holds hearings on social-networking websites
The House of Representatives held hearings
July 11 on whether schools and libraries should be made ineligible for
e-rate funding unless they bar minors from access to social-networking
websites like MySpace and Friendster. Testimony before the House Committee
on Energy and Commerces Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the
Internet came two months after the introduction of the Deleting Online
Predators Act (DOPA), H.R. 5319....
inmates challenge ban on sexually explicit material
Two inmates have challenged a new policy that bans printed material containing
nudity or sexual content from Indiana prisons. The class-action lawsuit,
filed July 11 in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, says the policy,
which went into effect July 1, could prohibit materials ranging from sexually
explicit letters to daily newspapers, as well as some bestselling novels,
such as those by Jackie Collins, previously available through the prison
to install privacy screens
County supervisors decided July 11 to spend $40,000 to install privacy
screens around the newly county-run Tucson-Pima Public Librarys
446 public computers. The board also considered installing filters on
all computers, but postponed that decision, the July 12 Tucson Arizona
Daily Star reported....
homeless woman indicted in gay collection arson
A 21-year-old homeless woman was indicted July 13 on charges that she
set fire to the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender and African-American
sections of the Chicago Public Librarys John Merlo branch, located
in the heavily gay Lakeview neighborhood....
orders former Rolling Hills librarian reinstated
A federal magistrate has ordered the Rolling Hills Consolidated Library
in St. Joseph, Missouri, to reinstate the manager of its Savannah branch,
who was fired in May 2003 for refusing to work on Sundays because it conflicted
with her religious beliefs....
woman gets probation for stealing 800 books
A woman involved in the theft of hundreds of books from the Weld Library
District in Greeley, Colorado, was sentenced July 10 to three years on
intensive probation and 120 hours of community service....
Doctoral Fellowship created
ALA and the University of Pittsburghs School of Information Sciences
have announced the creation of a Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship. The new
program will recruit and provide full tuition support and stipends to
10 full-time library and information science doctoral students for all
four years of study. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is providing
nearly $1 million to fund the program....
1,400 libraries Step Up to the Plate @ your library
Libraries across the country are celebrating an all-American summer pastime
and the role libraries play in building 21st-century literacy skills by
participating in the Step
Up to the Plate @ your library program, developed by ALA and the National
Baseball Hall of Fame. Since the program began in April, nearly 1,400
libraries have registered for the program to gain access to free tools
to help promote the program locally....
CPLA online courses approved
The Certified Public Library Administrator Program Certification Review
Committee approved two more program coursesthe first library schoolsponsored
courses to be approvedat ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Robert
Burger, associate university librarian for services at University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign, will teach the two core courses: budget and finance,
and organization and personnel management....
announces accreditation actions
At Annual Conference, the Committee on Accreditation granted continuing
approval of masters programs at the universities of Alberta, Maryland,
North Texas, and Pittsburgh. Conditional accreditation was granted to
the masters program at the University at Buffalo School of Informatics....
Gardner, Sally. I, Coriander. Read
by Juliet Stevenson. 7.5 hrs. Listening Library CD (0-307-28462-X),
July 2006. In 17th-century London, amid political upheaval
and changing religious practices, young Coriander Hobie struggles
to protect those she loves. To save them, Coriander must negotiate
two realitiesone in this world and another in the land
of the fairies....
Orleans libraries still need assistance
From the outside, the Algiers Regional Branch of the New Orleans Public
Library doesnt look that bad. But once you enter the library, you
see the loose wires hanging from where the ceiling panels used to be,
the discolored concrete floors where carpet and tile have been removed,
and the completely bare walls....
Cincinnati Community Press,
stars to kick off Teen Read Week
This years Teen Read Week cochairs embrace both sports and reading.
