bill would force libraries to block social websites
Legislation introduced May 9 by Reps. Michael G. Fitzpatrick
(R-Pa.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) seeks to prohibit minors from accessing
chat rooms and such popular social-networking websites as MySpace and
Facebook on school or library computers. The Deleting Online Predators
file), H.R. 5319, would require schools and libraries to block access
to a broad selection of web content....
Appropriations Committee challenges Smithsonian-Showtime deal
The House Appropriations Committee cut the Smithsonian
Institutions budget by an additional $15 million May 10 and demanded
further information on the controversial deal between the museum and the
Showtime Networks cable channels to create television programming, the
New York Times reported May 11....
Potter defeats another detractor
In a unanimous decision May 11, the board of the Gwinnett
County (Ga.) Public Schools voted that the Harry Potter series remain
on the media-center shelves throughout the system. Their action constituted
the final appeal for complainant Laura Mallory at the district level....
cites incompatibility with fingerprint ID system
The Naperville (Ill.) Public Library has discontinued its
project to install fingerprint scanners as a way for patrons to login
on its public internet computers. The library had signed a $40,646 contract
in May 2005 with the Naperville-based U.S. Biometrics firm to add the
technology during the summer, but the company encountered difficulties
interfacing its AccessQ system with NPLs Dynix patron-authentication
School Libraries Work forum set for New Orleans; First Lady invited to keynote
AASL and the Scholastic Foundation will host School Libraries Work: Rebuilding for Learning, a forum scheduled for June 26 during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. First Lady Laura Bush has been invited to keynote, and Laura Bush Foundation for Americas Libraries grant recipients Hannah Rucker and Jennifer Koehl of St. Tammany Parish Junior High School in Slidell, Louisiana, will speak on a panel....
opposes DOPA act
ALA President Michael Gorman issued a statement May 15
on the Deleting
Online Predators Act: As libraries are already required to block
content that is harmful to minors under the Childrens
Internet Protection Act, DOPA is redundant and unnecessary legislation.
Further, the proposed law would block access to some of the internets
most powerful emerging technologies and learning applications, essentially
stifling library users ability to participate fully in the educational
opportunities the internet offers....
urges more deliberation in LC cataloging changes
The ALA Executive Board adopted a statement May 12 concerning series authority
control at the Library of Congress, reading in part: ALA urges the
Library of Congress to delay further implementation of its decision regarding
providing series authority control for bibliographic records for sufficient
time to enable informed response from the library community, including
from organizations central to bibliographic control....
to discuss libraries on steroids at Book Expo
Leslie Burger, ALA president-elect and Princeton (N.J.)
Public Library director, will speak on Your Library on Steroids:
How Public Libraries are Transforming their Communities, Saturday,
May 20, at Book Expo. The event will be held at the Washington (D.C.)
Convention Center, Room 202B, 12 p.m....
issues statement on proposed merger of NCLIS and IMLS
The ALA Executive Board adopted a statement May 12 on the proposed merger
of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science and
the Institute of Museum and Library Services, reading in part: In
the event that the proposed merger of NCLIS and IMLS is approved by Congress,
it is critical that the essential activities that NCLIS performs are protected
Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson to speak at ALA Annual Conference
Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine,
will speak at the ALA Annual Conference program 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 conference exhibits area immediately after
the program ends at noon....
Annual Conference offers tastes of New Orleans culture, history
The ALA Annual Conference will offer attendees a veritable
stew of local culture and history through a broad range of programs in
New Orleans. Music, literature, politics and community-building are all
on the menu....
Books for youth
Robert. Raiders Night. July
2006. 240p. HarperTempest, hardcover (0-06-059946-4). Grades
1012. This grim, disturbing story about high-school
football centers on Matt, who is a co-captain of the Nearmont
Raiders. With Division One schools aggressively recruiting
him, Matts future looks assured. His present, however,
is a nightmare....
revitalizes New Orleans
See for yourself what the ALA Annual Conference
means to the city. Grab a cup of coffee and watch the ALA Revitalizes
New Orleans video featuring featuring local librarians, local
authors, and ALA President Michael Gorman and President-elect
Leslie Burger. You can view the video in RealPlayer,
or view the video in QuickTime.
