OCLC and RLG plan to combine operations
Following a series of discussions that took place over the past year, two of the largest membership-based, nonprofit, library cooperative groups in North America announced May 3 an agreement to merge....
Net neutrality fight heats up in Congress
Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a bill in the House May 2 that would prevent telecom operators and broadband service providers from selling favored access to some websites or video stream connections for an additional fee....
subcommittee moves to block Smithsonian-Showtime deal
House subcommittee that oversees the Smithsonian Institutions budget
has cut the museums funding by $5 million and added language to
its appropriation aimed at derailing the controversial deal between the
museum and the Showtime Networks cable channels to create television programming....
Ladys hurricane fund makes first school library grants
Gulf Coast schools libraries will receive $500,000 in grants from the
Laura Bush Foundation for Americas Libraries to help them rebuild,
the First Lady announced May 3....
FBI director questioned on Patriot Act
During a May 2 oversight hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) asked FBI Director Robert Mueller for assurance that the recently reauthorized USA Patriot Act would exempt libraries from records requests by national security letter (NSL)....
fire damages University of New Mexico collection
late-night fire that broke out in the basement of the University of New
Mexicos Zimmerman Library April 30 damaged bound periodicals, collapsed
bookshelves, burned ceiling tiles, and permeated the building with the
odor of burnt charcoal....
students protest removal of Palestinian art
100 people, many of them students at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts,
marched May 4 to protest the removal a week earlier of Voices from
Palestine: Aida Refugee Camp Children Speak Outan artwork
exhibit that had been on display at the campuss Farber Library....
moves ahead with plan to restore library hours
filled the Salinas, California, city council chambers May 2 after lawmakers
approved the appropriation of some $3.6 million to the citys three
libraries to restore their 117-hour service week in summer 2007, according
to the May 3 Monterey Herald....
save Indiana University library branch
more than 70 students and staff staged a protest May 3 against the proposed
closure of a branch library, officials at Indiana University at Bloomington
have decided to keep the African American Cultural Center Library open
at least through the 20062007 school year....
Library Legislative Day, May 1
The Washington Office thanks the 525 participants from
47 states who came to Washington, D.C., to speak with their members of
Congress about the needs of libraries in the areas of funding, telecommunications,
copyright, and government information. Sen. Richard Durbin, left (D-Ill.),
and Rep. Major Owens (D-N.Y.), were among the elected officials who greeted
programs include Politics, Race, and Law, jazz breakfast,
state poet laureate
Music, literature, politics, and community-building are
all on the menu at ALA Annual Conference June 2228, but time is
running out for discount rates to attend. Preregistration
ends on May 19....
editor Chris Anderson to speak at ALA Annual Conference
editor-in-chief of Wired magazine will speak at Annual Conference,
Monday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m. He also will sign copies of his forthcoming
book The Long Tail at the Hyperion booth in the exhibits area immediately
after the program ends at noon. The Long Tail chronicles the rise
of niche products, thanks to such innovations as digital downloading as
peer-to-peer markets, which break through the bottlenecks of broadcast
Coretta Scott King Awards breakfast set for New Orleans Hilton
Julius Lester (Day of Tears) and Bryan Collier (Rosa) are among the honorees at the 2006 Coretta Scott King Awards breakfast on Tuesday, June 27. The event will also feature a tribute to Mrs. King, who died in January....
review: Adult books
Thomas, Helen. Watchdogs of Democracy? The
Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public.
Scribner, June 2006 (0-7432-6781-8).
After covering nine presidents as the most
recognized member of the Washington press corps, Thomas is
eminently qualified to assess current coverage of the White
House. Declaring that journalists are the watchdogs
of democracy, and, further, that without an informed
people, there can be no democracy, Thomas offers a cogent,
bracing assessment of the deteriorating state of journalistic
I rarely read other reviews of books Ive
reviewed. (This is one of Keir Graff's Rules of Reviewing,
soon to be immortalized on a sticky note somewhere in my office.)
