releases document reclassification audit
According to an audit
conducted by the National Archives and Records Administration, more than
one-third of some 25,000 documents withdrawn from public availability
by U.S. intelligence and security agencies since 1999 did not contain
any classified information affecting national security....
Library to reopen after $106-million expansion
The Pierpont Morgan Library in New York reopened
April 29 after a three-year, $106-million expansion designed by Pritzker
Prizewinning architect Renzo Piano....
Potter faces the challenge from Georgia
The latest in a succession of challenges to the wildly
popular Harry Potter series is taking place in the Gwinnett County (Ga.)
Public Schools, where school board members held a hearing April 20 about
whether the novels should be removed from the shelves of the suburban
Atlanta systems media centers....
firm files suit over Indianapolis library
Less than a week after the IndianapolisMarion County
Public Library board fired the original firm hired to design and implement
the librarys expansion project, the architects have sued the library
for breach of contract....
teen sentenced for library crash
A youth who pleaded guilty to stealing a Cadillac that
crashed into the Livingston branch of the Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan
Library in February was sentenced April 27 to at least one year in juvenile
prison and 120 hours of community service....
Roy elected ALA president for 20072008
Roy, professor at the University of Texas at Austins School of Information,
has been elected ALA president for the 20072008 term. Roy won over
William Crowe, director of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the
University of Kansas....
approve dues increase
ALA members have endorsed a proposal to increase personal
membership dues. As of September 2006, ALA regular members will pay $10
more per year over a three-year period. This is a vote of confidence
in the work of the Association and the goals of ALA Ahead to 2010,
said ALA President Michael Gorman....
Thirty-three members have been elected to ALA Council for
three-year terms. Eight other Councilors also have been elected for 20062009.
View the full list of names on the ALA website....
Sancton, and Cooper headline Auditorium Speaker Series
Room to Reads John Wood will kick off the Annual
Conference series Saturday, June 24, at 8:30 a.m. Later on Saturday, author/musician
Tom Sancton (right) and his jazz ensemble will present a visual, literary,
and musical journey back to 1950s and 1960s New Orleans. Journalist Anderson
Cooper will keynote the Public Library Association Presidents Program
and Awards Presentation Monday, June 26, at 5 p.m....
to discuss Reading: The Essential Skill
Noted scholar and librarian Kevin Starr will discuss the
enduring importance of reading and literacy at the ALA Presidents
Program in New Orleans, June 25, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The author of
numerous newspaper and magazine articles, Starr has written 10 books,
seven of which are part of his Americans and the California Dream
to host forum on international library education at Annual Conference
ALA President Michael Gorman will convene a half-day Forum
on International Library Education Friday, June 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. A
distinguished faculty of library educators from Latin America, Asia, Africa,
Europe, and North America will present papers and lead panel discussions
exploring issues in library education in the international arena....
up to the plate @ your library
ALA and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum officially
launched an initiative April 28 entitled Step Up to the Plate @ your library®.
The national program, which was unveiled at the St. Louis Public Library
and Busch Stadium, is designed to encourage fans of all ages to test their
knowledge of baseball trivia while improving their literacy skills....
Laureate and award-winning authors are scheduled for ALA Annual Conference
Gail Godwin (right), William Henry Lewis, Brenda Marie
Osbey, Robert Pinsky, Susan Straight, and others will read from their
works on the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage at the upcoming ALA Annual
Conference in New Orleans, June 2228....
of poster sessions available
Plan now to visit with poster session presenters at ALA
Annual Conference in New Orleans, and choose among such topics as the
incredibly shrinking ready reference collection, engaging students in
the game of research, how to benefit from international exchanges, and
wikis for reference services....
and family literacy is theme for 2006 Diversity Fair
This year, the ALA Diversity Fair will initiate a pilot
strategy of showcasing a range of programs with a common theme, adult
and family literacy services in libraries. The Ninth Annual Diversity
Fair will take place on Saturday, June 24, from 3 to 5 p.m., during ALA
Annual Conference in New Orleans....
class of certification applicants approved
The Certified Public Library Administrator Program now
has 16 candidates for certification. The CPLA Certification Review Committee
approved them on National Library Workers Day, April 4....
