrens Museum, at 420 Julia Street in the historic
Warehouse District, will reopen to the public June 24 after completing
extensive roof and water damage throughout the building. A team of first
responders and their families will cut the ribbon to welcome the general
public at 9:30 a.m....
Orleans City Business, June 19
Shearers New Orleans diary, part 1
After the human suffering and the loss of historic buildings by the mile,
what hurt the most in contemplating the disaster to this city last year
was the potential loss of the canopythe glorious green umbrella
of trees that offers necessary shade in these most intensely sunny summers.
The human suffering and building loss continue, but its summertime,
and the canopy has rebuilt itself to a surprising degree. This greenest
of cities is once again abloom....
Huffington Post, June 19
fattens up Crescent City cuisine
The whole New Orleans food scene rebounded with astonishing speed and
strength after the hurricane. It shot up like a super ball. Restaurants
and chefs showed an inspiring commitment to their mission. Customers responded
with deep satisfaction and more dollars than anybody projected....
New Orleans City Business,
In his newly published memoir, A Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans
Story in Black and White, musician Tom Sancton does take the measure
of his father, New Orleans writer Thomas Sancton, as well the spiritual
fathers he found in the older black jazz men of Preservation Hall who
taught him how to play the clarinet. The result is a loving portrait of
complex people living in a time of change in New Orleans during the 1950s
New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 18
for higher education
The Katrina Higher Education Assistance Fund is sponsoring a 5K run/walk
on Saturday, June 24, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Audubon Park Shelter #10,
to benefit nine educational institutionsamong them Dillard, Xavier,
and Loyola universitiesto rebuild in the New Orleans area. The registration
fee is $25....
Katrina Higher Education Assistance Fund
says its ready for hurricane evacuation
Joseph Matthews, director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness, says
the city has developed a sound evacuation plan coordinated with the Federal
Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and the State of Louisiana for
the 2006 hurricane season....
Bayou Buzz, June 16
from New Orleans: Postcards as art
In the months before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, amateur
photographer Justin Lundgren set in motion an art experiment he hoped
would reveal something about the morality of pedestriansat least
when it comes to lost mail. The project also became an unintended time-capsule
portrait of a city that may never return....
National Public Radio, Day to Day, June 19
drought puts pressure on region
In a ironic twist after most of New Orleans sat submerged in water for
weeks, the eight months since October 1 have been the driest south Louisiana
has seen in the 111 years that the state has kept rainfall records, said
state climatologist Barry Keim....
New Orleans Times-Picayune,
are breeding fish to control Gulf Coast mosquitos
The abundance of standing water and hot summer temperatures can create
a mosquito-breeding haven. And with as many as 6,000 abandoned pools in
New Orleans alone, mosquito experts say the tiny mosquito fish (Gambusia
affinis) is their biggest ally in protecting the Gulf Coast from a
nasty mosquito infestation....
Associated Press, June 16
auction benefits Katrina Relief Fund
ALSC is holding a silent auction during ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans
benefit the ALA Hurricane Katrina Library Relief Fund. Two pieces of original
artwork created and donated by Lynne Rae Perkins, the 2006 Newbery Medal
winner, and Chris Raschka, the 2006 Caldecott Medal winner, will be auctioned....
to give away books to new YALSA members
Orca Book Publishers and Scholastic will give away new teen titles to
anyone who joins the YALSA division between now and September 15....
classroom response systems
An alternative to eliciting feedback verbally, classroom
response systemsalso known as electronic, audience, student, or
interactive response systemsallow individuals to instantaneously
communicate their responses via remote control-like transmitters (often
referred to as clickers) or computer stations....