Just as Ive said that I never read the publicity material
before I start reading the bookI dont want some
PR flack to frame how I see the work, or, worse, to have one
of their cheerful phrases creep into my reviewreading
other reviews poses its own problems....
Graff, Booklist Blog, May 9
to benefit school music programs, displaced artists
The Starz documentary New Orleans Music in Exile premieres
at 11:45 a.m. on May 13 at the Landmark Theatre in New Orleans Canal
Place Center. Proceeds will go to the Tipitinas Foundation. The film debuts
nationally on the Starz In Black channel at 7 p.m. Central Time, Friday,
May 19, with an encore presentation on the Starz channel at noon Central
Time on Saturday, May 20....
books given to Mississippi town
One of the quieter tragedies of Katrina occurred at libraries
in small towns across the region. Thats what motivated the people
of Prescott Valley, Arizona....
Arizona Republic, May 4
of a Storm gives kids perspective on Katrina
A simple truth. The birds knew. Hurricane Katrina
was coming. So begins a picture book by Reona Visser and the children
of the Mississippi Gulf Coast about the hurricane and its effects on cities,
families, and countless individual lives. Proceeds
will go to the Hurricane Relief Fund of Coast Episcopal School of Long
School Hurricane Relief Fund
medias New Orleans burnout
Eight months after wind, rain, and floodwaters devastated
this city, the mediaand perhaps a good chunk of the countryare
suffering from Katrina Fatigue....
Post, May 7
New Orleans Jazz Fest ends on high note
Local musicians and others including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett, and Paul Simon performed at the six-day event that spanned two weekends. Organizers declined to say how many people attended the event, which typically draws about 500,000 people, but as in past years the lawns and sidewalks were crammed every day....
Associated Press, May 8
from Katrina: A crippled health-care system
According to Susan DAntoni, executive director of
Orleans Parish Medical Society, Orleans and St. Bernard parishes, which
were hardest hit, have gone from having nine hospitals to three. The metropolitan
area has lost half its hospital beds and 40% of its physicians. ALA has
services available to people attending Annual Conference, June 2228....
Forbes, May 8
issues statement on instructional classification
AASL has responded to concerns over the proposed 65%
solution legislation being considered in many states nationwide,
which mandates that 65% of all funding for schools be spent on direct
classroom instruction, and which often uses the current definition
from the National Center for Education Statistics classifying school library
media services as noninstructional....
Kids! Campaign puts @ your library to music
Grammy‑nominated singer/storyteller Bill Harley will be on hand
Sunday, June 25, during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans to perform
@ Your Library, a song he created especially for the Kids!
Campaign. The song will be available for download along with an outreach
to become ACRL president
Julie Todaro, dean of library services at Austin (Tex.)
Community College, has been elected president of ACRL for 20072008....
B. Marino elected ALSC president for 2007
The 20072008 president of ALSC is Jane B. Marino, library director,
Bronxville (N.Y.) Public Library....
to become ASCLA president
Barbara T. Mates, head of the Library for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped at Cleveland Public Library, has been elected 20072008
president of ASCLA. An active ALA member, Mates has served on ALA Council
and currently serves as a member of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award
LITA president elected
Mark Beatty, training and automation librarian for the 500-member Wisconsin
Library Services consortium, is the 20072008 president of LITA....
Sanders to become PLA president
The director of information services at Pasadena (Calif.)
Public Library has been elected PLA president for 20072008....
members elect David Tyckoson president
The head of public services at California State University
in Fresno has been elected 20072008 president of RUSA....
elected YALSA president for 20072008
Paula Brehm-Heeger, teen services coordinator at the Public
Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, has been elected 20072008
president of YALSA....
Library Interior Design awards announced
ALA and the International Interior Design Association are
pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Library Interior Design
Competition. Ten winners (including the University of Ontario Institute
of Technology library project, right), two projects of merit, and one
honorable mention were selected from more than 100 projects submitted
from throughout North America....
