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The 2012 State of America’s Libraries
The American Library Association details current trends affecting the profession in its 2012 State of America’s Libraries report, released as an American Libraries digital supplement on April 9 in conjunction with National Library Week. Publishers limiting library ebook lending, budget cuts, and book challenges are just a few library trends of the past year that are placing free access to information in jeopardy. The single-minded drive to reduce budget deficits continued to take its toll on essential services in 2011, with teachers and librarians sometimes seen as easy targets for layoffs....
American Libraries; Public Information Office, Apr. 9
Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011
Book-banning efforts were alive and well in 2011. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received 326 reports regarding attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011 include the following titles (each title is followed by the reasons given for challenging the book). See our Pinterest compilation of all Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged books since 2001....
AL: Censorship Watch, Apr. 9
Technology in Practice: The guide on the side
Meredith Farkas writes: “Many librarians have embraced the use of active learning in their teaching. Moving away from lectures and toward activities that get students using the skills they’re learning can lead to more meaningful learning experiences. It’s one thing to tell someone how to do something, but to have them actually do it themselves, with expert guidance, makes it much more likely that they’ll be able to do it later on their own. Replicating that same ‘guide on the side’ model online, however, has proven difficult.”...
American Libraries column, May/June
Outside/In: Spring Libraryland tour
David Lee King and Michael Porter write: “Our mission with Outside/In has been to take useful ideas from the larger world of trends (outside) to see how they apply to libraries (in). In that vein, we’re bringing you a roundup from our spring Libraryland conference tour, during which we made several stops and met hundreds of amazing folks and organizations along the way.”...
American Libraries column, May/June
Bookmobiles: A proud history, a promising future
John Amundsen writes: “Bookmobiles have a proud history of service dating back to the late 1850s, when a horse-drawn collection of books began making the rounds in Cumbria, England. Here in the United States, the first bookmobile is widely attributed to Mary Lemist Titcomb, a librarian in Washington County, Maryland. Today, bookmobiles are still going strong, with more than 900 such mobile libraries still providing the spirit of community through innovative new services in cities, towns, and rural areas.”...
American Libraries news, Apr. 11
Happy National Bookmobile Day
National Bookmobile Day, April 11, celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. Check out the American Libraries Bookmobiles Pinterest board for a virtual parade of mobile libraries, past and present. Find more bookmobile resources here. Watch bookmobile videos on the National Bookmobile Day YouTube channel....
American Libraries Pinterest; Library History Buff Blog, Apr. 11
Timbuktu manuscripts threatened by conflict in Mali
Jennifer J. Yanco, director of the West African Research Association in Boston, alerted the ALA International Relations Office to the volatile military and political situation in Mali, which could threaten the safety of hundreds of thousands of ancient and medieval manuscripts in the city of Timbuktu. On April 6, Tuareg rebels from the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad declared the northern part of Mali (which includes Timbuktu) independent. An online petition urges parties to the conflict to be mindful of the importance of these manuscripts. Those with an interest in the region or the preservation of cultural heritage can add their names in support....
AL: Global Reach, Apr. 11; Al Arabiya (Dubai), Apr. 11; West African Research Association
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The unsung heroes in our schools
Bestselling author and National Library Week Honorary Chair Brad Meltzer (right) writes: “When I see what is happening to school library budgets today, I am horrified to think that we live in a country where school librarians—with the power to inspire, as my former teacher inspired me—are considered expendable just for the sake of saving a few bucks. Let’s not sacrifice our future.” During National Library Week, April 8–14, a public service announcement featuring Meltzer is appearing in Time magazine, on Time.com, and in other national publications with a total circulation of 5.4 million....
Huffington Post: Libraries in Crisis blog, Apr. 9; Campaign for America’s Libraries, Apr. 10
National Library Week Facebook cover art
Your patrons can show support for the library during National Library Week, April 8–14, by uploading these cover images to their Facebook pages. Click on the image of choice, and a full-size image will appear in a new window. Right-click the full-size image and save to your computer by selecting “save as” option. Instructions for uploading a cover photo on Facebook are online....
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Raphael responds to ebook report
In a report released April 4, The Rise of E-Reading, the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that 78% of adults read a book in the past year, and 14% of these readers borrowed the most recent book they read from a library. ALA President Molly Raphael noted, “Much of the report confirms trends to which we’ve been eyewitnesses: Four times the number of people report reading ebooks on a typical day now compared with only two years ago. There’s more to be done here, though, to bring a broader range of e-content to library patrons, which is a focus of ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group.”...
Public Information Office, Apr. 4; Pew Internet and American Life Project, Apr. 4
ALA Annual Conference T-shirt poll
Help ALA choose the color of your Annual Conference T-shirt. Nearly 700 people voted to select the color of the ALA Midwinter Meeting shirt—and it sold quickly. With ALA’s 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim coming up soon, it’s time to vote again. The ALA Store will be offering T-shirts in men’s and women’s styles. Check back on May 5 to see the winning color....
