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renews Patriot Act
With just two more votes than needed to meet a required
two-thirds majority, the House reauthorized the USA Patriot Act March
7, approving by a vote of 280138 amendments passed a week earlier
by the Senate to a bill revising the original act....
passes Patriot Act reauthorization
By a March 2 vote of 8910, the U.S. Senate approved
reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act (H.R. 3199) that would make permanent
14 of 16 expiring provisions and extend two othersincluding Section
215, which facilitates FBI access to business and library recordsthrough
document reclassification program
U.S. Archivist Allen Weinstein called on all intelligence
and security agencies March 2 to stop removing documents from the open
shelves of the National Archives and Records Administration for reclassification
purposes and to return as many records as possible that they had pulled
as part of a secret program in operation since 1999....
halves funding for
Librarians Internet Index
The California State Library is planning a 50% reduction
in funding for the Librarians Internet
Index (LII) website, beginning July 1....
York Public Library acquires
The New York Public Library has purchased a voluminous
archive of manuscript and typescript material assembled by avant-garde
American novelist William S. Burroughs (19141997), including the
above material used for his novel The Soft Machine....
York City rescinds
proposed midyear budget cut
New York City has rescinded proposed midyear budget cuts
that would have forced service reductions at its three public library
of Iowa assists in
Katrina preservation efforts
The preservation department of the University
of Iowa Libraries in Iowa City has begun repair work on documents owned
by the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library in Biloxi, Mississippi, that
were damaged by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Project CALM (Conservation
Attention for Libraries of Mississippi) also plans to assist the Biloxi
Public Library with historical document preservation....
to make historic films
Google and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
launched a pilot program February 24 to make NARAs video holdings
available free through Google
Video and the NARA website....
Wishes denied to some Ontario students
School boards in Ontario are reviewing the age appropriateness
for 4th6th graders of Three Wishes by Deborah Ellis, a book
that explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through interviews with
children from both sides. The book has been shortlisted by the Ontario
Library Association for the Silver Birch childrens literature award....
admits guilt in car crash
at Columbus library
A 15-year-old pleaded guilty February 27 to stealing a
Cadillac that slammed into the Livingston branch of the Columbus (Ohio)
Ebay name sale fails
Womelsdorf (Pa.) Community Librarys two Ebay auctions
offering naming rights to the library failed to attract a buyer, leaving
it $270,000 short of the funds needed for the first phase of an expansion
in New Orleans,
What do YOU think?
you think the modifications in the Senate compromise bill (S.
2271) on the Patriot
Act offer adequate civil-liberties protections to libraries
and their patrons?
is an unscientific poll that reflects the opinions of only those
AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
March 1 poll:
publicly funded libraries ensure that an opposing viewpoint is included
before hosting a program on a controversial topic?
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website.
Congress! Click on the icon above to go to the ALA Washington Offices
Legislative Action Center.
King County (Wash.) Library System, Seattle area. Perform a variety
of professional library services in conjunction with the selection,
maintenance, and circulation of KCLS materials to meet the educational,
recreational, and information needs of the community....
running out! Please order your National
Library Week products by
in order to receive your materials in time for NLW
(April 28) via standard shipping.
April 4 is
Workers Day, which recognizes the hard work, dedication, and expertise
of library support staff and librarians.
a free NLWD poster to celebrate (PDF file).
Next Generation professionals
an all-online event highlighting innovative uses of blogs, wikis,
RSS, audio and video podcasts, and other digital tools in academia.
Contact: Dan Karleen,
Young Peoples Poetry
Association, Annual Conference, Ocean City. Maryland
Libraries are FUNdamental. Contact: MLA.
Library Association, Annual Conference, Missoula. We
Proceeded On, taken from Lewis and Clarks journals.
Contact: Ilene Casey,
School Librarians Association, 33rd Annual Conference,
Hershey. Get on Board the Leadership Express. Contact:
Library Association, Annual Conference, Wallingford. Contact:
Betsy Bray, 860-258-7621.
for Library Service to Children, 2006 National Institute,
Pittsburgh. Childrens Services Today and Tomorrow.
