for Georgetown branch fire contested
The engineering firm managing the renovation of the District of Columbia
Public Library’s Georgetown branch claimed May 10 that its workers
were not responsible for a fire that destroyed the building’s roof
and second floor. Ebenezer Adewunmi, president of the Hyattsville, Maryland–based
Dynamic Corporation, claims his crew was working on the opposite side
of the building when the blaze broke out around noon April 30....
school libraries continue staffing fights
As fiscal-year budget deadlines loom for California school systems, library
staff in at least three school districts continue to battle to keep their
jobs for FY2008, while school library media specialists in two other municipalities
seem to have found staying power for another academic year....
city library hosts literary erotica hotline
The City Library of Vienna, Austria, is offering callers a spicy earful
of erotic readings from 19th- and 20th-century books in its “Secret
Collection” through May 31. A spinoff from a May 6 program of music,
art, and dance called “The Long Night of Love” held at the
Hotel Orient in the city center, the library’s erotica hotline features
Austrian film and stage actress Anne Bennent (above) reading sexy excerpts
from Austrian poet Hans Carl Artmann, American modernist writer Djuna
Barnes, French novelist Rétif de la Bretonne, Swiss writer Gottfried
Keller, and even love letters by German socialist Ferdinand Lassalle....
court judge to speak at Washington Office Update
At the Washington Office Update Session on June 23, during the ALA 2007
Annual Conference, Royce Lamberth—former chief judge on the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act Court—will be speaking about how the
highly secretive court works, and how it has changed since the USA PATRIOT
Act of 2001....
District Dispatch blog, May 14
@ your library reading stage
The Public Programs Office, in cooperation with YALSA, will present the
13th annual LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage during ALA Annual Conference
in Washington, D.C., June 21–27. Sherman Alexie, Donna Leon (right),
Lois Lowry, StoryCorps’s Dave Isay, Nick Hornby, Dinaw Mengestu,
and 19 other award-winning authors and poets will read from their works....
to Read Foundation trustees elected
The Freedom to Read Foundation has announced the winners of its 2007 Board
of Trustees election. Bernadine Abbott Hoduski, Therese Bigelow, Robert
P. Doyle, John K. Horany, James G. Neal, and Judith Platt will serve two-year
terms beginning with the 2007 Annual Conference....
cosponsors Advocacy Institute
The Maryland Library Association has joined the list of regional cosponsors
of the June 22 Advocacy Institute at ALA Annual Conference in Washington,
D.C. The Institute will feature topics on message development, coalition-building,
Love, Barbara J., editor. Feminists Who Changed America, 1963–1975.
Dec. 2006. 526p. Univ. of Illinois, hardcover. (978-0-252-03189-2).
This is the first comprehensive directory to document many of the
founders and leaders of what is now often referred to as the second
wave of feminism, between 1963 and 1975. It includes biographical
sketches of about 2,200 individuals, mostly women, who reignited
the women’s movement of the early twentieth century and managed
to make permanent changes in customs and laws. The biographical
sketches represent many factions, all parts of the country, all
races and ethnicities, and many political ideologies....
Booklist Online for
other reviews and much more....
The YALSA Local Arrangements Committee has put together a Washington,
D.C., city guide with the inside scoop on how to get around, what to see,
what to do, and where to eat. Here’s one tip: “You may be
surprised to find that there aren’t a whole lot of casual lunch
restaurants located near the National Mall. That’s why it’s
worth it to head over to the National Museum of the American Indian and
have lunch in the Mitsitam Café (above, $-$$). Traditional foods
of the various native peoples are featured, and while the price may seem
a little high, the quantity and quality of the food more than make up
YALSA City Guide
your subway and bus routes
Transit planner HopStop plots directions and estimates travel times by
foot and public transit (subway and bus) between two addresses in Washington,
D.C. If you don’t know the addresses, you can pinpoint them on a
handily provided Yahoo map or search for them in HopStop’s city
guide. The site also works for New York, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco
appoints YAttitudes editor
YALSA has appointed Erin Downey Howerton as editor of its quarterly newsletter,
YAttitudes. Howerton, school liaison for the Johnson County (Kans.)
