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The e-newsletter of the American Library Association | March 30, 2011

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HathiTrust logoLibraries scan a bright digital horizon, despite Google setback
“Libraries are not leaving the future of digital books to Google,” the HathiTrust partnership said in a prepared statement March 23. The statement came the day after U.S. Appeals Court Judge Denny Chin rejected the Google Books Settlement following some seven years of litigation. Although Google has not yet indicated its next move, University of Michigan Dean of Libraries Paul Courant said the search-engine giant has “affirmed that it will continue to scan works from our library and other partner libraries.” University of Virginia media scholar Siva Vaidhyanathan looks at some other possible outcomes, and Harvard University Library Director Robert Darnton gives six reasons why Google Books failed....
American Libraries news, Mar. 29; Technolog, Mar. 28; New York Review of Books Blog, Mar. 28

One Book author and illustrator alumni (from left, standing) Katherine Ayres, Will Hillenbrand, Lindsay Barrett George, Suzanne Bloom, and Wendell and Florence Minor pose with their titles and furry-friend inspirationsOne book for every young child
Michelle McIntyre writes: “In this struggling economy, the local library remains the community bedrock, even as libraries report that use of service is up while their budgets are shrinking. As a librarian in Pennsylvania, I’m proud to say that we are finding creative ways to do more with less. The One Book, Every Young Child program is foremost among them. Designed so that large and small libraries alike could easily implement it, the program is our state’s first-ever collaborative project using the blueprint of One Book, One Community.”...
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Interior of one-room school house, Crawford County, Wisconsin. John Vachon, 1914-1975, photographer. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, LC-USF34-060175-DThe first school library
Q. When was the first school library established? A. The best answer may be from Encyclopedia on Library and Information Science (1st ed.) article on “School Libraries”: “The birth of America’s school libraries cannot be assigned a definite date. Rather, these first school libraries were born unheralded in the earliest colonial times when the teacher in the one-room placed the Bible, a chapbook, and the Bay Psalm Book on the corner of his desk.”...
AL: Ask the ALA Librarian, Mar. 28

In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, workers rescue what they can of records from the Tax OfficeMore aid for Haitian cultural heritage
A March 29 press release from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions announces a contract signed between IFLA and the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development to “enable joint action to save Haiti’s still-vulnerable archives and important library collections.” The effort, which will be made possible with a donation of €242,500 ($341,662 U.S.), will establish a treatment center for important documents in Port-au-Prince....
AL: Global Reach, Mar. 29; IFLA, Mar. 29

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ALA News

New benchmarks coalition formed
A national coalition has formed to design and pilot a series of public access technology benchmarks for public libraries, with $2.8 million in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and PLA—with other library and local government leaders—will provide leadership in developing guidelines that support continuous improvement of and local reinvestment in public technology access at libraries....
District Dispatch, Mar. 29

Vote graphicHave you cast your ALA ballot?
Polls are still open for the 2011 election, in which ALA members will choose a new president-elect and members of the governing Council. Although the election is conducted electronically, members with a disability can request a paper ballot by April 8 by calling ALA customer service at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5. The polls will close on April 22, and the Election Committee will meet to certify the results on April 29....
Public Information Office, Mar. 29

EQUACC establishes blog and forum
The ALA Presidential Task Force for Equitable Access to Electronic Content (EQUACC) has established a blog and forum to invite commentary on its work and to discuss libraries’ role in providing free and confidential access to e-content for the public. The task force has divided its work into five categories: accessibility, public relations, model projects, environmental scan, and licensing....
ALA Washington Office, Mar. 28

Michael DowlingTune in for Money Smart Week podcast
Chapter Relations Office Director Michael Dowling (right) discusses the first-ever Money Smart Week @ your library, April 2–9, in a podcast (8:26). Money Smart Week was initiated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2001 to promote personal financial literacy. Wishing to broaden the initiative’s reach nationally, the bank partnered this year with ALA....
Campaign for America’s Libraries, Mar. 29; Visibility @ your library, Mar. 29

Cover of March, by Geraldine Brooks, one of the books selected for discussion in the Civil War discussion program“Let’s Talk About It: The Civil War” program grant
The ALA Public Programs Office and the National Endowment for the Humanities have announced an increase in funding for the “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War” reading and discussion program grant. Following the application process, 50 public, academic, and community college libraries will be selected to receive a $3,000 grant to support the reading and discussion series in their library, in addition to books, promotional materials and other programming support. Applications must be completed by April 19....
Public Programs Office, Mar. 29

Intellectual freedom in a changing world
Registration is now open for “Intellectual Freedom in a Changing World,” a conference on international issues related to free access to information in libraries. The event will take place August 10–12 at the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort in Miami Beach, Florida. It is jointly sponsored by IFLA’s Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression committee and the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. Early bird registration is open until July 1....
Office for Intellectual Freedom, Mar. 30

2011 Step Up to the Plate @ your library logoNew season for Step Up to the Plate @ your library
There is still time for librarians to register for the 6th annual Step Up to the Plate program, offered by ALA and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, before the annual baseball trivia contest opens to the public March 31. Free tools, including program logos in English and Spanish, a flier and bookmarks, and a toolkit with sample press materials and programming ideas, are available to download. The first 100 librarians to register will receive a Jackie Robinson “History Lives” poster from ALA Graphics....
Public Information Office, Mar. 29

National Library Workers Day 2011 logoCelebrate yourself on National Library Workers’ Day
This year, April 12 is National Library Workers Day, a time for library staff, patrons, administrators, and Friends groups to recognize how library services depend on the important work done by every library staff member. Celebration ideas are on the NLWD website. You can also take the opportunity to name library staff as Stars, describing the impact they have on their colleagues, patrons, and communities, and to get your NLWD posters, T-shirts, and buttons at the NLWD store....
ALA–Allied Professional Association, Mar. 29

Get in gear to celebrate mobile libraries
April 13 is the second annual National Bookmobile Day celebration across America, honoring the more than 930 bookmobiles and dedicated staff who provide vital library services to their communities. Author Audrey Niffenegger is the 2011 Honorary Chair of National Bookmobile Day....
Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, Mar. 29

ALA TechSource Workshops logoRDA workshop back by popular demand
ALA TechSource is offering the three-part workshop “Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future” in three synchronous 90-minute sessions on May 11, 18, and 25. Presenters Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle, and Diane Hillmann will offer their perspective on RDA from the context of AACR2, other metadata models, and possibilities for sharing library data in an updated version of the popular fall 2010 ALA TechSource workshop....
ALA Online Learning, Mar. 29

