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Transforming libraries—and ALA—continued
When Maureen Sullivan becomes ALA president on June 26, one thing that is certain to continue from Molly Raphael’s presidency is the thematic focus on transforming libraries. “Our shared vision around community engagement and transforming libraries will move forward without a break,” Raphael said. She added that ALA is uniquely positioned to contribute to efforts underway all over the country—indeed the world—to transform libraries into places that engage with the communities they serve....
American Libraries feature
Happy Birthday, Prop. 13
Beverly Goldberg writes: “Proposition 13, the California property tax–cap initiative that unleashed an era of fervent antitax sentiment and activism across the US, is 34 years old today. It wasn’t that Californians had tired of government services, explains Cody White in his award-winning essay in Libraries & the Cultural Record. It was that Prop. 13 progenitor Howard Jarvis had hit on a winning strategy: decoupling the burden of paying taxes from the benefits taxpayers receive for contributing to the public welfare.”...
AL: Inside Scoop, June 6
Will’s World: The matter of the master’s
Will Manley writes: “Don’t get me wrong. I loved library school and I think programs that comprise a master’s degree in library science form the foundation of our profession. But what happens if the MLS degree withers away and dies? As an academic program, the MLS is only as strong as the job market that supports it. The sole purpose of the MLS degree is to give you a practical occupational skill set.”...
American Libraries column, May/June
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President’s Message: Time flies
ALA President Molly Raphael writes: “Two years ago, I learned that I had won the ALA election. I felt exhilarated but also somewhat uneasy. Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels told my husband that I was ALA’s for the next couple of years. As president-elect, I worked hard to plan initiatives, appoint committees, and travel to conferences and speaking engagements. I felt that I was managing to juggle the work and still maintain a life outside of ALA.”...
American Libraries column, May/June
ALA presidents team up in a free webinar
“Passing the Community Engagement Baton: A Conversation with ALA President Molly Raphael and ALA President-elect Maureen Sullivan,” hosted by 2013–2014 ALA President Barbara Stripling, features an unprecedented conversation among ALA leadership that will focus on the transition of presidential initiatives and a continued focus on civic engagement. It takes place on Friday, June 8, at 11:30 a.m. Central time. Sign up today....
Office for Library Advocacy, June 5
“Empowering Diverse Voices” video series
The diverse paths to leadership in the profession are highlighted in a new “Empowering Diverse Voices” leadership video series, developed as part of ALA President Molly Raphael’s diversity leadership initiative. The series, available on YouTube, features more than 30 leaders from across ALA, including past Association and division presidents, round table and state chapter leaders, and presidents of affiliates....
Office for Diversity, June 5
2010–2011 ALA Annual Report released
The 2010–2011 American Library Association Annual Report highlights the key initiatives of former ALA President Roberta Stevens and how libraries provided essential resources for job seekers and support for critical e-government services and programs to promote financial literacy. The report tells how libraries, despite budget cuts, have been forced nationwide to reduce operating hours and limit access to services, just when resources were most needed....
Public Information Office, June 5
Rock Bottom Remainders: The final concert
The Rock Bottom Remainders band (right) has announced that the concert at ALA Annual Conference Scholarship Bash, part of its “Past Our Bedtime” tour, will be its last ever. This announcement was made following the sad news that band founder Kathi Kamen Goldmark (who was to have performed with them at ALA) passed away in late May. It is a special honor for ALA to host this landmark event....
Conference Services, June 4; New York Times, May 30
Winkler and Oliver to introduce Ghost Buddy series in Anaheim
Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver have paired up again to create a hilarious and engaging new series called “Ghost Buddy.” This series for middle-school-age kids addresses topics such as bullying and living in a blended family. After appearing in a new-format Auditorium Speaker session June 24 at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, they will move to the Exhibit Hall PopTop Stage for a book signing and refreshments courtesy of Scholastic....
Conference Services, June 4
Reforma will get you fired up
Reforma, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, will present its President’s Program, “Leadership Is an Urgency: Fire It Up,” on June 23 in the Anaheim Convention Center during the ALA Annual Conference. The program is open to all conference attendees. This interactive program is designed to inspire and motivate the talented, capable leader in all of us. The program will feature a keynote presentation by former ALA president Camila Alire (right)....
Office for Diversity, June 4
GLBTRT and GLSEN team up to promote libraries
The ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Roundtable (GLBTRT) and the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) will join forces to explore the ways that libraries can create safe, respectful, and healthful environments for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, in two sessions on June 23–24 at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Attendees will explore relevant school climate data, assess their own knowledge of LGBT history and themes, and discuss ways to increase resource diversity....
Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, June 1
Panel to explore whistleblower protection
ACRL and the Social Responsibilities Round Table will present “National Security vs. the Right to Know,” a June 23 panel discussion at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim that will address the potential conflict between security concerns and the requirements of transparency, democracy, free press, and the protection of whistleblowers. Featured speakers will be William Binney (right), who served with the National Security Agency for more than 30 years, and Emma Cape, organizer for the Bradley Manning Support Network....