Library, will serve for a three-year term beginning with the Fall 2007
@ your library continues to grow
ALSC has added new resources to its Kids!
@ your library online tool kit. The latest materials added to the
kit include Spanish-language resources, top ten ways to use Bill
Harley’s “At Your Library” song in your library and
community, and a story theater script for The Chicken and the Librarian....
elected ASCLA president
Carol Ann Desch, coordinator of statewide library services and director
of the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development
in Albany, has been elected vice president/president-elect of ASCLA. She
has served as a director-at-large for the ASCLA Board, chair of the State
Library Agencies Section, and member of the Standards Review Committee
and Website Task Force....
elected RUSA president
Neal Wyatt, collection development manager for Chesterfield County (Va.)
Public Library, has been elected vice president/president-elect of RUSA.
She has served as chair of the RUSA Awards Committee, as the division
councilor to ALA Council, and as chair of the RUSA Access to Information
elected AASL president
Ann M. Martin, educational specialist in library information service for
the Henrico County (Va.) Public Schools, has been elected vice president/president-elect
of AASL. As an ALA member, Martin has held posts as director of Region
IV and chair of the Awards Committee....
updates Service Responses
Revised Service Responses are now available for downloading. The
document includes comprehensive descriptions of 18 new and revised
Service Responses, defined as “what a library does for, or offers
to, the public in an effort to meet a set of well-defined community needs.”
In 2006, PLA Results series editors Sandra Nelson and June Garcia initiated
a process to revise the 1997 Service Responses by soliciting input on
the PLA Blog....
The Spring newsletter of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered Round
Table has reminiscences about the late Barbara Gittings, longtime leader
of the GLBT community, who died February 18 after a long battle with breast
cancer. Not a librarian herself, she nonetheless championed the cause
of getting GLBT literature into libraries around the country....
GLBTRT Newsletter 19, no.
1 (Spring): 4–5
Cavendish Award winner
The Calgary (Alberta) Public Library has been chosen from among 29 entries
to receive the 2007 ALA Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming
Award. The winning project, “It’s Not a Crime to Read,”
pairs libraries, schools, and police officers in an effort to encourage
at-risk children to read. It also develops positive collaboration between
librarians and teachers....
and Yamashita receive Equality Award
Gladys Smiley Bell, Peabody librarian at Hampton (Va.) University, and
Kenneth A. Yamashita, library division manager at Stockton–San Joaquin
County (Calif.) Library, are the 2007 recipients of the ALA Equality Award,
which recognizes contributions toward promoting equality in the library
profession. They are recognized for their work as cochairs of the first
Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, held October 12–15, 2006,
Howard Award for Courage winners
George Christian, Jan Nocek, Barbara Bailey, and Peter Chase are the 2007
recipients of the ALA Paul Howard Award for Courage. The four are being
recognized for their challenge to the National Security Letter and gag
order provision of the USA Patriot Act. The $1,000 bi-annual award and
citation honors a librarian, library board, library group or an individual
who has exhibited unusual courage for the benefit of library programs
receives World Book–ALA Goal Award
YALSA has been named the recipient of the 2007 World Book–ALA Goal
Award, consisting of a $10,000 grant to improve teen library services
in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Using Teen Read Week as its focal
point, the grant will fund increased professional development in the targeted
states to significantly boost teen library use, teen reading, and literacy....
Saylor wins engineering award
John M. Saylor, director of the Cornell University Engineering Library,
has won the 2007 Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award, presented
at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference to
recognize work that contributes to the advancement and development of
excellence in engineering libraries. The awards committee cited as determining
factors Saylor’s more than 35 years of leadership in engineering
Cornell University Libraries, Apr. 28
Hanus wins New York State service award
Donna Hanus, director of the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton School Library System
in Malone, New York, received the 2007 Distinguished Service Award from
the School Library Systems Association of New York State. The award is
given to a director who has made an outstanding contribution to school
librarianship and the association....
School Library Systems Association of New York State, May
Prospect recognized for its construction
The Mount Prospect (Ill.) Public Library was honored April 28 by the Illinois
Masonry Institute Promotion Trust for the outstanding composition of its
brick and glass work. Selected from 99 entries, the library was one of
only four silver award winners. The 2002 referendum for $20.5 million
allowed the library to undergo the expansion and physical transformation
that resulted in this award....