What to do for Día
Carolyn Starkey writes: “Children’s Day / Book Day, also referred to as El día de los niños / El día de los libros, is a celebration of children, families, and reading held annually on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Resources for Día are available from a number of different sources.”...
AASL Blog, Apr. 5
Public Insight Network joins Building Common Ground initiative
The Public Programs Office announced its collaboration with the Public Insight Network from American Public Media to expand the reach of Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility, and Compassion, a library programming initiative supported by the Fetzer Institute. In order to seed public conversations of emerging community issues, PIN will seek public media partners and offer them grants to amplify and broaden the library’s discussions through their Building Common Ground programming....
Public Programs Office, Apr. 10
Prepare for Choose Privacy Week
With Choose Privacy Week (May 1–7) right around the corner, ALA is offering online resources for libraries that are interested in holding Choose Privacy programs of their own. These resources are available online at www.PrivacyRevolution.org, including web banners and graphics, a privacy video featuring Neil Gaiman, a study guide, civic engagement materials, a privacy handout (PDF file), and word search (PDF file)....
Office for Intellectual Freedom, Apr. 10
Free LSSC portfolio webinar
The Library Support Staff Certification Program, a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate competencies and receive certification from ALA, will offer an hourlong informational webinar discussing portfolio creation April 13. Compiling and submitting portfolios is one way candidates can complete the competency sets needed for certification. Register online....
ALA–Allied Professional Association, Apr. 10
Win grants through partnerships
Grant Money through Collaborative Partnerships, a timely special report by Nancy Kalikow Maxwell published by ALA Editions, offers practical advice and encouragement for libraries trying to secure grant funding by partnering with cultural centers, businesses, and educational institutions. The report presents an overview of grant basics, suggests how to frame libraries’ research capabilities as benefits to the community, explores strategies for locating potential partners, and describes what libraries can ask for from the grant developer....
ALA Editions, Apr. 9
New toolkit for serving adult learners
ALA’s Committee on Literacy has released Literacy for All: Adult Literacy @ your library, a new toolkit compiled by Dale P. Lipschultz designed to help librarians add, expand, and advocate for adult literacy services. The toolkit provides tools, tips, resources, promising practices, and encouraging words, and is available online, as a downloadable PDF, or as an eight-page print edition....
OLOS Columns, Apr. 6
Joint-use library models that work
New from ALA Editions, Joint Libraries: Models That Work scrutinizes the successes and failures of the joint-use model. Authors Claire B. Gunnels, Susan E. Green, and Patricia M. Butler, three founding faculty librarians of the joint-use Lone Star College–CyFair branch of Harris County (Tex.) Public Library, discuss the factors that should go into evaluating when and where a joint library is suitable....
ALA Editions, Apr. 11
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Featured review: Historical fiction
Kindl, Patrice. Keeping the Castle. June 2012. 272p. Viking Juvenile (978-0-670-01438-5).
Seventeen-year-old Althea Crawley is facing a plight familiar to characters in Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle (1949), Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and PBS’s Downton Abbey: “Perhaps one day women might be able to choose their husbands with no thought of money and position, but not in this day and age in Lesser Hoo, Yorkshire, England.” Althea is on a quest to marry rich so that she may secure the family’s only inheritance, a dilapidated castle on the edge of the North Sea....
History in Fiction: Boom or bust?
Michael Cart writes: “Whenever I think of history, I think first of my personal past, for surely it is all about me, me, me. Isn’t it? And, goodness knows, my early life—all my formative years—would be regarded not only as history but as ancient history by today’s teens. For me to think about those early years is to remember not so much incidents and events but, instead, the books I read then. And interestingly enough, many of them were historical novels. Though I was then only a callow youth, all of these were adult books, since the inception of young adult literature was still a decade or more in the future. So I avidly read the likes of Thomas B. Costain, Mary Renault, Robert Graves, Alexandre Dumas (père, of course, forget fils), and many, many others.”...
@ Visit Booklist Online for other reviews and much more....
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Staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel?
Every morning, Disneyland Resort hotel guests can join a two-mile power walk through Disney California Adventure park before it opens for guests. Guided by a Disneyland Resort guest activities cast member, the power walk is a great way to stay in shape, learn a little trivia, and get a peek at this special quiet time in the park. Watch the video (1:27)....
Disney Parks Blog, Apr. 2; YouTube, Mar. 23
Disney Fastpass Service
Disney Fastpass Service is a complimentary benefit to all park guests that allows you to enjoy the rest of the Disneyland Resort while your place in line is saved. While it sounds so nice and easy, the system is actually quite complex, and keeps changing. Think of all the Fastpass machines in a park as a computer network, with each attraction being a node in that network. When a guest attempts to get a Fastpass by inserting a ticket into the barcode reader, the machine does two things....
Trip Advisor; Disneyland Resort
Be careful what you order at Trader Sam’s
Paul Hodgins writes: “Writing about Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is difficult. Telling you too much about this place would give away its secrets—and the secrets are at the heart of the room’s charm. When the Disneyland designers were told to help transform the aging bar in the Disneyland Hotel into something more fun and park-oriented, they let their ideas run wild. Their instructions for creating a unique experience were simple: Use the characters, events, and look of Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise (and the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction) as inspiration.”...