(You may need to download RealPlayer
This video may take several minutes to download, so please be
patient. The video is seven minutes long.
volunteers to aid 22 libraries, schools, colleges, and community organizations
Starting June 23, more than 900 people will assist with
community projects and library rebuilding efforts while attending ALA
Annual Conference in New Orleans. The largest volunteer groupmore
than 200 peoplewill participate in an extreme makeover of the Childrens
Resource Center, an historic Carnegie branch of the New Orleans Public
Library. Award-winning childrens book illustrator Susan Guevara
also will paint a mural based on her book Chato and the Party Animals....
Center hails the return of conventions
Portions of the convention center officially reopened February
17 for the Helen Brett Gift and Jewelry Show, and two weeks later it played
host to the Carnival krewes of Endymion, Orpheus, and Bacchus. ALAs
Annual Conference in June will be the first major gathering to return
to New Orleans with more than 20,000 visitors....
New Orleans City Business, May 15
New Orleans flooded
Generations of New Orleanians worked for 300 years to raise
a great city in the often inhospitable terrain along the banks of the
Mississippi River. It took Hurricane Katrina less than six hours to put
that labor of love under water, damaging 200,000 homes and killing more
than 1,200 people. View an interactive
graphic that illustrates the levee breaches and the timeline of the
citys flooding after Katrina....
New Orleans Times-Picayune, May 13
help from Highsmith
Highsmith specializes in the design of library interiors.
Known for its expertise and quality work, the Fort Atkinson company was
selected by ALA to assist in the renovation of the Childrens Resource
Center, one of several public libraries in New Orleans damaged last year
by Hurricane Katrina....
Madison Wisconsin State Journal, May 10
promoters message: New Orleans open for tourists
Selling a vacation spot that the world thinks is under
water is not easy, no matter how many famous people lend their faces to
your new ad campaign or how many free Cajun and Zydeco CDs you hand out,
say Louisianas top tourism officials. The promoters driving
theme: New Orleans and the surrounding areas are back in business, with
the famous historical French Quarter virtually unscathed by the storm....
Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, May
seeks editor for Information Literacy website
ACRL is seeking a member volunteer with extensive knowledge
of, and experience related to, information literacy for a three-year appointment
as editor for the ACRL Information
Literacy website. The deadline for applications is June 12....
announces 2007 Best Practices in Marketing academic libraries award
Sponsored by the ACRL Marketing Academic and Research Libraries
Committee and funded by Springer, the Best Practices in Marketing Academic
and Research Libraries @ your library award will be made to the academic/research
library in each category (community college, college, and university)
that demonstrates an outstanding best practices marketing program. Portfolios
must be postmarked by December 4....
elected ALCTS president for 20072008
Pamela Bluh, associate director for technical services and administration
at the University of Marylands Thurgood Marshall Law Library, has
been elected president of ALCTS for the 20072008 term....
McLeod receives Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award
The Intellectual Freedom Round Table has awarded the Eli
M. Oboler Memorial Award to Kembrew McLeod for his book Freedom of
Expression®: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity
(Doubleday, 2005). The committee also recognized the authors own
commitment by making his text available as an Open
IFC receives 2006 ProQuest-SIRS award
The Intellectual Freedom Round Table has awarded the ProQuest-SIRS
State and Regional Achievement Award to the Colorado Association of Libraries
Intellectual Freedom Committee. The award recognizes successful and effective
intellectual freedom committees or coalitions that have made a contribution
to the freedom to read in libraries or to the intellectual freedom environment
in which libraries function....
selects its 2006 award winners
AASL has announced the recipients of its 2006 annual awards, among them
the Frances Henne award (to Gladys Fox), the Distinguished Service award
(to Michael Eisenberg), and the Intellectual Freedom award (to Catherine
announces scholarship winners for 2006
Eric Whitfield, Van Bich Thi Tran, and Marco Rodriguez
are the winners of three masters level scholarships sponsored by
LITA jointly with Informata.com, LSSI, and OCLC....