Cover of The Librarian as Information ConsultantThe reference librarian as information consultant
Library users’ evolving information needs and their choice of search methods have changed reference work profoundly. Today’s reference librarian must work in a whole new way—not only service-focused and businesslike, but even entrepreneurial. In The Librarian as Information Consultant: Transforming Reference for the Information Age, published by ALA Editions, Sarah Anne Murphy rethinks in an innovative way the philosophy behind current library reference services....
ALA Editions, Mar. 29

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Atlantic audiobookFeatured review: Science audiobook
Winchester, Simon. Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories. Read by the author. Dec. 2010. 14.5hr. Books on Tape, CD (978-0-307-87652-2).
Historian Winchester has the rare ability to make the most arcane subjects fascinating, as evidenced in such earlier titles as The Professor and the Madman (1998), Krakatoa (available from Harper Audio and read by the author), The Man Who Loved China (available from Recorded Books and read by the author), and other best-sellers. His most recent, a history of the Atlantic Ocean, is structured as a biography. The account begins with geological events that resulted in the creation of the Atlantic Ocean (10 million years ago by a continental split between Africa and South America) and goes on to chronicle the biological, political, societal, meteorological, and military actions that have had an impact on humankind (immigration, travel, etc.) and the ecosystem....

First Grave on the Right audiobookFeatured review: Romantic suspense audiobook
Jones, Darynda. First Grave on the Right. Read by Lorelei King. Jan. 2011. 9.5hr. AudioGO, CD (978-1-4272-1130-9).
Part-time private eye Charley Davidson gets lots of inside help with her investigations because of her special ability to see and talk to the dead victims. In this debut paranormal thriller, Davidson is confronted with the spirits of three murdered lawyers, all killed by the same person. They don’t know the murderer’s identity, but all have information to share. King (familiar to many as the recent reader of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels) brings sassy fun to the role of Charley, who is spunky and sarcastic. Charley’s got a lot on her plate as ghosts haunt her apartment, her policeman uncle prods her for details on the murders, and a mysterious being sporadically shows up to bring on “near-sex” experiences. King does a great job setting the characters through varying pitch and tone levels....

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New Orleans Update

Robert Indiana's Love Sculpture in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMANew Orleans Museum of Art
The New Orleans Museum of Art is located in City Park, near the terminus of the Canal Street streetcar line. Its permanent collection features over 40,000 objects, from the Italian Renaissance to the modern era. The museum also includes the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, a five-acre landscaped area behind the main building. Founded in 1911, the museum is celebrating its centennial. Special exhibits during Annual Conference include “Bookmarks: The Artist’s Response to Text” and “Ancestors of Congo Square.”...
New Orleans Museum of Art

Cell phones on a planeElectronic devices on airplanes can be a problem
Christine Negroni writes: “The problem of electromagnetic interference affecting commercial flights is much bigger than previously suspected. A new confidential report from the International Air Transport Association’s safety data sharing program shows that over the past seven years, airlines around the world reported 75 events in which portable electronic devices are suspected of interfering with flight deck equipment. While phones were the source of interference in 40% of the reports, iPods, other MP3 players, laptops, and portable games were also implicated.”...
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Flying Lessons, Jan. 18, Mar. 9

Division News

Becky O'NeilTeen Tech Week contest winners
YALSA and have awarded two Nook e-readers to the winners of the 2011 Teen Tech Week contest. Becky O’Neil (right), teen librarian at the Westerville (Ohio) Public Library, won in the librarian category for her creative-writing prompt, and teen Anande Sjoden won in the teen category, with a story on steampunk, judged by National Book Award winner Kathryn Erskine. Teen Fiona Plunkett won a $50 gift card for creating the Narrika, the steampunk apparatus that each of the contest entries had to feature....
YALSA, Mar. 29

Cover of El día de los ninos/El día de los libros: Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Community Through DíaBook discount for Día 101 participants
ALSC is offering librarians a chance to double up on Día resources this year. Sign up for the ALSC webinar, “Día 101: Everything you need to know about celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros” by April 1, and receive a coupon for $5 off Jeanette Larson’s new book, El día de los niños/El día de los libros: Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Community through Día, available April 1....
ALSC, Mar. 29

Reaching Reluctant Readers preconference
YA authors Jay Asher, Sarah Dessen, Chris Grabenstein, Julie Halpern, James Kennedy, Carolyn Mackler, and Walter Dean Myers will reflect on how their work speaks to today’s teens and offer insights on how to turn those teens into active readers at “Give Them What they Want: Reaching Reluctant Readers,” YALSA’s June 24 preconference during the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans....
YALSA, Mar. 29

Book review websites
Attention book lovers! RUSA is compiling a list of outstanding library and librarian book review websites to add to—a RUSA website built around book love—and we want to know about the sites you visit when you’re looking for the best book reviews available. We are especially partial to RUSA member sites. Either email Liz Markel, tweet, or comment on this blog post to add your recommendations....
RUSA Blog, Mar. 29

Trustee Academy logoRegister for the Trustee Academy
ALTAFF is offering a series of online courses to help library trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries. Taught by professionals in the field, the Trustee Academy courses are available for individual registration or as a full curriculum with discounted pricing per course. All courses are recorded webcasts. Certificates of completion are provided for each course....
ALTAFF, Mar. 28

Round Table News

Screen shot from video of Jim Neal and Loida Garcia-FeboLibraries, library workers, and copyright
Loida Garcia-Febo, chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table, talks to ALA Treasurer Jim Neal about libraries, library workers, and copyright matters in this video (12:58). Neal is vice president for information services and university librarian at Columbia University in New York City....
YouTube, Feb. 24

NMRT and Merritt Fund reception
The New Members Round Table and the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund are collaborating to present a joint reception at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. The event will take place June 26 at L’Entrepot Gallery, 527 Julia (in the Gallery District). Everyone is welcome to attend; refreshments will be provided....
New Members Round Table, Mar. 30


Joyce Saricks2011 Margaret Monroe Award
Joyce Saricks, adjunct professor at the Dominican University GSLIS and well-known adult readers’ advisory expert, is the winner of RUSA’s 2011 Margaret Monroe Award. The award honors a researcher or educator who has made a significant contribution to library adult services. Saricks is best known for her groundbreaking work in adult readers’ advisory while she was the coordinator of the Literature and Audio Services Department from 1983 to 2004 at the Downers Grove (Ill.) Public Library....
RUSA, Mar. 29