Orange County (Calif.) Register, Mar. 2; City Traveler, Apr. 4
Gadgets in the airport security line: Size matters
Matt Richtel writes: “There must be a reason the laptop is singled out as the bad boy of electronics at the airport. Or has the world of gadgets moved so quickly since 2001 when the laptop rule went into effect that federal regulators have not kept up? A TSA spokesman said the agency has its reasons for still requiring that traditional laptops go through X-ray machines in a separate bin. A 2010 post in the TSA Blog says the 11-inch model of the MacBook Air is fine to leave in your bag, but the 13-inch model must be removed. People do conceal weapons in all sorts of items, including a hollowed-out book....
New York Times, Apr. 4; TSA Blog, Nov. 8, 2010, Mar. 30, Apr. 6
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Smart investing grantees become Movers and Shakers
Two librarians who received RUSA’s Smart investing @ your library grants have been named Movers and Shakers by Library Journal. Trinity Behrends of Greenville County (S.C.) Library System used flyers at grocery stores and ads on local cable to promote personal financial education resources to women who rarely use the library. Chesapeake (Va.) Public Library’s Jim Blanton initiated $ave $teve, an online game that requires players to learn about money matters to help $teve avert financial disaster....
RUSA Blog, Apr. 6
New study of campus collaboration
ACRL has published Environments for Student Growth and Development: Libraries and Student Affairs in Collaboration, a set of case studies of successful collaborations between campus student services and libraries edited by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Melissa Autumn Wong. Also included is a bibliography of selected publications on student affairs, strategies for collaboration, and library and student affairs collaborations....
ACRL, Apr. 10
Caldecott Medal’s 75th anniversary festivities
Through the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, ALSC will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal with a series of Caldecott-related events and activities. The series begins May 8 with a free webinar, “Caldecott Uncovered: What You’ve Always Wanted to Know about the Caldecott Medal.” Additional webinars, an Annual Conference preconference, and an online gallery will follow; see the full schedule of activities....
ALSC, Apr. 10
ALTAFF launches volunteering webcast series
ALTAFF has created “Baby Boomer Volunteers for Libraries and Friends,” a three-part series of webcasts designed to inform library friends, trustees, and staff about this new generation of volunteers. Carla Lehn (right), library programs consultant for the California State Library, and Sally Gardner Reed, executive director of ALTAFF, will explain what this group is looking for in volunteer opportunities, and how to ensure that the library and its Friends group are ready to bring them in. Register online....
ALTAFF, Apr. 10
ALTAFF to reveal a book’s journey at BEA
ALTAFF will present “The Journey of a Book: From Writer to Reader” June 6 at BookExpo America. Bestselling author Robert Goolrick (right), his agent Lynn Nesbit, Algonquin Executive Editor Chuck Adams, and Director of Online Marketing Michael Taeckens will discuss the highs and lows of writing, representing, editing, promoting, and publicizing a book, as well as the sometimes strange path it follows to reach the readers’ hands. Nora Rawlinson, cofounder and editor of EarlyWord, will moderate....
ALTAFF, Apr. 10
Digital preservation planning webinar
Have you taken steps to assure the long-term survival of your digital collections? In this April 16 ASCLA webinar, you’ll hear from collaborative digitization experts about the preservation planning process and the tools available to assist with implementation. Registration closes April 12....
ASCLA Blog, Apr. 10
Building a Library Champions campaign
There has never been a better time to pursue a Library Champions campaign! Library Champions can promote the value of your library to your community while delivering maximum fundraising impact. Participate in this June 22 ASCLA workshop in Anaheim, California, and you’ll learn from the experts how to execute a successful marketing and development campaign, from soup to nuts. Register online....
ASCLA Blog, Apr. 10
PLA webinar examines ebooks
PLA will host a live, hourlong webinar, “E-Books 101: A Look at Devices, Platforms, and Training Ideas,” designed for libraries just beginning their ebook programs or for new library staff that need to get up to speed on digital collections, on April 17. Instructor Lynnanne Pearson, manager of adult popular services at Skokie (Ill.) Public Library, will provide an overview of e-readers and lending platforms available to public libraries. This is the first in the four-part “Public Librarian’s Guide to Ebooks” series. Register online....
PLA, Apr. 10
Get your library into strategic shape
PLA will offer its Results Boot Camp, “Results Are What Matters: Management Tools and Techniques to Improve Library Services and Programs” with June Garcia and Sandra Nelson, August 21–25, at Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library. Results Boot Camp is a four-and-a-half-day intensive education program designed around PLA’s Results series that offers public library management training in strategic planning, data-based decision-making, effective resource allocation, implementation strategies, and change management. Apply online by June 29....
PLA, Apr. 10
PLA preconferences announced
PLA is offering three preconferences, to be held June 22 at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California: “Turning the Page 2.0 Kick-Off,” “Build a Great Team: One Year to Success,” and “Mental Model Busting.” Register online....