2006 Library Interior Design awards announced
ALA and the International Interior Design Association have
selected 13 projects for recognition in the inaugural Library Interior
cut would shutter EPA libraries
Proposed budget cuts could cripple a nationwide system
of Environmental Protection Agency libraries that government researchers
and others depend on for hard-to-find technical information, library advocates
say. The $2-million cut sought by the White House would reduce the 35-year-old
EPA Library Networks budget by 80% and force many of its 10 regional
libraries to close....
Washington Post, May 15
the nations memory (subscription required)
History Professor Linda K. Kerber reminds us that, taken
together, the National Archives reclassification project, the Smithsonian-Showtime
deal, and the FBIs interest in the Jack Anderson papers all involve
the excessively generous definition by a federal agency of what the public
has no right to see. If allowed to continue, the trend threatens our understanding
both of the past and the present....
Chronicle of Higher Education, May 19
Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz dies
Stanley Kunitz, 100, a former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer
Prize winner whose expressive verse, social commitment, and generosity
to young writers spanned three-quarters of a century, has died. He worked
for the H. W. Wilson Company from 1928 to 1942, editing biographical reference
works and serving as editor of the Wilson Library Bulletin....
Washington Post, May 15
Scanning technology has been around for decades, but digitized books didnt
make much sense until recently, when search engines like Google, Yahoo,
Ask, and MSN came along. When millions of books have been scanned and
their texts are made available in a single database, search technology
will enable us to grab and read any book ever written. Ideally, in such
a complete library we should also be able to read any article ever written
in any newspaper, magazine, or journal....
New York Times Magazine, May 14
reading falls 12%
Library use at Montgomery, Alabama, public schools is down
by more than 195,000 books from last year, when the district changed the
way it grades reading. Circulation this school year, through April 30,
was 1,341,981 books, compared with 1,535,267 for the same period last
year, according to district numbers. The decrease is more than 12%....
Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, May 7
D.C. cant read
When Coolidge High School librarian Lynn Kauffman received notice that
her position was being eliminated, she was dumbfounded. Under pressure
from parents and residents who support Kauffmans efforts, Coolidge
Principal L. Nelson Burton agreed to let her return half-time next year.
But his initial decision to install a computer lab coordinator
in the library standsone more example of the D.C. public schools
misplaced priorities and shortsightedness....
Washington Post, May 15
and Rushdie speak out for British libraries
J. K. Rowling, Salman Rushdie, Irvine Welsh, and Jacqueline
Wilson are among 150 authors who have pledged to help galvanize support
for public libraries and combat their growing image problem. Rowling compared
libraries to the World-Between-the-Worlds from C. S. Lewiss Narnia
books, where visitors could enter a thousand different worlds by
jumping into different pools....
The Guardian, May 15
Weimar library recovers, one rare book at a time
The town of Weimar in the former East Germany is recovering slowly from the extensive damage caused by a fire a year and a half ago that damaged or destroyed 72,000 volumes in the Duchess Anna Amalia Library, which was one of the greatest collections of old books and manuscripts in the world....
New York Times, May 17
Smashing image of a librarian
Carla Hayden, early 50-ish, defies the stereotype of librarian. Stylish and sophisticated, with a strong interest in fashion, she has spent her career in libraries: in Pittsburgh, Chicago, andfor the last 12 yearsas executive director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore....
Baltimore Sun, May 14
Join the battle for literacy: read a book
Two years ago, the National Endowment for the Arts conducted a reading survey that found that there has been a dramatic decline in literary reading among all Americans. The NEA leadership wants to do something about this decline in reading, so the NEA is sponsoring the Big Read, a program to get communities to read one book....
The Baton Rouge Advocate, May 14
Womans love of books opens door to libraries
Lucia Bliss traveling collection of the 1930s laid the foundation for todays county system....
Oregonian, May 11
and the role of institutions in a peer-to-peer world (PDF
Georgetown University Law Professor Rebecca Tushnet explores
how recent technological and legal trends are affecting public and school-affiliated
libraries, which have special concerns that are not necessarily captured
by an end-consumer-oriented analysis. Despite the promise that technology
will empower individuals, we must recognize the crucial structural role
of intermediaries that select and distribute copyrighted works....
