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Copyright for librarians and teachers, in a nutshell
Carrie Russell writes: “You may have wondered whether you hold the copyright to work you’ve put many hours into creating on the job. Who holds the copyright to works created by teachers or librarians? Short answer: In general, when employees create works as a condition of employment, the copyright holder is the employer.”...
American Libraries feature
Library giant Russell Shank dies
Russell Shank (right), 86, professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, 1977–1988 university librarian at UCLA, and a renowned leader who made his mark in academic, special, and public librarianship as well as in intellectual freedom and international librarianship, died June 26 of complications from a fall at his home. At Annual Conference in Anaheim, Shank (who was ALA President in 1978–1979) was among the library leaders acknowledged at the June 21 Library Champions and Past Presidents Reception....
AL: Inside Scoop, July 2
Toronto library hosts a comics festival
Robin Brenner writes: “The Toronto Comic Arts Festival may not have the name recognition of multimedia geek extravaganzas like San Diego Comic-Con International, but to devoted attendees, TCAF has become the must-attend comics event of the year. With the Toronto Reference Library as its main venue, more than 18,000 attendees passed through the library’s doors May 5–6 to mingle with more than 300 creators.”...
American Libraries news, July 3
Dispatches from the Field: Apple product news
Jason Griffey writes: “In March, Apple announced the latest product in the evolution of what it calls the post-PC computing world, and called it simply ‘the new iPad.’ While almost exactly the same shape, the new iPad is heavier because of a battery with a far larger capacity. The extra capacity was needed because of two key differences that distinguish it from previous versions: a Retina Display and LTE.”...
American Libraries column, May/June
Haiti rises from the rubble
Leonard Kniffel writes: “More than two years after the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, vast numbers of Haitians are still struggling just to return to something resembling normal life. While Haiti Library Relief dollars are making a difference, the need is so vast that ALA has to focus this effort on specific sustainable projects that will advance the nation’s recovery from one of the largest natural disasters on record.”...
American Libraries feature
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ALA President Maureen Sullivan writes: “A year ago, then–ALA President Molly Raphael called for ‘all of us to work together and build a better future for all library communities.’ As president-elect I took these words to heart and made the commitment to continue that work during my term. Our strategic plan, ALA 2015 (PDF file), is an excellent framework to engage all of us in fulfilling the overarching goal to build ‘a world where libraries, both physical and virtual, are central to lifelong discovery and learning and where everyone is a library user.’”...
Amercian Libraries column, July 5
Camila Alire nominated for administration post
On June 28, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Camila A. Alire, ALA president in 2009–2010, as a member of the National Council on the Humanities, a key administration post. The council, a board of 26 distinguished private citizens appointed by the president and confirmed by the US Senate, advises the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities....
Public Information Office, July 3
ALA resolution on school librarians and educational success
Here is the text of the resolution on “School Libraries and Librarians Are Critical to Educational Success” that was adopted by ALA Council at the Annual Conference in Anaheim on June 25....
AASL Blog, July 3
Member POV: Engagement from the bottom up
Chris Kyauk writes: “I’m a governance nerd. If I’m going to belong to something, I have to understand how it ticks. That is why I have made a concerted effort to attend the sessions of ALA Council and ALA Executive Board, the two bodies that govern ALA. As I understand it, Council sets policy and Executive Board implements said policy. Sounds a little bit boring, right? Wrong! Both are actually really interesting.”...
ALA Membership Blog, July 2
Submit suggestions for Programming Librarian calendar
ProgrammingLibrarian.org, a resource website of the ALA Public Programs Office, invites programming librarians from public, academic, school, and special libraries of all sizes to submit proposals for articles and webinars to be included in the 2013 editorial calendar. Proposals will be reviewed on an ongoing basis through September 14. Visit the website for more information or to submit a proposal....
Public Programs Office, July 2
You need your state library association
Don Wood writes: “Add your voice to library advocacy within your state by joining your state library association—also known as an ALA chapter. Once you become a member, you will begin contributing to your state library association’s efforts to advocate for and support libraries, librarians, and library workers within your state.”...
ALA Membership Blog, July 3
Booklist to interview authors at ALA Virtual Conference
Booklist editors Brad Hooper and Donna Seaman will host 30-minute author lunches July 18–19 during the ALA Virtual Conference. Katherine Boo, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose latest book is Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (right), will speak with Hooper July 18. Recording artist Christian Kiefer, whose first novel is titled The Infinite Tides, will discuss his work with Seaman July 19. Registration is still open....
Conference Services, July 3
ALA vs. comics conventions
While Derek Kirk Kim was at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, he went through the Artists Alley with a video camera asking creators who were exhibiting what they think of ALA versus comic conventions. Several artists (including Dave Roman, Raina Telegemeier, Gene Luen Yang and Cecil Castelucci) said ALA attendees are engaged in the subject matter and interested in learning about something new, while comic-con attendees tend to be looking for more of the same familiar comics. Watch the video (10:36)....
