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ALA President responds to publisher suing librarian
ALA President Maureen Sullivan writes: “I share the deep concern expressed by ACRL, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Canadian Library Association, among many others, in deploring the actions of the Edwin Mellen Press in filing a libel suit against Dale Askey, currently a librarian at McMaster University, for expressions of his professional opinion on his personal blog.” The press is suing Askey for $4.5 million in damages, alleging that he committed libel while criticizing Edwin Mellen Press....
AL: Inside Scoop, Feb. 22
In Central America, community-minded libraries become community funded
Carol A. Erickson writes: “The homicide rate in Honduras is among the highest in the world. Decades of corruption have gnawed through government and police forces from top to bottom. And as in any culture, Honduran children are especially susceptible to the risky lifestyles that surround them. ‘Honduran libraries are working to get kids off the street,’ said Dagoberto Licona Cortés, the mayor of San Vicente Centenario. ‘Young children and teens can change their way of thinking when they have access to leadership programs at libraries.’”...
American Libraries feature
In Practice: E-Discovery with QR codes
Meredith Farkas writes: “The fully electronic collection is pretty far from being a reality at most libraries. Given the current limitations of ebooks and the large print collections that libraries continue to manage and grow, most libraries exist in a hybrid space where much is digital, but also, much is still in print. For patrons, this can be confusing, as most libraries still don’t have a single system for searching all of it. QR codes are one possible solution.”...
American Libraries column, Jan./Feb.
Outside/In: Develop your emotional intelligence
David Lee King and Michael Porter write: “One of the most powerful and most common questions we receive deals with psychology. The topic came up most recently when we were preparing a presentation on how library staff can communicate more effectively with information technology staff members. As our session date drew closer, we began to think about interactions with IT personnel in terms of emotions.”...
American Libraries column, Jan./Feb.
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Johns and Neal elected to ALA Executive Board
Sara Kelly Johns and James G. Neal were elected to the ALA Executive Board by ALA Council during the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. Johns is a school librarian at the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Middle/High School Library and an online school library and information technologies instructor at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Neal is vice president for information services and university librarian at Columbia University in New York City. Their three-year terms begin at the end of the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and conclude after the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida....
Office of ALA Governance, Feb. 26
Top 10 reasons to start planning now for Annual Conference
Heather Booth writes: “There’s a thick blanket of snow outside my window, my library’s spring newsletter hasn’t yet arrived in our patrons’ mailboxes, and some bubbling hot chili is on this week’s menu, but I’m dreaming about sunny Chicago in late June. Now is the perfect time to start making plans for ALA Annual in Chicago. Here’s why.”...
YALSA Blog, Feb. 27
COA announces accreditation actions
ALA’s Committee on Accreditation has announced the actions that were taken at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. Continued accreditation status was granted to programs at the University of Arizona, Dalhousie University, and Florida State University. Conditional accreditation status was granted to the program at Long Island University....
Office for Accreditation, Feb. 21
31 more libraries to host “America’s Music”
The National Endowment for the Humanities has provided an additional grant of $1,500 apiece to 31 more libraries to offer the film discussion series “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.” The six-week series of documentary screenings and scholar-led discussions about 20th-century American popular music is funded by the NEH and administered by the Public Programs Office through a grant to the Tribeca Film Institute....
Public Programming Office, Feb. 25
Pickard’s research methods handbook updated
The long-awaited second edition of Alison Jane Pickard’s Research Methods in Information, published by ALA Neal-Schuman, includes brand-new coverage of online research methods and techniques, mixed methodology, and qualitative analysis. The first primer to focus entirely on the needs of the information and communications community, it guides would-be researchers through the variety of possibilities open to them under the heading “research” and provides students with the confidence to embark on their dissertations....
ALA Neal-Schuman, Feb. 21
Learn how to implement virtual reference services
Social web technologies present an often confusing array of options for answering library users’ reference questions. In Implementing Virtual Reference Services: A LITA Guide, published by ALA TechSource, editor Beth C. Thomsett-Scott applies 20 years’ experience as a reference librarian to sort through the clutter of tools and technologies in the industry. Contributors from across the field lay out how libraries are using vendor services such as LibraryH3lp, LibAnswers, and Text a Librarian, as well as free tools like Twitter and Google Voice, for their reference needs....
