Connections John Doe court records released
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ordered August 2 the full disclosure
of court records related to Doe v. Gonzalesthe challenge
to the FBIs 2005 demand that Connecticuts Library Connection
consortium turn over records of patrons computer use. The next day,
the American Civil Liberties Union posted
of California joins Google Books Library Project
The University of California joined five other research libraries August
9 in Googles efforts to digitize books and provide access to their
contents through its search engine. The deal covers more than 100 libraries
on the universitys 10 campuses, with collections totaling more than
34 million volumes....
flap explodes in Brooklyn
Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library has been accused by Encounter Books publisher
Roger Kimball of a left-wing selection bias because it declined to acquire
the publishing houses controversial title Londonistan by
Melanie Phillips until the adult books selector had consulted reviews
from reliable professional sources....
suspected in additional map thefts
Massachusetts map dealer E. Forbes Smiley III, who admitted in June to
stealing more than 100 antique maps from six major libraries in the United
States and England, is suspected in additional map thefts from the same
Books for youth
Ritter, John H. Under the Baseball Moon.
May 2006. 304p. Philomel, hardcover (0-399-23623-6). Grades
In The Boy Who Saved Baseball (2003), Ritter seasoned
the familiar Bad-News Bears formula with a splash of myth
and a touch of otherworldliness. Here he uses the same spicing
in a story that mixes softball and jazzand the results
are equally tasty. Andy Ramos is a San Diego teen with dreams
of making it big in the music business, but even his head-turning
trumpet playing wont be enough without a few breaks....
board approves dues increase
During its annual meeting in June, the AASL board of directors voted to
approve a dues increase to take effect on September 1. Based on the recommendation
from the Executive Committee, the board voted to raise dues from $40 to
$50 for regular members, from $15 to $20 for student members, and from
$20 to $25 for retired members. Dues for AASL sections will remain $5....
compiles resources on online social networking
YALSA has created several resources for librarians to use in educating
their community members about online social networking technologies and
the possibility that federal legislation may require schools and libraries
to block websites that offer these types of communication tools. They
can be found on the Teen
Tech Week wiki....
publishes Instructional Classification Toolkit
AASL is now offering a new web toolkit to help school library media specialists
advocate for their role as educators. AASLs Task Force on Instructional
Classification, chaired by Ann Dutton Ewbank, has developed an advocacy
toolkit that addresses the issue of the categorization of school library
media specialists as currently noninstructional....
for Cooperative Reference Resources revised
RUSA has approved a revision of the 1998 Guidelines
for Cooperative Reference Services to incorporate changes in the field.
The guidelines cover the purpose of the service, its administration, the
delivery of services, and evaluation....
miscellanea from here and there
SRRTs Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty Task Force has rounded up
some news items on homelessness from around the country....
Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty Task Force, Aug. 2
toy rewards recalled
A toy given to kids as a reward for reading books in the Madison (Wis.)
Public Librarys summer reading program could possibly contain high
amounts of lead, so library officials are asking holders of the toys to
return them for disposal. The reading program, Paws, Claws, Scales,
and Tales, is a national summer reading program that was used in
as many as 41 states, with the potentially toxic toy given out as a reward
across the country....
Madison (Wis.) Capital Times,
minimum wage hike concerns library board
When the state minimum wage rate reaches $7.15 per hour in July 2007,
the Clarion (Pa.) Free Public Library is expecting an increased cost of
$8,923 in the budget. Thats a substantial impact, said
Library Director Barbara Thompson....
Clarion (Pa.) News, Aug. 3
sees end to traditional libraries
A speculative, cinematic discourse on the future of libraries, Specflic
2.0 utilizes the walls and courtyard of San Joses Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Public Library, multiple projection systems, live sound
mixing, radio and internet feeds, and a cast of five, including Allison
Janney, who plays a book searcher in an InfoSphere, where book objects
are accessed telepathically. The August 9 event is part of ZeroOne, the
citys inaugural high-tech arts festival. As passersby or those seated
in the library courtyard view the unfolding drama, they are encouraged
to watch in new ways, using cell phones, laptops, radio, and other media....
San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News,
Bay: Gaming the way to literacy
the brand-new Carvers Bay branch of the Georgetown County (S.C.) Library
System has its demographic challenges, it also has some visionary leadership,
strong community support, and a bit of prodding from its primary funders.
Not only is the building designed to be a readers haven
full of books, natural light, and comfortable chairs, it is a gamers
heaven with 10 Xbox 360s, eight dedicated Dell Dimension 9150 gaming PCs,
and an auditorium with a 120" screen and surround sound....