Conference Services, June 1
Bettye LeVette will rev up the wrap up
Conference attendees will gather on June 25 to wrap up the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, and Rev Up for the 2013 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, with singer Bettye LaVette’s (right) “Performance and Revelation: An Intimate Showcase with a Soul Survivor.” Wrap Up/Rev Up starts at noon in the Exhibit Hall, when the exhibits close; LaVette will perform from 2 to 3 p.m....
Conference Services, June 1
Gear up for the ALA exhibits
This year’s ALA Annual Conference exhibits are shaping up to be a rewarding experience. Attendees can explore solutions to pressing issues at their library, connect with vendors, examine and choose new products and services, meet dozens of authors, and enjoy a full galaxy of live events....
Conference Services, June 5
Annual Conference marketing musts
Kathy Dempsey writes: “I’ve been to lots of ALA conferences—15 at least—and there are certain events that are ‘musts’ for me as a marketing and PR person. I’ll share my favorites. Sunday is always my big marketing day, and it starts early.”...
The ‘M’ Word: Marketing Libraries, May 29
How to be awesome at going to Annual Conference
PC Sweeney writes: “I was thinking about how much my conference experiences have improved over the last couple of years, so I thought I would share my own views on what makes an awesome conference experience. This is going to be ALA-heavy since it’s coming up, but everything here can be adapted to your local conferences as well. Here they are in no particular order.”...
PC Sweeney’s Blog, June 5
Step Up to the Plate starts a whole new ballgame
On June 4, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and ALA launched another year of “Step Up to the Plate @ your library.” The 2012 game encourages people of all ages to use their library’s resources to answer a weekly trivia question developed by Hall of Fame staff. In September, all players’ correct answers submitted throughout the season will be entered into the final drawing for a grand-prize trip for two in October to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for the World Series Gala and a behind-the-scenes tour....
Public Information Office, June 5
Buffy Hamilton on ebook platforms
ALA TechSource announces a new workshop, “Choosing an Ebook Platform that Works for Your K12 Library” with Buffy Hamilton. The workshop will take place on August 8. School librarian and technology expert Buffy J. Hamilton will guide you through the process of selecting the right ebook platform for your library’s needs. Registration is available at the ALA Store....
ALA TechSource, May 30
Caregiver’s Toolkit goes online
In response to a 2008 survey, the Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship has created an online Caregiver’s Toolkit that provides resources for both caregivers and those who supervise or work with someone who is a caregiver. 69.5% of survey respondents were unpaid caregivers to someone age 18 or older in addition to being employed full- or part-time in a library....
Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship, June 5
Information literacy beyond Library 2.0
In the three years since the publication of the bestselling Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0, the information environment has changed dramatically, becoming increasingly dominated by the social and the mobile. The new book edited by Peter Godwin and Jo Parker, Information Literacy Beyond Library 2.0, picks up the conversation and asks the big questions facing those who teach information literacy: Where have we come from, where are we now, and where are we going?...
ALA Neal-Schuman, June 4
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Featured review: Adult media
Davis, Miles. Miles: The Autobiography. Feb. 2012. 17hr. AudioGO, CD (978-0-7927-8481-4).
In this compelling oral history of the life of the legendary and creative jazz trumpeter, reader Dion Graham channels Davis so naturally that we feel as if we are hearing the story from Davis himself. Often speaking in the whispery, gravelly voice that characterized Davis’s later years and expressing casual profanity that designates both approval and disfavor, Graham leads us through Miles’s often troubled life, from his early days in St. Louis, where he learned his craft and was influenced by jazz greats, through his tumultuous career, shedding light on his personality and creative brilliance. The narrative is rich with tales of family, friends, and lovers, and tells of Davis’ drug addiction and racist incidents. He knew all the musical greats of his time, from Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane to Prince, and in this tell-all autobiography, he sets the record straight about his own reputation and freely evaluates others’ reputations as well....
Voice of choice: Dion Graham
Joyce Saricks writes: “Booklist’s 5th annual Voice of Choice, actor Dion Graham, began reading audiobooks in 2000, and since that time he has recorded more than 130 titles, won four Audie awards, narrated two Odyssey Honor titles, and received many other accolades and awards. Listeners may recognize him from appearances on such television shows as The Wire, The Good Wife, and Law and Order, or from his roles in plays at Lincoln Center, among others. I spoke with the personable actor (whose voice is deep, mesmerizing, and, some may say, seductive) by telephone from his home in New York City.”...
@ Visit Booklist Online for other reviews and much more....
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ALA survival tips and packing suggestions
Bobbi Newman writes: “About a year ago I started trying to travel with only a carry-on. I was tired of paying the extra baggage fees, waiting for my bag at the end of the trip and lugging around a heavy bag. So far it has been successful for all library conferences. Here are the things I cannot live without at conferences,” plus some other tips and recommended reading....
