The National Archives and Records Administration declined
March 14 to give a House of Representatives oversight subcommittee details
on a seven-year-old program that resulted in the reclassification of thousands
of previously public documents, because the Pentagon has ruled that the
reasons for the program should remain secret....
bill ties library funds
to gay-free kids collections
On March 15 the Oklahoma House passed by a 6033 vote
a bill that prohibits local funding authorities and library boards from
funding their public libraries unless the libraries have place[d]
all children and young adult materials that contain homosexual or sexually
explicit subject matter in a special area [and limited] distribution .
. . to adults only. The bill also specifies that the state library
must withhold funds from noncompliant public libraries....
Public Library defends reputation
in wake of scathing report
A report in the March 11 Boston Globe claims that
a new study shows the Boston Public Library is underperforming when compared
to other large public libraries in terms of circulation, visitors, and
public relations. The problem with the Globe report, BPL President
Bernard Margolis told American Libraries, is that it was based
on an uncorrected draft intended for review....
reduce data demands
on Google at hearing
At a March 14 hearing on the Department of Justice subpoena
of randomly selected web records held in search-engine firm Googles
databases, attorneys for the government disclosed that they would only
ask for 50,000 websites and 5,000 searchesinstead of the 1 million
sites and one weeks worth of searches originally requested....
restores $7 billion
to education and health initiatives
The Senate passed 7327 an amendment (S.Amdt. 3048)
March 16 increasing appropriations to Labor, Health and Human Services,
Education, and Related Agencies by $7 billion, restoring funding for some
of the programs threatened by President Bushs proposed 2007 budget.
The same day, senators narrowly passed the full budget resolution by 5149....
as IMLS director
The United States Senate confirmed Anne-Imelda Radice March
13 as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. An administrator,
art historian, and museum professional, Radice was nominated in December
by President Bush....
schools phasing out K8 librarians
The Provo, Utah, City School District is stepping up its
plans to phase out most of its certified media specialists at the elementary-
and middle-school levels. Instead of awaiting retirements and resignations
to shift the positions to classified employeesnonteaching staff
members who are trained to maintain existing media centers and circulate
materialsofficials will cut budgets by 50% for K8 libraries
districtwide as of the 2008 school year....
becomes a bookseller
Search-engine company Google announced March 10 that it
was partnering with publishers in the United States and Britain to sell
online access to full copies of their books....
school book challenges
complicate policy review
Challenges to four books at Lockwood Middle
School in Billings, Montana, may impact the schools challenged-book
review policyitself already under scrutiny as part of the schools
scheduled assessment of the library curriculum....
Yorkers can access State Library with
The New York State Librarys electronic librarywhich
has offered access to subscription-based newspapers, magazines, and full-text
scholarly articles through local libraries since 2001is now available
to state residents from their home computers using only their drivers
license or nondriver ID card number....
Reading for Relief: Wed., Mar. 22, 8:3011 p.m.,
Sheraton Boston. Authors Ellen Cooney, Valerie Hurley, Roger Rosenblatt,
and others will read from their works. All proceeds from the $35 ticket
sales will be donated to the ALA
Hurricane Library Relief Fund.
commentary on the PLA Conference from the PLA
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President and Council candidates. As of 3:05 p.m. on Mar. 21,
4,228 ALA members have voted. Final day is April 24.
University of Maryland, College Park. Manage such projects as the
evaluation of methodologies, standards, and software used in the
creation of digital collections and their long-term preservation....
in New Orleans,
Try out the new
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
The Hong Kong
Book Fair is pleased to offer a Free
Pass Program for Librarians for the 17th Annual Fair, July 1924.
The fair will provide selected librarians from the U.S. and Canada who
collect Chinese-language materials four nights of hotel and free registration.
Apply by April 10.
New Hampshire Library Trustees
Association, Concord, Spring Conference. Its
Not Your Grandmothers Library Any More. Contact: Ann
Conference, Grantville, Pa. Challenges and Solutions.
