WorldCat search site offers public access
OCLC has announced that it will launch a new destination website that
will allow users to search the holdings of libraries participating in
the WorldCat database directly rather than finding the records as part
of search-engine results. The firm says the aim of WorldCat.org,
to be released in beta form in August, is to make library resources
more visible to Web users, and to increase awareness of libraries....
precede new DCPL directors arrival
Days before Ginnie Cooper was slated to begin her tenure as director of
the District of Columbia Public Library July 24, acting director Ellen
M. Flaherty summarily dismissed five senior librarians, the Washington
Post reported July 20. Board President John W. Hill said the board
fully supports this move....
supporters disrupt Indianapolis library budget hearing
Some 50 employees of the IndianapolisMarion County Public Library
demonstrated inside and picketed outside a public meeting July 20 on the
librarys proposed budgetone that calls for cutting a scheduled
2% salary increase in half and trimming spending on staff telephone calls,
travel, and training....
agrees to consultants plan to keep Providence branches open
After accepting a financial consultants report that questioned the
leadership ability of the Providence (R.I.) Public Library, the citys
Finance Committee agreed to the reports recommendation July 20 to
allocate an additional $250,000 to help keep six branches open and avoid
staff layoffs. A day earlier, the PPL board of trustees agreed to contribute
$250,000 from the librarys endowment and adopt the reports
suggestions for cutting the 2007 budget by $500,000....
mourns murder of Seattle school librarian
Hundreds of family and friends gathered July 20 along a hiking trail to
honor the lives of Seattle school librarian Mary Cooper, 56, and her 27-year-old
daughter Susanna Stodden. Cooper and Stodden, who were avid hikers, were
found shot to death the afternoon of July 11 along the Pinnacle Lake Trail
in the Mount BakerSnoqualmie National Forest....
State Library sues for return of documents
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission in Austin has filed suit
against Mary Ann Davis of Waco and the Robert E. Davis Family Trust to
recover 48 documents relating to Texas history from the 1830s to the 1850s....
Juan Williams to keynote JCLC
Journalist Juan Williams will serve as presenter during the Joint Conference
of Librarians of Color morning keynote session October 14 at the Dallas
Adams Mark Hotel. Williams will discuss his controversial book Enough:
The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are
Undermining Black Americaand What We Can Do About It (Crown,
Gates Jr., Henry Louis, ed. Oxford African
American Studies Center [database]. Oxford, [www.oxfordaasc.com].
has built this new database with content from its recently
published Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and
African American Experience and Encyclopedia of African
American History, 16191895: From the Colonial Period
to the Age of Frederick Douglass, along with the second
edition of Black Women in America (2005) and various
other Oxford and Grove titles. There is additional material
from the yet-to-be-published African American National
Biography. Currently, researchers can access more than
7,500 articles on the site. Also on hand are more than 1,000
images, more than 100 maps, more than 100 charts and tables,
and primary sources with specially written commentaries....
books in Spanish for children and adolescents
Isabel Schon, director of the Barahona Center for the Study
of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents, California
State University at San Marcos, reviews atlases and dictionaries,
including Atlas enciclopédico infantil (Everest,
2005) and Diccionario de términos del mundo antiguo
librarians volunteer during conference
Four Palm Beach librarians helped process books at the storm-battered
Our Lady of Perpetual Succor school in St. Bernard Parish as volunteers
during ALAs Annual Conference. Laura Brenkus, director of outreach
and communications for the Society of the Four Arts adult library, and
three colleagues worked in one of the schools few air-conditioned
rooms, entering numbers into databases and pasting bar codes onto books.
The schools new librarian supplied tablets to counteract the headaches
induced by mold....
Palm Beach (Fla.) Daily News, July 20
Librarians at Annual Conference in New Orleans express their thoughts
at the Google booth as well as at the companys reception in this
Google Librarian Center
Tech Week logo winner
YALSA has announced that teen Ahmad Ghadban (right) of the Wood County
District Public Library in Bowling Green, Ohio, is the winner of the Teen
Tech Week logo contest for his design, Plug into Technology.