Librarian by Day, May 31
The Anaheim/OC Walk of Stars
Can’t make it to Hollywood this trip? Check out Anaheim’s Walk of Stars. It’s tiny but interesting. The Walk of Stars is located in the Anaheim Resort on Harbor Boulevard, near the Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center. Among those honored are Walt Disney, Gene Autry, Carl and Margaret Karcher, and the Taormina family....
City of Anaheim
The Crystal Cathedral
You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the architecture of the Crystal Cathedral, designed by postmodernist architect Philip Johnson and located in Garden Grove about two miles from the Disney parks. Looking like a cross between a modern office complex and a science-fiction movie set, the cathedral is built in the shape of a 4-pointed star and boasts 10,661 windows, seating capacity for 3,000, and an organ with 16,000 pipes. Don’t miss the freestanding modern Gothic prayer chapel on the cathedral’s north side; its pillars are made of eight different types of Italian marble....
Viator; Crystal Cathedral
First look at Carthay Circle Restaurant
Ricky Brigante writes: “Disneyland has opened reservations for its new Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure. When it opens on June 15 inside the Carthay Circle Theatre on Buena Vista Street, the restaurant will transport diners to a party after the 1937 world premiere screening of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which took place in the original theatre on which the building is modeled.” The menu is California-inspired and upscale. Watch the video (1:40)....
Inside the Magic, May 10, 25; YouTube, May 25
Cultivating the Magic guided tour
The first new guided tour to launch at the Disneyland Resort since 2005, the Cultivating the Magic guided tour lets you experience the story of Disneyland as told through the plants. Learn about the landscapes and gardens that have transformed 260 acres of orange groves into Disneyland park, and discover how horticulture is used to tell a story and how it helped achieve Walt Disney’s vision for his original Magic Kingdom....
Disney Parks Blog, May 11
When you just have to Lego
The Lego Imagination Center in Downtown Disney has quietly reopened after closing in February. One of the original retailers at Downtown Disney that opened in 2001, the store was renovated and now reflects much more Disney flavor, including outdoor scenes featuring such characters as Beauty and the Beast, and an indoor suspended scene featuring Aladdin and Jasmine (right) in minifigure style....
Orange County (Calif.) Register, May 16; Behind the Thrills, May 8
Top 10 don’ts when staying in a hotel
Anthony Melchiorri offers this list of the top 10 things not to do when checking in to a hotel. From treating the staff correctly to keeping your cool, you’ll be sure to have an even more enjoyable escape by using his checklist....
Travel Channel: Hotel Impossible
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2012 top 10 trends in academic libraries
The ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee provides an annual environmental scan snapshot and identifies the division’s top 10 trends every two years. The committee organized a discussion forum at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting to provide an opportunity for ACRL members to discuss the issues affecting academic libraries. These top trends are listed alphabetically. Each trend includes a brief discussion and references to the literature....
College and Research Libraries News 73, no. 6 (June): 311–320
Report: The value of academic libraries
ACRL has released a white paper, “Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits” (large PDF file), which reports on two invitational summits supported by a National Leadership Collaborative Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The white paper, coauthored by Karen Brown and Kara Malenfant, is freely available from the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries website....
ACRL, June 5
PLA to plan a digital summer reading program app
PLA has been awarded a planning grant of $50,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support the research and design of a national digital summer reading (NDSR) program website app. Expected to be built on the Digital Public Library of America platform, the NDSR app will be available to all libraries in the United States, and will enable children and teens to interact with public libraries and summer reading content in numerous ways....
PLA, June 1
Heather Krasna will keynote LLAMA President’s Program
Heather Krasna (right), career expert and author of Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service, is the keynote speaker at LLAMA’s President’s Program, scheduled for June 23 during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Krasna’s presentation is titled “Leading at All Levels: Taking Charge of Your Career Growth While Mentoring Others.”...
LLAMA, June 5
Paula Poundstone to headline “The Laugh’s on Us”
See comedian and ALTAFF spokesperson Paula Poundstone at “The Laugh’s On Us” June 24 during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Comedy writers on the standup bill with Poundstone include Lizz Winstead, cocreator and former head writer of The Daily Show; Tracy McMillan, whose TV writing credits include Mad Men; and Time columnist Joel Stein. Advance tickets are still available for the event, which is sponsored by Playaway....
ALTAFF, June 5
ASCLA program showcases essential facilitation
ASCLA’s Library Consultants Interest Group will offer “Essential Facilitation: Practical Tools for Guiding Groups to Success” June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Intended for consultants and facilitators who work both independently and as part of a library team, the program features Patty McManus (right), senior consultant at Interaction Associates, Idaho State Librarian Ann Joslin, and Nancy Bolt of Nancy Bolt Associates....