Annual Membership Meeting, Atlanta. Will Libraries Matter
on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries, Annual Meeting,
Los Angeles. Why We Do the Things We Do. Contact: Susan
GLBT Archives, Libraries, Museums, and Special Collections Conference,
Minneapolis. Presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries,
the Tretter Collection, and Quatrefoil Library. Contact: 612-625-5000.
Library Association, Annual Meeting, Phoenix. Transformations
for Scholarly Publishing, 28th Annual Meeting. Crystal City,
Virginia. Beyond Borders and Bindings. Contact: 303-422-3914.
Libraries Association, Annual Conference, Baltimore. BaltimoreWhere
Tradition and Transformation Converge.
to navigate the Office
for Intellectual Freedom website!
miss Miss Bruscheud. I wish she was still there, standing guard
under that magnificent domed roof. Id go back to the library
and thank her for keeping me in line until I could realize that
books were more than something to open for a school report, and
words were more than something to scrawl across notebook paper.
Vicki Cox, The Librarian vs. the Schoolkids, Christian
Science Monitor, Jan. 27.
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Leonard Kniffel, Editor-in-Chief, firstname.lastname@example.org
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we are going to New Orleans
This year ALA will hold its annual conference in New Orleans.
In past years, this conference has drawn tens of thousands of librarians,
exhibitors, trustees, and library advocates. We hope and expect that this
year will draw a similarly large crowd. A big turnout will benefit the
region in terms of tourism revenue, but so will the presence of librarians
and other library personnel who know first-hand how libraries shape communities....
Michael Gorman and Jackie Choate
issues in U.S. public libraries, 20032006
Over the past three years, U.S. public libraries have managed
to maintain, and in some cases increase, services despite flat or reduced
budgets. A new study (PDF
file) conducted by the ALA Office for Research and Statistics found
that libraries serving more than 500,000 and fewer than 25,000 people
saw the greatest midyear funding cuts. The study also found that libraries
in the West and Midwest sustained greater cuts than their counterparts
in the South and East....
libraries host Forever Free: Abraham Lincolns Journey to Emancipation
Sixty-three libraries have been selected to host a new
tour of Forever Free: Abraham Lincolns Journey to Emancipation,
an exhibit that reexamines President Lincolns thoughts about slavery
throughout his political career and the conditions which led to the Emancipation
visit to New Orleans,
There were no traces of flooding (e.g., no freshly painted
building exteriors, no mildew stains) in the Quarter or elsewhere in those
areas that we usually go to. I detected no evidence of mold problems (and
I am sensitive to mold) in any of the places I visited....
New Orleans City Archives
At the Louisiana Division/City Archives and Special Collections
at the Main New Orleans Public Library we are seeing at least some of
our pre-Katrina users back in action. Most of them are working on their
own family history projects, though by no means have all the genealogists
been in since weve reopened....
company donates books to
New Orleans Public Library
Rebuilding efforts for the New Orleans Public Library have
received support from Michigan-based Masco Corporation, a global manufacturer
of home-improvement and building products as well as a leading provider
of services that include the installation of insulation and other building
New Orleans Public Library, Mar. 15
Orleans progress report
The NBA Hornets return to the Arena, the beat goes on in
Faubourg Marigny, Jazz Fest adds more stars, and the New Orleans Museum
of Art reopens....
New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
Postal Service problems
continue to perplex
Last Wednesday, 34 newspapers were delivered to my office.
The big number is not out of the ordinary. I subscribe to and read lots
of different newspapers. The noteworthy fact was their issue dates: Four
were printed in December, two in January, 17 in February, and just 11
were printed this month. To say we have ongoing issues with mail delivery
is a huge understatement....
New Orleans City Business,
More than half of health and human service nonprofits in
southern Louisiana are still not fully operational after hurricanes Rita
Orleans City Business, Mar. 20
estimates city population will climb
to 272,000 in 2008
The population of New Orleans will likely reach about 272,000
in September 2008amounting to 56% of the population of 485,000 before
Hurricane Katrina struck in August, according to a study issued March
15 by the RAND Corporation....
