residents sue Worcester library over borrowing restrictions
The Legal Assistance Corporation and the American Civil Liberties Union
have filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts,
charging that the Worcester Public Library is unfairly restricting the
borrowing privileges of residents who live in homeless shelters....
library keeps Joy of books, loses donor
Business owner Larry Knapp has announced that he will withhold a $10,000
donation he had considered making toward a new library facility to protest
the Nampa (Idaho) Public Library boards decision to retain The
Joy of Sex and The Joy of Gay Sex in the collection. Why
would you want to create a larger problem? Knapp said....
flooding takes a toll on archives, libraries
River cities in the northeastern part of the United States took a multimillion-dollar
hit in late June and early July from heavy rains that caused flooding
damage to libraries in at least six states and the District of Columbia....
dissolves Informatics School, returns LIS to education
The State University of New Yorks University at Buffalo announced
June 16 that it was dissolving its School of Informatics, with its two
componentsthe Department of Library and Information Studies and
the Department of Communicationmoving back to their former homes
in the Graduate School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences,
director sues American Library in Paris board
Following a contentious annual membership meeting attended by some 130
members of the American Library in Paris June 20, Library Director Shirley
Lambert revealed that she is filing suit against the board of directors
for unemployment compensation under French law....
National Library Week Grant
Libraries across the United States are invited to apply for the $5,000
Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant, which will
be awarded to a single library for the best public awareness campaign
incorporating the 2007 National Library Week theme, Come together
@ your library. This years application deadline is October
16. National Library Week is April 1521, 2007....
in libraries: Privacy and confidentiality guidelines
The Intellectual Freedom Committee adopted these guidelines on the use
of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in libraries at ALA
Annual Conference in New Orleans June 27....
Books for youth
Cushman, Karen. The Loud Silence of
Francine Green. Aug. 2006. 228p. Clarion, hardcover (0-618-50455-9).
Grades 69. Set in Los Angeles in 1949, Cushmans
latest historical novel captures the terrors and confusions
of the McCarthy era. Eighth-grader Francine admires her outspoken,
precocious friend Sophie, who was kicked out of public school
for painting There is no free speech here on the
tout ALA success as tourism turning point
ALA Annual Conference was a major milestone for the New Orleans convention
industry. The Convention Center staff spent much of its time allaying
fears of nervous attendees each time bad news from New Orleans hit the
national cable news networkswhether it was mold infestations, leaky
levees, or the return of the National Guard for crime control....
New Orleans City Business,
Going to New Orleans was an act of bravery on our part and a demonstration
of our values as a profession. We came to attend to business, further
our education, and network with colleagues. But more importantly, we came
to help rebuild the city, to build it better....
Leslie Burgers Blog, July 6
Orleans PL rebuilding campaign
NOPL has been overwhelmed by the generosity of people across the country
who have donated an estimated 1 million books of all kinds, conditions,
and subjects. (Can anyone use hundreds of Russian grammar books?) They
are grateful for the assistance and will put all the books to the most
appropriate uses possible. However, due to extreme storage and staff limitations,
they are now asking people to help out in other ways....
New Orleans Public Library
Cooper gets standing ovation
at PLA Presidents Program
Author and television news anchor Anderson Cooper received a standing
ovation following his June 25 keynote address to the PLA Presidents
Program at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans....
membership survey, part one
Steven Bell summarizes the demographic findings of the divisions
May survey. The goal of the survey was to evaluate member satisfaction
and determine what the members most value about their involvement in ACRL....
ACRLog, July 10
joint institute on scholarly information
ACRL, along with the Association of Research Libraries, will offer a second
Institute on Scholarly Communication, December 68, at Duke University
in Durham, North Carolina. The inaugural institute at UCLA in July had
far more applicants than could be accommodated. The deadline for applications
is August 15....
your library song
Singer/storyteller Bill Harley wrote a special song, called @ your
library, for ALSCs Kids! @ your library public-awareness campaign.
A full-length version highlighting Harley and a chorus of children (mp3
file) can be downloaded from the ALSC site, as well as two other versions
and PDF files of the lyrics
honors Laura Bush with a Crystal Apple
AASL President J. Linda Williams presented the divisions Crystal
Apple award to the First Lady at the School Libraries Work: Rebuilding
for Learning National Town Hall Meeting during Annual Conference
in New Orleans....
to open facility in Ann Arbor
Search-engine company Google plans to open an office in the Ann Arbor
area that will employ 1,000 people within five years to handle advertising
that appears on its internet search engine, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm
and company officials said July 11. Googles involvement with the
Ann Arbor area is not new. In December 2004, the popular search engine
announced a partnership with the University of Michigan to scan books
from the schools library....
