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Damage to the library on the Aobayama science campus of Tohoku University in Sendai, JapanLibrary damage in the Sendai earthquake
ALA President Roberta Stevens and ALA Executive Keith Michael Fiels sent a letter to the Japan Library Association offering ALA’s condolences and support in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Reports are still coming in on the loss of life and extent of the damage in the 9.0-magnitude quake that occurred off the northeast coast of Japan. Togetter, a Japanese social media site, has some photos of libraries affected by the quake, many of them involving toppled shelves or fallen books. Save the Library, a Japanese-language website, is compiling information on library damage nationwide, as are similar sites for archives and museums. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst Libraries is maintaining a news and information portal....
AL: Inside Scoop, Mar. 14; Togetter, Earthquake Damage to Libraries; Save the Library

Drexel University's Learning TerraceLearning Terrace to embed library across Drexel campus
A new library facility at Drexel University in Philadelphia is “the first step toward embedding the libraries across campus,” according to Dean of Libraries Danuta Nitecki. The 3,000-square-foot Library Learning Terrace will be located on the ground floor of one of the campus’s residence halls. The space is intended to facilitate learning, rather than just house information. It won’t have any books or computers, but it will provide wireless internet access and electrical outlets for laptops and mobile devices....
American Libraries news, Mar. 15

License agreementOn My Mind: Must we abide?
D. J. Hoek writes: “More and more, publishers, database providers, and other corporate content proprietors are taking steps to replace the traditional benefits of ownership with the rigorously controlled provisions of licensing. Known as terms of sale or end-user license agreements, these licenses uniformly stipulate who can (and can’t) use a certain product and how that product can (and can’t) be used. Such restrictions place alarming limitations on libraries’ ability to develop meaningful collections. Even more alarming is the fact that we are doing nothing about it.”...
American Libraries column, Mar./Apr.

Authors Barbara Sorey and Christine Wigfall MorrisNewsmakers: Christine Wigfall Morris and Barbara Sorey
Christine Wigfall Morris (right), affectionately known as Miss Chris, was hired by the City of Clearwater, Florida, in July 1949 as its first African-American librarian. Now at 88, she has recapped her lifelong Florida history and her 33-year career as a librarian in Christine Wigfall Morris: Stories of Family, Community, and History (PublishAmerica, 2010), cowritten with local author Barbara Sorey (left). Morris helped to spearhead the opening of the facility designated as the Negro Library in April 1950, located in a storefront....
American Libraries column, Mar./Apr.

Cover of Standards for the 21st Century LearnerAccurate sources
Q. I’m in a public library and was assisting a local community college student who asked, “How accurate should my sources of information be?” I hardly know where to start! A.The issue of information literacy is huge—and important. Knowing how to recognize accurate information, whether in print or from the internet, and how to reference that material so that others will be able to assess its value are core skills for students at all levels....
AL: Ask the ALA Librarian, Mar. 15

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ALA on restrictions to library e-book lending
As libraries cope with stagnant or decreased budgets, the recent decision by publisher HarperCollins to restrict the lending of e-books to a limited number of circulations per copy threatens libraries’ ability to provide their users with access to information. “The announcement, at a time when libraries are struggling to remain open and staffed, is of grave concern,” said ALA President Roberta Stevens. “This new limitation means that fewer people will have access to an increasingly important format for delivering information.”...
Public Information Office, Mar. 14

Vote graphicCast your vote for ALA president, officers
Online polls opened March 16 for the 2011 ALA election for 2012–2013 ALA President, governing Council members, and division and round-table officers. Over the next 48 hours, ALA members will receive ballots via email. Those with a disability or no internet access may request a paper ballot by contacting ALA customer service at 800-545-2433, ext. 5, by April 8. The polls will close at midnight Central time on April 22....
Public Information Office, Mar. 15

An ALA Fireside Chat
Jenny Levine writes: “After four and a half years at ALA, I think I finally have enough of a handle on the Association to help explain its inner workings and secret handshakes. But it’s going to be a two-way street. I’ll share what I know and help draw back the curtain, but it’s up to you to read this ALA Marginalia blog, ask questions, and most important, do things with what you learn. Our first big project that we’ll start tackling in a couple of weeks is an ALA Civics class. In the meantime, what do you want to know about ALA and how it works?”...
ALA Marginalia, Mar. 16

Engaging boomers, staff, and students as supporters
Learn how to inspire the three segments of the population that inherently understand the value of the library at the “Boomers, Staff, and Students: Engaging the Many Voices of Advocacy” institute on June 24 at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. The program will also highlight federal legislation and lobbying and how it affects libraries on a grassroots level. Registration is open...
Office for Library Advocacy, Mar. 15

ALA login change
As the ALA website begins its migration to a new software platform, some exciting new features will be implemented later in the year, including the way you log in to the ALA and ALA Connect websites. After March 20, you will need to log in to both the ALA website and ALA Connect using only your username and password. Because this is only the first of many steps, you will still need to log in to each site separately until the migration process is complete....
ITTS News, Mar. 14

