librarian triggers toxic-toy alert
A serendipitous conversation during a summer-reading promotion between
an Indiana childrens librarian and a staff member of Bloomington
Hospital has triggered the recall of thousands of toys containing hazardous
lead levels that libraries nationwide were giving out to children as program
judge rules library can privatize
A county chancery court has determined that the JacksonMadison County
(Tenn.) Library board is empowered to outsource the librarys management
to a private company. In his July 31 ruling, Chancellor James F. Butler
said the board has the authority to enter into contracts relative
to the operation of the library, according to the August 9 Jackson
sues Christies over stolen Torah
Brooklyn, New York, antiques dealer Yosef Goldman has filed suit against
Christies auction house in New York to recover $358,000 he paid
for a 13th-century Torah that the French National Library says was stolen
sometime before Christies put it up for sale in May 2000....
promotes Library Card Sign-up Month
Actor-comedian and author George Lopez joins ALA and hundreds of libraries
across the country this September promoting Library Card Sign-up Month.
Lopez is the official spokesman for this national observance, which serves
as a time to remind parents that the best back-to-school tool for their
child is a library card....
Books for youth
Green, John. An Abundance of Katherines.
Sept. 2006. 256p. Dutton, hardcover. (0-525-47688-1). Grades
Green follows his Printz-winning Looking for Alaska
(2005) with another sharp, intelligent story, this one full
of mathematical problems, historical references, word puzzles,
and footnotes. Colin Singleton believes he is a washed-up
child prodigy. A graduating valedictorian with a talent for
creating anagrams, he fears hell never do anything to
classify him as a genius....
Waters, Totenberg to keynote ACRL National Conference
Radio commentator and religious scholar Michael Eric Dyson, filmmaker
John Waters, and NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg are part of the lineup
for ACRLs 13th National Conference, to be held March 29April
1, 2007, in Baltimore. Registration will open in mid-to-late September.
The Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor and the Renaissance Harborplace will
serve as co-headquarters hotels....
announces new reading grant
Sponsored by Coughlan Publishing, AASLs new $2,500 Innovative Reading
Grant will support the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative
program for students that motivates and encourages reading, especially
with struggling readers. The selection committee will look at initiatives
for grades K9 based on original ideas and methodology....
sponsors a participant in Emerging Leaders Program
PLA will sponsor one individual to participate in ALAs Emerging
Leaders Program, an initiative of President Leslie Burger. The goal
of the program is to prepare 100 young librarians for professional leadership.
The Emerging Leaders Program will kick off with a day-long session at
the 2007 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle....
for electronic information resources revised
RUSA has approved a revision of the 1997 Guidelines
for the Introduction of Electronic Information Resources to Users.
The guidelines cover planning and policy setting, testing, compatibility
and remote access, staff education, user instruction, publicity, and assessment
Gordon M. Conable Award
PLAs new Gordon M. Conable Award will honor a public library staff
member, a library trustee, or a public library that has demonstrated a
commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. The
award consists of a $1,500 check and a commemorative plaque from the sponsor,
Library Systems and Support, LLC (LSSI)....
seeks nominations for 2007 awards
With almost $34,000 donated annually by corporate sponsors, ACRL continues
to nominate, select, and honor the very best in academic librarianship
through 17 different awards programs. ACRL urges members to nominate colleagues
whose work has influenced their thinking and growth as an academic librarian
and whose contributions merit recognition by the profession. Nominations
and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by December
Printer receives award for transforming the GPO (PDF
The Council for Excellence in Government has honored Public Printer Bruce
James with its Champion of Excellence Award for turning the U.S. Government
Printing Office into a profitable, 21st-century, electronic information
agency. Under his leadership, GPO is creating a Future Digital System
that will be operational next year....
U.S. Government Printing Office, Aug. 14
York Times Librarian Awards
In this sixth year of its Librarian Awards program, the New York Times
will honor 21 public librarians from across the country whose exemplary
performance and outstanding community service have made their libraries
friendlier and more accessible institutions. Nominations will be accepted
until September 15. The newspaper is also launching an Academic Librarian
Awards program later this year, which will honor three librarians who
are currently working in university libraries....
New York Times
fish give new life to creative impulses
Laurena Schultz said the same thing to all the latecomers: Come
in. Grab a dead fish. Schultz, the teen services librarian at the
Mt. Lebanon Public Library in Pittsburgh, was leading a session of gyotaku,
a Japanese method of printing using real fish, as part of the monthly
teen activities series at the library....
Pittsburgh (Pa.) Post-Gazette, Aug. 10
wants to digitize every book; but read the fine print first
If it is really true that Google is going to digitize the roughly 9 million
books in the libraries of Stanford University, then you can be sure that
the folks who brought you the worlds most ambitious search engine
will come, in due time, for call number E169.D3. But when you ask Google
executives directly whether they plan to offer some kind of print-on-demand
service, they can get a bit coy....
