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State Library pulls
screening of ACLU Film
The Montana State Library in Helena announced February
21 that it was canceling its upcoming screening of a film critical of
the USA Patriot Act because of complaints that the program would only
feature the opinions of the films producer, the American Civil Liberties
Union. A day after the cancellation, the ACLU of Montana reserved the
meeting room of the Lewis and Clark Library in Helena to show Beyond
the Patriot Act in the same February 24 time slot....
to reclassify NARA documents
Since 1999, at least six government intelligence agencies
have been clandestinely withdrawing certain publicly available documents
from the open shelves at the National Archives and Records Administration
and reclassifying them as secret, according to a February 21 report by
a historian connected with the National Security Archive....
on maintaining e-mail records
After soliciting input from federal agencies and public-interest
groups, the National Archives and Records Administration issued a final
rule February 21 on how government agencies should maintain short-term
electronic records such as e-mail....
Early registration cutoff is March 3
in New Orleans,
for Librarians training seminar, Chicago, April 46. Learn
about legal issues facing libraries and develop training skills. Limited
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February 22 poll:
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Andrews School, Willoughby, Ohio. The Andrews School, a day/boarding
school for girls, approximately 160 students, grades 712,
seeks an experienced librarian with a minimum of 5 years of experience....
Paper ballots for ALAs 2006 election must be requested
by March 3. Find out more about the paper ballots and online voting
through new products from ALA Editions and ALA Graphics
April 28, 2006:
Get your NLW celebration started with products from ALA Graphics
and materials from the Campaign for Americas Libraries.
Next Generation professionals
Archives and Records Administration, 20th Annual Preservation
Conference, Boston. Beyond the Numbers: Specifying and Achieving
an Efficient Preservation Environment. Contact: Richard
Association, 11th National Conference, Boston. Contact:
Melissa Faubel, 800-545-2433,
American Culture Association, Annual Joint Meeting, Atlanta.
Grow, Connect, Learn, Aspire. Contact: PCA.
Library Association, Annual Conference, Houston. Libraries:
Igniting the Passion. Contact: TLA.
have ill-treated, historically and hysterically, librarians. They
study their field with as much determination and as much delight
as open-heart surgeons.
Maya Angelou, urging students to seek out African-American poetry
with the help of librarians, Cincinnati Enquirer, Feb. 9.
Up to the Plate
@ your library:
Just a little over one month until the baseball seasons
opening day, registration is now open for ALAs 21st-century literacy
program that teams up libraries and baseball....
promotes Big Time Reading
World Wrestling Entertainments Get R.E.A.L. Read
initiative, YALSA, Comcast, and the Chicago Public Schools have joined
forces to launch a reading incentive program for Chicago teens around
WWEs upcoming WrestleMania 22....
President Michael Gorman
responds to EPA library closings
The American Library Association is deeply concerned
about the very negative impact on public access to environmental information
that will result if the proposed 80% cuts to funding for the Environmental
Protection Administrations libraries are made....
ALA and the Texas Library Association will present a Lawyers for Libraries
Training Institute in Houston, April 25. This session will be a preconference
to TLAs annual conference, April 2528, at Houstons George
R. Brown Convention Center....
copyright round tables scheduled
The Washington Office notes that the Library of Congresss
Section 108 Study Group is looking for input at two public round tables
on revising the current library and archives copyright exceptions: March
8 in Los Angeles and March 16 in Washington, D.C. Deadline extended to
team up for renovation
March 1 that it will team with library vendors Highsmith and Bretford
to renovate the interior of a historic Carnegie library branch of the
New Orleans Public Library during the Association's Annual Conference....
volunteers plan to renovate this historic New Orleans Public Library branch.
with the punches
The battered, bruised Big Easy proved no amount of floodwater
could dampen its spirit on Fat Tuesday, as healthy crowds lined parade
routes and Katrina-themed costumes brought satire to new heights in the
New Orleans Times-Picayune, Mar. 1
in New Orleans
In a way, its fun trying to rebuild a system using
a much smaller staff. At the branches everyone is the custodian, the plumber,
the delivery driver, and if you have time, you can be a librarian....
visitor reports on New Orleans
For the past few years Ive been attending the first
parade of Mardi Gras, put on by the Krewe du Vieux. Its the only
parade that goes through the French Quarter and still has floats pulled
by people and/or mules. Not at all for the entire family, they proudly
carry on their tradition of xxx-rated satire....
Effects of Katrina differ by race
Black residents of New Orleans were hit harder than their
white counterparts by Hurricane Katrina, but they were also more likely
to express optimism about the citys future, according to a poll
CNN, Feb. 27
Orleans gets more flights
Continental Airlines says that by May it will be back to
its pre-Katrina level of 111 weekly flights from New Orleans, albeit with
a different passenger base than before....
Houston Chronicle, Feb. 21
signs improving in New Orleans
Six months after its near death by drowning, the Crescent
City is marking its resuscitation with Mardi Gras....
CNN, Feb. 28
as big, not quite as easy
As it revives from Katrina, there are still plenty of reasons
for tourists to love New Orleans, but the recovery is gradual....