Bradbury to serve as Endowment trustee
Daniel J. Bradbury, vice president of Gossage Sager Associates, has been
elected to serve as ALAs newest Endowment Trustee. The Executive
Board made the selection during its 2006 spring meeting....
years best crime novels
The new guys and gals on the crime block arent
limiting themselves to accepted formulas. Rather, they encompass
a wide range of subgenres, taking familiar styles in unexpected
directionsfrom a decidedly dark-hued legal thriller
to a pair of outdoor mysteries starring game-warden sleuths,
a comic crime novel about a fallen WASP, two small-town cop
dramas in which remote locations become fully developed characters
in the action, a felt-topped gambling thriller, an offbeat
literary detective novel, and finally, a corruption-drenched
Italian procedural that blends historical detail with contemporary
hard-boiled gazetteer to Italy
Booklist Editor Bill Ott takes a look at how Italy
stacks up as a hard-boiled setting. From larcenous medieval
popes through feuding Mafia families and on to the legions
of crooked politicians and power-hungry bureaucrats who keep
the trains from running in contemporary Italy, the landscape
of corruption is as much a fabric of Italian life as extra
virgin olive oil....
conference-goers volunteer to help rebuild New Orleans libraries
750 attendees have signed up to participate in the Libraries
Build Communities projects to help rebuild libraries and the communities
in and around New Orleans on Friday, June 23, and Tuesday, June 27. With
support from Highsmith Inc. and Bretford, the Childrens Resource
Center, which is a branch of the New Orleans Public Library, will receive
an extreme makeover of its interior....
weekend of reunion and rebirth
One result of Hurricane Katrina has been a renewed interest
worldwide in music from New Orleans. Although Jazzfest does not compile
attendance figures until after the festival ends, it was clearly well
attended, with more than 100,000 tickets sold in advance for its six days.
Sets by headliners had sprawling and tightly packed audiences....
New York Times, May 1
Orleans Jazz Festival: Video clips and commentary
Jazz Fest 2006 [is] the great New Orleans homecoming.
Anybody who comes to this years festival will bear witness to the
healing power of music.Quint Davis, Festival Director....
lineup to examine citys cultural recovery
First Lady Laura Bush, NBC news anchorman Brian Williams,
and New Orleans native and jazz legend Ellis Marsalis will join artists,
educators, chefs, writers, and other cultural leaders May 30 through June
1 at Tulane University for a conference that will examine the role New
Orleans cultural legacy will play in the recovery from Hurricane
New Orleans City Business, May 1
Aquarium to reopen May 26
After recovering from the loss of thousands of animals
to Hurricane Katrina, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas will reopen
May 26. The riverfront attraction spent millions on repairs in the past
eight months. Most of its animal collection has been replaced through
donations and collecting efforts by the aquariums animal staff....
New Orleans City Business, May 1
Many New Orleans restaurants are operating with reduced
hours and shorter menus than before the storm. Eighteen major new
restaurants have opened in the metro area since last September. That
would be an impressive number even in a normal yearlet alone this
New Orleans Menu, May 1
Orleans strives to revive tourism
New Orleans has lost 31 conventions since Hurricane Katrina
tore through, and officials are battling to attract tourists and make
up lost revenue. Unless other visitors come in their place, some of the
more than 1,500 restaurants, hotels, event halls, and Bourbon Street nightclubs
may have to close their doors. More than a third of New Orleanss
86,000 tourism jobs already have disappeared in Katrinas
Bloomberg, Apr. 27
killed the fire ants
Finally, a silver lining in all of that salt water that
flooded parts of Louisiana during hurricanes Katrina and Ritaa lot
of pesky fire ants died. The ants apparently dont mix well with
WDSU-TV, May 1
National Conference proposals deadline is May 10
The deadline for contributed paper, panel session,
preconference, and workshop proposals for ACRLs 13th National Conference
is Wednesday, May 10. The conference will be held in Baltimore, March
29April 1, 2007....
endorses Federal Research
Public Access Act
ACRL has endorsed the Federal Research Public Access Act
of 2006, introduced into the U.S. Senate by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Tex.)
and Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.). This legislation would require that federally
funded research appearing in peer-reviewed journals be made openly accessible
in digital repositories within six months of publication....
libraries selected to host Great Stories CLUB book discussion
The ALA Public Programs Office and YALSA have selected
181 libraries to host the Great
Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens, and Books),
a book discussion program targeting troubled teens. In October 2005, ALA
received an Oprahs Angel Network Book Club Award of $50,000 to provide
funding for this program....
Presidents Program will be What You'll Read Next: The Buzz
RUSA will offer the inside scoop on how literary sensations
are created at its Presidents Program, What Youll
Read Next: The Buzz of Books, on June 26, 1:303:30 p.m., during
ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans....
