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Bush signs Patriot Act renewal
The House reauthorized the USA Patriot Act March 7, and
President Bush signed the legislation March 9, a day before the major
provisions of the original bill were set to expire....
Lady announces grants
to build Gulf Coast school libraries
Accompanying her husband on a visit to inspect areas damaged
by Hurricane Katrina last year, First Lady Laura Bush announced March
8 that the Laura Bush Foundation
for Americas Libraries had set up a special fund to award grants
to restock school libraries that lost their collections in the disaster....
outspell nuns in literacy fundraiser
A team of three librarians from Boone County (Ky.) Public
Library took top honors in a spelling bee for the fourth year in a row
March 9, defeating the former champions, the Benedictine Sisters of St.
Walburg Monastery in Villa Hills, Kentucky, who came out of retirement
for the challenge....
becomes hot NYC commodity
ALA Read poster that features former Boston Red Sox center fielder Johnny
Damon is fast becoming a favorite among New Yorkarea school and
public libraries, thanks to Young Adult Librarian Laura Bernheim of the
Waltham (Mass.) Public Library....
Public Library gets embroiled
in cartoon controversy
The Muslim community of Winnipeg, Manitoba, offered to
screen a film documentary March 14 to convince Mayor Sam Katz and the
city council to ask the Winnipeg Public Library to remove from its shelves
a magazine issue that features Danish cartoons with caricatures of the
penguin Tango flap
A week after media outlets around the world began reporting
that a Missouri library system had moved And Tango Makes Three,
a childrens picture book about two male penguins raising a baby
together, Rolling Hills Consolidated Library Director Barbara Read was
still fielding e-mails and phone calls about whether she should have restricted
the title. But the book hasnt been restricted at all, she responded
over and over....
support mayor in keeping
Hanover Public Librarys name
Many Hanover, Pennsylvania, residents are agreeing with
Mayor Maggie Hormel that their public library should not be renamed after
a major donor....
library users try to halt closures
Citizens riled by the threatened closure of some 50 public
libraries by local governments in the United Kingdom continued to show
their displeasure as plans progressed....
in New Orleans,
Try out the new
Show us your
Poster! Send in READ posters you have created using the READ CD
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in American Libraries. Submissions are due by May 31.
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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?
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polls, visit the AL Online website.
Annual Diversity Fair, Celebrating Examples of Diversity in Adult
and Family Literacy Services
in Libraries, ALA Annual Conference, New Orleans, Saturday, June 24, 35
p.m. in the Exhibits area. Entry
Greenblatt Library, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. The associate
director provides operational oversight for content management and
education and information services, facilitates and manages diverse
work groups, and represents the director as needed....
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.
Next Generation professionals
Spanish-Language Materials for Adults, an introductory course
to help public library staff learn the basics of developing a Spanish-language
collection, Fall 2006. Contact Eileen
Library Legislative Day, Washington, D.C. Join library supporters
from across the country visiting members of Congress to share stories
about libraries in your community.
Library Services, Member Conference, Dallas. Pop Culture,
Post-Catalogs: The Impact of Technology on Delivery of Services.
Contact: Amigos, 800-843-8482.
Library Conference, Burlington. Contact: Linda
Library Association, Annual Conference, St. George. When
the Boundaries Blur . . . Creating Synergy in a Time of Transformation.
Contact: ULA, 801-273-8150.
Ohio Library Association, Support Staff Conference, Twinsburg,
Ohio. Contact: NOLA, 800-589-6652.
Library Association, Annual Conference, Dover. Contact:
Forward: Illinois Conference for Library Assistants, Rosemont,
Illinois. Contact: Tobi
York State Library Assistants Association, 28th Annual
Conference, St. Johns University, Jamaica, New York. Contact:
Ruth V. Oberg.
and Information Services in Astronomy V, Cambridge, Mass.
Contact: LISA V.
