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Annual Conference preview
Attendees say ALA’s Annual Conference is the “best gathering for professional development opportunities, exhibits and vendor reps, and networking possibilities that a librarian is likely to find” and “the gold standard in professional development and networking.” Join the discussion during ALA’s 136th Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, June 21–26....
American Libraries feature
Community reference: Making libraries indispensable
Four Douglas County (Colo.) librarians write: “Libraries are constantly evolving to adapt to the needs and desires of our users. Most of these changes have occurred inside our buildings, from obtaining cutting-edge technology to providing self-service and redesigned spaces. While these changes have been vital, they have failed to increase our presence in the community. How can we truly demonstrate our value to our communities beyond our physical/virtual space, programming, outreach, and materials?”...
American Libraries feature
China hosts academic library leadership conference
Min Chou writes: “Nearly 200 academic library leaders from five continents came together at Tongji University in Shanghai, China, for the International Conference on Leadership and Innovative Management in Academic Libraries in the Age of New Technology, held April 24–28. The conference was jointly organized by Tongji University and the Chinese American Librarians Association, and cosponsored by ALA’s International Relations Committee and International Relations Round Table.”...
AL: Global Reach, June 11
Susan M. Ryan (right) has been appointed dean of Stetson University’s duPont-Ball Library and Digital Learning Resources in DeLand, Florida. Sarah K. Vann, 96, professor emerita of the University of Hawaii’s Library and Information Science Program in Honolulu, died May 25. Yohannes Gebregeorgis is now a faculty member at Mekelle (Ethiopia) University’s Department of Library and Information Science. Leonard Kniffel, former American Libraries editor and publisher, retired May 31....
American Libraries column, June
Wayne A. Wiegand (right), LIS professor emeritus at Florida State University in Tallahassee, received a short-term fellowship from Emory University’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Book Library in Atlanta to analyze manuscript materials relevant to This Hallowed Place: The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the American South, 1954–1968, a book he is coauthoring with Shirley A. Wiegand....
American Libraries column, June
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What’s this about a Digital Literacy Corps?
Andy Woodworth writes: “As this debacle unfolds before my very eyes, allow me to sum up as quickly as I can before I make my points. A May 29 New York Times story that mentions the creation of a ‘Digital Literacy Corps’ was seen as an affront to school librarians, who were left out of the picture. The outrage expanded with calls to contact the FCC about this issue. The District Dispatch outlined ALA’s involvement with the National Broadband Plan. The Digital Shift covered the article and the fallout, as well as a reaction from the FCC. Buffy Hamilton and Bobbi Newman expressed differing viewpoints on ALA’s role. OK, I think that’s everything. In the end, as in Cool Hand Luke, ‘What we have here is a failure to communicate.’”...
Agnostic, Maybe, June 13; New York Times, May 29; Informania, May 30, June 6; District Dispatch, May 31; School Library Journal: The Digital Shift, June 12; The Unquiet Librarian, June 12; Librarian by Day, June 12
Virtual Membership Meeting was well-attended
Ron Jankowski writes: “Nearly 500 ALA members from around the world participated in the first-ever ALA Virtual Membership Meeting on June 6. It was a wonderful opportunity to convene the membership in an online setting to discuss current projects, ongoing initiatives, and the direction of the Association. A full video and document archive of the meeting is available online.”...
ALA Membership Blog, June 12
Secrets of the ALA Washington Office
Ted Wegner writes: “After six decades of working the D.C. scene, we’ve learned a thing or two about how Washington works (or doesn’t). Many of ALA’s successful tactics are highlighted in The Influence Game: 50 Insider Tactics from the Washington D.C. Lobbying World That Will Get You to Yes (Wiley), a new book by longtime ALA friend and advocacy guru Stephanie Vance. In it, Stephanie dispenses everything she’s learned in her 20+ years of experience as a lobbyist, Congressional staffer, and ALA consultant about effective and, believe it or not, honest persuasion.”...
District Dispatch, June 11
Advance conference registration ends June 15
Attendees are encouraged to avoid the lines and register in advance. Advance registration for the 2012 ALA Annual Conference ends Friday, June 15. Use the Conference Scheduler to plan your time....