National Library Workers Day logoNational Library Workers Day, April 12
Continuing the theme “Libraries Work Because We Do!” thousands will celebrate National Library Workers Day and Equal Pay Day on April 12. As library workers and libraries are being commended for their value to their communities, women in all professions will be strategizing about closing the wage gap. Library workers’ salaries on average are improving, with the 2010 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey reporting average increases across all six position types....
ALA–Allied Professional Association, Mar. 15

National Bookmobile Day 2011 stickerCelebrate National Bookmobile Day 2011
A bookmobile birthday party. An open house on wheels. Free book giveaways. These are some ways that libraries across America will celebrate the second National Bookmobile Day on April 13. Library staff can share their plans for National Bookmobile Day and learn about other communities’ celebrations by visiting the National Bookmobile Day Facebook page....
Office for Literacy and Outreach, Mar. 14

Pick up programming tips at Annual Conference
Discussions on marketing and promotion, audience development, community partnerships, and a variety of programming formats that can be applied to all types and sizes of libraries will highlight six programs offered during the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, June 23–28. Among them are: “Science Programming 101,” and “Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility, and Compassion in the Public Library.” Details are available at the Public Programs Office website....
Public Programs Office, Mar. 15

Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference logoPrivacy conference seeks proposals
The 21st annual Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference is accepting program and poster proposals for this year’s conference, which will take place on June 14–16 in Washington, D.C. Past conferences have explored what computing technology means for freedom and privacy, including its usefulness as a surveillance tool. This year the focus will be on the present state of technology and its impact on human rights struggles around the world. The deadline for poster session proposals is April 3, and the deadline for program submissions is May 1....
OIF Blog, Mar. 15

LSSC program logoLSSC program needs evaluators
The ALA-APA’s Library Support Staff Certification Program currently needs the help of librarians with an MLIS and at least five years’ experience in one of the areas of the LSSC competency sets. LSSC began accepting candidates in January 2010 and is now beginning to see portfolios submitted. Apply on the LSSC website and submit your résumé....
ALA–Allied Professional Association, Mar. 14

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Cover of Axe CopFeatured review: Graphic novels for youth
Nicolle, Malachai. Axe Cop. Illustrated by Ethan Nicolle. Jan. 2011. 144p. Dark Horse, paperback (978-1-59582-681-7).
An experiment born of utter lunacy bears fruit in the hands of Eisner-nominee Ethan Nicolle (Chumble Spuzz), who collated and illustrated stories dictated by his 5-year-old brother Malachai. To say that Axe Cop is an axe-wielding policeman who sometimes chops off bad guys’ heads and sometimes sneaks into their houses at night (dressed in a black cat suit) and punches them in their faces while they sleep, who rides a dinosaur with machine-gun arms, and who encounters the likes of Abraham Lincoln: Explosion God is merely to say that Ethan successfully channels the phantasmagoric surrealism and psychotic violence of a little boy’s imagination into readable form. Although it works best in short, stupefying blasts (as in the “Ask Axe Cop” sections), there are moments of sublime hilarity unapproachable by the work of mature brains producing formally “understandable” narratives....

Graphic for Using Graphic Novels in Book ClubsUsing graphic novels in book clubs
Jesse Karp writes: “As graphic novels carry out their manifest destiny, swallowing up the real estate of library shelves and, more slowly, classroom curricula, the final frontier of acceptance may be the book group. The broad themes and splashy visuals often associated with comics might seem innately at odds with the intimate, personal discussions engendered in book clubs, so the challenge for the format is to prove it can fulfill the specific needs of the diversifying book-group market by promoting discussion and fostering social opportunity. How?”...

@ Visit Booklist Online for other reviews and much more....

New Orleans Update

Southern Food and Beverage Museum Collection at the New Orleans Public LibrarySouthern Food and Beverage Museum
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding, and celebration of the food, drink, and the related culture of the South. The museum opened in 2008 and is located at the Julia Street entrance of the Riverwalk Marketplace, 500 Port of New Orleans Place, next to the New Orleans Convention Center. It also maintains a special collection of Southern cookbooks at the New Orleans Public Library and, in conjunction with the University of New Orleans, is collecting menus from every restaurant throughout the South....
Southern Food and Beverage Museum

Pacific exhibit at the National World War II MuseumThe National World War II Museum
During ALA Annual Conference, this outstanding museum will offer an exhibit on “Joe Beyrle: A Hero for Two Nations,” which tells the story of an American Airborne soldier who fought in both the American and Russian forces during World War II. Launched on June 6, 2000, the National World War II Museum is located in New Orleans because it was here that Andrew Higgins built the amphibious landing craft that President Eisenhower believed won the war for the Allies....
National World War II Museum

Division News

Dia stickerRegister your Día event with ALSC
2011 marks the 15-year anniversary of El día de los niños / El día de los libros, called Día, the celebration of children, books, reading, and culture. While Día doesn’t happen until April 30, the time has come to start planning your Día event. Start now by registering so that you can add to the collective heritage of Día celebrations. School and public libraries can promote Día with these free publicity tools. ALSC is also offering its first-ever Día-related webinar, “Día 101: Everything you need to know about celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros” on April 1. Sign up for the webinar here....
ALSC, Mar. 11, 15

Paula PoundstonePaula Poundstone to headline “The Laugh’s on Us!”
Comedian, author, and ALTAFF spokesperson Paula Poundstone (right) will headline “The Laugh’s on Us!” on June 26 at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. The popular event features a lineup of hilarious writers. Former participants include Saturday Night Live comedians, TV and radio personalities, and bestselling authors. Wine and cheese will be served, and a book signing will follow....