ALA members may now purchase high-quality technology training and management
(including office productivity and business fundamentals) from Element
K at affordable prices. All e-learning courses are web-based. This service
is brought to you through a partnership between ALA, ASCLA, and SEFLIN
(Southeast Florida Library Information Network).
not watch any materials that could cause trouble.
posted by library officials at Kyoto University in Japan after four
male students were caught watching an adult video on a library TV
set, Mainichi Daily News (Tokyo), Feb. 18.
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Katrina Library Relief Fund surpasses $300,000
Recent donations to the fund
from the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii ($1,720), the New Jersey Library
Association ($1,895), the Sun City Hilton Head Community Association ($10,000),
and Thomson Gale and Sleeping Bear Press ($10,415), who donated $1 for
every copy sold of B Is for Bookworm by Louisiana author Anita
C. Prieto helped push up the total....
launches recruitment site
The new website LibraryCareers.org
includes basic information on what it takes to become a librarian or library
worker as well as information on education, financial assistance, and
possible career paths....
and Family Literacy is the theme
for 2006 Diversity Fair
ALA invites its members from all types of libraries to
participate in the 9th Annual Diversity Fair to take place on Saturday,
June 24, 3 to 5 p.m., during Annual Conference in New Orleans. This year,
the Diversity Fair will initiate a pilot strategy to showcase a range
of programs with a common theme, Adult and Family Literacy Services
Institutes will be held at NJLA
ALA will host regional Advocacy Institutes at the New Jersey
Library Association Conference on Monday, April 24, in Long Branch, and
at the Tennessee Library Association/Southeastern Library Association
in Memphis on Wednesday, April 5....
New Orleans Conference wiki debuts
Maintained by Meredith
Farkas, the wiki is designed to be a guide to the 2006 ALA Annual
Conference that reflects the collective knowledge of our diverse membership.
Anyone with information about New Orleans, the conference, or ALA participation
is encouraged to contribute....
Convention Center update
In June, Halls D through J will be open, along with its
associated meeting room space, Conference Auditorium, and the La Nouvelle
Orleans Ballroom. The Centers restoration will be fully complete
in November, when the remaining four halls, meeting rooms, and La Louisiane
Ballroom come online....
Morial Convention Center, Mar. 10
Gras celebration will help fund recovery
To a nation that still thinks parts of New Orleans are
under water, the city replaced images of refugees in boats with revelers
on floats. In the end, most of the national and international media got
it. But it was a battle, as they repeated ad nauseam the same old misguided
story line that New Orleans was insensitive to stage Mardi Gras and that
it would cost the city money better spent on housing....
New Orleans City Business, Mar. 13
to highlight Jazzfest
Bruce Springsteen, performing with his new Seeger Sessions Band at the
Fair Grounds on Sunday, April 30, will close out the first weekend of
what many consider the most important Jazzfest ever....
New Orleans Times-Picayune, Mar. 9
The New Orleans Museum of Art reopened March 3, free to Louisiana residents....
New Orleans Museum of Art
Beat memorabilia auctioned
for Katrina victims
An auction of first-edition books, handwritten manuscripts and letters
by Beat Generation writers Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Charles Bukowski
raised $225,000 to benefit a publisher left homeless by Hurricane Katrina....
San Francisco Chronicle, Mar.
hurricane-hit school libraries
Albany-area school library system helps restock school
libraries hit by Katrina with books for children and YAs....
Capital Region BOCES
suggests ways to celebrate
NLW with teens
YALSA has compiled a list of program ideas to help librarians
celebrate National Library Week (April 28, 2006) with teens in their
announces its 5,000th member
YALSA will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2007. To kick off the celebration,
the division is recognizing its 5,000th member, Marybeth Gallant, a school
library media specialist at the Ashland (Mass.) High School Library....
Curry Lance receives ASCLA Leadership Achievement Award
Keith Curry Lance, director of Library Research Services
at the Colorado State Library, is the 2006 recipient of the ASCLA Leadership
Achievement Award, presented to recognize leadership and achievement in
consulting, multitype library cooperation, and state library development....