Conference Services, June 13
Many Voices, One Nation
Gerald Chertavian, Tewodros “Teddy” Fekadu, and Javier O. Huerta will join Many Voices, One Nation on June 22 during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference. Chertavian is the CEO and founder of Year Up, a nonprofit providing education to urban youth. Fekadu (right) is the founder of the African Communities Association Gold Coast in Australia. Huerta is a poet and author of American Copia: An Immigrant Epic....
Office for Diversity, June 7
Libraries matching people with jobs
Jeff Scott, deputy county librarian at the Tulare County Library in Visalia, California, will discuss job-assistance strategies at “E-Government in Action: Matching People with Jobs” at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference on June 23. The library recently received an e-government grant for “Job in a Box” (right), an innovative program that helps the unemployed through automated book-vending machines that contain resources for job seekers....
Washington Office, June 7
Stop at the PopTop Stage
The PopTop Stage, at the end of the 2700 aisle on the Annual Conference exhibit floor, will feature readings, discussions, and presentations. Some highlights: On Saturday, catch the ForeWord Reviews book awards and ALA Mystery Day. On Sunday, go for Read Aloud and “Get Caught Listening!” On Monday, don’t miss the 817s comedy troupe featuring Stand-Up Librarian Meredith Myers, Danica Sheridan (MLS of Fortune), and RUSA’s own Mr. Reference, Dave Tyckoson. Besides stand-up, improv, and musical parodies, they will be doing the only book-cart drill in Anaheim....
PopTop Stage; StandUpLibrarian blog, June 12
Hear about emerging technologies
Tom Peters (right), assistant dean for strategic initiatives at Illinois State University, will speak at the 2012 PR Forum June 24 during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Peters will discuss how to implement emerging technologies, including mobile technology, in your library through collaboration. Peters talks here about what attendees can expect from the session....
Public Information Office
See Fahrenheit 451, Wikileaks documentary at Annual
OIF is sponsoring the screening of two films about intellectual freedom during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. The 1966 film Fahrenheit 451, adapted from the late Ray Bradbury’s timeless dystopian novel of the same name, will be shown on Sunday, June 24, from 8 to 10 p.m. The 2011 documentary Wikileaks: Secrets and Lies will be shown on Monday, June 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The films are part of the second annual “Now Showing @ ALA.”...
Office for Intellectual Freedom, June 12
Edge public library benchmarks
Larra Clark writes: “Over the past year, the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy has worked with PLA and a host of other organizations that represent libraries and local government to draft a set of public access technology benchmarks as part of the Edge initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of this work, the Edge Coalition also has organized focus groups, interviewed librarians, and hosted public meetings to discuss and share working drafts of the benchmarks and materials to support their use.”...
District Dispatch, June 13
Shop the ALA Store
Find the ALA Store at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim at Booth #1728 on the main aisle in the Exhibit Hall, ideal for easy access and convenient browsing. With plenty of new and bestselling items available, you’ll want to make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by....
ALA Publishing, June 8
TechSource webinar to wrap up tech at Annual
Whether or not you make it to Anaheim, David Lee King, Marshall Breeding, and Sue Polanka will fill you in on what they saw, what you might have missed, and what it all means for the future of libraries during the “ALA TechSource 2012 Annual Tech Wrap-Up.” The free event takes place at 2 p.m. Eastern time on June 29. Register now....
ALA TechSource, June 12
Will Eisner graphic novel giveaway
The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation will provide three lucky ALA Annual Conference attendees more than 100 titles nominated for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award (PDF file) at the San Diego Comic-Con International. Each of the winner’s libraries will receive the Eisner Award nominees for 2012, the entire Will Eisner library of titles, a $2,000 voucher for the libraries to buy additional graphic novels, and another $1,000 stipend for the library to hold comics-related or author events. Register at Booth #788; winners will be announced June 24....
Publishers Weekly, June 11; Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation, June 8
How wired is your ALA student chapter?
Don Wood writes: “We surveyed the ALA Student Chapters this past March to determine how they use social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr to connect with members and disseminate information. The results (PDF file) are now available. Of the 56 active chapters surveyed, with a response rate near 50%, we found that they are using a variety of tools but are uncertain about whether their members are actually looking online for them.”...
ALA Student Membership Blog, June 13
JCLC early bird deadline extended
Early bird registration for the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, to be held September 19–23 in Kansas City, Missouri, has been extended to July 11. With the theme “Gathering at the Waters: Celebrating Stories and Embracing Communities,” JCLC provides a unique setting for learning with three preconferences and more than 70 concurrent sessions. Early bird registration provides attendees with the best rates for this exciting event....