RAND Corporation, Mar. 15
As of March 16, 57% of Jefferson Parish retail food establishments,
29% in Orleans Parish, and 39% total metropolitan New Orleans restaurants
have been recertified to open. Commanders Palace (reopening March
2006), Stella! (reopened March 17), the Pelican Club (reopened March 3)...
Louisiana Restaurant Association, Mar. 16
Byrum receives the
2006 Melvil Dewey Medal
John D. Byrum Jr., recently retired chief of the regional
and cooperative cataloging division of the Library of Congress, is the
2006 recipient of ALAs Melvil Dewey Medal, which recognizes distinguished
service to the profession of librarianship....
Schmetzke receives Francis Joseph Campbell award
Axel Schmetzke, head of the Instructional Materials Center
at the University of WisconsinStevens Point, has won ASCLAs
2006 Francis Joseph Campbell Award for an outstanding contribution to
the advancement of library service for the blind and physically handicapped....
selects Doris Ann Sweet
for My Favorite Martian Award
Doris Ann Sweet, associate director for public services
at Simmons College libraries in Boston, is the 2006 recipient of the Machine-Assisted
Reference Section (MARS) recognition certificate, also known as the My
Favorite Martian Award....
E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award winner
Allan M. Kleiman, head of reference at the Westfield (N.J.)
Memorial Library, is the 2006 recipient of RUSAs Margaret E. Monroe
Award for significant contribution to library service to adults....
seeks Best of Show award entries
The LAMA Public Relations and Marketing Sections
Swap and Shop Best of Show awards competition seeks outstanding
library public relations materials. The annual Best of Show Awards recognize
the very best in PR materials produced by libraries in the previous calendar
Hoffert receives Louis Shores-Greenwood Publishing Group Award
Barbara Hoffert, book review editor for Library Journal,
is the recipient of RUSAs 2006 Louis ShoresGreenwood Publishing
Group Award. The cash award of $3,000, donated by Greenwood Publishing
Group, is given to an individual, team, or organization to recognize excellence
in the reviewing of books and other materials for libraries....
of 2006 Loleta D. Fyan Grant announced
The Kent District Library in Comstock Park, Michigan, has
been awarded the 2006 Loleta D. Fyan Grant for a proposal entitled Early
Literacy Center. The library will explore how public libraries can
foster early literacy by creating playful, interactive, and educational
library environments for young children and their families....
Cohen is RUSA
Distinguished ILL Librarian
Arlene Cohen, circulation and interlibrary loan librarian
at the University of Guam in Mangilao, won RUSAs 2006 Virginia BoucherOCLC
Distinguished Interlibrary Loan Librarian Award for outstanding professional
achievement, leadership, and contributions to document delivery....
is still John Doe,
despite Patriot Act revision
Lawmakers may be giving themselves credit for having improved
safeguards on civil liberties when they reauthorized the nations
antiterrorism law, otherwise known as the USA Patriot Act, earlier this
month. But many librarians and civil liberties lawyers say the revisions
did nothing to enable the 2005 Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award
winner to discuss the Patriot Act without risk of prosecution....
New York Times, Mar. 21
Act game pokes fun at government
In this send-up of Monopoly, players dont pass Go
and they dont go directly to jail, they go to Guantanamo Bay. Instead
of losing cash for landing on certain squares, they lose civil liberties.
And the Mr. Monopoly character at the center of the board is replaced
by a scowling former Attorney General John Ashcroft....
Associated Press, Mar. 18
recommends consolidation of NCES statistics programs with IMLS
The rationale for proposing the merger of the survey programs
into IMLS is that consolidating grant making with data collection, along
with the NCLIS role in policy advice, will strengthen federal library
and information policy efforts and enhance our nations research
capacity on domestic and international library trends. Further, the consolidation
of NCLIS and the NCES programs for public and state library surveys into
IMLS will create greater efficiency of operations....
