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The e-newsletter of the American Library Association | February 1, 2012

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We the People graphic from White House petition pageWhat comes after victory
Beverly Goldberg writes: “Congratulations, Libraryland! School library boosters hit the 25,000-signature threshold January 31 on the White House petition urging that every child in America have access to an effective school library program. You’ve got the attention of the Executive Branch now, and the White House staff will review the petition, ensure that it is sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response. But the work is far from done.”...
AL: Inside Scoop, Jan. 31; Public Information Office, Jan. 31

Mapping out the strongest relationshipsO sister library, where art thou?
April Ritchie writes: “What if libraries, like sisters, could be there for one another? What if public libraries with more resources partnered with underfunded ones to help them reach their fullest potential? A new model for enhancing library services in these more vulnerable areas is emerging in Kentucky, a state with libraries at both ends of the economic spectrum.”...
American Libraries feature

Copyright 2.0On My Mind: We need Copyright 2.0
Neal Starkey writes: “I applaud the hard work of everyone who has tackled the thorny issues confronting libraries in the increasingly hostile ebook environment in which we find ourselves. However, I believe we are missing an essential component in any solution: copyright law reform.”...
American Libraries column, Jan./Feb.

Watching the 3D printer work at the Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library's FabLabTechnology in Practice: Providing the tools
Meredith Farkas writes: “Over the past few years, libraries have begun positioning themselves as the go-to place for digital-creation technologies, providing hardware and software that most people wouldn’t have at home. By providing these creative tools to their patrons, libraries fill a valuable niche in the community, a niche consistent with their historical commitment to bridging gaps in technology access.”...
American Libraries column, Jan./Feb.

Shana McDanold and Andromeda YeltonMidwinter video roundup
Watch video interviews with the Occupy Wall Street librarians (23:21), Jamal Joseph (20:35), Carl Harvey on the White House petition (3:07), the ALA Presidential Candidates Forum (43:42), Carl Lennertz on World Book Night (5:57), Francey Harris of YALSA (1:43), three Emerging Leaders (2:29), and Shana McDanold and Andromeda Yelton (on the right, above) on the Code Year Interest Group (5:03)....
AL Focus, Jan. 23–31; ALA Membership Blog, Jan. 27

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ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, ALA President Molly Raphael, and Digital Content Working Group Cochair Robert Wolven, in the Macmillan offices in New York, January 31Random House also agrees to meet with ALA
ALA President Molly Raphael (in center, at right) writes: “As reported to ALA Council at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, I will be leading an ALA delegation next week to meet separately with Penguin, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster. I am now pleased to announce that Random House has invited ALA leadership to meet with them as well. The four meetings involve senior executives at these publishing houses.”...
AL: E-Content, Jan. 26

National Library Legislative Day 2012 graphicRegister for National Library Legislative Day
The 2012 National Library Legislative Day will be held April 23–24 at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C. Online registration is now open, and an ALA group rate is available for a room at the hotel. Find out who your state coordinator is here....
District Dispatch, Jan. 31

Civic reflection builds community connections
The Public Programs Office will present a day-and-a-half preconference during the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, June 21–22. Titled “Civic Reflection Builds Community Connections: A Program Model for Libraries,” the event will train participants in dialogue facilitation skills that have proven successful in strengthening partnerships, building effective teams across departments, and raising the profile of the library. Register online....
Public Programs Office, Jan. 31

COA announces accreditation actions
The ALA Committee on Accreditation announced that it has awarded continued accreditation status to programs at UCLA, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kent State University, Rutgers, and St. John’s University. Conditional status was granted to Queens College, City University of New York....
Committee on Accreditation, Feb. 1

You Belong @ your library theme logoShare your National Library Week ideas
How do you plan on promoting your library this National Library Week? Share your ideas and you could win a set of National Library Week themed promotional materials. As the “You belong @ your library” theme suggests, promotional ideas should reflect a wide variety of library users and show that the library is a place for everyone. The submission deadline is February 15....
Campaign for America’s Libraries, Jan. 31

ALA, AILA oppose restrictions on ethnic and cultural studies
ALA Council has adopted a resolution that “condemns the restriction of access to educational materials associated with ethnic and cultural studies programs.” The resolution, adopted January 24 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, urges the Arizona legislature to repeal sections of a statute that removes ethnic studies from school curricula. The American Indian Library Association has also issued a statement (PDF file)....
Public Information Office, Jan. 31; American Indian Library Association, Jan. 31