ALA TechSource, Feb. 25
Free webinars to Engage! YA audiences
ALA’s Public Programming Office is offering a free, three-part series of webinars for school and young adult librarians that introduces the Engage! programming model. “Engage! Teens, Art, and Civic Participation” introduces young audiences to themes of civic participation using the visual arts, and is funded by the Chicago Community Trust’s Searle Funds and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Register for “An Introduction,” “Creating Compelling Discussion through Art,” and “Creating Local, Issues-Based Programming.”...
Public Programming Office, Feb. 26
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Featured review: Fiction for youth
Reid, Barbara. Picture a Tree. Mar. 2013. 32p. Albert Whitman, hardcover (978-0-8075-6526-1).
This open-ended picture book begins, “There is more than one way to picture a tree,” and then gives one example after another, written in simple, evocative phrases and illustrated in Reid’s distinctive, surprisingly adaptable style. Trees can be “sun umbrellas” (leafy trees creating shade on a sweltering city sidewalk), a “drawing on the sky” (bare branches curving against a bleak, wintry background), or a “wild good-bye party” (scarlet, orange, and yellow leaves cascading to the ground). While trees are a constant presence in the illustrations, so are the many children who climb them, play around them, and observe them....
Top 10 books on sustainability for youth: 2013
Ann Kelley writes: “Whether through a fairy tale, a biography, or an sf novel, this year’s list of the best sustainability-themed youth books reviewed in Booklist over the past year all encourage meaningful thought about life on our planet.”...
@ Visit Booklist Online for other reviews and much more....
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Lee Rainie of Pew to keynote RUSA’s President’s Program
Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, will speak on “The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron” at the RUSA President’s Program on June 29 during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Coauthor of Networked: The New Social Operating System and lead researcher on new studies of adults and teens, Rainie will share the latest data about how Americans are interacting with information technology and ebooks. Register for the ALA Annual Conference....
RUSA, Feb. 26
Register for the 2013 ACRL Virtual Conference
The ACRL 2013 Virtual Conference, offered April 11–12 during the ACRL 2013 National Conference in Indianapolis, will provide academic and research librarians an affordable opportunity to participate online. The virtual conference features 12 live webcasts, as well as asynchronous activities, and the Virtual Conference archive will be available for one year and will include more than 130 slidecasts from every contributed paper, Cyber Zed Shed presentation, invited paper, and panel session at the face-to-face conference. Register online....
ACRL, Feb. 25
AASL unveils preconference workshops for Hartford conference
AASL is offering six half-day preconference workshops on November 13–14 that will precede its 16th National Conference, to be held November 14–17 in Hartford, Connecticut. Topics include instructional partnerships, libraries in the cloud, and mobile learning. Details are available online....
AASL, Feb. 25
Literary landmark: Langston Hughes Library
Queens (N.Y.) Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library was designated a Literary Landmark on February 23 in honor of the renowned author after which it was named in 1969 when it opened for public service. Hughes wrote more than 860 poems and was heralded for his short stories, plays, essays, anthologies, and as a journalist from the 1920s until his death in 1967....
United for Libraries, Feb. 26
New group forms for future school librarians
The AASL board has approved the creation of the Students Special Interest Group to give those working toward a degree in school librarianship an opportunity to network with colleagues in person and virtually. Read more about the group on ALA Connect....
AASL, Feb. 25
Two new School Library Research articles
Two new research articles—one covering the topic of LGBTQ-themed literature for teens and the other on providing school library services to students with special needs—are now available online as part of Volume 16 of AASL’s peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research....
AASL, Feb. 26
Explore new concepts for school library spaces
Margaret (Peg) Sullivan’s Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts walks school librarians and administrators through the process of gathering information from students and other stakeholders involved in planning a resource-rich learning space. To celebrate the publication’s launch, AASL invites school library professionals to contribute to an album of school library concepts and share the learning-space solutions created in your libraries....
AASL, Feb. 26
YALSA Best of the Best website
Librarians, educators, parents, teens, and other YA literature enthusiasts who are looking for the best teen books and media of 2012 can find them online at YALSA’s new Best of the Best website. In addition to lists of YALSA’s awards and top 10 lists, the Best of the Best homepage includes promotional tools featuring the award-winning books named in 2013....