Office for Diversity, June 11
Multicultural storytime magic
Storytime audiences grow ever more diverse, and it’s important that the materials used in programs reflect that richness of experience. In Multicultural Storytime Magic, published by ALA Editions, bestselling authors Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker offer a new paradigm for multicultural programs, showing how diversity can be woven into any and every storytime, no matter what the topic....
ALA Editions, June 11
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Featured review: Adult biography
Jones, Lesley-Ann. Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury. July 2012. 352p. Touchstone, hardcover (978-1-4516-6395-2).
How did a shy little Parsi boy from Zanzibar named Farrokh Bulsara become one of the world’s most legendary rock superstars? The answer is painstakingly detailed in this stunning biography (an updated version of Jones’s 1997 book, Freddie Mercury: The Definitive Biography) of the late Queen front man, who died tragically in 1991 of AIDS at the age of 45, just one day after publicly acknowledging he had the disease. In hindsight, with his exotic looks and flair for the outrageous, Mercury certainly seemed poised for artistic greatness, but he was insecure about his appearance and also struggling to come to terms with his “mostly gay” sexuality in the macho world of hard rock, even as he dialed the camp side of his personality up to 10. The one thing Mercury never doubted was his own musical genius and the inevitability of fame....
Top 10 biographies: 2012
Donna Seaman writes: “The 10 best biographies of the past 12 months combine the arts of investigation, analysis, empathy, and storytelling to portray remarkable individuals, from an iconic monarch (Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman) to a martyred activist (Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention), a technology wizard (Steve Jobs), and world-altering writers (Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller, A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman, Tolstoy: A Russian Life).”...
@ Visit Booklist Online for other reviews and much more....
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Hack ALA: Professional preparations
Joanna June writes: “Sometimes preparations before the event take as much time and are just as important as attending itself. Conferences are not only about taking in new information, they are an invaluable networking space. Here are some preparatory hacks with an eye on networking and professional development to get you ready to confidently hit the conference floor.”...
Hack Library School, Feb. 10, June 12
10 reasons to go to Disneyland this year
Tammy Whiting writes: “Is there anyone that’s not going to California Adventure this year? The masterpiece is done! With a good touring plan, crowds don’t have to stop you. There’s great stuff happening at the Disneyland park too. So, on the off chance that you aren’t sure you want to visit Disneyland Resort this year (and those price increases for tickets were steep), here are 10 reasons you should.”...
TouringPlans Blog, June 8
A drive through Cars Land
Ricky Brigante writes: “When Cars Land opens on June 15, guests will have a chance to wander the town of Radiator Springs, invented for and made famous by Pixar’s Cars films. Radiator Springs has been recreated in real life by Imagineers for the Disneyland Resort. Though theme park guests will be walking through the town, it’s appropriate that our first look behind those construction walls comes in the form of a drive down the middle of Radiator Springs’ main road.”...
Inside the Magic, May 29
Disney Animation building
Visit the Disney Animation building and learn firsthand the secrets of how animators apply their imagination to the screen through a magical collection of interactive adventures. In the Animation Academy, you can learn how to draw a classic Disney character. In Character Closeup, explore an exhibition filled with original Disney artwork and see how designs progress from concept sketch to three-dimensional models to their final animated form....
How to tip your housekeeper
Amy Farley writes: “If you want to make absolutely sure that your tip is distributed evenly, follow this rule of thumb: Leave $5 to $10 for each day in an envelope at the front desk. Note your room number and dates of stay on the envelope, and that you’d like it divided among all your housekeepers.”...
Travel + Leisure, May 21
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New Teen Space Guidelines
YALSA has released a new set of national guidelines on teen spaces. The National Teen Space Guidelines offer library staff a blueprint for creating effective, welcoming spaces for teens in libraries and online using library websites and social media. The guidelines are available on the YALSA website, with a PDF version available for library staff to print and use during training sessions....
YALSA, June 11
Consider a PLA preconference
Registration for PLA preconferences at ALA Annual Conference will remain open until their starting time on Friday, June 22. These three programs in team building, innovative management, and public library advocacy do require registration; however, attendees are not required to be registered for the full conference to attend a preconference....