Peter JacsoPeter Jacso wins RUSA Emerald Research Grant
Peter Jacso, professor of library and information science at the University of Hawaii, has received a 2011 Emerald Research Grant. This is one of two grants, administered by the RUSA Business Reference and Services Section that provides $5,000 to support research pertaining to business reference. Jacso will create an open access resource for dynamic comparison and analysis of peer ratings of prominent marketing and marketing-related journals....
RUSA, Mar. 29

Diane K. CampbellRonald G. CookCampbell, Cook share Emerald Research Grant
Diane K. Campbell and Ronald G. Cook of Rider University are corecipients of one 2011 RUSA BRASS Emerald Research Grant for business reference. They will use the $5,000 to interview entrepreneurs about their environmental scanning practices and report on how these entrepreneurs work with librarians and what information they consider most important....
RUSA, Mar. 29

Nicolette Warisse SosulskiGale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship
Nicolette Warisse Sosulski, business librarian at the Portage (Mich.) District Library, has received the 2011 Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship, administered by RUSA’s Business Reference and Services Section. Sosulski was honored for leveraging resources to meet a vast array of patron needs, including job hunters, small business concerns, youth financial education, and business librarian training in varied settings....
RUSA, Mar. 29

Banned Books Week Read-Out grants
The Freedom to Read Foundation, through its Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, will provide at least four grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 to four organizations to support Read-Outs that celebrate this year’s Banned Books Week, September 24–October 1. To apply, organizations must submit an event description, timeline, and budget with their application, and agree to provide a written report and video to FTRF following Banned Books Week. Applications will be accepted through May 13....
Freedom to Read Foundation, Mar. 29

3M/NMRT Professional Development Grants
Natalie Traylor Clewell of West Georgia Technical College, Jessica Nadine Hernandez of the U.S. FDA Biosciences Library, and Julie N. Kane of Sweet Briar College Library in Virginia are the 2011 recipients of 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grants. The grants will fund each recipient’s trip to the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans by providing transportation, hotel accommodations, conference registration fees, and daily expenses....
New Members Round Table, Mar. 29

Stephen Abram2011 CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award
The Canadian Library Association has announced that its 2011 CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award will be presented to Stephen Abram of Gale Cengage Learning May 28 during its National Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The citation credits his fostering of younger librarians as one of his greatest contributions....
Canadian Library Association, Mar. 25

Dana WhitmireDana Whitmire wins 2011 Horizon Award
Dana Whitmire, e-resource and serials librarian at University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, has received the 2011 North American Serials Interest Group Horizon Award. Sponsored by EBSCO, the award recognizes a promising new information professional and covers the cost of travel, registration, and lodging for three nights while attending the NASIG Annual Conference in St. Louis, June 2–5....
EBSCO, Mar. 29

2011 Talk Story Grant winners
The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association have awarded $500 grants to the Greenwich branch of the Gloucester County (N.J.) Library System and the White Mesa Library of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towaoc, Colorado. Each will use its $500 grant to host a Talk Story program at their library. Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian/Pacific American and American Indian/Alaska Native children and their families....
Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, Mar. 29

Cover of Angel Island2010 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature
The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association announced the winners of its 2010 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature on March 25. The prizes promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and are awarded based on literary and artistic merit. The winner in the adult nonfiction category was Erika Lee and Judy Yung’s Angel Island: Immigration Gateway to America (Oxford University, 2010)....
Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, Mar. 25

Shaun TanShaun Tan wins Lindgren Award
Australian author/illustrator Shaun Tan has won the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the largest for children’s and young adult literature with a prize of five million Swedish krona ($786,500 U.S.). Tan is the creator of several books including The Arrival, Tales from Outer Suburbia, and most recently, Lost & Found: Three by Shaun Tan. The award is administered by the Swedish Arts Council and is given annually to authors, illustrators, storytellers, or those active in the promotion of reading....
Publishers Weekly, Mar. 29

Cover of Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan WayDictator dentistry wins odd title prize
A book advising dentists to manage their practices according to the leadership techniques of a legendary Mongolian warlord has been voted the winner of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of 2011. Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way by Michael R. Young (Radcliffe) is the go-to guide for building an empire within your dental office. The Diagram Prize, sponsored by The Bookseller, has been awarded for odd book titles since 1978....
The Bookseller, Mar. 25

Cover of Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion, by Ronald L. Numbers (Harvard University, 2009), is one of the books selected for the ISSR libraryISSR Library Awards
The International Society for Science and Religion has completed an extensive peer review of more than 2,000 books on science and religion and selected 220 titles that, together, offer a comprehensive overview of the field and its many related topics. ISSR will award complete sets of these books to institutions in the United States and around the world on a competitive basis. The deadline for applications is June 15....
International Society for Science and Religion, Mar. 24

Cover of Human ChainIrish Times Poetry Now Prize
The winner of the 2011 Irish Times Poetry Now Award is Seamus Heaney for his 12th collection, Human Chain. The €5,000 ($7,042 U.S.) prize has been presented annually for the past six years for the best single volume published in the previous 12 months. Heaney received the prize at the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Poetry Now Festival in Dublin on March 26. The festival, now in its 16th year, is Ireland’s biggest and best-loved poetry festival, attracting poets from around the world....
Irish Times, Mar. 26

Cover of The Thornthwaite Inheritance2011 Doncaster Book Award
The Thornthwaite Inheritance by Gareth P. Jones, an engrossing mystery for children ages 10–13, was announced as the winner of the 2011 Doncaster Book Award at a special event held March 25 at Doncaster Racecourse in the U.K. The award, now in its seventh year, is one of Yorkshire’s and Northern England’s leading annual children’s book prizes. The winning title is a mystery story about twins “who have been trying to kill each other for so long that neither can remember which act of attempted murder came first.”...
Doncaster Book Award, Mar. 25

Cover of Mortlock, by Jon Mayhew2011 Warwickshire Book Award
Mortlock by Jon Mayhew was announced as the winner of the 2011 Warwickshire Book Award for Secondary School pupils at a March 22 awards ceremony attended by more than 300 students, teachers, and librarians. This award for children ages 11–14 is now in its seventh year and is one of the major annual children’s book awards in the Midlands region of England....
Schools Library Service Warwickshire, Mar. 23

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Poster for BloodMoneyLibrary cancels screening of anti-abortion documentary
Attorneys from the pro-life Thomas More Society issued a letter March 24 to Marathon County (Wis.) Public Library officials demanding that the library rescind its cancellation of a showing of the 2010 anti-abortion documentary, BloodMoney. The letter claims that the First Amendment rights of the sponsoring group, Wausau 40 Days for Life, were violated. Library Director Ralph Illick had canceled the screening, scheduled for April 3 in a library meeting room, citing policy (PDF file) that the controversial topic would interfere with normal use of the library....
Wausau (Wis.) Daily Herald, Mar. 29;, Mar. 25