Still from Strozier Rap videoThe making of the Strozier Rap video
Steven Bell writes: “While I can’t say enough about the importance of video as a communication and learning tool, I’m hardly enamored with most librarian videos—especially the ones that involve lip synching to pop tunes. That’s why I was particularly impressed by the creativity and craftsmanship demonstrated by the now well-known video that won top prize in the ACRL 2011 Video Contest, the Strozier Rap video (2:14). The Florida State University Libraries Strozier Library team did a great job, and I wanted to learn more from them.”...
ACRLog, Mar. 15

Help determine YALSA’s future
Anyone interested or involved in teen library services can offer their insights about youth services by taking an online survey to help YALSA determine the goals and objectives of its next 3–5 year strategic plan. The survey will close on March 31....
YALSA, Mar. 15

Keeping Teen Tech Week alive throughout the year
Laura Peowski writes: “With Teen Tech Week winding down, many of us have already held our program(s) and we are packing up our supplies and putting all TTW-related thoughts and ideas on the back burner until next year. It really comes down to this: Teens don’t just use technology during TTW, and we don’t want teens to just use the library during TTW. Here are a few thoughts to keep with you throughout the year.”...
YALSA Blog, Mar. 11

Round Table News

Be part of the Human Library
Volunteers are invited to serve as “human books” 1:30–2:30 p.m. on June 27 at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Each volunteer will be available for “check-out” to another attendee for a one-on-one, respectful conversation to further understanding about people of different backgrounds and cultures. An outgrowth of a Danish antiviolence campaign, the Human Library movement began in 2000. To volunteer, email Julie Winkelstein....
Social Responsibilities Round Table, Mar. 15


Patrice McDermottPatrice McDermott wins 2011 James Madison Award
ALA President Roberta Stevens awarded the 2011 James Madison Award to Patrice McDermott, director of, on March 16 during the 13th annual National Freedom of Information Day Conference celebration at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. McDermott’s commitment to vigilantly defending our freedoms has included working as the senior information policy analyst for OMB Watch and as deputy director of the ALA Office of Government Relations....
District Dispatch, Mar. 16

Joan GieseckeJoan Giesecke wins ALA Equality Award
Joan R. Giesecke, dean of libraries at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, is the 2011 recipient of the ALA Equality Award. The annual award is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession. The numerous letters of support accompanying Giesecke’s nomination emphasized her vision, leadership, energy, research, presentations, and mentoring to increase the gender and racial diversity among librarians at her university....
Office of ALA Governance, Mar. 11

Wendy NewmanWendy Newman receives Ken Haycock Award
Wendy Newman, senior fellow on the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto and past president of the Canadian Library Association, has been selected as the 2011 winner of the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. The award honors an individual for contributing to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship through professional performance, teaching, or writing. Newman was cited for her service on expert groups that provided guidance on critical information policies....
Office of ALA Governance, Mar. 11

Ellyssa Kroski2011 Greenwood Publishing Group Award
ALA has named The Tech Set the winner of the 2011 Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in Library Literature. The book was envisioned, created, and edited by Ellyssa Kroski (right) and published by Neal-Schuman. The Tech Set uses a creative, innovative approach with both printed books and links to online resources that give readers the opportunity to interact with each other and the authors on current and ever-changing technology topics....
Office of ALA Governance, Mar. 14

Louise Letnes (left) and Julie Kelly2011 ACRL STS Innovation Award
The ACRL Science and Technology Section has selected AgEcon Search, the agricultural repository of the University of Minnesota’s Waite Library, for its 2011 Innovation Award. The $3,000 cash award, donated by IEEE, will be presented on June 26 at the STS All Members Breakfast. AgEcon Search is coordinated by Louise Letnes (left), librarian in the University of Minnesota Department of Applied Economics, and Julie Kelly (right), science librarian at Magrath Library....
ACRL, Mar. 14

Melora MirzaCommunity College Learning Resources Leadership Award
ACRL has chosen Melora Mirza, associate library director at Georgia Perimeter College’s Dunwoody Campus, to receive the 2011 Community and Junior College Libraries Section EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award. Mirza was instrumental in bringing a library technician program to GPC, working with college administrators and others to guide the new program through the organizational and implementation stages....
ACRL, Mar. 14

Leslie BussertCommunity College Library Program Achievement Award
ACRL has chosen Leslie Bussert, head of instruction services, head of instruction services at the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College Library, to receive the 2011 Community and Junior College Libraries Section EBSCO Community College Library Program Achievement Award. Bussert collaborated with UW English instructor Norm Pouliot to convert a grading rubric into an online self-assessment survey for students....
ACRL, Mar. 14

Stephen E. Atkins2011 Marta Lange/CQ Press Award
Stephen E. Atkins, former curator of the Dawson Collection and French studies at the Texas A&M University Cushing Library, has been posthumously awarded the 2011 ACRL Law and Political Science Section Marta Lange/CQ Press Award. The award honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science....
ACRL, Mar. 14

