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CONTENTS American Libraries

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June/July 2008


be outstanding in your fieldwork

Help educate the next generation of librarians without leaving your library BY elaine yontz


conference preview: california dreamin’

A new website unveiling and wellness tips await conference-goers during ALA in Anaheim


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The road to wellness winds through physical, social, environmental, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and occupational realms BY siobhan champ-blackwell and henry stokes

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CONTENTS American Libraries


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Departments Information Technology

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Tech News In Practice


Internet Librarian

Reading Rooms Online  by Meredith Farkas In the Library By Joseph Janes People

104 Currents


Professional Development

106 Youth Matters

Surveying Our Domain  By Jennifer Burek Pierce


108 Working Knowledge

14 ALA 26 U.S. and INTERNATIONAL 40 Newsmaker:  Lance Armstrong

Special News Reports

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



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50 Public Perception 51 On My Mind

In the Name of Service  by Douglas Morrison


120 Will’s World

How I Got the Last Laugh By Will Manley

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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.


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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 preview. Let us know what you think at  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, 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.

Final Farewell

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 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.

Future Plans

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.


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For nearly 70 years, libraries around the globe have turned to Brodart for innovative furniture solutions. Brodart’s tradition as the industry leader continues with the next generation of exciting products for schools, colleges, and community libraries. Brodart Furniture recently introduced Brodart Creative, which opens the door to endless opportunities for transforming your library into a destination. Artists and craftsmen combine their skills and talents to design multi-dimensional destinations that truly inspire the imagination. Available through Brodart Supplies & Furnishings, GREENPLAY™ includes a series of children’s furniture options with an environmental focus. From Submarine Activity Stations to cutout benches and tables, GREENPLAY™ furniture is crafted from recycled, renewable, and low impact materials. Whether you’re looking for the essential table and chair combinations or would like to explore the potential of custom solutions, Brodart can help you create a learning environment that is inviting and engaging. To learn how you can introduce Brodart products into your library, call 888.521.1881 or 888.820.4377 or contact your local dealer; call 888.521.1884 to find a dealer near you. Visit with Brodart representatives at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition June 28-July 1 in Anaheim, California.

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OPINION | Reader Forum

Letters and Comments Julie Andrews Accolades

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


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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.

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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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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


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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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ALA | NEWS will be transitioned over the next two years, phasing out board members as terms expire.

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Registration for Empowerment 2008 is automatically included with a full Annual Conference registration, or separate registration is available. Registration for LSSIRT members is $150 onsite. ALA members and anyone else can register for this two-day conference for $260 onsite. To register, go to Registration in the Anaheim Convention Center.

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All ALA full registrants are welcome at the presentation portion of this session.


Library, Muskogee, 3,306. n  Carol Ann Hughes, associate university librarian, public services, University of California at Irvine ALA councilors elected Libraries, 3,589. Thirty-four members have been n  Ling Hwey Jeng, director, elected to Council for three-year School of Library and Information terms (34 for 2008–11 and one for Studies, Texas Woman’s University, 2008– Denton, 3,395. 09) in results announced May 2. n  Wei Jeng-Chu, technology diviElected councilors and vote totals are: sion head, Worcester (Mass.) Public n  Nancy H. Allen, dean and direcLibrary, 3,370. tor, Penrose Library, University of n  Margaret L. Kirkpatrick, elemenDenver, 3,331. tary librarian (retired), Wichita n  Monika J. Antonelli, reference (Kans.) Public Schools, 3,170. librarian, Minnesota State University, n  Bonnie L. Kunzel, youth services Mankato, 3,204. and adolescent literacy consultant, n  Kathleen E. Bethel, African Germantown, Tennessee, 3,920. American studies librarian, Northn  Stephen L. Matthews, librarian, western University, Evanston, IlliFoxcroft School, Middleburg, Virginnois, 3,175. ia, 3,264. n  Mary Biblo, retired, Stony n  Toni Negro, school library media Brook, New York, 3,388. specialist, Montgomery County n  Christopher F. Bowen, director, (Md.) Public Schools, 3,398. Downers Grove (Ill.) Public Library, n  June A. Pinnell-Stephens, collec3,069. tion services manager (retired), n  Diedre Conkling, director, LinFairbanks (Alaska) North Star Borcoln County Library District, Newough Public Library, 3,076. port, Oregon, 3,757. n  Linda C. K. Shippert, health scin  Trevor A. Dawes, circulation ences librarian, Washington State services director, Princeton (N.J.) University Libraries, Pullman, 3,084. University Library, 3,181. n  Sally Decker Smith, public sern  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 n  Carla J. Stoffle, dean, University Pennsylvania, 3,068. of Arizona, Tucson, 4,174. n  Linda Friel, retired, Groveland, n  Barbara K. Stripling, director, Massachusetts, 3.076. office of library services, New York n  Carrie Gardner,, assistant proCity Department of Education, 4,231. fessor, library science and instrucn  Julie Su, head of serials, San Ditional technology, Kutztown (Pa.) ego (Calif.) State University Library, University, 3,314. 3,335. n  Barbara Genco, director, collecn  Eric D. Suess, library director, tion development, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Commerce Township (Mich.) ComPublic Library, 3,619. munity Library, 3,152. n  Susan F. Gregory, branch manager, n  John F. Szabo, director, AtlanNorman (Okla.) Public Library, 3,122. ta-Fulton (Ga.) Public Library Sysn  Delores D. Gwaltney, media spetem, 3,136. cialist, Lee M. Thurston High School, n  Theresa A. Tobin, head librarian, Redford, Michigan, 3,290. Massachusetts Institute of Technology n  Marilyn L. Hinshaw, executive Humanities Library, Cambridge, 3,167. director, Eastern Oklahoma District n  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.

Division presidents-elect

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.”

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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


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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

Grant Received for Discussion on Privacy

ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Intellectual Freedom Committee have received a$350,000


Grab your Mouse Ears, we’re going to visit DisneylandŽ Park and Disney’s California AdventureŽ 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 Screamin’ ride at at Disney’s California AdventureŽ 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 can’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.


ALA’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 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, ALA’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. 42–63).


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Robert A. Walton, chief executive officer of the Claremont (Calif.) University Consortium, has been elected by the ALA Executive Board to serve as ALA’s newest endowment trustee. The action was taken during the Executive Board spring meeting April 11–13 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

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Bird Sings by Maya Angelou; It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris; and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Visit for more information.

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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

You don’t have to sacrifice style for function.

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The Baja Chair

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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.

Closing Reception

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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

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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 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.

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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 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, 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 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 “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


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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 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, Sep. 27–Oct. 4: Banned Books Week, www.ala .org/bbbooks. Oct. 16–19: Library and Information Technology Association National Forum, Cincinnati, Oct. 17–19: American Association of School Librarians Fall Forum, Oak Brook, Illinois, Nov. 7–9: Young Adult Library Services Association Young Adult Literature Symposium. Nashville, Tennessee, Jan. 23–28, 2009: Midwinter Meeting, Denver. Visit for American Libraries’ full calendar of library events.


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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 Visit www for more information.

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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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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 Computing Done Right!

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

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 —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/ 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

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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



TRW Celebration Set for October


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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 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.


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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.

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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


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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.

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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


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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 (, 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


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 l­ ibrarians fully support the efforts of law enforcement in legitimate investigations, those efforts must be balanced against the right to privacy.� Roy went on to call for the passage of the National Security Letters Reform Act of 2007 (AL, Nov. 2007, p. 20) “for meaningful Congressional oversight of these risky law enforcement tools.� 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. 8–9). 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 Marrero’s ruling.

Sexual-Materials Laws Challenged in Oregon

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon and the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Foundation have joined 13 other plaintiffs in challenging two state laws that criminalize the provision of “sexually explicit� 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 “do not take into account

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whether someone’s intent is to harm the minor.� Instead, he said, they “criminalize all acts of furnishing ‘sexually explicit’ material no matter who is doing it and no matter for what purpose.� The group notes that under the law a 17-year-old girl could be prosecuted for lending her 13-year-old sister a copy of Judy Blume’s Forever and advising her to “read the good parts.� The laws, which went into effect January 1, make it a crime to provide sexually explicit material to children younger than age 13, or to a minor under 18 if the intent was to arouse or satisfy sexual desire or induce the minor to engage in sexual conduct. Although the statute addressing children exempts public libraries, law enforcement agencies, museums, and medical-treatment providers, it contains no exception for bookstores; the statute aimed at protecting minors contains no exemptions at all.

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NEWS | U.S. & International The 15 plaintiffs include FTRF Vice President Candace Morgan, who was asked to participate by the ACLU of Oregon, for which she volunteers and speaks on library issues. Morgan, former associate director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District in Vancouver, Washington, told American Libraries that while the statute was “very well-meaning,� its vagueness results in a “chilling effect.� Noting that parents and family members are not exempted, she said the parents of her 7-year-old grandson recently asked her to choose a

sex-education book. She selected titles by Robie Harris, author of It’s Perfectly Normal and other acclaimed but often-challenged works, but then wondered if they would violate the statute. “If giving them accurate information makes you subject to being charged, that’s frightening,� she concluded. No date has been set for a hearing on the case as of mid-May.

