The e-newsletter of the American Library Association | July 30,

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U.S. & World News

Fred Armstrong (right) shows West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin and First Lady Gayle Manchin an online exhibit "A State of Convenience: The Creation of West Virginia" during a June 19, 2006, ceremony at the Cultural Center. Photo from Gayle Manchin galleryFired West Virginia archivist appeals dismissal
Fred Armstrong (far right), West Virginia state archivist for 22 years until he was abruptly fired last November, is appealing the dismissal of his case in Kanawha Circuit Court, arguing that he deserves a full hearing with the state Public Employees Grievance Board. State officials have not specified a reason for the termination, although Armstrong believes the action was taken because of his opposition to a plan to put a café in the archive’s space after merging it with the state library....

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Washington, D.C.D.C. Public Library weighs impact of budget cuts
The District of Columbia Public Library is weighing the potential impact of its 2009 budget, which calls for the elimination of 74 unfilled staff positions from FY2008, a 14% reduction in its workforce. Adopted in June by the city council, the new budget may require all the city’s libraries to reduce hours, but neither layoffs nor suspension of a years-long capital-improvement project are anticipated....

Swan's Island Library, before the fireHistoric Maine library destroyed by lightning
The Swan’s Island (Maine) Library burned to the ground July 24 after it was hit by lightning during an early morning thunderstorm. Librarian Candis Joyce said that in addition to more than 10,000 volumes, the library held irreplaceable local-history materials, including genealogical records, historic photographs, archives from local quarries, weather data, and ferry logs. The collection had been housed for the past 10 years in the Atlantic Schoolhouse, a century-old, two-story structure that served as a village school from 1903 to 1954....

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ALA News

ALA website preview pageWebsite transition update
In fall 2008, ALA will unveil a redesigned website, with a new look and easier navigation. The redesign is the culmination of two years of gathering information from focus groups, interviews, usability tests, surveys, and other feedback loops. As we migrate our vast array of web pages this summer, please contact the ALA Library (800-545-2433, x2153) if you need assistance locating specific content or updates during our migration. We invite you to preview the site’s new look....
ALA Marginalia, July 30

Carol A. NemeyerCarol A. Nemeyer Memorial Fund created
The Freedom to Read Foundation has created the Carol A. Nemeyer Memorial Fund in honor of the former ALA President who died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, June 30. A member of the board of trustees of the Freedom to Read Foundation, Nemeyer was, during a long and distinguished career, a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in creating an informed citizenry....

Volunteer for an ALA committee
ALA President-elect Camila Alire is seeking applicants and nominees for appointments to 2009–2010 ALA and Council committees. The deadline for submitting applications and nominations is December 5. Applicants are required to complete an online committee volunteer form that will be available September 12....

Julie Andrews Discover the World @ your library posterThere’s still time to thank Julie Andrews
Hundreds of librarians and library supporters stopped by the Campaign for America’s Libraries exhibit space at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calfornia, to write personal messages of appreciation for the entertainment icon’s efforts on behalf of libraries and librarians as the Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2008. An electronic card is now available to allow more library supporters to thank her for her efforts. Click on the poster above....

ALA joins FCC comments about content filtering
ALA, in conjunction with the Center for Democracy and Technology, Media Access Project, and 18 other public-interest and industry organizations, have filed joint comments (PDF file) urging the FCC to abandon its proposed content-filtering mandate for the AWS-3 network. In its attempt to create a family-friendly online environment, the proposal conflicts with traditional First Amendment protections, requiring an AWS-3 service provider to block access to any text or video content that might harm a 5-year-old child in any way....
District Dispatch, July 28

AL Focus

Arigon Starr, from the Many Voices videoMany Voices, Many Nations
Author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie headlined the Many Voices, Many Nations program June 27 at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, following nine other speakers of Native American origin. This recap (6:24) of the event showcases the literature, poetry, song, and humor delivered by Alexie, master of ceremonies José A. Aponte of the San Diego County Library, musician Arigon Starr (above), and other speakers....