Teen Tech Week, March 47, 2007, is a new YALSA celebration aimed
at getting teens to use their libraries for the different technologies
offered there, such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and video games....
named in 2006 YA Galley project
YALSA has selected 15 public libraries and school library media centers
from across the country to participate in its Young Adult Galley/Teens
Top Ten project. YA Galley is an ongoing project in which publishers of
young adult books provide copies of their recent titles to teen book discussion
groups in libraries....
to host Arbuthnot lecturer Kevin Henkes
ALSC has chosen Lexington, Kentucky, as the site of the 2007 May Hill
Arbuthnot Honor Lecture to be held Sunday, March 4. Childrens illustrator
and author Kevin Henkes will deliver the lecture, which will be hosted
by the McConnell Center for the Study of Childrens Literature at
the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science....
announces new start dates for e-learning courses
E-Learning @ PLA, the online education program of the Public
Library Association, will offer five new start dates for two of its popular
courses. New Planning for Results and Creating Policies
for Results will each be offered five times between September 2006
and April 2007....
selected as LA&M associate editor
LAMA has announced that Eric C. Shoaf, preservation librarian at Brown
Universitys Rockefeller Library in Providence, Rhode Island, is
the new associate editor of its quarterly magazine Library Administration
is 20062007 LAMA president
Andrea R. Lapsley, director of development for libraries at Colorado State
University in Fort Collins, began her 20062007 term as president
of LAMA on July 1....
Horrocks named Officer of the Order of Canada
Norman Horrocks, former director of the library school at Dalhousie University,
was one of 77 people appointed July 24 to the Order of Canada by Governor
General Michaelle Jean. The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to
recognize outstanding achievement and service in various fields of endeavor.
It is Canadas highest honor for lifetime achievement and has three
different levels of membership: Companion, Officer, and Member....
Canadian Press, July 24
a Cuba ordered back on shelf
A federal judge on Monday ordered all copies of Vamos a Cuba and
23 other childrens books returned to Miami-Dade school libraries,
hobbling the School Boards attempt to ban the controversial books.
In a sometimes scathing 89-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Alan Gold
said the School Board abused its discretion in a manner that violated
the transcendent imperatives of the First Amendment....
Miami Herald, July 24
The University of California system may soon team up with search-engine
giant Google to put millions of university library books online. The UC
Board of Regents is in talks with the company to join the Google Library
Project, which is currently scanning the libraries of the University of
Michigan, the University of Oxford, Harvard University, Stanford University,
and the New York Public Library....
Daily Californian, July 20
Rule 7 a barrier to literacy
Leonard Minsky is a longtime Naderite, an academic who has helped produce
the research that Ralph Nader and his various projects use to change public
policy. Minsky is not one to yield to bureaucratic and regulatory obstacles.
But he leaves his post as director of Naders D.C. Library Renaissance
Projecta four-year-old effort to boost support and funding for the
librariesconcluding that Rule 7 is effectively preventing the city
from teaching immigrants and U.S.-born adults how to read....
Washington Post, July 25
Universitys Lilly Library acquires collection of mechanical puzzles
Puzzle enthusiast and author Jerry Slocum has announced his intention
to donate his prized collection of more than 30,000 puzzles and nearly
4,000 puzzle-related books to IUs Lilly Library. Beginning August
3, approximately 400 of the puzzles will be on display in a refurbished
exhibition space named in Slocums honor....
Indiana University, July 19
opens its 86th branch
A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony marked the opening of New York
Public Librarys new $2.4-million Morris
Park branch library, located at 985 Morris Park Avenue in the Bronx,
on July 21. Designed by architect Joel David Zeiden, the 6,600-square-foot,
two-level library has an extensive collection of 25,000 adult, young adult,
and childrens books; DVDs and audio recordings; and 19 public-access
computers, wireless internet, and a self-checkout station....
New York Public Library; Time Warner Cables NY1 News,
librarian keeps dust off the floor in Vinland, Kansas
For the last eight decades, Martha Cutter Kelley Smith has tended to the
books at the Coal Creek Library. But not because shes an avid reader.