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J. K. Rowling’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. “Litigation isn’t always the best way to solve things,� he said. “The 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.� Rowling and Warner Brothers Entertainment are suing RDR Books, which planned to publish “Profit 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.� School. At the end of three hours of testimony, —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. “It’s been difficult because there has been a lot of criticism, obviously, and that was never the intention.� 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 Ark’s emotional testimony, she told the judge that she had been misunderstood, the New York Times said April 17. “I never ever once wanted to stop Mr. Vander Ark from doing his own guide— never ever,� she said. “Do your book, but please, change it so it does not take as much of my work.� 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 Ark’s attorney Dale Cendali guide upset her to the point of causcalled RDR’s use “neiing writer’s block. ther fair nor useful—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.� She said the lexicon was Use Project at Stanford Law School’s “massive, wholesale, Center for Internet and Society, to willful copying beyond serve as RDR’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,� “transformative� 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 “My Library,� held last year in partnership had tried to shield April 15. “The lexicon, whether on with the San Francisco Unified School District. themselves by “slapthe Web or in book form, is a valuPatrons can turn in their old cards for their ping� a research label able tool to find and remember dechoice of one of the winners in each category— on a book that contails from this elaborate world,� he preschool (shown here), elementary school, tained “virtually no said. “Profit was never the point. middle school, and high school. They did this because it was a labor of analysis or commentary� but only wholelove.� He claimed that Rowling now Detroit Free Press reported April 9. He sale lifting of text from the books. wanted to exercise “the 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.�


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NEWS | U.S. & International ble the settings in the Harry Potter books. Judge Patterson, who is hearing the case without a jury, gave the lawyers three weeks to file additional documents before ruling on the suit.

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

Almost three years after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf of Mexico, a determined group of architectural preservationists in Gulfport, Mississippi, is fighting to save Harri-

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.

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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

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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.


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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.



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.



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.


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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!


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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 (Md.) Public Library



The child-sized village at the Rosedale branch of Baltimore County Library helps parents prepare children for school.

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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-

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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

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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 or call 1-866-235-7205.

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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 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 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: n  A street-view layer, like Google Maps. n  The dates when images were shot, available in most cases. n  New navigation control features enabling better ways to look around at 3D buildings and 3D terrain. n  Faster-loading 3D building models. n  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 “keeps integrating new capabilities that a physical globe can’t. The application, backed by data streamed from Google, lets you see almost any spot on Earth from space, then zoom in to view it—often to an amazing level of detail.� 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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TECH BRIEFS Blogs Still Growing

FixYa ( is an online community devoted to providing technical support for consumer products when the manufacturers fail to do so. Users can post questions about their specific problems with equipment ranging from computers and digital cameras to air conditioners, search for similar problems that have already been solved, or research products they are considering buying to see what kind of problems they are likely to experience. The site also offers live chats with “Premium Experts”—the site’s most active and highly rated problem-solvers—as well as a search function for repair services when the equipment can’t be repaired by the end user.

Research from media communications company Universal McCann indicates that blogging is still in growth mode. The firm’s Wave 3 research report, published April 3, found that 73% of respondents read blogs, up from 66% in June 2007, and 38% write blogs, up from 31%. Consumption is strongest in Asia; 92% of South Korean respondents read blogs and 71% write their own blogs, compared to 60% in the U.S. who read blogs and 26% who write them. Personal and family matters are the most popular topics, followed by music, news and current affairs, opinions on products and brands, and film and television. The report ( is

based on surveys of 17,000 internet users in 29 countries.

Greener Computing Adam Pash has published tips for environmentally friendlier computing at Lifehacker ( His suggestions: Optimizing the computer’s built-in power-saving settings and automating hibernation or shutdown with applications like WinOFF, adjusting print-viewpage layouts with Aardvark (karmatics .com/aardvark) or GreenPrint ( to save paper when printing, automating peripheral shutdowns with specialized power strips, and monitoring computer power usage using LocalCooling (


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A new 24/7 service from ChaCha allows cell phone users Sterling Market Intelligence and program director for Local on the go to ask a wide range of reference questions in Mobile Search. “It represents a next step in the evolution of conversational English and get answers free of charge. Each the industry from directory assistance to voice search.” question is routed to a human guide Asked if ChaCha represents comwho searches the Web for the infor- ChaCha allows cell phone petition for reference librarians, David mation and within minutes returns Tyckoson, president of ALA’s Referusers on the go to ask a the answer in a text message with a ence and User Services Association, wide range of questions in web reference link. told American Libraries that people The online and mobile search conversational English and get already rely on librarians less for help company announced the new voice the answers free within minutes with finding short, factual results that service in April at CTIA: The Wirethey can obtain on their own. “What less Association’s 2008 convention from a real person. they need a librarian’s help with are the in Las Vegas. At 800-2-ChaCha more complex searches,” he said. (800-224-2242), the service works on any mobile phone that “People can pick up that same cell phone,” Tykoson added, supports normal SMS text and voice capability. “and use it to call their local library, where they can talk to “ChaCha’s new voice capability pushes the boundaries of a professional librarian who can help them with any type of mobile 411 beyond its historical name-and-address limita- question, from the simple to the complex. Both services are tions,” says Greg Sterling, principal of the consulting firm free, but the library will not limit you to 160 characters.”

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TECHNOLOGY | In Practice

Reading Rooms Online Browsing current literature in the 21st century


ears ago, students and faculty spent lots of time in periodical reading rooms, looking over the recent literature in their field. Now, many libraries are phasing out their print journal collections as more and more become available online. Many of our patrons still use the journal literature, but now they can access it from their dorm rooms, offices, and homes. There is rarely a need to spend time in the periodical stacks. Or is there? Database publishers still haven’t managed to recreate the experience of browsing journals in a reading room. The best journals in a specific subject area may be scattered across several databases, ­requiring time and effort to track them down. However, RSS offers us a better way to keep up. Just as RSS feeds have made it easier to keep up with other content, librarians can use RSS journal feeds as a powerful current awareness tool for their ­patrons.

A journal RSS feed usually provides the most recent table of contents, sometimes with abstracts for each article. Subscribing to multiple journal feeds in a discipline would enable patrons to quickly and easily keep up with the current literature. Some database vendors provide RSS feeds for each of the journals they carry, and many publishers create RSS feeds for their own journals. Derik Badman, digital services

Librarians can use awareness is critilibrarian at RSS journal feeds cal. At the ComTemple Unimunity General versity in Philas a powerful adelphia, was Hospital Medical current awareness Library in Syraasked by a factool for their patrons. cuse, New York, ulty member in Information Serscience educavice Specialist David Rothman uses tion to create a physical reading journal RSS feeds to provide a curroom so he and his colleagues could rent awareness service for busy clikeep up with the literature in their area. Derik instead suggested creat- nicians who don’t have time to come to the library. ing a virtual reading room using RSS feeds of the key journals in that discipline. What the doctors ordered Using Yahoo Pipes ( For some physicians, Rothman, Badman created a combined ated an account in Google Reader, a RSS feed of the key journals in scitool that allows people to subscribe ence education and then set up an to and read multiple feeds on a sine-mail subscription to the feed for gle page. In the account, he subthe faculty member. Every time the scribes to journals relevant to the RSS feed updates, new content will physician’s specialty. He then gives be sent to the faculty member’s the account information to the phye-mail. He has done the same for sicians and instructs them on how himself to keep up with library litto subscribe to additional journals. erature. A feed like this could also The best thing about RSS is that be displayed on a web page. Librarmost people don’t realize how easy it ians could use tools such as Grazr is to set up something like this as ( to display each journal long as the feeds exist. By providing separately in an easy-to-browse an easy way for patrons to keep up web interface. with the literature important to In addition to gathering RSS feeds their current awareness, we provide in a single space, they can also be an important service while also infiltered to only display content that creasing the likelihood that people includes specific keywords. Using will use our journals. For a profesFeed Digest (, you sion concerned with remaining can combine multiple feeds, and fil- relevant, this is a great way to demter and display them. This way, you onstrate how valuable we are.  z can ensure that the information FARKAS is head of instructional coming to patrons is closely targeted MEREDITH initiatives and liaison to the social sciences at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. She to their interests. at Information Wants to Be Free and The reading-rooms concept could blogs created Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. Contact her at work in any field where current


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websites, printing out articles, plac- community, and symbol for the values we share and uphold. That ing those holds, asking reference building stands for something, and questions via e-mail or chat, or we should be proud of the places it looking for reading recommendaoccupies in the minds of our clientions. I imagine that in this regard teles. I’m not that unusual, and that there But it’s also no longer the extent are substantial numbers of people of the library. As our “things” infor whom the same is true. creasingly no longer require physiIt would be easy to think of those cal storage, the idea of the library sorts of uses as somehow remote, continues to exdifferent, even In an increasingly tend beyond lesser than inthose buildings. person visits; digital world, the This shouldn’t and on some idea of the library be an uncomlevels they are has to be somewhere fortable idea— different, since libraries have obviously there and everywhere. been trying to are things you leak out of their shells for decades; can do while in the building you why else do we have branches, can’t do when you’re not, and in a bookmobiles, interlibrary loan, outfew cases vice versa. reach programs, and telephone refThere are far more ways, howeverence? er, in which all these kinds of visits In an increasingly digital world, are the same. When I’m searching ProQuest from home or requesting a the idea of the library has to be somewhere and everywhere: real, book from Philadelphia, in a very real sense I’m in the library. For that physical locations as well as ubiquitous access. Neither alone will sufmatter, any time I’m interacting with the stuff or the staff, regardless fice in meeting the varied and expanding needs of our communiof our relative physical locations, ties, and neither alone expresses I’m in the library. the true nature and usefulness of An expanded notion what a “library” is and can be (and This may seem a foreign concept at ought to be and has to be) in the first, but it’s really just an expanded 21st century. notion of “library” (and thus There’s more, but I’m out of space “librarianship”); the idea of the . . . so it’ll have to be another story for library has always been bigger than next time! See y’all in Anaheim.  z the building itself, which is a necessary and convenient place for storJoseph Janes is associate dean in the Information School of the University of ing things. It also makes a great Washington in Seattle. Send ideas to meeting place, touchstone for the



ave I mentioned lately how much I love my libraries? I’m a very proud and satisfied holder of library cards from three great systems: the University of Washington, Seattle Public Library, and King County Library System. Each gives me great service and represents high levels of professionalism and innovation. (As an aside, they’ve all also been great friends and supporters of our school, as has the rest of the information world in our region.) As much as I value and use these libraries, each in its own way, I am substantially more likely to “use” them while sitting here in my office, or at home, or while on the road than by wandering in the door. The main university library is maybe 20 yards from my building, and my neighborhood branch is about five blocks from my house, so it’s not strictly a matter of proximity. Apart from using the university library for teaching purposes (my most frequent reason), a typical physical visit includes picking up books I’ve requested or put on hold. I might browse the new-books shelf, perhaps look at the bulletin board, peek at an exhibit—that sort of thing. If I’m being totally honest, sometimes I watch what other people are doing, out of total curiosity (am I the only one who does that?). My heaviest use of each is, unsurprisingly, digital: searching the catalog and databases, using library

