mayor offers details
on library improvements
Mayor Anthony A. Williams offered details March 22 on his
plan to refurbish the District of Columbia library system, calling for
an $8-million boost to the operating budget to fund additional materials,
computers, and furnishings and to restore Sunday hours at some branches....
Wishes controversy continues
in Ontario schools
School boards across Ontario continue to weigh in on Three
Wishes, a controversial book that explores the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict through interviews with children from both sides that had been
recommended by the Ontario Library Association for 4th6th graders
as part of its Silver Birch reading program....
group sues libraries
for blocking its website
A nationwide conservative political group has sued four
Missouri libraries for allegedly using internet filtering software to
block patrons from viewing its website....
to transform libraries image
British Minister for Culture David Lammy launched a Love
Libraries campaign, designed to transform the image of public libraries
by presenting a new vision of a 21st century reading service,
with an announcement March 22 that three libraries would be turned into
models of a future library service with reading at its heart....
library board fires director
In an emergency meeting March 21, Bay County (Mich.) Library
trustees voted 41 to confirm the firing of Director Frederick J.
Paffhausen by board chair Ella Jane Martini a day earlier....
branch closes after fight
The Brownsville branch of the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library
closed for six days after a staff member was injured breaking up a fight....
teen gets detention,
therapy for library assault
Calling him a predator who is likely to commit sexual assault
again, Livingston County Juvenile Court Referee Kathleen M. Oemke sentenced
a 13-year-old boy, with ongoing behavioral problems, to 127
days detention, sex-offender therapy, and two years of court-monitored
supervision March 20 in conjunction with the molestation of a 7-year-old
girl at the Brighton (Mich.) District Library last December....
Lawyers for Libraries, an ongoing project of ALAs Office for Intellectual
Freedom, is designed to build a nationwide network of attorneys committed
to the defense of the freedom to read and the application of constitutional
law to library policies, principles, and problems. The next institute
is in Houston on April 25 as a preconference to the Texas
Library Association Annual Conference. The deadline to register
is April 7.
in New Orleans,
Try out the
Tell us your favorite book:
one or two books have you read recently that had the most significant
impact on you?
is an unscientific poll that reflects the opinions of only those
AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
March 22 poll:
you agree with the Bush administrations proposal to fold both
the NCES state and public Library Statistics Program and the National
Commission on Libraries and Information Science into the IMLS?
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website.
E-mail your support for EPA Libraries: Oppose the FY2007 budget
cuts and take
new products from ALA Editions and ALA Graphics.
AND CHILDREN LIBRARIAN JOB FAIR,
Ocean County (N.J.) Library, Toms River Branch. April 7 is the deadlne
to apply for this job fair. The library has 10 teen and childrens
print and audio PSAs (in English or Spanish) featuring George Lopezs
Smartest Card message for National Library Week,
New Englands Carnegie libraries
= cultural icons: The 2006 facilities showcase
Put it in writing: Womans Day magazine is asking
its women readers aged 18 and over to submit their stories, in 700 words
or less, on how the library has changed their lives. Send stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
from now until
Library Services Conference, Savannah, Georgia.
Libraries Council, Small Libraries Conference, Columbus.
Small Libraries: Dynamic Community Resources. Contact:
Island Library Association (PDF file), Annual Conference,
Bryant College, Smithfield. Contact: RILA.
Library Council, Diversity
Conference, Columbus. Contact:
of the West Conference, Fairmont Orchid, Kona Coast of Hawaiis
Big Island. Information Literacy for a Lifetime. Contact:
Dave Brier, 808-956-2746.
of Jewish Libraries, 41st Annual Convention, Cambridge,
Mass. Liberty, Learning, and Libraries. Contact: AJL,
an ALA Editions catalog: ALAs publishing imprint, ALA Editions,
develops resources for the library and information services community.
when the eventual history of Chicagos gay community is written,
the collection here will be an indispensable resource.
Tonight correspondent Rich Samuels on Chicagos 25-year-old
Gerber/Hart Library, a depository for the records of lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgendered individuals and organizations, WTTW-TV,
advertise in American Libraries Direct contact:
Leonard Kniffel, Editor-in-Chief, email@example.com
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only. Questions about the content of any external site should be
addressed to the administrator of that site.
