Founder Frederick G. Kilgour Dies at 92
Frederick G. Kilgour, founder of the OCLC Online Computer Library Center,
died July 31 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at age 92. The Ohio College
Association hired Kilgour in 1967 to establish a computerized library
network on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus that became known
as the Ohio College Library Center. Today OCLCs WorldCat database
contains over 70 million entries with more than 9,000 institutions as
passes bill restricting social-networking sites in libraries
Schools and libraries that rely on e-rate funding would be required to
prohibit minors from using chat rooms and social-networking sites like
MySpace under legislation passed July 26 by the House of Representatives.
By a 41015 vote, legislators passed the Deleting Online Predators
Act (DOPA), H.R. 5319 (PDF
file), despite skepticism from some Democrats that the measure was
back to school libraries for A Visit to Cuba
A U.S. district court issued a preliminary injunction July 24 ordering
the Miami-Dade County (Fla.) Public Schools to return to media center
shelves districtwide a 24-part childrens book series about youngsters
lives in other countries. The injunction, which extends until the case
goes to trial an emergency order issued June 27, will make accessible
once again the English- and Spanish-language editions of A Visit to
Cubathe only title in the series that was actually challenged....
to support preservation of foreign news broadcasts
The Library of Congress has entered a cooperative agreement to ensure
the preservation of high-interest foreign news broadcasts such as those
from the Arabic-language television channel Al Jazeerah....
indicted in library toe-sucking
A grand jury indicted Joseph Colella, 28, for felony gross sexual imposition
after he allegedly kissed a womans foot and sucked her toe at the
Boardman branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County,
JobLIST site combines American Libraries and C&RL
News online ads
and job seekers in library and information science and technology
now have a completely searchable and all-inclusive web resource
at their command with the official launch of JobLIST.
The new site incorporates the current AL and ACRL job sites
and many services of ALAs Office for Human Resource Development
and Recruitment, including placement services at the ALA Midwinter
Meeting and Annual Conference....
surveys non-MLS positions
For the first time, the ALA-Allied Professional Association and ALAs
Office for Research and Statistics are publishing the ALA-APA Non-MLS
Salary Survey. This is the first survey to collect information on
a large number of the positions within libraries that do not require an
MLS degree from an ALA-accredited institution. The survey will be available
through the ALA Store by the
end of August....
disappointed by House passage of DOPA
President Leslie Burger on the House passage of the Deleting
Online Predators Act: This unnecessary and overly broad legislation
will hinder students ability to engage in distance learning and
block library computer users from accessing a wide array of essential
internet applications including instant messaging, email, wikis, and blogs.
ALA Council had passed a resolution
opposing the legislation at Annual Conference....
Lopez PSAs available
With Library Card Sign-up Month (September) just around the corner, libraries
have a new tool to help get the word outfree, downloadable radio
public service announcements.
The two 30-second PSAs were recorded by actor-comedian George Lopez....
testimony against Library of Congress cataloging changes
ALA submitted testimony July 27 to the Committee on House Administration
regarding the Library of Congress decision to cease the creation
of series authority records and treat all series only via transcription
in bibliographic records....
Hamilton, Jane. When Madeline Was Young.
Sept. 2006. 272p. Doubleday, hardcover (0-385-51671-1).
Hamilton, twice an Oprah author, is a master of the baffling
and the bizarre. In her fifth and most psychologically prismatic
novel to date, Hamiltons signature motifs take on new
resonance and mystery as she creates perplexing familial relationships
complicated by war. Hamilton has never written more finely
nuanced or beguiling prose, imagined more fascinating characters,
or posed more provocative moral dilemmas....
errors in galleys
Id been meaning for some time to write about one of
the more pedestrian problems of reviewing from uncorrected
proofs when I came across this sentence: He stopped
to tie his hoot, then continued, quickening his step, peering
around comers before crossing intersections. Its
from City of God, by Paulo Lins, which has perhaps
the most typos Ive ever seen as a reviewer....
Likely Stories blog, by Keir Graff
energetic yellow swarm blankets the city
Dubbed the yellow swarm because of their distinctive
bee-colored Libraries Build Communities T-shirts,
a volunteer workforce nearly 1,000 strong descended on New Orleans
libraries for two days of hard labor, painting, fixing, sorting,
and stacking at more than 20 locations all over the city. Disregarding
the heat and humidity, the intrepid group ventured into neighborhoods
where revitalized libraries can mean the difference between being
informed and being in the dark, between coping and giving up.
volunteer photos can be found on the American Libraries
scrapbook highlights media coverage
The ALA Public Information Office has created an online scrapbook that
highlights media coverage of Annual Conference in New Orleans. The scrapbook
includes video clips of television news coverage and links to newspaper
articles; video and photos of volunteer activities; press conferences;
and letters from supporters who thanked ALA for holding its conference
in the Big Easy....
provides support for two Emerging Leaders
AASL has announced its support of the Emerging Leaders 2007 initiative.