Lois Ann Gregory-Wood with her husband Don WoodHonoring Lois Ann Gregory-Wood
On July 2, ALA Council adopted a resolution to recognize the 40 years of service of Lois Ann Gregory-Wood. Beginning at ALA’s distribution office on October 11, 1968, Gregory-Wood went on to serve in a variety of positions leading up to her current role as Council Secretariat. The Council congratulated her on her outstanding work ethic, customer service, and promotion of ALA’s missions. A photo montage of the celebration is available in this short (1:18) video....

Dale Lipschultz talks about the American Dream Starts initiativeThe American Dream Starts @ your library
Dale Lipschultz (right), literary officer with the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, discusses (6:55) the American Dream Starts @ your library grant initiative sponsored by ALA and the Dollar General Foundation. The initiative’s purpose is to collect literacy resources that libraries have already developed for adult English-language learners, and to provide funding for libraries who need money to undertake such services....

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Cover of Highway CatsFeatured review: Books for youth
Lisle, Janet Taylor. Highway Cats. Sept. 2008. 128p. Grades 4–7. Philomel, hardcover (978-0-399-25070-5).
Three kittens abandoned on the median strip of an interstate highway miraculously survive. They meet a loose group of feral cats and help them to band together to save their small patch of homeland woods from being destroyed. Lisle firmly grounds this satisfying fantasy in the present day: The cats encounter the constant traffic of I-95, ever-filling dumpsters behind a shopping center, and a mayor who sees development as a path to reelection. In the tradition of classics such as Sheila Burnford’s The Incredible Journey (1961) and Robert C. O’Brien’s Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971), Lisle shows that she can create and develop animal characters that are just as convincing as the humans in her past works....

Cover of The GoatsCore collection: Summer camp stories
Gillian Engberg writes: “Regardless of what’s on the schedule between breakfast and taps, it’s the friction and friendships that make sleep-away camp most memorable. Titles such as Brock Cole’s The Goats (1987) expose the scarring social torture possible among young people housed together for a summer, but more books celebrate the true camaraderie that helps kids change and grow. The following titles, ranging from chapter books to young adult novels, feature young people heading off to camp for a wide range of reasons: to hone their talents, to escape their families, and, most of all, to feel the freedom and discovery that one only finds away from home.”...

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Division News

James CunoALCTS President’s Program to feature James Cuno
James Cuno, president and director of the Art Institute of Chicago, will be the featured speaker for the 2009 ALCTS President’s Program at the ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago. Cuno is the author of Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage. The program will take place July 13....

Cover of Zombies Calling, by Faith Erin Hicks, a read-alike for Breaking DawnYALSA offers read-alikes for Breaking Dawn
Bella Swan’s saga draws to a close with the August 2 release of Breaking Dawn, the final book of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga. But YALSA can help parents, librarians, and educators keep the attention of teens hooked on Bella and her romances with vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob with read-alikes and resources for planning teen-focused programs. The 2009 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list, Dead, Dying and the Undead, is a good starting point to find similar titles....

ALSC to offer four online CE courses
ALSC is offering four online continuing education courses October 6 through November 14, including: “Reading Instruction and Children’s Books” (Katherine Todd); “The Tech Savvy Booktalker” (Nancy J. Keane); “The Technology-Enhanced Library Professional” (Sara Fisher); and “Sharing Poetry with Children” (Sylvia M. Vardell). Registration opens for the first session on August 11....


Spectrum Scholarship winners announced
The ALA Office for Diversity has chosen its 2008 Spectrum Scholars. The Spectrum Scholarship Program aims at recruiting applicants and awarding scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students for graduate programs in library and information studies. Ten of the 2008 Spectrum Scholarships have been funded by proceeds from the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash....