Just as she has for the past 80 years, the 100-year-old Smith toils away
at Kansas oldest library, keeping herself busy and keeping a monument
to the small community of Vinland up and running....
Lawrence (Kans.) Journal-World, July 24
marks 200th anniversary
A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language turned 200 years
old this year, but most Americans probably have never heard of the work
that introduced 5,000 new words to readers and is widely considered the
first American dictionary. The 408-page book,
created by lexicographer and writer Noah Webster, does not look like a
Springfield (Mass.) Republican, July 24
vs. resellers at library book sales
When the Pequot Library in Southport, Connecticut, begins its five-day
book sale on Friday, there will be 147,000 books available, including
a first printing of the novel Ben-Hur and a 1911 edition of the
Encyclopedia Britannica. But those books, and many of the other
300 rare books there, are expected to be gone soon after the gate opens
at 9 a.m....
New York Times, July 22
Read posters capture Illinois pols
U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) displays one of her favorite
books, Real Chicago: Photographs from the Files of the Chicago Sun-Times
(2004), by Richard Cahan, Michael Williams, and Neal Samors. The poster
is one in a series of eight produced by the Skokie (Ill.) Public Library....
Skokie (Ill.) Public Library
Wikipedia conquer expertise?
On March 1, Wikipedia, the online interactive encyclopedia, hit the million-articles
mark, with an entry on Jordanhill,
a railway station in suburban Glasgow. The Encyclopædia Britannica,
which for more than two centuries has been considered the gold standard
for reference works, has only 120,000 entries in its most comprehensive
edition. Apparently, no traditional encyclopedia has ever suspected that
someone might wonder about Sudoku
or about prostitution
New Yorker, July 31
AL blogger Andrew Pace welcomes speculation on this automation
news: It might not be the continued consolidation of
the ILS market that has been predicted by many, including me, but its
clearly a step in that direction. Ex Libris Group announced early this
morning (not quite as early in Jerusalem, where the company is headquartered)
that it will be acquired by Francisco Partners, one of the worlds
largest technology-focused private equity funds....
Hectic Pace, July 26
people use two-word phrases for online searches
Dutch web-analytics company OneStat.com reports that most people use two-word
phrases in search engines. Of all the search phrases worldwide, 28.9%
of the people use two-word phrases, 27.8% use three-word phrases, and
17.1% use four-word phrases. Fewer people use one keyword since the last
measurement in July 2005....
OneStat.com, July 24
Improving Literacy grants
The Department of Education announced on July 25 the 2006 grantees for
the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program. In total, only
78 grants were awarded in only 26 states. View the list of grant awards
and abstracts here.
The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education and is
the first program specifically aimed at upgrading school libraries since
the original school library resources program was established in 1965....
ALA Washington Office, July 25
to focus on serving youth during out-of-school time
Serving urban youth during out-of-school hours will be the focus of a
major conferenceLearning in Libraries: A National Call to Actionto
be held October 1920 in New York City. The deadline for registration
is August 31. Out-of-School Time programming is attracting serious attention
from local, state, and national policy makers and legislators....
Urban Libraries Council, July 17
template for writing disaster plans
The Northeast Document Conservation Center and the Massachusetts Board
of Library Commissioners have created dPlan, a free online program to
help institutions write comprehensive disaster plans. dPlan provides an
easy-to-use template that allows museums, libraries, archives, and other
cultural institutions of all sizes to develop a customized plan that includes
disaster response procedures, salvage priorities, preventive maintenance
schedules, and more....
Northeast Document Conservation Center
reference work in the blogosphere (PDF file)
UNC-Chapel Hill SILS Assistant Professor Jeffrey Pomerantz and Ph.D. candidate
Frederic Stutzman argue that blogs can be used to good effect in reference
services and discuss Lyceum, an open source blogosphere application, as
an environment for blog-based reference service....
