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CONTENTS American Libraries
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Help educate the next generation of librarians without leaving your library BY elaine yontz
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CONTENTS American Libraries
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Departments Information Technology
Tech News In Practice
Reading Rooms Online by Meredith Farkas In the Library By Joseph Janes People
106 Youth Matters
Surveying Our Domain By Jennifer Burek Pierce
108 Working Knowledge
14 ALA 26 U.S. and INTERNATIONAL 40 Newsmaker: Lance Armstrong
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39 storyville by ruth schaefer 100 ala’s stand on cuba’s independent libraries by peter mcdonald
This and That By Mary Pergander
110 Librarian’s Library
Comic Book Confidential By Mary Ellen Quinn
111 rousing reads
My Kind of Memoir By Bill Ott
112 Solutions and Services Opinion and Commentary
6 From the editor
To Your Health By Leonard Kniffel
8 President’s Message
Circle of Wellness By Loriene Roy
Letters and Comments
50 Public Perception 51 On My Mind
In the Name of Service by Douglas Morrison
120 Will’s World
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90 ala executive board
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FROM THE EDITOR | Contributors
To Your Health by Leonard Kniffel
Peter McDonald (“ALA’s Stand on Cuba’s Independent Libraries,” p. 100–102) is dean of library services at California State University Fresno. Before moving to Fresno in February 2007, he served as associate university librarian at Syracuse University for seven years while also managing the Belfer Music Archive. A longtime resident of Ithaca, New York, he began his academic library career working at Cornell University, after several years at New York Public Library, where he served in the reference department. McDonald has been an ALA councilor going on six years; he currently chairs the Resolution Committee and has served on numerous other ALA committees. He has been awarded both the Blackwell North America Award and the Best of LRTS Award. An avid fly-fisherman, amateur naturalist, and ardent environmentalist, he spends most of his weekends hiking in the Sierra Nevada. Elaine Yontz (“Be Outstanding in Your Fieldwork,” p. 56–59) is professor in the Master of Library and Information Science Program at Valdosta (Ga.) State University. She established the fieldwork course at Valdosta, where she serves as faculty supervisor for fieldwork students. She contributed to The Service Connection: Library and Information Science Education and Service to Communities, forthcoming from ALA Editions. She was a faculty member at the University of South Florida and a catalog librarian at the University of Florida. Participation in ALA has included Loriene Roy’s Presidential Task Force on Supporting LIS Education through Practice, chair of ALCTS Council of Regional Groups, and president of New Members Round Table. Academic honors include Beta Phi Mu and Phi Kappa Phi.
LA President Loriene Roy has made workplace wellness a major theme of her year at the Association’s helm, and in this, the final issue of American Libraries during her presidency, she talks about why the path to good health is logically a crucial issue for professionals in the information business (p. 8). Through their work with the Lance Armstrong Foundation (p. 40) and other organizations, Roy and her advisory task force on wellness have tried to make strong connections between the dissemination of health care information at libraries and the urgent need for library staffers to practice what they parlay. In their article “Your Circle of Wellness” (p. 52), Siobhan Champ-Blackwell and Henry Stokes remind us that as essential professionals in American education we have our work cut out for us and the best leadership is by example. In another article (p. 56), Elaine Yontz explains how we can all help educate the next generation of librarians by becoming worksite We have our work cut supervisors for fieldwork students. out for us and the best Ironically, this is the issue in which we leadership is by example. must report that yet another school system is trying to solve its fiscal problems by eliminating school libraries. Mesa (Ariz.) Public School District is on the verge of eliminating all 87 of its school library media specialist positions over the next three years and replacing them with support staff (p. 28). Roughly a third of American high school students drop out, noted Bob Herbert in the April 22 New York Times. Another third graduate unprepared for either work or post-secondary education. “When two-thirds of all teenagers old enough to graduate from high school are incapable of mastering college-level work, the nation is doing something awfully wrong,” he says. The wrong, I would add, is abandoning our school libraries. “The ongoing struggle for our nation’s school libraries is being fought on many local fronts,” says Marci Merola, director of ALA’s new Office for Advocacy. Her office, along with ALA’s American Association of School Librarians, is helping to mobilize citizens who recognize what we now have abundant research to support: students in schools with good library media centers achieve and learn far better than those without. Meanwhile, the periodic outbreaks of ALA-bashing over Cuba that you may have seen in the mainstream media have prompted us to publish an analysis (p. 100) of the Association’s stand against both censorship in the island nation and the ongoing American embargo, just in time for ALA Council’s next meetings at the Annual Conference in California. And speaking of Annual, also in this issue are a program preview and a restaurant guide to Anaheim beginning on p. 62. And speaking of previews, the redesigned and long-awaited new ALA website is about to launch, and everyone is invited to take a look during the conference. The information architecture has been completely revised based on user feedback. But you be the judge. You can also preview the site at www.ala.org/ preview. Let us know what you think at al.ala.org/forum. z
Siobhan ChampBlackwell (“Your Circle of Wellness,” p. 52–55) is community outreach liaison for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Midcontinental Region, where she focuses on improving access to health information around issues of health disparities. She works with health care providers, medical and public librarians, and staff at community organizations to develop partnerships and outreach programs. Henry Stokes works for the University of Texas Libraries, helping to manage electronic resources. He is also a member of his library’s Work Environment Committee, helping to assess and improve ergonomic issues for UT library employees. He recently obtained his MSIS degree from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin and is a former student of ALA President Loriene Roy.
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ALA | President’s Message
Circle of Wellness Half-Way/Summer Moon months: Abitaa-Niibini-Giizis
includes many vibrant individuals who are creating and coping with changes in our community demographics, services, buildings, and ourselves. Like many others, we have to work to create healthy lifestyles. My interest in wellness stems from my previous career as a medical imager in community hospitals and my connections with tribal communities, where wellness is a key communitywide concern. As an indigenous person, I consider wellness an expression of all aspects of a person’s life—not only of our physicality but also part of our social and emotional well-being. Last year an able task force launched an initiative to support wellness for library workers. My former student Henry Stokes, a gifted web designer, created the workplace wellness website that will be housed at www.ala-apa.org/wellness, home of the ALA–Allied Professional Association. Background about the ideas and process behind the effort can be found in an article coauthored by Stokes and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell on page 52 of this issue. We invite you to read stories of wellness journeys and add your own, follow the news, and check out the resources, especially the new “Staying Healthy at Conference,” “Workplace Wellness Inventory,” and “Wellness Passport” documents created for ALA members. Let us know how you are incorporating wellness in your library workplace.
We have already heard about “Livestrong @ your library” events held recently at Victoria (Tex.) Public Library and St. Mary’s Academy Charter School Library, also in Victoria. When you care about your colleagues, you care about their health.
Your good thoughts, concerns, and hard work have flowed from the Four Directions; you have taught me and energized me.
This is my final message to you as ALA president. My year started with an Honor Dance and a blessing. I have been humbled by the honor of serving you and I have been blessed by the work of ALA members who have helped me realize my campaign platform of “Celebrating Community, Collaboration, and Culture.” You will now find meeting effectiveness podcasts and text tip sheets linked at www.ala.org as well as the start of an exciting national oral history project with an evolving digital library focusing on librarians. We worked with others to expand discussions of a national library camp model into regional or local settings. We hosted two education forums this year along with a “Gathering of Readers,” a virtual celebration of indigenous children’s reading and culture. Our collaborations have included work with the Lance Armstrong Foundation to bring important information on cancer survivorship to our libraries, discussions with Reading Is Fundamental, and the upcoming national library initiative with WGBH
Boston to help support library programming around We Shall Remain, an American Experience series about American Indian history that will air on public television in April 2009. Your good thoughts, concerns, and hard work have flowed from the Four Directions; you have taught me, supported me, and energized me. People have frequently asked me to identify my favorite/most enjoyable/most interesting experiences over the past year. The answer is easy: It has been spending time with you.
I will continue to serve ALA as a member of the Association’s governing Council, Executive Board, and Executive Committee, as liaison from the Executive Board to ALA units, and in other assigned roles. In the fall I will return to my good life as a faculty member at one of the premier schools of information. I look forward to working with you and my students to continue to contribute to our vital and exciting profession. Chi megwitch, thank you very much. z ALA President Loriene Roy is professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information. She is enrolled on the White Earth Reservation, a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
ibraries are blessed with a workforce that
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OPINION | Reader Forum
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Melanie Odom Venice (Fla.) Public Library
Praises for a Dream Job Just read Mary Pergander’s May “Working Knowledge” column” (p. 69) and I can’t agree with her more! I love my job and feel so lucky that my life’s path led me to libraries, library school, and now my branch. Even the worst, more stressful, and crazy day is worthwhile and I go home knowing that what I do matters. I get to read book reviews and see all the new books come in. That is a dream come true, for sure! I’d go broke working in a bookstore. Working in a branch that serves a large immigrant community means that I am sometimes the first library contact for a person. I love to see the look of wonder and pleasure that crosses a newcomer’s face when I tell them that the library is free and they can take books, movies, and music home just based on trust. I love being able to connect a patron to a needed social service or even make a phone call myself to straighten a problem out. So nice hear the positive side of things for once! Rebecca Montaño-Smith Lexington (Ky.) Public Library
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NLW 50th “Anniversary” In “Circle of Knowledge,” (Apr., p. 6), ALA President Loriene Roy correctly observes that National Library Week was first celebrated in 1958, which makes 2008 the 50th anniversary of this grand event. The first NLW was celebrated March 16–22, 1958, with theme “For a Better-Read, Better-Informed America” (I have stationery from the Illinois committee that proves it). On the other hand, there is a mistake in the article, “National Library Week Celebrates 50 years” (p. 12). While it is correct that this year is the 50th anniversary of NLW, this year’s celebration actually is the 51st observance of the event. Do the math! For what it’s worth, the celebration last year was the true 50th annual, or 50th observance, of NLW. Frankly, I would rather take part in an anniversary than an observance any day—or week!. George H. Scheetz Batavia (Ill.) Public Library
“ALA Costs” Rebuttals I read Sherry Inabinet’s letter (Apr., p. 10) complaining about the cost of ALA services. What I found especially offensive was the assumption of “highly inflated salaries for all of your employees.” Highly inflated in comparison to whom or what? As a former member of ALA’s Budget Analysis and Review Committee, of a division finance committee, and now as a treasurer for a national library association, I have had experience in budgeting at associations. Salaries, while a large part of the budget, are not “highly inflated” by anyone’s definition. If Ms. Inabinet did her homework, she would know that ALA staff are not
I have been a librarian for 24 years and a member of ALA for longer than that. The article by Julie Andrews (Apr., p. 8) almost brought tears to my eyes. She is absolutely right to say that all library workers—from librarians to shelvers—are very important in the lives of our patrons, both young and old. All of my colleagues, whether they are librarians or not, bring the world of books and reading into the lives of people of all ages. Books are such a wonderful way to escape into another time or place, to learn something about history, science, or movie stars, or to read about Dumpy or Whangdoodles. Those “Seven I, too, worry Special Days” about the electronic media that makes of her article are children and adults over for this year, passive rather than but I for one plan active consumers of to hang on to that information and entertainment. issue for a very Computers, long time. television, and the internet all have their place in the world, but they cannot replace thinking and analyzing. Everyone should be a participant in some aspect of learning or entertainment—at least some of the time. Libraries and library staff are excellent resources for helping people play a more active role in their environment because we have a variety of resources including books. Ms. Andrews is to be thanked and commended many times over for her
work as honorary chair of National Library Week and on behalf of America’s libraries. It is truly an honor to be recognized for doing work we all love by someone like her. Those “Seven Special Days” of her article are over for this year, but I for one plan to hang on to that issue for a very long time. Many hats, including mine, are off to her too.