Robot 6, June 30
Records management for museums and galleries
Records Management for Museums and Galleries: An Introduction, published by Chandos Publishing and available through Neal-Schuman Publishers, offers a comprehensive overview of records management work within the heritage sector. Authors Charlotte Brunskill and Sarah R. Demb draw on more than a decade of experience in applying fundamental principles and practices to the specific circumstances of museums, introducing readers to the institutional culture, functions, and records common to museums....
ALA Neal-Schuman, July 2
Managing intellectual capital in libraries
Managing Intellectual Capital in Libraries: Beyond the Balance Sheet, by Petros Kostagiolas, presents information professionals with the knowledge they need to understand the potential uses, contributions, value, structure and creation of broadly intangible intellectual capital in libraries. Kostagiolas discusses the significance of managing intellectual capital as a source of innovation in the face of the global economic crisis, outlining practical methods and techniques that can be applied to real-life library situations....
ALA Neal-Schuman, July 3
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Featured review: Adult media
Black, Dustin Lance. 8. Apr. 2012. 2hr. LA Theatre Works, CD (978-1-58081-889-6).
In November 2008, California voters enacted Proposition 8: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” In 2010 the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) filed a case in the US District Court to overturn this amendment, which eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in California. This outstanding audio of a play written by Black and directed by Rob Reiner, based on the closing arguments of the AFER case, was performed in Los Angeles in March 2012. Clooney and Martin Sheen play high-powered attorneys David Boles and Theodore B. Olson, respectively, and Brad Pitt is Chief Judge Vaughn Walker. But that’s just the tip of the acting iceberg, with other roles read by Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and more. Yes, the cast is star-studded, but what also makes the audio so memorable is how Black’s play gets to the heart of the case....
He listens: Pipes to kill for
David Wright writes: “Part of my job as a librarian is reading stories aloud, though unlike my colleagues, I read them to grown-ups, and the stories often involve murder, extramarital affairs, and the occasional cannibal feast. From having read aloud myself, I’m very aware of just how skilled professional audiobook narrators truly are. Here are some of my favorite male audiobook readers whose pipes and talent I would kill to have.”...
She listens: Sound check
Kaite Mediatore Stover writes: “Women hear voices every day— usually in the form of harried family members, demanding coworkers, or chatty friends. They compete with the internal voices that sound like our own: the one that second-guesses all decisions, questions our fashion sense, and sounds like mom and her unsolicited (but probably accurate) advice. When it’s time to make the lambs stop nagging, put narrators in your ear. They’ll whine, inspire, comfort, and advise, but unlike real life, these voices come with an off button to make them shut up.”...
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What to do when teens talk sex in the library
Teens often bring their questions about sex—or questions “from a friend”—to trusted staff at the library. But discussing sexuality with teens can be a difficult minefield to navigate. Library staff can find guidance on negotiating this tricky subject by joining mk Eagle for “Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Talking Sex and Sexuality with Teens,” YALSA’s July 19 webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Registration is now open....
YALSA, June 26
2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge
The 2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge is officially over. In total, 26 people finished the challenge by reading at least 25 titles. The grand prize winner is Robin A., who read nine Great Graphic novels, two Amazing Audiobooks, two Morris Award winners/honor books, three Popular Paperbacks, two Excellence in Nonfiction Honor titles, three Alex Award winners, two Quick Picks, and two Best Fiction for Young Adult titles....
YALSA The Hub, July 3
Recruiting the best employees
Library managers, directors, and deans may feel overwhelmed by choices in today’s economy when a single job posting attracts hundreds of applicants. But how can you ensure that you will find the best person for the job? On July 11, LLAMA will present “Finding the Best People in a Tough Economy: Strategies for Successfully Recruiting Employees.” This webinar will outline in detail how to develop an effective recruitment strategy that goes beyond shuffling through stacks of applications. Registration is now open....
LLAMA, June 26
Use screencasting to educate patrons
On July 18, PLA will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Screentastic! Using Screencasting as a Reference and Customer Service Tool,” designed to help libraries take patron instruction to a new level. Screencasts are excellent tools for library staff to demonstrate software, teach computer skills, and visually share step-by-step navigation of websites and databases. Registration is now open....
PLA, July 2
How to kick start National Friends of Libraries Week
ALTAFF will host “Kick Start Your National Friends of Libraries Week Celebration” on July 24. This free webinar will give libraries and Friends ideas and materials so that they can promote the 7th annual National Friends of Libraries Week, October 21–27, in their libraries and community. Registration is required....
ALTAFF, July 3
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Nominations open for 2012 I Love My Librarian awards
Library users can now nominate a librarian for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York / New York Times I Love My Librarian Award, which invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college, and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their communities. Up to 10 librarians will each receive $5,000, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to attend an award ceremony and reception in December in New York City....
Public Information Office, July 2
PLA receives IMLS grant
PLA, in partnership with the International City/County Management Association, has been awarded a collaborative planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to facilitate the development of a replicable leadership training model that assists public library administrators, senior managers, and staff who want to increase their capacity to lead not only within the library, but also in the community. The PLA Leadership Task Force, chaired by Carolyn Anthony, will take the lead on designing a training model....