ALA scholarship winners
ALA has named the winners of eight scholarships to help finance education through ALA-accredited degree programs: Maile Claire McGrew-Frede (Marshall Cavendish Scholarship), Rebecca Marie Iserman (Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship), Linda Ann Christian (David H. Clift Scholarship), Ivy Kathleen Marvel (Mary V. Gaver Scholarship), Oscar Rene Lanza-Galindo (Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship), Kathryn Ruth Pettegrew (Christopher J. Hoy/ERT Scholarship), Denelle Elaine Eads (Tony B. Leisner Scholarship), and Alina J. Johnson (Cicely Phippen Marks Scholarship)....

Riggio-Lynch Interfaith Chapel2009 Arbuthnot Lecture to be held in Clinton, Tennessee
ALSC has chosen the Riggio-Lynch Interfaith Chapel, designed by noted architect Maya Lin, in Clinton, Tennessee, as the site of the 2009 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Author Walter Dean Myers will deliver the lecture April 19, hosted by the Langston Hughes Library of the Children’s Defense Fund Haley Farm with the support of the University of Tennessee and the Knox County Public Library....

Cover of Winston of ChurchillGreen Earth Book Awards
Winston of Churchill: One Bear’s Battle Against Global Warming, written by Jean Davies Okimoto and illustrated by Jeremiah Trammell (Sasquatch, 2007), is the winner in the children’s fiction category of the 2008 Green Earth Book Awards, sponsored by the Newton Marasco Foundation to honor books that best raise awareness of the beauty of the natural world and our responsibility to protect it....
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Box for Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible2008 Christian (Audio)Book of the Year
The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association announced the six category winners of the 2008 Christian Book Awards during the International Christian Retail Show July 13 in Orlando, Florida. The Christian Book of the Year is The Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible (Thomas Nelson), featuring readers Michael York, Stacy Keach, Lou Gossett Jr., and Marisa Tomei in a scripted dramatization of the New King James Version....
Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, July 13

Seen Online

Still from LA Times video showing books fallen from shelves at LAPLChino Hills quake: Library damage slight
The most intense earthquake to ripple across Orange County in more than a decade damaged buildings, sparked a fire, and shut down the rides at Disneyland in a few moments of hard shaking July 29. In Placentia’s public library, ceiling tiles pulled loose and whole sections of ceiling were sagging; city officials said the library was not safe and would likely be closed for one or two weeks. The quake also cracked plaster and loosened ceiling tiles at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda. The Los Angeles Public Library (above) had some books topple from the shelves....
Orange County (Calif.) Register, July 29; Los Angeles Times, July 30

Charles Ammi CutterMelvil DeweyDewey and Cutter remembered
Melvil Dewey (left), director of the Amherst College library in the 1870s, and Charles Ammi Cutter, director of the Forbes Library in Northampton, Masschusetts, in the 1890s, were friends, ALA cofounders, and recognized visionaries in the library sciences. But they were also rivals for the same narrowly defined place in history. In the end, character may have been destiny. “You would have liked Cutter if you met him; you wouldn’t have liked Dewey,” says Wayne A. Wiegand, professor of library and information sciences at Florida State University....
Springfield (Mass.) Republican, July 28

Bob sits outside the main entrance to the Hall Memorial Library in Ellington, Conn.Bob, the Ellington library cat
As residents filtered into the Hall Memorial Library in Ellington, Connecticut, during a hot and sticky July day, Bob, the library’s cat-in-residence, beat the heat by napping on a chair in the reading room. Bob has been napping in chairs, and on countertops, tables, and the floor since he started hanging around the library in the winter of 2004, according to library director Susan Phillips. Residents fawn over the docile feline whenever they come in the door....
Manchester (Conn.) Journal Inquirer, July 18

Online, R U really reading?
As teenagers’ scores on standardized reading tests have declined or stagnated, some argue that the hours spent prowling the internet are the enemy of reading—diminishing literacy, wrecking attention spans, and destroying a precious common culture that exists only through the reading of books. But others say the internet has created a new kind of reading, one that schools and society should not discount....
New York Times, July 27

Sacramento library ponders reply to grand jury report
The Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library’s governing board weighed a proposal July 24 to reject the bulk of the recommendations made in a blistering assessment by the county grand jury, including a suggestion that library Director Anne Marie Gold be fired. The board did not vote on the draft response, putting it off until an August 6 meeting. But members of the panel gave little indication they opposed much in the proposal, instead discussing only technical changes....
Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, July 25