PLA, June 11
Dive into data
Data-driven public librarians should be sure to attend the PLAmetrics Demonstration and User Group meeting on June 24 at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. The event is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about PLA’s online-subscription PLAmetrics database or for current subscribers hoping to learn how to maximize the resource....
PLA, June 11
IMLS Preservation Fellows
The ALCTS Preservation Administrators Interest Group will host a program on the Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Fellowships in Preservation Administration on June 23 at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. The New York Public Library and its partner Yale University Library were awarded a grant from IMLS to host fellows from 2010 to 2012....
ALCTS, June 12
Historical fiction @ your library
ALTAFF will host “Historical Fiction @ your library” on June 23 at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Featured authors will be poet and novelist Regina O’Melveny (right), bestselling author Gail Tsukiyama, medieval noir author Jeri Westerson, and nonfiction author Jean Zimmerman. The program will be moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal’s Prepub Alert. An author signing will follow....
ALTAFF, June 11
Learn about board governance
ALTAFF will host “Board Governance and Development for Library Trustees, Friends, and Foundations” on June 25 at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Topics will include purposeful board recruiting, Friends board development, and conflicts of interest. A question-and-answer session will follow. Panelists will include Sally Gardner Reed, Kathy Gould, Jane Jones (right), and Debbie Sinclair....
ALTAFF, June 11
Intro to spatial literacy
The next session of RUSA’s popular online course “Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping” will be held June 18–July 8. Registration is open through June 17. The course will introduce students and library staff to a variety of mapping tools and GIS technologies that are of interest to both public and academic library users....
RUSA Blog, June 13
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Guess the award winners
So you know books, but do you know book award winners? Vote now for which books you think will win the first-ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction and earn bragging rights come Sunday, June 24, when the winners are announced at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. The finalists are listed here....
Stonewall Book Awards brunch
The ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table will mark another year of excellence for the Stonewall Book Awards at the Stonewall Book Awards Brunch on June 25. Scheduled to attend this year’s brunch are award winners Wayne Hoffman, Michael Bronski, and Bil Wright....
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table, June 12
2012 John Ames Humphry Award
Jane Kinney Meyers (right) is the recipient of the 2012 John Ames Humphry / OCLC / Forest Press Award of $1,000 to recognize a significant contribution to international librarianship. Meyers is the cofounder and president of the Lubuto Library Project, which brings children’s library services and a model of sustainable library development and innovation to Zambia. The award is administered by ALA’s International Relations Committee....
International Relations Office, June 12
FTRF Roll of Honor Award
First Amendment attorney Michael A. Bamberger (right) has been named the recipient of the 2012 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award. Bamberger is perhaps best known for the landmark case Hudnut v. American Booksellers Association, a challenge to an Indianapolis antipornography ordinance that outlawed “graphic, sexually explicit subordination of women, whether in pictures or in words.”...
Office for Intellectual Freedom, June 11
75 LSSC candidates to receive financial aid
The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is offering subsidies of $200 apiece to 75 LSSC candidates toward their completion of LSSC-approved courses that started no later than June 8 and ended before April 1, 2013. First preference will go to those who have not received a previous subsidy. Submit your application by July 1....
ALA–Allied Professional Association, June 12
Dollar General disaster relief grants
AASL has introduced two new catastrophic disaster relief grants as part of Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to rebuild and expand library programs at schools affected by natural disasters. A catastrophic grant of $50,000 will be awarded to two schools that meet the Beyond Words eligibility requirements. The foundation has also renewed its commitment to AASL and school libraries by dedicating an additional $435,000 in grants....
AASL, June 11
EBSCO awards seven conference scholarships
In cosponsorship with ALA, EBSCO has awarded seven librarians scholarships of $1,000 each to attend the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, June 21–26. As part of the application process, librarians were asked to explain how attending the ALA Annual Conference would contribute to their professional development....
Office of ALA Governance, June 7
Ezra Jack Keats minigrants awarded
This is the 24th year that the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has awarded minigrants to teachers and librarians at public schools and libraries across the United States. A total of 50 grants were awarded to educators in 26 states with each recipient receiving up to $500 for specific programs that they have planned for the next academic year. View the complete list of winners....
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, May 30
2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards
At BookExpo America on June 7, Horn Book editor-in-chief Roger Sutton and author Rebecca Stead announced the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners for excellence in children’s literature. The winners are: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett (picture book), No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (fiction), and Chuck Close: Face Book, by Chuck Close (nonfiction)....
