library closings continue despite protests
Touting it as part of a plan to put more information online, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency has been closing its regional libraries
in spite of protests by federal employees. The Chicago library shut its
doors August 28, and the Dallas and Kansas City, Missouri, libraries are
set to close by the end of September....
gets feedback on NCLIS and NCES survey consolidation
The Institute of Museum and Library Services released a summary September
13 of comments on its July draft plan to consolidate the policy functions
of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science and the
public and state library surveys of the National Center for Education
Statistics into its operations....
patrons win in Worcester
The Worcester (Mass.) Public Library board of directors decided September
12 to permit homeless patrons who receive mail at a shelter or elsewhere
to check out as many books as any other patrons. The decision followed
a class action lawsuit filed in July by the Legal Assistance Corporation
of Central Massachusetts and the American Civil Liberties Union, charging
that the librarys borrowing policies were unfairly restricting access
for residents who live in homeless shelters....
made in middle school library arson
Three 15-year-old boys have been arrested in the torching of the Sacajawea
Middle School in Spokane, Washington. The early-morning fire on September
8 gutted the media center, which was set ablaze by igniting gasoline that
had been poured around the library, but thanks to a quick response from
firefighters the flames did not spread to any other area of the campus....
residents rally for branches again
Washingtonians gathered at a closed branch of the District of Columbia
Public Library the first week of September to demand its immediate reopening.
The protest, sponsored by the D.C. Library Renaissance Project, took place
at the Anacostia branch, one of four closed in December 2004 for reconstruction....
uncovers library book drug-smuggling scam
The Michigan Department of Corrections has foiled a plot to smuggle drugs
hidden in borrowed public library books into a state prison. State Police
Detective Sgt. Edward Doyle said in the September 13 Grand Rapids Press
that a scheme at the Carson City (Mich.) Correctional Facility was discovered
through an informant before any drugs entered the prison....
university library removes alleged jihad books
Fearing that federal authorities could press charges under the Australian
Anti-Terrorism Act of 2005, the University of Melbourne has removed three
books on Islamic jihad by Abdullah Azzam from open shelves in the Baillieu
Library. Two of the booksDefence of the Muslim Lands and
Join the Caravanwere banned from importation by a federal
review board in July that found them liable to incite acts of terrorism
the People Bookshelf theme is the Pursuit of Happiness
Part of the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People
initiative, the Bookshelf
is a grant program created to encourage young people to read and understand
great literature while exploring themes in American history. This years
theme is the Pursuit of Happiness. In spring 2007, NEH and
ALA will select 2,000 libraries to receive the Bookshelf....
to Read Foundation organizational memberships
As part of its efforts to meet increasing challenges to intellectual freedom,
the Freedom to Read Foundation has established an organizational membership
category. This new dues structure offers libraries, businesses, and nonprofits
a greater opportunity to support librarians throughout the country who
are facing attempts to restrict access to library materials and services....
Tyler, Anne. Digging to America.
Read by Blair Brown. Sept. 2006. 8.5 hr. Books on Tape, CS.
Kudos to Brown for her on-target reading of Tylers fictional
exploration of two families who forge an unlikely friendship
following the adoption of their Korean-born daughters. Brown
perfectly limns the laid-back Donaldsons, who are intent on
preserving daughter Jin-Hos Korean roots. She also expertly
depicts the Yazdans, an Iranian-American family who name their
daughter the more American-sounding Susan....
Cabot records Teen Read Week PSAs
The author of The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot, has recorded two
Public Service Announcements for Teen Read Week, October 1521. The
PSAs, in MP3 format and available for downloading,
are meant for librarians to use in raising awareness about Teen Read Week
in their communities....
unveils new committee structure
The AASL board of directors has adopted a new committee structure to better
align the division with its new strategic plan. The new
structure will maintain fewer standing committees and employ more
task-oriented work groups to carry forward the associations mission....
for PLA Spring Symposium
PLA is now accepting registrations for its Spring
Symposium to be held in San Jose, California, at the Fairmont San
Jose, March 13, 2007. Registrations will be accepted by fax, mail,
or online through January 29. The 2007 Symposium will feature six one-and-a-half-day-long
workshops targeted toward a variety of public library professionals....
offers three CE workshops at Midwinter
ACRL is presenting three professional-development workshops January 19
in conjunction with the 2007 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The advance
registration deadline is December 8....
librarian makes connections in Ghana (PDF
Robin Bergart, liaison librarian at the University of Guelph, Ontario,
describes her adventures in improving the Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
department library (shown at right) at the University of Ghana in Accra....
International Leads 20, no.