YALSA, Feb. 26
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Service to Young Adults Award
Gretchen Kolderup has been named the 2013 recipient of the YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award. Kolderup, who is also the current blog manager of the YALSA The Hub blog, plans to donate half of the $2,000 award to Camp Interactive, a nonprofit that connects urban teens with nature and technology, and will use the other half to attend and present at local and national conferences....
YALSA, Feb. 26
Hutton receives Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Award
Jane M. Hutton, electronic resources/reference librarian and assistant professor at West Chester (Pa.) University, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award of $1,200 from ACRL’s Distance Learning Section. Sponsored by the Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, the award recognizes an ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to, the success of distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education....
ACRL, Feb. 25
Walker named ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian
Judith A. Walker, education/psychology librarian and professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award of $2,500, given by ACRL’s Education and Behavioral Sciences Section. Sponsored by John Wiley & Sons, the award honors accomplishments and service to education and behavioral sciences librarianship....
ACRL, Feb. 25
Beverley Geer receives Ulrich’s Award
Beverley Geer, collection development manager at YBP Library Services, is the 2013 recipient of the Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award of $1,500 from the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS. Sponsored by ProQuest through its Serials Solutions business unit, the award recognizes Geer’s work as a trainer, her 1996–1997 presidency of the North American Serials Interest Group, as well as her numerous scholarly contributions, which include coediting the “Serials Report” column of The Serials Librarian with Bea Caraway from 1994 to 2000....
ALCTS, Feb. 25
Murray, Tillett win Outstanding Publication Award from ALCTS
Ronald Murray and Barbara Tillett are the 2013 recipients of the ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award of $250 each for their article, “Cataloging Theory in Search of Graph Theory and other Ivory Towers,” which appeared in the December 2011 Information Technology and Libraries. The award honors the author(s) of the year’s outstanding monograph, article, or original paper in the field of technical services....
ALCTS, Feb. 25
Schreur article wins Best of LRTS Award
Philip Evan Schreur, head of the metadata department at Stanford University, has received the 2013 Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award for “The Academy Unbound: Linked Data as Revolution,” published in the October 2012 Library Resources & Technical Services. The Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award is given to the author of the best paper published each year in LRTS, the official journal of ALCTS....
ALCTS, Feb. 25
YALSA Award for Best Literature Program for Teens
Kristen Pelfrey, a teacher at Foothill Technology High School in Ventura, California, is the recipient of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award for Best Literature Program for Teens from YALSA. Pelfrey was honored for created a program, “The Best Fiction (about) Young Adults Revolution,” that allowed her students to unplug from their digital lives and read a book from YALSA’s “Best Fiction for Young Adults” list. Sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust, the award provides $500 to the recipient and $500 to the recipient’s library....
YALSA, Feb. 26
Four win YALSA Writing Award
Four members of YALSA have been named the winners of the YALSA Writing Award, winning prizes in four categories. The recipients are Heather Gruenthal (best article in the previous volume of Young Adult Library Services), Maria Kramer (best post on YALSA The Hub between December 1, 2011, and November 30, 2012), Shannon Crawford Barniskis (best article in the previous volume of Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults), and Gretchen Kolderup (best post on the YALSA blog between December 1, 2011, and November 30, 2012)....
YALSA, Feb. 26
2013 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowships awarded
Alison Anson, children’s services librarian at the Woodside (Calif.) Public Library, and Susan Wackerbarth, cataloging librarian at the Northland Public Library in Pittsburgh, have each received a Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship. The $4,000 stipend is designed to allow recipients to spend four weeks or more reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature at the George A. Smathers Library of the University of Florida at Gainesville....
ALSC, Feb. 25
Nominate the 2015 Arbuthnot Lecturer
ALSC invites members to suggest names for the Arbuthnot Lectureship established in 1968 and given annually to honor May Hill Arbuthnot. The award is given to an individual of distinction who shall prepare and present a paper which shall be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. Email suggestions by April 15....
ALSC Blog, Feb. 25
Apply for Jesse H. Shera Awards
ALA’s Library Research Round Table invites submissions by March 29 for two awards named for Jesse H. Shera. The Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research honors the author(s) of a research article published in English during the calendar year and nominated by any member of LRRT or by editors of an LIS research journal. The Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research recognizes dissertation research of exemplary design and methods relating in at least a general way to library studies....