Diane ChenDiane Chen wants to make libraries better
About four years ago, Diane Chen’s son ruptured his kidney while kneeboarding. Chen, who has been a librarian at Hickman Elementary in Donelson, Tennessee, the past 11 years, was scheduled to go to the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando as state representative. “When we knew my son was going to be OK, he told me, ‘Go make libraries better,’” Chen said....
Nashville Tennessean, July 28

Hills branch of the Wellesley (Mass.) Free LibraryPrivate fundraising opens Wellesley branches
Two years after the Wellesley, Massachusetts, voters rejected public funding that would have allowed two branch libraries to remain open, both locations are now set to reopen their doors. Marla Robinson, chairwoman of the Wellesley Free Library Board of Trustees, said a private fundraising effort launched in October 2006 has raised more than $240,000 to reopen the Hills (above) and Fells branches in September....
Boston Globe, July 29

Million-penny collection at Peter White Public LibraryLibrary raised $10,000, one penny at a time
The children’s room at Peter White Public Library in Marquette, Michigan, has successfully completed its collection of a million pennies. The million mark was reached recently, ending a campaign that started in 2001 in conjunction with an exhibit about math that asked the question, “How much is a million?” after the book of the same title by David M. Schwartz. The money will be used to create an endowment fund for children’s materials and programming....
Marquette (Mich.) Mining Journal, July 29

Debbie CosperLibraries shine in tough economic times
With the economy slowing, many Americans are doing research in the public library. Boyd County (Ky.) Library Director Debbie Cosper says (audio, 4:07) public-use computers are always full and people are checking out books rather than buying them....
All Things Considered, NPR, July 29

Critics blast new Providence Public Library plan
The board of trustees of the Providence Public Library came under fire July 24 by more than two-dozen critics for its failure to reopen the Washington Park branch. They also derided a proposed pact between the library and the city that would commit the city to giving $3.5 million annually for the next four years even if the board decides next year to cut services in the neighborhood branches....
Providence Journal, July 25

Saltsburg library to close
Citing a shortage in funding and a decline in patronage, Saltsburg (Pa.) Free Library officials said the 99-year-old resource center will close August 1. A mass resignation of current library board members also is expected next month. Board Treasurer Kelly Corridoni believes the library has fallen victim to a combination of rising costs and a general trend of dwindling funds that can be tapped for such facilities in small communities....
Blairsville (Pa.) Dispatch, July 25

The South Walkerville branch of the Windsor Public Library got a temporary reprieve from closure recentlyLegal fees add to strapped Windsor Public Library problems
The cash-strapped Windsor, Ontario, library board, which is considering closing branches to make up for funding cutbacks, has spent an estimated $10,000 so far on legal advice surrounding its current CEO, who remains on paid sick leave while clerking at a local law firm. Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis said it was “insulting” that library CEO Brian Bell is working at a law firm while drawing a reported salary of around $133,000 since going on paid sick leave in the spring. Bell, who said the city paid about $20,000 in tuition for his law school education, cited stress and medical concerns for his sick leave....
Windsor (Ont.) Star, July 28

San Juan Del Sur Biblioteca Publica staff members Noelia Chavez-Lopez and Vincete Pavon, volunteer Barbara Adesso, and local children spend time choosing booksColorado woman founds Nicaragua’s first lending library
Jane Mirandette is giving power to the people of Nicaragua—one book at a time. In the past seven years, the Loveland, Colorado, resident has established the first lending library in the country, created a traveling reading program for schools, and helped found 25 more libraries around Central America. With 12,500 books in English and Spanish, the San Juan del Sur Public Library lends them to almost 5,000 library cardholders....
Loveland (Colo.) Reporter-Herald, July 27