PLA, June 26
ULC recognizes top innovators of 2012
The Urban Libraries Council announced its 2012 Top Innovators during the ULC Annual Forum, June 21–22, in Newport Beach, California. The 10 winners were selected by a panel of expert judges from nearly 200 applications in the third annual ULC Innovations Initiative. Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library won in the civic and community engagement category for its I Street Press writing and publishing center....
Urban Libraries Council, June 22
School library wins Australian architecture award
A private school library where the walls double as whiteboards and the stairwell is used as a lecture space has won the celebrated Sir John Sulman Medal for public architecture presented by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (New South Wales Chapter). The Mabel Fidler Building at Ravenswood School for Girls in Sydney was presented with the top honor June 28. The upper-level library, designed to float atop a brick base, is clad in a polycarbonate material that permits its internal walls to be finished in translucent white glass that can be written on....
Sydney (N.S.W.) Morning Herald, June 29
2012 Desmond Elliott Prize
Grace McCleen, author of The Land of Decoration, has been named winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize for new fiction. The story is narrated by 10-year-old Judith McPherson, a member of the Christian Brotherhood of the Last Days. After being bullied at school and shunned by the community, she finds solace in a model world she makes in her bedroom, inspired by the Old Testament’s Promised Land. The £10,000 ($15,690 US) prize honors the best debut novel written in English and published in the UK....
BBC News, June 29
2012 Caine Prize for African Writing
Nigerian author Rotimi Babatunde has won the 13th Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story, “Bombay’s Republic” (PDF file). He was awarded £10,000 ($15,690 US) at a July 2 dinner at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Chair of Judges Bernardine Evaristo described it as “the story of a Nigerian soldier fighting in the Burma campaign of World War II.”...
The Bookseller, July 3
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Louisiana eliminates state library funding
The budget signed by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on June 15 eliminates $896,000 in state aid to libraries. Jindal excluded the funds, used for technology and collections, when he presented his proposed spending plan, and legislators failed to find funding for libraries during the regular session. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater said, “Operations such as local libraries can be supported with local, not state dollars.”...
Library Journal, June 28; Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate, June 13
Abandoned atlas finds its way home
In 1958, during a renovation of Gettysburg (Pa.) College’s Breidenbaugh Hall, a sophomore and
self-described book lover spied a
treasure in the construction debris. It
was an atlas containing maps of America
from the late 18th to early 19th centuries. Lee A. Dallas (on left) said, “I retrieved it and after closer examination took it to the college
library. I was, however, greeted by a
librarian who informed me, ‘We don’t
have room for old books in the library. Take it back to where you found it.’” Thankfully, Dallas didn’t follow that
Friends of Musselman Library newsletter 12, no. 2 (Fall 2011): 12
Waldseemüller map rediscovered
Reseachers at the Munich University Library announced July 3 they had discovered a long-forgotten version of a map of the world by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller (1470–1522). Library Director Klaus-Rainer Brintzinger said that two researchers had discovered that the valuable, 500-year-old map had been erroneously bundled together a few hundred years ago with volumes on geometry. The map is a smaller global map created by Waldseemüller, who became famous for a much larger world map that was the first to refer to he New World as “America.”...
Der Spiegel, July 3
Harvard won’t cut library staff
Despite initiatives to centralize its workforce, the Harvard Library System will not be significantly reducing its approximately 930-person staff, according to an emailed announcement from Harvard University Library Executive Director Helen Shenton and Senior Associate Provost Mary Lee Kennedy. New elements of the library organization will be announced soon, and support services staff members are to be contacted with information about changes to their occupation....
Harvard Crimson, June 30
Baltimore-area residents use libraries during power outage
Sitting on the floor of Catonsville (Md.) Library with an iPad, laptop, and cellphone charging around her, Angie Howard summed up the feelings of many who went without power since a violent storm hit June 29. Dozens of the more than 220,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric customers who were without power July 2 visited the library on Frederick Road to cool off in the air conditioning and charge their electronic devices....
Baltimore Sun, July 2; Catonsville (Md.) Patch, July 2
Toronto gives GLBTQ speed dating a reboot
Speed dating has been given a bookish twist, thanks to the Toronto Public Library’s debut GLBTQ Literary Speed Dating night, which took place July 4 at the TPL’s Bloor/Gladstone branch. Organized by librarian Raymond Lam to coincide with the end of Toronto’s Pride Week, the event gave participants a chance to discuss a favorite book, CD, or DVD with like-minded people....
Quill and Quire: Quillblog, July 3
Where Walmart failed, a library succeeds
McAllen, Texas, was once home to a Walmart—but no longer. When the discount superstore closed its doors, it left behind a vast empty building. The community took advantage of the space and converted the warehouse-like building into a public library. The new McAllen Public Library opened in December 2011; after it had been open for just a month, new-user registration increased by 23%. Take a video tour (4:22)....