Washington Post, Aug. 13
Library receives a $1 million donation
The Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore has received a $1-million gift
from an anonymous donor that will be used to upgrade facilities and services
in the systems 21 branches. The gift was the third million-dollar
donation to the citys public library system since 2001, when philanthropists
Eddie and Sylvia Brown awarded that amount to endow the Pratts 13,000-piece
Baltimore Sun, Aug. 16
growl for more
The story that 6-year-old Sidharth Muralidhar is reading aloud is about
a dog who wants to be wild but discovers its much better to be home.
Sidharths voice is soft, but he has an attentive audience at the
Princeton (N.J.) Public Libraryhis 4-year-old brother, Sachin, and
a 95-pound English Labrador named Emma....
New York Times, Aug. 13
The body-odor calls are the ones Security Officer William Morris dreads
most. Thats when he has to tell someone to leave the Los Angeles
Central Library because they smell. He doesnt mind the rule, but
the library-security veteran also knows how easy it is to humiliate the
indigent, and he wont stand for that either....
Los Angeles Times, Aug. 13
in Phoenixville Public Library?
Phoenixville (Pa.) Public Library Executive Director John Kelley walked
investigators from the Chester
County Paranormal Research Society room-by-room through the building,
giving them a brief history of the Carnegie library. Sitting in his office
while the investigators made their final preparations, Kelley talked about
the library and the three ghosts said to inhabit its walls....
Phoenixville (Pa.) News, Aug.
visitors look for inexpensive entertainment
West Des Moines, Iowa, library officials have seen a surge in visitors
this year, which they suggest is related to residents need for cheaper
sources of entertainment because of higher fuel costs. Library director
Ray Vignovich said he compares numbers month to month and year to year,
and this year they have been consistently higher. (One of nine August
15 stories that praised Des Moines libraries.)...
Des Moines (Iowa) Register,
Summer Congressional Recess Package
The Washington Office has assembled a Summer Congressional Recess Package
that details everything you can do to help libraries while your legislators
are in their district offices. Part 1 (PDF
file) includes both a fact sheet on the Library Services and Technology
Act and a table that shows what each state will receive if Congress provides
$171.5 million in grants to state library agencies. Part 2 (Word
file) is a form letter for you to fill in and send to your legislator
to indicate your concern for libraries....
ALA Washington Office
Madison SLIS celebrates its 100th
One hundred years ago this year, the Wisconsin Library School opened its
doors. This September 29 and 30, it celebrates a century of education
for the library, archive, and information professions. Photos showing
the schools history appear on its website....
University of Wisconsin at Madison,
School of Library & Information Studies
at liblogs: The Great Middle (PDF file)
Walt Crawford reviews 213 library-related blogs from a population of around
550 active sites represented in the directories and wikis he looked at:
More than one commentator has suggested that the most interesting
blogs are in the great middleblogs with more than a handful of readers
but not so popular as to carry the burden of popularity....
Cites & Insights
6, no. 10 (Aug.)
with LCs Barbara Tillett
Those who are familiar with Sanford Bermans work on LC subject-heading
reform have read or heard the name Barbara Tillett, for many years the
chief of the Library of Congress Cataloging Policy and Support Office.
Rory Litwin often wondered what Barbara Tillett would have to say in answer
to some of Bermans more convincing arguments, and recently he got
Library Juice, Aug. 9
to educational uses of copyrighted material in the Digital Age
William W. Fisher and William McGeveran examined whether innovative educational
uses of digital technology are hampered by the restrictions of copyright.
They found that provisions of copyright law concerning the educational
use of copyrighted material, as well as the business and institutional
structures shaped by that law, are among the most important obstacles
to realizing the potential of digital technology in education....
Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Aug. 10
Pratts most wanted
The Central Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore has a
number of unidentified photographs in one of its collections and it is
asking your help in identifying them. All the photographs were taken in
the state of Maryland in the 20th century, but in many cases thats
all they know....
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Peter Morville, widely recognized as a founding father of information
architecture, discussed his recent book Ambient Findability, in
a program sponsored by LCs Science, Technology, and Business Division.
In this 45-minute webcast, Morville describes ambient findability as a
safarihow people search for information and how they find their
way through a world of information overload....
Library of Congress, July 20
benefit from new ACLU membership drive
Libraries can receive free copies of a two-DVD set of the ACLU
Freedom Files as part of the American Civil Liberties Unions
new membership drive. The promotion invites supporters to send a set of
the programs to any library of their choosing when they establish or renew
American Civil Liberties Union, Aug. 14
you ready for ISBN-13?
Effective January 1, 2007, the length of the International Standard Book
Number (ISBN) will officially change from 10 to 13 digits. In 2007, the
publishing industry will begin using 13-digit ISBNs, phasing out the use
of 10-digit ISBNs. This change will affect everyone who uses ISBNs throughout
Book Industry Study Group
Commission approves final report
Eighteen of 19 members of the Spellings Commission on the Future of Higher
Education agreed August 10 to sign and send a final
report to U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings that contains
recommendations in six broad areas including access, student financial
aid, accountability, quality improvement, lifelong learning, and global
competitiveness. Only American Council on Education President David Ward
declined to sign the report....