ALCTS award honors Ross Atkinson
In conjunction with its 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2007, ALCTS has
established the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. This new award
honors the legacy of Ross Atkinson, distinguished library leader, author,
and scholar whose extraordinary service to ALCTS and the library community
at large serves as a model for those in the field....
Webber named winner of YALSA audiobook contest
Carlie Webber of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System in Hackensack,
New Jersey, has won the opportunity to record a literacy message at the
end of an audiobook, courtesy of Listening Library. The contest, a part
of Reading with Your Ears, a YALSA preconference on audiobooks
at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, involved participants recording
a sample of an audiobook....
2006 award recipients
The Government Documents Round Table recognized five individuals in 2006
for their work and service: Grace Ann York (James Bennett Childs Award),
Sherry Mosley (Documents to the People Award), Julie Linden
(Catharine J. Reynolds Research Grant), Ann Marie Sanders (Hoduski Founders
Award), and Kevin Reynolds (Rozkuszka Scholarship)....
for the Ingenta Research Award
The Library Research Round Table encourages applications for the Ingenta
Award, a grant of up to $6,000 for a research study and $1,000 for travel
to a national or international conference to present the results. The
award is given to support projects involving the acquisition, use, and
preservation of digital information. The deadline is March 31, 2007....
ALSC offers awards that provide travel support for continuing education
opportunities, honor individuals for superior service to the division
or the profession, and recognize and support outstanding library programming
for children. The application or nomination deadline for all the awards
is December 1....
Bush 21st Century Librarian Grants
The Institute of Museum and Library Services invites libraries, archives,
library agencies, associations, and consortia to apply for the Laura Bush
21st Century Librarian grant program. The program supports efforts to
recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and the faculty
who will prepare them for careers in library science. The deadline is
Institute of Museum and Library Services, Sept. 18
wins LACASIS award
Gary Marchionini, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill SILS, has
been selected as the 2006 recipient of the Contribution to Information
Science Award, given by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society
of Information Science and Technology to honor an individual who has made
significant contributions to the field of information science....
Los Angeles Chapter, ASIS&T
Kansan in the Ninth Ward (PDF file)
Melanie Miller (front row center, kneeling), director of the Hays
(Kans.) Public Library, writes about her experience as a volunteer
with Common Ground cleaning up a house in New Orleans one day
during ALA Annual Conference. She writes: Hard physical
labor did not present a problem, but dehydration did. It is interesting
to see what happens to your body when you work in a full-body
suit, rubber gloves, and Wellingtons in 94-degree temperatures
with 100-percent humidity....
Hays (Kans.) Daily News,
Tech student thief caught
22-year-old student assistant Jonathan Nunley was indicted in August on
a third-degree felony theft charge after more than $75,000 worth of Texas
Tech University Library books found their way to an online retailer. Between
March 30 and July 31, police believe Nunley sent or arranged to send more
than 1,000 books to an Oregon-based online book buyer specializing in
textbooks and nonfiction....
Lubbock (Tex.) Avalanche-Journal,
opens a portion of its secret archives
The Vatican opened part of its secret archives September 18 to let historians
review some 30,000 bundles of documents from the 19221939 papacy
of Pius XI to gain insight into how the Holy See dealt with the growing
persecution of Jews before World War II. The opening is part of the Vaticans
efforts to defend Pius successor, the wartime Pope Pius XII, against
claims he did not do enough to save Jews from the Holocaust....
Associated Press, Sept. 18
International gets a world-class Cuban music collection
What is likely the most complete collection of Cuban music anywhere is
housed in Florida International Universitys Green Library. The collection
of the islands seminal musicthe origin of genres from salsa
to Latin jazzas well as items from other Latin American countries,
is the result of two generous gifts....
Miami Herald, Sept. 17
WWII letters collection goes to LC
As the towns unofficial historian, Virginia Hoare always knew the
contributions Seneca, Missouri, gave to the World War II war effort. Now,
because of her, a rich compilation of Seneca soldiers and sailors
letters and pictures, as well as a treasure of other 1940s tidbits with
a local flair, have recently landed a place in scrapbook form at the Library
Neosho (Mo.) Daily News, Sept.
Kansas public libraries survive, but just barely
Because of declining population and a tiny property tax base, one-third
of the 54 libraries that are part of the Central Kansas Library System
cant raise enough tax revenue to pay a librarian to work just 10
hours a week. The key to survival for small libraries, said James Swan,
administrator of the Great Bend-based system, is the will of the
Salina (Kans.) Journal, Sept.
Free Library to get $9.5 million for expansion
Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced September 18 that the state
is investing $9.5 million in the Free Library of Philadelphias central
branch expansion and renovation project, saying such investments are important
to the citys revitalization and future....