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Preservation Lover I was interested to see an article on preservation of an older collection of books in “Makeover at the Mansion” (Apr., p. 64–66). I would like to hear more in depth information regarding preservation of other libraries of this nature. Hope Bond Boiling Springs, South Carolina
“Rhyme” Piece Uplifting I always enjoy the articles on public libraries like “Youth Matters” columnist Jennifer Burek Pierce’s “Finding Reason for Rhyme” (Apr., p. 78). They are filled with such uplifting energy. But, one concept that seems to be missing in our coverage is the increasing economic stratification of our public library system. As a member of the Friends of the Library in my suburban town, I see the good the public library is doing to enrich the lives of the poor and the newly arrived to our nation. But many affluent faces are missing. At a recent dinner party of welleducated professionals, an acquain-
READ CD Happiness I used the READ CDs at my school last year with great results. In one volume, the directions are in a file on the CD. You need to print those first. Photoshop Elements was a little daunting to learn and eventually, instead of doing all the laborious “masking” (and dropping out the backgrounds), I simply used familiar school backgrounds and “brought them forward.” A building tech person suggested that I save each poster as a jpeg, which lowered the memory requirements. I put them on a memory stick and printed them (11 x 14) at less than $2 each at FedEx/Kinkos. Later, I put the jpegs on a CD and left it with the school. I was delighted to see this fall that the school’s new webmaster uses these pictures on the school web page, rotating them. The counseling department put these posters on cupboard doors in their office area. We also took pictures of the student leaders with their favorite books that were posted. Even the “special ed” or Directed Studies students had pictures taken with their teachers. I was so happy to see the READ CD article (Apr., p. 70–73). The product is a tremendous PR tool. Sue Weiss Edmonds, Washington
Correction: The Utica Jewels Book Club (Apr. p. 70) is located at Hinds Community College in Utica, Mississippi. not Utica, New York.
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I agree with Sherry Inabinet’s letter. However, the cost of membership affects not only public libraries but small academic libraries as well.
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tance remarked to me, “Do you really feel libraries are all that necessary?” If they saw the faces I see at the local library, they would know that they are. Why is that message being lost on those above the median-income line?
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This year our budget passed the magical $200,000 mark and, with it, the dues ladder moved up. With limited funds available, a cost-benefit analysis shows that the money used to pay the ALA dues can be used for better purposes in other areas of our library. As costs continue to increase in all areas of library operations, I am sorry to see that an organization that purports to support libraries is beginning to price itself out of range of many of them.
driving to work in Jaguars nor are they turning up in little Gucci dresses and Manolo Blahniks. They live and work in a highly competitive, urban environment where the cost of living must be considered, as must the salaries of other associations vying for quality staff. We expect and demand professional service that requires knowledgeable workers. Do we really want anything less from those who support our professional efforts? If Ms Inabinet can cut costs on publications, conferences, and membership services, then it has to be understood that the consequences may well be that she can live without advocacy and legislative efforts, literacy and diversity initiatives, intellectual freedom support, and more that benefits all members through the efforts of the surpluses gained from revenue generation streams. If there is no revenue there will be no programs. Perhaps, when Ms Inabinet finally does manage to find money—either her own or through a professional development line in her own budget—to attend an ALA Conference, she might wish to attend programs on lobbying, relationship building with city boards and councils—programs developed by members and supported by ALA staff. These would assist her in finding ways to increase her library budget and get better support for ALA attendance. Or, she can pursue appointment to BARC and the finance-related bodies at ALA and make the changes she believes need to be made rather than taking the easy way and assuming facts, ever so blithely, that ultimately hurt rather than help.
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NEWS | ALA
Camila Alire Wins 2009–2010 ALA Presidency as well as assistant to the dean/instructor for UCD’s former LIS program. She has also worked as a community college library director, a special library director, and a school librarian (K–12). Alire is chair of ALA’s Committee on Legislation and previously chaired the Association’s Nominating Committee (1995), Committee on Education (1996), and American Libraries Advisory Committee (1997–99) She has been a member of ALA’s Executive Board (2000–2003) and the Association’s governing Council (1997–2003). She is also past president of ALA’s Association for College and Research Libraries (2005) and served as chair of the division’s 2005 national conference. Alire also served as president of the ALA affiliate Reforma, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (1993–1994). Alire has served on the board of directors of the Association for Research Libraries and the Colorado Council on Library Development and as a member of several Colorado Association of Libraries committees, as well as on several regional library system governing boards. The coauthor of several books on library services to Latino communities, disaster recovery, and leadership, Alire has also written extensively on the topic of diversity. She was named to ALA’s Association for Library Trustees and Advocates’ National Advocacy Honor Roll in 2000 for her library advocacy work, received the Mountain Plains Library Association’s Legislative Award (1995), and served as a Chicago Public Library system Scholar-in-Residence (1999).
In 1997, she received the first ALA Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award and was named Reforma’s Librarian of the Year. Alire was also honored by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 most-influential Hispanics in the country. Alire defeated J. Linda Williams, coordinator of library media services for Anne Arundel County (Md.) Public Schools, who received 7,102 votes.
Other ballot actions
Members voted 14,964 to 551 to approve an amendment to the ALA Bylaws to allow for randomization of all candidates’ names on the ballot, instead of listing them by lot. The Library Administration and Management Association will change its name, effective September 1, to the Library Leadership and Management Association after an affirmative membership vote of 1,268 to 124. The Public Library Association made several changes to its bylaws. Major components of the changes include a reduction in size of the PLA board, with the smaller board meeting four times per year, and the disbanding of the division’s executive committee. Communities of Practice, virtual groups that are interest-focused and member-driven, will replace many of PLA’s committees. The move is designed to allow all 12,000-plus members, many unable to travel to in-person committee meetings, to get involved. Communities of Practice, should the members choose, will still be able to meet in person at ALA Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings. The new organizational structure
amila Alire, dean emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, has been elected 2009–10 ALA president. Alire received 8,956 of the total 16,058 votes cast for president and will serve one year as vice-president/ president-elect before she takes over at the end of the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. A total of 17,089 ballots, including 15,655 electronic and 1,434 paper ballots, were cast in the election that included the Association’s governing Council, and division and round table leaders. “What an unbelievable honor to have been elected as ALA president-elect,” Alire said. “I am looking forward to working with all ALA units and members to further advance the value of our nation’s libraries and library Camila Alire workers. Additionally, I look forward to encouraging ALA members to get more involved in this great association, whether virtually or in person. I want to thank all of the people who believed in me and supported me during this election.” Alire is currently professor of practice (adjunct) for Simmons College’s doctoral program in managerial leadership in Boston and adjunct professor for San Jose (Calif.) State University School of Library and Information Science’s executive MLIS Managerial Leadership Program. She previously served as dean of libraries the University of Colorado at Denver
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Library, Muskogee, 3,306. nâ€‚ Carol Ann Hughes, associate university librarian, public services, University of California at Irvine ALA councilors elected Libraries, 3,589. Thirty-four members have been nâ€‚ Ling Hwey Jeng, director, elected to Council for three-year School of Library and Information terms (34 for 2008â€“11 and one for Studies, Texas Womanâ€™s University, 2008â€“ Denton, 3,395. 09) in results announced May 2. nâ€‚ Wei Jeng-Chu, technology diviElected councilors and vote totals are: sion head, Worcester (Mass.) Public nâ€‚ Nancy H. Allen, dean and direcLibrary, 3,370. tor, Penrose Library, University of nâ€‚ Margaret L. Kirkpatrick, elemenDenver, 3,331. tary librarian (retired), Wichita nâ€‚ Monika J. Antonelli, reference (Kans.) Public Schools, 3,170. librarian, Minnesota State University, nâ€‚ Bonnie L. Kunzel, youth services Mankato, 3,204. and adolescent literacy consultant, nâ€‚ Kathleen E. Bethel, African Germantown, Tennessee, 3,920. American studies librarian, Northnâ€‚ Stephen L. Matthews, librarian, western University, Evanston, IlliFoxcroft School, Middleburg, Virginnois, 3,175. ia, 3,264. nâ€‚ Mary Biblo, retired, Stony nâ€‚ Toni Negro, school library media Brook, New York, 3,388. specialist, Montgomery County nâ€‚ Christopher F. Bowen, director, (Md.) Public Schools, 3,398. Downers Grove (Ill.) Public Library, nâ€‚ June A. Pinnell-Stephens, collec3,069. tion services manager (retired), nâ€‚ Diedre Conkling, director, LinFairbanks (Alaska) North Star Borcoln County Library District, Newough Public Library, 3,076. port, Oregon, 3,757. nâ€‚ Linda C. K. Shippert, health scinâ€‚ Trevor A. Dawes, circulation ences librarian, Washington State services director, Princeton (N.J.) University Libraries, Pullman, 3,084. University Library, 3,181. nâ€‚ Sally Decker Smith, public sernâ€‚ Aaron W. Dobbs, electronic revices division manager, Indian Trails sources and systems librarian, Leh- Public Library District, Wheeling, Ilman Memorial Library, linois 3,192. Shippensburg (Pa.) University of nâ€‚ Carla J. Stoffle, dean, University Pennsylvania, 3,068. of Arizona, Tucson, 4,174. nâ€‚ Linda Friel, retired, Groveland, nâ€‚ Barbara K. Stripling, director, Massachusetts, 3.076. office of library services, New York nâ€‚ Carrie Gardner,, assistant proCity Department of Education, 4,231. fessor, library science and instrucnâ€‚ Julie Su, head of serials, San Ditional technology, Kutztown (Pa.) ego (Calif.) State University Library, University, 3,314. 3,335. nâ€‚ Barbara Genco, director, collecnâ€‚ Eric D. Suess, library director, tion development, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Commerce Township (Mich.) ComPublic Library, 3,619. munity Library, 3,152. nâ€‚ Susan F. Gregory, branch manager, nâ€‚ John F. Szabo, director, AtlanNorman (Okla.) Public Library, 3,122. ta-Fulton (Ga.) Public Library Sysnâ€‚ Delores D. Gwaltney, media spetem, 3,136. cialist, Lee M. Thurston High School, nâ€‚ Theresa A. Tobin, head librarian, Redford, Michigan, 3,290. Massachusetts Institute of Technology nâ€‚ Marilyn L. Hinshaw, executive Humanities Library, Cambridge, 3,167. director, Eastern Oklahoma District nâ€‚ Linda J. Underwood, media co-
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NEWS | ALA ordinator, Garner (N.C.) Magnet High School, 3,571. n Lisa Von Drasek, librarian, Bank Street College of Education Library, New York City, 3,635. n Ann Carlson Weeks, professor of the practice, University of Maryland, College Park, 3,766. n Courtney L. Young, reference librarian, Penn State University, Beaver Campus Library, Monaca, 3,176.