Diane WaldenASCLA Leadership and Professional Development Award
Diane Walden, correctional libraries senior consultant for the Colorado State Library, is the recipient of the 2011 ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award for her for her efforts at the Colorado State Library and at the Florida Department of Corrections in delivering high quality consulting and statewide library services for offenders. Walden also created ALA’s first statement about inmates’ intellectual freedom, “Prisoners Right to Read: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.”...
ASCLA, Mar. 15

John WilkinLITA Library Hi Tech Award winner
LITA has named John Wilkin the winner of the 2011 Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. The award recognizes individuals or institutions for their long-term contributions in the area of LIS technology and its application. Wilkin, associate university librarian for library information technology at the University of Michigan, was cited for his work in the fields of digital libraries, open source software, and multi-institution collaboration....
LITA, Mar. 14

Laura Bush at the Mansfield PL Literary Landmark ceremonyMansfield Public Library designated a Literary Landmark
ALTAFF has designated Mansfield (Tex.) Public Library a Literary Landmark in recognition of the contributions of author John Howard Griffin (1920–1980). Griffin’s book Black Like Me chronicles his experiences in fall 1959, when he darkened his skin and lived as a black man for seven weeks while traveling through Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. The February 27 Literary Landmark dedication featured former First Lady Laura Bush (right) as a special guest....
ALTAFF, Mar. 11

LJ’s Movers and Shakers 2011
Francine Fialkoff writes: “Since 2002, Library Journal has been selecting some 50 individuals annually—mostly but not all librarians—from hundreds of nominations from the field for its Movers and Shakers issue. The 2011 cohort brings the group to over 500 strong. Movers and Shakers gives us a chance to shout about the innovative work being done in libraries and the people who are doing it, not just to the library world but outside it. It is one small way to acknowledge the work of librarians and to tell the world the big story of both libraries and librarians.”...
Library Journal, Mar. 15

Cover of The Warmth of Other Suns2010 National Book Critics Circle Awards
The National Book Critics Circle announced the winners of its 2010 book awards on March 10. The winner in nonfiction is Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (Random House); the winner in fiction is Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (Knopf); and the winner in biography is Sarah Bakewell, How To Live: Or, A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer (Other Press)....
Critical Mass, Mar. 10

Cover of The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Deborah Eisenberg’s The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg (Picador) was selected March 15 as the winner of the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Eisenberg’s stories have long been admired for their exceptional language and nuanced evocation of thought and emotion. The award is America’s largest peer-juried prize for fiction in the United States. As winner, Eisenberg receives $15,000....
PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Mar. 15

Children's Book Week 2011 poster, designed by Peter BrownGive it up for Children’s Book Week, May 2–8
Betsy Bird writes: “If there’s a holiday for children’s literature out there, the closest possible equivalent would have to be Children’s Book Week, am I right? What’s that? You have no idea what Children’s Book Week is? You’re probably not alone. In my time as a children’s librarian I’ve been vaguely aware of it. The Children’s Book Council is bringing together everyone in all the areas of children’s literature for a celebration we can all partake of. Between March 14 and April 29, kids can go to the website and vote for their selections in the Children’s Book Choice Awards.”...
School Library Journal: A Fuse #8 Production, Mar. 15

Native Hawaiian Library Services grants
One-year grants of varying amounts are available to nonprofit organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians for projects that may enhance existing library services or implement new library services. The application deadline is May 16....
Institute of Museum and Library Services, Mar. 16

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Cover of White House copyright reportWhite House wants new copyright law crackdown
The White House on March 15 proposed sweeping revisions to U.S. copyright law, including making “illegal streaming” of audio or video a federal felony and allowing FBI agents to wiretap suspected infringers. In a 20-page white paper (PDF file), the Obama administration called on the U.S. Congress to fix “deficiencies that could hinder enforcement” of intellectual property laws. Prepared by Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel, the report does not mention “fair use” at all. Meanwhile, some members of Congress are willing to consider radical measures to rid the internet of “rogue” websites accused of piracy, including getting search engines like Google to tweak their search results....
CNET News: Privacy Inc., Mar. 15;, Mar. 14

House panel blocks FCC’s net neutrality rules
Legislation to block the Federal Communications Commission from implementing rules to prohibit discriminatory treatment of internet traffic is headed for a vote in the U.S. House by mid-April, following its successful passage out of committee March 15. H.J. Res. 37 was reported out by the House Energy and Commerce Committee by a vote of 30–23 along straight party lines. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) warned that successful passage of the resolution would “give big phone and cable companies control over what websites Americans can visit, what applications they can run, and what devices they can use.”...
Law360, Mar. 16

Senate makes progress on Patriot Act
On a 10–7 vote March 10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill, the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011 (S. 193), to reauthorize three expiring provisions of the act and add important new safeguards for library and bookseller records. The bill imposes a heightened degree of protection for library patron and circulation records in intelligence investigations under Section 215....
District Dispatch, Mar. 11