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OPINION | Public Perception

How the World Sees Us “[Eric Clapton] used to look so cool and sexy and I can’t see that in him now. He looks as if he spends his time in a library boning up on all kinds of wonderful information. It’s very odd, he’s a bit of a chameleon but he’s changed radically now.” Eric Clapton’s ex-wife PATTIE BOYD,, Apr. 9.

“But then twitching nervously in the presence of a librarian wasn’t an uncommon response—librarians, like ministers of religion, and poets, and people with serious mental health disorders, can make people nervous. Librarians possess a kind of occult power, an aura. They could silence people with just a glance. At least, they did in Israel’s fantasies. In Israel’s fantasies, librarians were mild-mannered superheroes, with extrasensory perceptions and shape-shifting capacities and a highly developed sense of responsibility who demanded respect from everyone they met. In reality, Israel couldn’t silence even Mrs. Onions on her mobile phone when she

was disturbing other readers on the van.” IAN SANSOM, The Book Stops Here: A Mobile Library Mystery (Harper Paperback, forthcoming, Aug. 2008).

JON DETZEL cataloging the faults of a li-

“After a cursory walk through various soon-to-beirrelevant classrooms, Drexler showed Pryor the cafeteria, the gym, and the Headline touting football field and locker Brijit, a new company that manually produces room. The inquisitive Pryor 100-word abstracts of online and offline news then asked about the locaarticles to help readers decide which ones are tion of the campus library, worth their time, “Upside of the Downturn,” further impressing Drexler Wired, April. with his sense of humor. ‘The library,’ chuckled Drexler. ‘He really had me for a brary-hosted party—an “organizational disecond.’” Satirical take on high school

“Algorithms are terrific. But to search smarter, find a person.”

football star TERRELLE PRYOR’s first visit

saster” that included long beer lines and a

to Ohio State University, Serious Sports

shameful closing time of midnight, “The Li-

News Network, Mar. 27.

brary’s Still for Nerds,” Durham (N.C.) Duke Chronicle, Mar. 24.

“People missed their library. Many of them in ways they hadn’t anticipated. One could even go so far as to say that, for some people, the library being closed for so many months had a negative effect on the lives of many members of the community. Sad as that is, it’s good to hear.” Ed-

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“Somehow Sarasota, with its dining, shopping, world-class beaches, and cultural attractions, will survive. Now that they don’t have to spend public money subsidizing rich people, they might put it toward the general welfare. Maybe they’ll build a library.” Columnist PAUL DAUGHERTY relating the news that the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, enticed by a $33-million offer from Goodyear, Arizona, will no longer conduct

on the positive aspects

their spring training in Sarasota, Florida,

of the Greater Victoria

Cincinnati Inquirer, Apr. 8.

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strike, which ended April 8, January Maga-

Dewey the Decimal was the character gracing the limited edition (yes, that means they’re no longer available) T-shirt design available from clothing distributor Glarkware. For this design, Glarkware teamed with the Dewey Donation System to help get books to the libraries that need them by donating the entire sticker price to the book-drive charities the Rockhouse Foundation and the Children’s Institute.

zine, Apr. 7.

“I’m sure most attendees think last Friday’s library party was a

“In my foolhardy youth, when my friends were dreaming of heroic deeds in the realms of engineering and law, finance and national politics, I dreamed of becoming a librarian.” ALBERTO MANGUEL, The Library at Night (Yale University Press, 2008).  z


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smashing success. But in reality, the Latin Chic soiree served to highlight the woeful inadequacy of Duke’s oncampus social scene.” Student columnist

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On My Mind | OPINION

In the Name of Service form new divisions within existing statewide library associations. These new groups are specifically geared toward helping their members attain access to continuing-education opportunities, have developed awards and recognition programs for outstanding support staff and their supporters, and seek ways for paraprofessionals to take leadership roles that give them greater voice within the larger organization. It becomes apparent that a great majority of the paraprofessionals working in today’s institutions are not there due to love of money. Many do this kind of work because they enjoy the people they work with, and because they have a dedication to the mission that libraries fulfill. It is not just for personal reasons that they do their best each and every day in the name of the best service they can provide in the best way they can. The greatest strength and most rewarding part of being a member of the library support-staff community is the connection to being a part of something greater than one’s self and in how colleagues support one another as they transform the concept of being a paraprofessional from a mere job into a valid career option.  z


dOUGLAS mORRISON is is a reference librarian at the University of Akron in Ohio. He also served as a library assistant for over nine years at the university’s Wayne College campus.

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he first library direc1988 at rates that are almost four tor for whom I worked times greater than professional pomade a comment dursitions. This hiring trend continues ing the interview for even to the current day, indicating my first library position. She that the issues of worker satisfaction said, “No one looking to get and rewards can have a significant rich off the work they do will impact on the profession as a whole. ever be looking for work in the library field.” That one stateActivism and activity ment has never left my memory. Another issue for consideration is Why then do people accept emthe recent increases in what could be ployment as library support staff and termed library support staff activism. in what ways do they find fulfillment Especially since COPE III, we have in doing work that often provides seen a new burst of enthusiasm and only scant fiscal compensation? What energy from support staff as they do their jobs provide that assures have made great strides in becoming them that their work is both valuable more involved within the profession. and important? In response to this It becomes And why is it imnew wave of activity, portant to the ALA has taken apparent larger library such actions as the that a great community that creation of National majority of people working Library Workers Day. as support staff The recent vote by the paraprofessionals should find their ALA membership working in today’s jobs rich and reto create a new institutions are not there dues structure warding? The first reaoffering low rates due to love of money. son that comes for support staff is a to mind is the staggering numbers further indication of the Association recognizing the importance of their that paraprofessionals represent as colleagues. Another accomplishment a portion of the total number of of note includes the recent library workers. Some estimates from sources such as Kathleen Wei- “conference within a conference” events that have been held specifically bel’s keynote speech at ALA’s third Congress on Professional Education for paraprofessionals during ALA’s Annual Conferences since the (COPE III) in May 2003 place this 2005 conference in Chicago. estimate as high as 75% of the total Support staff have worked diligentlibrary worker population. Figures ly at the regional and local levels to from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Stadevelop their own library paraprofestistics show an increased growth of sional associations and have sought to new library support staff jobs since

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The road to wellness winds through physical, social, environmental, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and occupational realms.

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used to be afraid.” So begins Kelli Ham’s story of her journey to wellness. Consumer health librarian for the Pacific Southwest

Kelli Ham

“The training program was geared to beginner couch potatoes like me, and before I knew it, I was able to run a marathon!”

Regional Medical Library in Los Angeles, Ham says, “I was afraid to try almost anything that involved physical activity—hiking, skiing, playing softball, anything. I was afraid because I knew how hard physically it would be for me to do the activity. It may seem strange to think about an emotion like fear and the notion of wellness, or not being well. However, my path to wellness hinged on overcoming my fears.”

Ham says she grew up in a household full of smokers. “Both parents and every adult I knew were smokers; even my older siblings started smoking by the time they started high school. I never did take up smoking myself, but I was definitely a chain second-hand smoker. My school participated in the physical fitness assessments each year, when children were tested on the number of sit-ups and chin-ups they could do, or if you were a girl, how long you could hang from the bar. The worst test for me was the 600-yard dash. Dashing is not what I did. I ran at my fastest pace, which was the slowest pace of all the other kids. Before long, my lungs would feel like they were on fire. Even though I had a normal weight, I was always the slowest kid. Even the overweight kids came in ahead of me. I also remember having a raspy voice and the burning feeling in my chest for a few days afterwards.” Other attempts at fitness were also catastrophes, says Ham. “I took swimming lessons, but could never learn how to keep water out of my nasal passages. I was terrified of the water. In the 6th grade, I went on an organized 10-mile bicycle ride for kids, and had to be given a ride home because my lungs and legs gave out.” In her early twenties, Ham met and later married “an outdoorsy type who loved rock climbing, mountain biking, windsurfing and other crazy sports.” For many years, she tried to do some of his favorite sports, usually failing; other times she refused to participate altogether.