PR Newswire, Sept. 18
Museum library closes to the public
The San Francisco Maritime Museums library, which has the largest
collection of materials on ships and the sea on the Pacific Coast, will
close to the public, except by appointment, effective October 1. In addition
to cutting public access, the librarys budget will be reduced by
a third as part of a realignment at the San Francisco Maritime National
San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 15
torch Santa Cruz County high school
Someone set fire to the San Lorenzo Valley High School in Felton, California,
September 16, completely destroying 11,000 books, furniture, and dozens
of computers in the school library. Officials estimate the damage at more
than $2 million....
Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel,
Lake Library returns to normal after blast
The Salt Lake City, Utah, Main Library remained a prime page-turning venue
last weekend, despite a pipe-bomb explosion September 15 that broke a
window and led to the buildings evacuation....
Salt Lake Tribune, Sept. 17
doctors prescribe self-help books
Self-help books are being made available on prescription in Fife and Glasgow,
Scotland, in an attempt to tackle depression, eating disorders, and other
mental-health issues. The scheme allows patients to borrow the books anonymously
from local libraries for up to six weeks....
The Scotsman, Sept. 6
education is out of step with classroom reality, report says
The vast majority of the nations teachers are prepared in programs
that have low admission and graduation standards and cling to an outdated
vision of teacher education, concludes a new four-year study authored
by Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship
Foundation. The report, Educating School Teachers (PDF
file), finds that most education schools are engaged in a pursuit
of irrelevance, with curriculums in disarray and faculty disconnected
from classrooms and colleagues....
Education Schools Project, Sept. 18
fiction and science are partners in China
The link between science fiction and actual scientific progress may seem
specious to those reared on Western sci-fi, but in China the connection
isnt so far-fetched. With Chinas forays into space generating
interest in all things extraterrestrial, Chinese science-fiction fans
have achieved critical mass. This year, Beijing announced that it would
start awarding prizes for sci-fi literature....
Seed Magazine, Sept. 12
research sharing keep pace with the internet?
SPARCs Richard K. Johnson writes: By seamlessly linking data,
knowledge, and users, the emerging research environment promises to catapult
science ahead. And, given the complex scientific, social, and economic
challenges that face us, the arrival of these new capacities is coming
none too soon....
Journal of Neuroscience 26
(Sept. 13, 2006): 93499351
success, aloha style
Under the guidance of its library media specialists, Kapolei High School
and its students have been recognized in Hawaii, nationally, and internationally
for their success in raising reading and math scores. In this interview,
Kapolei High library media specialist Carolyn Kirio discusses the guiding
principles of her schools efforts and explains how other schools
might model its success....
Cable in the Classroom, Oct.,
library buildings survey published
A report published by the UK Museums, Libraries, and Archives Council
shows 70% of Englands public library buildings are fit for their
purpose and meet health and safety standards. The report (PDF
file) estimates the cost of bringing the remaining 30% of library
buildings up to standard at £760 million ($1.4 billion U.S.)....
eGov Monitor, Sept. 18
tackles translation software
PC Magazine columnist John C. Dvorak weighs in on online translation
software: If computers can now play a credible world-class game
of chess, then they should be able to translate complex sentences written
in the worlds major languages. They should be able to translate
to and from English, to and from French, and to and from Russian. I eventually
expect a translation to and from Chinese and Japanese, too. Exactly whats
PC Magazine, Sept. 18
your records on the Moon
Hollow lava tubes on the Moon could be used as a giant digital library.
Thats one commercial possibility for the Moon, put forth in a white
paper by NASA astrobiologist David McKay. The lunar computers could be
buried in lunar soil, put at the bottom of craters, or set into lava tubes,
which are subsurface caves in which lava used to flow....
Short Sharp Science blog, Sept. 20
The ALA Office for Diversity seeks submissions for its bulletin, Versed,
which focuses on best practices in library-based diversity work. Published
five times a year online, the next print issue will be distributed at
the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.
Through the National
Library Legislative Day 2007 Student Contest, one student
(age 1218) will win a free trip to the 33rd Annual National
Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2007.
Students must submit a catchy slogan and interesting logo for the
event by October 29. The contest is sponsored by the ALA
Washington Office and YALSA.
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In March, 73 senators voted for the Arlen Specter/Tom Harkin amendment
that provided an additional $7 billion for education and related programs
in the FY2007 budget resolution. However, the Senate Appropriations Committee
reported out a bill that is $2 billion short of the FY2005 level, ignoring
the amendment. Visit ALAs Legislative
Action Center for more details.
Teen Read Week is only one month away. Be sure to register
in order to get a free poster. Review ideas for displays, contests,
lists, and programs from the TRW website.
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Google up to Now? in the September issue of ACRLs
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