Past presidents of the Wisconsin Library Association gather for the March 12 librarians' rally at Madison Public Library. From left: Alberto Herrera, Terry Danson, Jane Pearlmutter, Nancy McClements, and Paul NelsonWisconsin librarians join Tractorcade
Sharon McQueen writes: “A third librarians’ march took place March 12 during what has been a month of daily protests at Wisconsin’s State Capitol. Library staff and supporters gathered at Madison Public Library’s Central Library and marched to Capitol Square singing Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land Is Your Land,’ followed by chants of ‘Librarians! United! Will never be divided!’ Once at the Capitol, they merged with the Farmer Labor Tractorcade and paraded around the square.” Madison police estimated the protest involved as many as 100,000 people, the largest of the recent pro-labor rallies and possibly the largest in the city’s history....
Library Journal, Mar. 14; Retiring Guy’s Digest, Mar. 12

Laura Burns, a librarian with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District for 16 years, would be moved back into the classroom as a K- 5 teacher. Screen shot from KGO-TV newscastCalifornia hands out scores of pink slips
Debra Lau Whelan writes: “Scores of California media specialists received preliminary pink slips March 15, paving the way for several districts to be without librarians when the school year begins next fall. That was the state deadline to notify all certified teachers, librarians, and counselors that they could lose their jobs in September in an effort to reduce a $26-billion budget deficit.” Among those on the hit list are school districts in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Diego County, Orange County, Del Norte County, Fontana, Santa Clara, and Long Beach....
School Library Journal, Mar. 15; KGO-TV, San Francisco, Mar. 7

Idaho House votes for library filters
Saying pornography has “permeated our society,” the Idaho House voted 63–7 March 14 to require the state’s public libraries to filter internet access for adults. State Librarian Ann Joslin said at least one Idaho library district held a public hearing on the issue “and heard very clearly from their adult residents that they did not want filtered internet access on the adult computers.” The bill (HB 205) would no longer let local library boards make that decision....
Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman-Review, Mar. 14

Suicide at Salt Lake City Public Library
A woman jumped to her death March 11 off an indoor 4th-floor pedestrian bridge at the main branch of the Salt Lake City Library—the third public suicide reported at the downtown site since 2006. Library Executive Director Beth Elder said the bridge is used to walk to bathrooms in a public area on the west side of the building. She added that the library may look into making some design changes....
Salt Lake Tribune, Mar. 12

America’s Most Wanted suspect found in library
A man who had been featured on the Fox TV show America’s Most Wanted for allegedly killing his girlfriend in Florida in 2008 was arrested March 12 at the Pleasant Hill branch of the Dakota County (Minn.) Library in Hastings. Abraham Mpaka was featured on the show three times, as recently as March 12. Acting on information supplied by six girlfriends, Mpaka was identified using a computer at the library after police officers found the van he was driving in the parking lot....
Hastings (Minn.) Star Bulletin, Mar. 14

Cover of BetrayedFairbanks panel votes to keep Betrayed
A Fairbanks (Alaska) North Star Borough School District committee has recommended that high school libraries retain Betrayed, the second YA vampire novel in the House of Night series by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast. The book has been under evaluation for the past few months after a complaint by parent Ken Spiers that its theme was too sexual. Superintendent Pete Lewis will make a final decision by April 1....
Fairbanks (Alaska) News-Miner, Mar. 10

Smithsonian conservator examining the Jefferson BibleJefferson’s bible gets rehabbed
In 1820, Thomas Jefferson sat in his home at Monticello and cut New Testament verses in four different languages from six books to create his own bible. Saying he was selecting his own “morsels of morality,” Jefferson removed verses on any miracles, as well as the resurrection. This Jefferson Bible has been one of the iconic possessions of the Smithsonian Institution for 116 years. Now conservators have removed the 86 pages from the original binding and are examining every inch to stabilize its condition, study its words and craftsmanship, and guarantee that future generations can learn more about the artifact and the man....
Washington Post: ArtsPost, Mar. 10; O Say Can You See?, Mar. 10

Monty the Yale Law School therapy dogLaw library offers dog for check-out
Soon Yale Law School students may be able to check out a dog from the library in addition to books on constitutional law. In an email sent to students March 10, librarian Blair Kauffman announced that the law library will run a three-day pilot program in which students can check out the certified library therapy dog—Monty—for 30-minute periods. He wrote that he hopes the program, which will begin March 28, will reduce student stress. If students respond well to the program, the library may institute it permanently during stressful periods....
Yale Daily News, Mar. 11

Pit bull with kittensBurlingame’s Paws for Tails decision criticized
In the summer of 2010, Burlingame (Calif.) Public Library Director Patricia Harding decided to ban pit bulls from the library’s Paws for Tails program, in which children read aloud to dogs in order to build self-confidence. Cris Cohen, a volunteer for the Oakland-based pit bull rescue organization BAD RAP, pointed out to city officials that California law prohibits discriminating against animals based on breed. In early March, a Burlingame attorney agreed to lift the ban, but the library opted to withdraw from the Paws for Tales program completely....
Parade, Mar. 14

George Mason student arrested over study carrel
Abdirashid Dahir, a senior at George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia, says he was arrested by campus police on a felony abduction charge after a bizarre altercation with a fellow student over a study room at the main research library. It started March 8, when Dahir settled on a study room at GMU’s Fenwick Library after a long search. He realized he’d forgotten his laptop charger and went off to get it, then returned seven minutes later to find another student in his carrel....
Washington Post, Mar. 15