ACLU to schools: Stop filtering LGBT content
The American Civil Liberties Union sent letters (PDF file) March 28 to schools in Missouri and Michigan, telling them to stop blocking students’ access to educational websites about gay, lesbian, and transgender issues. Besides letters to the North Kansas City (Mo.) School District and Rochester (Mich.) Community Schools, the ACLU is sending requests for information about web filtering programs to school districts in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and Washington. The Missouri district blamed a technical problem for blocked sites, and the Michigan district said it is looking into the matter....
Associated Press, Mar. 28

Google Buzz logoGoogle settles FTC privacy charges over Buzz
Google has agreed to establish a comprehensive privacy program to settle allegations that last year’s launch of Google Buzz, a foray by the web giant into social networking, initially shared more information than users reasonably expected. The settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission does not admit any wrongdoing but includes regular reports on Google’s privacy practices for the next 20 years that will be prepared by an independent professional. Read the FTC’s Q&A on Twitter about implementation....
CNET News: Privacy Inc., Mar. 30; Federal Trade Commission, Mar. 30

Screen shot from WFTS-TV newscastDecision on Mom’s Having a Baby
After weeks of a review process, the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Library System has ruled that a controversial children’s book will stay on public library shelves. The book is called My Mom’s Having a Baby by Dori Butler. Because of parent complaints, the library reviewed the book to see whether it was appropriate. Manager of Materials and Circulation Marcee Challencer said the book will stay in its collection and continue to be cataloged in the juvenile section....
WFTS-TV, Tampa, Fla., Mar. 29

Santa Clarita can privatize
The city of Santa Clarita, California’s controversial plan to privatize its public libraries has cleared a big legal hurdle with the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by residents trying to hold up the transfer. Officials said the city intends to kick off its municipal library system on July 1. In mid-March, Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper dismissed a lawsuit claiming the city had violated the state Education Code when the council voted to secede from the county library system. The city has contracted with LSSI to operate its libraries in Valencia, Canyon Country, and Newhall....
Los Angeles Daily News, Mar. 23

Balboa branch of the Newport Beach (Calif.) Public LibraryNewport Beach ponders a bookless branch
The Newport Beach (Calif.) Public Library is considering closing its Balboa branch and replacing it with a community center that would offer all the same features, except for the books. Instead of a reference librarian, patrons would be greeted by a kiosk equipped with video-calling software that allows them to speak with employees elsewhere. And books, when ordered, would be dropped off at a locker for pickup. The transition toward an all-electronic library has been nudged along by budget cuts....
Los Angeles Times, Mar. 29; Newport Beach (Calif.) Daily Pilot, Mar. 24

Budget cuts have school librarian packing for Nepal
Jennifer Alevy was tired of feeling underappreciated and always looking over her shoulder for a pink slip, so she decided this year to trade her life and job in America for someplace that truly wanted her. So long, USA and the Adams County (Colo.) School District 12; hello, Nepal. Alevy, 44, begins work as a librarian at the K–12 Lincoln School in Kathmandu in August. She’s part of a growing number of disenchanted American teachers who are being dumped by school districts in the throes of budget cuts....
Denver Post, Mar. 28

Scott Candler branch of the DeKalb County Public Library12-year-old saves DeKalb County library branch
DeKalb County (Ga.) Public Library’s Scott Candler branch in Decatur will temporarily remain open four days a week, thanks to 12-year-old Sekondi Landry. The branch had been scheduled to close April 1 because of budget cuts. After complaints from residents and a petition with 100 signatures collected by Landry, trustees decided to keep the library open. The library will monitor funding and decide June 30 if the library needs to close....
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mar. 24

Fresco County Librarian Laurel Prysiazny, from KGPE-TV newscastFresno County librarians face layoffs
Fresno County, California, supervisors voted unanimously to lay off librarians in their efforts to save money. A total of 32 positions will be eliminated; 12 are currently vacant and will not be filled. The remaining 20 will consist of layoffs and retirements. The cuts mean supervising librarians will have more responsibilities, but the hope is that the impact on public services will be minimal. “It’s awful. It’s the last thing I want to do,” said Fresno County Librarian Laurel Prysiazny (above)....
KGPE-TV, Fresno, Calif., Mar. 22

Scripps LibraryFunding cuts may mean the end of Scripps Library
For the students, scientists, and public that frequent the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library at the University of California, San Diego, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed cuts could mean the end of an era: The largest library in the world dedicated to marine science will likely close this summer. The library, which was established in 1903 and moved to its current location in 1915, houses some of the world’s oldest and rarest archives of oceanographic history. Some faculty members have voiced opposition in a letter that was sent out on March 21....
La Jolla (Calif.) Village News, Mar. 25

Odds stacked against Detroit-area libraries
The May 1 closing of the 40,000-square-foot, 49-year-old Troy (Mich.) Public Library, one of the busiest statewide with a circulation of 1.36 million items and 700,000 annual visits, is a stark reminder of painful budget choices facing communities across metropolitan Detroit. In Wayne County, the Romulus city library closes the same day, after a February millage vote to save it failed. Throughout the region, many other public libraries have reduced hours and services....
Detroit News, Mar. 26

Glennor Shirley. Screen shot from Washington Post videoShirley believes in books behind bars
Glennor Shirley (right), head librarian for Maryland prisons, is responsible for the rows of books behind the barbed-wire fences at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland and 16 other state prison libraries. The inmate behind the reference desk, a convicted murderer, asks her, “Remember when you locked me in a room until I learned how to use that computer [a Commodore 64]?” Murderers, rapists, thieves, and drug dealers have been relying on Miss Shirley, as she is always called by library visitors, for more than two decades to get them novels, magazines, and textbooks. Watch the photo slideshow and video (1:00)....
Washington Post, Mar. 25

Grand jury joins East Chicago library inquiry
A federal grand jury has joined the investigation into reports that computerized records of the East Chicago (Ind.) Public Library turned up missing after trustees fired Library Director Manuel Montalvo March 16. Library officials received a subpoena March 24 from U.S. Attorney David Capp ordering testimony before the specially convened grand jury in Hammond on April 6. Specifically sought through the subpoena are copies of video surveillance recordings. Montalvo and former library board member Ricardo Garcia filed a lawsuit March 29 seeking to get their positions back....
Times of Northwest Indiana, Mar. 25, 29