Margaret Mann Citation goes
to Judith Hopkins
Judith Hopkins, retired technical services research and
analysis officer at the University at Buffalo, is the recipient of the
2006 Margaret Mann Citation presented by the ALCTS Cataloging and Classification
Emery wins Esther J. Piercy Award
Jill Emery, director of the Electronic Resources Program
at the University of Houston Libraries, is the 2006 recipient of the ALCTS
Esther J. Piercy Award for her success in the world of serials librarianship,
especially her knowledge of electronic resources licensing and pricing
ALCTS serials librarianship award
Karen Hunter, senior vice president at Elsevier, is the winner of the
2006 CSA/Ulrichs Serials Librarianship Award (formerly Bowker/Ulrichs)
for her leadership in the collaborative development of the electronic
delivery of scholarly information....
Step Award to Patrick Carr
L. Carr, serials librarian at Mississippi State University, is the recipient
of the 2006 ALCTS First Step Award, a $1,500 grant to a librarian new
to the serials field....
Bowen wins Best of LRTS Award
Jennifer Bowen, head of cataloging at the University of
Rochester, won the award for her article, FRBR: Coming Soon to Your
Library, published in Library Resources & Technical Services,
Blackwells Scholarship Award
honors John Willinsky
Willinsky won for his monograph, The Access Principle: The Case for
Open Access to Research and Scholarship, published in 2005 by the
Stephen Bosch awarded
Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award
Sponsored annually by Harrassowitz, the ALCTS Leadership
in Library Acquisitions award is given to a librarian to recognize contributions
and outstanding leadership in the field of acquisitions and includes a
Frost wins the Banks/Harris
Gary L. Frost, conservator at the University of Iowa Libraries,
is the recipient of the 2006 ALCTS Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation
Award for his ongoing and detailed research into historical and modern
names winners of
SAGE support staff travel grant
Six library support staff have been awarded a 2006 ALCTS/SAGE
Support Staff Travel Grant. These grants provide airfare, three nights
at a hotel, and conference registration for the individuals to attend
the 2006 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans....
Publishing seeks proposals
for Carnegie-Whitney awards
The ALA Publishing Committee is seeking proposals for Carnegie-Whitney
grants of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading
lists, indexes, or other guides to library resources that promote reading
or the use of library resources at any type of library....
Publishing seeks proposals
for Eastman grant
The ALA Publishing Committee is seeking proposals for the WNBA/Ann Heidbreder
Eastman Grant. Sponsored by the Womens National Book Association,
the grant is available for librarians who are interested in learning about
the relationship between the library and publishing professions....
Jones named Scholastic Library Publishing Award winner
Patrick Jones, author of Connecting Young Adults and
Libraries, is the recipient of the 52nd annual Scholastic Library
Publishing Award (formerly known as the Grolier Foundation Award)....
County Library receives
ASCLA Exceptional Service Award
The Johnson County (Kans.) Library Outreach Services Department
is the 2006 recipient of the ASCLA Exceptional Service Award....
Public Library gets KLAS/NOD Award
The Skokie (Ill.) Public Library Youth Services Department is the 2006
recipient of the ASCLA/KLAS/NOD Award, given to a library organization
that has provided outstanding services for people with disabilities....
confirms Radice as IMLS director
The U.S. Senate confirmed Anne-Imelda Radice, a skilled
administrator, art historian, and museum professional, as director of
the Institute of Museum and Library Services March 13....
Institute of Museum and Library Services, Mar. 14
Major dispute defused
The heated courtroom showdown expected between Google and
the federal government cooled off March 14 when a federal judge said he
intends to require the company to hand over only a slice of its closely
guarded Web data....
San Jose (Calif.) Mercury-News, Mar. 15
partners with book publishers
Google is expanding its role in the publishing world from
a search engine for books to a distributor making entire books available
to read online....
San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, Mar.
founder pushes for
academic library online
Ever wonder where Compaq founder Rod Canion is? Hes
with Questia Media, which wants to bring a university-class library to
a high school near you....
C|net News.com, Mar. 13
boys like girls books
Slates Emily Bazelon says it may be for different
reasons than girls do....