Film and book of the week: El Baile de la VictoriaNew initiative: Días de Cine Reading Club
The Días de Cine Reading Club is an initiative sponsored by the America Reads Spanish program and ALA to promote literature and the Spanish language in American libraries and universities. The program is free. To participate, libraries must register and send the form provided at the America Reads Spanish website to receive a password that will allow you to enjoy, legally and free of charge, public viewing of the movie of the week via online streaming in your library or university....
America Reads Spanish

ALA resolution on restrictive access by publishers
ALA Council has adopted a resolution that “opposes any discriminatory policies of publishers and distributors which adversely impact access to content by library users.” The resolution, adopted January 24 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, directs the Digital Content in Libraries Working Group to review the situation....
Public Information Office, Jan. 31

ALA welcomes FCC changes in digital literacy training
ALA welcomes the January 31 Federal Communications Commission order (PDF file) that will reform the Lifeline program. ALA has been monitoring this proceeding and notes that the FCC will be issuing a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to address the need for digital literacy training in libraries and schools as part of Chairman Genachowski’s ongoing broadband adoption initiatives....
Office for Information Technology Policy, Jan. 31

All about the ALA Executive Board
Bobbi Newman writes: “Several people contacted me and asked me to elaborate on the Executive Board process and experience. It seems odd to me that there isn’t more information about the process, especially from past candidates. No one said I couldn’t talk about it and since I have been very transparent over the years about my professional endeavors, I thought I would share what I know and reflect on the experience—and use this as an opportunity to encourage you to become (more) involved.”...
Librarian by Day, Jan. 31

40 students chosen for Student to Staff program
Forty ALA Student Chapter members were nominated by their schools and were accepted to assist ALA staff during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. In exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 16 hours), these students participating in the ALA Student to Staff Program receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses....
ALA Membership Blog, Jan. 31

Screen shot showing divisional overhead contributions, from the ALA Operating Agreement webcastALA financial learning webcasts
The ALA Finance and Accounting and Governance offices, along with members of the Budget Analysis and Review Committee, have created a series of webcasts in the ALA Financial Learning Series. They offer a basic understanding of ALA’s finances and how the budget affects all program areas and units of the Association....
ALA Finance and Accounting

Hello, goodbye, see you next time
Nicole Pagowsky writes: “After getting home from the Midwinter Meeting, I posted on Facebook that for anyone else having conference withdrawal, #libchat (a weekly, informal discussion on Wednesdays from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Eastern time for librarians and info professionals) was about to start on Twitter. The last day of the conference is always bittersweet. It’s usually the day I have some of the best conversations because fewer people are around.”...
ALA Membership Blog, Jan. 26

Cover of the 3d edition of Copyright Law for Librarians and EducatorsAn essential guide to copyright law
Drawing on cutting-edge case law in 18 discrete areas of copyright, including specialized and controversial music and sound-recording issues, Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions by Kenneth D. Crews has just been released by ALA Editions. In this third edition, Crews has completely revised his classic text to remap the territory with fresh, timely insights....
ALA Editions, Jan. 27

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Cover of Where Things Come BackFeatured review: Youth fiction
Whaley, John Corey. Where Things Come Back. May 2011. 240p. Grades 9–12. Atheneum, hardcover (978-1-4424-1333-7).
An answer to complaints about simplistic YA problem fiction, this debut novel, set in Lily, Arkansas, takes on the whole small town with alternating viewpoints, beginning with the first-person narrative of Cullen, 17, and moving on to a huge cast of friends, enemies, family members, lovers, and neighbors. In a parallel plotline, Benton, 18, fails as a missionary in Ethiopia (“passing out food, water, and Christ”) and, after returning to college in the US, commits suicide, setting off a chain of interconnected, unexpected events. What will hold readers most is the moving story of Cullen’s beloved younger brother, who suddenly goes missing....

John Corey Whaley with the Morris AwardThe Booklist Printz interview
Here’s an early look at Ilene Cooper’s interview with John Corey Whaley, winner of both the 2012 Michael L. Printz and William C. Morris awards, announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas. The full interview will appear in the March 1 issue of Booklist. Ilene Cooper writes: “When I introduced myself to Whaley later that day, he had the look of someone who suspected that he might be in a dream. How was he doing a few days after all the excitement? We caught up with him to find out.”...