Leja receives Mentoring Award from RUSAs STARS
Diane E. Leja, access services manager for circulation and
interlibrary loan at the University of South Dakotas I. D. Weeks
Library in Vermillion, is the recipient of the Mentoring Award, a one-time
award offered by the RUSA Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources
Deane Olmstead wins ASCLA Century Scholarship
Avery Deane Olmstead IV is the 2006 recipient of the $2,500 Century Scholarship
presented by ASCLA. Olmstead is a student at the University of South Carolinas
College of Library Information Science in Columbia....
names winner of health info award
NCLIS judges South Carolinas REACH 2010 Americas
best library consumer health program....
Commission for Libraries and Information Science, May 4
Library drops scan plan
A year after announcing its libraries would be among the first in the nation to require a fingerprint scan to use public computers, Napervilles library system has canceled the controversial project. Library officials insisted May 5 the plan was scuttled because of software compatibility problems and not because of objections raised by civil libertarians over privacy rights....
Chicago Tribune, May 6
Net censorship spreads worldwide
Repressive regimes are taking full advantage of the nets ability to censor and stifle reform and debate, reveals a report written by the Reporters Without Borders pressure group....
BBC News, May 4
The RFID hacking underground
David Molnar is a soft-spoken computer science graduate student who studies commercial uses for RFIDs at UC Berkeley. I met him in a quiet branch of the Oakland Public Library. About a year ago Molnar discovered he could destroy the data on the books passive-emitting RFID tags by wandering the aisles with an off-the-shelf RFID reader-writer and his laptop....
School filters vs. home proxies
A teenager at a Pennsylvania school gets caught handing out business cards with instructions on how to circumvent his schools web filter. But instead of throwing the school discipline book at him, administrators offer a choice: Theyll give him a break if he lets the schools tech people know how he beat the system...
CNet News, May 3
White Plains library back online after 11 days
The computer system that manages the White Plains (N.Y.) Public Library is back online after an 11-day blackout that threatened to wipe out four months worth of data about collections, memberships, checkouts, and returns....
White Plains Journal News, May 3
updates Compare Public Libraries engine
New FY 2004 data from the Public Libraries Survey has just been added
to the Compare
Public Libraries and the State Education Data Profiles web tools....
National Center for Educational Statistics, May 5
the art of library scienceand you
Submit your story or anecdote about an interesting way
youve used a Google service or tool to help library users locate
the information theyre looking for, and there might be a bit part
in a digital video movie in your future. Submissions will be accepted
until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on May 22.
Google Librarian Center, May
IMLS partners with National Endowment for the Arts to create largest book club ever
Beginning in 2007, the Big Read will give more than 100 communities in all 50 states the opportunity to read and discuss great books. Each city or town that participates will host a community-wide read that involves collaborations with libraries, schools, local government, and the private sector. Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $20,000 to conduct programs that encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment....
of Museum and Library Services, May 9
Facebook, and other social networking sites: Hot today, gone tomorrow?
of the blogsphere is strong
While MySpace and Facebook currently rule the popular crowd on the internet social scene, the forces that make a hot site are difficult to quantify; any site could become the next outcast....
Knowledge @ Wharton, May 3
The blogosphere continues to grow at a quickening pace. Technorati
currently tracks 35.3 million weblogs, and the blogosphere we track continues
to double about every 6 months. Technorati also reports
that English, the language of the majority of early bloggers, had fallen
to less than a third of all blog posts by April 2006....
Sifrys Alerts, Apr. 17May 1
in New Orleans,
Dont forget the 2nd Annual
Bookcart Drill Team World Championship, Sunday, June 25, 1:003:00
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Opportunity to shape and manage a dynamic information literacy program,
which engages college faculty and meets accreditation standards
and assessment requirements....
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