WebJunction, Aug. 1
libraries celebrate poetry
César Chávez Library in Salinas, California, was animated
the afternoon of August 2 by poet Lawson Inada, chairman of the National
Steinbeck Center and Oregons poet laureate. Inada was in town to
promote the centers 10,000 poems project, which aims to collect
that many poems in a year....
Monterey County (Calif.) Herald,
Lake City library has a world-class Braille collection
The largest Braille library in the world sits at the end of a cul-de-sac,
down the road from a Motel 6, in a city with only an average number of
blind people. The citys crossroads-of-the-West location is perfect
for a 20-state lending library. But the distinction is also fitting, because
in 1931 Utah Sen. Reed Smoot cosponsored legislation that provided annual
federal funding for the books. The Utah State Library for the Blind and
Disabled celebrated that diamond anniversary on Monday, August 7....
Salt Lake City Deseret Morning
News, Aug. 3
Library joins medical network
The Queens (N.Y.) Library announced that it has become the first public
library to join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The network
has been around for 35 years, but has primarily included university medical
school libraries. Queens will participate as a resource library for the
Flushing (N.Y.) Times-Ledger,
Francisco opens new Mission Bay branch
More than 3,500 librarygoers and community members streamed through the
doors of San Francisco Public Librarys new Mission Bay branch during
its grand opening on July 8. Located on the citys waterfront, the
new 7,500-square-foot branch boasts a diverse collection of 34,000 books,
CDs, and DVDs. With its opening, the Mission Bay branch became SFPLs
27th branch and the first to open in 40 years....
San Francisco Sentinel, July
Domesday Book goes online
The Middle Ages met the Internet Age August 4 when the Domesday Booka
survey of England conducted in 1085went online.
The book, a record of the people and lands ruled by William the Conqueror,
is the oldest record held by Britains National Archives and one
of the countrys most valuable documents....
Associated Press, Aug. 4
a healthy body and a healthy mind
Liverpools Central Library became the first in the UK to install
exercise equipment as part of a healthy living campaign. Squat machines
and shoulder presses were installed August 3 in the second-floor computer
area as a pilot project for the rest of the city libraries....
Liverpool Daily Post, Aug.
plans a new National Library
More than 720 firms from six continents are submitting designs to the
Czech National Library for what could turn out to be the largest public
building project in Prague in decadesa 538,000-square-foot building
costing nearly $80.7 million. Its collection of more than 6 million volumes
has long been too much for the librarys current location in the
Klementinum (a former monastery) to handle....
Prague Post, Aug. 2
salaries in public schools up by 1.3% (subscription
The National Survey of Salaries and Wages in Public Schools (PDF
file) for 20052006 has been released to Education Week
by Educational Research Service as part of a research partnership. On
average, assistant principals, teachers, counselors, and librarians earn
the highest salaries in mid-sized districts serving between 2,500 and
Education Week, July 26
exposed to more online porn but fewer predators
A new national survey by the Crimes Against Children
Research Center shows a 9% increase in internet users ages 1017
who are exposed to unwanted pornography and a 3% increase in online harassment
and cyber-bullying, compared to five years earlier. At the same time,
however, the study found that unwanted online sexual solicitations declined
University of New Hampshire, Aug. 9
steps to save your library from DOPA
YALSA offers these suggestions for opposing the Deleting Online Predators
1. Contact your Senator before September 5;
2. Sign the online petition;
3. Host an information session;
4. Tell YALSA how you are using social networking;
5. Invite your Senator to your library;
6. Send a letter to the newspaper editor....
Blog, Aug. 3
your messages to Congress
A recent survey by
the Congressional Management Foundation found that over half of congressional
staffers polled said they believe the form e-mails they receive from constituents
are sent without the constituents knowledge. The ALA Washington
Office encourages all library advocates to personalize communications
with Congress. For tips on how to tell the story of your library to Congress,
visit the ALA website....
ALA Washington Office, Aug. 3
results on state government digitization efforts
The University of Albany Center for Technology in Government has released
two new reports, Preserving
State Government Digital Information: A Baseline Report and State
Government Digital Preservation Profiles. These complementary
resources are based on results generated from a survey administered in
January 2006 to state/territorial librarians, archivists, and records
managers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories,
and was designed to create a state government digital information preservation
Center for Technology in Government, July 24
nominees appointed to National Museum and Library Services Board
The U.S. Senate confirmed California State Librarian Emeritus Kevin Starr
and four other presidential nominees to serve as members of the National
Museum and Library Services Board on August 3. The board advises the Institute
of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency that is
the primary source of federal funds for the nations museums and
Institute of Museum and Library Services, Aug. 4
support for Public Access Act expands (PDF
Just one week after more than two dozen leading universities declared
their strong support for the Federal
Research Public Access Act of 2006 (S. 2695), provosts from an additional
23 universities added their backing in a letter issued by the Greater
Western Library Alliance and in individual correspondence. This brings
the total to at least 48 universities that have gone on record as favoring
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition,
Rare Book School opens
UCLAs Graduate School of Education and Information Studies launched
on July 31 the California Rare
Book School, a continuing-education program that provides training
for students and professionals in the field of rare books and manuscripts.
