court: Patriot Acts gag provision probably unlawful
A federal appeals judge has criticized the FBIs permanent
ban on speech in terrorism investigationsthe gag provision allowed
by National Security Letters (NSLs) authorized by the USA Patriot Actas
probably unconstitutional in the light of recent congressional amendments
to the law....
Jeb Bush vetoes Florida library appropriations
As part of an unprecedented $448.7-million line-item veto
of state funding, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush slashed a total of $5.8 million
in grants to public libraries, pilot projects for library homework help
and web-based high-school texts, and funding for a joint-use library in
Tampa. Bush, whose term runs out in January 2007, said as he signed the
$73.9-billion state budget May 25 that he was pleased to leave the state
with a $6.4-billion reserve cushion against hard times....
neutrality bill passes House committee
The House Judiciary Committee sent to the full House May
25 a bill that would forbid internet service providers from charging higher
fees to providers of bandwidth-intensive data files for access to high-speed
connections. The Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act of 2006, introduced
May 18 by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), passed out of committee
by a vote of 2013....
were recommended for University of New Mexico in 2002
A consultant recommended fire-suppression systems four
years ago for the University of New Mexicos Zimmerman Library, which
suffered serious damage from an April 30 blaze. Sprinklers were among
many recommendations in the 97-page UNM General Library Preservation
Assessment, which was completed in 2002 by University of Utah Preservation
Librarian Randy Silverman....
Burger attends ACLU press conference
President-Elect Leslie Burger attended the May 30 ACLU press
conference at which four Connecticut librarians spoke publicly for
the first time about their experience as recipients of a National Security
Letter (NSL) demanding library records. She officially thanked Library
Connection on behalf of Americas library users for their bravery
and patriotism in fighting the governments order and expressed
regret that Library Connection was barred from speaking to Congress about
the USA Patriot Act before the law was renewed earlier this year....
State Library and SOLINET to cosponsor ALA Advocacy Institute
The Mississippi State Library and SOLINET have joined the
growing list of cosponsors for the ALA
Advocacy Institute, scheduled for Friday, June 23, during Annual Conference
in New Orleans....
business start-ups begin @ your library
Every year, more than 500,000 entrepreneurs start new businesses in the
United States. But how and where, with little money beyond what they can
borrow on credit cards or from family and friends, do they do the market
research, licensing, and all the rest of what it takes to succeed? The
answer is @ your library....
Dalzell, Tom, and Terry Victor (editors).
The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English.
Routledge, Jan. 2006. (0-415-21258-8).
The king is dead. Long live the king! Since 1937 the standard
dictionary of English slang has been Eric Partridges
The Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English.
In edition after edition, Partridge enumerated slang words,
provided quotations both to illustrate use and to date origins,
cited other authorities, and applied usage labels. English
has changed; society has changed; the time has come for a
and dictionary update, 2006
The atlases and dictionaries listed here are
ones weve seen since our last Atlas and Dictionary Update
in the May 15, 2005, issue. Some of the annotations are excerpts
of reviews previously published in RBB; others are
brief notes on new editions....
deluge of errors sank New Orleans
As hurricanes come, New Orleans always is going to be a
special case. Nature makes it vulnerable. Human error and fecklessness,
though, were what turned the hurricane of 05 into The Great Deluge.
Thats the title historian Douglas Brinkley chose for his book about
the first week of Katrina. The book was written on the run. The author
evacuated with the foresighted and the lucky before the storm hit....
Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, May 28
Orleans to remain second city for some time
By even the most optimistic estimates, it will be a decade
before New Orleans is again a city of 455,000. The grim population outlook
all but assures Louisiana will lose another seat in Congress, thereby
reducing its clout and influence in Washington. While no one is sure how
many people are back in New Orleans, the best guess is around 200,000....
Shreveport (La.) Times, May 28
downtown revitalization plan unveiled
In a sweeping downtown revitalization plan being unveiled
May 30, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel and the New Orleans Shopping
Center will be turned into a modern 20-acre multi-use National Jazz Center
and park buttressed by public office buildings....
New Orleans Times-Picayune, May 30
on a shoestring
New Orleans does not have enough money to provide basic
city services to residents. It was true before Hurricane Katrina and it
is even more true now. Garbage is collected once a week now, rather than
twice as it was pre-Katrina. Many city traffic lights are dead and others
blink like Christmas lights....
New Orleans City Business, May 29
This FAQ answers many questions about current transportation
and facilities in New Orleans....
New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
Shuttle service is available to and from downtown New Orleans
hotels, the French Quarter, and the Convention Center for $13 per person
one way or $26 per person round trip....