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survey progress report
As of March 22, the Office for Research and Statistics
has received 6,581 eligible responses to its voluntary
online survey to collect member demographics, about 10% of all ALA
members. Some partial results: 57% of membership was born between 1940
and 1959, while 36.5% was born between 1960 and 1979; and 78% have an
MLS from an ALA-accredited program....
to present $100,000
to Louisiana Library Association
ALA will present the first donation from its ALA Hurricane
Katrina Library Relief Fund to the Louisiana Library Association during
its state conference March 2830. The check presentation of $100,000
will take place at 4 p.m. March 29 at the Lafayette Cajundome Convention
education @ your library program kicks off
The first in a nationwide series of investment seminars
took place March 28 at the District of Columbia Public Libraryofficially
launching the Investor Education @ your library® program sponsored
by ALA and the Investor Protection Trust....
for Library Corps
feasibility study wanted
ALA has issued a request
for proposal (Word document) for a consultant to conduct a feasibility
study on a proposal to establish a Library Corps. The Library
Corps would recruit retired librarians to provide assistance to libraries
that need help....
now open for
Joint Conference of
Librarians of Color
Registration is now open for the first-ever Joint Conference
of Librarians of Color to be held October 1115 at the Adams Mark
Hotel in Dallas. More than 3,000 librarians, exhibitors, publishers, and
authors are expected to attend to discuss issues affecting library services
for diverse populations....
to visit hurricane-ravaged libraries
for National Library Week
ALA President Michael Gorman and other library leaders
will begin National Library Week (April 28) by touring hurricane-ravaged
libraries in New Orleans and Mississippi and meeting with local library
At Tulane University, students came back in unexpectedly
high numbers, over 80%. Our campus looks close to normal now, after a
great deal of effort to create that impression....
Susanna S. Powers
Life As We Knew It
I am a high school teacher. I am very fortunate that my
schoolBenjamin Franklin High Schoolwas able to reopen as a
charter school. The Wall Street Journal did a long story about
the heroic efforts of our principal to reopen the school after the first
floor was flooded....
Fragile economy hampers Big Easy
Most of Big Oil has returned to New Orleans since Hurricane
Katrina, Mardi Gras got the city back in the tourism business, and the
skilled construction trades cant get enough workers. But there is
a common theme: New Orleans will be a much smaller city with an economic
growth that will be fragile for years to come....
Associated Press, Mar. 28
fiscal crisis eases
New Orleans financial situation remains dire, but
its economy is doing better than expected and city government wont
run out of money for at least another two monthsand well beyond
that if it is able to obtain more federal money or more loans from private
sources, according to city officials and consultants....
New Orleans Times-Picayune,
Americans surveyed on
Louisiana is going to the internet for input from African
Americans on whether hurricanes Katrina and Rita are affecting their decision
to visit the state. Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu announced a new partnership
today between the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism
and BlackAmericaWeb.com, a website
backed by nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner....
New Orleans City Business,
is key to New Orleans recovery
A national association of mortgage holders March 27 asked
Congress to dedicate $4.2 billion in federal housing grants to Louisiana
after releasing a study by a retired LSU professor calling housing critical
to jobs returning to New Orleans....
Baton Rouge Advocate, Mar. 28
Orleans airport traffic is at 52%
Seven months after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans
international airport is at more than 50% of its pre-storm passenger levels,
airport officials say....
USA Today, Mar. 29
More than 11,000 library staff, exhibitors, authors, and
guests packed the Hynes Convention Center in Boston for the largest-ever
PLA National Conference. Library funding, recruitment, privacy, serving
diverse populations, and literacy were just a few of the issues that generated
conversation and interest among attendees....
preconference to focus
on leadership and management
ALSC will offer a preconference, Spinning Straw into
Gold: Leadership Potential to Management Results, on Thursday and
Friday, June 2223, at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. This
hands-on workshop will encourage youth services librarians to examine
their leadership styles and strengthen their management skills....