ASCLA, June 5
Consultants give back at Annual
Attendees of the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim can receive free 30-minute consultation sessions from professional library consultants at “Consultants Give Back” during program “office hours” on June 24, 1:30–5:30 p.m., or by a previously scheduled appointment with a consultant volunteer (PDF file). The popular program is in its second year.....
ASCLA, PLA, June 5
Russell Banks joins Literary Tastes lineup
Russell Banks (right), whose novel Lost Memory of Skin is on the shortlist for the first-ever Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, will join authors Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus), Candice Millard (Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President), and Mark Adams (Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time) at RUSA’s “Literary Tastes” program June 24 during the ALA Annual Conference....
RUSA, June 5
Young Adult Library Services editor sought
YALSA seeks a member editor for its award-winning quarterly journal, Young Adult Library Services, and its website. The member editor will be responsible for editorial content, including text and graphics; solicit articles and information from YALSA staff and member leaders; and edit and proof all copy for each issue. Apply by August 1 to Web Services Manager Stephanie Kuenn....
YALSA, June 5
LITA National Forum in October
The 2012 LITA National Forum, “New World of Data: Discover. Connect. Remix,” will be held October 4–7 in Columbus, Ohio. Scheduled keynoters include Eric Hellman of Gluejar; Ben Shneiderman, professor of computer science at the University of Maryland; and Sarah Houghton, director of the San Rafael (Calif.) Public Library. Registration is limited to 500 in order to preserve the advantages of a small conference....
LITA, June 5
How school libraries support math standards
A new tool from AASL demonstrates an additional connection between school library programs and student learning. The new Common Core State Standards crosswalk ties the AASL learning standards with the Mathematics Common Core State Standards and is available on the AASL website and as a feature of the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database....
AASL, June 5
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Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship
Rita W. Moss (right), business and economics librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the 2012 recipient of the Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship. Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning, the award is given by RUSA’s Business and Reference Services Section....
RUSA, June 5
Maynor wins 2012 Justin Winsor Prize
Ashley Maynor has won the 2012 Justin Winsor Prize for her essay, “All the World’s Memory: Implications for the Internet as Archive and Portal for Our Cultural Heritage.” Maynor’s work will be considered for publication in Information and Culture: A Journal of History. The Library History Round Table prize, named after ALA’s first president, recognizes work that embodies original historical research in a significant subject of library history....
Library History Round Table, June 5
Donald G. Davis Article Award
Bernadette Lear (right) is the 2012 winner of the Donald G. Davis Article Award, given biennally by the Library History Round Table for the best English-language article in the previous two calendar years on US or Canadian library history. Lear’s article, “Yankee Librarian in the Diamond City: Hannah Packard James, the Osterhout Free Library of Wilkes-Barre, and the Public Library Movement in Pennsylvania,” appeared in Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 78, no. 2 (Spring): 123–162....
Library History Round Table, June 5
ALA Trustee Citations
ALTAFF has named Richard J. Ryan of the Barrington (Ill.) Library and Gwendolyn B. Guster Welch of the Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library recipients of the ALA Trustee Citation. The award, established in 1941 to recognize public library trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards....
ALTAFF, June 4
2012 Spectrum Scholars named
The Office for Diversity has announced a new round of 50 Spectrum Scholarships. The program’s mission is to improve service at the local level through the development of a representative workforce that reflects the communities served by all libraries. Since 1997, ALA has awarded more than 800 Spectrum Scholarships....
Office for Diversity, June 5
LITA has announced three scholarship winners for master’s level LIS study with an emphasis on library technology or automation. William Edward Jones III received the $3,000 Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Baker & Taylor; Brenda Bridgett Carrillo has won the $2,500 LSSI Minority Scholarship; and Eugene D. Hsue is the winner of the OCLC Minority Scholarship. The next scholarship-application deadline is March 1, 2013....
LITA, June 5
Banned Books Week grants awarded
The Freedom to Read Foundation has announced eight $1,000 grants to libraries, schools, and other organizations in support of events for the 2012 Banned Books Week, which will take place September 30–October 6. The Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund grants are named after the founding executive director of FTRF, which was established in 1969, and cofounder of BBW, which was first celebrated in 1982....
Freedom to Read Foundation, June 5
LC honors two Talking Book Centers
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, part of the Library of Congress, will present awards to libraries in Texas and Illinois for outstanding service to blind and disabled readers. The Texas Talking Book Program will receive the $1,000 Network Library of the Year Award. The Chicago Public Library Talking Book Center will receive the sixth annual $1,000 Network Subregional Library of the Year Award....