PLA, Apr. 10
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2012 Lippincott Award
Carla J. Stoffle (right), dean of libraries at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, is the 2012 recipient of the Joseph W. Lippincott Award. This prestigious award was established in 1938 and is given annually to an individual who has provided distinguished service to the profession of librarianship....
Office of ALA Governance, Apr. 10
2012 Ken Haycock Award
Jeanne Drewes (right), chief of binding and collections care and program manager for mass deacidification in the Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress, has been selected as the 2012 winner of the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. The annual award honors an individual for contributing significantly to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship through professional performance, teaching, or writing....
Office of ALA Governance, Apr. 10
2012 Information Technology Pathfinder Award
Sally Mays, bibliotecaria at Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion in New Hope, Minnesota, and Elizabeth Kahn, librarian at the Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy in Jefferson, Louisiana, are the recipients of AASL’s 2012 Information Technology Pathfinder Award. Sponsored by Follett Software Company, the $1,500 award recognizes and honors two school librarians—one elementary and one secondary—for demonstrating vision and leadership through the use of information technology to build lifelong learners....
AASL, Apr. 10
2012 Frances Henne Award
Alisa Auchmoedy-Finck, school librarian at the Marbletown Elementary School in Stone Ridge, New York, is the 2012 recipient of AASL’s Frances Henne Award. The $1,250 award, sponsored by ABC-CLIO, recognizes a school librarian with five years or less experience who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers, and administrators. As the award recipient, Auchmoedy-Finck has the opportunity to attend her first ALA Annual Conference....
AASL, Apr. 10
2012 Distinguished School Administrators Award
Mat McRae, principal of Swan Valley High School in Saginaw, Michigan, is the 2012 recipient of AASL’s Distinguished School Administrators Award. McRae was nominated by school librarian Kay Wejrowski....
AASL, Apr. 10
2012 Sara Jaffarian Award
The Public Programs Office has named the Inter-American Magnet School in Chicago the recipient of its 2012 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. Librarian Francis Feeley developed and submitted the winning program, titled “Who Are We?” The program challenged 7th and 8th grade students to explore the individual and collective behavior of human beings in the past and present in a series of quarterly research projects....
Public Programs Office, Apr. 10
2012 Library of the Future Award
The Artemis training project from the National Public Radio library has been named the 2012 winner of the Information Today Library of the Future Award. The award is presented annually to a library that demonstrates innovative planning and development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. The Artemis project was developed by Katie Daugert and Lauren Sin to teach NPR staff how to use a new internal database for audio archives and transcripts....
Office of ALA Governance, Apr. 10
Entries grow in LLAMA awards
LLAMA announced April 10 that two of its highest-profile awards have seen dramatic increases in the number of entries received. The John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award received a record-breaking 108 entries from public, academic, and other types of libraries of different sizes. The ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design award received 117 entries from libraries throughout the world....
LLAMA, Apr. 10
2012 ALA Student Chapter of the Year Award
The ALA student chapter at Florida State University is the winner of this year’s Student Chapter of the Year Award. The runner-up of this year’s award is the ALA Student Chapter at Indiana University. The award is presented in recognition of a chapter’s outstanding contributions to ALA, its school, and the profession. Its purpose is to increase student involvement in ALA through student chapters and to recognize its leaders....
NMRT Notes, Apr. 6
Librarian swims for Spectrum
Miriam Tuliao (right), assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, will participate in the fourth annual Liberty Island Swim June 29 in support of the Spectrum Presidential Initiative. Tuliao will compete in the 1.2-kilometer race around the Statue of Liberty in memory of Ann Bianchini, former adult services librarian of the New York Public Library. Donate online through giveALA and note “Tuliao 2012 Swim” in the honor section of the form....
Office for Diversity, Apr. 10
2012 NMRT Shirley Olofson Award
Kirby McCurtis (right), youth librarian at Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon, is the 2012 recipient of the New Members Round Table Shirley Olofson Memorial Award. The award, named in honor of the late NMRT President Shirley Olofson, is given annually to defray the costs of attending the ALA Annual Conference....
NMRT Notes, Apr. 5
2012 NMRT Professional Development Grant
Amy Honisett (right), education librarian at the University of Utah’s Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the New Members Round Table Professional Development Grant. Formerly the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant, the award will this year be awarded solely by NMRT. It covers round-trip airfare, lodging, and conference registration fees for attendance at the ALA Annual Conference for an NMRT member who wants to participate more fully in ALA....
NMRT Notes, Apr. 5
Rethinking Resource Sharing Innovation awards
The Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative is an ad hoc group that advocates for a complete rethink of the way libraries conduct resource sharing in the context of the global internet revolution. It has created an award to encourage libraries and librarians to make changes in how they share resources and improve service to users. In 2012, one winning submission will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000. By May 1, submit a description of the user-centric service change you have made in your library....
Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative
2012 Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award
Caldecott Medalist Ed Young is the 2012 winner of the Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award for his autobiography The House Baba Built: An Artist’s Childhood in China, as told to Libby Koponen (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers). The award is given biennially by the Cleveland Public Library to honor excellence in the field of biography for children. The award prize is $5,000....
Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library, Mar. 6
2012 Indies Choice and Read-Aloud awards
Independent booksellers nationwide cast their ballots in March, and on April 4 the American Booksellers Association announced the winners of the 2012 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E. B. White Read-Aloud Awards. Adult Fiction Book of the Year was The Marriage Plot (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) by Jeffrey Eugenides. The Read-Aloud Award for Picture Book went to I Want My Hat Back (Candlewick Press) by Jon Klassen....
Bookselling This Week, Apr. 4
2011 Bram Stoker Awards
The Horror Writers Association announced the winners of the 2011 Bram Stoker Awards at its annual banquet April 1. This year’s presentation was held in Salt Lake City at the World Horror Convention. Flesh Eaters by Joe McKinney (Pinnacle Books) was the winner for superior achievement in a novel, while Neonomicon by Alan Moore and Jaxen Burrows (Avatar Press) won in the graphic novel category....
Horror Writers Association blog, Apr. 1
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NYPL begins massive digitization project
Thousands of historical documents at the New York Public Library, including material handwritten by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and papers from authors such as Mark Twain, will soon be accessible to the public online, thanks in large part to a generous gift of $500,000 from the Polonsky Foundation. The project, which began in January and will continue through 2014, will digitize documents from the Thomas Addis Emmet Collection and almost all the papers of several major American authors (Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman) in the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature....
New York Public Library, Apr. 5
NYPL plan worries some scholars
Brian Braiker writes: “101 years after the New York Public Library was first dedicated, up to 3 million of its precious books are to be removed from the central library and shipped to two off-site storage facilities, prompting a chorus of complaints from scholars who say that the institution is threatening its own claim to be ‘one of the world’s pre-eminent public resources for the study of human thought.’ Researchers will still be able to access the books, but only after a wait of up to 24 hours.” The plan will free up space for other resources and activities, but Princeton’s Anthony Grafton writes, “My stomach hurts when I think about NYPL turned into a vast internet cafe.” NYPL President Anthony Marx answers some questions on the plan....
The Guardian (UK), Apr. 6; New York Public Library, Feb. 16; The Daily Princetonian, Apr. 2; Huffington Post: New York, Apr. 10
Court: Washington library can filter porn
A rural Eastern Washington library system may continue to filter the internet to block porn and gambling sites, a federal court judge ruled April 10. Judge Edward Shea of the Eastern Washington Federal District Court ruled that the North Central Regional Library in Wenatchee is not violating the First Amendment by filtering some adult internet content on library computers. The lawsuit was brought by the ACLU of Seattle, which argued that the library’s filtering was overly broad....
Seattle Times, Apr. 10
Rock and Roll Library officially opens
Anastasia Pantsios writes: “It’s been two years in the making and it’s been open to the public since the beginning of the year. But on April 9, the ribbon was snipped on Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Library and Archives. After the ribbon cutting, the mob surged into the spacious reading room to peruse the shelves of books and racks of music magazines, and sign up for their library cards.” The library’s collection spans more than 3,500 books, 1,400 audio recordings, and 270 videos....
Cleveland Scene, Apr. 10
Dominican LIS students help curate dance archive
When Hubbard Street Dance Chicago celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2013, many people will be interested in browsing the company’s extensive archive of performances, rehearsals, and special events. That wouldn’t have been possible without the help of students from Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, who are sorting through hundreds of hours of footage and organizing the archives in a user-friendly system. Watch the video (2:03)....
Dominican University GSLIS, Apr. 10; YouTube, Nov. 14, 2011
FIU acquires Cuban genealogy collection
Florida International University Libraries in Miami has acquired a collection of more than 5,000 books, plus handwritten and typed letters, photos, and other primary documents relating to Cuba and Cuban genealogy. The collection, amassed over four decades by Felix Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza, includes rare 17th- and 18th-century books and thousands of unpublished family genealogies and manuscripts....
Florida International University, Apr. 9
Yale Divinity Library to preserve Chinese Christian materials
Yale University’s Divinity School Library has announced a collaboration with Hong Kong Baptist University to preserve contemporary collections of Chinese Christian materials. HKBU library staff will identify potential projects and send specific proposals to the Divinity School Library. The first project will create a microfilm collection of publications by the Chinese Christian Literature Council to be stored at the Divinity Library....
Yale Daily News, Apr. 5
School librarian jobs cut in Nova Scotia
A Nova Scotia school board is cutting 41 librarian positions as part of 130 job cuts set for next year. The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is facing a $6.5 million shortfall after the provincial government cut funding to school boards by 3%. Teachers will now have to take over the library responsibilities. Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter accused the school board April 10 of trying to embarrass his government, adding that the elimination of the jobs is as unacceptable to the province as it is to students and parents....