Presidents Program tackles Retirement Exodus of librarians
ASCLA will tackle the issues surrounding the impending
retirement of a generation of librarians at its Presidents Program,
keynoted by William Rothwell (right), titled Retirement Exodus:
Are You and Your Library Organization Ready? on June 25, 8 a.m.
to noon, during ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans....
receives 2006 Haycock award
Robert Lackie, instruction and reference librarian at Rider
University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, is the 2006 recipient of the
Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. The award, given annually
to honor an individual for contributing significantly to the public recognition
and appreciation of librarianship through professional performance, teaching,
or writing, consists of $1,000 and a citation of achievement....
Adler is 2006 Patterson Copyright Award Winner
Prudence S. Adler, associate executive director of federal
relations and information policy for the Association of Research Libraries,
is the 2006 recipient of the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award: In Support
of Users Rights. For more than 27 years, she has worked the gamut
of information policy issues important to libraries and higher education
including intellectual property, telecommunications, and access to government
Lady gives library grants to Gulf Coast schools
Laura Bushs 11th trip to the devastated Gulf Coast, she came bearing
a hefty gift: $500,000 worth of grants for schools to restock their libraries.
Ten grants from the Laura
Bush Foundation for Americas Libraries will go to seven schools
in Louisiana and three schools in Mississippi that were damaged by Hurricane
Katrina. The libraries have been rebuilt and are ready to receive books....
ABC News, May 3
raises $70,000 for Gulf Coasts damaged libraries
There are no strings attached to the $70,000 11-year-old
Kelsie Buckley of Morton is presenting to Coast libraries starting May
2 at 2:30 p.m. during the Gulfport City Council meeting. She is scheduled
to present $50,000 to representatives of five libraries destroyed or damaged
by Hurricane Katrina in Harrison and Jackson counties....
Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald, May 2
Library closed by fire
A fire in the basement of the University of New Mexicos
main library spared its more valuable collections, according to UNM officials.
The fire that broke out the night of April 30 in Zimmerman Librarys
first-level basement burned a research collection of bound periodicals,
but did not hit the rare manuscripts stored in a different area of the
basement, said Camila Alire, dean of university libraries....
Santa Fe New Mexican, May 3
pulls Palestinian artwork from library exhibit
University officials have removed artwork that depicts Palestinian children
bloodied and injured from an exhibit in the schools library. University
officials said the paintings were too one-sided. The paintings were removed
April 29, four days into a two-week exhibit....
Boston Globe, May 3
measure fails in Colorado
Three measures aimed at the immigration debate died in
committee along party lines April 25 amid sometimes-surly testimony. Immigration
hard-liner Rep. David Schultheis (R-Colorado Springs) proposed putting
an issue on the ballot in November that would have allowed voters to require
the state to conduct official business in English. Schultheis originally
wanted to bar libraries from purchasing materials in any language but
Denver Post, Apr. 26
reference in Oregon
For two hours, as other reference librarians throughout
Oregon talk with patrons face-to-face, Jennifer Mays job is to staff
the states increasingly popular internet reference chat line, known
as L-net. After her shift ends, the cycle will continue 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, making library resources available around the clock
to any Oregonian who wants a librarians help answering any legitimate
Portland Oregonian, Apr. 28
to cease creating series authority records
The Library of Congress will cease to provide controlled
series access in the bibliographic records that its catalogers produce.
Originally to be effective May 1, the decision has been delayed until
June 1. The Library will work with affected stakeholder organizationsOCLC,
RLG, the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, and the larger library communityto
mitigate as much as possible the impact of this change....
Library of Congress, Apr. 20
neutrality under challenge
Valdosta State University LIS Professor Wallace Koehler
defines network neutrality as the concept that broadband carriers will
neither interfere with nor inhibit the free flow of information over the
internet. However, the House COPE bill proposes to cede control of the
internet to the telecoms and cable companies....
Information Today, May 1
legal guide: Rules for the revolution
The main legal issues that are unique to podcasters are
related to copyright, publicity rights, and trademark issues. Written
by Colette Vogele and Mia Garlick for Creative Commons, this guide summarizes
the legal concerns of creating and distributing a podcast....
Creative Commons, Apr. 27
on e-rate, universal service, and network neutrality
The current legislative battle is over the soul of the
internet and who will control it and benefit from the build-out of advanced
broadband services. Many new bills have been introduced in piecemeal fashion
in the House and the Senate, and the reform process could take several
ALA Office for Government Relations
Science, Industry, and Business Library marks 10-year anniversary
New York Public Librarys SIBL on May 2 celebrated
a decade of serving small business owners, researchers, and inventors
with a day of free programs, classes, and demonstrations that showcased
its year-round programming....