Associated Press, July 11
dollars to fund study on restricting FOIA requests
The federal government will pay a Texas law school $1 million to do research
aimed at rolling back the amount of sensitive data available to the press
and public through freedom-of-information requests. Beginning this month,
St. Marys University School of Law in San Antonio will analyze recent
state laws that place previously available information, such as site plans
of power plants, beyond the reach of public inquiries....
USA Today, July 5
may face legislative crackdown
Politicians July 11 accused MySpace.com and other social-networking sites
of failing to protect minors from sexual predators and other malign influences
and said a legislative crackdown may be necessary. During a hearing before
a House of Representatives subcommittee, lawmakers argued over the merits
of compelling schools and libraries to cordon off access to such sites....
CNet News, July 11
freedom to read apply to DVDs?
The culture wars have returned to the Loudoun County (Va.) Public Library
systemor, more precisely, to the tidy rows of DVDs at its seven
branches. The library systems 440 R-rated movies are especially
popular. They are also provoking a public battle between the countys
Board of Supervisors and the library board of trustees....
Washington Post, July 9
files amicus in lawsuit against Miami-Dade school board
Florida Library Association filed an amicus curiae memorandum in
U.S. District Court in support of the lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Florida
and the Miami-Dade Student Government Association against the Miami-Dade
County School Board for its removal of the book Vamos a Cuba and
the book series A Visit to... from Miami-Dade School Board
libraries and classrooms....
Florida Library Association, July 8
to hide porn at Pima County
The Tucson-Pima (Ariz.) Public Library will install privacy screens around
its computers so passers-by wont be exposed to pornography. The
county board of supervisors adopted that policy July 11 in response to
concerns about viewing of online pornography at library branches....
Tucson Arizona Daily Star, July 12
deepens between Providence library board, city
The Providence (R.I.) Public Librarys board of trustees voted unilaterally
July 10 to create a corporation to oversee taxpayer money spent at the
library. The new entity would be run by public appointees designated by
the city. The problem is, as several board members pointed out, the city
hasnt agreed to the plan....
Providence Journal, July 11
keeps rare books public
Like a medieval alchemist, a good librarian can make magic by bringing
together the right book and the right reader. The Newberry Library in
Chicago and Midwestern colleges split the cost of expensive antique volumes
that might otherwise have gone to collectors....
Chicago Tribune, July 6
businesses profit from library resources
A small business owner in Iowa or Missouri who needs help putting together
a business plan can find it in states such as New York and Pennsylvaniaat
libraries that are dedicated to serving entrepreneurs with their traditional
catalogs of books and with extensive online resources....
Associated Press, July 5
GSLIS faculty in Middle East to train Iraqi librarians
Iraqi librarians are being trained to preserve their nations damaged
library collections under an NEH grant awarded to the Simmons College
Graduate School of Library and Information Science and Harvard University
Library. Dean Michèle V. Cloonan and other Simmons representatives
are in the United Arab Emirates for a second round of training. The UAE
University at Al Ain is hosting the participants, who are blogging daily
about the experience....
Simmons GSLIS: Dispatches from the Field
helps rebuild Gulf Coast school libraries
In an effort to help school libraries in the Gulf Coast region, NBC Weekend
Today is joining forces with Scholastic, the childrens publishing
and media company, to launch Today Turns the Page: A Book Drive
for the Gulf Coast....
NBC Weekend Today, July 7
basics of tagging
Tagging refers to the process by which users assign terms meaningful to
them to a resource in the online environment. The rise of social bookmarking
websites have skyrocketed tagging systems into the mainstream. Jenn Riley
explains what it is, what can be done with it, and who should be using
TechEssence, July 8
promoting teen services
The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina,
has produced several videos that promote its library programs and services
to teens. Fairy Tales Gone Bad and others are available for
viewing on YouTube....
Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
history be Open Source? Wikipedia and the future of the past
A historical work without owners and with multiple, anonymous authors
is almost unimaginable in our professional culture. Yet, quite remarkably,
that describes the online encyclopedia known as Wikipedia, which contains
3 million articles (1 million of them in English). Roy Rosenzweig describes
the pluses and minuses of its use as a historical encyclopedia....