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

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Division News

Create a new atmosphere
On February 23, PLA will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Creating Dynamic Library Atmospheres: What We Can Learn from Theater, Retail, Museums, and the Container Store,” as part of the division’s “Public Libraries at Work” monthly webinar series. The deadline to register is February 21....
PLA, Jan. 31

Turning the Page 2.0 logoSpring session of “Turning the Page 2.0”
Registration has opened for the spring 2012 session (week of March 19–week of April 23) of “Turning the Page 2.0,” a free, online advocacy training program for public libraries, developed and presented by PLA with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The session will begin with an optional, in-person kick-off on March 13 at the PLA 2012 Conference in Philadelphia....
PLA, Jan. 31

Reference interview course registration closes February 2
Registration closes February 2 for the next offering of “The Reference Interview”—an asynchronous online course offered by RUSA, February 6–March 16. This popular course is perfect for public librarians, academic librarians, and library support staff interested in learning reference basics or getting a refresher in reference interview skills....
RUSABlog, Feb. 1

Power up your teen programs
Learn new ways to bring more teens into the school and public library in “Power Programming,” YALSA’s popular online CEU-approved course that offers up-to-date ideas for programming, from simple, self-running contests to reading celebrations. The self-paced course is taught by Amy Alessio, teen coordinator at the Schaumburg Township (Ill.) District Library. It will take place February 5 to March 6....
YALSA, Jan. 31

Integrate technology into your library
Technology is part of the everyday life experience for most teens—and by integrating it with standard teen services, librarians can better serve and support teens’ learning needs. Find out how in “Connect, Create, Collaborate: Support Teen Needs with Technology,” a new YALSA online CEU-approved course offered February 6 to March 19....
YALSA, Jan. 31

Carolyn Jo StarkeyRelease your inner leader
AASL will present the third of its Knowledge Quest webinar series on February 13. Presented by Carolyn Jo Starkey (right), “Releasing Your Inner Leader: Spinning 21st Century Evaluations and Professional Development into Stronger School Relationships,” will examine how collaborative cultures are transforming professional development in new and inspiring ways. Register here....
AASL, Jan. 31

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Awards & Grants

Paula T. KaufmanKaufman named Academic/Research Librarian of the Year
Paula T. Kaufman (right), university librarian and professor of library administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is ACRL’s 2012 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development. She will receive the $5,000 award at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim....
ACRL, Jan. 27

Champlain College Library2012 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award winners
ACRL has named the three winners of its 2012 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award: Champlain College Library (right) in Burlington, Vermont; Grand Valley State University Libraries in Allendale, Michigan; and Seattle Central Community College Library. The award recognizes the staff of a college, university, and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution....
ACRL, Jan. 26

Screen shot from Steve Sheinkin's videoYouth Media Awards winners post YouTube videos
Several of this year’s ALA Youth Media Awards winners and honorees have expressed their appreciation by posting videos to the YMA YouTube channel. Watch videos from such award winners as Duncan Tonatiuh, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Josh Schneider, and Steve Sheinkin (right)....
Public Information Office, Jan. 31

No morning TV for Newbery/Caldecott winners
A longstanding tradition was broken in 2011. The winners of the Newbery and Caldecott Awards were not invited to appear on the Today Show the day after the announcements. They were snubbed again in 2012, despite ALA’s efforts to reach out to the shows. The winners were not overlooked by NPR, however, which featured an interview with Caldecott medalist Chris Raschka on All Things Considered and Newbery medalist Jack Gantos, who appeared on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! on January 28....
Early Word: The Publisher | Librarian Connection, Jan. 29; Publishers Weekly, Jan. 24; NPR: All Things Considered, Jan. 23; NPR: Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me, Jan. 28

2012 ALSC Distinguished Service Award
Linda A. Perkins is the 2012 recipient of the ALSC Distinguished Service Award that honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC. She was cited for her role as a champion of the Pura Belpré Award during her three terms on the ALSC board of directors....
ALSC, Jan. 31

Allison CabajMAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens
YALSA has awarded Allison Cabaj (right), media specialist at Riverside Brookfield (Ill.) High School, the 2012 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens. The MAE Award provides $500 to the recipient and $500 to the recipient’s library and is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Cabaj built a blog and created a contest where the whole school could come together to talk about specific award-winning books....
YALSA, Jan. 26

2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults
YALSA has announced its 2012 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. This year’s list of 112 books was drawn from 211 official nominations and comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, historical fiction, and novels in verse....
YALSA, Jan. 26

2012 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
YALSA has announced its 2012 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, drawn from 219 official nominations. This year’s list of 99 titles is divided into four topics: adventure seekers, forbidden romance, get your geek on, and sticks and stones....
YALSA, Jan. 27

2012 Quick Picks for Reluctant YA Readers
YALSA announced its 2012 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers booklist at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas. The Quick Picks list suggests books that teens, ages 12–18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read....
YALSA, Jan. 27

Box for Eric Carle, Picture Writer: The Art of the Picture Book, one of the Notable Videos for Children2012 Notable Children’s Videos
ALSC has selected its 2012 list of Notable Children’s Videos. The list includes videos for children 14 years of age and younger that exhibit especially commendable quality, show respect for children’s intelligence and imagination, and reflect and encourage the interests of children in exemplary ways....
ALSC, Jan. 30