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“My husband started running, and one day he received an ad for a marathon training program,” says Ham. “By then I was about 40 years old and unhealthy. I decided to join the training program, just to start walking and jogging as a way to get in better shape. I had zero intentions of running a marathon. Long story short: The training program was geared to beginner couch potatoes like me, and before I knew it I was able to run a marathon! Okay, it took me a year and a half, but I eventually walked/ran my first marathon. What an amazing feeling to accomplish something that in my own mind had previously been an impossibility.” William Crowe, librarian at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, tells of a different kind of wellness journey, a lifelong struggle to achieve a normal weight and good health. “I can recall the whispers and snickering,” he says. “There was the 4th-grade physical examination to be allowed to participate in sports, when I was found to weigh 100 pounds, and my summary dismissal from the preinduction military draft physical screening at age 21, when I came in at 314 pounds.” There have been ups and downs in his weight over the years, says Crowe, but mostly ups. “When I reached 300 pounds the last time, in mid-2000, and began to see the effects on my and my family’s life, I knew that I had to take some decisive action.” In that same year, the University of Kansas began a teambased research project on weight management. “I was ac-

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“I have learned—finally— that none of the journeys we take in life is without some stumble or setback.”

worker health, and a Wellness Fair to be held at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference this summer in Anaheim (see sidebar). The Workplace Wellness Inventory and Wellness Passport are both available on the website. Ted Chaffin of the Strozier Library at Florida State cepted as a subject, signed University; Sara Jeffress of the Tuzzy Consortium the protocols promising to Library, Barrow, Alaska; Jennifer Turner of the Luise V. William follow the rules and submit all Hanson Library at Waldorf College; Laura Warren-Gross of Crowe kinds of information about my the Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts, in Kalamazoo, behavior, and set off on the journey,” Michigan ; Joanne Marshall, professor at the University of says Crowe. “I was supported by my wife and daughter North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Lynne Ring of Fort Bend (both librarians!), friends across campus and around the County (Tex.)Libraries; and Kelli Ham worked on creating country, colleagues at the KU Libraries, and by the other the wellness tools and events, along with us, the authors. ‘morbidly obese’ folks who were in the study cohort to which This work was supported with input from the entire ALA I had been assigned. Losing weight was the easier (not easy) Wellness in the Workplace Taskforce. part; we simply had to follow the prescribed diet. Within 18 Many workplace health programs focus only on the months, I was at target, coming in at 180 pounds.” physical aspect of wellness. In contrast, the cohort identi“This quest has not been easy, and I have lost my way fied seven aspects of wellness that they strived to include from time to time over the years,” Crowe admits, “but I have in all the work they did: physical, social, environmental, learned—finally—that none of the journeys we take in life emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and occupational. Jeffress is without some stumble or setback. Today, I weigh 179 explained, “We are trying to convey to the profession the pounds and know that within a month I could add 10 pounds importance of good practices, not only physical, for emand what I need to do to stave off that weight gain: Stay on ployees and employers to improve workplace wellness and the path.” increase job satisfaction.” Talk to colleagues at your library The Workplace Wellness Invenand you will hear similar stories. tory can be used to assess perceptions Ham and Crowe’s stories are pubof health at your library by answering lished on “Join the Circle of Wellness questions pertaining to the seven @ Your Library,” a website developed types of wellness and then using the as part of an initiative of ALA results to make changes at your A Wellness Fair will be held in the President Loriene Roy. Recognizing workplace. The inventory poses exhibit hall during the 2008 ALA that librarians are wonderful at questions about physical and enviAnnual Conference in Anaheim (see helping people find answers to ronmental wellness issues: How p. 62) on Sunday, June 29, from questions, whether it be for a homeoften are employees encouraged to 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be work assignment or learning about take breaks and move about throughtwo separate sites for the health a newly diagnosed illness, Roy out the day? How healthy are the fair, so don’t miss either. On the asked, “How can we create ‘Wellness snacks in the vending machines? exhibit floor will be a space for venin the Workplace’ initiatives at our How ergonomic are the furnishings? dors with health-related products, libraries, and so assist each other It also asks about the less-analyzed a space with posters from libraron our wellness journeys?” components of wellness, such as the ians across the country sharing the Under Roy’s guidance, a task force emotional, social, and occupational: health initiatives in their libraries, composed of public, medical, and Does library management take time a place to play the popular video special librarians developed an acto establish relationships with all game Dance Dance Revolution, and tion plan for assisting librarians in employees? Do employees feel their a spot to meet the Anaheim White creating and maintaining health work is valued? Are cultural and House Restaurant chef Bruno Serato initiatives at work. The task force’s professional development available and watch him prepare two dishes. goals were: the launch of the “Welland encouraged? Nearby will be an exercise pavilion, ness” website, the development of Wellness is like a journey, so it may where you can learn relaxation tips a personal health “passport” for ALA be helpful to have a “passport” with and practice chair yoga, seated members, the creation of a workyou. The Wellness Passport is a pilates, and hula dancing, in classes place inventory that could be used booklet designed to help individuals rotating every 30 minutes. by and at libraries to review working monitor their personal health each conditions that might impact week through daily checks in all


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so much for championing it; what masterful serendipity and so needed everywhere.” From the Medical Center Library at Saint Louis University, Mary Krieger writes, “I just joined the Wellness Committee at my institution and I found some great resources that I can share with the committee!” Of his Wellness Journey, William Crowe states so eloquently, “The encouragement of the people around me, not least from other library people, has been vitally important. Library people’s shared interest in helping others has never been so clear to me. We do value connecting people with information—from traditional sources to the everyday quiet interactions we have with others—all to encourage the seeker after knowledge to persist in the journey. That journey, I joke—and a sense of humor is essential—will end for me only when I expire, but I am told that my ‘due date’ has been extended by at least 10 years.” Are there journeys taking place at your library? Do you already have a workplace wellness program? If so, visit the website and share your story with others and find materials to supplement your initiative. If not, start with the Wellness Inventory and learn where you can begin to improve the quality of your work life. Create your own Join the Circle: “Circle of Wellness @ your library”  z

seven areas of wellness with the intention of creating a balance. At the end of each week, one can rate one’s overall wellness. The passport is an excellent way to set fitness, nutrition, and personal/time management goals. The task force’s third initiative, the website, hosts news, tools, and stories related to workplace wellness. You can read inspiring stories called Wellness Journeys, like those of Ham and Crowe, and submit your own story. The website features a section on workplace wellness in the news as well as a place to turn for reliable online resources and tools such as the Wellness Passport and Workplace Wellness Inventory. The design of the site incorporates traditional motifs of the Ojibwe tribe as a tribute to Roy’s American Indian heritage; it will be maintained by ALA’s Allied Professional Association beginning in July. The task force has already heard from librarians who have found ways to incorporate tools and resources from the website into their workplace. Sally Patrick from the Eccles Health Sciences Library in Salt Lake City writes, “The Circle of Wellness is, well . . . wonderful! Thanks


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Outsta Fieldw in Your



ou can help to educate the next generation of

librarians and shape the

future of our profession without getting a PhD, without becoming a professor, without even ing a worksite supervisor for fieldwork students.

Fieldwork, sometimes called practicum or internship, is either required or available in most ALA-accredited masters programs. The course is intended to allow students to see how theory is applied to practice by spending a specified number of hours working in a real-world setting. Fieldwork is done in all types of libraries and can cover any specialization; the student’s individual goals

are considered in determining the site. In most schools the internship earns academic credit and is graded, often as “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.” An integral part of successful fieldwork is the worksite supervisor, a professional practitioner who is responsible for setting and guiding the student’s activities. What’s in it for you? One answer is the satisfaction of knowing that you are building the profession for the future. Students find that a fieldwork course plays a


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anding dwork Help shape the future of librarianship by supervising student interns

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inside view into a type of library that was new to me, it also played a huge role in helping me to secure my first post-masters position,” reports Lynn Wyche, a recent graduate of Valdosta (Ga.) State University’s library school who worked at the North Florida Community College library in Madison. Knowing that you are affecting students permanently and positively offers a distinct satisfaction independent of your job’s other benefits. According to Guy Frost, Valdosta State catalog librarian and a frequent worksite supervisor, “There is a set of values that should be innate to all information professionals. If I can convey the importance of these values to my interns, I have accomplished something for myself as an educator.” As a worksite supervisor, you directly affect the continuance and growth of our profession. The presence of a fieldwork student can have a positive impact on the entire library. Nancy O’Neill, former principal librarian for reference services at Santa Monica (Calif.) Public Library, says “Internships inspire learning in the library as well as in the student. An intern’s fresh view may stimulate Far left, field work student Lynn Wyche constructive change.” The student is supervised by may acquaint you with new ideas, Sheila Hiss at North Florida Community better tools, and the outlook of a difCollege; Guy Frost ferent generation of library workers shows the ropes to student Christopher and patrons. Baker at Valdosta Perhaps the most obvious poState University.


crucial role in their development. Christine Dettlaff, a student at the University of Oklahoma who did her fieldwork at the Pioneer Library System headquarters in Norman, speaks for many when she states, “The internship was an invaluable experience and part of my library education that I wouldn’t have wanted to miss. An internship helps bring theory and practice into alliance.” “Not only did the fieldwork experience give me an

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How to be outstanding

Student Candace Walton (left) confers with field work supervisor Jewel Eller at Rabun County Public Library, in Clayton, Georgia.


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tential benefit is the availability of another pair of hands. Although some fieldwork students are paid, many are not. Supervising fieldwork may allow you to add a temporary staff member for no monetary outlay. However, the non-monetary commitment required to be a wonderful worksite supervisor is substantial.