UCLA Law Review, vol. 53, no. 4 (Apr.)
in social networking software
Meredith Farkas surveys the place of libraries within social
networks: Before MySpace and Facebook, there was no one site that
was so huge and pervasive and captured the attention of so many teens.
Its hard to point a finger at the Web and say its bad for
kids and they shouldnt use it; its easy to point a finger
at a specific site or a few sites and blame them for everything thats
wrong with young people today. She includes a list of useful resources
on social networking software....
Information Wants to Be Free,
networking safety tips for tweens and teens
The Federal Trade Commission is urging kids to add one
more lesson to the list of safety and privacy lessons they should learn:
Dont post information about yourself online that you dont
want the whole world to know....
Federal Trade Commission, May
literacy for the 21st-century learner
NILRC will host a national teleconference on reaching at-risk
high school and community college students, Friday, June 2, 12 noon1:30
p.m. Eastern Time. Panelists will discuss the disconnect between high
schools and colleges in the teaching of information literacy skills....
of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges
academy adopts resolutions on ethics and openness
International leaders met at the crossroads of culture
and tradition in Granada, Spain, on April 27 and 28 to discuss the future
of library and information science education, which are facing a crossroads
of their own. The Louis Round Wilson Academy approved its first general
statements on ethics and opennesstwo topics of special concern for
those responsible for the future stewardship of recorded knowledge....
University of North Carolina SILS, May 12
launches website makeover
unveiled a new look May 16 as the internet powerhouse strives to remain
the worlds most popular online destination. The redesigned page
includes more interactive features that reduce the need to click through
to other pages to review the weather, check e-mail, listen to music, or
monitor local traffic conditions....
Associated Press, May 16
Use the Washington
Offices Legislative Action Center to tell your member of Congress
your opinion on DOPA
(H.R. 5319, Deleting Online Predators Act).
in New Orleans,
June 2228. Consult the Daily
Schedule and use the Event
What do YOU think?
Should minors be prohibited from accessing chat rooms and social-networking websites such as MySpace and Facebook on school or library computers, as the pending Deleting Online Predators Act, H.R. 5319, would require?
is an unscientific poll that reflects the opinions of only those
AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
May 10 poll:
you consider RFID and biometrics technology secure enough for use
in your library?
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website.
As the highest
level of Corporate Membership, the ALA Library
Champions program gives business members the best means to promote
the work of libraries and to demonstrate their leadership in the library
field. Library Champions are among ALAs greatest corporate supporters,
with over 90% of their dues going to support library advocacy.
Seekers web portal lists opportunities for prospective masters
and doctoral level library (LIS) and school media (NCATE) students
from diverse backgrounds as well as recruitment resources for institutions.
FOR DIGITAL COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT,
UCLA. Reporting to the head of the Digital Library Program team,
the librarian provides leadership and coordination of librarians,
faculty, staff, and other partners participating in the creation
of digital collections of text, images, audio, and video.....
Check out the new ALA
Graphics Summer 2006 catalog for new products and classic
OLOS supports, serves, and promotes adult literacy
and equity of information access initiatives for traditionally
underserved populations through training, information resources, and technical
Stories inside include:
Leaders As Readers
New Worlds for Latino Children
Higher Purpose of Libraries and Librarianship
National Institute, Hilton Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Childrens
Services Today and Tomorrow. Contact: Angela
Smith, 800-545-2433, ext. 2167.
of Research Libraries, Library Assessment Conference, Charlottesville,
Virginia. Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment.
Fall Forum, Warwick, Rhode Island. Assessing Student
Learning in the School Library Media Center. Contact: Andrea
Parker, 800-545-2433, ext. 1396.
National Forum, Nashville, Tennessee. NetVille in
Nashville: Web Services As Library Services. Contact: LITA,
800-545-2433, ext. 4270.
Catalogers, 12th Biennial Conference, Mesa, Arizona. Preparing
for a Brave New World: Media Cataloging on the Threshold of RDA.
Contact: Timothy Diel.
presidents go, he really is an ordinary Joe. And lets face
it, ordinary Joesand Georgesdont spend a lot of
time hanging around libraries.
Steve Blow musing about the George W. Bush Presidential Library,
Dallas Morning News,
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