Small electrical fire at Library of Congress
An electrical line is being blamed for a fire in the sub-basement of the Library of Congress’s Madison building March 11. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said that D.C.–area electric provider Pepco was doing work at the building when a feeder line caught fire. Employees in the building reported the lights flickering and the internet going down. The building was evacuated for less than an hour....
The Hill, Mar. 11

E-library in use at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Photo from Taiwan TimesTaiwan opens airport library
The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport has opened an in-transit e-library, offering 400 e-book titles to ease terminal boredom while showcasing the island’s high-tech capabilities. The library allows passengers to consult Chinese and English-language e-books, as well as some 2,000 printed books, in a special waiting area in the larger of the airport’s two terminals. The e-books are stored on 30 devices, a mix of iPads and e-readers with e-ink screens. The duty-free shop manages the library, which was proposed by Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou....
Network World, Mar. 11; Freesun News, Mar. 11

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Tech Talk

Internet Explorer 9 logoInternet Explorer 9 has arrived
Peter Bright writes: “With the March 15 release of Internet Explorer 9 at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Microsoft has created the most modern browser there is. The company set out to do four things with IE9. The browser had to be fast, it had to be standards-compliant, it had to be trustworthy, and it had to put the focus on sites and web content, rather than the browser.” One warning: It won’t work with Windows XP. PC Magazine gives it a thorough review, and Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols offers five reasons not to upgrade yet....
Ars Technica, Mar. 15; PC Magazine, Mar. 14; ZDNet: Networking, Mar. 15

28 iPad 2 tips and tricks
Patrick Miller writes: “Your new iPad 2 might not be as full-featured (or as complicated) as a laptop or desktop PC, but a few neat tricks are still hidden beneath the surface. Read on to learn how to secure your iPad, sync your bookmarks, and more.”...
PC World, Mar. 15

Dries Buytaert. Photo by Luc ByhetDrupalCon 2011
Sean Fitzpatrick writes: “Just a couple months after Drupal rolled out its seventh version, project lead Dries Buytaert kicked off the 2011 DrupalCon in Chicago March 8 with a keynote talk on Drupal 8. Most of us haven’t even planned for migrating our Drupal 6 sites to version 7, let alone 8, but the talk was less about specific features and more about the future of the content management system’s ecosystem.”...
AL: Perpetual Beta, Mar. 9

Smartphone in a glassImprove your smartphone signal with a drinking glass
Whitson Gordon writes: “We’ve shared a few ways to boost your cell phone signal before, but technology weblog The Next Web shows us another way: just stick it in a glass. We used this trick to boost our smartphone’s volume before, but TNW claims it actually works for signal as well. Of course, you probably can’t make a call with your phone stuck in a glass, but you could probably manage to send a text message or two, or receive voicemails and jump outside if they’re important.”...
Lifehacker, Mar. 15; The Next Web, Mar. 15

The truth about 4G
Sascha Segan writes: “AT&T is lying about 4G. Shamelessly. The company’s two 4G phones and its 4G modem don’t deliver 4G even by AT&T’s own wishy-washy standards. First of all, 4G is close to meaningless anyway. The International Telecommunications Union crumbled under pressure from various cell phone companies and now defines 4G as, basically, any cellular internet network that’s faster than what was considered the fastest technology in 2009.”...
PC Magazine, Mar. 14

Eight simple ways to improve your YouTube channel
Amy-Mae Elliott writes: “You don’t have to be a YouTube personality to create a fantastic, customized YouTube channel. Everyone can take advantage of the options available. YouTube’s product manager for consumer channels, A. J. Crane, says your personal channel is ‘the best place to showcase your content.’ If you want to give your channel a quick makeover, take a look through our gallery for some top tips, hints, and tricks.”...
Mashable, Mar. 11

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Journalist Dan Savage, author of Savage Love, Skipping Towards Gomorrah, and a new book tentatively titled The Sex Life of Others (Dutton, 2012), will be the Opening General Session speaker on Friday, June 24.

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Choose Privacy Week, May 1–7, 2011, is an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy. The ALA Store offers buttons, bookmarks, posters, and a DVD to help you celebrate. NEW! From ALA Graphics.

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Timken Science Library, College of Wooster, Ohio. The oldest branch in the system, the library in Frick Hall served as the library for the college from 1900 to 1962. The building reopened in 1998 with substantial funding from the Timken Foundation of Canton, Ohio, and now primarily serves students in math and sciences. The facility includes new ground-level entrances north and south and a dramatic makeover of the high-ceilinged reading room.

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William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library, Ohio State University, Columbus. Named after the university’s fifth president, the main library building, designed in Renaissance Revival style, opened in 1913. The grandeur of the building was diminished by two inelegant additions in 1966 and 1972, but an extensive renovation in 2006–2009 restored much of its splendor and maximized the space for both quiet study and interactive group learning. It houses several special libraries covering the fields of East Asian, Eastern European, Hebraic, medieval Slavic, Middle Eastern, Latin American, theatre research, and American fiction studies. The rare books department contains special materials on Don Quixote, the English Renaissance, James Thurber, John Glenn, the Reformation, polar regions, cookbooks, and science fiction.