New York Public Library
Library of Pittsburgh supports local economy
In 2005, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh partnered with
Carnegie Mellon Universitys Center for Economic Development to explore
the many ways that the library impacts the economic vitality of the region.
The report (PDF
file) examines both the librarys value to the economy in terms
of return on investment as well as its contributions to people and their
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
of Maryland scientist helps create virtual science library for Iraq
University of Maryland scientist D. J. Patil and a small
group of colleagues have built a new, scientific library for strife-torn
Iraq that is making some 17,422 journal titles available to Iraqi scientists
and engineers who are decades behind in non-military science and technology.
Though many Iraqi libraries are hopelessly out of date or have been looted,
the new library is safe from such problems because it is virtual, with
digital documents accessed via the Web....
AScribe newswire, May 1
First Ladys recommended reading
Laura Bush offers a sampling of excellent books for adults,
families, intermediate and independent readers, and young children. Among
the selections are Katherine Anne Porters Ship of Fools,
Shel Silversteins Where the Sidewalk Ends, and Pat Moras
Tomás and the Library Lady....
The White House
high in internet usage
The latest Pew Internet and American Life survey (PDF
file), fielded from February 15 to April 6, shows that fully 73% of
respondents (about 147 million adults) are internet users, up from 66%
(about 133 million adults) in January 2005. The share of online Americans
who say the internet has greatly improved their ability to do their job
has grown to 35%, up from 24% in March 2001....
Pew Internet & American Life, Apr. 26
in New Orleans,
June 2228. Dont forget the Library Support Staff Conference
within a Conference, June 2425.
Use the ALA Legislative Action
Center to contact your representatives and ask them to support libraries
by protecting network neutrality.
Check out the new ALA Editions Spring-Summer 2006 catalog
for new publications (PDF
What do YOU think?
the Library of Congress decision
to cease creating series authority records affect your librarys
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AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
April 26 poll:
April 11, the Library of Congress picked 50 recordings to add to
its National Recording Registry. Which one or two recordings would
you have picked?
Beatles and Frank Zappa were chosen twice; classic blues and jazz
recordings were favored, as well as historical speeches and newscasts.
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website.
ALSC will officially launch its Kids!
@ your library public awareness campaign in New Orleans with a
special program on Sunday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
L. S. Youngblood Energy (Geology) Library, University of Oklahoma,
Norman. Duties include providing reference services and library
instruction for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and
staff as well as professional practicing geologists and geophysicists.
The position is an endowed chair....
for Relief at PLA Conference a success!
More than 150 librarians, publishers, and exhibitors enjoyed an
evening with eleven authors reading from their works at the PLA
Conference March 22 to raise $4,000 for the ALAs Hurricane
Leaders As Readers
New Worlds for Latino Children
Higher Purpose of Libraries and Librarianship
The Continuing Library Education Network and Exchange Round Table seeks
volunteers and presenters for Good
CLENE Fun: Using Interactive Games to Energize Meetings and Training,
Saturday, June 24, 1:303:30 p.m. Contact Jasmine
Standing Conference of Eastern, Central, and Southern African Library
and Information Professionals, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Libraries as a Bridge to an Information and Knowledge Society
in Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa. Contact: SCECSAL
Hong Kong Book Fair,
Hong Kong, China. Contact: Hong
Kong Trade Development Council.
Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, 72nd
General Conference and Council, Seoul, Korea. Libraries: Dynamic
Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society. Contact:
Centre for Electronic Resources, Tilburg University, The
Netherlands. Digital Libraries a la Carte: New Choices for
the Future. Contact: TICER.
Conference 2006, Wellington, New Zealand. Next Generation
Libraries, He Huarahi Whakamua. Contact: LIANZA.
Librarian International Conference, London. Discovering
New Resources, Demystifying Web Technologies. Contact: Information
Institute of Library and Information Professionals, RFID
in Libraries Conference, QEII Conference Centre, London. Contact:
all of the workers are 85 librarians. I have quickly realized that
this must be the quietest place in the Bronx to work. And because
they read so much, some of the most informed people in New York
are right here.
Dean Meminger in a corporate profile of the H. W. Wilson Company,
Time Warner cable news channel NY1, Apr. 24.
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