Library of Congress, May 31
2012 ABC-CLIO Hunt for History contest winners
Database publisher ABC-CLIO called for school librarians and social studies teachers around the country to join the 3rd annual “Hunt for History” to win curriculum support tools including iPads and subscriptions to the company’s suite of databases. A record number of students signed up for the contest. Four Grand Prize winners and 12 First Prize winners were announced....
eSchool News, May 31
2012 Audie Awards
The year’s top narrators and producers were recognized at the Audio Publishers Association’s Audies Award Gala June 5 at the New-York Historical Society in New York City. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Audiobook of the Year, recognized for its unparalleled listening experience: Bossypants, written and narrated by Tina Fey (Hachette Audio)....
Booklist Online: Audiobooker, June 6
Terry Pratchett wins Wodehouse Award
British fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett will have a pig named after his latest novel to celebrate his winning the 13th Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award. The award, which is given to the book that best captures the “comic spirit” of P. G. Wodehouse, will be presented to Pratchett for his 39th Discworld novel Snuff. The prize includes a case of champagne, a set of Wodehouse novels, and the unusual honor of having a locally bred Gloucestershire Old Spot pig named after the winning work....
The Telegraph (UK), May 30
Orange Prize for Fiction
A debut novel has won the Orange Prize for Fiction for the second year running, with US author Madeline Miller winning the £30,000 ($46,120 US) award for The Song of Achilles (Bloomsbury). The novel tells the love story of Patroclus and Achilles amid the Trojan War. This year’s award, the 17th Women’s Prize for Fiction, is the last to be made under current sponsor Orange. A new sponsor for the prize has not yet been announced....
The Bookseller, May 21
2012 Arab American Book Awards
The Arab American National Museum has announced the winners of the 2012 Arab American Book Awards. The purpose of the awards is to foster a respect and understanding of Arab-American culture. The winning title in the fiction category is Birds of Paradise (Norton) by Diana Abu-Jaber, and the winner in the nonfiction category is Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging (Syracuse University), edited by Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber....
Arab American National Museum, June 5
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Utah school puts lesbian book behind the counter
A picture book about a lesbian couple raising a child was removed from the shelves of elementary school libraries in Davis County, Utah, after a group of parents raised objections about the suitability of the story. In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco remains accessible at schools in the school district, but only if a student presents a permission slip from a parent to check out the book. In January, the mother of a kindergarten student became upset when her child checked out the book and brought it home. Officials have asked school librarians to name other titles that parents might find objectionable. And Tango Makes Three is also reportedly slated for removal....
Salt Lake Tribune, May 30, June 1
A librarian’s letters trigger a $4 million gift
It was by no means a sure thing that Lorene Thompson Brooks would leave a $4 million donation to the West Plains branch of the Missouri State University System. For a while, the Texan of 60 years’ residency had considered leaving it to the University of Texas at Austin. What won the day for Missouri State was the kind and thoughtful correspondence of MSU librarian Evelyn Vetter (above). Brooks was impressed by the friendly thank-you letter she received from Vetter after Brooks donated her late daughter Deidre’s book collection in the 1990s. The money will be used for scholarships. Watch Vetter and Brooks’s brother discuss her decision (0:46)....
Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, June 5
Librarians silenced at CLA conference
Major budget cuts were announced at the Library and Archives Canada and many federal libraries. In response, the Canadian Association of University Teachers launched a campaign called Save LAC and called for a National Day of Action on May 31 during the Canadian Library Association Annual Conference in Ottawa. After a group of librarians passed out leaflets, ribbons, and bookmarks at the CLA keynote presentation, CLA Executive Director Kelly Moore called for security guards to escort them out....
APUO Librarians (University of Ottawa), June 1
Kensal Rise offered a lifeline
A historic library threatened with closure could survive as a community-run project on the basis of a tentative deal that has emerged just days after council workers backed by police carried out an early morning operation to strip it of its books and the plaque commemorating its opening 112 years ago by Mark Twain. The leader of Brent council in north London said they had agreed to sit down with local people who have been campaigning to save Kensal Rise Library for more than a year and discuss their proposal to run it at no cost to the local authority....
The Guardian (UK), June 1
Blue Shield statement on Mali
Following the alarming situation in Mali, the Blue Shield expresses its deep concern regarding the safeguarding of the country’s invaluable cultural and historical heritage and deplores the suffering and loss of life this conflict has entailed. The risks incurred by the people of Timbuktu and other cities in the country, and the precious manuscripts conserved here, are cause for great apprehension....
International Committee of the Blue Shield, May 29
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Hill may prohibit bulk downloads from THOMAS
Jennifer Peebles writes: “THOMAS is a bit clunky, but it’s the only way our national legislature has deigned to give us information through the internet, so we’re stuck with it for now. But folks with computers might be able to take information about massive numbers of bills and analyze it in myriad ways—if Congress would allow such information to be downloaded from THOMAS in bulk. It won’t. And, according to a new draft report (PDF file) from the House Appropriations Committee, it won’t be allowing bulk data downloads from THOMAS anytime soon.”...