This AL Direct feature showcases 250 libraries around the world that are notable for their exquisite architecture, historic collections, and innovative services. If you find yourself on vacation near one of them, be sure to stop by for a visit. The entire list will be available in The Whole Library Handbook 5, edited by George M. Eberhart, which is scheduled for publication later this year by ALA Editions.

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The Blues Archives at the University of Mississippi houses more than 20,000 blues-related photographs as part of a collection of materials that document the blues from the beginnings of its popularity in the 1920s through the present. Housing one of the largest collections of blues recordings, publications, and memorabilia in the world, holdings also include more than 60,000 sound recordings in most audio formats, over 1,000 videos, and more than 6,000 books, periodicals, and newsletters. Important collections include B.B. King’s personal record collection.

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C. E. Brock illustration for the 1895 edition of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice (Chapter 3)On e-reading Jane Austen via Google Ebook
Joseph Esposito writes: “These thoughts are prompted by my installation of Google Ebooks, the much-awaited program that promises to revolutionize access to books. Rather than pay for the Penguin or any other edited version of Austen, I decided to be a cheapskate and searched for free Google versions. And that’s when things began to go wrong. The Google editions were packed with errors. If I were not studying Google Ebooks for professional reasons, if I were not already familiar with the works of Austen, would I have gone on?”...
The Scholarly Kitchen, Mar. 14

A librarian’s take on e-book lending
Kate Sheehan writes: “Our professional instincts drive us to share content, not limit access to it based on our interests. But this isn’t just about library interests. Libraries are one of the last true commons in modern life, celebrating and championing the right to read and freedom of access to information. Stewardship of the written record is integral to our mission. Libraries don’t have a financial stake in the publishing business so much as society has a cultural stake in the future of libraries. Publishers, it is not your responsibility to keep libraries afloat. But should it be your mission to close them down?”...
Publishers Weekly, Mar. 14

E-books stored in the old card catalogCard catalogs repurposed
Linn McDonald writes: “Like most libraries, the Bloomington (Ill.) Junior High School Media Center has a couple unused card-catalog cabinets, left over from the days of having to type little cards for each book in the library. They just sat in our office, taking up space. When we purchased Nooks for our school, we needed a way to organize them in an area for charging and storing when not in use. Voila! The card catalog cabinet. The cabinet works equally well for Nooks and Kindles, including the covers.”...
Bloomington (Ill.) Junior High School Media Center

Book bridge, by Alireza DarvishThe surrealistic book paintings of Alireza Darvish
Stephen J. Gertz writes: “Born in Rasht, Iran, in 1968, graphic designer, illustrator, and animator Alireza Darvish attended the Fine Arts Institute in Tehran, 1984–1988. In the early 2000s, he undertook a series of paintings, now numbering over 40, with books as thematic and metaphoric points of departure. Both playful and serious, light and dark, pensive and provocative, these paintings draw us into the world of books and readers within the subconscious in the surreal world.”...
Booktryst, Mar. 14

Hacking the academic press
Barbara Fister writes: “The Association of American University Presses has just released a report, Sustaining Scholarly Publishing: New Business Models for University Presses (PDF file). It’s an interesting document, because in many ways it’s forward-looking. It bears a Creative Commons license, it is open for comments at MediaCommons, and it imagines a future that is open access. But at the same time, it is very much anchored in current-traditional publishing, and this gives the document a weird pushmi-pullyu anatomy.”...
Inside Higher Ed: Library Babel Fish, Mar. 10

Cover of Gene Tunney: Enigma of the Ring, by Nat Fleischer (1931)Beautiful boxing books
Julie Oreskovich writes: “Boxing, one of the oldest sports in existence, has been revisited many times by authors trying to make sense of the mayhem in the ring. Labeled the Sweet Science and loved by Ernest Hemingway, boxing has seen books about the rules, books about how to do it, books about the ethics and dangers, and much literature about the combatants themselves. This selection features many remarkable cover designs.”...
AbeBooks, Mar. 11

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Badvocacy word cloudThe best defense against badvocacy
Steven Bell writes: “What do we create when we fail to deal effectively with complaints? Badvocates—that’s the opposite of an advocate. A badvocate may be a chronic complainer who has nothing good to say about the library, but more likely the badvocate is a community member who just had a bad library experience that’s going unresolved. But the best defense against badovacy is a great library user experience.”...
Designing Better Libraries, Mar. 13

Budget cuts threaten UNR special collections
On March 7, the University of Nevada, Reno, proposed $26 million in budget cuts, reductions that would lead to closure of some programs and departments including the libraries’ Special Collections Department. A university spokesperson confirmed on March 10 that if the budget proposal is approved, the department, as well as the university archives, would close in FY2012....
Fine Books Blog, Mar. 11

Cover of NDIIPP reportLC preservation report issued
After a decade of action working to develop a national strategy to collect, preserve, and make available significant digital content, especially information that is created in digital form only, for current and future generations, the Library of Congress has released Preserving Our Digital Heritage: The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program 2010 Report (PDF file). It documents the achievements of LC and its NDIIPP partners to create sustainable long-term access to digital materials....
Library of Congress, Mar. 8