Poster for Jaffa: The Orange's Clockwork, one of the Notable Videos for Adults2012 Notable Videos for Adults
The ALA Video Round Table has selected its 2012 Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding programs released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults. Its purpose is to call attention to recent video releases that make a significant contribution to the world of video recordings....
Video Round Table, Jan. 30

Apply for ALA President’s Award for Advocacy
Applications for the ALA President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by ALTAFF, are due March 15. The award of $1,000 honors and recognizes statewide advocacy for libraries, and is to be used for the development of a program or programs for Friends and trustees at a state library association conference....
ALTAFF, Jan. 31

Diversity Research Grant proposals
The ALA Office for Diversity is seeking proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity topic—including the recruitment and promotion of diverse individuals within the profession or the provision of library services to diverse populations—that addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science. The application deadline is April 30....
Office for Diversity, Jan. 27

Smart investing @ your library logoGrants for Smart Investing @ your library
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and ALA have announced $1.2 million in grants to 16 recipients as part of the Smart Investing @ your library initiative. The program, now in its fifth year, funds library efforts to provide patrons with effective, unbiased educational resources about personal finance and investing. Recipients will use the funds to implement programs that will increase patrons’ access to and understanding of financial information....
RUSA, Jan. 25

Innovations in Reading Prize 2012 logoApply for an Innovations in Reading Prize
Each year, the National Book Foundation awards a number of prizes of up to $2,500 each to individuals and institutions—or partnerships between the two—that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. Important criteria are creativity, risk-taking, and vision, as well as a novel way of presenting books and literature. Applications must be postmarked by February 21....
National Book Foundation

Upcoming grants by deadline
The Public Programs Office’s Programming Librarian is offering a list of grants arranged by deadline (and by date added). Upcoming grants are being offered by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Computer Science Collaboration Project, MetLife Foundation, and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation....
Programming Librarian website

Cover of Pure2011 Costa Book of the Year
On January 24, Andrew Miller won the £30,000 ($47,058 US) Costa Book of the Year Award for his novel Pure, set in a Parisian cemetery in the days before the French Revolution. It tells the story of a young engineer sent to Paris on the orders of the king to demolish an ancient cemetery that is overflowing with the dead. The award is given to books of high literary merit that convey the enjoyment of reading to the widest possible audience....
BBC News, Jan. 24

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Seen Online

Example of Twitter's new country-specific tweet censoringTwitter censorship move sparks controversy
David Kravets writes: “Internet scorn for Twitter’s January 26 announcement that it would censor tweets was swift and unforgiving. But even free-speech and other experts were divided on the service’s move that it might censor tweets if required by law in ‘countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression.’”...
Wired: Threat Level, Jan. 27; Washington Post, Jan. 27; Twitter Blog, Jan. 26

Senators, witnesses slam amendment to video privacy law
Changing the Video Privacy Protection Act to allow companies to obtain blanket consent to share customers’ viewing choices would gut one of the government’s most effective privacy laws, according to witnesses and lawmakers at a January 31 hearing by the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law. Read the statement by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)....
The Hill, Jan. 31

Privacy, technology, and law
Barry Friedman writes: “Every day, those of us who live in the digital world give little bits of ourselves away. On Facebook and LinkedIn. To servers that store our email, Google searches, online banking, and shopping records. Does the fact that so many of us live our lives online mean we have given the government wide-open access to all that information?”...
New York Times Sunday Review, Jan. 28

Libraries, sexual content, and the internet
ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Director Barbara Jones writes: “Recent sensational media reports about ‘porn in libraries’ do not reflect the reality of library services today or promote meaningful dialogue in our communities. The librarian’s job is to balance the community’s First Amendment rights to information with the desire to provide a welcoming and information-rich space for all. And libraries have the tools to create this balance.”...
Huffington Post, Jan. 25

Benjamin Jackson loves his library and sets aside allowance money to help raise money for a new building7-year-old boy leads charge for a new library
A 7-year-old in Wisconsin says his village needs a new library, and he is sacrificing his allowance to help. Every week Orfordville’s Benjamin Jackson sets aside $2 in an envelope, delivering his donations to the library where fundraising for a bigger building has gone on for years. Orfordville’s small library is out of shelf space. Staffers say when they get a new book, they have to take another off the shelf and set it aside for a spring book sale. Watch the video (2:16)....
WMTV, Madison, Wis., Jan. 27