Understand that the student is there to learn. Guy Frost says, “I’m here to provide students with a rich learning experience. They are not just free labor.” Seek a balance between the learning of the student and your work needs. The student who only does clerical tasks or lowpriority activities during fieldwork may come away with a distorted view of the librarian’s role and reduced interest in remaining in the profession. Communicate with the faculty supervisor. The faculty member who is assigned as the student’s fieldwork instructor will acquaint you with the school’s fieldwork policies, which vary by institution. The faculty supervisor will also assist in establishing the student’s learning goals. Use these goals as a guide when choosing activities for the student. Assign a variety of activities. Strive to give the intern many different experiences that are relevant to the learning goals. Emphasize professional-level work, though some routine or clerical tasks may be included. A project that is consistent with the student’s goals may be a part of the work but should not be all that the student does. Attending meetings or conferences and shadowing professional staff members can be valuable learning experiences.

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Fieldwork Resources Maintain a real-world schedule. If this is their first workplace experience, students may need practice in keeping a schedule. Allow the same amount of flexibility that you give your regular staff, but no more. Plan to evaluate the student. The faculty supervisor will want your feedback on the student’s performance, typically at the middle and end of the term. Your evaluation may influence but usually will not determine the student’s final grade in the course. You may be asked to comment on the student’s strengths, areas needing improvement, interpersonal skills, and progress on goals. Follow Nancy O’Neill’s advice and “Be honest in these evaluations.” Your tactful but realistic input can help the student to grow. Support without hovering. During

San José State University School of Library and Information Science. Professional Experience: Internships: classes/294/libr294index.htm Association for Library and Information Science Education. Guidelines for Practices and Principles in the Design, Operation, and Evaluation of Student Field Experiences: Cindy Mediaville, editor, Public Library Internships: Advice from the Field, Scarecrow Press, 2006. American Library Association Office for Accreditation. Directory of Institutions Offering ALAAccredited Masters Programs in Library and Information Studies: lisdirb/lisdirectory.cfm.

the fieldwork, be a continuing presence for the student without being a “helicopter supervisor.” As Lynn Wyche suggests, “A worksite supervisor who offers guidance and support without micromanaging would be most helpful.” To find out if the school that serves your area offers a fieldwork course, consult ALA’s directory of accredited masters programs (see box). This site contains links to the home page of each program, where you can find course information and school contacts. Remember to investigate any distance-education programs that may have students who live near your library. Your contribution as a worksite supervisor will benefit the student, your library, and most of all, you. Start to become an outstanding fieldwork supervisor today!  z

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ALA | Annual Conference

California Dreamin’ A new website unveiling and wellness tips await conference-goers during Annual in Anaheim


t’s off to Anaheim, the second most populous city in Orange County, for the thousands of members, exhibitors, and guests headed for the 132nd ALA Annual Conference, June 26–July 2. This is the first time that the Association has taken its largest meeting of the year to the 10th-largest city in California, known for its theme parks, sports teams, and convention center. Many of the more than 2,000 meetings and events will be held in the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC), the largest such facility on the West Coast. Due to its size, the conference will expand to the entire Anaheim Resort area, a commercial district that includes Disneyland and neighboring hotel and retail complexes as well as the ACC. Also nearby are a number of museums and performing arts facilities and, of course, six beaches that offer a variety of recreationaloptions including surfing, kayaking, and sailing.

posters from librarians across the country sharing their wellness initiatives, an area to play Dance Dance Revolution, and an opportunity to meet the Anaheim White House Restaurant chef Bruno Serato and watch him prepare two dishes. Nearby will be an exercise pavilion to learn and practice exercise and relaxation techniques, with chair yoga, seated pilates, and hula classes rotating every 30 minutes. From 3:30 to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 29, in the ACC Arena, Roy will host the ALA President’s Program titled “Supporting Native Children’s English and Native ­Language Literacy.” The program will include segments from WGBH-Boston’s Between the Lions Head Start literacy

initiative and Roy Boney Jr.’s Claymation Animation Program with tribal schools. Boney is a Cherokee illustrator, graphic novelist, and animator, and a Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Fellow at the Sequoyah Research Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. An update on planning programs around We Shall Remain: A Native History of America, the January/February 2009 American Experience PBS series, will also be provided.

Advocacy in Action

The “Spokane Moms,” have been invited to the Advocacy Institute, Friday, June 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Orange County, Grand Ballroom E/F. This year’s theme is “School Libraries in

The lights are bright on the California Screamin’ ride at Disney’s California Adventure Park, part of the Anaheim Resort area.

Photos by Micky Jones (left) and Steve Francis

Wellness is the overall conference theme, in line with one of ALA President Loriene Roy’s yearlong focuses. A Wellness Fair will be held in the ACC, Special Events Area, Hall D, Sunday, June 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., encompassing two separate areas. The event will include vendors showcasing healthrelated products, a display of


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the ALA Midwinter Meeting by one day, and continued discussions on division and round table ALA candidate endorsements.

Making a difference


LA divisions and round tables are once again sponsoring Conference 101 programs, June 27–28, to assist “new-bees” or first-timers in navigating Annual Conference based on their work or the type of library they’d like to work in. Get expert advice on programs to attend, exhibitors to visit, parties to frequent, and ways to get the most out of conference. See the final program for details or visit the ALA Pavilion in the exhibits area.

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After an extensive analysis of member concerns, ALA will unveil a user-centered redesign of its website during Annual, the result of a process that began in April 2006. A preview of the site is available at, which displays sample pages in pdf format. The Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) will

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host a Town Hall Meeting Sunday, June 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the ACC, Room 213C, to discuss a proposed bylaws change opening the door to a permanent partnership with Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA). If approved, the new division will be called the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations (AL, May p. 17). The Intellectual Freedom Committee will consider proposed changes to the Intellectual Freedom Manual. Revisions are being offered to the several sections: Free Access to Libraries for Minors, Access to Library Resources and Services Regardless of Sex, Gender Identity, or Sexual Orientation, Access to Resources in the School Library Media Programs, Diversity in Collection Development, Evaluating of Library Collections, and Expurgation of Library Materials. Other issues that may be discussed during sessions of the Executive Board and the Association’s governing Council include dues rates and preconference pricing, the ongoing fight to retain the position of school library media specialists throughout the nation, the cutting of


Crisis: Why Everyone Should Care.” The grassroots advocacy efforts of these three parents—Lisa Layera Brunkan, Denette Hill, and Susan McBurney—helped to raise $4 million for school libraries in Washington state. They spearheaded a drive that resulted in the first state-level support for school library media centers. Onsite institute registration is $75 and includes lunch. ALA President-elect Jim Rettig will host “Advocating for All Libraries: Saving the Library Ecosystem,” an advocacy planning session for his upcoming presidential year Saturday, June 28, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Hilton Anaheim, Huntington Room.

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The unique architectural design of the Anaheim Convention Center is displayed in this “new angle” photo.

The Libraries Build Communities project, which began during the 2006 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, coordinated by ALA’s Chapter Relations Office, continues in Anaheim Friday, June 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The daylong community services effort will include projects at elementary, middle, and high schools; a public library located in a social services shelter; and Second Harvest volunteer opportunities. All participants will be notified in advance of the various projects and be able to pick the one in which they wish to participate. The $10 registration fee will be contributed to local library funds. Lunch, transportation, and a participation T-shirt are included. For more information, contact Don Wood at

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he following is the schedule for business and financial meetings, including the Executive Board, Council, Membership, Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC), and the ALA—Allied Professional Association (APA). Executive Board sessions will be held at the Hilton Anaheim, Redondo; Council, Membership Meetings, and ALA–APA sessions in ACC, Ballroom B/C; and other sessions, as noted.

FRIDAY, JUNE 27 n  Executive Board I, 8:30–noon n  BARC, noon–2 p.m., Hilton Anaheim, Salinas n  BARC, 5–7 p.m., Hilton Anaheim, Laguna A

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Monday, June 30 n  ALA–APA BARC/Finance and Audit Committee Joint Meeting, 8–9 a.m., Hilton, Laguna A n  BARC, 9–10 a.m., Hilton Anaheim, Laguna A. n  ALA-APA Council, 10:15–11:15 a.m. n  Membership Meeting II,11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. n  Council Forum, 8–9:30 p.m., Hilton, Mailbu

Tuesday, July 1

n  Council Orientation Session, 8–10:30 a.m. n  ALA Membership Meeting I, 3:30 –5 p.m.

n  ALA Council II, 9:15am12:45 p.m. n  BARC, 1–2:30 p.m., Hilton, Laguna A n  Council Forum. 4:30–6:30 p.m., Hilton, Mailbu

Sunday, June 29

Wednesday, July 2

n  Council/Executive Board/ Membership Information Session, 9–10 a.m.

n  Council III, 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. n  Executive Board III, 1:30– 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 28

Virtual Library Day on the Hill, sponsored by the ALA Washington Office, takes place Tuesday, July 1, from 8 a.m. to noon. Former NBA star Kareem Abdul Jabbar and other current and former Lakers will gather in the ACC at 11 a.m. to send advocacy messages to Congress. Building on the participation of the more than 2,000 who took their messages to Congress last year in Washington, D.C., thee Anaheim event will focus on the need for federal support

for libraries. Attendees are asked to e-mail and fax their senators and representatives using computer terminals located on the exhibit floor and in the Internet Room. “Vote for Libraries” T-shirts will be distributed to those who participate.