Mount Prospect Public Library, May 14
County rejects library levy
Dejected library supporters were stunned May 15 by the overwhelming defeat
of a levy that would have reopened all 15 branches of the Jackson County
(Oreg.) Library. The property tax levy, which would have raised $8.3 million
annually, received 31,876 no votes and 21,906 yes votes as of 11 p.m.
Joe Davis, chairman of the Save Our Library System campaign, said he believes
residents voted against the levy not because they don’t support
the libraries, but because they don’t support this method of funding
Medford (Oreg.) Mail Tribune,
libraries stage day of protest over filter law
The computers were not dead May 14 at the Zion-Benton (Ill.) Public Library,
but they were decorated as if they were ready to host a funeral. The black
fabric arranged like mourning bunting on the internet terminals was intended
to protest a proposed state law (H.B. 1727) calling for libraries to purchase
and install filters to screen against child pornography and other obscene
material. Other libraries across the state showed a unified opposition
to the bill and described their strategies on the Day
of Unity blog....
Lake County (Ill.) News Sun,
postal rates favor larger mailers
A first-class stamp costs two cents more starting May 14, but that’s
nothing compared to what small magazine publishers are facing. Starting
in July, postal rates for some publications will rise by as much as 30%,
and a growing number of critics say the new rates will saddle small, independent
publishers with inflated costs and betray protections granted by the founding
fathers to the press....
Madison (Wis.) Capital Times,
Historical Society to renovate library
Nicholas Noyes, the head of the Maine Historical Society’s research
library, is helping to orchestrate the move of one of the state’s
largest historical repositories to a temporary site while the building
tucked behind Portland’s Longfellow House undergoes a year-and-a-half-long
renovation and expansion. Construction crews will build a glass-and-brick
addition that will provide 7,000 more square feet of storage space than
the 13,000 square feet the library now has....
Portland (Me.) Press Herald,
of the book reviews
More than at any time in the last 40 years, there is a bounty of news,
features, criticism, and gossip about books in newspapers, magazines,
and journals, blogs, radio and TV, podcasts, and an ever-growing number
of book clubs and festivals. It’s by all appearances a flourishing
literary moment in a culture that traditionally values other forms of
entertainment, and it raises the question: Why should two key elements
of that mosaic, litbloggers and book reviewers, be trading shots at all?...
Los Angeles Times, May 13
Baltimore branch in 35 years opens
The opening on May 14 of the state-of-the art 27,000-square-foot, $16.2-million
Southeast Anchor branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library was a boon to
the struggling neighborhood of Highlandtown. As the first brand-new public
library building to open in Baltimore in 35 years, it was symbolic of
a turnaround for the city’s library system....
Baltimore Sun, May 14
Mulberry Street branch to open
Brooklyn Public Library director
Street branch of the New York Public Library, which will open to the
public May 21, has been long in coming. Design work started nearly six
years ago, right around 9/11, but the renovation did not begin until the
fall of 2004. It will be the first new library branch in Manhattan since
1989, and the first ever in SoHo....
New York Times, May 15;
New York Public Library
Dionne Mack-Harvin, who became the first African-American woman to head
a major public library system in New York State when she was named Brooklyn’s
executive director effective March 21 after a one-year interim stint, is
not your grandmother’s librarian. Not unless that librarian was sanguine
about the notion that “information comes in different packages and
if we sit back and say we’re all about books and nothing else, we’re
going to lose our market.”...
New York Times, May 11
prosecuted for opposing military recruitment in Ohio library
Gulf War veteran Tim Coil and his wife Yvette were arrested March 12 for
causing a disturbance in the Stow–Munroe Falls (Ohio) Public Library
after they protested the presence of two military recruiters in a meeting
room. On May 10, Yvette said her lawyer was advised that the state would
drop charges if they would pay $100 in court fees. “Tim said he
should not have to pay for being harassed,” said Yvette. “No
one has the right to take your freedoms away.”...
The Progressive, May 14
volume added to East Carolina University Library
A 16th-century edition of Thomas Harriot’s report on his voyage
to Virginia was recently acquired by East Carolina University’s
Joyner Library. ECU’s College of Arts and Sciences is named for
the explorer and scientist. The library spent $50,000 to purchase a copy
of Theodor de Bry’s 1590 Latin edition of Harriot’s A
Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia....