ALA President Leslie Burger launched the new initiative to enable
100 new librarians to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership
and enrich the Associations incoming volunteer base with practical
skills and applicable knowledge....
ACRL advocacy toolkit
A new advocacy toolkit from ACRL is now available online.
The toolkit will help librarians and library workers to develop their
personal powers of persuasion to advance the agenda of the academic library.
This publication provides basic content on persuasion, techniques for
persuading others, applications of persuasion techniques for libraries,
and recommended processes and examples for persuading others within higher
membership survey, part 3
Based on the survey, Steven Bell reports on the top 12 opportunities that
ACRL may choose to pursue, and some of the key recommendations for action
that the division will want to take in responding to the needs of the
ACRLog, July 31
launches learning online
LAMA will offer its first fully online course, The Complex Edifice:
Analyzing Your Dream Library, August 7 through September 13. This
course, which fulfills a core requirement for the Certified Public Library
Administrator Program (CPLA), is open to all interested librarians and
ALA members (like Ching-chih Chen, right) have played an important role
in promoting understanding of and interests in library services around
the globe. Many of them indeed think, plan, and act globally. In an effort
to recognize the accomplishments of these individuals, the International
Relations Round Table created this Notable IRRT Members web page....
map scanning registry
The Map and Geography Round Table is developing a Map Scanning Registry
to find out what scanning projects are planned, in process, or complete
for particular geographic areas in the U.S. or elsewhere. You can search
the registry to locate a particular digital image, or submit a project
to be added....
Belpré Award DVD
ALSC is making available a special DVD, The Pura Belpré Award:
Celebrating the Latino Experience in Childrens Literature. The
DVD highlights the significance of the award to readers, authors, illustrators,
librarians, and educators through interviews with the founders and winners
of the award....
Indian Law Library wins AALL award
The American Association of Law Libraries awarded Monica Martens and David
Selden at the National Indian Law Library in Boulder, Colorado, its Public
Access to Government Information Award in June for their work in making
tribal law available to the public. The librarys work in providing
access has focused on collecting hundreds of tribal codes and constitutions
and offering a variety of user-friendly tools to access this difficult-to-find
Native American Rights Fund, July 27
H. Clift Scholarship winner
Ashley E. Locke of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, is the 2006 recipient of the
David H. Clift Scholarship. The Clift Scholarship, named for David H.
Clift, a former ALA executive director, provides $3,000 to individuals
pursuing a masters degree in library and information studies....
L. Hornback Scholarship winner
Andrea Wallis of Everett, Washington, is the 2006 recipient of the Miriam
L. Hornback Scholarship. The $3,000 award is given to an ALA or library
support staff member to finance studies toward a masters degree
in library and information studies....
B. Leisner Scholarship winner
Paula Elizabeth Heaney of Jerusalem, Arkansas, is the 2006 recipient of
the Tony B. Leisner Scholarship. The $3,000 scholarship, named for Tony
B. Leisner, an active ALA member and former member of the ALA Council,
is awarded to a library support staff member pursuing a masters
degree in library and information studies....
and Roberta Drewes Scholarship winner
Amanda Eaton Macomber of South Portland, Maine, is the recipient of the
2006 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship. The $3,000 scholarship is awarded
to individuals currently working as library support staff and is to be
used towards studies for a masters degree in library and information
J. Hoy/ERT Scholarship winner
Audra Eagle of Helendale, California, is the 2006 recipient of the Christopher
J. Hoy/ERT Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship was established by a donation
from Hoys family and the ALA Exhibits Round Table....
V. Gaver Scholarship winner
Emily Suzanne Arnold of San Antonio, Texas, is the 2006 recipient of the
Mary V. Gaver Scholarship. The $3,000 scholarship was established to honor
the memory of Gaver, a past ALA president and Rutgers University professor,
who made many contributions to library youth services....
Cavendish Scholarship winner
Kate Napolitano of Ringwood, New Jersey, is the 2006 recipient of the
Marshall Cavendish Scholarship. The $3,000 scholarship was established
with a donation from the Marshall Cavendish Corporation in Tarrytown,
New York, publishers of illustrated reference books for libraries....
will test library chiefs political savvy
Does anyone really expect the District of Columbias crumbling libraries
to improve? Ginnie Cooper does. She took over as director of the D.C.
libraries last week, and shes already promising to make them the
friendliest part of local government. Cut her a break; shes
from out of town....