n American Association of School Librarians: Cassandra G. Barnett n Association of College and Research Libraries: Lori A. Goetsch n Association for Library Collections and Technical Services: Mary M. Case n Association for Library Service to Children: Kate McClelland n Association for Library Trustees and Advocates: Rose Mosley n Association of Specialized and
Cooperative Library Agencies: Brenda K. Bailey-Hainer n Library Administration and Management Association: Gina J. Millsap n Library and Information Technology Association: Michelle Frisque n Public Library Association: Sari Feldman n Reference and User Services Association: Susan J. Beck n Young Adult Library Services Association: Linda W. Braun
Elected round table heads
n Continuing Library Education Network and Exchange Round Table: Pat Carterette n Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table: Gail Schlachter n Federal and Armed Forces Libra= ries Round Table: Richard Lynn Huffine n Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table: Nancy A.
ALA President Loriene Roy (far right) join Library Association of Alberta President Della Paradis and Canadian Library Association President Alvin Schrader at the Alberta Library Conference April 26 in Jasper. The conference theme was “Reach Out: Step Away from the Desk.”
For complete election results visit www.ala.org/ala.
Most–Challenged Books Named For a second consecutive year, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell’s award-winning And Tango Makes Three, a children’s book about two male penguins caring for an orphaned egg, tops the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s (OIF) list of the 10 Most Challenged Books of 2007. Three books are new to the list— Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, and TTYL by Lauren Myracle. In 2007, OIF received 420 reports on efforts to abolish materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. The other challenged titles are: The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain; The Color Purple by Alice Walker; I Know Why the Caged
canadian Colleagues convene
Silverrod n Government Documents Round Table: Amy West n Intellectual Freedom Round Table: Lauren Christos n International Relations Round Table: Sha Li Zhang n Library History Round Table: Bernadette Anne Lear n Library Instruction Round Table: Lisa M. Williams n Library Research Round Table: Larry Nash White n Library Support Staff Interests Round Table: Julie A. Kent n Map and Geography Round Table: Kathy Weimer n New Members Round Table: Courtney L. Young n Social Responsibilities Round Table: Lavonda Kay Broadnax n Video Round Table: Johan Oberg
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July 31 Deadline for Cultural Fund Support
Student AL Direct E-Newsletter Launches More than 9,000 ALA student members have begun to receive Student AL Direct, an American Libraries e-newsletter supplement to AL Direct specifically focusing on news and information of interest to students. Issues highlight top stories from AL Direct as well as information on career development, continuing education, and networking with colleagues and peers, and tips on how to navigate the Association and get the most out of their membership. Student AL Direct is distributed monthly (on the second Thursday of the month) during the academic year. For more information, contact Christina Coleman at email@example.com.
Grant Received for Discussion on Privacy
ALAâ€™s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Intellectual Freedom Committee have received a$350,000
Grab your Mouse Ears, weâ€™re going to visit DisneylandÂŽ Park and Disneyâ€™s California AdventureÂŽ Park
Saturday, June 28, 7:00pm to park close Your ticket is valid at only one park-no back and forth privileges.Transportation to and from the DisneylandÂŽ Resort and your hotel courtesy of Gale, A Cengage Learning Company.
California Screaminâ€™ ride at at Disneyâ€™s California AdventureÂŽ Park, Anaheim, CA
Buy your tickets at the Bash Booth located in main registration at the Anaheim Convention Center for only $45. Proceeds go towards MLS Scholarships. If you canâ€™t make it the day of the Bash, your ticket will still be good for one evening from 4:00 pm to close at one of the parks through July 12.
ALAâ€™s Public Programs Office is nearing the end of its campaign to raise an additional $310,000 in contributions and pledges for the Cultural Communities Fund. All contributions and pledges made before July 31 will be matched by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Member support is needed to take full advantage of the opportunity to leverage funds from NEH. Contributions can be made online at www .ala.org/ccf. Begun with a challenge grant from NEH, the fund now totals over
The ALA Executive Board has chosen New Orleans as the site of the 2011 and 2018 ALA Annual Conferences. In 2006, ALA was the first major group to hold its meeting in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; nearly 17,000 librarians and library supporters attended. According to the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, ALAâ€™s willingness to hold the meeting in New Orleans helped encourage other groups to host conventions there. While there, members signed up for more than 22 volunteer projects to help restore local libraries and other community-building efforts (AL, Aug. 2006, p. 42â€“63).
Robert A. Walton, chief executive officer of the Claremont (Calif.) University Consortium, has been elected by the ALA Executive Board to serve as ALAâ€™s newest endowment trustee. The action was taken during the Executive Board spring meeting April 11â€“13 in Chicago (see p. 90). Walton, who has an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin, will serve a three-year term that officially begins at the conclusion of the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim and will end at the conclusion of the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. He is currently serving in an unofficial, nonvoting capacity. There are three trustees, one appointed each year by the Executive Board for a staggered three-year term. The ALA treasurer serves as a member of the endowment trustees in an ex-officio capacity.
Annual Conferences to Return to New Orleans
Walton Elected as Endowment Trustee
$1 million, contributed by individual and corporate supporters.
Bird Sings by Maya Angelou; Itâ€™s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris; and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Visit www.ala.org/bbooks for more information.
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NEWS | ALA
Baseball Poster Unveiling Washington State Librarian Jan Walsh (left) is joined by Alayna Chamberland and Seattle Mariners pitcher Miguel Bastita at opening day ceremonies March 31 when a Washington Reads poster of Bastita was unveiled. Chamberland, 2007–08 Washington Letters About Literature Level-Three champion, and other literature winners will be featured in the next Washington Reads poster.
grant from the Open Society Institute to help under-write their initiative for a national conversation on privacy as requested in a 2006 ALA Council resolution. The three-year project, “Privacy for All: Rallying Americans to Defend Our Freedoms,” is designed to ignite a recommitment to privacy rights in the 21st century by providing librarians and libraries with the tools they need to educate their communities about privacy issues.
Applicants Sought for Lincoln Exhibit
Applications are being accepted until June 15 for “Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America,” the latest traveling exhibit from ALA’s Public Programs Office, in collaboration the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
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“Step Up to the Plate” Launches in Alabama ALA and the National Baseball Hall of Fame launched the third season of “Step Up to the Plate @ your library” April 4 in Mobile, Alabama
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 8:00 am-12:00pm Exhibit Hall A, B & C Anaheim Convention Center sponsored by ERT, Exhibitors and ALA. Breakfast will be served through out the hall starting at 8:30 am. Be sure to enter the SupERTuesday raffle to win fabulous prizes that will include an iPod, an Apple MacBook Air and a chance to win a Free Conference Package for Annual 2009! Find entry forms in the ActionAd Booklet or the Tuesday edition of Cognotes. You must be present to win.
Participate in “Virtual Day on the Hill” at selected Exhibitors booths or the Internet Room.
Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith (second from right) with (from left) Baker High School (BHS) Library Media Specialist (LMS) Amy Roe; Mobile, Alabama, Mayor Samuel Jones; and BHS LMS Jana Barber.