Slate, Mar. 9
books help enrich the minds of the young
10-year-old Sean Fry and his fourth-grade class spent the
morning browsing through antique books provided by the Remnant Trust,
a Southern Indiana nonprofit organization that seeks to put old booksincluding
the ungloved hands of the general public....
Indianapolis Star, Mar. 7
reading or décor,
books smarten up a room
Books are so popular in home décor that even people
who don't read acquire them. They buy volumes by the yard at Half Price
Books. Here are tips from the experts on how to decorate with books....
Phoenix Arizona Republic, Mar. 11
Public Library opens
Grandparent Information Center
The citys first Grandparent Information Center opened
March 2 at the Audelia Road Branch Library in Lake Highlands to provide
written materials and to host a support group for grandparents assuming
parenting responsibilities. Officials hope this will be the first of several
such centers at Dallas libraries....
Dallas Morning News, Mar.
Dead Sea Scrolls may be
missing link in Buddhism
Carbon dating tests of rare manuscripts dubbed the Dead
Sea Scrolls of Buddhism have confirmed the priceless texts are from
the first and fifth centuries AD, and could be the missing link in Buddhist
history, a group of Australian scientists have reported....
New Zealand Herald, Mar. 8
libraries are worth a look
The buildings erected or adapted for libraries, dating
from the 15th to the 20th centuries, are among the glories of French architecture,
their stylish forms as impressive as the contents stored inside their
New York Times, Mar. 5
Kill a Mockingbird
tops British librarian poll
Of all the
books ever written, the one that tops the list of must reads
is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, according to U.K. librarians....
Museums, Libraries, and Archives Council, Mar. 2
called stagnant in Boston
The Boston Public Library system is underperforming most
big city library systems, even though it has a bigger budget, more staff,
and more books per capita than most, according to a study performed for
Globe, Mar. 11
things you should know
about virtual meetings
Virtual meetings are real-time interactions that take place
over the internet using integrated audio and video, chat tools, and application
sharing. They offer a way to engage students in fully interactive, online
learning experiences such as lectures, discussions, and tutoring....
Educause Learning Initiative
@ your computer
Steven Bell and John D. Shank offer tips on what it takes
to be a presenter who can deliver a rewarding session to an audience through
Library Journal, Mar. 1
traveling to conferences
Sometimes you have to travel away from home to learn things about home.
Terry Calhoun discovered this when he traveled to New Orleans for the
National Learning Infrastructure Initiative (now the Educause Learning
Initiative) conference three years ago....
Information Technology Trends,
isnt a great year for mid-level
Data being released March 13 by the College and University
Professional Association for Human Resources shows that the median base
salary for administrators in these positions is up only 3.3% over last
year. The head football coachs salary would cover the salaries at
doctoral institutions of three reference librarians.... (Takes
a while to load)
Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 13
look for the Catalog of
U.S. Government Publications
The Catalog of U.S.
Government Publications is the finding tool for electronic and print
publications from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of
the U.S. government. The online counterpart of the Monthly Catalog
of United States Government Publications, the CGP contains more than
500,000 records created or updated since July 1976. This version is the
OPAC module of the GPOs new integrated library system....
Government Printing Office
OPACs suck, part 1: Relevance ranking
Karen Schneider examines how online catalogs do not excel
in sorting for relevance in keyword searches....
ALA TechSource, Mar. 13
terms that users understand
UC-Berkeley Reference Librarian John Kupersmith hosts a
site that serves as a clearinghouse of utility test data to evaluate the
terminology on library websites, and lists terms that testing reveals
are either effective or ineffective labels. It also suggests test methods
and best practices for reducing cognitive barriers caused by technology....
Attracting sci/tech students to the library
The Georgia Institute of Technology library launched several initiatives
in 2005, all designed to raise the librarys profile, increase resource
usage, and expand campus-wide partnership opportunities....
Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship,
no. 45 (Winter)
ways to lose your techie librarians
Newly appointed Dominican University GSLIS Instructor Michael
Stephens offers some advice on how not to treat your systems staff....
Tame the Web: Libraries and Technology, Mar. 9