CBC News, Feb. 10, Apr. 7; Canadian Press, Apr. 10
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Cheapskates love libraries
Cory Doctorow writes: “Libraries aren’t just the mark of a civilized society—assembling, curating, and disseminating knowledge to all comers—they are also a cheapskate’s best friend. My favorite cheapskate pro-tip for libraries is asking reference librarians really hard, chewy questions. Unlike a paid researcher, reference librarians usually don’t just give you the answer, but rather take you by the hand and guide you through the use of library resources, giving you an education in problem-solving as well as the solution to your problem.”...
Boing Boing, Apr. 10
Bipartisan letters request library funding
Jeffrey Kratz writes: “Recently, two Dear Colleague letters were sent to the US House Appropriations Committee. One March 20 letter (PDF file), sponsored by Reps. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rush Holt (D-N.J.) that included 45 other signatures, asked for the committee to fund LSTA at $184.7 million in FY 2013. Likewise, a March 15 letter (PDF file) was sent to the Appropriations Committee with 120 signatures and was sponsored by Reps. James McGovern (D-Mass.), Don Young (R-Alaska), Holt, and Grijalva. This letter asked the committee to appropriate $28.6 million for Innovative Approaches to Literacy....
District Dispatch, Apr. 10
UNESCO open access policy guidelines
To address a major concern of member states, UNESCO has released a new publication titled Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access (PDF file) that demystifies the concept of Open Access and provides concrete steps for putting relevant policies in place. The guidelines are not prescriptive in nature; they are suggestions to aid knowledge-based decision-making to adopt OA policies and strengthen national research systems....
UNESCO, Apr. 6
Who is protecting the people’s property?
Bernadine Abbott Hoduski writes: “Government publications and information deposited in federal depository libraries are considered the property of the federal government. I prefer to think of them as the people’s property, entrusted to librarians for free public access. The Federal Library Depository Program was set up to serve all the people in all congressional districts. Some librarians would like to see regionals, which are responsible for taking everything and keeping it permanently, allowed to substitute digital for other formats, including paper.”…
SRRT Newsletter, Mar.
Can employers ask for your Facebook password? Not in Maryland
Alex Fitzpatrick writes: “If you’re a resident of Maryland, you no longer have to fear a potential employer asking you to hand over the keys to your Facebook or Twitter profiles before giving you a job. Both houses of the Maryland General Assembly voted April 9 to pass a bill blocking the practice. Of course, potential employers will still be able to view any publicly posted tweets or status updates.” Employers are also enjoined from threatening to take action against those who refuse to give up those passwords or data….
Mashable, Apr. 9; PC Magazine, Apr. 10
Think like a startup: A white paper
Brian Mathews writes: “I’ve been fascinated with startup culture for a long time. As I considered all the changes happening in academic libraries, I saw that the parallels were quite stunning. No, we’re not developing new products to bring to market, and no, we’re not striving for an IPO payday, but we are being required to rethink, rebuild, or repurpose what a library is and what it does. Facing the Future: Think Like a Startup is a collection of talking points intended to stir the entrepreneurial spirit in library leaders at every level.”...
Chronicle of Higher Education: The Ubiquitous Librarian, Apr. 4; NPR: Morning Edition, Apr. 4
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Make your own social media dashboard
Ellyssa Kroski writes: “I’ve been looking into various social media monitoring tools that are available but haven’t found one that completely fits the bill for our library, so I decided to create one from scratch. I chose Protopage since I’m a big fan of their start pages. I used their Widgets tool to quickly add RSS Feeds of searches I did on various sites and ended up with a great dashboard that is going to let us watch and participate in conversations that are happening across the web.”...
iLibrarian, Apr. 4
The lure of the tablet: No intimidation
James Kendrick writes: “There are many reasons why tablets have taken the mainstream by storm, but none as pertinent as the fact most folks are less intimidated by tablets compared to computers. Power users and those more tech-savvy than the average person on the street laugh at the thought that computers are intimidating. To mainstream consumers, tablets are things they simply pick up and do stuff, without worry.”...
ZDNet: Mobile News, Apr. 11
How to choose an online backup service
Michael Muchmore writes: “There’s no question that you should back up your irreplaceable documents and digital media. Today’s online backup services make prevention of data loss automatic, secure, and affordable. But of the dozens of services available, how do you choose the one that best meets your needs?”...
PC Magazine, Apr. 4
The mysterious megabyte
Everyone knows how long a minute is. And your cellphone carrier keeps close tabs on how many you have used this month. Now, in the smartphone era, more people are being forced to think about how many megabytes of data they are using. But what, exactly, is a megabyte?...
New York Times, Apr. 8
Virtual Microsoft Office for iPad
Jon Brodkin writes: “Microsoft is still holding off on releasing a full version of Office for the iPad, and in the meantime plenty of competitors have emerged to fill the gap. Not all the substitutes have been on the up-and-up when it comes to the legality of offering Office products for the tablet, but the newest option, CloudOn, offers both free and legal cloud-hosted Office products for the iPad.”…
Ars Technica, Apr. 10
Two years left of Windows XP support
All support for Windows XP and Office 2003 will end on April 8, 2014. Mainstream support for two other entities ends this week: Support for Windows Vista ended on April 10, and Office 2007 support ended April 9. Windows XP and Office 2003 are currently in Extended support. Once this ends in 2014, they will cease receiving even security updates....