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Political commentator and analyst Ron Reagan is the Opening General Session keynoter Saturday, June 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., ACC Are-

Auditorium speakers

A celebrity line-up fills the Auditorium Speakers Series June 28–30 in the ACC Arena. The schedule:

Saturday, June 28

Stephen J. Cannell will speak from 8 to 9 a.m. He is the bestselling author of 12 novels, including the Shane Scully series, Runaway Heart, The Devil’s Workshop, Riding the Snake, and King Con, Final Victim, and The Plan. A feature film of King Con is currently in development.


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n  ALA–APA Information Session, 10–10:30 a.m. n  ALA Council I, 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

na. The session will include awards and the presentation of Honorary Membership, the Association’s highest honor, to Pat Mora, Effie Lee Morris, and Peggy Sullivan. Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. He has worked in recent years as a magazine journalist and has hosted talk shows on cable TV networks, such as Animal Planet. He currently serves on the board of Creative Coalition, an organization founded in 1989 by a group that included actors Susan Sarandon and the late Christopher Reeve. It is devoted to politically mobilizing entertainers and artists, generally for First Amendment rights and causes such as arts advocacy and public education. An interview with Diahann Carroll—who in 1968 became the first black actress in television history to star in her own series, Julia, on NBC—will be the Closing Session, Tuesday, July 1, from 11 a.m. to noon, ACC Arena. Past ALA president Sarah Ann Long will talk with Carroll about her career. In addition to her many other roles, Carroll also became the first black actress to star in the awardwinning night-time series Dynasty, which is still in syndication around the world. She is the author of The Legs Are the Last to Go, forthcoming from HarperCollins.

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An Emmy award-winning writer/ producer and chairman of Cannell Studios, he overcame severe dyslexia to become one of television’s most prolific writers. Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is slated for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. He is the author of Make it Plain, a history and an embodiment of black speech. Jordan imbibed the oral tradition as a young man and has given it his own inflection through a career that has carried his civil rights front-line work in the South to the National Urban League and to positions of influence at the highest levels of business and politics. He is currently a senior managing director of Lazard Frères and Com-

speaking technically merican Libraries Direct Editor George Eberhart will moderate “Speaking Technically: A Conversation about Cutting Edge Library Automation and Technology,” June 29, from 3 to 4 p.m. Sponsored by American Libraries magazine, Booklist/ Reference Books Bulletin, and the Exhibits Round Table, the program will be held in the Library Product Spotlight area, Orange County Theater, Exhibit Hall, end of aisle 2300. Watch the conversation unfold as the editor of ALA’s weekly e-newsletter asks a cutting-edge group of technologists to look into the future of library automation and technology from the vendor perspective. The program is open to all registrants.


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pany in New York City and senior counsel with the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld. Jordan has also served with the United Negro College Fund, the Voter Education Project of the Southern Regional Council, the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, and Ron Reagan is the Opening General Session speaker the National Association on June 28 and a conversation with Diahann Carroll closes the conference July 1. for the Advancement of Colored People. Greg Mortenson will address conference-goers from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. He is ence professor Tam O’Shaughnessy cofounder of the nonprofit Central from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Asia Institute’s Pennies for Peace Ride will present a program about project and coauthor of the New how our climate is changing and York Times bestseller Three Cups of make a case for the fact that “you Tea, don’t have to be a grown-up” to Mortenson has established over make a positive impact on the envi61 schools in Pakistan and Afghan- ronment. She and her research istan that provide education to partner O’Shaughnessy are the aumore than 25,000 children, inthors of You Go, Girl! Girls (and Boys) cluding 14,000 girls. In 1996, he Can Make a Difference for our Planet. survived an eight-day armed kidA professor at the University of napping in the Northwest Frontier California at San Diego, Ride is Province tribal areas of Pakistan, president and founder of Sally Ride escaped a 2003 firefight with feud- Science, a media company that deing Afghan warlords, overcame two velops education content. O’Shaughnessy has coauthored fatwas from enraged Islamic mulfour award-winning books with lahs, endured CIA investigations, Ride. This fall, they will publish and received hate mail and death Mission: Planet Earth, a detailed scithreats from fellow Americans afentific look at what’s happening to ter 9/11 for helping Muslim chilthe environment, and a companion dren with education. book Mission: Save the Planet, a “how-to” for kids on ways they can Sunday, June 29, make a difference. Don Borchert opens the June 29 Be prepared to ask questions durAuditorium Speaker Series slate ing a conversation between author from 8 to 9 a.m. A librarian in subJames Frey and American Libraries urban Los Angeles, he is the author Editor Leonard Kniffel from 1:30 of Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and to 2:30 p.m. Frey will respond to Gangstas in the Public Library, his the controversy over the veracity of first book, in which he reveals why his two controversial memoirs, A it’s necessary for even suburban liMillion Little Pieces and My Friend braries to have lock-downs. Leonard, and talk about his newest ALA’s Association for Library book, Bright Shiny Morning, a novel Service to Children (ALSC) hosts about inhabitants of Los Angeles astronaut and scientist Sally Ride living on the fault line between hope and psychology and children’s sci-

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June 28–Monday, June 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, July 1, 8 a.m. to noon. The SupERTuesday Closing Reception will take place Tuesday, July 1, at 8 a.m., earlier than in previous years, and will feature free breakfast. Exhibitors will also offer special giveaways and prizes to be raffled throughout the reception. There will also be opportunities throughout the exhibit hours to meet and get autographs from authors, visit poster sessions, and participate in the Exhibits Round Table (ERT) Silent Auction, which supports ALA scholarships to library school students. The Library Product Spotlight will feature explanations and demonstrations of new products. Presentations will take place Sunday, June 29, and Monday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. on the exhibit floor. Visit the “Live! @ your library” Reading Stage, also in the exhibit hall, on Saturday, June 28, Sunday, June 29, and Monday, June 30, from noon to 4 p.m., presented by ALA’s Public Programs Office. A variety of authors and poets will read from their works. Exhibits-only badges are $25 and good for all four days of the exhibits. Exhibits Plus badges at $35 each and include the exhibits plus the Opening General Session. The Exhibits Supreme badge at $50 includes admission to the ALA President’s Program, the Closing Session, the entire Auditorium Speaker Series. as well as the Opening General Session. They can be purchased onsite. There are no refunds for Exhibits Only, Plus, or Supreme registrations.

Don’t forget souvenirs

The ALA Store, which will be located next to registration outside the exhibit hall, will be stocked with books, posters, bookmarks,


bestseller list, including One Door Away from Heaven, From the Corner of His Eye, Midnight, and Intensity, making him one of only a dozen writers to have achieved that milestone. Fourteen of his books have risen to the number-one position in paperback. The Public Library Association (PLA) President’s Program, part of the Auditorium Speaker Series, will feature Jamie Lee Curtis from 5 to 6 p.m. An actor, photographer, and closet organizer, Curtis is author of children’s books including Is There Really a Human Race?, It’s Hard to Be Five, and I’m Gonna Like Me. Following her talk Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the latest star to join ALA’s READ poster series. Posters will be on sale and an awards presentaat the ALA Store. tion, attendees are invited to join PLA President and oblivion. Kniffel is also the auJan Sanders for a reception. thor of a memoir, titled A Polish Son in the Motherland. Tuesday, July 1 Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Monday, June 30 Runner, will speak from 8 to 9 a.m. Jane B. Marino will host Dr. T. Ber- His latest novel, A Thousand Splenry Brazelton at the ALSC Charledid Suns, encompasses 30 years of mae Rollins President’s Program, Afghan history while focusing on part of the Auditorium Speaker Sefamily, friendship, faith and the salries, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. vation to be found in love. It deBased on Dr. Brazelton’s infant buted at number one on the New research and more than 60 years of York Times hardcover fiction list listening to parents and children, last year. Hosseini was born in Kahe will discuss Touchpoints, a way of bul, Afghanistan, and his family understanding and participating in gained asylum in the United States family development. in 1980. Author Dean Koontz will speak from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. His books Searching “The Stacks” are published in 38 languages and More than 1,600 booths, rich with have sold 325 million copies—a figauthors and illustrators, await visiure that currently increases by more tors to the exhibit hall, dubbed than 17 million copies per year. Ten “The Stacks,” Saturday, June 28, of his novels have risen to number through Tuesday, July 1, ACC Halls one on the New York Times hardcover A, B and C. Hours are: Saturday,


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he Empowerment Conference for Library Support Staff, sponsored by the Library Support Staff Interests Round Table (LSSIRT), will be held June 28–29 in ACC, Rooms 207 A–C and 208 A–B. Designed specifically for library support staff, the meetings, formerly known as the Conference within a Conference, will feature a variety of tailor-made programs with such speakers as Warren Graham, Jenny Levine, and Michael Stephens. Learn about such topics as work-life balance, customer service, career paths, and safety and security. Workshop topics include “What I Really Meant to Say Was (a.k.a. Dealing with Difficult People,” “When’s My Ship Going to Come In?: Global Trends Affecting Libraries,” and “Surfing the Net: Google to the Next Level.”

Enjoy networking opportunities with colleagues from across the nation and get an opportunity to visit the hundreds of Annual Conference exhibitors. “Empowerment 2008” includes a welcome breakfast, one lunch, and an opportunity to attend the ALA Opening General Session. Partipants are also invited to attend the June 28 ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash and June 29 LSSIRT Night Out at additional charges. Empowerment conference registration is automatically included with a full Annual Conference registration. A separate registration is also available onsite at $150 for LSSIRT members and $260 for ALA members and nonmembers. Visit and click on the “Annual Conference” icon for more information.