It’s tracking your every move
A favorite pastime of internet users is to share their location: Services like Google Latitude can inform friends when you are nearby; another, Foursquare, has turned reporting these updates into a game. But as German Green party politician Malte Spitz recently learned, we are already continually being tracked whether we volunteer to be or not....
New York Times, Mar. 26

Skokie Public Library bookmobile gets a bathSkokie’s bookmobile a huge hit
If readers in Skokie, Illinois, can’t get to their nationally renowned public library during their busy week, they have no fear. The library comes to them. That’s been the case for more than 50 years, but the Skokie bookmobile has never been more popular than it is right now. It’s an often forgotten part of what makes this library so special and has earned it accolades throughout the state and beyond....
Skokie (Ill.) Review, Mar. 28

Belleville cancels homeless man’s library card
A homeless man whose story was told in the local newspaper says library staff confiscated his library card because they found out from the article that he doesn’t have an address. Steven J. Johnson lost his job and apartment last summer, so he now spends his days at the Belleville (Ill.) Public Library’s main branch before sleeping in his car each night. When he handed over his card to to use a computer March 21, library staff told him it was invalid because he no longer has a current address. Nearly a dozen people have contacted the paper, offering to pay for his card. Trustees will revisit the policy April 14....
Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat, Mar. 21, 26, 28

Winning design for Salem's teen library cardHigh school student wins library card design contest
West Salem High School student Morgan Spangrud’s design was the first-place selection for the Teen Library Card contest sponsored by Salem (Oreg.) Public Library and Chemeketa Community College. The design will be used on new teen library cards. It was officially unveiled March 18 during the grand opening of the library’s new teen space....
Salem (Oreg.) Statesman Journal, Mar. 25

Harrison District Library computer theft, from surveillance cameraA man, a library, and Maury Povich
Police say Dallas W. Manners, 23, of Harrison, Michigan, became desperate after an appearance on The Maury Povich Show, during which he revealed to his online mistress from Midland that he had been participating in another ongoing relationship. His attempts to rekindle the cyber-love affair—which fizzled after the show appearance—led him on March 12 to steal from the Harrison District Library several computers (and some cash, books, and DVDs) with which he intended to message his online girlfriend. After he was released on bond March 15, he broke into the library again for another computer and this time he was caught on surveillance camera (above)....
Saginaw (Mich.) News, Mar. 23; WNEM-TV, Flint, Mich., Mar. 25

Library mousetrap at Trenton Central High School. Screen shot from WPVI-TV newscastTrenton Central High School in shambles
How would you like it if your child sat in classrooms where the ceilings literally collapse from water damage and buckets dot the floor to catch the leaks? That’s how bad conditions are at Trenton (N.J.) Central High School. In the library, where it also leaks when it rains, the librarian keeps a mousetrap on her desk. “The mice have run across the kids as they’re sitting in here, they’ve run across the desks. So we catch the mice and get rid of them,” librarian Nancy Lee said....
WPVI-TV, Philadelphia, Mar. 23

Kitty at Musser Public Library in Muscatine, IowaNot every cat can be a Dewey
Free to a good home: a long-haired library cat that didn’t quite work out the way its literary counterpart, Dewey, did. Pam Collins, director of Musser Public Library in Muscatine, Iowa, thought she’d hit upon her own library cat superstar, a blonde feline that library staff call Kitty. The problem isn’t that Kitty is not well-loved or well-behaved; it’s the gang of fleas that Kitty transported to her new home. Kitty and company sent Collins into an allergic tailspin, a condition she did not know she had, even with two cats at home....
Muscatine (Iowa) Journal, Mar. 25

The Cat-Library, video screen shotMaybe if they had a Cat-Library
Created by Belgian designer Corentin Dombrecht, the Cat-Library bookshelf is designed as much for cats as it is for human users, with a built-in sitting basket at the top and shelves that accommodate a cat-sized staircase. Made of birch, the shelf is intentionally unpainted and is not oiled, because Dombrecht observed that these finishes tend to make the staircase slippery for cat paws. The Cat-Library is not available for purchase yet, but it is making the rounds of design shows, including Milan Design Week in April. Watch the video (0:51)....
Designboom, Mar. 25; Corentin Dombrecht, Feb. 6

Vancouver to build a branch with single-mother housing
The neediest neighborhood in Vancouver, British Columbia, is getting a new library with housing attached for single mothers and children. Like its predecessor, which was built with the assistance of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1903, the new Vancouver Public Library Strathcona branch has been funded with the help of others. In this case, the YWCA and several nonprofit groups are behind a plan to add up to 20 units of housing for single mothers and their children....
Vancouver (B.C.) Sun, Mar. 23

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Site blocked in UAE by U.S. softwareU.S. products help censor Middle East websites
As Middle East regimes try to stifle dissent by censoring the internet, the U.S. faces an uncomfortable reality: American companies provide much of the technology used to block websites. McAfee has provided content-filtering software used by internet-service providers in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. Blue Coat Systems of Sunnyvale, California, has sold web-filtering technology in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. And Websense of San Diego has sold its web-filtering technology in Yemen, where it has been used to block online tools that let people disguise their identities from government monitors....
Wall Street Journal, Mar. 28

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J. R. Raphael writes: “ announced a new service March 29 called Cloud Drive. The service gives you a free 5GB of online storage for your music, then lets you stream your songs on-demand from the web or any Android device. You can get additional storage for a dollar per year per gig. The service couldn’t be simpler: You use Amazon’s PC-based tool to find all the music on your computer and dump it onto Amazon’s servers. You install Amazon’s Cloud Player app onto your Android phone or tablet. Then, wherever you are, you can pull up and play your tunes.” Read a review in CNET News....
PC World, Mar. 29; CNET News: The Download Blog, Mar. 29

Amazon Tablet rumors
Jason Griffey writes: “While there’s no hard evidence, I’ve seen rumors around the net that make me think this worth betting on. Amazon has all the infrastructure in place to support a tablet, especially after the launch of its very own Android Appstore in mid-May. Amazon is one of the few companies that has the content deals in place to feed a tablet, and with the cost of their Kindle e-reader going down, it makes sense for Amazon to think about the next stage of content on portable devices.”...
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Asus U41JF-A1 laptopThe top 10 laptops
Laarni Almendrala writes: “Shopping for a laptop these days is a pretty daunting task. The sheer number of laptops available online or in a store’s electronics section is enough to make your mind spin. Most people have a general idea of what their laptop should look like and what they want in terms of features, but are often intimidated by the choices available. That’s where we come in. In this story, we help you narrow your choices by collecting the top 10 laptops on the market today.”...
PC Magazine, Mar. 30