American Council on Education, Aug. 10
up with a snakeskin book
Most people would not relish opening a book wrapped in cobra or python
skin, especially with the summers big movie Snakes on a Plane
expected to remind us that snakes are one of the animal kingdoms
least popular critters. However, snakeskin-bound books have been around
since the 1800s when big-game hunters looked for novel ways of displaying
their prey from Africa and Asia. Although these exotic bindings have not
been in vogue for decades, snakeskin-covered books can generate four-figure
Abebooks.com, Aug. 8
Book of Carmarthen online
The Black Book of Carmarthen, so called because of the color of its binding
and its connection with the Priory of St. John the Evangelist and Teulyddog,
Carmarthen, Wales, is thought by modern scholars to be the work of a single
scribe writing at different periods of his life before and about the year
1250. This makes it one of the earliest surviving manuscripts written
solely in the Welsh language. The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth
has digitally captured some 54 leaves of Wales most important manuscript....
National Library of Wales
Library 2.0 Idea Generator
British biblioblogger Dave Pattern, who is also library systems manager
at the University of Huddersfield, has created an idea
generator for Library 2.0 concepts. The generator simply picks random
entries from a list of actions and a list of things, people, and objects,
etc., and then (most of the time, but not always) appends a random entry
from a list of miscellaneous comments. You keep clicking on the generator
until it comes up with one you like, then you can save it to a whiteboard....
Dave Patterns weblog, July 28
at the World Future Society
ALA Senior Associate Executive Director Mary Ghikas went to the annual
conference of the World Future Society
in Toronto June 2830 to have her perspective shifted, to be jolted
out of habitual ways of thinking about things, and to attend sessions
on topics she didnt realize she would find interesting....
The Green Kangaroo, Aug. 11
helpless to classify new Jim Belushi book (satire)
Members of the OCLC Online Computer Library Centers Editorial Policy
Committee, which oversees the Dewey Decimal System library classification
system, were no closer Monday to assigning a definitive call number to
the recently published Jim Belushi book Real Men Dont Apologize....
The Onion, Aug. 14
Cant remember where you saw that fascinating article,
intriguing report, or clever illustration in American Libraries?
Index online, now updated through the August 2006 issue.
Indexes are available online for every year since 1996.
American University in Cairo, Egypt. Working under the supervision
of the university archivist, the successful candidate will
solicit, organize, and create finding tools for the University
Archives. A major aspect of this job will be to develop the
AUCs record management program, which involves the preservation
of faculty, departmental, and administrative records. Other
duties will be in the organization and conservation of manuscript,
photographic, and document archives....
for more career opportunities.
Childrens author Cynthia Leitich Smith and NPR senior correspondent
Juan Williams are two of the featured speakers at the Joint
Conference of Librarians of Color, Dallas, October 1115.
ALA Midwinter Meeting will be held in Seattle, Washington, January
do YOU think?
does your library rank in its use of blogs, wikis, social
software, and other Web 2.0 technologies?
is an unscientific poll that reflects the opinions of only
those AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
August 9 poll:
a library engage in censorship when it refuses to consider
for purchase controversial materials that are not covered
in traditional review sources?
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website.
a Borders bookstore at Heathrow, the suddenly laptop-free
[air] travelers were among the store's best customers. Popular
titles included Freakonomics and The World Is Flat,
said Jonathan Daniel, the stores supervisor. If
they hadnt been able to get books, I think they wouldve
been quite frustrated.
without a Laptop? Los Angeles Times, August 11.
Stories inside include:
Orleans Gathering Sends Message of Hope and Renewal
Bridges through Consensus
in the Eye of the Storm
Are you a
library history buff? The Library History Round Table offers an
interesting set of links
to resources for the study of library history.
July issue of Book
Links suggests 15 classic read-alouds for childrens
Library Association / Kentucky School Media Association,
Annual Conference, Louisville. A Century of Change from
Carnegie to Gates. Contact: John
T. (Tom) Underwood, 502-223-5322.
Library Association, Annual Conference, Gillette.
Re-energize @ WLA. Contact: Laura
2006 National Book
Festival, National Mall, Washington, D.C. Organized
by the Library of Congress and hosted by First Lady Laura
Bush, the festival is free and open to the public. Contact:
National Book Festival,
for Educational Communications and Technology, Dallas.
Strengthening Connections. Contact: AECT,
Brick and Click
Academic Libraries Symposium, Northwest Missouri State
University, Maryville. Contact: Carolyn
of Mental Health Librarians, 38th Annual Meeting,
Washington, D.C. Contact: Gary
Antiquarian Book Fair, Hynes Convention Center, Boston.
E-Info Global Symposium,
University of Alabama at Huntsville. Information Delivery
and E-Access in Academic Libraries. Contact: Annette
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