Thirty-four public libraries are recipients of ALA’s “The American Dream Starts @ your library” grants, designed to help the institutions increase their literacy services to adult English-language learners. Each winning library will receive a one-time award of $5,000 from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The libraries represent communities in 18 states. A complete list of the winning libraries is available at www.ala.org.
ALA 2008 Annual Conference
“American Dream” Recipients Announced
with Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith on hand to help kick off the Campaign for America’s Libraries’ national program. At the Baker High School library, Smith led a group of students through a series of baseball trivia questions developed by librarians. Smith, ALA, the Hall of Fame, and local library representatives were recognized on-field during a pregame ceremony at Hank Aaron Stadium before the local minor league Bay Bears game. Smith threw out the first pitch at the stadium. He was joined on field by Val Thomson, youth services associate librarian at Mobile Public Library; Jana Barber, library media specialist at Baker High School library; and Jeff Idelson, acting president of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Children competed in a baseball trivia contest between innings. Photos from the launch are available at www.flickr.com/photos/ alapio. Season three of the program celebrates the 100th anniversary of the song ”Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” People of all ages are encouraged to use the print and electronic resources at their libraries to answer a series of trivia questions inspired by the song. A grand-prize winner will receive a trip to the Hall of Fame in October. Library users can visit www.ala .org/baseball to download a playbook of trivia questions for their age group and can submit their answers online. Librarians are urged to visit the website to register for free promotional tools to help promote the program locally. Tools include program logos in both English and Spanish and a toolkit that includes sample press materials and programming ideas. Librarians who bring in the most entries can win incentives for participation in the program.
Library and Museum and the Tribeca Film Institute, and with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” program. The exhibit, composed of seven learning stations, is part of the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebration. Two copies of the exhibition will circulate to up to 40 institutions throughout the United States. Visit www.ala.org/publicprograms/ for more information.
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NEWS | ALA PSAs Available in Second Life
Public service announcements (PSAs) featuring baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, spokesperson for “Step Up to the Plate @ your library,” are available in Second Life. Librarians in Second Life can visit the ALA Island at ALA Annual Conference, located at booths 128, 107, 29, to watch the videos at the Public Information Office kiosk. PSAs are also available for downloading at www.ala.org/baseball, the site of a downloadable playbook of age-appropriate trivia questions. Answers can also be submitted online
ACRL Announces Keynote Speakers
Congress Celebrates Children’s Day
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (DMich.) and Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), along with Representatives Rubén Hinojosa (D-Tex.) and Mike Honda (DCalif.), joined with local children April 30 in Washington, D.C., to honor El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as Día. The annual event celebrates children, families, cultures, and reading. Award winning children’s author and Día founder Pat Mora, Association for Library ext. Service to Chil208 dren President
Congressman Mike Honda reads Los Pollitos Dicen/The Baby Chicks Sing with children April 30 in observance of Día.
Jane B. Marino, and Reforma President Mario Ascencio also participated in the event. Reforma, an ALA affiliate, is the founding partner of Día. ALSC is the national center for El día de los niños/El día de los libros. Visit www.ala.org/dia for more information.
New Connectivity Reports Available
In the first of a series of reports related to technology access in U.S. public libraries, ALA’s Office for Research and Statistics has developed issues briefs based on the results of the Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study (www .ala.org/plinternetfunding). “Internet Connectivity in U.S. Public Libraries” describes the range of services public libraries broker on behalf of their users. The document also links to related research on bandwidth in the United States. Library staffs are encouraged to use the briefing papers as educational tools with community stakeholders. Staff may also use this format as a template for providing local data and examples related to a
ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries has announced the lineup of keynote speakers for
the its 14th national conference, “Pushing the Edge: Explore, Engage, Extend,” to be held March 12–15, 2009, in Seattle. Journalist, author, and activist Naomi Klein is the opening session keynoter. Author, poet, screenwriter, filmmaker, and comedian Sherman Alexie will address luncheon guests, Closing session speaker is Ira Glass, radio producer and host of public radio’s This American Life. Visit www.acrl.org/seattle for additional details. Conference registration will open in mid-to-late September.
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ALA Makes Footprint In Social Networking Preliminary statistics show that ALA is making inroads into social networking and online communities. A report from ALA Senior Associate Executive Director Mary Ghikas stated there were 2,671 ALA Facebook groups as of April 18, with a growth rate of 15 individuals per day. National Library Week (NLW) events in Second Life attracted about 2,800 from around the world in addition to staff visitors. A series of AL Focus NLW videos produced by American Libraries received 78,400 views. Current statistics show 347 members, mostly but not all ALA members, in an Association-branded
Author Sue Grafton, who was born in Louisville, clasps one of her own novels while posing for a READ poster for Kentucky’s public libraries. The state also completed a series of the posters during the recent legislative session that included 100% of the state’s constitutional officials and 85% of its legislators.
ALA Events June 26–July 2: ALA Annual Conference, Anaheim, California, www.ala .org/annual. Sep. 18–20: Association for Library Service to Children Institute, Salt Lake City, www.ala.org/alsc/. Sep. 27–Oct. 4: Banned Books Week, www.ala .org/bbbooks. Oct. 16–19: Library and Information Technology Association National Forum, Cincinnati, www.ala.org/ala/lita. Oct. 17–19: American Association of School Librarians Fall Forum, Oak Brook, Illinois, www.ala.org/ala/aasl. Nov. 7–9: Young Adult Library Services Association Young Adult Literature Symposium. Nashville, Tennessee, www.ala.org/ala/yalsa. Jan. 23–28, 2009: Midwinter Meeting, Denver. Visit www.ala.org/ala/alonline/calendar/calendar.cfm for American Libraries’ full calendar of library events.
Photo: Tim Thornberry
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The ALA Public Programs Office is seeking applicants for grants for library outreach programs focusing on Spark Media’s documentary film Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers’ Project.” The project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The application deadline is July 11. The film is the story of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration, told against the backdrop of the Depression and 1930s America. Thirty libraries will be selected to receive $2,500 grants to present five public programs during the film’s national debut next spring. The grants will be used for scholar honoraria, book purchases, publicity,
group in Ning. ALA has 39 blogs inhouse on b2evolution and 31 at Dreamhost on Wordpress—approximately double the number of blogs
Soul of a People Grants Available
and other program-associated costs. Librarians applying for Soul of a People grants must register their institution at Grants.gov. Visit www .ala.org/soulofapeople for more information.
given topic. The reports are not intended to be comprehensive, but rather to share key findings from the study, funded by ALA and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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NEWS | ALA
reading renovation continues The children’s room at New York Public Library’s Soundview branch receives a facelift April 25–26 courtesy of 40 Idearc volunteers in the Idearc Media–ALA Reading Room Renovation Volunteer Project, administered by ALA’s Chapter Relations Office. The makeover, which included moving and shelving books as well as landscape work, featured a Bronx Zoo theme, with murals of animals reading with children.
one year ago. The Association also has 125 wikis, 75 in-house and 50 at Dreamhost—almost four times that of one year ago. In terms of e-mail discussion groups, ALA has 948 action lists on Sumpa (1,095 total including lists with available archives) and 281 online communities using the NetOnLine platform. Other indicators of a continued move to social networking include ALA’s Library and Information Technology Association’s BIGWIG IG “unconference” during the 2007 Annual Conference.
AASL Fall Forum Speaker Announced
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Library and education consultant Everett Kline will speak at the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Fall Forum October 17–19 in Oak Brook, Illinois. The conference theme is “Assessment, Part II: Constructing and Interpreting Viable Tools for Effective Student Learning in the Library Media Center.” The title of Kline’s speech is “Our Beliefs, Our Practice: Ensuring That They Match.” Kline has been a classroom teacher, building program leader, and assistant superintendent for instruction and learning for the South Orange-Maplewood School District in New Jersey. He is the coauthor of
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C&RL Preprints GoOpen Access
College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the bimonthly scholarly journal of ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries, has announced the launch of an open access, prepublication service for accepted articles. The preprint service, which debuted in March, moved to an openaccess model in an effort to make timely new research articles available to a wider audience. C&RL preprint articles are available at www .ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/.
2009 Teen Tech Week Theme Selected
and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) enjoys a richness of diversity among its 1,000–plus members comprising state librarians and state library staff, library consultants, public and academic librarians serving special populations, and librarians at multitype library networks. ASCLA provides multitype networks with the resources needed to manage their complex organizations. In cooperation with ALA’s Office for Research and Statistics, the division’s web page includes data from the Library Networks, Cooperatives, and Consortia survey of over 200 organizations. Through the Century Scholarship, ASCLA awards scholarships to students with disabilities to attend ALA-accredited library schools. At membership renewal time, consider supporting this initiative by clicking on “Give ALA” and “ASCLA Century Scholarship” on the web page. ASCLA is a resource for standards, guidelines, and information to libraries serving special population and people with disabilities. Our “Issues” web page offers information on the ADA, assistive technology, Section 508, universal design, and more. At ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, the ASCLA President’s Program, “The Universal Library,” June 29 will consider universal design and how to make it work in your library. Later that day, join us for the annual ASCLA/Chief Officers of State Library Agencies reception. Thanks to the excellent work of editor Sara Laughlin, ASCLA’s quarterly membership journal Interface provides members with news and resources they need. Recent issues cover such topics as resource sharing, accessible technology and universal design, and digitization. Learn more about ASCLA at www.ala.org/ala/ascla. —Barbara A. Macikas, executive director
Each month the Association’s Associations spotlights the activities and agenda of one of ALA’s divisions. Next month: Library Administration and Management Association
Visent, a student at Felix Verela Senior High School in Miami, won a $50 bookstore certificate for her song “The Library.”Her sponsoring librarian, Mary Joffre, received $100 in materials for the library. Visit www/ala.org/teentechweek and
click on “Contests” to hear the songs of the three finalists. More than 600 teens provided feedback on their online habits in the Teen Tech survey. Survey results will be used to craft resources, activities, programs, and events. ❚
Teen Tech Week (TTW), an initiative of ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association, will celebrate its 2009 observance March 8–14 with the theme “Press Play @ your library.” As part of the celebration, four teams entered the TTW Promotional Song Contest. Michelle
The Association of Specialized
ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association is preparing for Teen Read Week (TRW) 2008, to be celebrated October 12–18. The theme is “Books with Bite @ your library,” encouraging teens to read for the fun of it. Mirrorstone Books, a subsidiary of Wizards of the Coast, is TRW corporate sponsor for the second consecutive year. For more information, including online registration benefits, visit www.ala.org/ala/yalsa.