Intentional Teacher program
The ACRL Institute for Information Literacy seeks applicants for the most
recent addition to its Immersion program, The Intentional Teacher:
Renewal through Informed Reflection. The deadline for applications
is May 5....
to chew on
April 1 is the one time of year when readers get to eat
books. They wont eat just any bookonly those prepared especially
for the occasion at the Edible Books Festival,
celebrated in libraries, bookstores, galleries, and private homes around
New York Times, Mar. 26
fights USA Patriot Act
In fall 2001, before the ink had dried on the nations
new anti-terrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act, University of Vermont
librarian Trina Magi was analyzing how the federal measure would affect
the civil liberties of library patrons. The news, Magi concluded, was
Burlington (Vt.) Free Press, Mar. 26
school censorship lesson goes awry
Officials said a librarian at Roseville Area (Minn.) High
School tried to show students what censorship looks and feels like. Among
the books he tossed into a trash can made to look like a bonfire was the
Quran, the holy book of Islam....
day in a Beirut library
The Fadlallah Library, a two-story underground refuge in
a part of Beirut that was once one of the Lebanese civil wars most
dangerous, is on the front line in a struggle between East and West in
which the front lines arent always well defined....
Washington Post, Mar. 28
lays off school librarians
Pink slips went out to about 150 Sacramento City Unified
teachers, librarians, and counselors before the state-mandated March 15
deadline for school layoff notification, officials said. The notices are
in anticipation of a $9 million to $10 million deficit for the 20062007
Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, Mar. 17
school initiative dies in Washington
A statewide initiative that would have required school
districts to spend 65% of their budgets in the classroom is dead. Backers
of Initiative 924 had faced a number of opponents, including state Superintendent
of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson, the state teachers union, and the
League of Education Voters....
calls for new, relevant
assessment measures for high schools
High schools need a relentless focus on results that matter
for student success in the 21st century, according to a report
(PDF file) by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. High schools must
focus on improving student learning, achievement, and competencies based
on the needs of todays work environments....
Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Mar. 24
awards $163 million
in state library grants
The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded the
grants under the Library Services and Technology Act. U.S. states
and territories provide at least one dollar for every two dollars
of federal support, and they invest the money on programs to expand learning
resources and access to information....
IMLS, Mar. 23
Patriot Act reauthorizationan analysis
The ALA Washington Office details what sections changed
and what sections stayed the same with the acts renewal March 9....
ALA Washington Office
children need libraries
According to Casey Family Programsthe nations
largest foundation dedicated to providing, improving, and, ultimately,
preventing the need for foster careabout 518,000 young people are
in the foster care system on any given day....
Public Library staffers
win state trivia contest
The 11th annual Torch Run Trivia Contest in Louisville
included more than 800 people on 95 teams. The librarys winning
team correctly answered 84 of 100 questions....
Lexington (Ky.) Public Library, Mar. 20
Theological Library Association
moves to new headquarters
ATLA is moving into a new headquarters office, effective
April 3, one block south of its old location in Chicago....
American Theological Library Association, Mar. 23
Credibility Commons (requires subscription)
R. David Lankes (Syracuse University) and Michael Eisenberg
(University of Washington) have received a grant to establish a website
called the Credibility Commons,
which will offer computer programs that they and others have written to
help internet users find credible online information. They also plan to
gather feedback on the ease and reliability of various methods for finding
information on the Web, such as using search engines and posting questions
Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar. 29
in Libraries conference
The LITA Blog has summarized some of the presentations
at the 21st Annual CIL in Washington, D.C., March 2224, including
sessions on the Future
of Catalogs, Dead
and Emerging Technologies, and Structured
LITA Blog, Mar. 2328
and using public records
Stephanie Maatta and Diane Ashoff (University of South
Florida) review the types of records used to find information about businesses
and how to go about locating them....
RUSA/BRASS Public Libraries Briefcase, no. 14, Mar.
few bits of PLA swag
The Laughing Librarian surveys the vendor giveaways in
the PLA Conference exhibit hall...
Laughing Librarian, Mar. 23