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David Lee King writes: “I was just at Computers in Libraries 2011, a great conference that happens every spring in Washington, D.C. Besides giving and attending some cool presentations, I was able to help out by livestreaming parts of the event. Guess what? Livestreaming is really easy these days. Here’s how I did it.”...
David Lee King, Mar. 28

Symbols available at TwitterKeysFive apps for spicing up your online chat with symbols
Saikat Basu writes: “Sometimes nothing expresses an emotion better than an emoticon or a symbol. Lots of online places do not support graphic symbols or picture emoticons. But that shouldn’t keep you away from communicating more warmheartedly. These five simple online apps save you from rummaging through the Character Map on your system and give you one-click access to communicate more animatedly. For example, TwitterKeys: Twitter may be just about 140 characters, but even in that brief space, a symbol or two can brighten up a tweet.”...
MakeUseOf, Mar. 30

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Sam Grobart writes: “The nature of technology is changing. Fewer products are doing more tasks—all accomplished by countless lines of massless software code. So which products can be replaced and which are fine, or even preferable, to keep? Here is a list of common consumer technologies and products and a somewhat opinionated judgment on whether to keep or pitch it. Books? Keep them (except for cookbooks with apps that offer a better version of everything that came before it).”...
New York Times, Mar. 23

Augmented Reality app for shelf-reading. Screen shot from videoAugmented reality app for shelf-reading
Audrey Watters writes: “Miami University’s Augmented Reality Research Group, led by Bo Brinkman, has developed an Android app that could save librarians a lot of time and hassle. Using the Android’s camera, the app reads a bookshelf and with an AR overlay, quickly flags those books that are misplaced. It will also point to the correct place on the bookshelf so the book can easily be reshelved correctly. There are a few drawbacks. Thin books, such as those found in the children’s section, would be difficult to tag.” The app will debut at the ACRL 2011 Conference. Watch the video (4:05)....
ReadWriteWeb, Mar. 27; YouTube, Mar. 22

Epitonic logo20 online resources for finding new music
Brenna Ehrlich writes: “Luckily for tune consumers, there are scads of music discovery services out there, just waiting to help you make adventurous decisions. In fact, according to a new survey from Orpheus Media Research, 54% of music lovers surveyed have used such a service. Mashable has gone ahead and assembled an impressive menu below of such services, one that’s sure to satisfy both casual diners and gluttons alike.”...
Mashable, Mar. 28

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Project MUSE, the online journals collection managed by the Johns Hopkins University Press, recently announced a partnership with the University Press e-book Consortium to create an extensive online collection of scholarly book content. The University Press Content Consortium will launch January 1, 2012, and initially will allow as many as 30,000 e-books—both new and backlisted titles—from an anticipated 60 to 70 university and nonprofit scholarly presses to be searched and used in an integrated environment with content from the nearly 500 journals currently on MUSE....
Johns Hopkins University Gazette, Mar. 28; Project MUSE

Cover of the Tower Hamlets List 20112011 Tower Hamlets YA book list
The Tower Hamlets Schools (London) Library Service has issued the 2011 edition (PDF file) of its annotated book list, showcasing 40 of the best books for teens published in paperback in the past year. The books were selected and evaluated by the district’s library service staff and secondary school librarians. The list covers as diverse a range of subjects, genres, authors, and interests as possible....
Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service, Mar. 29

Spider-Man on a tabletA comic book lover’s guide to going digital
Whitson Gordon writes: “Digital movies and music have become almost the norm these days, but digital comics are a bit rarer to come across. It isn’t as easy to find a good source of digital comics, a reader for your favorite platform, or an easy way to keep it all organized. We will lay out some of the best ways to get started going digital with your collection, so you don’t have to spend hours scouring Google.”...
io9, Mar. 25

Screen shot from Knopf poem-a-day videoSign up for a poem a day in April
Publishers and booksellers have traditionally set aside April as the official month to focus attention on poetry and its contribution to our culture. For the past 10 years, Knopf has sent out a free poem from one of its distinguished poets each day during the month of April in celebration of poetry month. Visit the Knopf Doubleday Poem-a-Day website to learn more about the poems and poets and to sign up for this year’s poem-a-day email. Watch the video (0:37)....
YouTube, Mar. 22

Cover of Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates, recommended by author Lionel ShriverWhat books would you pass on to the next generation?
Author Kate Mosse writes: “Word of mouth is still one of the most effective ways of promoting good writing, even in these days of e-books and downloads. To honor that, the Orange Prize for Fiction has joined forces with Vintage Classics to ask 100 people to name the one book they would pass on to the next generation—their so-called inheritance classic. The choices are fascinating.”...
The Guardian (U.K.), Mar. 28

Entrance, Bologna Book Fair. Photo by Betsy BirdBetsy Bird at Bologna
Betsy Bird writes: “After just a single hour of experiencing the Bologna Book Fair up close and personal, I couldn’t help but come to the unavoidable conclusion that should I find myself with millions of dollars burning holes in my pockets, I would personally make it my mission to send every willing children’s librarian to Bologna to experience what I just went through. People who are truly passionate about children’s literature and yet lack any and all buying and selling power will have an entirely different experience from their publishing brethren. In short: We can have more fun.”...
School Library Journal: A Fuse #8 Production, Mar. 29

The future of books (satire)
James Warner writes: “In 2060, physical books will make a comeback in annoying contexts. As printed matter gets harder to obtain, Antiquarian Archipelago will become a popular infotainment show, starring heavily armed archivists who teleport from island to island in search of rare gems. Meanwhile, new printed works will continue to be released—in the form of dust jackets made from edible fungi—as faux-antique treasures at Renaissance Fairs and related nostalgic historical reenactments.”...
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Mar.