Ars Technica, Apr. 9; Windows Blog, Apr. 9
Block spam text messages
Eric A. Taub writes: “Spam text messages are easy for businesses and charlatans to generate. They’re not tapped out by individuals using mobile phones, but often come from computers, using programs that send out text messages to every conceivable telephone number automatically. To stop spam texts, there are several basic steps to take, regardless of which mobile carrier you use.”...
New York Times, Apr. 4
How to digitally disappear
Eric Griffith writes: “Can you really get off the grid and still live digitally? Probably not. If you retain your digital life, you’re going to leave breadcrumbs. The only way to stay completely anonymous is to turn it all off. That means no cell phones, no credit cards, no web surfing. You can’t even use a computer. However, if you can’t handle that, here are some options that can keep you online and, perhaps, off the radar.”...
PC Magazine, Apr. 5
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Justice Department sues over ebook price fixing
The US filed an antitrust lawsuit April 11 against Apple and five of the nation’s largest publishers, alleging they conspired to limit competition for the pricing of ebooks. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court by the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, alleges Apple, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette, Penguin, and Macmillan reached an agreement where retail price competition would cease, retail ebook prices would increase significantly, and Apple would be guaranteed a 30% commission on each ebook sold. Macmillan CEO John Sargent explained the company’s position in a blog post. The DoJ has filed a proposed settlement (PDF file) with Hachette, S&S, and HarperCollins that will resolve the charges made against those three in the lawsuit....
Wall Street Journal, Apr. 11; Tor.com, Apr. 11; Publishers Weekly, Apr. 11
E-reading status check from Pew Internet
Christopher Harris writes: “In a new report released April 5, Pew Internet looks at The Rise of E-reading. The major points? One in five adult Americans has read an ebook in the last year. Additionally, digital readers read more books (24 to 15) in the past year as compared to print readers, and 30% of readers say they now spend more time reading since switching to digital. If we dig a bit deeper into the study, however, we find some interesting tidbits of interest to libraries. Right now, libraries are not seen as ebook places. Deal with that, and let’s move on to how we can become ebook places.”...
AL: E-Content, Apr. 5
Big Six refuse to sign Amazon annual contract
Chris Meadows writes: “A recent article in Salon claims that the Big Six publishers are taking a page from the Independent Publishers Group’s book and declining to renew their contract with Amazon over what they see as an Amazon price gouge. If the contracts are permitted to expire the way IPG’s was, will Amazon delist the Big Six publishers’ ebooks the way it did IPG’s? That would be something to see.”…
TeleRead, Apr. 10; Salon, Apr. 8
Google to discontinue indie reseller program
Google said April 5 it would abolish a program through which independent bookstores have been selling ebooks, a blow to small booksellers that have benefited from the large and recognizable platform Google provides. Scott Dougall, Google’s director for product management for digital publishing, said that the so-called reseller program, which allowed bookstores to offer ebooks for sale through their websites, was not a success....
New York Times: Media Decoder, Apr. 5
Kansas to partner with Bilbary
The State Library of Kansas will partner with upstart ebookseller Bilbary to facilitate patrons wishing to buy ebooks. State librarian Jo Budler said that the library would soon add a link to Bilbary on its website as an option for patrons. The library will not receive income from sales, at least not during this phase, but the plan will better serve patrons who want to buy ebooks quickly and easily, and it will help support a new “library friendly” player in the growing ebookselling market....
Publishers Weekly, Apr. 10
Librarian-selected iPad apps for early literacy
The Darien (Conn.) Library’s children’s librarians are circulating early literacy iPads with a set of apps geared for children ages 2–5 preloaded. The apps were specially selected for their early literacy skill-building qualities. Here is the current list of recommended apps....
Darien (Conn.) Library, Sept. 11, 2011
Yahoo files ebook ad patent
Yahoo is investigating ebook advertisements as a way to stimulate its earnings. In two US patent applications, the company suggests that users could be offered ebook titles at a variety of prices depending on the prominence of the ads. The ads shown could be determined by the type of book being read, or even the contents of a specific chapter, phrase, or word. The filing also suggests that users could be offered ads as hyperlinks within the text or in dynamic content....
BBC News, Apr. 9
Are apps the future of book publishing?
Alex Knapp writes: “Are tablet apps the book of the future? In order to find out, I talked to authors, publishers, and app programmers, and read more than a few book apps. Perhaps the type of ebook app that will seem most familiar to people would be something along the lines of Penguin’s Amplified Edition of Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. This edition, which is purchased as an iPad app, features things like actual manuscript pages, the ability to share quotes on social media, and audio clips of Ayn Rand on various topics. Increasingly common, though, is bringing about a more interactive experience.”...