Linda Hosch1st-graders help save librarian
A group of 1st-grade students at Piper Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas, were listening to stories in the library January 10 when librarian Linda Hosch (right) collapsed and stopped breathing. A few of the students went to see if they could help her, while a few others rushed to the office to get help. Staff members came to the library and began to administer CPR until firefighters arrived to take over. She is now recovering at home. The school held an assembly January 27 to honor the 1st-grade class....
KMBC-TV, Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 25; WDAF-TV, Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 28

Art project helps NYPL introduce 3D stereograph collection
The New York Public Library has released a new website called The Stereogranimator, which allows patrons to create their own animated files or 3D images from the library’s collection of stereographs, a popular 19th-century photo format. The web project gives this important historic medium new life and also highlights the work of NYPL patron Joshua Heineman, who started creating his own moving images from library stereograms as an art project for his blog....
Huffington Post, Jan. 26

The Moon Above Pumlumon, one of the 26 treasures that inspired the new project in WalesNational Library books inspire new poetry collection in Wales
Some of Wales’s most cherished national treasures have become the inspiration for a new collection of poetry featuring the nation’s most esteemed writers. The book will be the world’s first anthology of “sestudes”—a new literary form of 62 words devised especially for the projects from which the book has arisen. A spokesman for the 26 Treasures project said, “The aim of the project was to tell the stories behind the objects and inspire visitors to the library (or viewers of the collections online) to see the treasures in a new light.”...
Cardiff (Wales) Western Mail, Jan. 26

Videogamers like Daniel Mullins are playing video games in alternative waysVideogamers embark on nonkilling spree
Conor Dougherty writes: “Videogames have long been assailed for their violent themes and gruesome imagery. But a small slice of players has embraced a new strategy: not killing. They are imparting real-world morals on their virtual-world characters and completing entire games on a ‘pacifist run’—the term for beating a blood-and-guts adventure without drawing any blood.” Watch the video (3:01)....
Wall Street Journal, Jan. 31

Digital Learning Day logoDigital Learning Day resources from the New York Times
Katherine Schulten writes: “For February 1, the inaugural Digital Learning Day, a ‘nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology,’ we’ve combed the Times’s archives to find articles from 1970 to 2002 on the impact of the digital revolution on education. Here’s just a quick glance at the quotes we’ve pulled—on the ‘digital divide,’ the educational value of the internet, whether machines can replace teachers, if computers are changing the way we think, and how teens are making the internet their own.”...
New York Times, Jan. 30

Sarah Houghton, aka the Librarian in BlackLibrarian in Black gets invite to the State of the Union
Sarah Houghton (right), acting director of the San Rafael (Calif.) Public Library and author of the Librarian in Black blog, said she didn’t expect to be among the 50-plus Twitter users selected for the 2012 State of the Union Tweetup when she applied on a whim. The Tweetup group got to tour the White House, meet with the US Chief Technology Officer, and live tweet the president’s State of the Union address....
San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, Jan. 27

Mississippi Fred McDowell's music was recorded by Alan LomaxFolklorist’s global jukebox goes digital
Folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax was a prodigious collector of traditional music from all over the world. Long before the internet existed, he envisioned a “global jukebox” to disseminate and analyze the material he had gathered during decades of fieldwork. A decade after his death, technology has finally caught up to Lomax’s imagination. His vast archive—some 5,000 hours of sound recordings, 400,000 feet of film, 3,000 videotapes, 5,000 photographs, and piles of manuscripts—is being digitized so that the collection can be accessed online....
New York Times, Jan. 30

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Tech Talk

2012 ALA Midwinter tech wrap-up
Daniel A. Freeman writes: “The 2012 ALA TechSource Midwinter Tech Wrap-up webinar was a huge success. We had great presentations from our panel, and excellent participation from our audience. If you missed the event, or want to experience it again, you can view the video archive of the event here.”...
ALA TechSource blog, Jan. 31

Prototype Windows 8 tablet from SamsungWhy Windows 8 tablets will beat Android
Jason Kennedy writes: “When you look at the tablet landscape, it doesn’t look like a very even battle going on. On one side you’ve got Apple, the Goliath, destroying the competition with its iPad. On the other side of the field you’ve got Android, slumping under Apple’s onslaught, suffering from low sales due to a number of factors. Into this completely one-sided battle a new contender is about to be unveiled: Windows 8.”...
ExtremeTech, Feb. 1; Microsoft News, Jan. 17

MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D Printer kitIs 3D printing the new virtual reality?
Maggie Koerth-Baker writes: “In Technology Review January 25, Christopher Mims made an interesting argument against getting too excited about 3D printing technology. His basic point: This stuff is neat, but it is still a long, long way from revolutionizing the world. Meanwhile, Tim Maly has posted a response to Mims’s piece.”...
Boing Boing, Jan. 31; Technology Review, Jan. 25, 27