Los Angeles Times: Jacket Copy, July 3; AL Focus, Mar. 14; YouTube, Feb. 15
Story of Michelle Obama’s ancestor researched at Birmingham Public Library
In October 2009, New York Times correspondent Rachel L. Swarns wrote a story about first lady Michelle Obama’s multiracial family roots. That led to her writing American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama. Part of Swarns’s research was done at Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library, where she hoped to find out more about the life of Dolphus Shields, Obama’s biracial, maternal great-great-grandfather, who was born a slave in Georgia and moved to Birmingham in the late 1880s....
Birmingham (Ala.) News, July 3
Landau sentenced to seven years for thefts
Disgraced collector Barry H. Landau was sentenced June 27 to seven years in federal prison for stealing thousands of historic documents worth as much as $2.5 million from archives along the East Coast, including one in Baltimore, where the scheme unraveled last summer. The 64-year-old Manhattan resident, who for years fooled celebrities and political players into believing he had significant ties to the White House, was also ordered to pay $46,525 in restitution and to stay away from all archives and libraries after he is released....
Baltimore Sun, June 27
Monitors stolen from DCPL branch
The District of Columbia Public Library’s new Francis A. Gregory branch, hailed as an architectural gem and a welcome addition to the community, was damaged June 26 when burglars broke in through one of its glass walls and made off with six computer monitors. Five burglars apparently used a rock to break one of the large, diamond-shaped panels that form part of the library’s outer wall....
Washington Post, July 2
Sonoma County director under fire
Harsh criticism of Sandra Cooper’s (right) management of the sprawling Sonoma County (Calif.) Library System is fueling calls for county supervisors to seek more authority over her position, a move that could put Cooper’s job in jeopardy. A grand jury report released June 27 called Cooper an “unresponsive” leader and claimed she micromanages her staff, edits minutes of meetings to paint herself in a more favorable light, and makes arbitrary decisions that have alienated her from the public and from city and county officials. Critics of Cooper packed a meeting July 3 to relay their concerns....
Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press Democrat, June 28, July 3
A deadhead’s delight at Santa Cruz
Deadheads and music aficionados now have a new resource for all things Grateful Dead with the launch of an online archive June 29. Former band members Bob Weir and Mickey Hart announced in 2008 that the band would donate its archives to the University of California at Santa Cruz. The Grateful Dead Archive Online features thousands of images and materials, including a timeline marking milestones in the band’s 30-year career. Papers, art, and artifacts also went on display in an exhibit at the school’s McHenry Library....
Sonoma (Calif.) Patch, July 1; Los Angeles Times, July 1
Arlington offers books for newborns
Babies born at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital will go home with a library card and a board book, thanks to the new Books for Babies program launched jointly by the hospital and the Arlington (Tex.) Public Library. Mayor Robert Cluck (right), a former obstetrician, presented the first Books for Babies Library Card Pack on June 27 to one of Texas Health Arlington’s most recent arrivals....
City of Arlington, June 29
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Library groups support lending rights
ALA, ACRL, and the Association of Research Libraries (who all work collectively as the Library Copyright Alliance) have filed an amicus curiae brief (PDF file) with the US Supreme Court in support of petitioner Supap Kirtsaeng in the case Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons. The LCA believes an adverse decision in this case could affect libraries’ right to lend books and other materials manufactured abroad. The legal issue at hand is whether the first sale doctrine applies to textbooks that are assembled outside the United States....
ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, July 3; Inside Higher Ed, July 3
UK authors call for a library in every school
Such award-winning authors as Sarah Waters, David Almond, Philip Reeve, and Malorie Blackman are calling on the UK government to make it a legal obligation for every school to have a library. The campaign, run by the Society of Authors, is asking schools minister Nick Gibb to make it a statutory requirement for every primary and secondary school in England and Wales to have a library, on the grounds that “there are proven links between reading and attainment.”...
The Guardian (UK), June 27
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Google’s Nexus 7
Joshua Topolsky writes: “Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is a stock Google experience with a price point clearly meant to put a hurt on Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and sway potential buyers of Apple’s lower-end iPad 2. Android as a tablet platform has stumbled thus far. Can Google finally begin to make an impact in an increasingly crowded market? For a $200 tablet, the Asus-made Nexus 7 is impressively built and styled.”...
The Verge, June 29
The next tech step is becoming the background
Nick Bilton writes: “I have seen the future, and it is wearable. Wearable technologies like Google’s glasses, which project information right where a person is looking, will have the same effect on smartphones and computers as the motion picture did on books. The ultimate form of communication occurs when ‘technology gets out of the way,’ as Google cofounder Sergey Brin (right) said June 27 (11:27) at Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference.”...
New York Times: Bits, July 1; YouTube, June 27
Amazon buys 3D mapping startup
Ki Mae Huessner writes: “It looks like Amazon is building up its presence in the mapping business. The tech giant closed a deal July 2 to acquire 3D mapping startup UpNext. For Amazon, which doesn’t have a mapping service of its own, the acquisition seems to mark a move into new territory. The UpNext acquisition, which would help Amazon offer native mapping capabilities, potentially points to a more robust Kindle Fire in the future, as well as an Amazon smartphone.”...