For Major League Soccer players Los Angeles Galaxy Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman
and Chicago Fire Midfielder Chris Armas, reading is not only a basic survival
skill but it offers welcome relaxation after a day on the field. YALSA,
along with Hartman and Armas, are encouraging teens to Get Active
@ your library and read for fun during Teen Read Week, October 1521....
social-networking statement (PDF file)
Social-networking technologies have many positive uses in schools and
libraries. They are an ideal environment for teens to share what they
are learning or to build something together online. The nature of the
medium allows students to receive feedback from teachers, peers, parents,
and others. Social-networking technologies create a sense of community
(as do the physical library and school) and in this way are already aligned
with the services and programs at the library/school....
workshop on strategic planning
On September 18, PLA will sponsor a workshop, Implementing for Results:
From Idea to Action, in Pittsburgh that will provide library managers
with the skills they need to use their librarys strategic plans
as blueprints for change....
membership survey, part two
Steven Bell reports on the findings of the divisions May survey
that show which programs and services respondents valued the most. Bell
writes, There is a clear preference for the newsletter and discussion
lists among newer (younger?) members, while those whove been members
more than 20 years prefer conference programs....
ACRLog, July 17
in Librarianship series editor sought
ACRL is accepting applications for the position of editor of Publications
in Librarianship, a series of monographic and edited volumes that
reports research and scholarly thinking in academic and research librarianship.
The editor is appointed for a non-renewable five-year term....
auction benefits Gulf Coast libraries
ALSC has raised $2,050 for the benefit of the ALA Hurricane Katrina Library
Relief Fund. Bidders responded enthusiastically to a silent auction of
original art from the 2006 Newbery and Caldecott Medal award-winning books
conducted at the ALSC membership booth during ALA Annual Conference in
Gray is new LAMA web coordinator
LAMA announced its selection of Brian C. Gray as web coordinator for 20062008.
Gray is librarian at the Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve
University in Cleveland....
Germanys library landscape (PDF file)
From March 16 to 23, eleven members of ACRLs Western European Studies
Section participated in a study tour of libraries in the former East Germany.
Sam Dunlap and Barbara Walden report on their activities....
International Leads 20, no.
award for best audiobook
YALSA and ALSC have announced a new award for the best audiobook produced
for children or young adults. The Odyssey Award, which will debut at ALAs
Midwinter Meeting in 2008 and represent the best audiobook released in
2007, is sponsored by Booklist magazine....
W. Wilson receives LAMA Presidents Award
LAMA has selected the H. W. Wilson Company and the H. W. Wilson Foundation
to receive the prestigious Presidents Award for 2006 in honor of
their continuing sponsorship of the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations
and Bisom win LAMA Leadership Awards
LAMA has selected Joe Agati and Diane Bisom as recipients of its 2006
Leadership Awards. These awards honor individual LAMA members for outstanding
contributions and support to the division....
Student Writing and Development Award
Elizabeth Nelson, a student in Dominican Universitys Graduate School
of Library and Information Science, has been awarded the 2006 LAMA/YBP
Student Writing and Development Award for her manuscript titled Library
Statistics and the HAPLR Index. Nelsons paper will be published
in a future issue of Library Administration & Management magazine....
fundraising scholarship winners
The LAMA Fund Raising and Financial Development Section has selected two
winners for the 2006 Diana V. Braddom Scholarship: Kim Hale, acting director
and head of collection management for the library at Columbia College
Library in Chicago, and David Hurley, director of the Diné College
Libraries in Tsaile, Arizona....
announces scholarship winners
ALSC has announced the 2006 recipients of its Frederic G. Melcher and
Bound to Stay Bound Books scholarships. The scholarships are awarded annually
to students who plan to enter ALA-accredited programs, obtain a masters
degree in library science, and specialize in library service to children....
grants and scholarships
The Medical Library Association awarded more than $40,000 in grants and
scholarships to outstanding students and practicing health-sciences information
professionals. The recipients were recognized May 22 at its annual conference
Medical Library Association
keep jail librarian hopping
Ron Wasson can breeze through a Louis LAmour book in less than a
day. He isnt alone; many of his fellow inmates at the Cascade County
regional jail are eager to get their hands on LAmours books.
Fantasy and fiction are by far the most popular genre among the inmates,
said Judy Erickson, one of few jail librarians....
Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune,
poetry book remains on high-school library shelves
The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip Hop, and the Poetry of a New
Generation, edited by Mark Eleveld, will stay in the Sequim (Wash.)
High School library because its poetry opens up the wider world. That
was the Sequim School District Board of Directors decision in a
special July 17 meeting....
Port Angeles (Wash.) Peninsula Daily News, July
mourn beloved school librarian
The bodies of Mary Cooper, 56, a librarian at Alternative Elementary No.
2 at Decatur Elementary School in Seattle, and her 27-year-old daughter
Susanna Stodden were found July 11 along the Pinnacle Lake trail near
Mount Pilchuck in the Mount BakerSnoqualmie National Forest. The
two women had been shot
to death during a day hike. For 15 years, Cooper called Decaturs
library her classroom. The students thought of her as another teacher,
and she shared her passion for reading....
KOMO-TV, Seattle, July 14; Court TV, July 19
museum public library planned
A $36-million plan to double the size of the Queens Museum of Art may
lead to its becoming the first art museum in the country with a public
library inside, officials say. A proposal is being considered to place
a branch of the Queens Library inside the New York City Building, which
has housed the museum since 1972....
New York Daily News, July 13
First Folio auctioned
A rare mint condition First Folio edition of William Shakespeares
plays fetched £2.8 million ($5.2 million) at a July 13 auction.
The result at Sothebys in London was below the top estimate of £3.5
million and less than the salesroom record for a comparable copy of $6.2
million made at Christies auction house in New York in 2001....
Reuters, July 13
online used-bookseller Abebooks.com celebrates 10th anniversary
This low-profile company has made money from day one. And unlike many
internet ventures, Abebooks has never used venture capital to finance
its growth. How did this online bookseller establish roots in Victoria,
British Columbia? And how did it help transform the business model of
bricks-and-mortar used bookstores?...
Toronto Star, July 17
reserve opens first public library
The Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation on July 17 became the first reserve in
Manitoba to open a public library branch. The branch, located in the new
Atoskiwin Training and Employment Centre on the northern reserve at Nelson
House, is a partnership with the public library in Thompson, 65 kilometers
to the east....
CBC News, July 17
good old internet days of 1993
Punctuation marks that look like smiley faces express happiness on a new
communication tool known as Internet. In this world
theres a table with a big sign on it saying football, explains
a computer expert in this six-minute CBC Television clip from Toronto,
dated October 8, 1993. Also viewable as a YouTube
cool is a job with comics?
Cindy Jackson, assistant archivist for the special collections department
of James Branch Cabell Library, is the first to agree with her friends
when they call her one of the luckiest employees at Virginia Commonwealth
University. VCU is one of a handful of universities nationwide to have
a full-time employee devoted to its collection of comic arts....
Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, July 16
Railroad Bicycle Route
Cycling Association has partnered with the University of Pittsburghs
Center for Minority Health to develop the Underground Railroad Bicycle
Route project to highlight African-American history in combination with
a focus on minority health issues. They have mapped out a 2,000-mile bicycle
route following the path of the fabled Underground Railroad from Mobile,
Alabama, to Owen Sound, Ontario. Libraries along the route are natural
public centers, ripe with opportunities to support the riders and to create
programming to illuminate the history....
WebJunction Community Center, June
to open up WorldCat searching
In a move designed to reach users outside library environments, OCLC is
planning to launch a new destination site and downloadable search box
for searching the content of libraries participating in WorldCat. Scheduled
for a beta release sometime in August, the new WorldCat.org
site will continue OCLCs efforts begun with its Open
WorldCat program to make library resources more visible to web users
and to increase the awareness of libraries as a primary source of reliable
Information Today, July 17
in New York State
The New York State Library in Albany has created a web page that lists
disaster-assistance contact information for libraries affected by flooding
caused by excessive rain in late June and early July. Also available is
a compilation of flooding damage
reports in the state....