Forbes, Mar. 30
Ebrary adds 10K new ebooks in major expansion (PDF file)
Ebook provider ebrary is adding more than 1,800 new ebooks from Wiley and 2,300 from other publishers to its Academic Complete collection. An additional 6,300 ebooks from such publishers as MIT Press and Oxford University Press will be available from other ebrary models, including patron-driven acquisition, short-term loan, and perpetual archive....
ebrary, Apr. 10
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Visit the ALA JobLIST Conference Workshops page to see everything offered for job seekers at the ALA JobLIST Placement Center at ALA Annual Conference, including résumé critiquing, sessions with a professional career coach, and career development workshops. Sign up fast, as some of these popular programs fill up well before the conference starts.
Providing descriptive annotations of the best children’s picture books published in the last decade, Mary Northrup’s Picture Books for Children is perfect for librarians, teachers, parents, daycare providers, and anyone who works with young children. It is both an excellent tool for collection development and an abundant resource for planning storytimes and other children’s programming. NEW! From ALA Editions.
Great Libraries of the World
National Library of Malta, Valletta, Malta. Begun in 1555 when Grand Master Claude de la Sengle decreed that the personal libraries of deceased Knights of Malta would become part of the common heritage of the order, the collection was declared a public library in 1776 and became a legal depository in 1926. Since 1976 it has been strictly a research and reference library with the largest collection of books, pamphlets, newspapers, journals, and audiovisual recordings by Maltese authors in the world.
Amsterdam Central Public Library, Netherlands. Designed by architect Jo Coenen, the 28,000-square-meter building opened in 2007 as the largest public library in Europe. It features more than 700 public computers, business meeting rooms, a theatre, restaurant, radio station, and pianos for users to play.
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 in 2013 by ALA Editions. There is also a Great Libraries of the World Pinterest board.
Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. The Earl Gregg Swem Library, at the College of William and Mary is seeking a creative, enthusiastic professional to join the staff of the Cataloging Department as a Cataloging and Metadata Librarian. The position provides expertise and training in the use metadata schemas for the cataloging of digital content; works collaboratively with the Cataloging Department and the Special Collections Research Center; stays current with trends and developments in cataloging and metadata; and provide leadership in adopting new technologies and new procedures to assure best practice....
Digital Library of the Week
The Osler Library Prints Collection at McGill University in Montreal brings together a rich variety of visual documents related to the history of medicine, spanning several centuries, countries, and artistic media. Ranging from the 17th to the 20th century, the collection consists predominantly of prints, though it also includes some photographs, drawings, posters, and cartoons. The images in this collection, acquired from various donors at different times, are fascinating for both their historical significance and their artistic merit. Straddling the disciplines of art and science, the collection is a valuable resource on the history of medicine and the history of portraiture.
Do you know of a digital library collection that we can mention in this AL Direct feature? Tell us about it. Browse previous Digital Libraries of the Week at the I Love Libraries site, Check out our Featured Digital Libraries Pinterest board.
“Everyone should hire librarians. Every time you hear about budget cuts and cutbacks on hours, it seems like our libraries, and librarians, are the ones suffering. But these places, and these people, must be the most helpful, the most informed, and the most knowledgeable resources on the planet. If they hired librarians to be clerks at the DMV, everyone would get their license plates on time and walk out of the office looking forward to renewal time. If librarians ran health care, people might still get sick, but not tired.”
—Jeff Rundles, “The Library and Customer Care,” Colorado Biz, Apr.
“Library workers should celebrate National Library Workers Day by passive aggressively muttering ‘You’re welcome!’ after refilling the stapler, unjamming the printer, and unclogging the public restroom’s toilet for unthankful library patrons.”
—A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette, Apr. 10.
International Reading Association, Annual Convention, McCormick Place Convention Center West, Chicago. “Celebrating Teaching.”
International Internet Preservation Consortium General Assembly, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
May 1–4: Association of Research Libraries, Membership Meeting, Chicago.
Teachers Teaching Teachers about Technology, Virtual Conference.
BookExpo America, Javits Center, New York City.
ACRL / Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Application required.
PLA Results Boot Camp: Intensive Library Management Training, Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library. Apply by June 29.
ALSC National Institute, Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre. “Libraries Leading the Race.”
Banned Websites Awareness Day.
South Dakota Library Association, Annual Conference, Huron Event Center, Pierre. “Libraries: Crossroads to Discovery.”
LITA National Forum, Hyatt Regency Downtown, Columbus, Ohio. “New World of Data: Discover. Connect. Remix.”
ASCLA Tour of Ireland.
AASL 2012 Fall Forum, Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort and Conference Center, Greenville, South Carolina. Satellite sites in Doylestown, Pennsylvania; Homestead, Pennsylvania; Richardson, Texas; and San Jose, California.
South Carolina Library Association, Annual Conference, DoubleTree by Hilton, Columbia. “Common Ground: A Conversation about Library Service in South Carolina.”
International Association of School Librarians, Annual Conference, Doha, Qatar. “The Shifting Sands of School Librarianship.”
ACRL Immersion Program, Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville, Tennessee. Assessment and Intentional Teaching Tracks available. Apply by May 7.
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