Library Research Round Table, Feb. 25
Three libraries win YALSA’s Great Books Giveaway
YALSA has named Allen Parish Libraries in Oberlin, Louisiana, the winner of its annual Great Books Giveaway. The library will receive more than $20,000 in books, audiobooks, and other materials that publishers and producers sent to YALSA in 2012. The two runners-up are the Foundation Schools in Largo and Gaithersburg, Maryland, and John B. Hood Junior High School in Odessa, Texas....
YALSA, Feb. 26
El día de los niños/El día de los libros minigrants
Twelve libraries have been chosen to receive $5,000 each to offer their patrons a Family Book Club in celebration of April 30 as El día de los niños / El día de los libros (Children’s Day / Book Day). These clubs will utilize multicultural, multilingual, or second-language books to provide an opportunity for the community to come together. The minigrants are part of ALSC’s “Everyone Reads @ your library” grant, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation....
ALSC, Feb. 21
Stanford Libraries reward international innovation
The first winners of the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries are the Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France) and the Miguel de Cervantes Digital Library in Spain. Stanford’s new annual award celebrates groundbreaking programs, projects, and services for research libraries anywhere in the world. Commendations of merit went to Australia’s Griffith University and the New York Public Library....
Stanford News, Feb. 26
British librarian honored by Queen Elizabeth II
Zvi Rabin, founder more than 40 years ago of the Chabad-Lubavitch lending library in Stamford Hill, England, became a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by the Queen of England in a February 20 ceremony that also honored the library of 18,000 books in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish....
Chabad-Lubavitch News, Feb. 21
2013 Red House Awards
The winners of the 2013 Red House Children’s Book Awards were announced at an awards ceremony in London on February 23.
The overall winner, in addition to being the winner in the younger children category, was Spooky Spooky House (Corgi) by Andrew Weale and Lee Wildish. Gangsta Granny (HarperCollins) by David Walliams was the younger readers category winner, while Sophie McKenzie’s The Medusa Project: Hit Squad (Simon & Schuster) won in the older readers category.The award is the only national UK children’s book award voted for entirely by children....
Federation of Children’s Book Groups, Feb. 23
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Libraries in the News
West Virginia high court nixes decades-old library funding formula
The West Virginia Supreme Court found unconstitutional February 22 a law mandating that nine school systems in West Virginia must turn over a portion of their budget to help fund public libraries in their counties. The decision ends a decade-long legal battle between the Kanawha County school board and the county library, which is now scrambling to come up with $3 million—nearly 40% of its annual operating budget....
Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail, Feb. 22, 26
Retired Alabama librarian murdered
Kate Ragsdale, 73, a longtime librarian at the University of Alabama, was killed in The Highlands community in Tuscaloosa on February 24. Investigators now say she was stabbed to death by an intruder. Ragsdale had worked her way up as a UA employee, starting out in a clerical position, then moving up to a librarian post and finally a planning officer for university libraries....
WBRC-TV, Birmingham, Feb. 25–26
Tampa honors segregation-era library
Harlem Public Library opened in 1919 in the Harlem Academy at 512 Harrison Street in Tampa, Florida, one of only two libraries in Hillsborough County open to blacks. In the early 1920s it shared a building with the Tampa Urban League (right). It closed in 1969. On February 23, county library officials celebrated the library’s history with a road show featuring photos, printed materials, and recorded oral histories....
Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, Feb. 21
Detroit Public Library fires CAO amid FBI probe
Detroit Public Library Executive Director Jo Anne Mondowney has fired Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cromer, who had been on paid leave from his $145,323-a-year post since a mid-November FBI raid of his office at the main library and his West Bloomfield Township home. “He had been there a long time in a position that requires periodically a fresh set of eyes,” said library board member LaMar Lemmons of the February 20 action. The November raid came after a series of stories highlighting allegations of mismanagement, nepotism, and cost overruns....
Detroit News, Feb. 23
Thefts force Trenton library to ration toilet paper
Staff of the Trenton (N.J.) Free Public Library are passing out toilet paper and hand sanitizer from a sanitation station by the front door to combat a growing wave of theft and vandalism going on inside the library’s first floor bathrooms. “These are not the things they teach you in library school,” Director Kimberly Matthews said. Trenton’s latest TP saga comes one year after city council refused to approve a paper products contract and supplies dwindled to critical levels....