The Horn Book, June 7
2012 Melissa Nathan Award
Jenny Colgan has won the “coolest award in women’s commercial fiction” for her novel Meet Me at the Cupcake Café (Little, Brown, 2011). Colgan took home the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance, now in its sixth year, for her novel about a young woman who is made redundant from her city job and decides to start a café....
The Bookseller, June 13
2012 George Washington Book Prize
The George Washington Book Prize has been awarded to Maya Jasanoff for Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World (Knopf, 2011). Jasanoff, professor of history at Harvard University, received the $50,000 prize on June 4 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Liberty’s Exiles is the story of the losers in America’s struggle for independence, loyalists who found themselves in a world turned upside down. The prize honors the year’s best book about America’s founding era....
C. V. Starr Center, June 4
2012 Griffin Poetry Prizes
David Harsent’s Night and Ken Babstock’s Methodist Hatchet are the international and Canadian winners of the 2012 annual Griffin Poetry Prize. The poets each received Can$65,000 in prize money. The Griffin Poetry Prize, founded in 2000 to encourage excellence in poetry, is for first-edition books of poetry written in or translated into English and submitted from anywhere in the world. Poet Seamus Heaney was honored with the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry’s 2012 Lifetime Recognition Award....
The Griffin Trust, June 6–7
2012 Golden Oak Award
The Ontario Library Association has awarded Cindy Watson its 2012 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award for her book Out of Darkness: The Jeff Healey Story (Dundurn Press). The book tells how the blind Jeff Healey became one of the most influential blues-rock and jazz performers of our time. The Golden Oak Award reading program provides a unique opportunity for new readers in adult literacy programs to read books chosen specifically for them....
Ontario Library Association, June 7
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Somerset County librarian reinstated after appeal
Long-time Circulation Director Larry Sapienza can return to the Warren Township branch of the Somerset County (N.J.) Library System on August 1. The library commission deliberated in private for more than two hours June 6 before returning to public voting 4–2 to rescind his termination and, instead, suspend him without pay from April 10 to July 31. Sapienza had been fired by Director Brian Auger on April 12 over a controversial plan to restrict library volunteers’ duties to menial tasks....
Somerset (N.J.) Messenger-Gazette, Apr. 30, June 7
Jack Blount appointed OCLC president
Jack B. Blount (right), an executive with experience leading several technology organizations in a career spanning 35 years, has been named OCLC president and CEO. Blount was most recently president and CEO of Alpha Bay Corporation, a global technologies and services provider based in Salt Lake City. Effective July 1, he will become the fifth president of OCLC, the worldwide library cooperative founded 45 years ago, succeeding retiring head Jay Jordan....
Community discusses removal of book about gay parents
Community members met June 11 at the Pleasant Valley branch of the Weber County (Utah) Library for a panel on same-gender families and to discuss whether it’s right to pull a book that deals with an alternative family structure from school library bookshelves. The meeting, hosted by the OUTreach Resource Center, came a week after a Davis School District decision to pull In Our Mothers’ House from its elementary school shelves and keep it behind the desk....
KSL-TV, Salt Lake City, June 11
Free speech groups criticize Harford County porn ban
The National Coalition Against Censorship united with other freedom of expression organizations June 12 on behalf of E. L. James’s bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, this time in Harford County, Maryland. In a joint letter issued to the county library board, NCAC arrayed cosigners representing publishers, authors, booksellers, and journalists to urge the library to reconsider the thinking behind its generic ban on “porn,” a subjectively and selectively defined category....
National Coalition Against Censorship, June 12
LC appoints new poet laureate
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington on June 7 announced the appointment of Natasha Trethewey (right) as the library’s Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2012–2013. Trethewey, the 19th poet laureate, will take up her duties in the fall, opening the library’s annual literary season with a reading of her work on September 13. Her term will coincide with the 75th anniversary of the LC Poetry and Literature Center and the 1937 establishment of the position. She is only the second poet laureate to hail from the South....
Library of Congress, June 7; National Public Radio, June 7
LC spending under scrutiny
Karl Schornagel, the Library of Congress inspector general, reported in March that he found $771,163 in questionable spending from the prior six months. The semiannual report also said that employees failed to use $1 million in funds before they expired due to lack of coordination and communication. And an outside consulting firm, Jefferson Solutions, found that more than half of $52 million worth of contracts chosen at random for review were awarded without opening the pool to competitors....