Greenville (N.C.) Daily Reflector,
cuts school library jobs
Eight library assistants are losing their jobs as part of the Bridgewater-Raritan
(N.J.) Regional School District’s $1.6 million in cuts from its
$109.5-million budget. The assistants were told in person about the cuts
and received a letter from Superintendent Michael Schilder on May 9 that
their contracts would not be renewed “due to a reduction in force
for reasons of economy.”...
Bridgewater (N.J.) Courier News,
diary damaged in British Library
A historic diary written by a prominent Jacobite as he plotted the 1715
rebellion has been severely damaged while in the care of the British Library.
Its private owner, a descendant of Thomas Tyldesley, the diary’s
author, has described how he “wanted to weep” when he collected
the 96-page manuscript last week and discovered that someone had spilled
oil across its pages—staining them and making some of them completely
The Times (U.K.), May 14
Current librarian expands services
A library should be more than just about books, according to Swift Current,
Saskatchewan, Librarian Manisha Khetarpal. Khetarpal, who is a few months
into her second year as librarian, has helped turn the library into a
hub of learning, with classes, sessions, and presentations for people
of all ages....
Swift Current (Sask.) Southwest Booster,
library “Octopus” design stirs up Czechs
A controversy has erupted in the Czech Republic over the design of a new
national library building in Prague. The design, by the Czech-born architect
Jan Kaplicky, seems to be loved and loathed in equal measure. Czechs have
nicknamed it “the Octopus.” Kaplicky has come up with what
can best be described as a nine-story green and purple blob. Even President
Vaclav Klaus is against
BBC News, May 14; Radio Prague, May 9
makes library resources findable
AquaBrowser, a library search tool and interface developed by Medialab
Solutions in Holland, is opening up the library by making its resources
visible on the web. AquaBrowser now allows all the item records in a library’s
collection to be indexed and found by any internet search engine, as if
to create a separate web page for every title. This means any item in
the entire collection can be found as a search result when performing
a regular web search, driving traffic to the library website....
Medialab Solutions, May 2
sells off library assets to buy Reuters
Thomson Corporation announced May 11 that it has agreed to sell the higher
education, careers, and library reference assets of Thomson Learning for
$7.75 billion. These assets include the Thomson Gale library reference
company. The announcement came right before the company announced its
for $17.2 billion of British financial news publisher Reuters Group PLC.
The new Thomson-Reuters will control 34% of the financial information
market. Andrew Pace adds his thoughts....
Boston Globe, May 11, 15;
Hectic Pace, May 16
releases Blended Learning Guide
WebJunction, OCLC’s online community, has released a Blended Learning
file) that mixes online and in-person training methods to offer libraries
new approaches to library staff instruction. The guide offers information
on several different modes of blended learning—discussion boards,
online instant messaging and chat sessions, podcasting, rapid e-learning
software tools, and web conferencing....
OCLC, May 4
2.0 can neglect good design
Hype about Web 2.0 is making web firms neglect the basics of good design
and usability established over the last decade, web usability guru Jakob
Nielsen claims. He said sites peppered with personalization tools were
in danger of resembling the “glossy but useless” sites at
the height of the dot-com boom....
BBC News, May 14
10% of websites contain malware
Google is warning web users of the increasing threat posed by malicious
software that can be dropped onto a computer as a web surfer visits a
particular site. The search giant carried out in-depth research (PDF
file) on 4.5 million websites and found that about one in 10 could
successfully “drive-by download” a Trojan horse virus onto
a visitor’s computer. Such malicious software potentially enables
hackers to access sensitive data stored on the computer or its network,
or to install rogue applications....
C|Net news, May 15
Colin Colehour writes: “Google has been testing new layouts for
the past couple of years. Each layout seems to build upon what Google
has tried in the past. This timeline reflects just some of the layouts
seen from 2005 through today. There are several things that Google seems
to be focusing on with these latest tests: Placement of the different
search option links like Images, News, Video, etc.; placement of related
search links; and finding new ways to get users to try their queries in
other search verticals (Books, Products, Scholar, etc).”...