Contact: Angela Smith, 800-545-2433,
Education Clearinghouse is a keyword-searchable database of CE
opportunities offered by ALA and its units.
can walk into almost any bowling alley and feel as if youve
been there before. It was cool, inviting, and comfortable. It felt
like the library, only with hand-blowers.
Norman Chad, Bowling Can Bring Us out of the Gutter,
Houston Chronicle, Jan. 16.
Perfectly Normal tops ALAs 2005 list of most challenged books
One of the most frequently challenged authors of the past
decade has two books on ALAs list of the most frequently challenged
books of 2005. Robie H. Harriss Its Perfectly Normal: Changing
Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health heads up the list, while
Its So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and
Families rounds out the top 10. Both books drew complaints for sexual
election polls to open March 15
The polls will open on March 15 for the 2006 ALA election.
All current ALA members as of January 31, 2006, are eligible to vote.
Members must submit their ballots by April 24 at 11:59 p.m. CST....
President Michael Gorman responds
to House Patriot Act reauthorization vote
The House of Representatives has joined the Senate in passing
a bill that reauthorizes the Patriot Act, extending Section 215 of the
Act for another four years and adding almost none of the major reforms
the library community has striven for....
responds to Senate
Patriot Act reauthorization vote
H.R. 3199, a compromise bill to amend the USA Patriot Act
reauthorization legislation, fails to restore essential privacy protections
to the millions of people who use Americas libraries....
launches online survey of library networks, cooperatives, and consortia
ALA launched a baseline web-based survey of library networks,
cooperatives, and consortia on March 6. The ALA Office for Research and
Statistics, in collaboration with ASCLA, is coordinating this project....
to speak at AAP meeting in New York
Where Have All the Readers Gone? And How Can We Find
New Ones? will be the topic of a program featuring ALA President
Michael Gorman and a stellar group of literacy leaders at the March 14
Association of American Publishers 2006 Annual Meeting at the Millennium
Broadway Hotel in New York....
anniversary of FOIA celebrated
during Sunshine Week
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the federal Freedom of Information
Act and librarians and others are marking the occasion with Sunshine Week
(March 1218)a series of events cosponsored by ALA and organizations
representing librarians, journalists, and people dedicated to open access
and open government....
Annual Conference registration tops 5,000
Preregistration for ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans
(June 2228) has topped 5,000. This count is up from preregistration
numbers for the 2004 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. Nearly 450 attendees
have volunteered for community service projects planned for Friday, June
23, and Tuesday, June 27....
and unnatural disaster
in the wake of Hurricane Katrina
David Helvarg takes a firsthand look at a devastated city
trying to rebuild. Environmental scars run deep. After the media spotlight
has moved on, a toxic legacy continues to haunt New Orleans. Will the
state and federal government get serious about protecting the city?...
E/The Environmental Magazine, Jan./Feb.
assesses New Orleans
six months after Katrina
A new report from Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch measures
how much progress the city has made on issues from housing to jobs, public
health, and hurricane preparednessand finds New Orleans is again
being left behind....
Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch, Feb. 28
Highsmith, and Bretford team up for library renovation
March 1 that it will team with library vendors Highsmith and Bretford
to renovate the interior of the historic Childrens Resource Center
branch of the New Orleans Public Library during ALA Annual Conference....
to help restore NOPLs Alvar branch
Library Journal is taking the lead in tandem with architect Jeffrey
Scherer (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle) and the New Orleans Public Library
for the restoration of the Katrina-devastated Alvar Street branch....
Up around the World series helps kids find out about other countries
ALSCs International Relations Committee has created
a series of bibliographies that identify fiction and nonfiction that will
help young people in the U.S. understand the lives of children living
in other countries today....