Government Executive, June 8
Tornado victims find their lost photos @ the library
Since tornadoes destroyed or damaged roughly 1,300 homes and businesses in Arlington, Texas, on April 3, the city’s Lake Arlington branch has collected more than 800 photos strewn about by the twisters. About three-fourths have been claimed so far. “It feels like we’re keeping people’s memories for them,” said Library Services Manager Debi Wood. The library got involved after Kate Atwood, 18, sought Wood’s help as a photo waystation. More than 40 people have brought photos to Lake Arlington so far, and the Southwest and Woodland branches are helping too....
Associated Press, June 7; Arlington (Tex.) Public Library, Apr. 10
CLA president clarifies conference event
In response to this report, CLA President Karen Adams writes: “The Canadian Library Association believes in promulgating fact. So let me clarify. No registered delegates were asked to leave, to stop placing bookmarks, or to stop handing out materials. Non-registered people were respectfully asked to move outside the CLA conference space. They were still able to distribute their materials within the convention center.”...
CLA Government Library and IM Professionals Network, June 2
Ex-basketball stars honor mother with library fund
Decades ago, books from the Greenwood (Ind.) Public Library helped turn two youngsters into strong readers and learners. They went on to become NBA All-Stars. Brothers Tom and Dick Van Arsdale (right) want to ensure the library can continue to provide books and programs for residents. They also want to honor the memory of their mother, who believed the library was essential for the growth of her children, so they created the Hilda Van Arsdale Library Fund to support the library....
Associated Press, June 12
Waukegan library sculptures stolen
Scrap metal thieves ripped out two bronze statues worth about $15,000 that were bought by Waukegan (Ill.) Public Library patrons and displayed in the facility’s courtyard. Taken were “Little Scholar” by Jane Rankin, which portrays a boy reading a book, and “Imagine That” by Kathy Anderson, which shows a girl reading a book while sitting atop a stack of books. The two were part of 11 statues comprising an “Art of a Story” project....
WLS-AM, Chicago, June 9
How Houston Public Library handles counterfeit
While on its mission to provide free information, the Houston (Tex.) Public Library has to swat the occasional counterfeiter. At each of the library’s 42 locations, equipment at the circulation desk includes a counterfeit detector pen. When a librarian marks a bill with the pen and the mark turns black, that means the bill is bogus. If the mark turns yellow or remains clear, the money is good. For about a month, Houston’s libraries have been checking all bills larger than $1....
Houston (Tex.) Chronicle, June 7
Windsor library puts Espresso Machine on hold
An Espresso Book Machine scheduled to be unveiled June 12 at the Windsor (Ont.) Public Library has been put into storage, with troubling questions swirling over how the expensive piece of equipment was acquired. A big question mark is whether the former board of the library was made aware in advance of what the financial commitment would be in becoming the first Canadian public library to own one....
Windsor (Ont.) Star, June 12
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Substance abuse libraries in crisis
Members of the Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists are calling for urgent action (PDF file) to halt the closure of specialist libraries and databases before valuable resources and expertise are lost forever. Since SALIS started actively campaigning against the closure of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug libraries and databases in 2004, more than 25 libraries and databases worldwide have been downsized or closed, their resources dispersed or destroyed....
Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists, June 12; Addiction Journal, June 12
Using a computer does not rot your brain
Alice G. Walton writes: “In addition to exercise and good nutrition for the aging brain, using the computer to keep your mind active could prevent mild cognitive impairment. This form of cognitive decline falls in between normal age-related memory problems and the beginnings of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic studied 926 people in Minnesota between the ages of 70 and 93 and found that both exercise and computer use have protective effects—but the two together are even better.”...
The Atlantic, June 12
10 terrible tech laws that could affect your privacy
Christina DesMarais writes: “Child pornography, cyberbullying, online piracy—these are real-world problems that need solutions. But does legislating them away work? Read how your tech freedoms could be reined in by some of the dumb bills we’ve pinpointed in this story. You should be concerned about some of these proposed changes to US law. And note that a couple of them are in negotiations behind closed doors without public input at all.”...