Portion of flyer from January 1985 Scholastic Arrow Book Club28 vintage book club mailers
Hillary Buckholtz writes: “Remember book fairs in elementary school, when the cafeteria was transformed into a magical young-adult Barnes and Noble? Those were the days. But how did you get your lit fix in between book fairs? Book flyers and newsletters from Teach, of course, from Scholastic and Troll, advertising the latest offerings from The Baby-Sitters Club or Choose Your Own Adventure. Admit it, you hoarded these flyers in your room, painstakingly circling and starring the ones you wanted.”...
URLesque, Mar. 23

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Hardly a volume is left on the shelves in the periodicals stacks at Tohoku University library, but the shelves are standingEarthquake damage at Tohoku University
Steven Bell writes: “Tomoe Hanzawa is the librarian at the Science and Engineering Library at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. She reported that she and her colleagues had survived the March 11 earthquake and were safe. While Tohoku University was spared the complete destruction that occurred in other cities owing to its more northern location, there was still extensive damage to the campus. Tomoe shared a few photos with me so I could get a sense of the damage at her library.” Ryuichiro Takahashi of Tokyo Gakugei University Library offers information from other sources....
ACRLog, Mar. 29; 29-Day Giving Challenge, Mar. 28

Privacy: Facebook’s Achilles’ heel
Dennis O’Reilly writes: “The folks who run Facebook are making money hand over fist, and all they have to do is sit back and watch as the people who comprise their product volunteer tons of incredibly personal information. Then they sell access to that information to any advertiser or other business who wants it. Facebook claims the information they surrender to these companies is anonymous, but it’s not. Companies can combine the ‘anonymized’ information from your profile with personal data gleaned from tracking cookies and other online traces to create dossiers about you that offer a level of personal detail the National Security Agency would envy.”...
CNET News: Workers’ Edge, Mar. 28

Wired kid, with headphonesFilter this: Point / counterpoint
Audrey Barbakoff writes: “Libraries are complicit in one of the most extensive censorship campaigns in history. Every single day, we prevent people from accessing content that makes us uncomfortable . . . online. We take the single greatest advance in the open dissemination of ideas since the printing press and slap filters on it. I just don’t understand how librarians can allow and encourage patrons to read books full of graphic sex and violence while simultaneously denying them the opportunity to access the same content online.” Ahniwa Ferrari begs to differ....
In the Library with the Lead Pipe, Mar. 25

Reforma launches new website
Reforma, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking, has launched a redesigned website along with new association-management software from Timberlake. The project was spearheaded by J. Carlos Rodriguez, associate dean of technology and information services at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan....
Reforma, Mar. 25

Office at the Library of Congress where the author once workedThe secret CIA office at the Library of Congress
Glenna Hall writes: “During my five-year stint at the Library of Congress, I worked for several obscure non-library-service outfits, one of which was funded by the CIA. At that time, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, there were numerous peculiar units stuck around LC—in basements, in the stacks, in odd corners. (For almost a year, another group I worked for was tucked away beneath the gorgeous ceiling of the Great Hall during a major overhaul of the Reading Room.) Why was all this stuff located there? Well, that’s where the books were.”...
The Atlantic, Mar. 23

Global library statistics Google Maps site, by OCLCGlobal library statistics
Stephen Abram writes: “Larry Olszewski, director of the OCLC Library, created the Global Library Statistics page for the use of the entire library community. The service was originally a joint project of OCLC Research and the OCLC Library, and Research has contributed to its development. They’ve covered statistics for the total number of libraries, librarians, volumes, expenditures, and users for every country and territory in the world broken down into the major library types.”...
Stephen’s Lighthouse, Mar. 27

What kind of school bond measures win?
Sean Cavanagh writes: “Every year, in cities and towns across the country, local governments ask voters to approve special bond measures for schools to provide cash infusions for projects that officials argue are beyond the scope of their normal budgets. But what kinds of school bond measures win voters’ approval most often? And what items tend to go down to defeat?”...
Education Week, Mar. 29

Tressie and Sterg in the UTK library, in quest of loveLove in the library
English teacher Tressie Norton and University of Tennessee Knoxville Associate Professor of Adolescent Literacy Sterg Botzakis received the most votes for their engagement session concept, “Love in the Library,” earning them a win in the Alex Bee Studio’s photo idea contest. Much of the session took place at the John C. Hodges Library on the UTK campus....
Alex Bee Studio, Mar. 27

Cover of Library of the Living DeadLibrary of the Living Dead (PDF file)
The Miller Library at McPherson (Kans.) College has released a guide to its resources in a graphic novel format “in an effort to connect with its students in an interesting and unique way.” Created by writer, artist, and Assistant Librarian C. Michael Hall, and writer and Director of Library Services Matt Upson, the Library of the Living Dead shows how Miller Library has everything students need to survive a zombie apocalypse....
Miller Library, McPherson College

Cover of NeverwhereOne Book, One Chicago
Angela Hanshaw writes: “I had to highlight my local library system for choosing a novel by Neil Gaiman for its 2011 One Book, One Chicago citywide reading program. (It also helps that they’re offering a wide variety of interesting programming to go with the usual book discussions.) Neverwhere tells the story of Richard Mayhew, a London office worker whose decision to help a young girl forces him on a quest in her world, London Below. Chicago Public Library has teamed up with a number of partners to bring something of interest to everyone.”...
Programming Librarian, Mar. 29

OPAC graphicSeven words or phrases never to say or write again
Roy Tennant writes: “We all have our pet peeves, so here are some of mine, many of which were sparked by ideas from the Twitterverse. These are words that in our opinion long ago outlived their usefulness, especially in a digital library realm, but that we still can’t seem to shake. So say it with me, ‘We solemnly swear to never let these words or phrases escape our lips or typing fingers for as long as we shall live.’ There. Now it wasn’t all that difficult, was it?”...
Library Journal: Digital Libraries, Mar. 17

Get Caught Listening contest graphicGet caught listening, and win
Mary Burkey writes: “Need an audiobook promotion for your library? Why not piggyback with the Audio Publishers Association’s Get Caught Listening contest? The application deadline is May 15. Participants create a fun and engaging three-minute-or-less video promoting audiobooks to try for a batch of great prizes, from subscriptions to a $5,000 grand prize, with $1,000 and $2,000 prizes as well.”...
Booklist Online: Audiobooker, Mar. 16

Purported law student slams Wake Forest law librarians
Elie Mystal writes: “Someone who claimed to be a Wake Forest law student and called himself or herself ‘Wes Law’ apparently woke up this morning with a bug up the ass. The object of pain was apparently the law librarians at Wake Law. And so the supposed student asked a rhetorical question: ‘Is there someone who can please explain why do we even have librarians at this law school anymore, and to what purpose they serve?’” The email went viral and has prompted some responses....
Above the Law, Mar. 24

Three New York research libraries join forces
The New York Public Library and the libraries of Columbia University and New York University have launched an initiative to expand collections and better serve their users. The collaboration, dubbed the Manhattan Research Library Initiative (MaRLI), will help the institutions increase access to research collections, increase use of specialized collections, and stretch collection dollars for research resources....
New York Public Library, Mar. 17