Kid with book on How Computer Games Help Children Learn. Photo by Beth KanterIn defense of video games
Alan Henry writes: “Many of us at Lifehacker are big fans of video games. Our esteemed editor-in-chief, however, is skeptical that gaming holds anything of value beyond simple entertainment and believes that games are a dangerous time sink. But in this post, I argue that aside from being a great form of entertainment, video games can also relieve anxiety, teach new skills, and help you stay motivated. And I’ve got science to back me up.”...
Lifehacker, Feb. 1

Mozilla preps Firefox 10, tries to keep up with Chrome
The latest stable release of the Firefox web browser is here. Firefox 10 emerged January 31 from beta with a few new features, most of which are geared toward developers. As is often the case, the new version pushes forward with a few of the latest features in emerging web standards like CSS3, HTML5, and related technologies. In Firefox 10, it’s more about the under-the-hood stuff than the on-the-surface user experience....
ReadWriteWeb, Jan. 30; Lifehacker, Jan. 31

Need money? Try ‘crowdfunding’ your next project
David Pogue writes: “I recently started hearing people rave about I was mystified by its success. Kickstarter is a ‘crowdfunding’ site. It’s a place for creative people to get enough start-up money to get their projects off the ground. Suppose you’re the one who needs money. You describe your project with a video, a description, and a target dollar amount. Listing your project is free.”...
New York Times, Jan. 25

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Should OverDrive sell itself to public libraries?
David Rothman writes: “OverDrive—the leading supplier of popular ebooks for America’s public libraries—should sell itself to its library customers or at least think about it if they are willing and able to buy. Other essays have urged the Harvard-hosted Digital Public Library of America initiative to give public libraries an OverDrive replacement. The DPLA has many good points, but maybe the real solution is for public libraries (or a benefactor) to buy and improve the real OverDrive. And now here are the reasons why this plan might make sense.”...
LibraryCity, Jan. 30

BlackBerry PlayBookOverDrive brings library ebooks to the BlackBerry PlayBook
Nate Hoffelder writes: “Everyone might expect the BlackBerry PlayBook to be pulled, but it looks as though OverDrive doesn’t. The company just released a new version of its Media Console app. The OMC app also supports side-loaded Epubs, so you can use this app to read DRM-free ebooks.”...
eBookNewser, Jan. 31

Cover of Harper Lee's To Kill a MockingbirdA crowdfunded approach to setting ebooks free
Laura Hazard Owen writes: “What do To Kill a Mockingbird, A Wrinkle in Time, and the Little House on the Prairie series have in common, besides being beloved? None of them are available legally as ebooks. A new site aims to make these and other ebooks available to the public (and in libraries), as DRM-free Creative Commons works, via crowdfunding. The newly launched is a place for individuals and institutions to join together to liberate digital content by paying rights holders to relicense their works under Creative Commons licenses. The company behind the site is Gluejar, led by Eric Hellman.”...
paidContent, Jan. 30

Coliloquy logoActive fiction lets readers change the plot
Misty Harris writes: “What if Romeo and Juliet lived happily ever after, or Van Helsing decided Dracula wasn’t worth the trouble? In a high-tech twist on Choose Your Own Adventure, ‘active fiction’ imbues readers with precisely that kind of power. Launched in January in Amazon’s Kindle Store, Coliloquy ebooks are peppered with ‘choice points’ that allow readers to take the story in the direction most appealing to them.”..., Jan. 23

The self-epublishing bubble
Ewan Morrison writes: “All of this ebook talk is becoming a business in itself. Money is being made out of thin air in this strange new speculative metapractice: There are seminars, conferences, and courses springing up everywhere, even at the Society of Authors (a writers’ union which, until recently, was largely against epublication). Television and radio programs are being made about self-epublishing. But there’s another name for what happens when people start to make money out of speculation and hype: It’s called a bubble.”...
The Guardian (UK), Jan. 30

School librarians happy and worried about e-readers
Illegally downloading ebooks is no different than going into a bookstore and stealing books from shelves, and it is something that needs to be discussed with kids in schools. On the matter of matching a kid’s developmental stage with reading material, here’s a solution: Have a central download point in the library beside the librarian’s desk, where kids can connect their e-readers to the school’s electronic library to download their ebooks. That way librarians can talk to a kid before the download is made....
eBookAnoid, Jan. 30

The MediaSurfer kiosk systemA vending machine for iPad checkout
David Rapp writes: “The MediaSurfer kiosk system, launched at ALA Midwinter by Tech Logic, attracted many interested observers (and was even referred to in passing during the Top Technology Trends panel on January 22). The system, a sort of vending machine for iPads, is a self-service option that lets users check out their own iPad with a swipe of a library card (and, if the library chooses, a credit card swipe for security).”...
Library Journal, Jan. 26

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Great Libraries of the World

Bolton Library

Bolton Library, Cashel, Ireland. The library, housed in a former chapter house of St. John the Baptist Cathedral, contains a collection of antiquarian books, many of them once owned by Theophilus Bolton, Protestant Archbishop of Cashel from 1729 to 1744. It includes a 13th-century vellum manuscript and works by Dante Alighieri, Jonathan Swift, John Calvin, Desiderius Erasmus, and Niccolò Machiavelli.