PC World, June 10
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Windows 8: What’s good, what’s bad
Woody Leonhard writes: “I won’t go over all the baggage that’s been debated before—no, the Start button isn’t there; yes, you have to get used to those Metro tiles; no, the interface isn’t easy to learn; yes, the Metro to Desktop jumps will knock the eyeballs out of your sockets; no, people with PCs who have to get ‘real work’ done won’t like it; yes, on a touch device some of it actually grows on you. Instead, I’ll focus on the improvements, quirks, and shortcomings of this last look before gold code.” Farhad Manjoo frankly says you will hate it....
InfoWorld, June 11; Slate, June 5
Dedicated GPS devices are dead
Damon Lavrinc writes: “The dedicated portable GPS device is dead, with Apple and Google playing pallbearer to Garmin, Magellan, and TomTom’s hardware businesses. Between the hastily organized Google Maps event on June 6—where the search giant showed off a new interface (right), new features, and offline map downloading—and Apple’s new Maps app announcement, a dedicated device for mapping and navigation comes across as superfluous. Or even worse, incredibly low-tech.”...
Wired: Autopia, June 12; Gadget Lab, June 1, 11
New generic top-level internet domain names revealed
Gary Price writes: “ICANN has just released a list of the 1,930 generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that have been applied for and will eventually come into usage. Some of the applications include: .Amazon,
.Art (multiple applications),
.Author (Amazon is listed as applicant),
.Book (multiple applications including ones from Bowker, Google, and Amazon),
.Cloud (seven applicants),
.Netflix.” Applications were received from 60 countries....
Library Journal: INFOdocket, June 13; PC World, June 13
Global Open Knowledgebase
The Kuali Foundation (a US nonprofit open source software developer) and JISC (the UK organization providing digital resources for education and research) have announced a collaboration that will make data about e-resources, such as publication and licensing information, more easily available. The effort, known as the Global Open Knowledgebase project, is funded in part by a $499,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. North Carolina State University will serve as lead institution for the project....
Kuali Foundation, June 12
15 free tools for storing and sharing files
Richard Byrne writes: “Six months ago I shared a list of good file-sharing tools for teachers and students. Since then, I’ve come across some more tools to add to that list. Here is my new list of file-sharing tools for students and teachers. Using these tools can help you avoid having an email inbox that is overflowing with file attachments.”...
Free Technology for Teachers, Jan. 13, June 12
The six best USB flash drives
Brian Westover writes: “Whether you’re storing homework, hoarding digital media, or sharing sensitive info via sneakernet, these small, pocketable drives should be your go-to storage device. They’re cheap, they’re easy to use, and they come in a range of designs that should fit whatever your unique needs may be. When you want to grab and go with your digital files, nothing tops a basic USB flash drive.”...
PC Magazine, June 5
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Making ebooks accessible
Jim Tobias writes: “As we go hunting for the right ebook readers for our patrons, accessibility is one of the factors to consider. People with vision, dexterity, or cognitive disabilities need certain specific features, and ebook readers are all over the map in what they offer and how they offer it. Any index of accessibility features may be out of date as soon as it’s published, but three excellent sources (OSU Web Accessibility Center, Diagram Center, and RNIB) have a good chance of being updated frequently.”...
AL: E-Content, June 11
Four ways to purchase ebooks for your library
Ellyssa Kroski writes: “One of the most confusing things about starting to look at implementing ebooks in a library is all of the different ways you can go about purchasing them. Here’s a quick cheat sheet explaining the four ways to do this: aggregators, publishers, wholesalers, and consortia. And if you’d like to know more, check out Sue Polanka’s outstanding Library Technology Report: The No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing.”...
iLibrarian, June 13
French publishers strike ebook deal with Google
Google announced June 11 that it had reached an agreement in France that could bring back to life thousands of out-of-print works. The French Publishers’ Association and the Société des Gens de Lettres dropped copyright lawsuits over Google’s book-scanning. Google agreed to set up a “framework” agreement under which publishers would be able to offer digital versions of their works for Google to sell. This makes France the only country with an industrywide book-scanning agreement in place to cover works that are out of print but still under copyright....
New York Times, June 11
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ALA Annual Conference, Anaheim, June 21–26. Here is your Google Map of #ala12 hotels and shuttle bus routes.
Keep track of everything while you’re on the go in Anaheim—the new mobile app for the 2012 ALA Annual Conference Scheduler puts your schedule, updates, and all the information you need right at your fingertips.