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A number of other events, some of which are ticketed, will be held, including gala division and round table meal events that will feature the award-winning authors and illustrators of ALA’s youth media awards, including ALSC’s Newbery/ Caldecott Banquet. Consult the conference program for specific dates and times. All tickets, if available, can be purchased in the Registration Area. The annual “Many Voices, Many Nations” event, sponsored by ALA’s Office for Diversity, takes place Friday, June 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., Marriott Anaheim, Marquis Northeast Room. This year’s event, supported by ALA President Roy, will showcase

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Native voices and respect the presence of indigenous nations as sovereign nations. Tickets are $10 per person. The “ALA–APA Angels Reception: Celebrating Five Years of Progress” will be held Friday, June 27, from 7:30 to 9: 30 p.m. guests John Francis (left) and other authors The ALA-APA will honor FOLUSA will talk about the environment at “Protecting Planet Earth” June 29. Bich Minh Nguyen will be part of the people and organizaa panel at “Best Sellers of a Different Color: Ethnic tions that have helped it Writers in America” June 28. grow and flourish. Thirty library leaders will be honored as ALA–APA Angels. Tickets are $30 per person. Bash, when the annual event heads Take your pick of two opportunito the Disneyland Resort. Tickets, at $45 per person onsite, are valid for ties to see Mickey Mouse and the gang Saturday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at entry to either the Disneyland Park (open until midnight and featuring the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship

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and other promotional items for sale. Store hours: Friday, June 27, 10 a.m–5 p.m.; Saturday, June 28—Monday, June 30, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, July 1, 8 a.m.– noon. ALA Editions will have a variety of both new and favorite titles. Pick up a free catalog at the store and enter a raffle to win $50 worth of ALA Editions books . ALA Graphics will offer new campaign materials for Banned Books Week and Teen Read Week, conference souvenirs including the official conference T-shirt, the new Get Smart poster featuring Steve Carell, and new READ posters with Rachel Ray, Eva Mendes, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Learn how to create your own READ Poster with the READ CD in-store demonstrations. Pick up a free Graphics catalog at the store and enter a raffle to win prizes. Browse the latest issues of ALA TechSource’s Library Technology Reports and purchase single copies at a discounted price. Free ALA TechSource “blogger” and “gamer” ribbons will also be available.

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full fireworks) or Disney’s California Adventure Park (open until 9 p.m.). Transportation will be provided. Tickets are valid at only one park— no back-andforth privileges. If you can’t make it the evening of the Bash, tickets will still be good for one evening at one of the parks through July 12. The Fourth Annual Bookcart Drill Team World Championship will take place Sunday, June 29, from 4 to 5 p.m. Bookmobile Sunday is June 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., sponsored by OLOS. A Parade of Bookmobiles will also take place from 2 to 4 p.m. outside the ACC. With the theme “Mobile Libraries: Driving Library Services into the Future,” a program at 10:30 a.m. will culminate with a presenta-

tion and book signing by Masha Hamilton, author of The Camel Bookmobile. Tickets are $25 per person. Join in honoring your colleagues— recipients of the Association’s highest honors—at a special ALA Awards Ceremony Tuesday, July 1, at 5:45 p.m., Marriott Anaheim, Marquis Northeast/Northwest Room, immediately preceding the Inaugural Banquet. Tickets are not required for the ceremony. After the awards, join Presidentelect Jim Rettig and the division presidents-elect at the Inaugural Banquet from 7 p.m. to midnight, Marriott Anaheim, Marquis Center. Attire for the evening is Black Tie or cultural dress. Tickets are $89 per person.

Other highlights

The following listings offer a snapshot of scheduled programs and

events. Consult the full conference schedule or look inside your badge holder at registration for the American Libraries/EBSCO “Conferenceat-a-Glance” for other offerings, events, and meetings.

FRIDAY, JUNE 27 “RUSA 40th Anniversary Commemoration” 5:30–9 p.m., Marriott Anaheim, Platinum 10

A celebration honoring the 40th anniversary of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) History Section Genealogy Committee, inaugurated in 1968. Raymond S. Wright, retired director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, will discuss the committee’s growth and opportunities for librarians to assist patrons in accessing and navigating the resources

Register Today! Join ALA and libraries across the country as they Step Up to the Plate @ your library . ®

Two American classics - libraries and baseball - team up to promote information literacy by encouraging fans of all ages to test their knowledge of baseball trivia. Questions are built around themes in the famous tune, including ballparks, baseball in popular culture, fan experience and baseball pioneers.

One lucky winner will receive a trip for two to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Prizes are also available for librarians who participate. For more information and free downloadable promotional materials, register today at


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This year, Step Up to the Plate is a whole new “ball game,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the classic song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

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ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services Diversity and Outreach Fair Saturday 6/28, 3:00pm-5:00pm Anaheim Convention Center Special Events Area - Hall D

Mobile Libraries:Driving Library Services Into the Future ticketed event Sunday 6/29, 10:30am-1:00pm Hyatt Regency Orange County Grand E/F


Conference Programs

The 2008 Diversity and Outreach Fair celebrates ten years of highlighting diversity and outreach initiatives in local libraries! This year, the Fair focuses on accessibilities, in addition to services, programs and collections, to other underserved and under-represented communities. Event sponsored by DEMCO. This session is designed to provide inspiration and practical ideas about current mobile library services. This contentfilled program includes speakers and participation in round table discussions, concluding with an inspirational lunch presentation by Masha Hamilton, author of “The Camel Bookmobile.”

2008 Parade of Bookmobiles Step outside to see an impressive gathering of mobile library Sunday 6/29, 2:30pm-4:30pm vehicles parading down the streets of Anaheim! The parade will depart from Car Park 5. Follow the signs to the back doors of Exhibit Halls B and C—exhibit badges required. Following the parade, the bookmobiles will be on display in Car Park 5; climb aboard to talk to staff and to learn more about bookmobile outreach.

Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture Monday 6/30, 8:00am-10:00am Anaheim Convention Center 209 B

Dr. Clara Chu, UCLA Professor, is the 2008 Dr. Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecturer. Dr. Chu’s presentation, “Dislocations of Multicultural Librarianship: A Critical Examination for a Liberatory Practice” will explore the library’s responsibility to provide equity of access to information and services.

The American Dream Starts @ your library Monday 6/30, 10:30am-12:00pm Anaheim Convention Center 206 A

Discover easy to use, up-to-date, online resources in the American Dream Starts @ your library toolkit; join experts and practitioners as they identify the issues, discuss service options, and showcase the kinds of best practices that can be easily implemented @ your library.

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he ALA Placement Center, sponsored by the Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) will once again provide opportunities to employers and job seekers to meet, network, and achieve success in reaching their employment goals. It will be housed in ACC, Hall D, during the following hours: June 27, noon–5 p.m., June 28–29, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and June 30, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Job seekers should register and search for jobs on the JobLIST website at All services are free to job seekers. Registration

of internet family history. Refreshments will be served. “Booklist Books for Youth Program: Presenting the Odyssey Award” 8–10 p.m., Hilton Anaheim California, Pavilion A

SATURDAY, JUNE 28 “Empowering Library Staff to Reach Out to Spanish Speakers” 8–10 a.m., Disneyland Hotel, Dreams H

The Spanish Language Outreach Program, sponsored by WebJunction, will be highlighted. Under the program’s umbrella, 36 state librar-

ies have conducted more than 300 workshops and trained more than 4,000 library staff members. Sponsor: Reforma.

800-545-2433, ext. 4280. An orientation for job seekers is slated for June 27 from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the Placement Center. Several other HRDR programs are also planned to help job seekers. They include: June 28, 8–11 a.m., “Advanced Resumes and Cover Letters,” Hilton Anaheim, Ventura; 1:30–3:30 p.m. “Interviewing Strategies,” Hilton Anaheim, Palos Verdes A; June 29, 8–10 a.m., “The Highly Effective Job Search,” ACC, Room 203 A; and 10:30 a.m.–noon, “Career Transitions and Surviving the In-Between Time,” ACC, Room 211 A.

to Africa’s orphans and other vulnerable children. Sponsor: ERT. “Washington Office Briefing” 8-10 a.m., ACC, Room 201D

“ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers” 8–10 a.m., Hilton Anaheim, Capistrano B

Locating information on basic concepts and the Human Genome Project, will be covered. In addition, resources regarding the ethical and legal issues associated with genetic disorders will be shown and a variety of health information resources will be demonstrated. Sponsor: Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA). “The Lubuto Library Project” 8-10 a.m., ACC, Room 213C

Librarian Jane Kinney Meyers will discuss her work with street children in Zambia and the creation of a library housed in a shipping container. Lubuto builds indigenously designed libraries that offer services

Updates will be provided on: Section 108, new Washington Office communications efforts, the July 1 Virtual Library Day on the Hill, a report on EPA libraries from the Government Accountability Office, and news from the National Federation of the Blind on library services. From 9 to 10 a.m., there will be a public hearing on LSTA reauthorization and what changes librarians would like to see. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, three breakout sessions are planned: n  Breakout Session I ACC, Room 207 “The Future of Libraries” will be presented by the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). Learn about trends in technology, society, and library and information science that will shape the library of the future, including the newly cre-


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Arnie Cardillo, producer of the 2008 ALSC/Booklist/Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Odyssey Award winner, the audio production of Walter Dean Myers’ Jazz, will join author and audiobook producer Bruce Coville and others to talk about the new award. Five Odyssey Honor titles will also be recognized.

is not required, but it is recommended. Employers who want to post positions should post them on the same JobLIST website. Employers who want to use the interviewing facilities must have an active ad placed on JobLIST at the time the interview is scheduled. Employers who want to review résumés of registered job seekers must purchase the “Placement Service Subscription” after placing an active online ad on JobLIST. Those who want a booth in the Placement Center should contact Beatrice Calvin at

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“Sustainable Libraries: Shades of Green” 8–10 a.m., Hilton Anaheim, California Pavilion A

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton (left) and author Dean Koontz are part of the celebrity-filled Auditorium Speakers series. They will address conference-goers June 30.