Trenton (N.J.) Times, Feb. 23
$1 million gift endows early literacy post in Indianapolis (PDF file)
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation has announced a $1 million gift from the Herbert Simon Family Foundation to endow the position of early literacy specialist, whose expertise in early childhood development has led to the creation of strategic, research-based programming at the library as part of its Ready to Read initiative....
Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Feb. 26
Calgary okays $245 million for new central library
After getting the city council’s unanimous approval February 25 for a new central library for Calgary, Alberta, the building team is planning to select an architect by September, break ground by 2014, and complete the facility by 2018. Some critics have expressed concern about there being less physical books in a new facility that will have a greater focus on gathering spaces and technology....
Calgary (Alta.) Herald, Feb. 27
No one noticed man living in library for six weeks
A middle-aged man is thought to have been living in a Cambridge college library for up to six weeks. The man, who is understood to be homeless, has been “living under the radar” in the library at St John’s College, Cambridge, UK. It is thought he may have followed students into the building late at night....
The Telegraph (UK), Feb. 27
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E-rate’s looming fiscal cliff
Marijke Visser writes: “While Congress and the White House debate how to prevent the looming across-the-board budgets cuts known as sequestration, those of us in the e-rate world are worrying about our own fiscal cliff. E-rate has enabled libraries to offer video-conferencing services for patrons at the high end and has allowed small rural libraries to be the only free internet game in town. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has stood by the side of libraries since creating the e-rate program with his colleague, former Senator Olympia Snowe (D-Maine), and he still speaks (1:14) on our behalf.”...
District Dispatch, Feb. 25
Authors’ Guild files opening brief in HathiTrust appeal
James Grimmelman writes: “The Authors Guild and its coplaintiffs have filed their opening brief (PDF file) appealing from its decisive loss in the district court in October 2012. Most of the arguments should be familiar if you’ve been following the case, so I’m going to mention only the significantly new or modified points, along with a few details I found striking.”...
The Laboratorium, Feb. 27; American Libraries feature, Jan./Feb.
Justice Dept. will not weigh in on GSU e-reserves
The US Department of Justice has decided not to file an amicus curiae brief in a high-profile copyright case involving Georgia State University and several publishers. The case in question, Cambridge U. Press et al. v. Mark P. Becker et al., was brought against the university by Cambridge, Oxford University Press, and Sage Publishers. It accuses Georgia State of committing widespread copyright violations by making some of the publishers’ content available on electronic reserve without licensing it....
Chronicle of Higher Education: The Ticker, Feb. 23
White House memo orders open access
On February 22, the White House issued a directive (PDF file) to ensure that the results of taxpayer-funded research are made available to the general public. The directive is in response to last year’s We the People petition asking that scholars and researchers be required to provide “free access over the internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research.” ALA’s Washington Office notes that the timing is opportune, just after the introduction of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act, but that the fight for open access isn’t over....
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, Feb. 22; District Dispatch, Feb. 25
Like a bad penny, CISPA has returned
Jessica McGilvray writes: “Rep. Mike J. Rogers (R-Mich.) and Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) introduced the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013, H.R. 624 (CISPA), in the House. This is essentially the same bill (H.R. 3523) that the House passed in April 2011 and that President Obama threatened to veto (PDF file). CISPA would make it possible for private companies to share information with the government while keeping it from the public, violating the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act.”...
District Dispatch, Feb. 22
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Reflections on Code4Lib 2013
Margaret Heller writes: “Code4Lib is a loose collective of programmers working in libraries, librarians, and others interested in code and libraries. Its conference this year, held February 11–14 at the University of Illinois Chicago, included talks that illustrated what I saw as threads running through the conference—care and emotion. This is perhaps unexpected for a technical conference. Yet those themes underlie a great deal of the work that takes place in academic library technology and the types of projects presented at Code4Lib.”...
ACRL TechConnect Blog, Feb. 27
20 nerd conventions you should attend
Paul Lilly writes: “If you’ve ever wanted to dress up as Batman or Harley Quinn and mingle with fellow cosplayers in full garb (and why wouldn’t you want to?), don’t worry, you’re not alone. There’s a convention for that—several, in fact—along with conventions for all levels of nerdery, places you can go and get your geek on with fellow science-fiction fanatics, movie buffs, or whatever it is you’re into. To help you plan your itinerary for the coming year, we’ve put together a gallery of 20 conventions, in chronological order.”...