Newsday, Feb. 26
available for LITA National Forum
A grant of up to $2,500 is available to a librarian currently
living and working in the Caribbean to attend the 2006 LITA National Forum
in Nashville, October 2629
Publishing to host AASL reception
Coughlan Publishing will sponsor the Networking Reception
at AASLs 2006 Fall Forum, Assessing Student Learning in the
School Library Media Center in Warwick, R.I., October 1315....
Forest Press Award
Sylva Natalie Manoogian is this years recipient of
the International Relations Committees John Ames Humphry
/OCLC/Forest Press Award....
W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant
The Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield, Mass., has
been chosen to receive the 2006 H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development
Grant for its Me and My Shadow program....
Hayes Award winner
Jennifer Smith, Northern Kentucky University, has been
selected as the 2006 recipient of ALSCs Maureen Hayes Award....
Library Travel Fund winner
The Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School
of Information and Library Science will provide a $1,000 cash award for
Leanne Hindmarch to attend her first international conference in Los Angeles....
Bechtel Fellowship winner
Childrens librarians Jacquelyn S. Rogers and Mary
G. Marshall have been selected as the 2006 recipients of ALSCs Louise
Seaman Bechtel Fellowship....
WSS Career Achievement Award
Marlene Manoff, associate head and collection manager at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Humanities Library, has been
selected as the 2006 winner of ACRLs Womens Studies Section
Career Achievement Award....
WSS Significant Achievement Awards
Katherine Kraft and the team of Carrie Kruse and Cynthia
Johnson are the winners of the 2006 ACRL Womens Studies Section
Award for Significant Achievement in Woman's Studies Librarianship....
Instruction Section Publication Award
Michelle Hoschuh Simmons won the ACRL IS Publication Award
for her article, Librarians as Disciplinary Discourse Mediators:
Using Genre Theory to move Toward Critical Information Literacy,
which appeared in portal: Libraries and the Academy 5, no. 3 (2005):
IS Innovation award winner
Issues of the Information Age: A Series of Continuing Public Forums
at the University of Rhode Island has been chosen to receive the
2006 ACRL Instruction Section Innovation award. Sponsored by Lexis-Nexis,
the annual award recognizes a project that demonstrates creative, innovative,
or unique approaches to information literacy instruction....
European Specialist Study Grant winner
Dale Askey, web development librarian at the Kansas State University libraries,
has been selected to receive the 2006 ACRL Western European Studies Section
Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant....
libraries wander off the path
to a happy ending
This story should be a celebration of democracy, a stirring
tale about how D.C. residents, disgusted by the decay and disregard that
have left the citys libraries in wretched condition, rose up and
demanded changeand got it....
Washington Post, Feb. 23
ponders transformation of libraries
Thomas Frey, executive director of the DaVinci Institute,
talked about the future of libraries February 27 on National Public Radios
Talk of the Nation, asking if bookless library is a
contradiction in terms or a sign of the times. Frey is the author of an
about libraries issued by the institute, a nonprofit futurist think tank....
National Public Radio, Feb. 27
wages fresh campaign
The battle between publishers and Google over the internet-search
company's project to digitize library books has heated up with an announcement
by Google that it was starting a campaign to dispel misperceptions about
Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 23
reading endeavor to take flight
University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, in collaboration with Arlington
Public Library, Arlington Independent School District, and Reading and
Radio Resource, are offering Arlington Reads, the citys fourth-annual
community-wide read, from March 2 to April 8....
of Texas at Arlington, Feb. 27
opposes Hanover PL name change
Lawyer Louis T. Guthrie made the largest donation to the
Hanover (Pa.) Public Librarys $3-million fundraising campaign in
July 2001. It was then promised to Guthrie that the library would be renamed
Guthrie Memorial Library. But Hanover Mayor Maggie Hormel has said the
name change doesnt reflect the will of the community....
York (Pa.) Daily Record, Feb. 27
womens pay trumps mens
Much is made of the fact the men often earn more than women.
Well, thats not always the case. See which occupations defy the
CNN, Feb. 28
broadband adoption in rural America
Rural Americans are less likely to log on to the internet
at home with high-speed internet connections than people living in other
parts of the country....
Pew Internet & American Life Project, Feb.
Brother is reading your blog
These days, social networkers are concerned about protecting
their privacy, not only from predators and scam artists, but from nosy
employers and campus authorities....
Business Week, Feb. 28
technology makes surveillance easier
The government surveillance stories that have filled the
headlines in recent months arent isolated incidents, but rather
reflect a widening gap between the technology that collects sensitive
personal data and the laws designed to protect that data against government
Center for Democracy & Technology, Feb. 22
music services and academic libraries
As of fall 2005, nearly 70 colleges and universities had
license agreements with online music providers such as Napster, Cdigix,
Ruckus, Rhapsody, iTunes, and most recently, Yahoo! Music to provide their
students access to music audio files....
ARL Bimonthly Report, Feb.
Laughing Librarian Brian Smiths humorous Flash video
song has been making its way through the biblioblogosphere. Its
sung by Lloyd the Llibrary Llama....
Laughing Librarian, Feb. 21