So you know books, but can you guess award-winning books? Vote now for which books you think will win the first-ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction and earn bragging rights come Sunday, June 24, when the winners are announced at ALA Annual Conference. NEW! From Booklist.
Great Libraries of the World
Nicholas II Library, Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia. This room in the Winter Palace was designed by architect Alexander Krasovsky in 1895 and once constituted a part of the private apartments of Czar Nicholas II. The main decorative elements are the bookcases arranged along the walls, a second-level gallery reached by a wooden staircase, walnut coffers in the ceiling adorned with four-petal rosettes, panels of stamped gilt leather, a massive Gothic fireplace embellished with heraldic griffins and lions, and high windows with openwork sashes. It holds more than 600,000 books covering poetry, visual arts, and painting.
Russian Academy of Sciences Library, Saint Petersburg, Russia. One of the world’s largest scientific research collections, the library was founded by Czar Peter I in 1714. Although part of the Russian Academy, it also includes the collections housed by specialized academic institutions in Saint Petersburg and other cities. Since 1783 it has served as a national depository. The library was housed in the Kunstkamera museum until 1924, when it was transferred to a new facility that had been built for the library in 1914 but used as a military hospital in World War I. On February 15, 1988, the library suffered a catastrophic fire that destroyed nearly 300,000 books and damaged about 3.6 million others, but it has recovered sufficiently to claim holdings of 20.5 million items.
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.
Branch Manager, District of Columbia Public Library. If you enjoy a rewarding work environment where your hard work can truly make a difference, come join us. All positions require excellent customer service skills, commitment to public service, and the willingness to learn and embrace change. Experienced, innovative leaders are needed to manage the branch operations and community outreach in one of the full service neighborhood libraries. Operate an efficient and customer-service- oriented branch library. Assume a leadership role in systemwide projects. Interpret and assist with the development of DC Public Library policies in managing the branch. Supervise, train, develop, and evaluate staff. Maintain a reference and circulating collection of books and other materials to meet the needs and interests of library customers. Evaluate community use of branch services and submit reports on services....
Digital Library of the Week
Washington County Heritage Online is a cooperative project of local libraries, museums, and cultural institutions in Washington County, Oregon. The WCHO aims to digitize and display items of historical and cultural importance; celebrate local history; encourage cooperation between archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, and other cultural organizations; and allow for wider access to the unique materials found in Washington County. Contributors are the Pacific University Library, the Washington County Museum, Tigard Public Library, and Centro Cultural.
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
“Too late to order business cards for ALA Anaheim? Handing out bars of complimentary hotel soap with your name carved on them makes quite the impression.”
—The Lipstick Librarian’s Facebook page, June 9.
“You must live feverishly in a library. Colleges are not going to do any good unless you are raised and live in a library every day of your life.”
—The late author Ray Bradbury, in Writer’s Digest, February 1976, p. 25.
“Library and information science degree-holders bring in $57,600 mid-career, on average. Common jobs for them are school librarian, library director, and reference librarian, and there are expected to be just 8.5% more of them by 2020. The low pay rank and estimated growth rank make library and information science the worst master’s degree for jobs right now.”
—Jacquelyn Smith, “The Best and Worst Master’s Degrees for Jobs,” Forbes, June 8.
Special Libraries Association, Annual Conference and InfoExpo, McCormick Place, Chicago. “The Future Is Now!”
6th International Conference on Knowledge Generation, Communication, and Management, Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida.
Allentown Antique Book, Paper, and Advertising Show, Agricultural Hall, Allentown (Pa.) Fairgrounds.
2012 Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair, Monterey Station, Cowan. Sponsored by the Tennessee Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association.
National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. “Digital Preservation 2012.”
Newberry Library, 28th Annual Book Fair, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago.
Map Fair of the West, Lower Level, Denver Public Library. Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Map Society.
Miniature Book Society, 30th Annual Grand Conclave, Renaissance Asheville Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina.
Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri. “Gathering at the Waters: Celebrating Stories, Embracing Communities.”
Library of Congress, National Book Festival, National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets, Washington, D.C.
Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services, Annual Conference, Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Virginia. “Thinking Outside the Walls.”
Book History Colloquium, 523 Butler Library, Columbia University, New York City. “The Myth of the Woman Novel Reader.”
YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium, Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. “The Future of Young Adult Literature.”
Charleston Conference, Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, Charleston, South Carolina. “Accentuate the Positive!”
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