Maximum PC, Feb. 25
30 powerful WordPress plug-ins
Jeffrey L. Wilson writes: “WordPress’s popularity and ease of use has spawned a rich plug-in ecosystem that gives users the ability to accept donations, display related articles that will drive interested readers deeper into your site, track RSS feed traffic, and credit authors in new ways. In short, there are numerous ways to expand your WordPress functionality. If you are self-hosting and ready to enhance your WordPress-powered site, check out these 30 excellent plugins.” Check out Dublin Core for WP....
PC Magazine, Feb. 27
Staying safe from Java threats
J. D. Biersdorfer writes: “Java is a computing platform with its own programming language that is used in many games, business applications, and other utilities. Recent attacks on Apple and Facebook used a flaw in the Java web browser plug-in to infect computers with malicious software when visiting certain sites, and the Department of Homeland Security even issued a warning about Java in January. Computers running Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux are most at risk. Apple released its own Mac OS X update to deal with the Java problem on February 19.”...
New York Times: Gadgetwise, Feb. 26
The trouble with latency
Chris Hoffman writes: “There is more to an internet connection’s speed than just its bandwidth. This is especially true with satellite internet connections, which can offer speeds of up to 15 Mbps but will still feel slow. Latency can be an issue with all internet connections and networks. Wired network connections tend to have the lowest latency, while wireless connections generally have higher latency.”...
How-to Geek, Feb. 27
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Amazon Kindle iOS update erases your entire library
Amazon is advising users of the Kindle iOS app not to download the latest update due to a bug that can delete users’ existing libraries and settings from their device. The company issued an update for its Kindle app February 26, but it didn’t take long for some users to report it was actually deleting their content. The good news is that libraries are retrievable, thanks to backup in the cloud, but the update deregisters users and makes them start the upload process all over again....
Mashable, Feb. 27
Christopher Harris writes: “Publishers are upset because Amazon is becoming a successful publisher. So Hachette, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster thought they would try becoming booksellers, like Amazon. Thus was born Bookish, a website where the three publishers are trying to out-Amazon Amazon with book recommendations, reviews, and sales. The problem is that the three publishers involved are basing this endeavor on an incorrect assumption. Amazon is not a bookseller.”...
AL: E-Content blog, Feb. 25
Independent bookstores vs. Amazon and the Big Six
Christopher Harris writes: “In a lawsuit filed in New York February 15, three independent bookstores are seeking relief from what they refer to as monopolistic practices regarding ebooks. At issue is the digital rights management that locks ebooks purchased through Amazon to the Kindle platform. While libraries can certainly empathize with the plight of the three plaintiffs, I see some critical errors with this case.”...
AL: E-Content blog, Feb. 22
One idea to save illustrated books: Gamification
Jeremy Greenfield writes: “Gamification is one of the hot new concepts in children’s enhanced ebooks. The general idea is simple: To get kids to eat their broccoli (that is, read books), let’s put some cheese on it (make them fun: cheese on broccoli > broccoli alone).” Joanna Cabot writes that she scoffed and bristled, until she came across Slim for Life by Jillian Michaels....
Digital Book World, Feb. 24; TeleRead, Feb. 26
Sustainability of digitized special collections
The Association of Research Libraries and Ithaka S+R have released Appraising Our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries (PDF file), a report on findings from a survey of ARL libraries on the range of activities and expenses that libraries undertake to support their digitized special collections. The research reveals that understanding the continuing costs for sustaining digital collections is a challenge across libraries....
Association of Research Libraries, Feb. 21
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Enjoy a free chance to learn, revisit, and discover when you watch and listen to recordings of some popular 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting sessions, including Caroline Kennedy, Steven Johnson, the ERT/Booklist Author Forum, Book Buzz Theater, Lisa Genova, and the Star Wars–themed Wrap Up/Rev Up. See which sessions were recorded.
Great Libraries of the World
National Library of Australia, Canberra. In 1901, a Commonwealth Parliamentary Library was established to serve the newly formed Federal Parliament. The National Library Act separated the library from Parliament in 1960 and a new building opened in 1968, which was designed by architect Walter Bunning, who was inspired by the Parthenon after a visit to Greece. The library features stained glass windows in the foyer by artist Leonard French that depict the planets and tapestries by French artist Mathieu Mategot that portray Australian life. Now the nation’s largest library, its many collections include a Braille archive, Australian dance and performing arts resources, Asian materials, and oral histories of prominent Australians. In 2010, the library began setting up a Treasures Gallery to put on permanent exhibit the handwritten Endeavour journal of Captain James Cook, the original words and music for “Waltzing Matilda,” the watercolor art and maps of the First Fleet of ships that landed in Sydney Cove in 1788, a page from a Gutenberg Bible, and Jørn Utzon’s preliminary model for the shells of the Sydney Opera House.