LIRT News, June, p. 3
Caywood named 2006 FTRF Roll of Honor Award recipient
Carolyn Caywood, manager of the Virginia Beach Public Librarys Bayside
Area Library and Special Services Library for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped, is the recipient of the 2006 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll
of Honor Award. Caywood is a past FTRF trustee and currently is the Intellectual
Freedom Round Tables representative to ALA Council. She also has
served as chair of the Virginia Library Associations Intellectual
Scholarship winners announced
The ALA Office for Diversity has announced the ninth cohort of Spectrum
Scholarships. The Spectrum Scholarship programs major drive is to
recruit applicants and award scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native,
Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other
Pacific Islander students for graduate programs in library and information
Boyd Literary Award recipient named
Nick Arvins book Articles of War (Doubleday, 2005) is the
winner of the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction
for 2005. The award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United
States was at war....
announces Best of Show winners
The LAMA Public Relations and Marketing Sections Best of Show competition
recognizes excellence in 11 categories, including library reading club
materials, annual reports, newsletters andnew this yearlibrary
websites and home pages....
phone answerers survive the internet
For years, a small band of researchers at the New York Public Library
has been tackling questions from young and old, the clueless and the haughty,
the vexed and the unvexed, reducing lifes infinite jumble to an
answer, more or less. Today, despite the internet, the eight women and
two men of what is known as the telephone reference service are still
New York Times, June 19
For the San Francisco Public Library system, the new Mission Bay branch
will be the first completely new branch to open in 40 years. For residents
and workers in Mission Bay, it will be not only a place to borrow books
but also a place to gatherthe kind of public center that established
neighborhoods take for granted....
San Francisco Chronicle, June
discovers a new way to date books
A Penn State biology professor with a passion for old prints and maps
says he has found a new way to date centuries-old books by using a technique
similar to what scientists use to study mutations. Professor Blair Hedges
says much of his analysis on 16th and 17th century books and prints was
conducted by simply counting the number of discrepancies such as line
breaks on the same pages in the different editions of a book....
Associated Press, June 20
Library finds a treasure in maps
One by one, Newberry Library curator Robert Karrow pulled old maps from
oversized file folders, each recovered from a treasure trove that had
been packed away and forgotten for nearly a quarter-century. The maps
show the range of 388 items the Newberry bought for $120,000, getting
the cream of an archive of 1,371 maps and atlases that the Chicago History
Museum had packed up for disposal in 1982, then left in a storage room....
Chicago Tribune, June 19
Foundation grant will assist Gulf Coast academic libraries
On June 16, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded SOLINET an $896,000
grant to assist academic libraries in recovering from damage sustained
during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and improve region-wide preparedness
for future disasters. The grant will support several initiatives to aid
affected libraries over the next 18 months....
SOLINET, June 20
awards Native American grants
The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded Native American tribes
across the country $1.3 million in grants to improve library services
June 19. In all, 224
grants will strengthen library service for 232 Native American tribal
communities and Alaska Native villages....
Institute of Museum and Library Services, June 19
Library Services Act turns 50
Kathleen de la Peña McCook notes that President Eisenhower signed
the Library Services Act on June 19, 1956, and offers some background
on the people who made the legislation happen....
Librarian, Jan. 1
College library trading cards
Librarians at the Laurence McKinley Gould Library at Carleton College
in Northfield, Minnesota, have created sets of trading cards since 2002/2003
to publicize their services. You can visit their poster session, Penguins,
Frisbees, and Trading Cards: Catching the Student Eye, Monday, June
26, 11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m., in the Exhibit Hall at Table V-15, at
Annual Conference in New Orleans....
Lexis/Nexis among top 100 best places to work in info technology
For the 13th year in a row, Computerworld conducted a survey to
identify the 100 Best Places to Work for IT professionals. In January
2006, contacts at the nominated companies received a 100-question survey
asking questions about their organizations benefits and opportunities....
Computerworld, June 20
archive offers free library access
Heritage Microfilm is offering public libraries and K12 schools
free access to its online newspaper database archive. Access NewspaperARCHIVE
allows students and patrons to search tens of millions of historical newspaper
pages from anywhere in their school or library....