The school offers five week-long courses on the history of books and printing,
rare book librarianship, descriptive bibliography, illustration, cataloging,
and the history of the book in the American West....
University of California at Los Angeles, Aug. 4
university library: The center of a university education?
Patricia A. Frade and Allyson Washburn summarize a study conducted in
2001 at Brigham Young University to determine the value of the library
to the university community. Two years after the study, the authors wondered
if the conclusions of the study were still valid....
portal: Libraries in the Academy
6, no. 3 (2006)
This summer has seen no shortage of interesting announcements in the library
automation world. At first glance, things seem upside-down in a library
world where the Library of Congress can be accused of abandoning the profession,
and internet behemoth Amazon.com announces that it will supply MARC records....
Hectic Pace, Aug. 7
Orleans seeks equity, not charity
The Friends of New Orleans,
a nonprofit organization formed to build legislative and national support
for the rebuilding and restoration of areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina,
needs help in its efforts to ensure that this historical and strategically
important part of the nation not be forgotten. The group supports a long-term
plan for major hurricane protection that includes the restoration of coastal
wetlands, improved levees, and storm surge barriers....
Loyola University of New Orleans, July 28
Asheim in cyberspace
June Pinnell-Stephens writes: For over 50 years, Not
Censorship But Selection (Wilson Library Bulletin, Sept.
1953) by Lester Asheim (19141997) has remained the definitive statement
on the distinction between these two aspects of library collection development.
This distinction pertains to the internet and electronic resources no
less than to books....
American Libraries, Oct. 2002,
p. 70, 72
copyright agenda (PDF file)
ALA supports efforts to amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and
to urge the courts to restore the balance in copyright law, ensure fair
use, and protect and extend the public domain. This table by ALA Legislative
Counsel Miriam Nesbit summarizes recent copyright legislation and case
ALA Office of Government Relations
ALA Midwinter Meeting is in Seattle, January 1924, 2007,
but do you know where it will be in 2010? Consult the Conference
Planning Calendar and find out the location, as well as how conference
sites are chosen.
What can social software do for your library? Find out in the latest
issue of Library
Technology Reports. Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best
Practices for Social Software, by librarian, author, and technology
trainer Michael Stephens, details successful library implementations
of social-software tools, including blogs, podcasts, RSS feeds,
IM, wikis, and Flickr.
University of California, Santa Barbara. Performs MARC cataloging
of a variety of materials including print, electronic, and
media, some in foreign languages. Creates NACO records or
local authority records; revises NAF authorities, and may
submit records to SACO....
for more career opportunities.
new Fall catalog from ALA Graphics offers posters, bookmarks,
and Teen Read Week materials. Request a catalog here.
Boys and Girls Clubs
Day for Kids is a day set aside each year to celebrate and honor
Americas children by spending meaningful time with them. Its
about celebrating kidschildren, grandchildren, or any child in need
of mentoring. This year the date is set for September 16.
do YOU think?
a library engage in censorship when it refuses to consider
for purchase controversial materials that are not covered
in traditional review sources?
is an unscientific poll that reflects the opinions of only
those AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
August 2 poll:
your library block access to such social-networking sites
as MySpace and Friendster?
are blocked for all users (17%)
are blocked for teens and/or children (8%)
are not blocked (70%)
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website, now completely
updated with recent survey results.
Brenda Dingley reports on the state of U.S. periodical prices in 2005
for ALCTS. She writes, The rate of price increase has been very
similar over the past three years with 7.5% and 8.2% posted in 2003 and
2004, respectively, and 6.5% in 2005. See the full
report as a PDF file.
PLAs online learning program,
is designed to help users learn more efficiently and to facilitate collaboration
between colleagues and instructors.
libraries are attempting to fight this seasonal illiteracy
by offering summer reading programs. They provide a list of
suggested books and, occasionally, prizes as an incentive
to actually read them. Unfortunately, the titles are about
as uninspiring as a bad summer movie.
Losers, Wall Street Journal, July 7.
Stories inside include:
Orleans Gathering Sends Message of Hope and Renewal
Bridges through Consensus
in the Eye of the Storm
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