Chester Beatty Library

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Ireland. The library was established in 1950 to house the collections of American copper magnate Alfred Chester Beatty, who had amassed a remarkable collection of Asian art and books. The collection’s treasures include 260 copies of the Quran by master calligraphers; biblical papyri from the 2nd to the 4th centuries that are the earliest known copies of the New Testament in Greek; the Coëtivy Book of Hours, an illuminated 15th-century French prayer book; early and fine books and bindings; the largest collection of jade books from the Imperial Court outside China; Japanese painted scrolls from the 17th and 18th centuries; and woodblock prints by ukiyo-e artists Hiroshige and Hokusai.

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.

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Duke University’s Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850–1920 contains more than 9,000 images that illustrate the rise of consumer culture and the birth of a professionalized advertising industry in the United States. Duke Library’s earlier Ad*Access project similarly contains thousands of print advertisements from mainly US magazines and newspapers. Likewise, private collector Jay Paull, 42, began collecting vintage print ads as a child and has since amassed more than 10,000 American ads dating from the 1830s to the 1920s. Paull recently established a digital repository showcasing a diverse historical record of products, services, educational institutions, literature, art, communications, and various other aspects of American life.

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Cover of Wilma Unlimited, by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by David DiazCelebrate Black History Month with books
Jennifer Schultz writes: “You’re likely to have an increase in patrons looking for books pertaining to African-American history in the upcoming days and weeks due to Black History Month. Since there are many superb titles that feature the history of African Americans, let’s chat specifically about picture books for the purposes of this discussion.” The Washington Post has a few more children’s book suggestions. Scholastic is offering a free set of teacher resources, from the stories of the Underground Railroad and Ruby Bridges to the books that inspire today’s African-American leaders...
ALSC Blog, Jan. 31; Washington Post, Jan. 31; Scholastic

Elsevier logoElsevier boycott gathers steam
Global publishing company Elsevier is facing a revolt. Award-winning mathematician Timothy Gowers has organized a boycott of the company because, he says, its pricing and policies restrict access to works that should be more easily available. As of January 31, more than 2,400 scientists had signed up on the boycott’s website The Cost of Knowledge, pledging not to publish, referee, or do editorial work for any Elsevier journal. The protest could soon spread beyond math and the hard sciences. Tim Worstall writes: “Even though academics must publish in order to get/keep their jobs and get promoted . . . it is possible to spark off a (nascent, to be sure) revolt if your business model is thought to be too unfair.”...
Chronicle of Higher Education: Wired Campus, Jan. 30; Crooked Timber, Jan. 26; Forbes, Jan. 28

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LC’s Junior Fellows Summer Intern program
This summer the Library of Congress once again is offering special 10-week paid internships to college students. For a stipend of $3,000, the 2012 class of Junior Fellows Summer Interns will work full-time from May 29 through August 3 with LC specialists and curators to inventory, describe, and explore collection holdings. Applications will be accepted through February 27....
Library of Congress, Jan. 30

Brentwood (Tenn.) Library's Story RoomLivability’s top 10 libraries for children
The Livability editors write: “We sought out institutions in our 500 cities that have gained recent attention for excellent children’s programs, library activities for kids, and community outreach. We looked for libraries that have visually appealing spaces for children, a full range of programs, large collections, integration of new technologies, and proven success in getting kids to engage. Read on for our ultimate picks.”...
Livability, Jan. 28

Is Google evil? The jury is out
Ira Winkler writes: “Much outrage has been expressed about Google’s new privacy policy. People are acting as if they are shocked that Google would consolidate the personal information it gathers from its customers through all of its varied services. What is shocking to me is that none of these people, including members of Congress, seemed to see it coming.”...
Computerworld, Jan. 24, Feb. 1

Disc recording in green wax on brass holder, probably 1885, of Hamlet's soliloquyEarly sound recordings given a new voice
Annie Dobberteen writes: “Over the past two years, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Library of Congress have partnered with the National Museum of American History to coax sound recordings dating to the 1880s into telling (and singing) their stories. The recovered recordings are the Volta Laboratory Associates’ early experiments at recording live sound. In some ways, the inventors anticipated the modern music industry.” Hear the recordings here....
O Say Can You See?, Jan. 26