GigaOM, July 2
Smartphone specs for dummies
Danny Stieben writes:
“If you’ve lived on this planet long enough, you’ll know that marketing techniques for new phones can’t be trusted 100%, so you’ll have the best results by looking at the phone’s specs yourself. This article will try to help you figure out what’s the best for you by showing you what you should be aware of and whether it’s good enough for your Android or iPhone.”...
MakeUseOf, July 5
The middle way of mobile app design
ACRL Tech Connect, July 5
Tiny camera rivals the pros
David Pogue writes: “The new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is a tiny, pants-pocketable camera that will be available in late July for the nosebleed price of $650. Or, rather, won’t be available. It will be sold out everywhere. I’ll skip to the punch line: No photos this good have ever come from a camera this small. The Sony RX100 has a huge one-inch sensor—the biggest ever stuffed into a pocketable zoom camera.”...
New York Times, June 27
DNSChanger malware set to knock thousands off the web
Ian Paul writes: “Thousands of PCs worldwide may be unable to access the internet beginning July 9 unless those machines are rid of the pernicious DNSChanger malware that first surfaced in 2007. The FBI helped shut down the criminal ring responsible for DNSChanger in late 2011 and then briefly handled the DNS routing for all infected Mac and Windows systems.” That will come to an end on Monday. Here’s how to tell if you are infected and what to do about it....
PC World, July 5
Hot off the presses: Conductive ink
Ink is an age-old medium, yet it’s keeping up with changing times. It’s long been used in pens and printer cartridges, but now it’s being mixed to print lightweight circuits, sensors, and switches. One company, T-Ink, has developed inks so robust that circuits and switches can be printed on flat plastic and then molded into three-dimensional components that control overhead lights and sunroofs in cars....
New York Times, June 30
An introduction to paper computers
Brooke Palmieri writes: “After computers were made of bronze cogs but before they were made of integrated circuits, they were made of paper and were found in books. The figure pictured on the left is called a volvelle or wheel chart; it’s a series of circles held together that can be rotated in order to yield some string of information. On paper, the concept dates back to 11th-century Persia where it was used most frequently in astronomical texts to depict the movement of the planets and stars.”...
8vo, June 25
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Backgrounder on libraries, patrons, and ebooks
Larra Clark writes: “As part of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy’s work with the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, several member leaders have requested we develop and distribute resources that will support local libraries around digital content issues. On July 3, OITP released the first of these documents, a backgrounder (PDF file) that shares some highlights from the newest Pew Research Center report on ‘Libraries, Patrons, and Ebooks,’ along with some messaging and local angles for using this new research with local media and decision makers.”...
District Dispatch, July 3
Your ebook is reading you
Alexandra Alter writes: “In the past, publishers and authors had no way of knowing what happens when a reader sits down with a book. Does the reader quit after three pages or finish it in a single sitting? Do most readers skip over the introduction, or read it closely, underlining passages and scrawling notes in the margins? Now, ebooks are providing a glimpse into the story behind the sales figures, revealing not only how many people buy particular books, but how intensely they read them.”...
Wall Street Journal, June 29
Ebooks gone in five years?
Porter Anderson writes: “The distinction between ‘the internet’ and ‘books’ is arbitrary, and will disappear in five years. Start adjusting now. But haven’t we all just staggered over to the ebook reality, gotten down with our digital selves, and tried to ease away from those visions of dustcovers dancing at our launch parties? Now Hugh McGuire (13:07) is here to tell us ebooks aren’t going to make it, either? Well, yeah, in a way.”...
Jane Friedman, July 3; YouTube, June 21
Publishers should open an ebookstore
Joe Wikert writes: “Crazy idea, right? What if we all got together and created an ebookstore that we owned outright? Big Six. Little guys. Everyone in between.
We could all switch over to the agency distribution model, receive 70% of sales, and the remaining 30% would cover all the infrastructure costs to run the business. Now let’s make things interesting. Let’s force Amazon and other retailers to keep using DRM while we abandon it for our own store.”...
Joe Wikert’s Publishing 2020 Blog, June 25
Barbara Galletly writes: “Publishers have been too slow to enter the enhanced book market, according to Harold Moss, creative director at FlickerLab. He suggested filmmakers and artists are the ones best equipped to develop innovative new models for making enhanced ebooks. Up for grabs is the opportunity to revolutionize enhanced ebooks themselves, but not just in terms of content and in scope. ‘Hack into existing expectations and marketplaces,’ Moss said.”...
Digital Book World, July 2
Lyrics to “Why Can’t an Ebook Be More Like the Print?”
Rebecca Vnuk writes: “If you were in Anaheim for Annual Conference and made it to the Booklist Reference program, ‘Why Can’t an Ebook Be More Like the Print?,’ you were lucky enough to be treated to the musical stylings of Dave Tyckoson and crew. He’s given us the lyrics to the three musical interludes—‘Why Can’t an E-book Be More Like the Print?’, ‘E-book Readin’ Man,’ and ‘Baby Got Nook.’”...