Google Blogoscoped, May 11
WorldCat xISBN service
The WorldCat xISBN service, the OCLC service that supplies International
Standard Book Numbers associated with individual intellectual works represented
in the WorldCat database, is now available for commercial and high-use
applications. The xISBN service helps a user find a resource when an ISBN
assigned to any printing or edition of the work is known. Users submit
an ISBN to the service to return a list of related ISBNs and selected
OCLC, May 11
Winds of change
This Kodak commercial (3:41) was produced for internal use only, but it
became so popular with employees that the company released it for general
viewing. It demonstrates that Kodak not only understands it made some
missteps early on with digital cameras, but also that the company has
a sense of humor....
The Americans for Libraries Council has released a report (PDF
file) on the new field of library valuation, or models for expressing
a library’s multiple contributions to its community in dollars and
cents. Worth Their Weight: An Assessment of the Evolving Field of
Library Valuation was prompted by the recognition that new approaches
to library advocacy must involve “making the case” for the
public library in quantitative terms....
Americans for Libraries Council, May 5
proposes a new crime: Attempted copyright infringement
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing the U.S. Congress to enact
a sweeping intellectual-property bill that would increase criminal penalties
for copyright infringement, including “attempts” to commit
piracy. The Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007 would also allow
computers to be seized more readily, and increase penalties for DMCA anticircumvention
violations. Whats still unclear is the kind of reception this legislation
might encounter on Capitol Hill....
news, May 15
25 web hoaxes and pranks
Steve Bass writes: “Whether they take the form of a comic image
of a giant cat or a desperate plea from a sick child, chain email messages
and internet frauds are elements of the online landscape that we’ve
all encountered. No topic is off-limits: a medical warning, a promise
of free money, or a believably (or shoddily) Photoshopped image. But at
the end of the day, they’re just elaborate hoaxes or clever pranks—and
we’ve collected 25 of the most infamous ones ever to have graced
the internet or our inboxes.”...
PC World, May 3
verification won’t help
Jacqui Cheng writes: “Age verification has been a hot topic of late
as a means for keeping children safe on the internet. But it’s when
adults and kids play in the same space that things get sticky and the
effectiveness of age verification seems to go out the window. Anyone can
easily verify that they are over 18, as ex-investigator and CEO of Sentinel
Tech Holding Corporation John Carillo has pointed out, even criminals
and sexual predators.”...
Ars Technica, May 15
the New Yorker librarians
New Yorker head librarians Erin Overbey and Jon Michaud reveal
how the magazine collects all the newspaper clippings with funny typos,
what Garrison Keillor wrote for the magazine, where founding editor Harold
Ross is buried, the funniest and most mysterious pseudonyms in the archives,
and when the first cartoon featuring a board of directors appeared....
Emdashes blog, May 14
and the future of bibliographic control
The second meeting of the Library of Congress Working
Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control was held May 9 at ALA
Headquarters in Chicago. The topic was “Structures and Standards
for Bibliographic Control.” Blogger Mark R. Lindner offers extensive
notes on the session, which featured a controversial presentation
by University of Chicago cataloger David Bade....
Off the Mark, May 11
for the library of the future
The public library in Aarhus, Denmark, established an experimental Transformation
Lab that explored new visions for the public library of the future. With
funding from the Danish National Library Authority and the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation, the library examined new ways for users to participate
in learning labs for literature, news, music, performance, and art. This
English-language video (7:07) explains the project and what the library
Aarhus Public Library
Public Library gets $193,000 in grants
The Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library were recently awarded $193,000
in grant funds to be used to expand a variety of programs and services
at the library, including Business Plan Builder, Live Homework Help, youth-focused
activities, and world language collection materials....
Minneapolis Public Library, May 15
European library joins Google Book Search
and University Library of Lausanne in Switzerland is the latest university
library, and the first French-language library, to partner with the Google
Book Search program, the company announced yesterday. Swiss and French
books will be digitized and made available online, including works from
Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac, Benjamin Constant, and the personal
library of economist and sociologist Vilfredo Pareto....