Washington Post, Aug. 1
misfires on internet safety
Syndicated columnist Larry Magid says passing DOPA
was a mistake: DOPA does nothing to strengthen penalties or increase
prosecution of criminals who prey on children. Instead, it punishes the
potential victims and educational institutions chartered to serve them,
by denying access to interactive sites at school and libraries. It would
be like trying to protect children from being injured or killed by drunk
drivers by ruling that kids can no longer walk, ride a bike, or even ride
in a car or bus to school....
CBS News, Aug. 1
book of psalms found in Ireland
This Irish equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls is being hailed by the National
Museums experts as the greatest find ever from a European bog. Fragments
of what appear to be an ancient psalter or book of psalms were uncovered
July 20 by a construction
worker in a bog in the south Midlands. It is impossible to say how
the manuscript ended up in the bog. It may have been lost in transit or
dumped after a Viking raid sometime between 800 and 1000 C.E....
National Museum of Ireland, July 27; Associated Press,
book reveals Archimedean secret
Exactly when isnt clear, but some decades ago a Parisian art forger
washed the Greek religious text off pages of a parchment book and painted
them over with images of evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. But
the prayer book held a deeper secret still. Faintly beneath the prayers,
the scraps of sheepskin parchment held seven treatises of Archimedeshe
who famously ran shouting Eureka! through the streets of Syracuseconsidered
by many as the greatest mathematician of antiquity....
San Mateo County (Calif.) Times, Aug. 2
library Teen Advisory Group creates its own magazine
Its your voice and your magazine! Thats what the
Elsie S. Hogan Library in Willcox, Arizona, wants local teens to know
about TAG magazine, published by its Teen Advisory Group. The premier
edition was published in April under the auspices of the Friends of the
Library. The magazine is completely written by and for area teenagers....
Willcox Arizona Range News, July 27
student designs new librarys logo
Urbana (Md.) High School senior Tamara Treadway designed a winning logo
for Frederick Countys new Urbana Regional Library, scheduled to
open in late fall. The design was selected from several schemes submitted
by students in an advanced computer graphics class at the school....
Frederick (Md.) News-Post,
library use in Israel
Israelis spent an estimated NIS 15.9 million ($3.6 million), about 21.2%
of total household spending on reading material, on book borrowing from
public libraries in 2005. The proportion of people who are members of
public libraries in Israel is just 16%. In comparison, the rates in Finland
and Britain are more than three times as high, at 51% and 58% respectively....
Tel Aviv Haaretz, July 28
national treasures on display
The Philostratus Corvina, a 15th-century Latin translation of the work
of Greek philosopher Philostratus commissioned by King Matthias Corvinus,
is one of many rarities on exhibit at the National Széchenyi Library
in Budapest until October. The Corvina display is the first in a National
Relic exhibition series, which will show such important Hungarian documents
as the manuscripts of the National Anthem and the laws of King István....
Budapest Sun, July 27
Yale Universitys Todd Gilman writes about working conditions in
academic libraries: An opening is posted for an academic librarian.
Applicants promptly and eagerly forward their materials. Then they hear
nothing. For months and months, they are trapped into paraphrase
the Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenseran endlesse searche....
Chronicle of Higher Education,
+ libraries = scary, scary, scary to some folks
Michael Stephens has some insight on Flickr, filtering, and fear: I
want to tell everyone about a bit of drama thats playing out right
now, right after DOPA passed
the House, and what may be boiling up (and over) in an important moment
in time for social software, users, and libraries. The theme here for
me is FEAR....
ALA Tech Source, July 28
Efforts to simplify catalog systems at the Library of Congress may soon
make scholarly research a lot more complicated. Many librarians argue
by the nations oldest federal cultural institution could hinder
the ability of professors and students nationwide to gather information....
Inside Higher Education, July 28
requested on NCLIS/IMLS merger
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is requesting comments on
a draft plan for the consolidation into IMLS of the National Commission
on Library and Information Science and the public and state library statistics
surveys of the National Center for Education Statistics. The plan, which
would go into effect in fiscal year 2008, results from President Bushs
fiscal year 2007 budget request....