A scene of the Chapter "Yokobue" (Flute) of Illustrated handscroll of Tale of Genji (written by Murasaki Shikibu, 11th cent.)Discovery of Genji text causes a stir
The literary world is abuzz with the discovery of a complete medieval manuscript of Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji), which scholars say will likely shed light on the original text of this 11th-century masterpiece. The classic work of prose is considered by many people to be the world’s first full-length novel. The 13th-century manuscript, called the “Osawa Book,” was owned by the Osawa family in Nara Prefecture, Japan, until World War II, but its whereabouts had remained unknown since then....
Tokyo Asahi Shimbun, July 23

Tech Talk

Cuil logoHow to lose your Cuil 20 seconds after launch
Erick Schonfeld writes: “The hype cycle now lasts less than a day. Take yesterday’s over-hyped launch of stealth search startup Cuil, which was quickly followed by a backlash when everyone realized that it was selling a bill of goods by portraying itself as a Google-killing search app. This was entirely the company’s own fault. It prebriefed every blogger and tech journalist on the planet, but didn’t allow anyone to actually test the search engine before the launch.”...
TechCrunch, July 29

Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000Videoconferencing: Easier than ever
Errol A. Pierre-Louis writes: “When you can’t meet face-to-face, meeting webcam-to-webcam is the way to go. Whether you want to chat with a friend or have an informal business meeting, videoconferencing is more personal than voice-only conference calling, and it’s a lot cheaper (and greener) than today’s plane trips. But you’ll need the right software and webcam to get the most out of your video meeting. The newest generation of videoconferencing applications features improved interfaces, smoother video streaming, and clearer audio.”...
PC Magazine, July 30

Cassette tapeEnd of the line for cassette tapes
Walter Minkel writes: “If you’ve been a librarian for more than a couple of years, you probably have memories connected to cassette tapes—circulating those book ’n’ tape combinations; practicing your storytime songs or puppet shows or storytelling; or learning songs in your car on the way to work. But those days are mostly over, and the cassette tape will soon join its brother, the 8-track, and its cousins, the 5 1/4 and 3 1/2-inch floppy disks and the VCR cassette, in the Misty Never-Never Land of Obsolete Technologies.”...
The Monkey Speaks, July 28

Taking digital preservation seriously
Andy Guess writes: “Librarians from research universities are collaborating to tackle a host of digital preservation problems that so far have no satisfactory solution. They include hardware complexities, such as constructing storage devices that continuously monitor and repair data while remaining easily scalable; redundancy measures, such as distributing and duplicating data across storage devices or across the country; universal standards, such as formats that can remain readable in the distant future; and interfaces, such as open software protocols that manage digital holdings and make them accessible to the public.”...
Inside Higher Ed, July 23

Web Harvester captures digital images
OCLC is now offering Web Harvester, a product that allows libraries and other cultural heritage institutions to capture and add web content to their digital collections managed by OCLC’s CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software. OCLC’s Web Harvester addresses the need to store and provide access to otherwise highly transient information resources that solely exist on websites....
OCLC, July 29

History|awk commandTop 10 command line tools
Kevin Purdy writes: “When you need something done quickly, efficiently, and without any software overhead, the command line (or terminal) is where it’s at. It was the first way humans told computers what to do, but as graphics became increasingly important, the command line became an insiders’ secret weapon. But with the right commands and a little bit of know-how, anyone can get things done from a text-only interface. Let’s take a look at 10 commands and tricks that make the terminal more accessible, and more powerful, on any system.”...
Lifehacker, July 30


Douglas Kennedy book covers with a woman at the beachThe great chick-lit cover-up
Diane Shipley writes: “When we look at a book, its cover tells us what to expect. A pink paperback featuring a smiling young woman is most likely a female-centric summer read, whereas a gun on a black background is probably a murder story. A few simple, aesthetic rules narrow our options, make life easier, and ensure none of us has to wander Waterstone’s for hours, wailing in confusion. And yet the rules seem to be changing.”...
The Telegraph (U.K.), July 29