The Book Standard, May 16
for academic library success
Steven Bell writes: “We struggle to get our user communities to
actually use all the databases in which we invest significant funds, and
to do so in ways that enable them to succeed academically. Well, I heard
some new research findings last week that suggested a simple formula for
achieving academic library success that puts our challenge into better
perspective. This formula comes courtesy of John Law, Director, Strategic
Alliances & Platform Management ProQuest CSA.”...
ACRLog, May 14
Veterans History Project launches web resource
A new section on the Veterans History Project website
features background on Ken Burns’s upcoming film The War
and details on how to support the campaign to collect oral histories of
World War II. The section will be updated continually with event listings
and related information. In addition, a newly revised and updated Veterans
History Project field kit provides step-by-step instructions on collecting
and preserving veterans’ stories....
Library of Congress, May 15
report on Katrina
In a report
released May 15, the American Association of University Professors finds
that there was “nearly universal departure from (or in some cases
complete abandonment of) personnel and other policies” by five New
Orleans institutions―the Louisiana State University Health Sciences
Center, the University of New Orleans, Southern University at New Orleans,
Loyola University New Orleans, and Tulane University―as they contended
with the disaster that befell the city and its universities. The
report faults the number, timing, and handling of post-Katrina faculty
American Association of University Professors, May 15
Simply AudioBooks offers a selection of free public-domain books downloadable
onto MP3 players or computers and suitable for burning onto a CD. Included
are Jack London’s Call of the Wild, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s
The Camel’s Back, Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis,
collections best practices (PDF
The University of Maryland Libraries have issued a new edition of Best
Practice Guidelines for Digital Collections at University of Maryland
Libraries. The guide covers technical specifications for still images
and text as well as audio and moving image formats. The library staff
welcomes feedback and discussion on the content from the wider cultural
University of Maryland Libraries Digital Collections and
Resources, May 4
facts, advice, lists, documents, guidelines, lore, wit, and wisdom:
Along with fun and irreverence, it’s what readers have come
to expect from the “Whole Library” series. Diane Kresh
Whole Digital Library Handbook—an encyclopedic
overview of digital libraries. NEW!
From ALA Editions.
Mudd on the Love of Books
in the Library
in the School Blogosphere
the CentenniAL Blog
Landgraf writes: “Apropos of nothing except historical interest,
I’d like to share this photo of current ALA Executive Director
Michael Fiels from the November 1985 issue of American
Libraries. It was taken at the sixth annual meeting of the
White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services Taskforce,
September 12–14, 1985, in Princeton, N.J.; Fiels at the time
was with the New Jersey State Library.”...
Bay, Cuba. The ideal candidate will be working closely with the
military in supporting specialized library operations. Candidates
must be personable and effective in communication, and familiar
with Microsoft Office....
University of Michigan librarians Shevon Desai, Marija Freeland,
and Eric Frierson discuss their experience using Lesson
Study, a Japanese method of instructional improvement,
for library instruction classes, in the May issue of College
& Research Libraries News.
year’s Annual Conference features an outstanding lineup of adult
literature programs and author events (PDF
“If Penélope Cruz or Jennifer Lopez sees this movie,
she may just give up and become a librarian.”
Lane reviewing Away from Her, in which the gray-haired
Julie Christie has numerous closeups, New Yorker, May 7.
ALA, NILRC: Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges,
and the College of DuPage for a
national teleconference at 12 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time
on June 1 with an in-depth look at copyright issues facing librarians
and educators in the digital age. Call 800-354-6587 to register.
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America, New York City.
Theological Library Association, Annual Conference,
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American Symposium on Knowledge Organization, University
of Jewish Libraries, 42nd Annual Convention, Hilton
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Libraries, Southwest Flavors.” Contact: AJL.
Use Libraries: An International Conference, Manchester,
Library Association, Annual Conference, Washington,
for State and Local History, Collections Management
and Practices workshop, Salt Lake City, Utah.
for State and Local History, Digitizing Historic Collections
workshop, St. Paul, Minnesota.
the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing,
Minneapolis. “Open the Book, Open the Mind.”
American Association of
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Church and Synagogue
Library Association, Annual Conference, Valley Forge,
Pennsylvania. “Gems of the Past, Present, and Future.”
Joint Conference on Information Sciences,
Marriott Salt Lake City Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
National Book Festival,
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