TRW Celebration Set for October
THE ASSOCIATION’S ASSOCIATIONS: ASCLA
Transforming Schools: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement. AASL’s biennial fall forum is held during years when there is no AASL national conference. For more information, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ fallforum.
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ALA | National Library Week
Joining the “Circle of Knowledge” For 5o years, National Library Week (NLW) has been celebrated by libraries of all types across the country and internationally. This year’s theme for the April 13–19 observance, “Join the Circle of Knowledge @ your library,” allowed for expanded programming into the virtual world and gaming.
Second Life ALA President Mukwa Dibou (Loriene Roy in First Life) delivers NLW remarks via Voice Chat on ALA Island.
Children read from their favorite books at Syunik Marz Library during one of several hundred Armenian Library Association-sponsored events and programs that kicked off a yearlong celebration of writer William Saroyan’s birth.
Chang-rae Lee, author of Aloft, the Long Island Reads–One Island, One Book Committee NLW choice, speaks to more than 200 booklovers at Farmingdale (N.Y.) Public Library.
Bill and Jean Fink (in fenced area) demonstrate hand-shearing with sheep in the first annual “Share-a-Shear” program at the Berlin branch of Worcester County (Md.) Library.
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Above, Berkeley (Calif.) Public Library exhibits its patron library cards—including unused prototypes and a card from the 1950s—along with cards from 40 other states and Canada. Below, legendary entertainer and National Library Week honorary chair Julie Andrews appears at ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood for an event with the Los Angeles–based organization Wonder of Reading.
The National Association of Realtors serves bookworm cookies during a full week of special events at its Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices.
Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White addresses students at Chicago’s Walt Disney Magnet School. The event included an open house, a multicultural fair, a poetry reading via the Web by Gwendolyn Brooks, and a broadcast by Radio Disney.
Young Madalyn Joy Wolff of Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota, in fairy tale garb admires the “Storybook Dolls” display at Wayzata Library, part of the Hennepin County Library system.
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Economic Crisis Hits Libraries Nationwide
unding crises in municipalities of all sizes At an April 11 meeting of the city council’s Budget and from coast to coast are raising the prosAppropriations Committee, City Librarian Scott Hughes pect of cutbacks in public library services, said the cuts would “essentially shut all four branches.” He ranging from staff layoffs to branch closadded that the current economic picture makes the timing ings. Although many of the cuts are still in the of the cuts particularly bad, noting that “It’s a national proposal stage, others have already been enacted. trend people use the library more during hard times. CutSome of the nation’s largest systems are facing the ting the funding does not diminish the community’s need curtailment of weekend hours: A proposal by Los Angeto use the library,” the Post reported April 12. les Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to balance the city’s budAfter holding departmental hearings on the budget, as get would close libraries on Sunday, well as one public hearing that and New York City Mayor Michael Hughes said drew “a tremendous Bloomberg’s 2009 budget would amount of public comment” in supeliminate six-day-a-week service. port of the library, the city council However, the cuts that are being restored $900,000 of the funding cut considered for other systems are far by the mayor at its May 12 meeting. more extensive. The four-year-old liHughes told American Libraries that brary in Clearwater, Florida, could would allow branch closings to be close on weekends and most evenings averted, although the library would if deep reductions to the system’s still have to lay off some staff and rebudget are approved. And it’s not the duce hours. “I’m still short in terms only one pondering cutbacks, the St. of being able to offer the quality of Petersburg Times reported May 11. In service we need to provide,” he laJanuary, Florida voters amended the mented. state constitution to cut property taxes by some $9.3 billion over five years Layoffs in Stanislaus (AL, Mar., p. 20). The recent econom“In our area [of California], Central —Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch Valley, I think we lead the nation in ic nosedive reduced property values, causing further government revenue foreclosures. It’s just snowballing shortfalls. Municipalities around the state are cutting their here,” Stanislaus County Library spokesperson Susan budgets, and many are slashing funding for recreation, Lilly told AL as she confirmed press reports that officials parks, and libraries in order to maintain crucial services there had issued layoff notices to 94 of the system’s 138 such as police and firefighting. part-time staff that are effective June 30, just before the FY2008–09 budget year begins. “It’s very sad news,” she At the brink in Bridegeport said, explaining that the cuts were prompted by projecIn Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayor Bill Finch proposed a tions of drastically reduced revenue from both a dedicat$1.1-million cut in next year’s funding for the Bridgeport ed county sales tax and state aid. “This is a very, very sad Public Library. The 25% reduction in the operating budthing for us to do,” agreed Stanislaus County Librarian get would have required laying off one-third of the staff Vanessa Czopek, noting in the May 2 Modesto Bee, “A lot of and the closing of branches. us will be pitching in with duties we don’t normally do”— “We are getting back to basics: police, fire, and educain her case, helping to shelve books. tion. We will not try to be all things to all people. LibrarNoting that the library “took some budget cuts at midies are not essential services. We tax poor and work year for FY2007–08,” including the reduction of the book ing-class people to pay for things that the state and feder- budget by 10%, Lilly told AL that “it was clear we had to al government should pay for,” Finch said in the April 2 make some bigger cuts.” Among the sacrifices being eyed is Bridgeport Connecticut Post. a service-hour reduction in the new fiscal year that would
“We are getting back to basics: police, fire, and education. We will not try to be all things to all people. Libraries are not essential services.”
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Newbery and Coretta Scott King award–winning author Christopher Paul Curtis (right) encourages fan Kristopher Carter to pursue his dreams, April 19 at Stark County (Ohio) District Library. Curtis was one of several writers who participated in the library’s National Library Week (NLW) “Novel Event—A Celebration of Authors” series. Authors David Wiesner and David Baldacci also visited the library. For more NLW photos, see p. 24–25.
The dire economic situation extends north of the border as well: The board of the Windsor (Ont.) Public Library voted April 9 to close the South Walkerville branch as a result of a $400,000 budget cut imposed by the city council in February, although it is rethinking its decision after the council ousted one trustee and appointed two new ones April 28, according to the May 1 Windsor Star. The library board’s original plan was to close the branch in August when its lease is due to expire and consolidate services with a nearby branch, according to the April 11 Star. “Windsor is going through very hard economic times,” Windsor Public Library Acting CEO Jean Foster told AL, adding that the library has faced five years of budget cuts with more anticipated, and the South Walkerville branch serves an area where the population is
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declining. “Why would we renew a long-term lease when we’re anticipating more cuts?” Two days after the council reconstituted the library board’s membership, however, WPL trustees voted April 30 to look into extending South Walkerville’s lease on a month-to-month basis. ”It doesn’t mean that South Walkerville is going to be saved, necessarily, at that location,” said library Board Chair Alan Halberstadt, the newspaper reported. “But we’re going to look at other options and consult with the public.” The overall funding picture is not entirely bereft of encouraging signs, however: The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reported May 7 that Iowa Gov. Chet Culver’s original fiscal 2009 budget included an 18% cut in the state’s allocation for public libraries, but that public outcry convinced legislators to restore the funds.
close the Modesto branch on Sundays—the only library systemwide currently offering Sunday hours—and close other branches an additional two days a week. Many SCL sites now offer five-day-a-week service, and the proposal calls for coordination of hours so that a branch is open Monday through Saturday in each region of the county. All cutbacks are subject to approval by the county board of supervisors, which was slated to take action by late May. The library system receives 85% of its funding from a dedicated one-eighth-cent sales tax approved by voters in 1995 to stop the cash-strapped county from closing branches altogether. Renewed in 1999 and 2004, the sales tax has enabled libraries to increase hours from 240 per week in 1995 to 579 per week in FY2007–08. The library system’s weekly hours would scale back to 379 in FY2008–09. The fiscal trouble stems from a projected shortfall of $1 million in sales-tax revenue due to the slowed economy, as well as a drop of $291,000 in state funding that is linked to declining local contributions. Still, Friends of the Ceres Library President Paul Caruso asserted to the Bee that officials “have to be sensitive to the will of the people [and] hold on until we weather these things,” noting that “people voted for the sales tax to have some type of reasonable operating hours and to keep the branches open.” Although library workers were aware that cuts were inevitable, they expressed shock and sadness nonetheless. “I’m sad it’s affecting so many people,” laid-off children’s librarian Debbie Johnson remarked in the Bee, adding, “I hope the public understands that we are trying to do the best we can.” Head of Children’s Services Sharon Arpoika revealed that she feels guilty to still have a job. “I feel sad for the community,” she said. “In dire times, people don’t have money to go do things, and a library is a place people can come that doesn’t cost a lot of money.”