Cover of William Gibson's NeuromancerGreat opening sentences from science fiction
Charlie Jane Anders writes: “You can tell a lot about a science fiction book from its first sentence. Those first few words (or few dozen, in some cases) have to pull you into the story and bring you into a whole alternate world. A good first sentence hooks you, pulling you into the story with a quick jolt of action and mystery. But a great first sentence does way more than that—it establishes a tone and it sticks in your mind like a little otherworldly koan, confounding your expectations.”...
io9: Strung Out on Science Fiction, July 24

Librarians harvest manga at Comic-Con
In the quest to attract young readers, librarians are increasingly stocking up on the latest comic books and graphic novels. This week, they mingled with comic enthusiasts at Comic-Con, a massively popular arts convention in San Diego, poring over manga, or Japanese comics, and attending panels specifically aimed at librarians who want to reach younger audiences....
All Things Considered, NPR, July 28

Map section showing Temple Bar area of LondonThe Map of Early Modern London
This site maps the streets, sites, and significant boundaries of late 16th-century and early 17th-century London. You can find many of the theatres and landmarks of Shakespeare’s time, and learn about the history and culture of the city in which he lived and worked. Navigation is by index or by tagged map section; an experimental map adds Google-style layers to the map platform. Janelle Jenstad, assistant professor of English at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, is editor and coordinator of the project....
Map of Early Modern London

Sony PRS-505 ReaderSony adopts epub standard for its Reader
The International Digital Publishing Forum’s epub e-book standard received a big vote of support July 24 when Sony announced that effective immediately its Sony Reader will now support the standard. Beginning in August, all new devices shipped will use epub, and right now owners of existing devices can visit the Sony support site to update their device’s software for epub support....
Publishers Weekly, July 24

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Report title: Finding Information: Factors that improve online experiencesFactors that improve the online experience
The Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement has released a report that sheds light on how people find information online and how the experience of website visitors can be improved. Some of its key findings: Easy access to complete information is key to visitor enjoyment; visitors want information fast; and designers are overly optimistic about visitors’ ability to maintain orientation. More than 50% report that there is a gap between what they are looking for and what typical websites provide, and 60% think that a personal navigational guide would help....
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Cover of From Awareness to FundingSwinging votes: Can libraries do it?
Jenny Levine writes: “If you’re in a public library, I can’t encourage you enough to get a copy of this new OCLC report, From Awareness to Funding, and read it for yourself. You can download one big PDF, download individual chapters, or order a print copy (highly recommended for administrators and trustees). The survey identifies four types of voters—chronic nonvoters, voters with barriers to support (financial, detached, “the web wins”), probable supporters, and super supporters. The report examines each one in depth, based on surveys and focus group discussions about funding support for libraries.”...
The Shifted Librarian, July 29

Cover of The Best 368 CollegesPrinceton Review ranks college libraries
According to a survey by the Princeton Review that asked 120,000 students at 368 colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences, Harvard, Princeton, and Duke University have the top three libraries in the United States. Ranking lists report the top 20 colleges in this and more than 50 other categories in the 2009 edition of the Princeton Review’s annual college guide The Best 368 Colleges....
Princeton Review,
July 28

One of the Washington County (Md.) Free Library's first bookmobiles, from the May 1913 issue of Harvester World magazineA tribute to the bookmobile
There are few visions of library service that are more inspiring than that of a bookmobile and its staff providing books to young children. Not only did the Washington County (Md.) Free Library have the first horse-and-wagon bookmobile (1905), it was also one of the first libraries in the United States to use a motorized vehicle as a bookmobile (by 1913). Bookmobiles have also appeared on seven postage stamps in six countries....
Library History Buff

Movers crate an Army Europe Libraries e-Branch kiosk for shipment to Camp Victory, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Amy DrayerElectronic library kiosk bound for Iraq
Camp Victory in Iraq is nearly 2,000 miles from the nearest Army library in Europe. But troops deployed at the sprawling base near Baghdad International Airport soon will have access to a broad spectrum of library resources through an e-Branch kiosk. A team of movers packed and loaded the kiosk July 14 at the European Regional Library Support Center in Heidelberg, Germany, for shipment to Camp Victory, where it will be installed at the Victory Education Center....
American Forces Press Service, July 22

The Sugar Grove (Ill.) Public Library will once again participate in the September Project in 2008The 5th Annual September Project
The September Project is a grassroots effort to encourage events about freedom and democracy in all libraries in all countries during the month of September. September Project events are free and organized locally. In 2004, Sarah Washburn and David Silver began the project to break the silence following September 11 and to invite all people into libraries to consider topics of patriotism, democracy, and citizenship. Since then, more than 1,200 public, academic, school, government, and special libraries in 35 countries have hosted and organized September Project events....
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Dr. Carl Sagan poses with a model of the Viking lander in Death Valley, Calif. NASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryInternet Archive opens up NASA space library
NASA is making its huge collection of historic photographs, films, and video available to the public for the first time. A partnership with the nonprofit Internet Archive is offering 21 major NASA imagery collections merged into a single searchable online resource at NASAImages. The launch is the first step in a five-year partnership that will add millions of images and thousands of hours of video and audio content....
Incisive Media, July 25

Security Guard Willie with Seven and the new bike. Photo by Paul SchmelzerMinneapolis Public Library guards go the extra mile
Paul Schmelzer writes: “My 12-year-old Thai nephew Seven, who’s been living with us since late March, was at the Minneapolis Public Library when his bike was stolen. The library security guards let him use the phone to call me, got a description of the bike, and said they’d check out their security camera tape to see if they could spot the theft. Then on Saturday, we got a call from the library: ‘We’ve got Seven’s bike.’ Only it wasn’t the one that had been taken: It was a new Schwinn BMX bike, just his height—and paid for out-of-pocket by several of the guards.”...
Eyeteeth, July 28

10 social networking tips for libraries
Sarah Houghton-Jan writes: “Part of Library 2.0 is social software, and as more and more libraries put themselves out there on social networks it becomes increasingly important that we do so in a way that works well for ourselves and for our users. How can we best take advantage of these community-building tools? 1. Do your research.”...
Librarian in Black, July 28

Virtual information centerBalancing real and virtual worlds
Librarians who spend part of their work time in such virtual worlds as Second Life, ActiveWorld, or Kaneva, or who are planning future activities for Second Life or other virtual worlds are invited to participate in a research study. The goal is to investigate how library staff balance real-life library duties with their virtual-world library duties. The results will be published in an international journal and shared with members of LITA....
East Carolina University

Interior of rebuilt Yap State Public LibraryHelp rebuild the Yap State Public Library
On April 9, 2004, Typhoon Sudal hit Yap, an island group in the Federated States of Micronesia in the western Pacific. The Yap State Public Library, serving a population of 8,000, was devastated. Today, Yap has a beautifully rebuilt facility (right), but little additional funding exists to restore the collection of books, library materials, computers, shelving, equipment, and furniture to serve its community. If you are willing to help, contact Peter Lor or Arlene Cohen....
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, June 27

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Wikipedia and Literacy Skills

Reframing Gaming

Gratitude As a Catalyst

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Cover of Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer

The final volume in Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, will be released on August 2. Many libraries across the country are hosting special events and parties for this “appetizing” occasion. What will your library do in honor of this once-in-a-lifetime (unless you’re a Cullen and your lifetime lasts a bit longer than normal) event? YALSA is compiling library Breaking Dawn celebrations and events on its wiki.

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Head of Readers Services, Glenview (Ill.) Public Library. Provides leadership to top-notch team of Readers Advisory Librarians and staff, and should be flexible in adapting to change. Responsible for all aspects of the administration and management of the Readers Services Department, including personnel, budget, and long-range planning, and is an active member of the library’s Management Team. Exciting opportunity to participate in new building project....

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Digital Library of the Week

Weaver birds, illustration from Richard Lydekker's The new natural history (189-). NNH-41

The New York Public Library Digital Gallery provides access to more than 600,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of the New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more. Encompassing the subject strengths of the vast collections of the Research Libraries, these materials represent the applied sciences, fine and decorative arts, history, performing arts, and social sciences. Some examples of this far-ranging content include artwork such as Goya’s Disasters of War; panoramic cityscapes of New York City’s Fifth Avenue; classic illustrated zoologies and botanies such as Pomona Britannica; George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio; Felice Beato’s views of Japan; reformer Thomas A. Larcom’s portrait collection from Dublin’s Mountjoy prison; the Theatre Guild’s first performance of Porgy in 1927; and rare illustrated books such as William Blake’s hand-printed masterpiece of 1793, America, A Prophecy. For each item in the gallery, a high-resolution, 300- to 1200-dpi digital image file has been created using a flatbed scanner or a digital camera. Simultaneously, three low-resolution, 72-dpi derivative files are created for delivery on the Web, at 150 pixels (thumbnail or index image), 300 pixels (detail view) and 760 pixels (enlargement), respectively, on the long side.

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When we learned libraries were installing video games to draw teens and young adults through their doors, our first thought was that it’s like luring people to church with free beer. Who says that’s a good idea? Sure, they’ll come, but then how do you get rid of them?”

—“Quiet in the Library? Shhh!”, Editorial, Chicago Tribune, July 23.

Ask the ALA Librarian

Noah planning for the Flood

Q. One hurricane has already hit land this season, there’s flooding in Iowa and upstate New York, and southern California just had a tremor. But our library doesn’t have a disaster plan! Where can I get help in writing one?

A. The ALA Washington Office has listed several web-based resources for disaster readiness. Be sure to cooperate with your local government and state library, as your plan needs to work in concert with those developed for larger areas. Some state libraries or regional consortia will have resources of their own. The Indiana State Library, for example, has a disaster plan template available. SOLINET’s Preservation Field Service Program has extensive resources available for its members, as do other regional networks. There are also workshops, such as an online one from SOLINET or a tailored on-site workshop from the Northeast Document Conservation Center. Again, check with your local consortium, state association, or state library to see what might be available in your area—or to see what would be entailed in bringing one of the workshops from ALCTS, NEDCC, or SOLINET to your area. From the ALA Professional Tips wiki.

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Sept. 1–30:
Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Sept. 18–20:
ALSC Institute, Hilton Salt Lake City Center. “Trailblaze Your Path to Library Success.”

Sept. 24–27:
History of Printing and Publishing in the Languages and Countries of the Middle East,
Third International Symposium, Universität Leipzig, Germany.

Sept. 26–28:
TPRC, 36th Research Conference on Communication, Information, and Internet Policy, National Center for Technology and Law, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia.

Sept. 27–28:
InfoCamp Seattle,
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Seattle. A hybrid unconference that blends the egalitarian, community-driven basis of barcamps with some conventional conference structures, where the presentations are given by attendees.

Sept. 27–
Oct. 4:

Banned Books Week.
“Free People Read Freely.”

Sept. 30–
Oct. 3:

4th Ibero-American Congress of Academic Archives,
Bogota, Colombia. “Protection of the Documented Cultural Heritage of Universities through Their Archives.”

Oct. 6–10:
Library and Information Association of South Africa,
10th Annual Conference, Cape Town. “Looking Ahead: The Changing Role of LIS.”

Oct. 9–11:
International Reading Association,
19th West Regional Conference, Seattle.

Oct. 12–18:
Teen Read Week. “Books With Bite @ your library.”

Oct. 15–19:
Frankfurt Book Fair,
Frankfurt, Germany.

Oct. 16–19:
LITA Forum, Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio. “Technology and Community: Building the Techno Community Library.”

Oct. 17–19:
AASL Fall Forum, Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort, Oak Brook, Illinois. “Assessment, Part II: Constructing and Interpreting Viable Tools for Effective Student Learning in the Library Media Center.”

Oct. 20–22:
Internet Librarian 2008, Monterey, California, Conference Center. “Beyond 2.0: User-Focused Tools and Practices.”

Nov. 7–9:
Young Adult Literature Symposium, Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee. Sponsored by YALSA.

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