Booklist Online: Points of Reference, July 2–5
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Information Literacy: Beyond Library 2.0 asks and answers the big questions facing those who teach information literacy: Where have we come from, where are we now, and where are we going? Editors Peter Godwin and Jo Parker divide their book into three distinct sections: trends, impacts, and case studies. NEW! From ALA Neal-Schuman.
Great Libraries of the World
Castilla–La Mancha Regional Library, Toledo, Spain. The library’s Borbón-Lorenzana collection has its origins in the library established for the city in 1773 by Cardinal Francisco Antonio de Lorenzana that incorporates the works of the writers of the Church of Toledo. This collection was enriched in 1794 with the books of the future Cardinal Luis María de Borbón y Vallabriga.
El Escorial Library, Madrid, Spain. The library’s holdings include the personal collection of King Philip II, who built the palace in 1563–1584 as part royal residence and part monastery. It is located in a great hall 54 meters in length, with marble floors and beautifully carved wooden shelves crafted by architect Juan de Herrera. The 16th-century ceiling frescoes depicting the seven liberal arts are by Pellegrino Tibaldi. The 13th-century song collection Cantigas de Santa María, St. Teresa of Ávila’s manuscripts and diary, a richly illuminated gospel book of Emperor Conrad II from 1039, and an 11th-century Commentary on the Apocalypse by St. Beatus of Liébana are just a few of its manuscript holdings.
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.
E-Science Librarian, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson University Library seeks an innovative and motivated professional to work with a team of vibrant library faculty to envision and implement the library’s E-Science initiatives and serve as faculty liaison for the new institutional repository. Reporting to the head of the Reference Unit, the E-Science librarian will provide research assistance, instruction, collection management, and outreach services for students, faculty, and staff in the physical and biological sciences....
Digital Library of the Week
The Folger Bindings Image Collection provides access to high-resolution images and descriptions of bindings from the rare book and manuscript collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Bindings are chosen from the collection for photography and description not only because of their decorative tooled elements but also for their physical features as functional objects and cultural artifacts. Recording information about binding structure and decoration can reveal items where the same or similar tools may have been used at different times by different binders or binding workshops. Users can show multiple images side-by-side, zoom in and out, view cataloging information when available, export thumbnails, and construct permanent URLs linking back to their favorite items or searches.
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.
Noted and Quoted
“Physical libraries need to model themselves on museums, galleries, and important cultural and historical institutions—a place to see real and beautiful books. Look how popular the British Library has become. There will always be a market for nostalgia. The history of libraries will be back on the curriculum; it will take the place of Second Life.”
—David Nicholas, director, CIBER Research Ltd., "Disintermediated, Decoupled, and Down," CILIP Update, April.
Pacific Northwest Library Association, Annual Conference, Sheraton Anchorage, Alaska. “Into the Wild: Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times.”
GALILEO Knowledge Repository, Cooperative Curation Symposium and Workshop, Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.
IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval, Conference, Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel, Portland, Oregon.
Document Academy 2012, North Campus Building, Room 117, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, London.
International Board on Books for Young People, 33rd International Congress, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom. “Crossing Boundaries: Translations and Migrations.”
Library Card Signup Month.
Ohio Library Council, Expo, Lausche Building, Ohio Expo Center, Columbus.
Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri. “Gathering at the Waters: Celebrating Stories, Embracing Communities.”
Banned Books Week.
North Carolina School Library Media Association, Annual Conference, Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem. “School Libraries @ the
West Virginia Library Association, Annual Conference, Stonewall Jackson Resort, Roanoke, West Virginia. “Theme.”
Back in Circulation Again, Conference, Room 325/326, Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison, Wisconsin. Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Madison SLIS.
National Information Standards Organization, Forum, Metro Meeting Centers,
101 Federal Street, 4th Floor,
Boston. “The Ebook Renaissance Part II: Challenges and Opportunities.”
Brick and Click: An Academic Library Symposium, B. D. Owens Library, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville.
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Raiders of the lost conference ARCs
Andy Woodworth writes: “This librarian-related story about conferences and ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) blew up on the blogosphere and Twitter to the point where it got its own hashtag (#ARCgate). You can read the blog post that started it all on Kelly Jensen’s blog, Stacked. She is calling for exhibits-only passes to be allowed only one-day admission at the end of the conference. That way, people like herself can get first shot at the ARCs and publisher face time without as much competition.”...
Agnostic, Maybe, June 28; Stacked, June 27; Reading Is Delicious, June 25
Nate Pedersen writes: “Imagine a library of books with empty pages. They formerly contained text, but over time the ink gradually faded until it disappeared altogether. An independent publisher in Argentina has started publishing books printed with disappearing ink. The clever marketing trick is being employed by Eterna Cadencia as a launching platform for new authors. The point is to encourage (or force) the buyer to read the author’s book within two months.” Watch the video (2:10)....