The bare bones guide to Twitter
Adam Werbach writes: “The culture of twittering now stands in a similar stage of development to web authoring in 1996. Some people are really good at it, many doubt it will stick, others think it’s too frenetic to grasp. Using Twitter is nowhere near as technical as HTML coding, but the social rules are more complex. The nuances can easily befuddle unfamiliar users. Here is a bare bones guide to Twitter etiquette.”...
The Atlantic, Mar. 10

Facebook Dislike buttonI confess: I dislike Facebook
Michelle Boule writes: “I realize what I am about to admit will make me a curmudgeon to some, but so be it. I dislike Facebook. Hate is too strong a word because Facebook is good for finding people I’ve lost track of, but that is about the only thing for which I’m willing to give it credit. My reasons for this dislike boil down to a mix of a dislike of user agreements as well as the lack of intellectual property rights, lack of privacy, and my general annoyance that very few people know or care about these issues with Facebook.”...
ALA TechSource Blog, Mar. 16

18th-century catalog card on the reverse side of a Five of Spades, for Le triomphe de saint Joachim et de sainte Anne, by P. Charles Veron (Tournay, 1624)The first catalog cards
Larry Nix writes: “The first library catalog cards came about as the result of the repurposing of 18th-century French playing cards. In 1789, the French revolutionary government confiscated all religious property, including library holdings. The books in these libraries were used to set up a system of public libraries. A step toward the creation of these public libraries was to inventory all books. The backs of playing cards were used to record bibliographic data.”...
Library History Buff Blog, Mar. 15

U.S. stamp from 1998 showing President Woodrow WilsonWoodrow Wilson Library postmark contest
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton, Virginia, is sponsoring a student art contest to design a new Woodrow Wilson postmark to honor the Staunton-born president. K–8 students in Virginia are eligible to submit an original drawing related to Woodrow Wilson by June 11 in order to participate. The winning entry will become the postmark for all mail at Staunton Post Offices from December 28 (Wilson’s birthday) through January 31, 2012....
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, Mar. 7

Freedom of Information, with flag and eagleThe hidden world of FOIA exemptions
Jennifer LaFleur writes: “Anyone can request information from U.S. officials under the Freedom of Information Act, a law designed to allow people to know what their government is up to. When a government agency withholds information from a requester, it typically must invoke one of nine FOIA exemptions that cover everything from national security to personal privacy. But among that list is an exemption, known as b(3) for its section in the FOI Act, that allows an agency to apply other statutes when denying information requests—including the Watermelon Research and Promotion Act.”...
Pro Publica, Mar. 14

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PBS Masterpiece has launched its 40th anniversary Book and Film Club. The website offers teachers’ guides (discussion questions, resources, links, timelines) arranged by author. There are also tips on creating and running a book and film club, and a list of print and online book group resources....
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2011 Library Week Ireland logoEmerald Isle celebrates Library Ireland Week
The Library Association of Ireland celebrated the sixth annual Library Ireland Week, March 7–13, with the theme “Smart People Use Smart Libraries” to highlight technological developments in libraries and to demonstrate practical examples of interactions between technology and learning. Be sure to watch the video (1:37)....
Public Information Office, Mar. 15; Library Association of Ireland

Toff relaxes with another Carleton College treasure, a bust of poet Friedrich Schiller. Photo by Carleton CollegeA library fit for a cat
Nancy Mattoon writes: “On March 9, students, faculty, and staff at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, mourned (1:57) the loss of one of the college library’s most popular visitors. Toff the Cat, who died of cancer at age 14, had been adopted by the entire campus, but was especially popular with the literary set. His April 1 birthday was celebrated with book displays in the Laurence McKinley Gould Library, and his recommended reading list was an annual feature both there and in the campus bookstore.” Visit Toff’s Facebook page....
Booktryst, Mar. 15; KARE-TV, Minneapolis, Mar. 9

Motectorum octonis vocibus Benedicti Bagni ... , unà cum basso generali pro organo, liber primus: nunc primùm in lucem aeditus (Venice: Iacobum Vincentium, 1608)LC launches music consortium website
The Library of Congress has launched a Music Consortium Treasures website that gives online access to some of the world’s most valued music manuscript and print materials from six esteemed institutions. The aim of the site is to further music scholarship and research by providing access in one place to digital images of primary sources for performance and study of music. Items digitized include manuscript scores and first and early editions of works from such composers as Bach, Mozart, Wagner, and Debussy....
Library of Congress, Mar. 14

A white-gloved rare book userWhite gloves: Functional or fashionable?
Erica Olsen writes: “A few years ago, as Sotheby’s sold J. K. Rowling’s handmade book The Tales of Beedle the Bard, one of the auctioneers displayed the book for the gathered crowd while wearing white gloves. Gloved hands turn the mundane act of touching a book into a ritual—and a photo op for media coverage of bookish events. While wearing gloves may have been de rigueur for rare books at one time, more and more special collections librarians now favor clean, bare hands over cotton gloves.”...
International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, Mar. 15

READ bookshelf12 modern bookcases
From a U.S. map bookcase created by artist Ron Arad to bookshelves in the shape of a head, a polar bear, the letters R-E-A-D, and a see-saw, this collection of bibliophilic post-modernity by Gracie Murano will either make you scratch your head or give you ideas for weekend woodworking projects. See an earlier collection from 2009....
Oddee, Mar. 12

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