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Mesa Schools Eye Eliminating All Certified Library Media Specialists
he Mesa (Ariz.) Public School District is on sad that the students of Mesa will be left behind the rest the verge of eliminating all 87 of its school of the country in their literacy, research, and criticallibrary media specialist positions over the thinking skills through the elimination of certified next three years and replacing them with supschool librarians.” port staff. Faced with an estimated $20-million Ewbank and fellow library advocates have launched a reduction in its 2008–09 operating budget— statewide effort in support of school library programs caused both by a decline in student enrollment (fundourfuturearizona.org), patterned after the Washand attempts to remedy the state’s $1.2-billion ington State group (AL, May, p. 27) “We want to generate deficit—school district officials also plan to reenough constituent pressure,” she said, “to tell them that place many school nurses with health assistants, you do not take the largest school district in Arizona with the Phoenix Arizona Republic reported April 17. the best record for full library staffing and decimate it.” “It comes back to a financial issue,” Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Susan DePrez Alternatives sought told American Libraries. “We have never lived through a Reacting to concerns voiced by library advocates, the crisis like this, and we have no choice but to change school board called for alternative suggestions for dealing some of the things we’ve been doing that we’ve been with the district’s budgetary crisis. At an April 22 meetquite happy with for a long time.” She said the libraries ing, school board President Rich Crandall asked the would be run by resource center specialists, a “fulllibrary supporters in attendance to send him “fresh and time, 40-hour classified position” that does not require concrete ideas” over the next two weeks, Ewbank told AL. a teaching certificate. “They’ve kicked it back to us and said, you figure out Scott Ritter, librarian at the James K. Zaharis Elemenwhere to cut,” said Ewbank. The elimination of the tary School, said that since he has been working as a librarians was projected to save $3.4 million over three librarian less than 14 years, he will be among those who years, so library supporters need to find budgetary alterwill move into a teaching position in September. “Fortunatives that will save that amount. nately,” he told AL, “there is an opening in our school and Ewbank said supporters were developing alternative I will be teaching 4th grade next year.” Media specialists plans with input from a dozen school librarians. Possibilwith more experience will be phased out later. ities include a distributed model, where two schools The decision came as a surprise would share a teacher-librarian, and one in to many librarians, who were noti- “You do not take which regional librarians would provide “deep fied of the change the second week the largest school professional development” to resource-center in April. “They are just reeling,” specialists at several schools in each region. Addistrict in Arizona Ann Ewbank, education liaison limitting that all the possibilities are unsatisfactobrarian at Arizona State University with the best ry, Ewbank said, “We’re not going to be able to get 100%. We have to meet the district halfway, and in Phoenix, told AL. “This school record for full we’re happy to do that.” The plans will be predistrict has done this under the ralibrary staffing and sented at the school board’s May 27 meeting; the dar.” She added that since libraridecimate it.” budget must be finalized before the end of the fisans are considered instructional support staff, cutting their posi—Ann Ewbank cal year June 30. Rallies to protest the cuts held before the April tions is not perceived as cutting 22 and May 13 school board meetings each drew about 60 classroom dollars. “They will turn libraries and media librarians and community members. Ewbank called the centers into warehouses. There will be no collaborative events “incredibly heartening,” noting that the crowds lesson planning, no information-literacy standards, and included not just librarians but “parents, students, no library media programming at these schools.” American Association of School Librarians President grandparents, and higher-education people,” proving that “this isn’t about librarians saving their own jobs.” Sara Kelly Johns said in an April 18 statement, “It’s very
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Internet Archive Wins NSL Challenge
“I’m grateful that I am able now to talk about what happened to me, so that other libraries can learn how they can fight back from these overreaching demands,” Internet Archive founder and digital librarian The Internet Brewster Kahle Archive is the third stated May 7, two known instance of days after records an NSL challenge. were unsealed documenting his six-month legal battle to force the FBI to withdraw a National Security Letter because it sought details of several patrons’ archive use without a court order. The disclosure about the existence of Internet Archive v. Mukasey came two days after the records were unsealed about Kahle’s federal complaint against the Justice AmLib TL 042808.ai
Department. As legal counsel representing the digital library, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation named themselves as co-plaintiffs because the gag order that has accompanied NSLs since the 2001 enactment of the Patriot Act also forbids legal counsel from speaking about any aspect of such a case. The disclosed documents reveal that the FBI issued an NSL to the Internet Archive on November 19, 2007, seeking the patrons’ names and contact information and “all electronic mail header information (not to include message content and/ or subject fields).” Kahle responded December 14, 2007, with a First Amendment challenge to the constitutionality of serving an NSL on a library. “The FBI cannot demand records from libraries [under the reauthorized Patriot Act], unless they are
providers of wire or electronic communication services. The archive is not a provider,” EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kurt B. Opsahl wrote the agency three days later. The complaint never became a full-fledged lawsuit because Opshal offered the FBI a deal: “If the government is willing to withdraw the NSL, including the nondisclosure order, the archive will voluntarily dismiss the lawsuit.” The FBI apparently agreed to negotiate, and reached a settlement agreement April 21 in which the NSL was withdrawn but the case itself remained under court seal until the Justice Department and the plaintiffs agreed on how relevant documents were to be redacted. Thanking the plaintiffs for “their brave stand against this unconstitutional federal intrusion,” American Library Association President Loriene Roy said May 7, “While
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NEWS | U.S. & International lÂ ibrarians fully support the efforts of law enforcement in legitimate investigations, those efforts must be balanced against the right to privacy.â€? Roy went on to call for the passage of the National Security Letters Reform Act of 2007 (AL, Nov. 2007, p. 20) â€œfor meaningful Congressional oversight of these risky law enforcement tools.â€? The Internet Archive is the third known instance of an NSL challenge, and became public two years after four Connecticut librarians successfully defended patron privacy from a similar NSL demand (AL, Aug. 2006, p. 8â€“9). The American Library Association as well as its Freedom to Read Foundation filed amicae briefs in an unrelated challenge by an Internet Service Provider to NSL gag provisions; Judge Victor Marrero of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York overturned the entire NSL statute September 7, 2007
(AL, Oct. 2007, p. 27), and the Justice Department was scheduled to offer oral arguments in June before the Second Circuit Appeals Court seeking to reverse Marreroâ€™s ruling.
Sexual-Materials Laws Challenged in Oregon
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon and the American Library Associationâ€™s Freedom to Read Foundation have joined 13 other plaintiffs in challenging two state laws that criminalize the provision of â€œsexually explicitâ€? materials to minors. Filed in U.S. District Court April 25, the suit says that the statute, which is aimed at sexual predators, is so vague that it could intimidate Oregonians from giving youngsters sex-education materials and other constitutionally protected works. David Fidanque, executive director of the ACLU of Oregon, said that the statutes â€œdo not take into account
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sex-education book. She selected titles by Robie Harris, author of Itâ€™s Perfectly Normal and other acclaimed but often-challenged works, but then wondered if they would violate the statute. â€œIf giving them accurate information makes you subject to being charged, thatâ€™s frightening,â€? she concluded. No date has been set for a hearing on the case as of mid-May.
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J. K. Rowlingâ€™s copyright-infringement lawsuit against an unauthorized Harry Potter encyclopedia urged both sides to settle the case April 17. On the final day of the three-day trial in Federal District Court in Manhattan, Judge Robert P. Patterson suggested that appeals may delay resolution for years, Bloomberg News reported April 18. â€œLitigation isnâ€™t always the best way to solve things,â€? he said. â€œThe lawyers get caught up in the case, and the clients are part of the baggage. I just feel this case could be settled, and should be settled.â€? Rowling and Warner Brothers Entertainment are suing RDR Books, which planned to publish â€œProfit was The Harry Potter Lexicon, written by Steven Jan never the Vander Ark, who based point. They the work on a website that he launched in 2000 did this while working as a libecause it brarian at Byron Center was a labor (Mich.) Christian of love.â€? School. At the end of three hours of testimony, â€”Anthony Falzone Vander Ark broke into tears when asked about what the suit has done to his relationship with the community of Harry Potter fans, the Associated Press reported April 15. â€œItâ€™s been difficult because there has been a lot of criticism, obviously, and that was never the intention.â€? Rowling contends that the book relies excessively on material from her seven novels and two guides, and will harm sales of her own Potter encyclopedia that she plans to publish. However, the day after Vander Arkâ€™s emotional testimony, she told the judge that she had been misunderstood, the New York Times said April 17. â€œI never ever once wanted to stop Mr. Vander Ark from doing his own guideâ€” never ever,â€? she said. â€œDo your book, but please, change it so it does not take as much of my work.â€? Stating that her suit was motivated by outrage rather than money, she testi-
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Colorful cards However, plaintiff fied that the prospect of Vander Arkâ€™s attorney Dale Cendali guide upset her to the point of causcalled RDRâ€™s use â€œneiing writerâ€™s block. ther fair nor usefulâ€”it The fair use issues at the center of takes too much and the case prompted attorney Anthony Falzone, executive director of the Fair does too little.â€? She said the lexicon was Use Project at Stanford Law Schoolâ€™s â€œmassive, wholesale, Center for Internet and Society, to willful copying beyond serve as RDRâ€™s cocounsel on a pro anything that could bono basis. In his opening argupossibly be excused by ments, Falzone called the lexicon a San Francisco Public Library patrons can pick the fair use doctrine,â€? â€œtransformativeâ€? reference work a library card from four designs by young local and suggested that protected by the First Amendment, artists who took part in a contest on the theme RDR and Vander Ark the New York Law Journal reported â€œMy Library,â€? held last year in partnership had tried to shield April 15. â€œThe lexicon, whether on with the San Francisco Unified School District. themselves by â€œslapthe Web or in book form, is a valuPatrons can turn in their old cards for their pingâ€? a research label able tool to find and remember dechoice of one of the winners in each categoryâ€” on a book that contails from this elaborate world,â€? he preschool (shown here), elementary school, tained â€œvirtually no said. â€œProfit was never the point. middle school, and high school. They did this because it was a labor of analysis or commentaryâ€? but only wholelove.â€? He claimed that Rowling now Detroit Free Press reported April 9. He sale lifting of text from the books. wanted to exercise â€œthe power to is in the process of moving to EngVander Ark, 50, left his librarian make the lexicon disappear from our position shortly before the suit was land, where he is researching a guide world, never to be seen in libraries Amer Lib 06-08:ALA MAG 5/7/2008filed 2:48 PM Page 1 to concentrate on the book, the to real places in Britain that resemor bookstores.â€?