The Fine Books Blog, July 3; YouTube, June 1
A new Farewell to Arms
A new edition of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, originally published in 1929, will be released by Scribner next week, including all 47 alternate endings and early drafts of other passages in the book. The alternate endings are labeled and gathered in an appendix in the new edition, a 330-page book whose cover bears the novel’s original artwork. The endings are a fascinating glimpse into how the novel might have concluded on a different note, sometimes more blunt and sometimes more optimistic....
New York Times, July 4
88 books that shaped America
The Library of Congress has selected 88 books that shaped America, all by American authors. The first was published in 1751, and the most recent in 2002. Each author is represented only once, with one exception: Benjamin Franklin, who landed three books. The list includes poetry, novels, nonfiction, plays, a polemic, books of science and grammar, cookbooks, and children’s books. LC has them all on exhibit through September 29....
Los Angeles Times: Jacket Copy, July 4
The best books you’re not reading: British Invasion edition
Erin Bush writes: “In the 1960s, the British Invasion brought lots of great music to these shores, most notably a couple of little groups called The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. While there’s never been a teen literature British Invasion per se, a number of our big names hail from the UK, including J. K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, and Eoin Colfer. There are many other great UK writers who just haven’t been discovered here. I’ve tried to sample across several genres for your reading pleasure.”...
YALSA The Hub, July 5
Finding books by their plot lines
Sharon Rickson writes: “Fictional works are usually cataloged by author and title, not by subject or plot line, which makes identifying books by their plot or story line difficult. Before you start your search it would help if you can identify everything you remember about the book, plot, character names, time period in which the book may have been published, and genre. There are some resources online that can help with a search for a fictional work if all you have is a plot line.”...
New York Public Library blogs, June 28
Celebrities reading books about other celebrities
Emily Temple writes: “When we came across this photo of Steve Martin reading about Bob Dylan (right), we had a serious celebs-they’re-just-like-us moment. After all, you’d think that biographies of cultural heroes are for us plebs, who would thrill at descriptions of fame, stardom, and emotional breakdowns. Turns out, celebrities are just as fascinated with each other as we are with them. We think it’s enlightening to see which of our cultural icons are fascinated by which. Check out our gallery of photos of celebs reading books about other celebs.”...
Flavorwire, June 29
Brazilian prisoners can reduce sentences by reading
Brazil is offering inmates in its crowded federal penitentiary system a new way to shorten their sentences: a reduction of four days for every book they read. Inmates will be able to read up to 12 works of literature, philosophy, science, or classics to trim a maximum 48 days off their sentence each year. They also have to write an essay that must “make correct use of paragraphs, be free of corrections, use margins, and [have] legible writing.”...
Reuters, June 26
Forthcoming performing arts and mass media titles
As with others in Choice’s popular Forthcoming series, this list of selected performing arts and mass media titles is designed to provide information about new and soon-to-be-released publications that support academic curricula, particularly at the undergraduate level. The titles included here are scheduled for publication from July 2012 into 2013. More than 290 titles were selected, based on their potential relevance for academic library collections....
Choice 49, no. 11 (July)
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Seven things library customers want now
Lisa Carlucci Thomas writes: “What attracts library customers to today’s libraries? The rise of mobile culture and the smartphone society brings a dynamic shift in expectations about how, when, and where to access information. Endless media streams, interactive news feeds, and autonomous research options provide numerous avenues for information-seeking customers. What factors draw their attention to the library, rather than a crowdsourced data channel, commercial service, or search engine?”...
Text a Librarian: Text Messaging for Libraries, June 28
How to solve impossible search problems
John Tedesco writes: “There are plenty of Google search cheat sheets floating around. But it’s not often you get to hear advice directly from someone at Google who offers you his favorite search tools, methods, and perspectives to help you find the impossible. Here are some of my favorite tips shared by Daniel Russell at the 2012 Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Boston, June 14–17. Some of these techniques are powerful but obscure; others are well-known but not fully understood by everyone.”...
John Tedesco, June 21
Myths of school librarianship
Joseph Humphreys writes: “I do enjoy being a school librarian. I really do. You get to work with some of the most interesting people in the world, who will make you smile every day. You get to read YA fiction as your job and get to chat about it with your charges. And you get the school holidays too. But when people hear ‘librarian,’ they think it’s an easy job. Let’s go through some misconceptions I’ve heard about being a school librarian and take them apart one by one.”...
Sometimes a Foggy Nation, June 26
Rethinking how research is taught in schools
Sarah Ludwig writes: “I am constantly struggling with the sense that I’m doing a lot of talking for nothing. I painstakingly teach kids how to use a database and they go straight back to Wikipedia as soon as I turn them loose. I show them how to use keywords and operators and they always fall back on their ‘ask Google a question’ method. I’m forcing students to use tools and search methods that are more cumbersome, more frustrating, and less successful simply because I, the librarian, think it’s the best thing to do.”...