Reference Services Review
34, no. 2 (2006)
salary survey highlights
The combined median salary for U.S. and Canadian ARL university libraries
rose to $57,074a 3.3% gain over the past year. This kept pace with
inflation in the U.S., where the Consumer Price Index rose 3.2%, and outperformed
inflation in Canada, where the CPI increased 2.0%. The median nonuniversity
library salary increased to $76,083; that 2.8% increase was half as large
as in 20042005....
Association of Research Libraries, Bimonthly Report, June
trailers are building hype, movie-style
Judith Keenan says the rationale behind book trailers is to take the onus
off retailers to promote books and market to consumers directly. The convenience
and immediacy of the internet make it a no-brainer. HarperCollins has
produced close to a dozen trailers since early February. The motivation
is to drive early word of mouth, says Steve Osgoode, director
of online marketing and new media for HarperCollins Canada....
CBC, July 3
filmmakers statement of best practices in fair use
This statement of best practices in fair use is necessary because filmmakers
have found themselves, over the last decade, increasingly constrained
by demands to clear rights for copyrighted material. Today, documentarians
believe that their ability to communicate effectively is being restricted
by an overly rigid approach to copyright compliance, and that the public
suffers as a result....
International Documentary Association, November 18, 2005
Education Clearinghouse is a keyword-searchable database of CE
opportunities offered by ALA and its units.
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.
An ongoing project of the Office for Intellectual Freedom,
Lawyers for Libraries is designed to build a nationwide network
of attorneys committed to the defense of the First Amendment freedom to
read. The next available session is at the Columbus Training Institute,
Columbus, Ohio, November 3.
The theme for Teen
Read Week 2006 is Get Active @ your library, which encourages
teens to use the resources at their library to lead an active life.
Use this years theme to encourage teens to get active and
volunteer or get active with sports and fitness.
July 19 poll:
do you use Wikipedia for answering reference questions?
a first choice for some questions (17%)
it comes up in a search-engine result (17%)
a secondary choice when other online options fail (22%)
print sources fail (6%)
or occasionally (38%)
cumulated results and selected responses to all AL Direct
polls, visit the AL Online website.
Stories inside include:
New Orleans Gathering Sends Message of Hope and Renewal
Bridges through Consensus
in the Eye of the Storm
FOLUSA is coordinating a national Friends
of Libraries Week, October 2228. The celebration offers
a two-fold opportunity to promote and celebrate the Friends. Use
the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise
awareness, and to encourage membership.
Library and Information Association, 2006 Biennial Conference,
Perth, Western Australia. Click06: Create, Lead, Innovate,
Connect, Knowledge. Contact: ALIA,
+61 (8) 3922-6906.
National Book Festival,
Washington, D.C., National Mall. Sponsored by the Library of Congress.
Contact: National Book Festival,
European Information Architecture Summit, Maritim proArte
Hotel, Berlin. Sponsored by the American Society for Information
Science and Technology. Building Our Practice. Audience:
Anyone involved in IA from consultants to professionals working
in corporate or government environments. Contact: EuroIA.
for Educational Communications and Technology, Annual Conference,
Dallas. Strengthening Connections. Contact: AECT.
in Libraries Conference, Chartered Institute of Library
and Information Professionals, QEII Conference Centre, London. Contact:
CILIP, +44 (20) 7255 0505.
Conference on Digital Libraries, New Delhi, India. Digital
Libraries: Information Management for Global Access. Contact:
The Energy and Resources Institute,
+91 (11) 2468 2141.
21Mar. 5, 2007:
International Book Fair, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria,
Egypt. Contact: Mona Helmy,
+20 (3) 483-9999, ext. 1093.
own celebrity READ posters with ALA Graphics READ
CD 2, which contains a selection of backgrounds and type styles.
new Minneapolis Central Library is gorgeous, state-of-the-art, efficient,
and accessible to everyonewhen the doors arent locked.
After todays grand-opening celebrations, the inadequacy of
the operating budget for the citys 15-library system will
loom like the 30-foot Beverly Pepper sculpture on the buildings
Nicollet Mall side.
Kristin Tillotson in Budget Woes Loom as New Library Draws
Oohs and Ahs, Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 19.
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