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Library Apologizes for Firing Librarian
Patten Free Library in Bath, Maine, offered fired children’s librarian Nyree Thomas a public apology April 8, six months of pay, 18 months of health insurance, a fund to help her find a new job, and a guarantee of a positive letter of recommendation. Public outcry over Thomas’s September 21, 2007, termination, allegedly for her receiving an unsatisfac tory review, led the library to renegotiate severance terms with her, the Brunswick Times Record reported April 9. Woolwich, Maine, one of six com-
munities that funds and is served by the library, considered eliminating its support for the library and instead setting aside $20,000 to purchase individual library cards for up to $20 apiece for town residents at Patten or other libraries. Town officials voted 4–1 April 14 not to place the $43,000 contribution on their town meeting agenda, the Times Record reported April 17. Residents petitioned to have the measure reinstated, however, and passed the Patten contribution 114–59 at the May 7 town meeting, the newspaper reported May 8.
Gulfport Group Fights for Pre-Katrina Library
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son County (Miss.) Public Library’s devastated Gulfport Public Library from the wrecking ball. The activists, who have formed We the People, got a reprieve May 8 when they persuaded the state Department of Archives and History to table a decision on approving the teardown until at least mid-June. “The demolition can’t take place now, or at least not until Archives and History makes a decision, so we’re very happy about that,” We the People attorney Henry Laird said in the May 9 Biloxi Sun Herald. Laird believes that officials should take no irreversible actions before clarifying all the options for receiving FEMA funds. “Since we don’t have an answer [about FEMA regulations] in writing, why demolish the building until we do?” Laird told the Sun Herald April 24. The initial vote in December by the Gulfport City Council to tear
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NEWS | U.S. & International down the 1966 structure, which had served as HCPL’s main library, came as a shock to the community. “We need to keep something of what we were,” area resident Betty Bittner told ABC-TV affiliate WLOX March 1 during a daylong save-the-library petition signing outside the damaged building, noting that the facility has “stood through two hurricanes” (the first being Hurricane Camille in 1967, which hit 13 months after the library opened). However, it was precisely because the library has suffered hurricane damage twice that made FEMA leery of insuring it a third time as a public building. “At first we were looking at rebuilding everything,” Harrison County Administrator Pam Ulrich admitted in the April 14 Sun Herald, explaining that officials were unaware that flood elevation requirements would restrict library operations to the second floor. “FEMA said if we moved [the library],
they would pay up to $6 million for land and other costs associated with relocating. That’s when it began to make sense to move,” former Harrison County board member Larry Benefield explained. That was just fine with HCPL officials. “The [library] board’s position is that we don’t want to Hurricane Katrina devastated the first floor of the 43-year-old put the headquar- beachfront Gulfport (Miss.) Public Library in 2005. ters there,” HCPL Director Robert main library in nearby Orange Grove Lipscomb told the newspaper. “We and a new downtown branch to be want to move ahead, and we want to improve our library services.” built further inland. Because federal The application approved by regulations stipulate that the same FEMA calls for construction of a new entity own both a building and the
Collections eter Parker has a new home. An anonymous donor has given 24 pages of original artwork for Amazing Fantasy #15, the comic book that introduced Spider-Man and details Parker’s conversion from high-school nerd to superhero, to the Library of Congress. Drawn in 1962 by Steve Ditko and written by Stan Lee, the pages also contain three other stories from the same issue: “The Bell-Ringer,” “Man in the Mummy Case,” and “There Are Martians Among Us.” The black-and-white drawings measure 21 by 15 inches and bear the marks from pencil erasures and correction fluid, and the “SPIDERMAN” story title is stuck to the title page, rather than drawn on it. “The donation of these wonderful drawings is a treasured gift to the
American people,” said Sara W. Duke, curator of popular and applied graphic art in LC’s Prints and Photographs Division. “The opportunity to see the original art behind the published stories will benefit comic-book readers as well as popularculture scholars. Looking at the drawings inspires a new appreciation for the artist’s skill and design choices and also deepens our understanding of how a superhero created to attract a teenage audience became a cultural icon with mass appeal.”
Peter Parker invents his webshooter in Amazing Fantasy #15.
The library plans to scan the artwork, and visitors can make appointments to view the pages in person as well.
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land it occupies to qualify for FEMA aid, the Gulfport City Council ceded the municipality’s ownership of the beachfront library to Harrison County, adding its own condition: that the county tear down the beachfront library building. Because FEMA has already okayed the relocation plan, it will not also fund a restoration of the original facility, agency representative Sue Ann Loebreakndon has told the council, according to the Sun Herald.
School Removes The Land from Shelves
A review committee at Turner Elementary School in New Tampa, Florida, has deemed The Land by Mildred Taylor age-inappropriate and removed it from its media-center shelves. The committee said the novel, about a former slave during Reconstruction, was “above the maturity
body really wins.” level of elementary students at Darryl Brown had filed a chalTurner,” reported the April 14 St. Pelenge to the tersburg Times. School book, which his officials said they will “We won the battle, 11-year-old donate the book to a but the war is the daughter Ashyaa middle school. The Times said the situation that allowed was reading committee’s three parfrom the this to come into ents were outvoted by school’s accelerthe school system.” ated-reading the two administrators, three teachers, and the list, over its use —Darryl Brown media specialist. of the n-word “I thought it was an excellent (AL, May, p. 27–28). “It’s a very book,” said parent Jeanann Kuch, small victory,” he said. “We won the who voted to retain it. “I have mixed battle, but the war is the situation emotions about [the decision].” that allowed this to come into the school system, the process that the Parent Craig Younger would have preferred to keep the book, but with county used and the media specialist used to allow the books in.” restrictions. “Unfortunately, it had Brown said he will file another to be keep it or remove it,” he said. challenge, seeking the removal of “There were no other options. Now The Starplace by Vicki Grove, a story that we’re taking this book from 5th-graders who read at a higher about an interracial middle-school level, that’s another form of censor- friendship in 1960s Oklahoma that also contains the n-word. ship. Either way, I don’t think any-
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NEWS | U.S. & International British Library Feels Patron Pinch
numbers of readers, including university undergraduates sporting iPods and cell phones. This has prompted some groans from more traditional researchers, such as Lady Antonia Fraser, who complained in The Times April 21 that she had to wait
Two years after the British Library launched a more generous policy of allowing in anyone who “wants to do research,” the reading rooms at its St. Pancras facility are seeing record
in line 20 minutes to get in. “Why can’t they go to their university libraries?” she asked. But the British Library reports it’s been getting a 93% satisfaction level from its patrons, and the reading room has always been crowded. z
Global Reach IRELAND
Police forces are increasingly requesting information on the library borrowing records of individuals under police surveillance, British librarians have reported. The requests tend to center on areas with a large Muslim population. John Pateman, head of libraries in Lincolnshire, criticized the development, saying it went against library ethics. Warwickshire head of libraries Ayub Khan added that police were also asking libraries for records of websites individuals had visited.—The Bookseller, May 2.
Chicago’s Polish Museum of America is donating to the city of Wrocław its collection of manuscripts and books by Tymoteusz Karpowicz (1921–2005), an award-winning poet known as a representative of the esoteric school of “linguistic poetry.” The collection will form the backbone of a new Karpowicz Center to be set up in the house in Wrocław where the poet had lived before he was appointed professor of Polish literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago.—Radio Polonia, Feb. 21.
The National Book Development Council has inaugurated a memorial library in Tiko to honor poet and dramatist Bate Besong (1954–2007), a professor of English and literary studies at the University of Buea. Besong got into trouble with the government for some of his political writings, notably his play Beasts of No Nation in 1992. The library opened on International Book Day, April 23.—Buea Post, April 28.
The National Library in Pretoria is planning to publish out-of-print indigenous language books and has called on the public to help identify titles. The library and the Department of Arts and Culture are spearheading the process in a bid to reduce illiteracy and promote the culture of reading and writing.—BuaNews, Apr. 15.
Born in a small village to an illiterate cattle merchant who insisted upon his son’s 8 education, Yohannes Gebre9 georgis had seen few books in school. At age 19, he borrowed a soft-cover romance novel titled Love Kitten that changed his life forever. Today, after getting an MLS and working as a children’s librarian in the U.S., he is establishing libraries and literacy programs to connect Ethiopian children with books. He established Ethiopia Reads in 1988 to open reading centers and donkey-pulled mobile libraries. “With literate children there is no limit as to how much we can do,” Gebregeorgis says.—CNN, May 1.
When the American University in Cairo moves this fall from its current, cramped location downtown to a 260-acre new campus on the city’s outskirts called “New Cairo,” it will have a 20,550-squaremeter library with a learning commons. Aziza Ragai Ellozy, director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, said that the commons is “designed specifically for collaborative work, so talking is not only allowed, it is encouraged. . . . We will have technical staff, writing tutors, and librarians on hand to assist students.”—Business Today Egypt, May.
FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA
On the tiny island of Yap in the Caroline Islands, a new medical library has replaced one destroyed in 2004 by Typhoon Sudal. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a U.S. philanthropy, established the Yap State Hospital Medical Library in April with the help of Guam librarians Arlene Cohen and Alice Hadley, who set up the online catalog and trained the staff in using PubMed.—Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives, Apr. 15.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
The National Library in Port Moresby reopened April 24 after undergoing a $2.85-million renovation funded by the Australian government. The project had been announced in 2005 to coincide with the country’s 30th anniversary of independence. The library is now accessible to disabled users, and has a new air-conditioning system and computer center.—ABC Radio Australia, Apr. 24.
1 Outgoing Prime Minister Bertie 3 Ahern told the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston 7 May 2 that his government 4 6 would donate $2 million to help create an Irish Heritage Col5 lection for its digital archives. The gift will also support the library’s Profile in Courage Award and public programs that celebrate diversity.—Associated Press, May 2.