Anderson Cooper to headline PLA Presidents Program
Author and television news anchor Anderson Cooper will
keynote the PLA Presidents Program at ALA Annual Conference in New
Orleans. The program will be held Monday, June 26, at 5 p.m....
preconferences on millennials,
staff development, and communications
LAMA will offer the following preconferences at ALA Annual Conference
in New Orleans: Millennials: If You Build It, Will They Come?;
Cultivating the Future: Growing the Staff You Really Need;
and Strategic Communication: Walk In With a Problem, Walk Out With
a Plan, all June 23, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m....
open for RBMS preconference
Registration is now open for Libraries, Archives,
and Museums in the 21st Century: Intersecting Missions, Converging Futures?
a preconference sponsored
by ACRLs Rare Books and Manuscripts Section. The meeting will be
held June 2023 in Austin, Texas, preceding ALA Annual Conference
in New Orleans....
available for new YA Galley and Teens Top Ten groups
YALSA is accepting applications from young adult book discussion
groups that wish to be considered for YALSAs YA Galley/Teens
Top Ten project....
J. Turock receives Lippincott Award
Betty J. Turock is the 2006 recipient of the ALA Joseph
W. Lippincott Award, which recognizes an individual for distinguished
service to the profession of librarianship....
Library of the Future Award
Pace University Library has been named the recipient of
the 2006 Information Today Library of the Future Award for its
project Media Patch. The award of $1,500 and a citation honors
an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support
organization for innovative planning, applications, or development of
patron training programs about information technology in a library setting....
Janes wins RUSAs
Isadore Gilbert Mudge
R.R. Bowker Award
Joseph W. Janes, associate dean in the Information School
of the University of Washington in Seattle (and American Libraries
Librarian columnist), is the recipient of RUSAs 2006 Isadore
Gilbert MudgeR.R. Bowker Award....
(Left to right) Paula S. Cenzer, Paul A. Kirk, and Denise
Beaubian Bennett are
the 2006 corecipients of RUSAs Reference Service Press Award for
the RUSQ article, A Class Assignment Requiring Chat Based
of Thomson Gale Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services
The Orange County Library System in Orlando, Florida, is
the 2006 recipient of RUSAs Thomson Gale Award for Excellence in
Reference and Adult Services....
Sessions Memorial Award
Joan Cassidy, librarian for New York State United Teachers
in Latham, N.Y., is the 2006 recipient of RUSAs John Sessions Memorial
Book Prices Current
Exhibition Award winners
ACRLs Rare Books and Manuscripts Section has selected
five winners of the 2006 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American
Book Prices Current Exhibition Awards....
Sloan wins ASCLA
Professional Achivement Award
Tom W. Sloan, executive director of the Southeast Florida Information
Network (SEFLIN), is the 2006 recipient of ASCLAs Professional Achievement
Rubin is ASCLA Service awardee
Rhea Rubin, Rubin Consulting, is the 2006 recipient of
ASCLAs Service Award....
recipients of ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute scholarships
Carlene Engstrom, director of the DArcy McNickle Library, Salish
Kootenai College; Gladys Smiley Bell, director of the William R. and Norma
B. Harvey Library, Hampton University; and Marilyn Russell, Institute
of American Indian Arts, have been selected as recipients of the 2006
ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute scholarships....
Thomson Financial Student Travel Award recipient
Beth Dunning, a masters of library and information science
candidate at McGill University, Montreal, is the recipient of the RUSA
2006 Business Reference and Services Sections Thomson Financial
Student Travel Award....
grants $14.2 million to public libraries
Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White
has awarded public libraries in the state almost $14.2 million in fiscal
year 2006 per capita and equalization aid grants....
Illinois Secretary of State, Feb. 22
library information wasted,
Terra Linda High Schools newly renovated library
is going to waste, some Terra Linda High School parents say, because San
Rafael administrators have yet to hire a librarian with proper credentials....
Marin Independent Journal
(Novato, Calif.), Mar. 6
missing library of Iona
There are those who say that the island of Iona off the west coast of
Scotland once housed an incredible library and held the most extraordinary
books known to man. The impact that finding this library would have on
our interpretation of history would be explosive. Unfortunately for such
a potentially great story, there isnt a lot of historical proof....
The Scotsman, Mar. 2
Public Libraries Committee
meets in Norman, Oklahoma
of the Public Libraries Committee of the International Federation of Library
Associations and Institutions visited Norman March 15 to discuss
the development and promotion of public libraries worldwide....