Washington Examiner: Beltway Confidential, May 31
Google Books class certified
James Grimmelmann writes: “Judge Chin handed the Authors Guild a big procedural win May 31. He issued an opinion (PDF file) that allowed the guild to represent its members in the lawsuit, and then went on to certify a class consisting not just of the members but of all authors whose books Google scanned. While Chin rejected the settlement last year, this time around he concluded that aggregate litigation is suitable for resolving the fair use questions at the heart of the dispute.”...
Laboratorium, May 31
New forms of censorship
The IFLA Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression has issued a new spotlight report titled “Data Driven Futures: Censorship Takes New Forms.” Written by Päivikki Karhula, a researcher from the University of Tampere School of Information Sciences in Finland, the report focuses on surveillance, big media, big data, and internet control....
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, June 6
Open Access petition reaches 25,000 signatures
The movement to make taxpayer-funded research freely available online hit a new milestone June 3 when advocates hit their goal of 25,000 signatures on a We the People petition to the Obama administration. The petition, created by Access2Research (a group of Open Access advocates, including SPARC Executive Director Heather Joseph), requests that President Obama make taxpayer-funded research freely available....
SPARC, June 4
Ending knowledge cartels
David Parry writes: “Increasingly, academic interests are running counter to that of the publishing industry. We give away our product for free to these cartels who then turn around and sell it back to us. Overcoming the knowledge cartels in the academy is simply a collective-action problem. That is all we have to do—act together. Overcoming the cartels is shockingly simple. Here are 10 steps we can take to achieve this goal.”...
AcademHack, June 6
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Liane Cassavoy writes: “In the market for a new smartphone? Consider waiting for a few weeks or even a few months before buying. Plenty of interesting phones are available now, but even more are coming—and soon—from the likes of HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and Sony. We’ve rounded up the latest announcements and rumors so that you can decide whether to take the plunge now or to delay your purchase.”...
PC World, June 5
10 of the best Android apps for education
Meris Stansbury writes: “With recent upgrades in touch technology and HD features, we’ve come up with a new list of the best Android-based education apps for 2012. This year’s list includes some of the most highly rated apps, both by teachers and by students, and features a range that runs from an innovative and hyperlinked dictionary developed by the Cognitive Science Laboratory at Princeton University to an interactive whiteboard app for tablets.” Here is a list of the 10 best Apple apps....
eSchool News, Apr. 21, June 1
This is the worst time to buy a laptop
Leslie Horn writes: “If you’re thinking about buying a laptop any time soon, don’t. Just don’t do it. We’re at a unique point in history, where weird and wonderful new hardware and revolutionary platform changes of every stripe will converge over the next few months. Need proof? Here’s why you need to wait.”...
Gizmodo, June 6
The new internet starts now
Mario Aguilar writes: “A whole new version of the internet is about to take over. Internet Protocol version 6 is here to save us from the dwindling number of IPv4 addresses. The IPv6 transition on June 6 is necessary because we’ve nearly run out of the 4.3 billion IP addresses possible within the IPv4 system—you know, that 192.168.1.1 number your router is always yammering on and on about. The new iPv6 system supports up to 32 digits and allows for up to 340 trillion trillion trillion combinations.” ExtremeTech goes into more detail. Want to find out your IPv6 readiness? Use this test....
Gizmodo, June 5; ExtremeTech, June 6
Google Earth now in 3D
Google unveiled a full 3D version of Google Earth on June 6. The service allows users to move around, rotate, and interact with 3D images of cities. Google said it expects the service to work for a few major cities for Android and iOS in the coming weeks. Using advanced 3D rendering technology to create the images, the company demonstrated the feature at a press conference in San Francisco....
CNET News, June 6
The best disk space analyzer for Windows
Whitson Gordon writes: “If your hard drive is starting to fill up, you may be wondering what exactly is taking up all that space. That’s where a disk space analyzer comes in: It scans your disk and shows you, in graphical form, where all that space is being wasted, giving you an idea of where to start cleaning. Our favorite analyzer is the powerful, free WinDirStat.”...
Lifehacker, June 5
How to make peace with error messages
Becky Yoose writes: “At last, after all those hours toiling under the glow of the computer screen, your first script is completed. All those hours learning to code have finally paid off. Holding your breath, you enter the command to execute the script, only to have an error message appear on the screen. You shake your fist to the sky and curse whatever deities you believe in, but the error message remains unchanged, almost like it is staring into your soul.”...
ACRL Tech Connect, June 4
The world’s worst password requirements lists
Jason Kottke writes: “I tweeted about this but wanted to document it here for posterity. The Attorney General of Texas Child Support website has the worst set of password requirements I’ve ever seen. Exactly eight characters? No consecutive repeating characters? Makes you wonder how non-user-friendly the state’s actual child-support process is.” See other examples in the updates....
Kottke.org, June 4
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Understanding the publishing ecosystem
Alan Inouye writes: “On June 1, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Digital Summit organized by the New Hampshire Library Association. I provided the requisite update on the ALA publisher meetings in New York and related activities. However, the bulk of my remarks focused on my most important insight during the past few months: It is fundamentally flawed to view our problem as one between publishers and libraries.”...