New Norcia Monastery Library, Western Australia. Benedictine monks founded this community in 1846 and established a library soon afterwards. It owns more than 60,000 books, as well as documents, manuscripts, maps, photos, films, videotapes, and oral history tapes that have far outgrown the original library rooms, which are now only open to the monks and their invited guests.
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. Some will be featured 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.
Library Director, Red Wing Public Library, Red Wing, Minnesota. The City of Red Wing is accepting applications from qualified professionals to fill the position of Library Director. We seek applicants who are optimistic about the future of public library service and are skilled in nurturing an environment of exceptional customer service. Candidates must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively with staff, board, and city administration....
Digital Library of the Week
The Boston Athenæum’s collection of over 6,000 pieces of Confederate national and state currency provides a comprehensive look at historic pieces of Confederate currency and reveals interesting details about their design, production, and distribution. The collection contains examples of each type of currency from both the Confederacy and each state within the Confederacy. This cataloging, conservation, and digitization project was made possible through a generous gift from Caleb Loring Jr., a trustee emeritus of the Athenæum.
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
“There are, of course, worse places to wait for someone than in a library.”
—Valerie Wolzien, All Hallows Evil (Fawcett, 1992), p. 84.
Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, National Conference, Wardman Park Marriott, Washington, D.C.
Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth, Student Center, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. “Dreams and Promises: Multicultural Literature and the Common Core.”
Urban Librarians Conference, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library’s Central Library. “Living in Interesting Times.”
Third International Conference of Asian Special Libraries, Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines. “Special Libraries: Towards Achieving a Dynamic, Strategic, and Responsible Working Environment.”
ACRL 2013 Conference, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. “Imagine, Innovate, Inspire.”
Digital Public Library of America, Launch Event, Boston Public Library.
Art Libraries Society of North America, Annual Conference, Convention Center, Pasadena, California. “Crafting Our Future.”
Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries, Third International Research Symposium, Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, New Jersey. “Digital Youth, Inquiry, and the Future of the School Library.”
Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians, University of North Carolina, Greensboro. “Social Entrepreneurship in Action.”
American Association of Museums, Annual Meeting and Museum Expo, Baltimore Convention Center.
5th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy.
International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sponsored by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums.
American Library Assocation, Annual Conference, Chicago.
Western Conference on Science Education, Western University, London, Ontario. “More ___ with Less ___.”
American Association of Law Libraries, Annual Meeting and Conference, John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston. “Learn, Connect, Grow.”
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New tales from old: Adult fairy tales for YA lit lovers
Julie Bartel writes: “February 26 was Tell a Fairy Tale Day, a possibly-made-up-by-the-internet day, but a worthwhile and exciting day nonetheless. In honor of such an auspicious occasion, and in an attempt to put a slightly different spin on the topic, here are a handful of adult retellings that fans of YA literature are sure to find compelling.” Emily Calkins celebrates Tell a Fairy Tale Day with fairy-tale mashups from YA literature....
YALSA The Hub, Feb. 25–26; Apr. 11, 2011
Biracial characters in YA literature
Hannah Gómez writes: “I think today’s YA audience is a bit luckier than I was when it comes to finding someone who shares their background in a novel. Since teens of today have been allowed to identify legally as ‘more than one race,’ it makes perfect sense that more YA novels have featured biracial characters.
The best part? Sometimes they don’t even have to be problem novels about racism.”...
YALSA The Hub, Feb. 25
The 30 best places to be if you love books
Tanner Ringerud writes: “Mark Twain said, ‘In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.’ Mark Twain would have lost his mind if he saw any of these places,” which include 16 libraries, eight private libraries, and six bookstores....
BuzzFeed, Feb. 22
The first 3D comic books
Michael Lieberman writes: “It was almost 60 years ago that the first 3D comic book was published. Three Dimension Comics starring Mighty Mouse hit the stands in September 1953.” It included instructions on assembling your 3D space goggles and traveling into the amazing third dimension. Here are some other examples from that era....