Norman (Okla.) Transcript, Mar. 1
Colleges Info Literacy classroom
keeps student ideas bubbling
The bubble is Elmhurst College students
nickname for a glass-encased classroom where librarians and professors
show students how to find and critique the many resources the Web offers
on specific topics. In fact, it attracts students eager to find new sources
of information other than through a Google search....
Chicago Sun-Times, Mar. 1
Ashton remade the Denver library system
When Rick Ashton retired in February as Denver city librarian,
he left behind one of Americas premier and most popular big-city
public libraries, ranked No. 1 in the nation three years in a row through
Denver Rocky Mountain News, Feb.
Science, Industry, and Business Library features audio spotlight (Registration
As Jim Mason stood in front of the librarys business
information wall, a display featuring 17 flat screens that seem
to float against a backdrop of iridescent blue that constantly changes
colors, he listened to a reporter from CNN deliver a commentary about
management guru Jack Welch. What he was doing was partaking of a new technology,
called an audio spotlight, that is making inroads at a growing number
of the citys libraries, stores, and art galleries....
New York Times, Mar. 5
supports European Digital Library
The European Commission has published the results of a
survey on the European Digital Library, showing widespread support from
libraries, archives and museums, publishers, and universities. The 225
responses did, however, reveal differences of opinion on copyright issues,
in particular between cultural institutions and rights holders. For more
information on the EDL, see the Commissions FAQ....
European Commission, Mar. 2
publishes one-millionth article
The Wikimedia Foundation announced the creation of the
1,000,000th article in the English-language edition of Wikipedia. The
article is about the Jordanhill railway station in Scotland, and it was
started by Wikipedia contributor Ewan Macdonald....
Wikimedia Foundation, Mar. 1
and Britannica: The kids all right (and sos the old
Can the public concoct and maintain a free,
authoritative encyclopedia thats unbiased, complete, and reliable?
If not, then Britannica may rest on its laurels and its good name,
although with the Web so free and accessible, its been taking licks
for some years. But if the answer is Yes, what happens to
that shining beacon of scholarship, its publishers, and its academic contributors?
Searcher: The Magazine for Database Professionals,
vol. 14, no. 3 (Mar.)
Librarians Guild calls for
Miriam Braverman Award submissions
This award honors papers concerned with an aspect of the
social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship. Entrants
must be LIS students attending a graduate-level program in the U.S. or
Canada. Deadline is March 24....
Progressive Librarians Guild
Books & Collections magazine
lists top-selling auction items of 2005
Every year Fine Books & Collections tracks down
the top auction lots of interest to book collectors. The top seller was
an Audubon Elephant Folio that went for $5.6 million at Christies
December 15. The magazine lists the stories behind the sales for each
of the 237 auction items....
Fine Books & Collections,
with accents, symbols,
and foreign scripts
Penn State Universitys Teaching and Learning with
Technology unit maintains a website that explains the basics of using
Unicode for foreign languages and offers advice on the software needed
for foreign-language support....
Penn State University
new ArchiveGrid available free
through May 31
ArchiveGrid is a new RLG website that allows researchers
to search thousands of archives online. It will be available to both individuals
and institutions free of charge through May 31....
RLG, Mar. 3
offers free use of library
and information science database
EBSCO Publishing is providing its Library, Information
Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database as a free resource
to anyone interested in libraries and information management. This bibliographic
database covers such subjects as librarianship, classification, cataloging,
bibliometrics, online information retrieval, and information management....
resources for Earth Day
Thomson Gale is offering to educators, librarians, and
students free experiments, information on the environment, related web
links, and teaching tools appropriate for Earth Day, April 22. The site
is available throughout the year....
gathering storms that could cause collateral damage for open access
The webcasting treaty, the opposition to network neutrality,
and the end of free e-mail are potentially threatening for open access
to scientific and scholarly research literature, according to Earlham
Colleges Peter Suber....
SPARC Open Access Newsletter, Mar. 2
now on the Web
Dominican Universitys Graduate School of Library
and Information Science has placed online current and selected back issues
of World Libraries, a journal dedicated to librarians and libraries
in regions without associations or agencies. The most recent issue contains
articles on libraries in Mauritania, Uganda, Sierra Leone, and China....
Dominican University GSLIS, Mar. 3