District Dispatch, June 6
Top libraries issue a demand for better ebook services
Michael Kelley writes: “More than 70 library systems in the United States and Canada—including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, and Chicago—on June 5 issued a joint statement demanding vastly improved ebook services for library users in North America. The statement, dubbed the ReadersFirst Initiative, outlines four principles the libraries want e-content providers to follow in order to lift content restrictions and make the borrowing experience less cumbersome.”...
Library Journal: The Digital Shift, June 5
An Anaheim evite: Access to digital content
Innovative approaches to making digital content available are taking place in many arenas. Come hear about the latest developments at “Access to Digital Content: Diverse Approaches,” Sunday, June 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m., Anaheim Hilton, California B. The program will include an update from Digital Content and Libraries Working Group Cochairs Sari Feldman and Robert Wolven....
AL: E-Content, June 1
Misleading ebook research
Christopher Harris writes: “In late May, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center discovered that ebooks and print books are not that different unless you take an enhanced ebook designed for independent use and try to force it into a co-reading situation. Or at least that is what their report ‘Print Books vs. E-Books’ (PDF file) says. But if you read beyond the misleading graph that the center decided to highlight on the first page of the report, you will find a very different story.”...
AL: E-Content, June 1
Ebook models for libraries: A summary
Viable ebook options either provide libraries with ownership privileges or are free of digital rights management (DRM) software, ideally both. DRM is an inherently flawed technology that can be replaced either by creating better software or by developing models that enable libraries to acquire ebooks and authors, editors, and others involved in publishing to get paid for their work. This is a draft and an outline. The material on this page will soon be published as a narrative....
LISInfo, June 4
The Douglas County experiment
David Rothman writes: “In their handling of ebooks, US public libraries tend to be like suburban developments with a standard ranch-house or colonial look. But what if a local library system could set up its own ebook hosting, buy and own books at fairer prices, provide Adobe DRM services, blend digital titles into the main catalog, and let patrons read the self-hosted books online without bumping up against limits? This is exactly what the much-respected Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries are doing right now.”...
LibraryCity, June 4
A consumer model for ebooks?
Jeremy Greenfield writes: “Ebook subscription services have gained traction in the past few months as several publishers have adopted the alternative access model. Safari Books Online, which allows users to stream ebooks for a subscription fee (think Netflix for ebooks), has been using the model for 10 years. What hasn’t yet happened is a mass-market, consumer-facing version of Safari—a place where the average reader can pay a one-time, annual fee and stream a large selection of books at will.”...
Digital Book World, June 6
OverDrive to launch in-library media stations
OverDrive is working on an ebook terminal for libraries called OverDrive Media Station that will make it easy for patrons to search for and check out library ebooks. It’s currently being tested in a Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Library branch, and OverDrive plans to make it available to its 18,000 library partners soon. It is designed to work on any touchscreen-enabled monitor. Watch the video (2:10)....
The Digital Reader, May 31; YouTube, May 30
Nook nukes “kindled”
Jon Brodkin writes: “In one of the truly bizarre incidents we’ve seen out of the ebook publishing world, a translation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace for Barnes & Noble’s Nook platform has replaced all mentions of the word ‘kindled’ with ‘Nookd.’ An astute reader named Philip broke the story on his blog, noting that his reading of the classic was interrupted by the sentence, ‘It was as if a light had been Nookd in a carved and painted lantern.’”...
Ars Technica, June 1; Ocracoke Island Journal, May 22
The many faces of e-readers
John Biggs writes: “In some ways, the only reason to stick with dead-tree books these days is nostalgia. E-readers are more fully featured and much more impressive than ever, and they have fallen far below the $100 price tag because of improved technologies. If you are still content to read the latest Stephen King novel in its full five-pounds-of-paper glory, get ready to rethink your habits.”...
New York Times: Personal Tech, May 30
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ALA Annual Conference, Anaheim, June 21–26. If you can’t attend the whole ALA Annual Conference, the Exhibits Only passes starting at $25 are ideal. In addition to the 800+ booths to explore, the advance reading copy giveaways, the many authors, and the knowledgeable vendors, you can enjoy dozens of events. You can attend ALA Poster Sessions, visit the ALA Conference Store, or drop into the Member Pavilion. Exhibits Plus gives you all this, plus access to the thought-leaders and authors in the Auditorium Speakers series, while Exhibits Supreme also gets you into the Opening General Session with Rebecca MacKinnon.
Be part of book award history—meet, mingle, and celebrate the announcement and presentation of the first-ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction in Anaheim, Sunday, June 24, 8–10 p.m. Hear from winning authors and selection committee chair Nancy Pearl. Tickets are available online and onsite—find out more information. NEW! From ALA Publishing.