Book Patrol, Feb. 25
Sarah Lean’s top 10 animal stories
The author of A Dog Called Homeless picks her favorite tales featuring our furry and feathered friends. Sarah Lean writes: “A story can be funnier or richer with the presence of animals because we can see our own strengths and frailties in them. Maybe that’s why animals work so well for children’s books, because we are able to stand back and have a good look at what’s really going on. I chose these books for their language and their moving themes and illustrations, but mostly for the creatures alive on their pages.”...
The Guardian (UK), Feb. 21
10 essential feminist texts everyone should read
Emily Temple writes: “This month is the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, a book that, as the New York Times put it, ‘ignited the contemporary women’s movement in 1963 and as a result permanently transformed the social fabric of the United States and countries around the world.’ To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of 10 essential feminist reads, from fiction and poetry to essays and nonfiction dissections.”...
Flavorwire, Feb. 19
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Flipping out: Preflip planning
Kim Miller writes: “One of my current professional goals is to experiment with new ways to improve my library instruction sessions and grow as an instructor. So when our residency librarian decided to lead a group of instruction librarians to test the ‘flipped classroom’ in library instruction, I welcomed the opportunity to discover how ‘flipping’ might transform my classes. Given the previous interest in ‘flipping’ here at ACRLog, I’ve also decided to share a bit of my planning, implementation, and reflection to continue the discussion about ‘flipping out’ in the library world.”...
ACRLog, Feb. 25; Apr. 30, 2012
National Student Poets Program
The National Student Poets Program is the country’s highest honor for young poets who are presenting original work. In 2012, for the first time, five outstanding high school poets—Luisa Banchoff, Claire Lee, Miles Hewitt, Natalie Richardson, and Lylla Younes, whose work exhibits exceptional creativity, dedication to craft, and promise—were selected for a year of service as national poetry ambassadors. Deadlines to participate in the 2013 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards vary by region. All students who earn National Gold and Silver Medals in the Scholastic Awards will be notified on March 15....
National Student Poets Program
A first-hand experience with MOOC
Kate Kosturski writes: “MOOC. This tiny word has the power to be a very large change agent. Massively Open Online Courseware is an opening of education to anyone, anywhere in the world, as long as they have a computer and internet access. In 2007, my library school was one of few (if not the only one) that did not offer online courses. This instructional philosophy, coupled with my part-time student status, left me critically thinking about the state of education.”...
ACRL TechConnect, Feb. 21
Trials and tribulations of a children’s mombrarian
Cen Campbell writes: “Little people rule my life. They offer an innocent, wise, and precious view into the developing human psyche, and they humble me on a regular basis. When I’m working, I’m either developing and presenting storytimes for little people, or developing professional resources for other children’s librarians. One might assume that since I have a 3-year-old at home, it must be easy to put storytimes together and get through the piles of books and apps that I need to review. The case is often the opposite.”...
ALSC Blog, Feb. 21
#ideadrop house at SxSWi
Electronic Resources & Libraries is hosting the ER&L + ProQuest #ideadrop house (right) at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference on March 8–12
in Austin, Texas. The house will be an informal meeting space less than three miles from the convention center and convenient to public transit, offering salon-style small-group discussions. Live streaming and recording are made possible through funding support from the Digital Library Federation. View the schedule and get involved....
Electronic Resources & Libraries
What kinds of experts are important to faculty?
Chris Bourg writes: “In general, it is the humanists and the social scientists who are most likely to say support from various kinds of experts is important to their research. The humanists are most likely to say that ‘staff with both technical and scholarly expertise’ and ‘reference or research librarians’ are important; while social scientists are most interested in support from experts in emerging areas of library services—such as programming, GIS and statistical analysis, and metadata support. Specific results from our recent survey are summarized here.”...
The Feral Librarian, Feb. 25
Libraries in the snow on postcards
Larry Nix writes: “It’s been a rough winter in many parts of the country this year. I’m sure that a few pictures have been taken of libraries in the snow. Here are three postcards from my collection that show libraries in snow. [See the Baker Library at Dartmouth College, right, in 1894.] I have a previous post about a postcard showing the Elroy (Wis.) Public Library in the ice storm of 1922.”...
Library History Buff Blog, Feb. 24; June 25, 2012
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