National Commission on Libraries and Information Science,
St. Louis libraries filtered out its website
The Council of Conservative Citizens, a nationwide group
that has been portrayed as racist, is suing four libraries in the St.
Louis area for allegedly blocking patrons from viewing its website....
St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
to shut its libraries on Sundays
Mesa will close its two library branches on Sundays, a
move expected to stir the biggest public reaction yet to the citys
fiscal austerity decisions....
Phoenix Arizona Republic, Mar. 20
recordings caress modern ears
The University of California at Santa Barbara library has
created an online audio time machine by archiving some of the oldest sounds
ever recorded. A few mouse clicks give way to the jubilant sounds of Billy
Murray singing Alexanders Ragtime Band or Ada Jones
warbling Whistle and Ill Wait for You. Some pieces,
like Negro Recollections, serve as reminders of Americas
deeply racist past....
Wired, Mar. 20
PL launches eFlicks
The Denver Public Library launched a downloadable video
service March 20 called eFlicks, available on the same site as downloadable
eBooks and Audio eBooks. An eFlick is a digital video that can be viewed
on a computer, laptop, or portable video device. All thats needed
is the free Overdrive Media Console, Windows Media Player, a DPL library
card, and a high-speed connection....
Denver Public Library
A FOIA audit of government policies on sensitive information
The first-ever government-wide audit of the ways that federal
agencies mark and protect information that is unclassified but sensitive
for security reasons has found 28 different and uncoordinated policies,
none of which include effective oversight or monitoring of how many records
are marked and withheld, by whom, or for how long....
National Security Archive, Mar. 14
call to action on May Day
Protecting collections is one of the fundamental responsibilities
of archivists. But on May 1this year and every yearyou can
do something that will make a difference when and if an emergency occurs.
Thats the purpose of MayDaya grassroots effort whose goal
is to save our archives....
Society of American Archivists
out and serving
New Mexico American Indians
Given the high population of American Indians living in
New Mexico and attending the University of New Mexico, the Senior Leadership
Team at University Libraries created the Indigenous Nations Library Program
(INLP) to serve the needs of American Indian students and communities....
Paulita L. Aguilar, College & Research Libraries
for apply for Native American
library services enhancement grants
IMLS is accepting applications for Native American Library
Services Enhancement Grants. The postmark deadline for applications is
May 1. Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations that
have applied this year to the Institutes Native American Library
Services Basic Grants are eligible to apply for Enhancement grants....
Institute of Museum and Library Services, Mar. 15
video set entirely in library
Crossover musical hit Everytime We Touch, released
in February by the trance band/project Cascada (featuring Anglo-German
singer Natalie Horler), was filmed entirely in a New York library (one
with a nice collection of law reporters). And lets not forget the
library setting in the Tears for Fears video
of Head over Heels (1985)....
University Libraries launches
Notable New Yorkers oral history site
Notable New Yorkers Web site offers audio recordings and transcripts of
interviews with ten influential New Yorkers, drawn from the collections
of the Oral History Research Office of the Columbia University Libraries.
These interviews, conducted by the Office between 1955 and 2001, open
an imaginative portal into 20th-century New York City....
Columbia University Libraries, Mar. 17
Based Library and Information Practice journal launched
EBLIP is a peer-reviewed,
open access journal published quarterly by the University of Alberta Learning
Services, using the OJS Software. The purpose of the journal is to provide
a forum for librarians and other information professionals to discover
research that may contribute to decision making in professional practice....
University of Alberta Learning Services
literacy for all
IFLA has released the final report (PDF
file) of the High-Level Colloquium on Information Literacy and Lifelong
Learning, held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt, November 69,
2005. The report argues that the existence of information holds little
to no value to people who do not even know what information they need,
much less whether it exists or not, or how to locate, evaluate, and effectively
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions