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Editor Contact Information: Carolyn Jo Starkey alla.communicator@gmail.com

Alabama Library Association

A L L A C o m m u n i c ato r

Volume 14, Number 1 Preconference 2013 Issue

Preconference 2013 Issue Volume 14, Issue 1

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In this issue:

In this issue:

ASSOCIATION BUSINESS

FEATURE STORIES National Library Week Events at Samford University

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From the Editor

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A Conversation with ….

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Our Organization

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ACTIVITIES

Treasurer’s Report

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Athens-Limestone Public Library

40

Volunteers Needed

9

Albert L. Scott Public Library

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Navigating the Handbook

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Accessing Your ALLA Profile

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Legislative Update

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Congratulations

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Conference Preview

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OPPORTUNITIES Call for Proposals

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P. D. Opportunities

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FROM THE EDITOR CAROLYN JO STARKEY

Disaster Assistance for Alabama Libraries The Alabama Library Association’s second annual disaster grant cycle has begun. If you know of a library in the state of Alabama that endured a disaster of any type during the 2012 calendar year, please encourage them to submit an application or assist them in completing the application! The grants will be a minimum of $250 and the simple, straightforward applications are available under the forms section of www.allanet.org. Please contact the Association office or Past President Steven Yates (yatess@mtnbrook.k12.al.us) with any questions. You can contribute to the Disaster Assistance Fund on the ALLA website at https://m360.allanet.org/admin/forms/ViewForm.aspx?id=28084.

ALLA Scholarship Fund The Alabama Library Association established the Scholarship Fund, Inc. to reach the goal of having more trained librarians in Alabama. Recipients are selected by the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the Alabama Library Association Scholarship Fund, Inc. in July of each year on the basis of academic achievement, potential service to the library profession, and financial need. Application materials are available at http://allanet.org/ displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=36 and are due by June 1. You can contribute to the Scholarship Fund on the ALLA website at https://m360.allanet.org/admin/forms/ViewForm.aspx?id=28084.

The I Need A Library Job eResource Center The job site, I Need A Library Job, has launched INALJ state pages . Rachel Altman, Collection Development Librarian at Alabama State University in Montgomery as well as a freelance writer, is the editor for the Alabama INALJ page. The Alabama page can be found at http://inalj.com/? page_id=5657.�

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A CONVERSATION WITH PAUL BLACKMON

2013 ALLA Convention Committees Chair:

Paul Blackmon

Convention Treasurer

Dena Luce; Matt Williams; Neil Foulger;

(Budget & Finance):

Paul Blackmon

Exhibits:

Chair, Dena Luce; Neil Foulger; Michelle Wimbish; Pamela Sage

Hospitality:

Chair, Ron Dial; Matt Williams, Aliesha Davis; James Greer; Dorothy Hunt; Claedette Sadowski; Nordis Smith; Emily Tish, ALLA President.

Local Arrangements:

Chair, Paul Blackmon; Rachel Chenault; Ron Dial; Dena Luce; Pamela Sage; Emily Tish, ALLA President; Matt Williams.

Programs:

Chair, Jeff Simpson; Debra West; Angie Moore; Nordis Smith; Susan Hayes; Erin Boyd; Alyssa Martin; Allison Blakeney; Rachel Chenault

Public Relations:

Chair, Eunice Gail Samuel; Michelle Wimbish; Jessica Platt

Registration:

Chair, Rachel Chenault; Dena Luce; Jodi Poe, Neil Foulger; Amy Smith; Lexie Aldridge; Alyssa Martin; Brian Webb; Julia-Ann Jenkins; Sheeji Kathuria; Rachael Altman; Jessica Hayes; Paul Blackmon; Fredriatta BrownGreene

Speaker:

Co-Chair, Erin Boyd; Co-Chair, Glenda Walker; Paul Blackmon; Dena Luce; Matt Williams

Survey:

Chair, Rachel Chenault; Alisa McLeod; Taylor Barth; Nordis Smith; Julia-Ann Jenkins

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ALLA Convention Chair 2013 Paul Blackmon

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OUR ORGANIZATION EXECUTIVE COUNCIL: VOTING MEMBERS Officers President: Emily Tish, Trussville Public Library, 201 Parkway Drive, Trussville, AL 35173, (205) 559-4639, etish@bham.lib.al.us President-Elect: Jeff Simpson, Troy University-Montgomery, Rosa Parks Library, 252 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, AL 36104, (334) 241-8604, simpsonj@troy.edu Past President: Steven Yates, Mountain Brook High School, 3650 Bethune Drive Birmingham, AL 35223, (205) 825-3303, yatess@mtnbrook.k12.al.us Meeting Schedule 2012-2013 Friday, June 8, 2012 Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 Friday, December 14, 2012 Friday, March 8, 2013

All Executive Council meetings are open to the membership and take place at 10:00 am at Homewood Public Library.

Secretary: Paula Laurita, Athens-Limestone Public Library, 405 E. South Street, Athens, AL 35611, (256) 232-1233, drago.biblioteche@gmail.com Treasurer: Tim Bailey, Auburn University at Montgomery, PO Box 244023, Montgomery, AL 36124-4023, (334) 398-0825, tbailey1@aum.edu [term begins 7/2011 and ends 6/2013] Member-at-Large: North Alabama: Paula Barnett-Ellis, Jacksonville State University, Houston Cole Library, 700 Pelham Road, Jacksonville, AL 36265, (256) 782-5249, pbarnett@jsu.edu Member-at-Large: Carrie Steinmehl, Hoover Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Hoover, AL 35216, (205) 444-7748, carries@bham.lib.al.us Member-at-Large: South Alabama: Kent Snowden, Troy UniversityMontgomery, Rosa Parks Library, 252 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, AL 36104, (334) 241-9783, kesnowden@troy.edu

Division Chairpersons Children's & School: Carolyn Jo Starkey, Shades Valley High School/ Jefferson County IB School, 25 Warren Road, Albertville, AL 35950, (256) 302 -1009, admin@jojo-starkey.com College, University & Special: Michael W. Pearce, University of Alabama SLIS, 4 Forest Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404, (205) 246-9134, pearc007@ua.edu Public Library: Amanda Jackson, Gadsden Public Library, 254 College Street, Gadsden, AL 35901, Amanda@gadsdenlibrary.org

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OUR ORGANIZATION EXECUTIVE COUNCIL: NON-VOTING MEMBERS

Ex-Officio Members

ALLA Communicator

ALA Councillor: Henry Stewart, Troy University - Troy/Main Campus, 501 University Avenue, Wallace Hall - Library, Troy, AL 36082, (334) 670-3263, hstewart@troy.edu

Publication Calendar 2012-2013

ALLA Communicator Editor: Carolyn Jo Starkey, Shades Valley High School/ Jefferson County IB School, 25 Warren Road, Albertville, AL 35950, (256) 3021009, admin@jojo-starkey.com Archivist: Donnelly Walton, W.S. Hoole Special Collection Library, University of Alabama, P.O. Box 870266, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0266, (205) 3933245, dfwalton@ua.edu Association Administrator: Dena Luce, 9154 Eastchase Parkway, Suite 418, Montgomery, AL 36117, (334) 414-0113; admin@allanet.org AVL Representative: Danny Stewart, Pell City Public Library, 1923 1st Avenue North, Pell City, AL 35125, (205) 884-1015, danny@asc.edu or dannystewart@epell.net SELA Representative: Tim Dodge, Auburn University Libraries, 231 Mell St., Auburn University, AL 36849-5606, (334) 844-1729, dodgeti@auburn.edu Web Administrator: Jodi W. Poe, Jacksonville State University, Houston Cole Library, 700 Pelham Road, Jacksonville, AL 36265, (256) 782-8103, jpoe@jsu.edu

Right: Incoming officers and division chairs at ALLA Convention 2012. Below: Incoming officers, ex-officio members, roundtable chairs, and committee chairs at ALLA Convention 2012/

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March/April 2012

Articles Due April 10. Publish April 23.

May/June 2012 Articles Due June 10. Publish June July/August 2012

Articles Due August 10. Publish Au-

September/ October 2012

Articles Due October10. Publish October 23.

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Articles Due December 10. Publish December 23.

January/ February 2013

Articles Due February 10. Publish February 23.

March/April 2013

Articles Due April 10. Publish April 23.

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OUR ORGANIZATION ROUNDTABLE MODERATORS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS Roundtable Moderators Alabama Library Instruction (ALIRT): Ellen Wilson, University of South Alabama Library, 5901 USA Drive North, Library 250, Mobile, AL 36688, (251) 460-6045, ewilson@southalabama.edu Collection Development and Management (CDMRT): Kevin Walker, Alabama State University, 1914 Norman Bridge Court, Montgomery, AL 36104, (334) 229-4114, kevinwadewalker@gmail.com Government Documents (GODORT): Bethany Latham, Jacksonville State University, Houston Cole Library, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, AL 35901, (256) 782-8195, blatham@jsu.edu Meeting Schedule 2012-2013 Friday, June 8, 2012 Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 Friday, December 14, 2012 Friday, March 8, 2013

All Executive Council meetings are open to the membership and take place at 10:00 am at Homewood Public Library.

Multicultural (MCRT): Paul Blackmon, Trenholm Technical College, P.O. Box 10048, 1225 Air Base Blvd., Montgomery, AL 36108, (251) 575-9222, pblackmon@trenholmstate.edu Paraprofessional (PART): Anthony J. Pendleton, Auburn University Library, 231 Mell Street, Auburn, AL 36849-5606, (334) 844-4094, pendlaj@auburn.edu Reference and Adult Services (RASRT): Ron Dial, Air University Library, Muir S. Fairchild RIC 600 Chennault Cir.,—Bldg 140, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112, (334) 953-8301, ron.dial@us.af.mil Technical Services & Systems (TSSRT): Muriel Nero, Univeristy of South Alabama Library, 5901 USA Drive North, Library 250, Mobile, AL 36688, (251) 460-7026, mnero@southalabama.edu Young Adult Services (YASRT): Emily Rae Seymour, Tuscaloosa Public Library, 1801 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, (205) 886-1147, eseymour@tuscaloosa-library.org Committee Chairs Association Awards: Mary Moore, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, 1317 McCullough Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35801, (256) 534-3812, mmoore@hmcpl.org Author Awards: Jason Cooper, University of Montevallo, Carmichael Library, Station 6114, Montevallo, AL 35115, (205) 665-6114, cooper@libraryprofessionals.com Bibliographic: Nancy Dupree, University of AL Libraries, 2816 Shannon Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404, (205) 348-1489, ndupree@ua.edu

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OUR ORGANIZATION ROUNDTABLE MODERATORS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Budget and Finance: Tim Bailey, Auburn University at Montgomery, P.O. Box 244023, Montgomery, AL 36124-4023, (334) 398-0825, tbailey1@aum.edu Bylaws: Jeff Graveline, University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), Stern Library, SL 172, 1530 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294, (205) 979-8921, jgraveli@uab.edu Convention: Paul Blackmon, Trenholm Technical College, P.O. Box 10048, 1225 Air Base Blvd., Montgomery, AL 36108, (251) 575-9222, pblackmon@trenholmstate.edu Education: Marliese Thomas, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229, (205) 726-2770, msthomas@samford.edu Emeritus Council: Steven Yates, Mountain Brook High School, 3650 Bethune Drive Birmingham, AL 35223, (205) 825-3303, yatess@mtnbrook.k12.al.us Employee Evaluation: Steven Yates, Mountain Brook High School, 3650 Bethune Drive Birmingham, AL 35223, (205) 825-3303, yatess@mtnbrook.k12.al.us Handbook: Jane Daugherty, Thomas B. Merton Library, 221 West 19th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542, janecdaugherty@gmail.com Intellectual Freedom: Craig Scott, Gadsden Public Library, 254 College Street, Gadsden, AL 35901, (256) 549-4699 ext. 120, craig@gadsdenlibrary.org Legislative Development: Tim Dodge, Auburn University Libraries, 231 Mell St., Auburn University, AL 36849-5606, (334) 844-1729, dodgeti@auburn.edu

ALLA Communicator Publication Calendar 2012-2013 March/April 2012

May/June 2012 Articles Due June 10. Publish June July/August 2012

Articles Due August 10. Publish Au-

September/ October 2012

Articles Due October10. Publish October 23.

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Articles Due December 10. Publish December 23.

January/ February 2013

Articles Due February 10. Publish February 23.

March/April 2013

Articles Due April 10. Publish April 23.

Membership: Marylyn Wright Eubank, Emmet O’Neal Library, 50 Oak Street, Mountain Brook, AL 35213, (205) 445-1115, marylynw@bham.lib.al.us Nominating: Steven Yates, Mountain Brook High School, 3650 Bethune Drive Birmingham, AL 35223, (205) 825-3303, yatess@mtnbrook.k12.al.us Planning: Jodi W. Poe, Jacksonville State University, Houston Cole Library, 700 Pelham Road, Jacksonville, AL 36265, (256) 782-8103, jpoe@jsu.edu Public Relations: Gail Sheldon, Oneonta Public Library, 221 2nd Street South, Oneonta, AL 35121-2109, (205) 274-7641, oplib@otelco.net Publications: Jackie Brodsky, University of Alabama SLIS, Box 870252, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0252, (205) 792-0451, jackie.brodsky@ua.edu Scholarship Board: Angela (Angie) Moore, Faulkner University, 5435 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, AL 36109, (334) 386-7209, al-

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Articles Due April 10. Publish April 23.

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TREASURER’S REPORT TIM BAILEY

As of February 7, 2013, account totals were reported as follows:

Tim Bailey ALLA Treasurer Checking

$55,020.02 General Fund Funds for operation and support of organization as a whole $25,008.40 Convention Funds for the support of annual ALLA Convention $16,372.90 Auxiliary Accounts Funds for support of Roundtables $13,638.72

Tim at the June 7th Executive Board meeting at Homewood Public Library.

Savings

$47,736.92 Savings account of the organization

Small Business CD

$12,309.41

Started in July 2009 as an interest-bearing certificate of deposit. It matured in Sept. 2010 at 1.0% and will mature at .3% in May 2011. Special Projects

$453.20

Started in June 2011 to coordinate funds to assist libraries affected by the April 2011 storms.

Total of all accounts

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$115,519.55

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED DENA LUCE, ALLA ASSOCIATION ADMINISTRATOR

ALLA Book Volunteers for Alabama Book Festival etc. as giveaways, along with informational brochures. If you might be willing and interested to volunteer for at least 1 shift, see the information below; we need 2-3 people for each shift. Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013 Time: TBD--generally we do 2-hour shifts from 8 am - 4 pm Location: 301 Columbus Street, Montgomery, AL 36104--Old Alabama Town Contact Person: Dena Luce, dena.luce@gmail.com or 334-414-0113

http://alabamabookfestival.org/general.html

April will be here before we know it! In addition to the 2013 ALLA Convention, the 2013 Alabama Book Festival will arrive and we will need volunteers to man the ALLA booth. ALLA has been a sponsor of the ABF for several years. We have a booth where we highlight ALLA, it's services and programs, provide scholarship information and information about our Library Disaster Relief Fund. Volunteers will answer questions, possibly provide directions to events/buildings at ABF, and generally show a friendly face to the public. We generally have candy, pens,

Dena Luce ALLA Association Administrator

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HOW TO...

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The ALLA Handbook is available in Word and PDF formats. Simply go to http://www.allanet.org/ and click on the ‘About ALLA’ tab at the top left of the screen. Then click on the link for the format you wish to view.

Dena Luce

ALLA Administrator

NAVIGATE THE ALLA HANDBOOK

Quick tip…FIND what you want. Whether you use the Word or .Pdf version of the handbook, one quick way to find what you are looking for is the Find function. In Word, you can do Ctrl + F and a box will pop up. You enter the word(s) you wish to find and specify what part(s) of the document you wish to search. Then click on Find Next and each time the word(s) is mentioned in the text, you will see it highlighted. Simply click on Find Next to move to the next appearance of the word(s). In Adobe Reader, you will see the Find search box at the top of the window. Enter your word(s) and press Enter. The word(s) will show up highlighted where it is located in the text. You can go forwards and backwards by clicking on the arrow icons next to the search box. The Table of Contents can be your best friend. Never forget to use this handy tool as it will guide you to the page or

section of the document that you need. Once you know the page or section number you want, you can then activate the Go To function in either Word or Adobe Reader. In Word, do Ctrl + F as you do for Find. This time, select the tab for Go To and then choose the portion of the text you wish to maneuver—page, section, line, etc. Next enter the page number (or other number) and click on Go To. You will be taken to the specified area without having to scroll or hit page down continuously. In Adobe Reader, you will see this feature at the top of the window just below the toolbar. Type in the page number and press Enter. You will be taken to the page in the document ( this will not be the number on that page but the number of the page within the total document). Don’t forget the Appendices. Just like the Table of Contents, an appendix can be a quick tool to locate charts, lists, forms, and other specialized content that supplements the text of the document. For example, Appendix C of the ALLA Handbook contains the various forms used by the Association. NOTE: the most current version of all ALLA forms is available on the website under the ‘Forms’ tab. ALLA COMMuNICATOR


HOW TO... ACCESS YOUR MEMBER PROFILE http://www.allanet.com

To renew membership or update your profile Go to http://www.allanet.org/ Click on the Member Login link in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Then log in with the user name and password you received via email/welcome letter OR you may contact the Association Administrator if you do not have a login and password. Once you sign in, you should be looking at your member profile page. You now have the options to add an image, edit your profile, and change your password. If you need to renew your membership, you should have received a renewal invoice with an invoice number via email. This invoice should appear in the Accounting Information section of your profile screen. Click on the link for the appropriate invoice to open it and make a payment. You can either print the form and mail it to the Association Administrator along with your check payment OR pay online by credit card. You must click on the submit button to finalize your transaction. Once your payment is processed, you will receive a receipt via email that you can print for your records. Preconference 2013

To register for an event Go to http://www.allanet.org/ Click on the Member Login link in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Then log in with the user name and password you received via email/welcome letter OR you may contact the Association Administrator if you do not have a login and password. Once you login as a member, all of the events show up on your member profile page. Click on the Register link next to the desired event. Simply complete the registration form and click to continue as prompted. As with membership renewal, you will have the option to pay by check or credit card online. If paying by check, submit a copy of your registration invoice with your check and mail to the Association Administrator.

Mailing address for payments: Alabama Library Association 9154 Eastchase Pkwy, Suite 418 Montgomery, AL 36117

Dena hard at work at the June 7th Executive Board meeting at Homewood Public Library.

Forgot your password? If you forget your password, type in your user name and then click on the “Forgot Password� link. You will receive an email with instructions to reset your password. The ALLA office does not have access to passwords.

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE TIM DODGE, LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR February 7, 2013 The fiscal cliff was averted at a little past the eleventh hour but possible “sequestration” of federal government operating funds at 8.2% of currently budgeted funds awaits us on March 1 and then another wretched debt ceiling deadline is currently scheduled for March 27. At this point (February 7), it looks as if “dark clouds may rise and strong winds may blow” to quote the beautiful gospel song, “He’s Sweet I Know.” We can hope the outlook is a little less bleak on the state level with the convening of the Alabama Legislature on February 5 for its Regular Session. However, we certainly can’t be complacent, especially in regard to funding for the Alabama Virtual Library. Regarding federal library-related legislation, it looks as if H.R. 2471, the Video Privacy Protection Act Amendment was not passed; the last action taken was on December 20, 2012 when Sen. Patrick Leahy (Democrat – Vermont) filed a report with additional views. With the 113th. Congress being sworn in on January 3, 2013, this bill is now dead but it is possible a sponsor may re-file it or a similar bill in the new Congress. For now, the privacy of our e-mail correspondence has not been compromised by this bill. However, on December 28, 2012 the Senate passed the reauthori-

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zation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) without debate or amendment. This means the federal government still has authority to do warrantless wiretapping as well as monitoring of international telephone calls and of e-mail correspondence. A major potential legislative item on the horizon has arisen concerning the First Sale Doctrine in regard to Copyright. Depending on the outcome of the Kirtsaeng vs. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. case before the Supreme Court, libraries as well as American citizens in general may be faced with major headaches concerning the use or disposal of works (books, videos, you name it) produced outside the United States. Legislation on the federal level will very likely be introduced in the aftermath of the Kirtsaeng case. What is the Kirtsaeng case? Very briefly, while Supap Kirtsaeng, a native of Thailand, was a Mathematics graduate student at the University of Southern California, he decided to finance his education by having members of his family back in Thailand purchase textbooks published by John Wiley & Sons and other publishers, and send him the books via mail. Mr. Kirtsaeng then sold these textbooks through eBay. He was so successful that he made

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE TIM DODGE, LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR approximately $900,000. Sales of this magnitude evidently caught the eye of someone at John Wiley & Sons, Inc. This extremely successful venture, however, has led to unintended consequences. According to U.S. copyright law, the First Sale Doctrine as it is known, says that once you have purchased a product made in the United States such as a textbook, or a music C.D., or a movie in DVD format, you are free to dispose of it as you see fit and this includes selling it to another party. The position of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. says that if the work was produced outside of the United States then the First Sale Doctrine does not apply and the first purchaser of the work does not have the right to dispose of the item as he or she sees fit because the purchaser is thus infringing on the producer’s or publisher’s copyright. This could have a truly deleterious effect on libraries not to say private individuals who happen to have purchased or otherwise received a product (a book, etc.) that was produced outside of the United States. For example, libraries could actually be forbidden to lend out copies of foreignpublished or foreign-produced books. You, as a private individual, might find yourself liable to a lawsuit if you donated a copy of a book that hap-

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pened to have been produced outside the United States. The Wiley textbooks so successfully sold by Kirtsaeng via e-Bay were virtually identical to those published in the United States. However, the copies imported from Thailand were printed outside the United States and due to the very large price differential between the Thai market for these books and the mostly American market via e-Bay, Mr. Kirtsaeng was still able to make a significant profit. Wiley objected to this since they saw it as lost sales revenue and so they plus other publishers are seeking to prevent a similar situation where someone imports textbooks (or whatever) cheaply produced overseas and then resells them for a profit in the United States. If this Supreme Court case goes against Supap Kirtsaeng, legislation will almost certainly be introduced in Congress to counteract what could be a truly alarming situation for libraries and private citizens that may have books, DVD’s, sound recordings, etc. that happened to have been produced outside of the United States. Be aware that a book may have been officially published in the United States but if it was printed outside of the United States, it would lose its First Sale Doctrine protection. The publishing industry has its allies in

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE TIM DODGE, LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR Congress, so it is very likely legislation upholding such ridiculously draconian measures will also be introduced if Wiley loses the case. On the state level, the Alabama Legislature convened with a cautiously optimistic assessment of the condition of the State’s General Fund and Education Trust Fund budgets by Governor Robert Bentley. We can hope that the Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) will do better in the forthcoming fiscal year than it has fared in the past couple. Please be prepared to advocate on behalf of the AVL (and other library-related services and institutions) to make sure our legislators are aware of its importance as budget negotiations take place during the Regular Session.

Montgomery for the convention, this will provide a great opportunity for us to appear en masse and let our state legislators know just how much libraries do to support the educational, economic, and cultural fabric of Alabama. Tim Dodge ALLA Legislative Development Committee Chair

Finally, it’s not too early to put the American Library Association’s National Library Legislative Day on your radar. This is an excellent forum for reaching our Congressional legislators. See http://www.ala.org/ advocacy/advleg/nlld for more information. This year the event takes place May 7 – 8 in Washington, D.C. Closer to home, I hope you are aware of the Legislative Day activities being planned as part of the annual ALLA convention which will be held in Montgomery on Wednesday, April 24. With so many of us library workers and supporters assembling in

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CONGRATULATIONS Craig Scott of the Gadsden Public Library has recently been elected to the boards of two service organizations: Etowah County Habitat for Humanity and the Etowah County Council on Aging. Phillip Burgess, a University of Alabama MLIS (2013) student, recently concluded an internship with the Gadsden Public Library. Phillip was with GPL for a total of 10 weeks and worked in every department of the library to learn more about public librarianship. The Irondale Education and Youth Fund recently funded a $2,500.00 grant request to enable Carolyn Starkey and Carla Crews, librarians at Shades Valley High School / Jefferson County IB School / Shades Valley Technical Academies, to purchase a Nook Charging Cart. This cart allows for the classroom set of Color Nooks, purchased by JefCoEd for each of the system’s libraries, to stay fully charged and easily transported throughout the learning community. The grant is funded by Irondale merchants and administered through the Irondale City Council.

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CONVENTION 2013 PUBLICITY COMMITTEE Get All Excited, Go and Tell Everybody! “Alabama Libraries! Find Their Voice.” Newspapers, talk shows, e-mails, listservs, you name it, they’ve done it!

Eunice Gail Samuel, Chair ALLA 2013 Public Relations Committee

Eunice, Jessica, and Michelle have been busy spreading the energy and getting others excited about the ALLA Convention 2013. Emily Tish, Association President, and Paul Blackmon, Convention Chair will be appearing on WSFA News 12 Talk. Katie Bright, Alabama Live Producer, indicated that she would love for them to be a part of their noon show. The press release will appear in the Montgomery Advertiser closer to the date of the convention, and all university and college libraries have been e-mailed copies of the press release and flyer. Thanks, Jessica.

Michelle Jones

With the help of our webmaster, Jodi Poe, and other librarians, we have been able to tap into various libraries and media specialists throughout the state. Annalisa Keuler, School Librarian of Homewood, Alabama, was glad to help in submitting the news story and flier to her school library listserv and well as membership. Meg Lowry, Education Administrator, Alabama Department of Education, and Allison Blakeney, Educational Specialist/Library Media P-12, willingly accepted the opportunity to promote the convention. We look forward to seeing you all there! Eunice Gail Samuel, Chair Michelle Jones & Jessica Platt ALLA-Public Relations Committee

Jessica Platt

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CONVENTION 2013 PUBLICITY COMMITTEE

2013 ALLA CONVENTION Renaissance Hotel & Spa 201 Tallapoosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104

Theme: Alabama Libraries: Find Your Voice! April 23-26, 2013 he e to t m w on Follo venti n o C 2013 s! light High

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CONVENTION 2013 PUBLICITY COMMITTEE

Come Stay at the Luxurious Renaissance Hotel Complimentary Breakfast with your room reservation

Tuesday – April 23, 2013

Registration Begins at 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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CONVENTION 2013 PUBLICITY COMMITTEE

Tuesday – April 23, 2013 5:00 p.m.

Join Us on the Rooftop for a Pool Side Reception

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CONVENTION 2013 PUBLICITY COMMITTEE

Wednesday - April 24, 2013

Get Your Morning Started With Aerobics!!! Antonio V. King 2801 Vaughn Plaza Rd. Montgomery, Al Work: 334-239-9355 Fax: 334-239-9356 avking@Fit4Christ.org Owner & Operator Fit 4 Christ® Fitness Center, LLC Specializing in health, fitness, and Motivational Speaking With a vision to help improve the health and quality of life of people both Spiritually and Physically, Antonio founded Fit 4 Christ® Spiritual and Physical Fitness Center. With great patience and perseverance, what started as indoor and outdoor personal training has grown to be the River Regions first solely owned spiritual fitness center. Antonio’s love for God, exercise, physical fitness, and helping others is what inspired him to become a fitness practitioner. Antonio is a Certified Trainer, ranked martial arts instructor, United States Marine and former Soldier in the Army Guard. He is a graduate of Alabama State University, a member of Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Wednesday – April 24, 2013

Exhibits Hall Opens Daily at 7:30 a.m.

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Speaker

CONVENTION 2013 PUBLICITY COMMITTEE

Sub-Committee Members: Erin E. Boyd, Co-Chair Glenda Walker, CoChair Cynthia Sankey

Wednesday - April 24, 2013

Eunice Gail Samuel

Opening Session Speaker Rheta Grimsley Johnson has covered the South for over three decades as a newspaper reporter and columnist. She writes about ordinary but fascinating people, mining for universal meaning in individual stories. In past reporting for United Press International, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and a number of other regional newspapers, Johnson has won national awards. They include the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for human interest reporting (1983), the Headliner Award for commentary (1985), the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award for commentary (1982). In 1986 she was inducted into the Scripps Howard Newspapers Editorial Hall of Fame. In 1991 Johnson was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Syndicated today by King Features of New York, Johnson’s column appears in about 50 papers nationwide. She is the author of several books, including America’s Faces (1987) and Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz (1989). In 2000 she wrote the text for a book of photographs entitled Georgia. A native of Colquitt, Ga., Johnson grew up in Montgomery, Ala., studied journalism at Auburn University and has lived and worked in the South all of her career. In December 2010, Johnson married retired Auburn University history professor Hines Hall.

Wednesday - April 24, 2013

Author Awards Luncheon

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http:// alla.affiniscape.com/ associations/13211/ files/2013ConventionProg ramSchedule.pdf

2013 Convention Program Preview Programming quality and quantity – just two things, among many to expect at the 2013 ALLA Convention! With more than 60 events to choose from, this year’s conference will offer a variety of choices to all of the attendees. There will be Best Practices programs like the Alabama Association of College and Research Libraries (AACRL), and the College, University, and Special Libraries Division’s (CUS), “A Collection Development Policy for the Juvenile Collection in an Academic Library: Why Have One and What Should It Contain?” There will be other Best Practice presentations, too, competing for your time including the Alabama Library Instruction Roundtable’s, “Ghostly Voices Greet the Freshmen: Developing an Interactive Orientation Event.” As you debate which breakout sessions to select, be sure to consider the Public Libraries Division’s (PLD) “Being Heard – Simple Advocacy Activities,” or the “Marketing Your Library: One Press Release at a Time,” that is co-sponsored by the PLD and the Alabama Public Library Service. There is also the “Advocacy Made Easy: Reaching Out to Non-Library Users in Your Community,” and the Reference and Adult Services Roundtable’s “Advocacy of the Mind.” Alabama libraries find their voice and advocate! Other sessions will be available such as the Childrens and School Librarians Division (CSLD) “Finding Our Voices: Promoting Cultural Competence with Children’s Literature and Digital Media,” which promises to be outstanding as does the CSLD’s, PLD’s, and Young Adult Services Roundtable’s (YASRT) “CCRS (Common Core): Helping Public Librarians Find Their Voices with Alabama Schools.” If you start to feel overwhelmed, the YASRT can give you a boost with the “Dare to Power Up: Find your Collections Digital Voice.”

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CONVENTION 2013 PUBLICITY COMMITTEE To all of us with that inclination toward technology, the Collection Development and Management Roundtable and the American Library Association are bringing the program “Amplify Library Value: Using Data for Results.” Not to be overlooked, either, is the interesting programming from the Technical Services & Systems Roundtable. Two of their offerings are: “Technoforum: Managing Your Library’s E-Resources,” and “Where to Begin: Cataloging with RDA.” If you are hands-on person, do not miss the CSLD’s “Bring Your Own Device Hands-on Session: Using Your Library’s Data to Create Eye-Catching Infographics for Advocacy.” Decisions, decisions, decisions…attend as much as you can! The Multicultural Roundtable will offer a look at “Diversity in Alabama Libraries” and “Recruitment and Retention of Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds and Underrepresented Groups to Librarianship.” So whether you want to attend the “SLIS Research Roundup,” the “Handling Conflict Resolution in Your Library,” Tween Online Summer Reading,” “Alabama Library Media Specialist – Navigating the Standards,” or any of the numerous other programming sessions, we invite you to come and participate in your Alabama Libraries: Find Your Voice!

Advocating for Alabama’s Libraries

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ALLA Convention 2013 Local Arrangements Subcommittee The Local Arrangements Subcommittee has been working very closely with the Program Subcommittee Chair to ensure that presenters have the materials and space they need to find their voices at large sessions and in the smaller programs. The Program Subcommittee Chair collected the audiovisual requests from all convention presenters and provided a list to us. We have already secured some of the requested equipment from the list and will gather more as the convention approaches. We look forward to helping presenters with their audiovisual needs in the spacious meeting rooms at the Renaissance. In addition to our work for presenters, we are helping all attendees to find their voices by providing transportation so that several hundred librarians can descend upon the Capitol on Legislative Day. Rachel Chenault from South University and Ron Dial from the Fairchild Research Center at Maxwell Air Force Base make up the remainder of the subcommittee along with Association Administrator Dena Luce and Convention Chair Paul Blackmon. Matt Williams, Chair

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High School students and APLS Director Rebecca Mitchell, 2012 Legislative Day

Alabama Library Legislative Day Who: YOU What: Alabama Library Legislative Day Where: Outside Alabama State House When: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 1:30pm – 3:30pm Alabama Library Legislative Day is the day Academic, Community College, Network of Alabama Academic (NAAL), Public, and School Libraries come together to thank our elected officials and legislators for supporting all libraries in Alabama. It is always a special year when this day of celebration can coincide with the Alabama Library Association’s convention. Come celebrate Alabama libraries at a rally on the steps of the State House with guest speaker Senator J. T. “Jabo” Waggoner and your peers. Then take a time, between 2:00 – 3:30, to visit your elected official and legislators. We will have a brochure available with information how libraries change lives for the better and improve the quality of life for all Alabamians. Legislative Day his shows that librarians on every level are united and committed to keeping libraries opened, staffed and funded across the state. To do this we need representatives from every county and every institution to show-up and meet with their respective legislators. We encourage you to bring your friends, friends of the library, principals, teachers, instructors, students, library boards and all supporters to represent our libraries in Alabama. Each library has its own unique story to tell, come prepared to share your story with your legislator. Find your representatives: http://www.legislature.state.al.us/index.html. Alabama Libraries, Share Your Voice! Committee members: Emily Tish, ALLA President, 2012-2013 Director, Trussville Public Library, Trussville, AL Paul O. Blackmon, 2013 Convention Chair, Head Librarian, Trenholm State Technical College, Montgomery, AL Rebecca Mitchell, Director Alabama Public Library Service, Montgomery, AL Ron Leonard, Director Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, Montgomery, AL Tim Dodge, Reference Department Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library, Auburn, AL

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Wednesday - April 24, 2013

Library Legislative Day A Camden, Alabama, native and a 1967 graduate of Auburn University, Kay Ivey has had a career in the private sector (as a banker and assistant hospital administrator), as well as a career in public service (as a high school teacher and as Reading Clerk of the Alabama House of Representatives). Her public service also includes being appointed by three governors to various positions in state government, including Assistant Director of the Department of Commerce, formerly known as the Alabama Development Office. In 2002, Kay became the first Republican elected State Treasurer since Reconstruction and was reelected in 2006. As Treasurer, Kay Ivey proved her commitment to taxpayers by making the office more open, transparent, and efficient. Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey is committed to job creation and preparing students for the 21st century workforce. This commitment has resulted in her service as Chairman of the Job Creation and Military Stability Commission, Vice Chairman of the Aerospace States Association and acting as an advocate for the Real World Design Challenge, in Alabama. She also serves as the spokeswoman for the Alabama Forestry Associations Black Belt Initiative and is participating with Auburn University in their campaign to end child hunger. She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Montgomery, the Montgomery Rotary Club, the Board of Directors of the Montgomery YMCA, and the Tukabatchee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Lt. Governor Kay Ivey is also honored to be the first Alabama Girls State alumnus elected to an Alabama Constitutional Office.

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Library Legislative Day Senator Waggoner, born in Birmingham, Alabama, on January 8, 1937, is serving his sixth term in the Senate after serving from 1966-1983 in the House of Representatives. Senator Waggoner, President, Birmingham Business Consultants, LLC, received his B.A. degree from Birmingham Southern College and his J.D. degree from Birmingham School of Law. He and his wife Marilyn are the parents of four children: Scott (deceased), Mark, Lyn Waggoner Kilpatrick, and Jay. Senator Waggoner is a Republican and a member of the Homewood Church of Christ. He serves on the following boards: Executive Committee of Birmingham Business Alliance; Faulkner University Board of Trustees; Member of Birmingham, Hoover, Shelby County, Vestavia Hills Chambers of Commerce; Member Vestavia Hills Civitan Club; Inducted into the Birmingham Southern College Sports Hall of Fame, 2007; Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau; Alabama Sports Hall of Fame; and Pinnacle Bank. He served as head coach of the Birmingham Touchdown Club and was president of the Birmingham Tip-Off Club. Senator Waggoner was elected Senate Minority Leader from 2002-2010. Senator Waggoner was elected Senate Majority Leader on December 8, 2010. Senator Waggoner has the longest record of service, of any legislator from Jefferson County, in Alabama history. SENATOR J. T. "JABO" WAGGONER (R) Senate Majority Leader 16th District (Jefferson, Shelby)

Recipient of the Ronald Reagan Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012. Elected by the Alabama Republican Executive Committee to serve as an Elector in the 2012 Presidential Campaign.

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Library Legislative Day Representative Jay Love was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in November, 2002. Born and raised in Montgomery, Representative Love graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and received his B.A. in Business Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. As a former restaurant owner, he was selected as one of the Top 40 business leaders under 40 by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.

He and his wife, Cheri, have four children: Rachel, Addison, Rebecca, and Caroline. Representative Love is a member of First Baptist Church of Montgomery.

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Thursday – April 25, 2013

Kick Start Your Day with Zumba! Dora Fenderson - Aerobic Instructor Dora Fenderson is a native of Montgomery. She is a full time Administrator employed with the Montgomery Public School System, and has been an Aerobics Instructor since 1996. She is AFAA certified in Group Exercise (2001). Not only does Dora teaches Step, KickBoxing, Strength, Circuit and Zumba, but she is a past NANBF Body Building competitor of the Montgomery area. She loves to teach and has fun doing it. Hobbies: Singing, Dancing, Cooking, Teaching Sunday School to Kids.

Thursday – April 25, 2013

President Program Luncheon Karin Slaughter (born January 6, 1971) is an American crime writer, whose first novel Blindsighted (2001) became an international success, was published in almost 30 languages, and made the Crime Writers' Association's Dagger Award shortlist for "Best Thriller Debut" of 2001. She has sold more than 30 million copies of her books, and is published in 32 languages. Fractured, the second novel in the Will Trent series, debuted at number one in the UK and the Netherlands, and was the number one adult fiction title in Australia. At the same time, Faithless (Gottlos) published in Germany at number one. Slaughter was born in a small southern Georgia community. Now residing in Atlanta, she is widely credited with coining the term "investigoogling" in 2006. Slaughter is currently part of a "Save the Libraries" event that benefits the DeKalb County Public Library.

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Thursday – April 25, 2013

President’s Reception At the Alley Station

Photos Courtesy Paula Davis Wedding Photography

Award Winners Eminent Librarian Merit Award Distinguished Service Award Humanitarian Award Public Servant Award Honorary Membership

Renee Blalock, Birmingham Public Library The Daniel Foundation of Alabama Dr. Henry Stewart, Troy University Drew Burgin, Public Library of AnnistonCalhoun County Willis Bradford, Autauga-Prattville Public Library Ed Bridges, Alabama Department of Archives & History

Susan Markham, Huntsville-Madison Library Roll of Honor

County Public Library Rickie Brunner, Alabama Department of Archives & History Kate Ragsdale, University of Alabama

Intellectual Freedom Award

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Amy Maliska, Thomas B. Norton Public Library

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Friday – April 26, 2013

Let’s Do It Again! Aerobics with Shirley Shirley Nance was born in Dallas, Texas. She attended Prairie View A&M University and graduated with a BA in marketing in the spring of 1992. In the summer of 2004, Shirley and her family moved to Montgomery, Alabama. Shirley has a Health and Wellness business and is also a group fitness and spinning instructor at All Fit Gym in Montgomery, AL. Shirley has certifications in the following disciplines: Group Exercise Group Cycling Instructor Healthy Lifestyle Principals

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Stretch It Out with Pilates

Instructor TBA

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Friday – April 26, 2013

Closing Session Speaker Dr. Camila Alire Through her professional positions, professional service, and scholarship, Dr. Camila Alire is recognized as a library leader. She is Dean Emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado and her MLS from the University of Denver. She has served the profession well as president of ALA (2009), president of the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL 2005), and president of national REFORMA (1993). Camila has co-authored books on academic librarianship, emotionally intelligent leadership, library services to Latino communities; and disaster planning/recovery. Because of her leadership and scholarship abilities, Camila was honored with the ALA/Lippincott Award for Distinguished Service; the CALA Presidential Recognition Award, and the ALA Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award. She also received the first ALA Elizabeth Futas’ Catalyst for Change Award and the National REFORMA’s Librarian of the Year Award. Camila was recently nominated by President Barrack Obama to serve on the National Council on the Humanities.

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New Officer Installation Ceremony

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Britannica Digital Learning 331 N. LaSalle Street Chicago, IL 60654 800-621-3900 www.info.eb.com

Burrow Library Services Inc. 408 Turner Road Pell City, AL 35128 800-683-5187 www.duraboundbooks.com

EBSCO Publishing 110 Olmsted Street Suite 100 Birmingham, AL 35242 800-633-4604 www.ebsco.com

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SAMFORD UNIVERSITY SEAN FLYNT, APR, M.S.ED.

Samford University To Highlight Gifts of Rare Books, Unique Collections for National Library Week

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Samford University Library will join libraries nationwide in celebrating the American Library Association’s National Library Week April 1420. The university will highlight unique gifts to its collection each day of that week. “Gifts to the University Library provide valuable opportunities for enhancements to existing library resources and services, said library dean Kim Herndon. “Developing and maintaining a scholarly library and center for learning now and in the future is a long-range enterprise that requires a wide base of support to ensure preservation of and access to key information resources for scholarship.” All of the National Library Week events and displays described below are free-of-charge and open to the public. All will be found in the lobby of Samford University Library unless otherwise noted.

Harwell Goodwin Davis Library, Samford University

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Monday, April 15 10:30 a.m.

Lori and Jeff Northrup recently presented Samford with the sevenvolume, leather-bound Bible, which takes its name from project commissioner Saint John's Abbey and University. The couple made the gift in honor of their parents, Celia S. and David L. Adams, Sr. and Gertrude H. and James H. Northrup. “We are both blessed by the examples of our parents and what they sacrificed to make us what we are, and we are very happy to honor them and their Christian witness to us and their communities with this gift,” said Lori Northrup, collection management chair and associate dean of the library. “Samford nurtures conversation at the intersection of faith and our modern world, and this Bible with its astounding modern illustrations and ancient techniques fits here,” said Jeff Northrup, assistant professor in Samford’s history department. “We like the idea of the general public, students and faculty from Samford and other institutions, members of religious communities in the area, and independent scholars, all having access to it on Samford's beautiful campus.” Tuesday, April 16 “The Pilgrim's Choice” This unassuming little collection of 266 hymns and spiritual songs is one of only four known extant copies of the first Baptist hymnal known to have been published in Alabama. David W. Andrews compiled the work and Jacksonville, Ala., printer J.F. Grant printed it in 1843. The only other known copies reside in the Alabama State Archives, the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a private collection.

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The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition is a monumental work capturing the spirit, scale, materials and techniques of the great medieval European Bibles, while bringing them into the present with a New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) text. This exceptional new addition to Samford’s collection is the culmination of more than 40 years of research and artistic labor by Welsh artist Donald Jackson and a host of theological advisors and craftspeople.

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Samford music professor Paul Richardson, a noted hymnologist and past president of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, acquired the hymnal and donated it to the university in honor of Liz Wells, chair of the library’s Special Collection department. “She has been so helpful to me, I saw this as a way to add to the collection and honor her at the same time,” Richardson said. “The Pilgrim’s Choice” joins an already sizeable collection of hymnals at Samford resulting from an earlier gift of materials to the university’s School of the Arts by the Lorenz publishing family of Chicago.

Wednesday, April 17 C.S. Lewis Collection It’s hard to overestimate the influence of C.S. Lewis on multiple generations of readers. His science fiction, children's literature, and devotional writings persist in popularity, while his scholarly works continue to be studied and analyzed. Films and plays based on his work entice young audiences and lay the foundation of a generous and beautiful Christian theology. Through the gift and direction of a generous local donor, Samford University Library has added 72 titles by and about C. S. Lewis in the last year. The enhanced collections provide a complete catalog of novels, poems, theological and philosophical monographs, literary criticism, children's books, essays and memoirs by this highly influential Christian scholar. The collection is growing to include audio books, DVDs and secondary works about Lewis. Thursday April 18 10:00 a.m. Alfa Presentation Room Open House In February, Samford dedicated its new ALFA Practice Presentation in library room 214 . With funding from the ALFA Foundation, the facility was renovated and outfitted with the latest technology to help students practice and refine presentations for classes, seminars, conferences and thesis defense. In addition to dedicated recording software, the room features an electric screen, projector, video camera and confidence monitor. Although the room is reserved for student use, this open house will introduce the facility to the entire university community and public.

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Friday, April 19

The Hellenic Scholars' Library is located on the lower level of the library, adjacent to the Special Collection department. Its materials are accessible through the Samford Libraries Catalog. Learn More: Samford University Library http://library.samford.edu/ Sean Flynt, APR, M.S.Ed. Director of External Relations, School of the Arts and Howard College of Arts and Sciences Samford University saflynt@samford.edu (205) 726-4197 http://howard.samford.edu/ http://arts.samford.edu/

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Hellenic Scholars Library In partnership with the Birmingham Philhellene Society, Samford University Library is developing a collection dedicated to Greek culture, thought, art and letters. “The Hellenic Scholars Library has been a wonderful resource for our faculty and students, providing many rare and unusual texts for our study and research,” said Samford Classics Department chair Randy Todd. He noted that the collection also has facilitated many positive connections to Birmingham’s Greek community. Samford classics professor Doug Clapp noted that although pride in Greek culture was exaggerated for comedic effect in the film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “it is no stretch to say that we can trace our ideas, our ways of thinking, back to their ancient Greek origins through the writings of, among others, Homer, Plato and Paul. “By preserving a multitude of Greek voices,” Clapp said, “the Hellenic Scholars Library can help a twenty-first century world maintain access to ancient wisdom that can help us thoughtfully consider our modern quandaries.”

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ATHENS-LIMESTONE LIBRARY PAULA S.W. LAURITA, DIRECTOR

Dekko Foundation Check Presentation The Dekko Foundation is a private foundation started in 1981 by the late Chester E. (Chet) Dekko. Mr. Dekko was an entrepreneur, business and community leader, and dedicated family man. He believed in education as the key to an independent, successful life. Mr. Dekko’s goal for his foundation was to support the development of personal independence for people in the communities where he had an interest. With his love of family, he placed particular significance on helping people become good providers for their families. Mr. Dekko set the enduring mission of the Dekko Foundation. It reads: To Foster Economic Freedom Through Education Mr. Dekko’s generosity has benefitted many organizations throughout Limestone County, and the Athens Limestone Public Library Foundation is proud to be a grant recipient. The $1M challenge grant issued by the Dekko Foundation on behalf of the project to build a new library for the community, provided the Foundation with the boost they needed to engage the community. Paula Laurita, director of the library commented, “The Dekko Foundation shares our mission to offer equal access to information and education.”

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ATHENS-LIMESTONE LIBRARY PAULA S.W. LAURITA, DIRECTOR The Library Foundation earned the first grant payment of $250,000 in January of 2012 and this $750,000 check represents the final payment of the $1M challenge. Frank Cauthen, M.D., chair of the Library Foundation Board said, “We can’t thank the Dekko Foundation enough for their belief in our project and their financial support. With their help, our dream will become a reality and will benefit every member of this community.” Foundation Board Members are working on a final push to raise the last $500,000 needed to finance the construction of the new facility. Naming opportunities are available, and donations of $5,000 or more will be recognized on a Major Donor Wall. Jeff Tosh of CMH Architects is designing the new facility, which will be a renovation of the Kroger store on Jefferson Street. Limestone Building Group will begin the oversight of construction this spring, and the new facility is anticipated to be completed by the summer of 2014. Please contact Debbie Joyner or at 256-655-6690 or Alison Scroggins at 256-232-1233 if you need additional information.

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American Sign Language Basics More patrons of the Albert L. Scott Public Library know the basics of sign language after attending a repeat of our four week workshop with expert Darrell Revel during the month of February. The American Sign Language training included learning beginning manual communication skills: the manual alphabet, counting, vocabulary, frequently used phrases, and the grammatical use of ‘classifiers.’ Participants also got an overview of deaf culture and etiquette. All instructional materials were provided and everyone received a certificate during the last class.

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ALBERT L. SCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY FRANCES SMITH, YOUTH SERVICES LIBRARIAN Alabaster Book Blasters Take Off: Library Re-Launches Kids’ Book Club The Alabaster Book Blasters Book Club for kids was re-launched with “Keats’s Whistling Wonderland” on January 22. The featured book was Whistle for Willie by award winning children’s author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats. The guest entertainer was Phil “Mr. Mac” McEntee who performed with guitar and voice. Children, Mr. Mac, and youth services librarian Frances Smith read the book aloud to the youngsters and discussed its themes. The children had fun playing with cardboard boxes and enacting the story. They also read from the book A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer. Each child received a whistle and a certificate of participation. The children enjoyed laughter,

learning. and reading, The library was awarded the annual $500.00 Ezra Jack Keats Foundation mini-grant to exclusively fund the book club. This is the second time the library received the award. The club will showcase several books of Keats. Keats won the Caldecott Medal for his book The Snowy Day and his other books are acclaimed for their diversity of characters and theme and unique illustrations. Ezra Jack Keats was the first American picture-book creator to give the African-American child a vital place in children’s literature. He was born in 1916 to poor Polish immigrants of Jewish descent in Brooklyn, New York. The next meeting of the Alabaster Book Blasters Book Club will be on Tuesday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. and new members age 6 years old to ten years old are welcome to sign up at the library. The club meets in the meeting room. ALLA COMMuNICATOR


ALBERT L. SCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY FRANCES SMITH, YOUTH SERVICES LIBRARIAN The BIG Event: Vulcan Face to Face To celebrate the opening of the Albert L. Scott Public Library’s new meeting room “V” a very big, special guest from Vulcan Park and Museum visited on January 29. “V” the Vulcan Park mascot introduced families to the themes of Vulcan Park. During the program Vulcan Face to Face, children and parents learned about the geology and science that built the region and how Vulcan symbolizes the people who helped build Birmingham.

The BIG Event: Safyia Johnson & Good-Times Traveling Theatre Alabaster families enjoyed being entertained and educated as they explored folk tales of the American South during The BIG Event, which in February was a Black History Month program, at the Albert L. Scott Public Library. On February 12 with a backdrop of oversized stuffed jungle animals and books folks listened to griot, or traditional storyteller, Safiya Johnson spin yarns. Johnson of the Good-Times Traveling Theatre presented In the Shadow of the Baobab Tree: Folktales from around the World: That Trickster Brer Rabbit and His Mischievous Buddies. Johnson also led the audience in call and response, song, and movement.

Children thank (left to right) Lindsay Elliott, educational program coordinator of Vulcan Park and Museum, “V” the Vulcan Park mascot, Sheila Cook and Brandon McCray both of Vulcan Park after The BIG Event: Vulcan Face to Face at the Albert L. Scott Public Library in Alabaster .

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CALLS FOR PROPOSALS The ALLA Communicator, the publication of the Alabama Library Association, is seeking articles, announcements, news, and photos for publication. See publication for bimonthly deadlines. Items should be sent to Editor Carolyn Starkey at alla.communicator@gmail.com. The Alabama School Librarian is a combined association newsletter and peer-reviewed (refereed) journal published by the Alabama School Library Association (ASLA). It is devoted solely to the field of school libraries and technology as related to school libraries. Although all submissions are welcome, those that clearly focus on issues and topics related to Alabama school libraries have publication priority. The Alabama School Librarian is published digitally four times per academic year and is sent electronically to all members of the Alabama School Library Association and supporters of Alabama school libraries. For Author Instructions and deadlines, visit http://www.alasla.org/ Default.asp? PN=Articles&L=1&DivisionID=7820& LMID=315719&ToggleSideNav=Show All. Items should be sent to Editor Carolyn Starkey at admin@jojostarkey.com.

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OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Program (LISRGP) 2014 Call for Proposals OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Incorporated and OCLC Research, in collaboration with the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), announce the Library and Information Science Research Grant Program (LISRGP) for 2014 and invite research proposals. Program description In recognition of the importance of research to the advancement of librarianship and information science, OCLC and ALISE promote independent research that helps integrate new technologies that offer innovative approaches and contributes to a better understanding of the information environment and user expectations and behaviors. Research related (but not limited) to the following areas is encouraged: Impact of digital technology on libraries, museums, and archives Social media, learning, and information-seeking behavior New developments in knowledge organization (metadata, social tagging, linked data, etc.) http://www.oclc.org/research/grants/ call.html

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