Edison Gold Moulded cylinder made from black wax. Photo from Wikimedia CommonsRestored Edison records revive giants of 19th-century Germany
Tucked away for decades in a cabinet in Thomas Edison’s laboratory, just behind the cot in which the great inventor napped, a trove of wax cylinder phonograph records has been brought back to life after more than a century of silence. The cylinders, from 1889 and 1890, include the only known recording of the voice of the powerful chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Other records found in the collection hold musical treasures—including what is thought to be the first recording of a work by Chopin....
New York Times, Jan. 30

Adding descriptions to digital photos
Mike Ashenfelder writes: “Last October I wrote about the importance and the difficulty of embedding descriptions into digital photos. As a test, I ended the article by asking readers to download a photo into which I embedded a quote from Benjamin Franklin. I also asked readers to let me know if they could see the quote and, if so, to name the program they used to display the quote. Here are some results and conclusions from that test.”...
The Signal: Digital Preservation, Oct. 28, Jan. 25

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Heather Mansfield writes: “The number of low-cost or free, web-based resources and tools available to nonprofits today is astounding. Many nonprofit professionals are overwhelmed by all the choices—and as the mobile web and related start-ups continue to grow, prepare to be mind-boggled by all the new technology options available to your nonprofit in coming years.”...
Nonprofit Tech 2.0 Blog, Jan. 30

The Great Librarian Write-out winner
PC Sweeney writes: “After a long year of spectacular writing in articles submitted from around the country, we can announce the winner of the Great Librarian Write-out: Vikram Kanth, for his article, ‘Our Local Libraries Are a Place to Inspire Dreams,’ San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, April 18, 2011. The contest was a #makeithappen and #partyhard production from the ALA Think Tank.”...
PC Sweeney’s Blog, Jan. 25

Timeline edit boxFacebook Timeline will be mandatory soon
Jason Boog writes: “Facebook announced January 24 that the Facebook Timeline feature will be mandatory for all accounts soon, inspiring excitement, concern, and a Jeffrey Koterba cartoon. After editing our own Timeline page last year, we’ve included six steps that writers and publishers can follow to make sure they have a satisfying Timeline page before the program launches.” And here is a list of 28 Facebook Timeline resources....
GalleyCat, Jan. 27; Mashable, Jan. 25

Teaching web-scale discovery
Pete Coco writes: “With the continued improvements being made to web-scale discovery tools like ProQuest’s Summon and EBSCO’s Discovery Service, access to library resources is reaching a singularity of sorts: frictionless searching. That’s the good news, but I’ve seen more undergraduate students struggle to get what they need from web-scale discovery than I’ve seen benefit from its obvious conveniences.”...
ACRLog, Jan. 27

Everything you thought you knew about learning is wrong
Garth Sundem writes: “Taking notes during class? Topic-focused study? A consistent learning environment? All are exactly opposite of the best strategies for learning. I recently had the good fortune to interview Robert Bjork, director of the UCLA Learning and Forgetting Lab, a distinguished professor of psychology and an expert on packing things into your brain in a way that keeps them from leaking out. It turns out that everything I thought I knew about learning is wrong.”...
Wired: Geek Dad, Jan. 29

Brian Lamb, longtime host of C-SPAN's Booknotes programGeorge Mason University acquires
C-SPAN’s Booknotes collection

George Mason University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives has acquired the entire collection of 800 nonfiction books and one novel discussed on C-SPAN’s long-running Booknotes television series hosted by Brian Lamb (right). The hourlong show featured one-on-one interviews with nonfiction authors to discuss their latest writings. Authors were also asked about their research, writing process, and their own lives and influences....
George Mason University News, Sept. 13

The gelatin sizing processEuropean papermaking techniques, 1300–1800
Timothy Barrett writes: “The following essay describes the materials and techniques used to make paper by hand in Europe between 1300 and 1800. This period represents the rise and the slow but certain decline of hand papermaking as a major industry. What follows is a guess, based on limited research, about what may have been the routine in a mill producing high-quality papers somewhere in Europe.”...
Paper Through Time, University of Iowa Libraries

Screen shot from The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris LessmoreBook-related short up for an Oscar
Inspired by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory (15:07) about the curative powers of story. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 in the category of Best Short Film, Animated, it tells the story of Morris Lessmore, who discovers a library full of living, flying books after his city is destroyed by a hurricane. The film is dedicated to the memory of Bill Morris (former HarperCollins library promotion director) and Coleen Salley (New Orleans storyteller and author)....
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