Screen shot from Jane Goodall archive videoJane Goodall archive comes to Duke University
Begun by Jane Goodall and carried forward by generations of the world’s leading primatologists, an irreplaceable collection of data from 50 years of observations of chimpanzees in Tanzania is now being curated and digitized by researchers at Duke University so that it can become even more useful to science. Duke has established a new research center to house and manage the archive, which is owned by the Jane Goodall Institute. Anne Pusey, chair of evolutionary anthropology at the university, will run the project, which will be known as the Jane Goodall Institute Research Center. Watch the video (4:57)....
Duke University, Mar. 27; YouTube, Mar. 25

Cornell rescues early American trial pamphlets
A fascinating bit of legal history involving Lizzie Borden, John Brown, and Lincoln’s assassins will soon be preserved and digitized, thanks to a recent grant awarded to Cornell University Library. With $155,700 from the Save America’s Treasures grant program, the library will restore a collection of mass-produced pamphlets from the late 17th century to the late 19th century. Cornell Law Library purchased the Trials Pamphlet Collection in 1927, when the 321 pamphlets were bound together before knowledge about proper preservation techniques....
Cornell University Library, Mar. 29

Burkhard Gotthelf Struve, 1671-1738. Bibliotheca iuris selecta (Ienae: Apud Christian. Henr. Cuno, 1743); 21 cm.Images of law libraries
Mike Widener writes: “The Law Librarians of New England are meeting March 17 at the Yale Law School. In honor of their visit, I’ve posted a new gallery in our Flickr site, Law Libraries, with images of both real and imaginary law libraries. On the right is one of my favorites, the frontispiece for the 1743 edition of a popular legal bibliography, Bibliotheca iuris selecta by Burkhard Gotthelf von Struve (1671–1738). It’s interesting to note that a direct descendent of the author, Henry Clay von Struve (1874–1933), became the first full-time law librarian of the University of Texas Law Library, in 1895.”...
Yale Law Library Rare Books Blog, Mar. 17

Emily Noble, Rabbit recipes (Melbourne: Victorian Rabbit Packers and Exporters Association, [193-?])Rare cookbooks from Monash University
Nancy Mattoon writes: “A new exhibit at Monash University Library in Melbourne, Australia, consists of a stellar collection of rare books that provide access to an essential aspect of the homemaker’s secret world: food preparation. As Alexandra Michell’s introduction to the show notes, ‘Because we must eat to live, food is therefore an absolute daily necessity, as well as the way in which we celebrate friendships, gatherings, and all sorts of special events . . . cookbooks document the history of food, giving us an insight into its availability and popularity at different times and in different cultures.’”...
Booktryst, Mar. 29

Emory’s new Digital Humanities Center
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a two-year $695,000 grant to the Emory University Libraries in Atlanta to establish a cutting-edge, collaborative digital humanities center. The plan calls for a Digital Scholarship Commons that will establish a site for transdisciplinary collaboration, drawing faculty members and graduate students into new collaborative working relationships with librarians, and launching four projects that will draw on the library’s collections and services....
Emory University, Mar. 28

Photographer Jeffrey Martin documents the historical books on display in the Strahov monastery's Philosophical Hall, as seen from the mezzanine. Photo: Evan Rail/Wired.comInside Prague’s Strahov Monastery Library
Evan Rail writes: “On a brisk but beautiful February afternoon, Jeffrey Martin and his robotic camera stand inside one of the Czech capital’s most gawk-worthy attractions: the gloriously decorated Philosophical Hall, a Baroque reading room in the city’s 868-year-old Strahov Monastery library. Later he’ll merge a few thousand of these pictures into what he’s calling the world’s largest indoor photograph: a 40-gigapixel, 360-degree image of the hall that weighs in at 283 GB. His panorama, released March 29, is a zoomable, high-resolution peek inside a repository of rare books that is usually off-limits to tourists.”...
Wired: Underwire, Mar. 29

MARC printed documentation
The Network Development and MARC Standards Office is considering some changes in the publication of the MARC 21 Format documentation. It is ready to act and is proposing not to print any of the full-format documents (Bibliographic, Authority, Holdings, Classification, Community Information) but it would like the community to have an opportunity to voice any concerns....
Catalogablog, Mar. 25

Carnegie’s first academic libraryThe Anderson Memorial Library, College of Emporium, Kansas, 1901
Larry Nix writes: “Although Andrew Carnegie is most noted for his philanthropy as it relates to public library buildings, he also provided funding for the construction of 108 academic libraries in the United States. I was reminded of this by the postcard shown on the right, which has the caption: ‘First Carnegie Library built west of Mississippi River and first one built on any college campus.’ Although the postcard doesn’t identify the college where the library is located, with some research I was able to place the library in Emporia, Kansas. The date given on the postcard for its construction is 1901.”...
Library History Buff Blog, Mar. 29

Topeka's Best in Show entry from 2010: The Towering InfernoEdible Book Festivals nourish creativity
The International Edible Book Festival is an annual global event usually held on or around April 1. Initiated by Judith A. Hoffberg and Béatrice Coron in 2000, the event allows culinary artists to interpret popular book titles and characters in edible form. Libraries participating this year include Duke University, the University of Texas School of Information, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Santa Barbara City College, and the Topeka and Shawnee County (Kans.) Public Library....
The Independent (U.K.), Mar. 25

Information literacy in Colombia
The Information Literacy Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions has published a “State of the Art” report (PDF file) on information literacy developments in Colombian libraries and universities. The report identifies information literacy as an emerging trend in the country’s institutions of higher education over the past five years....
IFLA Information Literacy Section, Mar. 23

Screen shot of TroveSix places to read old newspapers online
Saikat Basu writes: “It might be old and stale, but dated news still has its uses. It’s not only about history (say, how did the Great Depression happen and how does it relate to the recent recession?) but it also has practical applications for genealogists. Thanks to digitization, we no longer have to search haphazardly through reams of newsprint. All we need is a search engine and of course, a site that lets you read old newspapers. Here are six.”...
MakeUseOf, Mar. 30

Screen shot from Superstar Librarian Readers' AdvisorySuperstar librarian in “Readers’ Advisory”
LIS students at the University of Toronto demonstrate the art and science of readers’ advisory in this video (4:57) produced for an “Introduction to Reference” course. The actors and crew are Jackie Flowers, Christina Flagiello, Kristin Sztuka, and Michelle Lovegrove Thomson. Remember, “one of the best things about being a superstar children’s librarian is being able to offer kick-butt readers’ advisory services to children and their parents.”...
YouTube, Mar. 26

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