Journal of American History 93,
libraries in metamorphosis
Three British public libraries were in desperate need of redecoration,
upgrading, and transformation. The Love Libraries campaign website shows
how the Coldharbour (right), Newquay, and Richmond libraries blossomed
into 21st-century facilities within 12 weeks....
Libraries Interact is a new collaborative blog for Australian libraryland.
You do not have to be Australian, a librarian, or a blogger to contribute.
It welcomes library-related reflections, job postings, notifications of
events, pointers to interesting sites, discussion of the biblioblogosphere,
13 is Summer Learning Day
Summer Learning Day is a time for communities to celebrate the importance
of high-quality summer learning opportunities in the lives of young people
and their families. Host
an event in your community on July 13 that showcases your program....
Center for Summer Learning
horticultural, and plant libraries
Peruse this useful list of the websites and the online catalogs of CBHL
Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries
Bush Foundation literacy grants
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has announced its 2007
national grant competition. The Foundations grant-making program
seeks to develop or expand projects that are designed to support the development
of literacy skills for adult primary-care givers and their children. A
total of approximately $650,000 will be awarded; no grant request should
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, June 26
celebrates 60 years
The American Theological Library
Association celebrated its 60th anniversary with a record-breaking
annual conference hosting over 400 people. Held June 2124 in Chicago,
the ATLA conference was praised by the associations executive director
as the largest and most impressive gathering ever....
Christian Post, July 6
Reviews Online, version 2.0
ChoiceReviews.online has been totally redesigned and will be relaunched
as CRO2 (Choice Reviews Online Version 2.0) later this summer. CRO2 will
have a new user-friendly interface and expanded functionality. CRO2 subscribers
will have access to 115,000 Choice reviews, as well as all editorial
content from recent issues of Choice....
most effective way of proving a point is to tell a story illustrating
that point. The ALA Washington Office uses success
stories to prove to elected officials how the legislation they
enact and fund reaches their communities effectively. Stories help to
illustrate the answer to the question Why fund libraries?
Submit or find stories in this database cosponsored by ASCLA.
do YOU think?
public libraries offer people living in temporary shelters
the same borrowing privileges as those who have a more permanent
is an unscientific poll that reflects the opinions of only
those AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
July 5 poll:
state officials mandate that a certified librarian staff every
public school library, as the Wisconsin Department of Public
Instruction has done in Milwaukee?
I DONT KNOW...1%
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website.
want to also thank all the librarians who have been in this
city. The first convention to come back to New Orleans, bringing
a lot of money and a lot of focus on this city. Thank you
for being here.
Anderson Cooper, on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°, June 26.
Stories inside include:
The Crux of the LIS Education Crisis
Stronger Bridges over the Continuing- Education Gap
Science: Not Just for Boys Anymore
Provinces Library Association 2006 Conference has partnered with
CODE, a Canadian charitable organization that promotes education and literacy
in the developing world, to participate in CODEs Adopt
a Library Program. It has officially adopted the Sebeta Reading Room
in the Oromia Region in the South West Shoa Zone of Ethiopia.
Summit on Library 2.0, Public Library of Charlotte
and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Featured speakers
are Michael Stephens and Michael Casey. Contact: Helene
Council, Childrens and Young Adult Services
Conference, Columbus. Contact: OLC,
Library Council, Reference and Adult Services Conference,
Columbus. Contact: OLC, 614-416-2258.
Reading Association, Plains Regional Conference, Omaha,
Nebraska. Wild about Reading. Contact: IRA,
302-731-1600, ext. 293.
of Personal Historians, Annual Conference, Portland,
Oregon. Celebrating Stories: Passage to the Past, Flowing
to the Future. Contact: Julie
McDonald Zander, 360-864-6938.
Special Libraries Association, Northwest Regional
Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia. Content Management:
Converging Information, People, and Technology.
Conference on Information Literacy, Savannah. Contact:
Conference on the Preservation of Digital Objects,
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Words to Deeds:
Collaboration in the Realm of Digital Preservation.
Contact: Marcy Rosenkrantz.
2006 Conference, Ottawa, Ontario. Capitalizing
Symposium on Text Analysis, University of New Brunswick,
Fredericton. Breadth of Text.
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