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Special Report | NEWS
Storyville: Est. 2008, Pop. Yes!
ryville provides 69 hours of service a week and has averaged 277 visitors a day, the highest being 421. Visitors have come from more than 100 different ZIP codes, many of them new customers coming to the Rosedale Library for the first time. Rosedale Library Manager Judy Kaplan reports, “Certainly as a result of Storyville, door count increased 50% from January by 10,587. Items loaned also showed a substantial increase, rising from 19,648 in January to 22,128 in February, a 12.6% increase.” All of Rosedale’s staff share responsibilities for Storyville’s operation. Typically, one person serves as a greeter who registers visitors, while another roves throughout Storyville—although busy times may require more people. Children learn to clean up their playthings, but wiping up, tidying up, and returning play materials to their proper venue are still essential tasks. Plans are underway to develop a corps of volunteers, including appropriate candidates from nearby high schools and a community college. The $700,000 town of Storyville was designed by the architectural firm of James Bradberry and Associates, constructed by Lynch Exhibits, and built with donations to BCPL‘s foundation from private sources, individual and state funds, and a bond bill grant for $250,000. — Ruth Schaefer, Baltimore County Take a virtual tour at www.bcplstoryville.org (Md.) Public Library
The child-sized village at the Rosedale branch of Baltimore County Library helps parents prepare children for school.
new town has been founded in Baltimore County, Maryland. Unobservant drivers might pass right by. No one actually lives there, but once they see it, visitors don’t ever want to leave. It’s called Storyville, the colorful, child-sized village specially designed and built inside the Rosedale branch of Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) to help parents and caregivers prepare their young children for school. In describing this unique, 2,240-square-foot townscape loaded with hands-on play stations for babies and preschoolers, Baltimore Sun reporter Laura Barnhardt dubbed Storyville “a literacy wonderland.” To simulate life in a small town, Preschoolers up and down Storyville Lane chilprepare lunch in the dren and adults together mimic everyday life in the two-story house, cottage, weigh their theater, store and post office, conproduce for dinner struction site, Chesapeake Bay waterfront, baby garden, and, of in the store, and course, the library located in the practice building at center of town. the construction site. Babies come to Storyville to engage in peekaboo, play with colorful toys, or look at board books under the watchful eyes of a friendly, big brown rabbit nestled among colorful flowers; walkers and talkers crawl through a fallen tree trunk, read in a lighthouse, rock in a toy boat, go fishing, peer into tidal pools; preschoolers prepare lunch in the cottage, perform onstage in custom-made dress-ups and present puppet shows in the theater, weigh their produce for dinner in the store, and practice building at the construction site. Stocked with a variety of children’s books and furnished with comfortable seating, the library beckons visitors of all ages to read together. The official opening of Storyville February 7 was a dream come true for everyone at BCPL involved in this ambitious undertaking. Conceived by BCPL’s former assistant director, Lynn Lockwood, the project took off three years earlier, under the leadership of the Foundation for BCPL’s Debbie Thomas and Jeffrey Herschman. In the month following the opening, its impact on library business levels and staffing became evident. Like the library, which recently added Sunday service, Sto-
5/20/2008 9:34:36 AM
News | Interview
NEWSMAKER: Lance Armstrong
American Libraries: What is the Livestrong Survivorship Notebook? LANCE ARMSTRONG: The foundation
created the Livestrong Survivorship Notebook to give access to cancer information to everyone, despite their economic or social status. We also wanted to empower and inspire cancer survivors to live life on their own terms.
of? Four sections: 1) Survivorship Tools, to help cancer survivors organize and address physical and emotional health needs, maintain a list of medications, keep a record of medical history after treatment, and keep track of medical, financial, and insurance records; 2) Survivorship Stories, a booklet of stories told by real survivors about their experiences with cancer; 3) Survivorship Topics, featuring information about the physical, emotional, and practical challenges cancer survivors and their loved ones may face throughout their battle with can-
What is the idea behind it? The note-
book is a free resource designed to help cancer survivors, their families, and caregivers organize, keep, and access important information related to their cancer experiences. The foundation also educates survivors about their cancer-related concerns, such as the physical and emotional effects of cancer, treatment, and managing dayto-day matters. Survivors can use the worksheets found in the notebook to organize and guide their cancer experiences and read stories shared by others affected by cancer.
How can low-income or uninsured cancer survivors use the notebook to access information about cancer they wouldn’t otherwise have? Many peo-
ple don’t have a home computer or are denied follow-up care after completing cancer treatment. The notebook gives these survivors access to information and resources that will help them face the challenges and changes that come with cancer. How are the notebooks helping cancer survivors? We recently received an e-
mail from one woman who, while her husband was undergoing treatment for cancer, often would gather strength just by looking at the note book. She remarked that it instantly comforted her and gave her some semblance of organization in a suddenly very unorganized life. For many survivors, the notebooks provide a feeling of control and order at a time when they feel they have no control over their disease or order in their lives. They also help them understand that they aren’t alone. From your personal experience, can you say that information saves
How are you planning to partner with
lives? Absolutely! I truly believe that
libraries? The foundation is collabo-
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rating with ALA to provide libraries across the country with the Livestrong
What does the notebook consist
cer; and 4) Survivorship Updates, to add to this section information they receive from their own health care team, family members, support groups, caregivers, and friends.
Survivorship Notebook to better serve those seeking health-related information, specifically information related to cancer. In March, we began shipping the notebooks to more than 14,200 libraries across the United States.
Photo: Lance Armstrong Foundation
rofessional road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005. In 1999, he was named ABC’s Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year. In 2002, Sports Illustrated magazine named him Sportsman of the Year. His achievement was made all the more dramatic by the fact that he had also survived cancer that had metastasized to his brain and lungs in 1996. The following year he established the Lance Armstrong Foundation to fight cancer with the belief that “unity is strength, knowledge is power, and attitude is everything.” Armstrong answered questions via e-mail April 22, explaining that the foundation is currently working with libraries, through the efforts of ALA President Loriene Roy, to improve the quality of life for families living with cancer by distributing free copies of the Livestrong Survivorship Notebook. Order at www.livestrong.org/notebook or call 1-866-235-7205.
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05/06/2008 1:03:53 PM
Technology | News
Experience Is Best Teacher at Library of Congress
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he Library of Congress has launched an immersive “Library of Congress Experience” that offers visitors unique historical and cultural treasures brought to life through cutting-edge interactive technology and a companion website. The LC Experience comprises a series of ongoing exhibitions, dozens of interactive kiosks, and an inspirational multimedia “overture” on the collections and programs of the library. All the exhibits are free and open to the public in Washington, D.C., with a continuing online educational component at myloc.gov. The site enables the public to participate directly in the Experience by way of “Inspiration Across the Nation,” which celebrates and showcases the creativity and contributions of our nation’s early cultures, great minds, and other founding influences. It also offers the public the Librarian of Congress James Billington and Cynthia Wayne opportunity to submit to the library their own creative (right) of LC’s Interpretive Programs Office show one of the works in the forms of stories, poems, video, audio, photos–anything new interactive displays in the “Creating the United States” Interactive exhibition to local middle school students during a special that can be transmitted in an electechnology allows preview of the Library of Congress Experience, April 9. tronic file. LC intends to select visitors to zoom in some entries to be part of the library’s permanent collections. “Creating the United States” exhibit with its interactive on the artistic and Visitors to the historic Thomas video wall, the “Exploring the Early Americas” exhibit, architectural details Jefferson Building enter directly and a look through Thomas Jefferson’s library with pageof the Thomas into the first-floor Great Hall via turning technology. three bronze doors, which were Interactive educational content is intended to be the Jefferson Building. opened to the public for the first hallmark of the Experience. Teachers will have access to time in nearly two decades during the debut of the Expea range of educational resources that will transform a rience on April 12, a day before Jefferson’s 265th birthvisit to the library into a meaningful experience for day. From there they are directed to one of two learners of all ages. Onsite and online multimedia acorientation galleries flanking the Great Hall, where intivities are designed to prompt young people to think formation about events and how to navigate the new Excritically and to inspire lifelong learning and exploraperience is presented on overhead monitors. A tion of the LC collections. multimedia “overture” plays on a multiscreen collage in “Visitors to the new Library of Congress Experience will each orientation gallery. find an amazing place where they will experience highVisitors then receive a Passport to Knowledge—a guide lights of the largest collection anywhere of the world’s to the “greatest hits” of the Experience with instructions knowledge and America’s creativity,” says Librarian of for self-guided audio tours. In the Great Hall, interactive Congress James H. Billington. “They will meet the richness technology allows visitors to zoom in on the artistic and ar- of the past, spark their own curiosity and imagination, and chitectural details of the space, and enhances a display of continue the adventure of learning online, at home.” two of the library’s most prized Funding for the project came from objects: the Gutenberg Bible a number of private sources, with maand Giant Bible of Mainz. jor support from Microsoft (AL, Mar., Learn more at myloc.gov Other attractions include the p. 31–32) and other donors.
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Hand Gadgets, Net Gizmos Accompany Google Earth 4.3 Release
mid general praise from the blogsphere, version 4.3 of Google Earth is now available for downloading. On his independent Google Earth blog, Frank Taylor identifies the more notable new features as: nâ€‚ A street-view layer, like Google Maps. nâ€‚ The dates when images were shot, available in most cases. nâ€‚ New navigation control features enabling better ways to look around at 3D buildings and 3D terrain. nâ€‚ Faster-loading 3D building models. nâ€‚ New photo-textured cities.
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Day/night lighting effects. Flash support for Mac. Faster switching between Sky and Earth modes. Tony Hoffman, reviewing 4.3 for PC Magazine, observes that Google Earth â€œkeeps integrating new capabilities that a physical globe canâ€™t. The application, backed by data streamed from Google, lets you see almost any spot on Earth from space, then zoom in to view itâ€”often to an amazing level of detail.â€? Google Earth also has plenty of practical uses, he notes. Travelers can explore terrain, resources, and attractions and view related photos and videos before set-
Google mapping of Mt. Everest.
ting off for their destinations. The Google Earth website has been updated, and the User Guide now reflects 4.3 tips. Users can watch a video demo by Taylor on YouTube.
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