Institute of Museum and Library Services, Aug. 2
debuts Ask the Librarians
New Yorker librarians Jon Michaud and Erin Overbey have begun a
monthly column called Ask the Librarians. Its debut includes
answers to the questions, When did Calvin Trillin start writing
food pieces? and Whats the first movie the New Yorker
Emdash, July 25
to offer MARC records
Amazon.com announced July 31 that it has launched Library Processing,
a service that enables its library customers to receive Machine-Readable
Cataloging (MARC) records and have books and other media they order from
Amazon.com fitted with Mylar jackets, barcodes, and other essential preparation
Business Wire, July 31
celebrates 750 years of American independence (satire)
Wikipedia, the online, reader-edited encyclopedia, honored the 750th anniversary
of American independence on July 25 with a special featured section on
its main page Tuesday. Founder Jimmy Wales said, According to our
database, thats 212 years older than the Eiffel Tower, 347 years
older than the earliest known woolly-mammoth fossil, and a full 493 years
older than the microwave oven....
The Onion, July 26
titles ever! (not satire)
After several emails on govdoc-l, the Free Government Information site
compiled this list of government document titles that are interesting,
strange, and intriguingsuch as Distinguishing Bolts from Screws,
Fertilizers in a National Emergency, and State-of-the-Art Dummy
Free Government Information, July 13
version of PubMed Central announced
Based on a model currently used in the United States, a new UK PubMed
Central will provide free access to an online digital archive of peer-reviewed
research papers in the medical and life sciences. The Wellcome Trust,
as part of a nine-member group of British research funders, announced
July 31 that the contract to run UKPMC has been awarded to a partnership
between the British Library, The University of Manchester and the European
British Library, July 31
Libraries, schools, and individuals who would like to celebrate
the freedom to read this September 2330 may freely
this Banned Books Week image for their websites. Other materials
are available from the ALA
University of Oregon, Eugene. As part of the Collection Development
and Acquisitions Department, leads a busy unit responsible
for acquisitions of library materials, including firm orders,
approvals, books in hand, and subscriptions.....
for more career opportunities.
to hear the views of library and information professionals on the Deleting
Online Predators Act (H.R. 5319), which the House has passed and
referred to the Senate. You can share with them personal stories about
how you or your library patrons use social-networking sites in educational
ways, or let them know how DOPA or similar legislation will affect libraries
and library users if it passes.
is a new YALSA celebration aimed at getting teens to use their libraries
for the different technologies that are offered there, such as DVDs, databases,
audiobooks, video games, and more. Teen Tech Week will be celebrated for
the first time March 410, 2007.
do YOU do?
your library block access to such social-networking sites
as MySpace and Friendster?
is an unscientific poll that reflects the opinions of only
those AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website.
Register by September 15 to ensure your spot at the AASL
2006 Fall Forum, Assessing Student Learning in the School
Library Media Center, October 1315, in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Plan to join ALSC for its biennial National
Institute, September 1416, in Pittsburgh, Pa. The theme
is Childrens Services Today and Tomorrow. A block of
rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Pittsburgh until August 23.
opinion is, no one dies if the library closes. We have to
look at parts of the budget that reflect peoples ability
to livenot to enjoy life, but to live.
Massachusetts, Finance Committee member Phil Giangarra, in
Medway May Axe Library, Milford Daily News,
Stories inside include:
Orleans Gathering Sends Message of Hope and Renewal
Bridges through Consensus
in the Eye of the Storm
The next deadline for Certified
Public Library Administrator applicants and providers is August
is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership
with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation
with Arts Midwest. The initiative will give citizens in more than
100 communities in all 50 states an inviting opportunity to read
and discuss great books.
American Genealogy Symposium, National Archives, College
Park, Maryland. To pre-register, call Jessie White, 202-357-5333.
of Bookmobile and Outreach Services and Association of Rural
and Small Libraries, Joint Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
University of Pennsylvania Continuing Education, 814-393-2227.
for Reader Privacy, National Press Club First Amendment
Lounge, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C. Protecting
Privacy, Challenging Secrecy, and Standing Up for the First
Amendment, an event honoring the Connecticut librarians
who protected their patrons right to privacy by fighting
an FBI subpoena of customer records.
Conference of Librarians of Color, Adams Mark Hotel,
Dallas. Gathering at the Waters: Embracing Our Spirits,
Telling Our Stories. Contact: Gladys
Smiley Bell, 757-727-5371.
International Conference on the Book, Emerson College,
Boston. Contact: Common
Annual Charleston Conference, Issues in Book and Serial
Acquisition, Charleston, South Carolina. Contact: Katina
Library Association, Annual Conference, Pittsburgh.
Grow, Dream, Realize. Contact: PaLA.
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