Airport Shuttle New Orleans
announces speakers for its Baltimore Conference
Luz Mangurian (right), Tracy Mitrano, David Silver, and
Sanford Ungar are among the speakers invited to present papers at ACRLs
13th National Conference, to be held in Baltimore, March 29April
1, 2007. Mangurian, former professor of biology at Towson University,
will discuss her research on learning and the neurosciences and how it
can be applied in higher education....
issues statement on the LC series authority record decision
The board of directors of ALCTS issued a statement last
week in response to LCs announcement April 20 that it would cease
performing series authority work for the bibliographic records it creates.
The statement, drafted by the Cataloging and Classification Section with
input from the Serials Section, was forwarded to the Library of Congress....
Annual Conference forums in New Orleans
ALCTS recently inaugurated a forum series, held at various
times during each ALA conference, to provide its members the opportunity
to hear experts discuss important topics of current concern to the ALCTS
and library community. Upcoming forums in New Orleans include such topics
as digital preservation and serials standards....
Get out the Vote campaign generated increased turnout
As a result of AASLs Get Out the Vote campaign launched
in early spring, voting by its members in the 2006 ALA election increased
by 39% from last year: 2,178 AASL members voted in 2006, compared to only
1,571 in 2005, 1,590 in 2004, 1,228 in 2003, and 1,321 in 2002....
Homelessness, and Poverty TF adds new sections to its website
The SRRT Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty Task Force has
made two important additions to its websitea
new resources section and a new organizations section....
of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature named
Aloft, Kira Kira, and Firekeepers
Son are the winners in three categories of the Asian/Pacific American
Award for Literature. The awards honor and recognize individual works
published in 2004 and 2005 about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritages
based on literary and artistic merit....
librarians break silence in records case
Four Connecticut librarians who had been barred from revealing
that they had received a request for patrons records from the federal
government spoke out May 30, expressing frustration about the sweeping
powers given to law enforcement authorities by the USA Patriot Act....
New York Times, May 31
National Library sues Brooklyn dealer over manuscript
Frances national library has filed suit against a
Brooklyn artifact dealer, demanding the return of a centuries-old book
that was stolen before he purchased it at a New York auction, a library
Associated Press, May 29
thanks Maryland Library Association for restoring hope
Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) sent a letter to John Taube,
director of the Allegany County (Md.) Library System, that read in part:
It was hard to find hope among the despair following Aug. 29, 2005,
but when John Taube, Judy Castleman, and Jan Carder drove to Pearlington
[PDF file], hope came
with them. Words cannot express our gratitude for the bookmobile and your
Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, May 27
set limits on public employees speech rights
The Supreme Court declared May 30, in a ruling affecting
millions of government employees, that the Constitution does not always
protect their free-speech rights for what they say on the job. In a 54
decision, the court held that public employees free-speech rights
are protected when they speak out as citizens on matters of public concern,
but not when they speak out in the course of their official duties....
New York Times, May 30
library: Next best thing to an MBA
Across the country, public libraries are giving would-be
entrepreneurs a helping hand with resources and expert guidance. The sheer
volume of library resources available is staggering. It wouldnt
be a stretch to say that many could rival an MBA program in terms of the
tools they offer for instruction and informationavailable for little
or no cost...
Business Week, May 25
Pandoras box of social networking
MySpace claimed almost 5 million registered users in 2005,
and that number has grown to exceed 70 million today. Though currently
the most popular, MySpace is only one of a number of social networking
sites online, and their attractiveness to teens and pre-teens has spawned
worry over a growing internet menace....
TechNewsWorld, May 31
Allowing undergraduates into the British Librarys
reading rooms has led to exclusion, not inclusion. The library last year
decided to let the undergraduate masses into the reading rooms. On the
face of it, a good idea. But the studied calm of the reading room has
given way to a hum of mobile phone ringtones, chit-chat, and pubescent
The Guardian, May 29
International targets net repression
Amnesty International is celebrating 45 years of activism
by highlighting governments use of the internet to suppress dissent.
The campaign will push for the
release of those jailed for speaking out online and name high-tech firms
aiding governments that limit online protests....
BBC News, May 28
summer reading program
The Chicago Public Library is teaming up with the Field
Museum to get kids Wrapped Up in Reading this summer. Children
will celebrate Ancient Egypt (and the King Tut exhibit at the Field) with
an eight-week Summer Reading Program, June 12August 5. Chicago-area
readers of all ages are encouraged to participate by reading a book and
reporting on it at any of the 79 CPL locations....
Chicago Public Library
North Carolina, area teens at ImaginOn created this video to promote their
summer reading program. The video, which shows how teens can get inspired
about a 30-hour reading program, is available for viewing at YouTube,
where it will start playing when you visit the site....
Alternative Teen Services, May 19
Public Library: A new strategic plan
CPL has come up with a new strategic plan (PDF
file) for the citys libraries. Developed as a collaborative
effort with the Chicago Public Library Foundation and with generous pro
bono consultation from the Boston Consulting Group, CPL 2010 identifies
20 goals in four key Areas of Strength upon which the institution will
build, and 10 goals in three Areas of New Strategic Opportunity....