New York State Library
The U.S. Congress is considering nine bills that constitute the second
major rewrite of the Telecommunications Act in 70 years. Telecommunications
policy affects every American family in ways that determine their access
to information, how much they pay for it, and even the quality and diversity
of that information. The Benton Foundation provides a summary of each
a school ethics policy
A comprehensive ethics policy is a living document developed by the entire
community or institution under the guidance of a leadership team that
includes the school librarian and technology coordinator and key representatives
of local and district administration, the school board, faculty, parents,
and students. Knowledge Quest Editor Debbie Abilock outlines eight
steps for creating a reasonable policy....
Noodle Tools, July 3
pushes for increased librarian diversity
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, has doubled the size of
its participation in the Initiative
to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, a nationwide effort launched by the
Association of Research Libraries. In April, the library system brought
15 of the nations top minority graduate library students for a tour.
Dean of Libraries James L. Mullins is committed to bringing another group
of students to campus in April 2007....
Purdue University, July 11
Open Africa program
As part of its mission to create an archive of scholarly literature and
extend access to the archive as broadly as possible, JSTOR has been waiving
participation fees for any academic or not-for-profit institution on the
continent of Africa, beginning July 1. This plan affects new participants,
as well as institutions that currently participate....
So whats the thing that Andrew Pace wishes we could linger on, improve,
and finish? How about link resolvers? The introduction and subsequent
widespread use of link resolver software (simply put, the knowledge-base
service that gets patrons from citations to full text) is one of the greatest
library technologies of the decade....
Hectic Pace, July 18
elements you must include in your website design
Website designer Herman Drost writes: When I first started out doing
web design work I only focused on the design. I did not think ahead how
to prepare the site for promotion until I had finished the actual design.
I think a lot of web designers still think and act this way...they build
the site first, then think about the marketing aspect later. This is a
Web Host Directory, July 4
Access Libraries Leadership Institute (PDF
In recognition of the public librarys unique position to act as
a springboard for the millions of baby boomers currently reaching retirement
age, the Americans for Libraries Council is convening an elite group of
librarians in North Carolina at the end of July to participate in the
nations first Lifelong Access Libraries Leadership Institute....
Americans for Libraries Council, July 17
for American Masterpieces
American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius is a
major initiative to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural
and artistic legacy. Through American Masterpieces, the National
Endowment for the Arts will sponsor performances, exhibitions, tours,
and educational programs across all art forms that will reach large and
small communities in all 50 states. The deadline for applications is September
National Endowment for the Arts
Contact members of Congress to oppose the Deleting Online Predators Act
(DOPA), H.R. 5319.
If you put up great posters, library users will look at them
again and again. Check out the TV, film, and book character posters
available in the ALA
A direct successor to 1988s Books for College Libraries (3rd
edition), the print edition of Resources
for College Libraries is scheduled for publication by ACRL
and R. R. Bowker in October 2006. This 7-volume set offers a core collection
of hand-selected titles in 58 curriculum-specific subject areas.
do YOU do?
do you use Wikipedia for answering reference questions?
is an unscientific poll that reflects the opinions of only those
AL Direct readers who have chosen to participate.
July 12 poll:
public libraries offer people living in temporary shelters the same
borrowing privileges as those who have a more permanent address?
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website.
for the LITA
National Forum in Nashville, Tennessee, October 2629. LIS
graduate students who are willing to assist on-site may be eligible for
a 50% discount on the registration rate. Contact LITA
Stories inside include:
The Crux of the LIS Education Crisis
Stronger Bridges over the Continuing- Education Gap
Science: Not Just for Boys Anymore
The first book printed for use in Finland, the Missale Aboense
was printed in Lübeck in 1488 by Bartholomeus Ghotan at the
behest of Konrad Bitz, who at that time was Bishop of Turku (Åbo)
and thus of the whole of Finland. Housed at the National Library
of Finland, the Missal is one of the featured European
Digital Library Treasures showcased by the European Library,
a portal that offers access to the combined resources (both digital
and nondigital) of the 45 national libraries of Europe.
Snicket believes that summertime is such a dangerous season, what
with sunburn and melted ice cream and the possibility of summer
camp, that its best to stay indoors and read.
Series of Unfortunate Events series author Daniel Handler,
promoting Barnes and Nobles summer reading program, Associated
Press, May 22.
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