Great Libraries of the World
Romanian Academy Library, Bucharest, Romania. Founded in 1867, the library has been a depository collection since 1885. It has the largest number of 16th-century books in Romania, among them a 1508 Slavonic liturgical manual that belonged to the Bistriţa Monastery and a New Testament printed in Târgovişte in 1512.
National Library of Russia, Saint Petersburg. The oldest public library in Russia, the National Library started out in 1795 as the Imperial Public Library, established by Catherine the Great, whose private collections included the domestic libraries of Voltaire and Denis Diderot. It is said to house more than 33 million items, including the earliest surviving handwritten Russian book (1057). A new modern branch opened in 1998 on the Moskovsky Prospekt.
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.
Associate Director, Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), Fairfax. Located at George Mason University and under the direction of the VIVA director, the associate director works with the VIVA Steering Committee, library directors, and other appropriate colleagues to develop and support project management plans for selected VIVA initiatives; supports the work of various library committees and task forces, including VIVA-sponsored library conferences; assists in managing VIVA’s electronic information resources, content, and applications; and coordinates the assessment of VIVA library collections and services, including the development and implementation of data compilation systems needed to support the various VIVA committees....
Digital Library of the Week
The Edgar J. Goodspeed Manuscript Collection at the University of Chicago Library comprises 68 early Greek, Syriac, Ethiopic, Armenian, Arabic, and Latin manuscripts ranging in date from the 5th to the 19th centuries. The acquisition of these hitherto unknown manuscripts was spearheaded by Edgar J. Goodspeed in the first half of the 20th century in order to support new scholarship in the humanities. With support from a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the library is creating a unique digital resource based on this collection. All 68 New Testament manuscripts and an additional 114 papyri fragments will be digitized in their entirety and presented with high-quality zoomable images through an interface that supports browsing within individual manuscripts and across the collection.
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
“To me, librarians are like rock stars. Just as I’ve spent hours listening to my favorite musicians, I’ve spent hours sitting in my favorite libraries, and librarians are the stars of the show. If they don’t have an answer for every question, they always know where to find one.”
—Samantha Maz Iarz Christmann (Discount Diva), in her Moneysmart column for the Buffalo (N.Y.) News, June 4.
“I wouldn’t last one day as a librarian. And not just because I talk too much. It’s because I’m not a calm, nonjudgmental person who could find a child viewing lewd pictures on a library computer and do nothing about it.”
—Columnist Kerry Dougherty, “Letting a Child Surf Smut in a Public Library Is Plain Obscene,” Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, June 1.
Center for Cartoon Studies, Summer Workshops, White River Junction, Vermont. Register online; receive 25% discount by entering the promotional code: ccsloveslibraries.
American Theological Library Association, Annual Conference, Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch, Scottsdale, Arizona. “A Desert Retreat.”
National Storytelling Conference, Cincinnati Marriott at River Center, Cincinnati. “A Conference to Remember.”
LauraPalooza 2012, Conference, Minnesota State University, Mankato. Sponsored by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. “What Would Laura Do?”
ALA Virtual Conference. “Mapping Transformation.”
Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium, Southeast Conference Center, New Albany. “Learning Out Loud: Information Literacy Pedagogy for the Non-Shushing Librarian.”
Society of American Archivists, Annual Meeting, San Diego Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, California. “Beyond Borders.”
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, World Congress and Assembly, Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland. “Libraries Now! Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering.”
International Board on Books for Young People, International Congress, Imperial College, London. “Crossing Boundaries: Translations and Migrations.”
R-Squared—Risk and Reward, Conference, Telluride Convention Center, Telluride, Colorado. Cosponsored by Colorado State Library, Colorado Library Consortium, Wilkinson Public Library, and Anythink Libraries.
Open Knowledge Festival, Meeting, Venue, Helsinki, Finland. Sponsored by Open Knowledge Foundation; combines the Open Knowledge Conference and Open Government Data Camp. “Open Knowledge in Action.”
ALSC Biennial National Institute, Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel, Indianapolis. “Libraries Leading the Race.”
American Association for State and Local History, Annual Meeting, Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City. “Crossroads: Exploring Vibrant Connections
Between People and Place.”
LITA National Forum, Hyatt Regency Downtown, Columbus, Ohio. “New World of Data: Discover. Connect. Remix.”
Trejo Foster Foundation for Hispanic Library Education, Institute, “Education and Library Services: Connecting Frontiers,” Autonomous University of Chihuahua, Mexico.
AASL Fall Forum, Greenville, South Carolina. “Transliteracy and the School Library Program.”
Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Membership Meeting, New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street, New Orleans. “Protecting our Legacy, Preserving our Story: A Decade of Investment in HBCU Libraries.”
International Association of School Librarianship, Annual Conference, Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Center, Education City, Doha, Qatar. “The Shifting Sands of School Librarianship.”
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Salt Lake City Radisson.
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