Chicago Public Library Foundation
about libraries and access
Walt Crawfords Perspective offers some
thoughts on how trends in access affect libraries ability to maintain
strong collections, provide long-term access, and provide access to resources
in all disciplines (not all disciplines at equal collection levels
in all libraries, of course). Think of this essay as an extended answer
to the question, Why do I write about library access at alland
why dont I stick to open access?...
Cites & Insights, June
captures the Web
The Library of Congress has launched a website
devoted to information about its program to capture and preserve historically
important websites so that they can be accessed by future generations
Library of Congress, May 25
moves conference location due to strike (PDF file)
The Canadian Library Association has changed the location
of most of its annual conference due to the ongoing strike at the Ottawa
Congress Centre. Conference activities are being moved to other venues,
with the biggest changes taking place June 1516....
Canadian Library Association, May 25
broadcasters, museums, and libraries will hold second videoconference
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Institute
for Museum and Library Services announced that the Partnership for a Nation
of Learners will sponsor a second national/local Community Collaboration
Videoconference on June 19, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time. It will
be produced at WETA in Washington, D.C., and will once again feature Ray
Suarez, senior correspondent for The Newshour with Jim Lehrer,
as the national host....
Institute for Museum and Library Services, May 25
publishes survey on college students perceptions of the library
College Students Perceptions of Libraries and
Information Resources examines the information-seeking
habits and preferences of international college students. With all-new
graphs and additional analysis of how college student data compare to
that of total respondents, this report is a subset of OCLCs original
report and provides findings from the online survey in an effort to learn
more about library use, library electronic resources, and internet search
education schools arent teaching about reading (PDF
From a representative sample of 72 education schools, NCTQ
reviewed 222 required reading courses, including evaluations of syllabi
as well as 226 required reading texts. Schools were scored on how well
their courses presented the core components of the science of reading.
The findings are alarming. Only 15% of the education schools provide future
teachers with minimal exposure to the science. Moreover, course syllabi
reveal a tendency to dismiss the scientific research in reading, continuing
to espouse approaches to reading that will not serve up to 40% of all
National Council on Teacher Quality, May
OPACs suck, part 3: The big picture
Karen Schneider continues her critique of library catalogs:
The fundamental problem with todays library catalog is that
it suffers from severe literalism. Even with a few bells and whistles,
todays OPAC is a doggedly faithful replica of the card catalog of
ALA TechSource blog, May 20
in New Orleans,
advantage of ALAs Conference
Placement Service in New Orleans. Job seekers, employers, and
recruitment vendors can register at the HRDR website.
of the Best Business Web Sites, RUSAs recommended business
General fund will provide grants to public schools whose school
library program has been affected by a disaster. Grants are to replace
or supplement books, media, or library equipment in the school library
setting. Apply by June 1 to receive the earliest consideration.
International Relations Office has created a database that allows you
to search the international activities of librarians. To create
a profile or search the database, visit the Global
What do YOU think?
you think federal library employees have the right, under the First
Amendment, to expose suspected agency misconduct and inefficiency
in the course of their employment?
is an unscientific poll that reflects the opinions of only those
AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
May 24 poll:
you support legislation making English the official language of
the United States?
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website.
OF COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT,
Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. Reporting to the dean of library
services, the coordinator of collection development provides leadership
and vision for collection development programs and planning; coordinates
materials selection and approval plans; and assesses and evaluates
collections and gathers relevant statistics....
includes basic information on what it takes to become a librarian or library
worker as well as information on education, financial assistance, and
possible career paths.
Stories inside include:
The Crux of the LIS Education Crisis
Stronger Bridges over the Continuing- Education Gap
Science: Not Just for Boys Anymore
Public Library. Sports Temples of Boston: Images of
Historic Ballparks, Arenas, and Stadiums in Boston.
University, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, New
York City. Children's Drawings of the Spanish Civil War.
Central Georgia Regional Library, Augusta. Picturing
Augusta: Historic Postcards from the Collection of the East Central
Georgia Regional Library.
Business School, Baker Library, Cambridge, Mass. The
Wall Street Journal Cartoon Collection.
Library, San Marino, California. Land of Golden Dreams:
California in the Gold Rush Decade 18481858.
of Congress. Maps in Our Lives.
of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A Portion of the People:
Three Hundred Years of Southern Jewish Life.
of Southern California, Los Angeles. Life as He Knew
It: Photographs of Black Los Angeles from the Walter Gordon Collection.
of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Austin.
Fathoms from Anywhere: A Samuel Beckett Centenary Exhibition.
your proposal places a greater value on the lives of those who earn
more than those who earn less. An ill-paid nurse or librarian would
serve on a jury, but a tobacco lobbyist or PGA star would not.
Ethicist columnist Randy Cohen, responding to an anonymous
reader who felt he should be excused from jury duty because the
income taxes he pays are more valuable than the service, New
York Times Magazine, Apr. 23.
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