ALA TechSource blog, July 2
Linking library data to Wikipedia
OCLC Research Wikipedian in Residence Max Klein and Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt discuss (5:37) a project aimed at enhancing name disambiguation in Wikipedia by establishing reciprocal links with Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) records. VIAF was founded by the Library of Congress and the national libraries of Germany and France, and it is now run by OCLC....
YouTube, June 29
From one new hire to another
Alexis Shpall Wolstein writes: “As a recent new hire myself, I’ve been a jumble of nerves and felt like all I have to offer in my new job is a seemingly endless amount of questions. What I’ve come to realize, however, is that it’s okay to feel that way and, in fact, it’s good to feel a little bit nervous. Still, to make certain you’re not too nervous, here are a few suggestions from my first month at my new library gig about how to calmly navigate being the new hire at your new job.”...
Librarian Lifestyle, June 29
Recruiting and hiring in academic libraries
Teresa Neely writes: “Recruiting and hiring practices in most academic libraries are governed by the rules and regulations of the parent institution, the state, and the federal government. There is a distinct difference between higher education and the for-profit sector in terms of how searches are managed. For example, academic searches take a long, long, long time. You generally have four or five committee members and a chair, which means work moves as fast as the busiest person on the committee.”...
Hiring Librarians, June 28
What is hardcore gaming, really?
Jacob Ratliff writes: “There are two different ways to mean the term ‘hardcore’ when talking about the gaming community: the gamers themselves and the games they play. There are hardcore gamers and casual gamers, and there are hardcore games and casual games (if we wanted to make this a completely black-and-white topic). There are tremendous shades of nuance here, but I think that’s what it boils down to.”...
tl-dr, June 21
I took a web detour and now I feel better
Jenna Wortham writes: “Sometimes I’ve found that losing myself in the web can be invigorating. Instead of needing to turn off the noise of the web, I often use it to calm my nerves so I can finish my work. Digital distractions have become a part of my work flow, part of the process, along with organizing notes and creating an outline for each article I write. If my brain is learning how to cope with distractions, is it possible that others are, too?”...
New York Times, June 30
People in libraries on postcards
Larry Nix writes: “In the universe of library postcards, a relatively small percentage show the interior of a library and an even smaller percentage show people inside a library. Based on a recent examination of library postcards for sale on eBay, less than 1% depict people in a library. That makes this category of library postcards an excellent choice for a selective library postcard collector, which I happen to be.”...
Library History Buff Blog, July 3
Top 10 photos on the Smithsonian Flickr Commons
Catherine Shteynberg writes: “You are probably familiar with the plethora of no-known-copyright photos that many museums and research units from across the Smithsonian post on the Smithsonian Flickr Commons. The Smithsonian has now been on the Commons for over four years, and we’ve enthusiastically taken in all of your comments, identifications of images, and favorites of our photos. Here are the 10 most popular images.”...
The Bigger Picture, July 3
Tips for preventing heat-related illness
The best defense is prevention. Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing....
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jaw-dropping, book-inspired cakes
Evangeline McMullen writes: “I featured a selection of book-inspired cakes back in 2010, but this time around I wanted to pull out some of the more disturbing examples I came across in my browsing (yes, these are jaw-dropping for a range of reasons, but there’s a sampling of non-creepy cakes at the end to keep you going).”...
Bookalicious, June 12
Office fashion at the New York Public Library
Robin Kawakami writes: “It’s not just ladies in sensible shoes and woolen cardigans who work at the New York Public Library. The private, nonprofit organization has about 2,000 employees in 90 locations across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, and office style ranges from bookish to whimsical. Jessica Pigza (right), assistant curator of rare books, added a homespun touch to her librarian look: She sewed her dress and wore it with a vintage shirt and black-frame glasses.”...
Wall Street Journal: Speakeasy, June 27
The greenest library in Asia
The Anna Centenary Library in Kotturpuram, Chennai, India, is one of the largest libraries in Asia as well as one of the most sustainable. The library was built from the ground up with conservation in mind. Special care was taken to select sustainable materials: More than 60% of its construction materials are locally sourced and recyclable. The library has nine floors and a total of 333,000 square feet, including a 50,000-square-foot auditorium and a separate 15,000-square-foot children’s library....
Inhabitat, July 4
Architects would demolish two libraries right now
When proportion, balance, form, and function come together in a delicate harmony, architecture is nothing short of an art form. But when, on occasion, those principles clash, the results can be eye-searingly awful. California Home and Design asked 15 architects and its own staff to weigh in on what buildings, given the chance, they’d take a wrecking ball to. Two of them were libraries: the Denver Public Central Library (right), and the University of California, San Diego, Geisel Library....
California Home and Design
Without libraries we’d be dumb
Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) performs “Without Libraries We’d Be Dumb,” with special effects by illustrator Maira Kalman (right), June 25 at the Printz Program and Reception at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. “Without libraries we’d be dumb /
We wouldn’t know our elbow from our bum /
Libraries are our friends and we should take good care of them /
Because without libraries we’d be D-U-M.” Filmed by Beth Saxton. Lyrics at 667 Dark Avenue....
BlipTV, June 29; 667 Dark Avenue, June 15
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