NewspaperARCHIVE, June 19
adopts resolution on regional EPA Library (PDF
At its June 9 meeting, the Washington Library Association board called
on state legislators to use their influence to restore the EPA Region
10 Librarys budget to at least the FY 2006 level, adjusted for inflation....
Washington Library Association, June 9
I still use reference books?
Rick Roche began wondering how often he still used reference books. There
seem to be days that I use none and days that I use many. Not knowing
exactly what portion of my reference work involves books I decided to
keep a log of resources used....
Ricklibrarian, June 12
tourism: A growing segment of the travel market
An increasing number of tourists are special-interest travelers who rank
the arts, heritage, or other cultural activities as one of the top five
reasons for traveling....
National Endowment for the Arts
in New Orleans,
of poster sessions,
Saturday through Monday, with abstracts.
Product Spotlight descriptions, Sunday.
Annual Exhibits Round Table Silent Auction, New Orleans,
June 2426. Support ALA scholarships to deserving library school
students by purchasing some of these great items (like this Russian
translation of Bill Clintons My Life, donated by Russia
Online) up for bid at this years ERT Silent Auction! See the
list of auction items at the ERT website.
Read Rebecca Hogue Wojahns recommendations
on sports novels in the May issue of Book Links.
do YOU think?
you pleased that First Lady Laura Bush has been invited to speak
at AASLs town hall meeting on school libraries in New Orleans?
is an unscientific poll that reflects the opinions of only those
AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
June 14 poll:
the FBI be allowed access to the Jack Anderson papers to remove
leaked classified documents?
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website.
ALA and the Guadalajara International Book Fair are partnering
for the ninth year to provide support for ALA members to attend the 20th
Guadalajara International Book Fair November 2529. Andalucia
will be the Guest of Honor at FIL 2006. The deadline for application to
Free Pass Program is August 21.
The Library Network, Southgate, Michigan. TLN seeks a director to
manage a 5-county, diverse, multitype library cooperative serving
64 communities and 103 buildings, with a service population of 2.8
million in Southeast Michigan....
Stories inside include:
The Crux of the LIS Education Crisis
Stronger Bridges over the Continuing- Education Gap
Science: Not Just for Boys Anymore
Find many items from the ALA Graphics catalog at the ALA
Store in New Orleans this weekend.
Association of Law Libraries offers a series of professional
Library Services offers a series of training classes to
improve the technical skills of librarians. Contact: Chris
Brown, 972-851-8000, ext. 2829; 800-843-8482.
of Research Libraries offers a series of institutes and
programs aimed at improving skills of library management and staff.
Contact: Julia Blixrud, 202-296-2296.
Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents,
California State University/San Marcos, offers seminars and workshops
of interest to librarians. Contact: Isabel
Florida Library Cooperative offers a series of ongoing workshops
of interest to librarians at locations throughout central Florida.
Contact: CFLC, 407-644-9050.
Foundation Center offers a regular series of seminars and
workshops on securing grants and proposal writing. Contact: 212-620-4230.
State Library has a series of institutes and continuing
education programs of interest to librarians. Contact: 217-785-5600.
Library Consortium offers a series of ongoing workshops
of interest to librarians. Contact: Heather
Thomas, 800-530-9019, ext. 133; 517-394-2420.
Council of Teachers of English sponsors conventions and
other professional meetings concerning the teaching of English at
all levels. Contact: 217-328-3870; 877-369-6283.
offers workshops concerning new library technologies. Contact: Diana
Bitting, 800-233-3401, ext. 1203.
offers numerous workshops of interest to librarians at locations
through the southeastern U.S. Contact: Erica
Waller, 800-999-8558, ext. 4896.
new library has become the cultural hub of the city, crucial to
its downtown revitalization. A new bank and a satellite university
campus have already been completed and a park with a water fountain
is on its way.... It all started with the library, Mayor
Green said. I cant tell you how proud that makes our
Luis Alberto Urrea on the Kankakee Public Librarys role in
transforming the city, Kankakee Gets Its Groove Back,
New York Times, June 11.
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