10:30–noon, ACC, Ballroom E

Join American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Sara Kelly Johns as she hosts author and 2007 ALSC Newbery Awardwinner Susan Patron and a panel of experts in a discussion about intellectual freedom. “The Bilingual Mind: How Children Acquire and Use Language” 10:30a.m.–noon, Disney’s Paradise Pier, Pacific B

10:30 a.m.–noon, Hilton Anaheim, Capistrano B

An interactive session designed to provide information on the principles of salary negotiation and performance evaluations. Mock negotiation demonstrations will be included. ­Sponsor: ALA–Allied Professional Association (APA). “Baseball’s Greatest Hit: The Story of Take Me Out to the Ball Game” 10:30 a.m.–noon, ACC, Room 211A

Andy Strasberg, coauthor of Baseball’s Greatest Hit: The Story of Take Me Out to the Ball Game will discuss this year’s 100th anniversary of the song as well as its significance to baseball. Part of the Campaign for America’s Libraries “Step Up to the Plate @ your library” program. Sponsor: Public Information Office. “RDA Update Forum” 10:30 a.m.–noon, Anaheim Marriott, Salon E

An update will be provided on the status of Resource Description and Access (RDA). Sponsor: Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Cataloging and Classification Section.


A statue of its namesake at the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, greets travelers to and from Orange County.

A panel of experts will probe how to plan and to provide services that are in the best interest of the multilingual children and families. Kendall King, coauthor of The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Treach Your Child a Second Language, will lead the discussion. Sponsors: Reforma, American Association of School Librarians (AASL), ALSC, Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT), PLA.

“Getting What You’re Worth Salary Negotiation Workshop”

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“AASL President’s Program: “Intellectual Freedom: A Core Value”


An update on the evolving “green” opportunities for library buildings, including solutions and techniques for library systems with limited means. Sponsor: Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) Buildings and Equipment Section.

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ated Program on America’s Libraries in the 21st Century in OITP. n  Breakout Session II ACC, Room 213D An update from the Government Documents Round Table. n  Breakout Session III ACC, Room 304D, “Citizen Advocacy for a Democratic Society,” presented by ALTA, the Intellectual Freedom Committee, the Committee on Legislation, and the Washington Office will include a discussion of how national library issues and hot topics impact libraries at the state and local levels. Robert Doyle, executive director of the Illinois Library Association, will host the program. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is also slated to address the audience, schedule permitting.

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The Auditorium Speakers Series will include (from left): Khaled Hosseini, Vernon Jordan Jr., Sally Ride, Tam O’Shaughnessy, and Stephen J. Cannell. See the “Celebrity Circle” listings within this article for specific times.

“Best Sellers of a Different Color: Ethnic Writers in America” 10:30 a.m.–noon, ACC, Room 211 B

Join FOLUSA for a unique look at ethnic writers, featuring authors Tracy Brown (Twisted), Bich Minh Nguyen (Stealing Buddha’s Dinner), Yxta Maya Murray (King’s Gold), Nikki Turner (Black Widow), and Nina Revoyr (The Age of Dreaming).

to the history of adult wordless books from the books of the early 20th century to contemporary wordless graphic novels. Guidelines for using wordless books in English literature curriculum will also be presented. Sponsors: Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Literatures in English Section and Arts Section.

“Reading Pictures: The Language of Wordless Books”

“Digitizing Indian Country”

1:30 –3:30 p.m., ACC, Room 210A–C

The program includes the release of a survey and discussion about digitization projects by tribal communities, archives, libraries, and museums The collaboration between tribal entities and state edu-

Authors Eric Drooker (Flood! A Novel in Pictures and Blood Song), Perry Willett (The Silent Shout), and David A. Beronä, (Wordless Books) will be panelists in an introduction

1:30–3:30 p.m., ACC, Room 201D

cational institutions to preserve and make available tribal historical documents will also be probed. Sponsors: American Indian Library Association and OLOS. “Freedom of Expression: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property” 1:30–3:30 p.m., ACC, Room 304A/B

A screening of the film Freedom of Expression will be followed by a panel discussion about fair use and free speech with coproducers Kembrew McLeod and Jeremy Smith. Based on McLeod’s award-winning book of the same title, the film explores the battles being waged in courts, classrooms, museums, film studios, and online over control of our cultural commons. Sponsor: Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT). “E-rate Task Force Forum”

We want to meet you at the ALA conference in Anaheim CA, June 27–30. Join us in the Exhibition Hall or the Placement Center. For an on-site interview during the conference, or for more information, email, ALA’s Placement Center Joblist, or call 425.369.3224. See you there! EOE Turn to us. The choices will surprise you.

Join members of the E-rate Task Force and invited experts for a discussion of the latest news on the E-rate program. Sponsor: Office for Information Technology Policy. “Creating Readers Theatre at your Library with Top Quality Children’s Books” 1:30–3:30 p.m., Anaheim Marriott, Salon E

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ton Juster will give a Readers Theatre performance using scripts developed from each other’s work. Examples of how librarians can help children create their own performances will be provided. Sponsor: ALSC. “ALTA President’s Program: A Year with New Opportunities�

“Tomorrow’s Library in Today’s Space: Redesigning and Repur­posing Existing Library Spaces�

Music and snacks will be provided. Sponsor: OLOS.

1:30–3:30 p.m., Hilton Anaheim, Pacific Ballroom A

“Beta Phi Mu–60th Anniversary Gala�

Case studies of three library projects that illustrate unique approaches to creating new spaces out of old will be presented. Sponsor: LAMA BES

4 –5:30 p.m., Sheraton Park Hotel, Tiffany Terrace and Patio

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“Why Public Libraries Close�

ALTA President Donald L. Roalkvam will host author Gary W. Moore (Playing with the Enemy) winner of the Sam Walton Leadership Award. He will share the story of his father, whose potential professional baseball career with the Brooklyn Dodgers was interrupted by Pearl Harbor. Moore will sign copies of his book, which will be given away free, at the end of this program.

1:30–3:30 p.m., Hilton Anaheim, California Pavilion B

“Diversity and Outreach Fair� 3–5 p.m., ACC, Special Events Area, Hall D

This year’s theme is “Accessibility� as the fair celebrates 10 years of highlighting local diversity and outreach initiatives in local libraries.

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“Getting Ready for RDA and FRBR: What You Need to Know� 4–5:30 p.m., ACC, Room 204B

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Join a discussion of the latest findings from national studies assessing internet connectivity, internet access, and the impact of funding changes on the sustainability of computer services in public libraries. Sponsor: Office for Research and Statistics (ORS).


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Results from an OCLC study of public library closures will be featured. Sponsor: PLA Issues and Concerns Cluster.

Speaker: John Paul Walters.

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United States. Sponsor: ACRL, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and ALCTS Continuing Resources Section.

successes in delivering engaging programs that go beyond game play. The second half of the program will include a breakout session to try program activities. Sponsor: YALSA. “Protecting Planet Earth” 10:30 a.m.–noon, ACC, Room 203A

Christopher Reich (left) and Rob Carlson are two of the speakers for the “FOLUSA–ALTA Gala Author Tea,” June 30.

The program will focus on the implementation strategies, issues, and education as well as the impact of RDA across the stakeholders’ communities. Sponsor: ALCTS CCS. “Science Fiction and Fantasy: Looking at Information Technology and the Information Rights of the Individual” 4 –5:30 p.m., ACC, Room 304A/B

Science fiction and fantasy authors, including Cory Doctorow, Eric Flint, Vernon Vinge, and Brandon Sanderson, will discuss the nature of their craft, how speculative literature suggests new ideas and technologies, and the possible impacts these developments could have on society in the future. Sponsor: LITA.

4–5:30 P.M., ACC, ROOM 21A–C

The forum offers an up-close look at the recent vote by Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which enables open access to the faculty’s scholarly titles in an institutional repository. The Harvard vote grants the university the right to archive and make freely available on the internet articles written by Arts and Sciences faculty—a first in the

“Implementing ALA’s Policy 61: Library Services to Poor People” 8–10 A.M., Hilton

Anaheim, Malibu

The new member toolkit on ALA’s Policy 61 to support implementation strategies for services to poor and homeless people in local libraries will be introduced as well as a report on member and staff surveys of implementation of the policy. Sponsor: OLOS. “ASCLA President’s Program: The Universal Library: Mind, Body, and Soul” 8–10 a.m., Hilton Anaheim, California Pavilion C

ASCLA President Barbara Mates will host a panel discussion on strategies for designing and maintaining a collection and a physical plant with a diverse staff that is accessible to everyone. The panelists are Mare ParkerO’Toole and Valerie Fletcher, Adaptive Environments; Kevin Jensen, San Francisco Department of Public Works; and Mike M arlin, California Braille and Talking Book Library. “Beyond Gaming Tournaments”

Authors Patrick Carman (Rivers of Fire and The House of Power) and Dan Koeppel (Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World) and others who write about environmental concerns will participate in a panel discussion and will sign their books following the program—most of which will be free or sold at a generous discount. Sponsor: FOLUSA. “Lobbying for Operational Expenses” 10:30 a.m.–noon, Hilton Anaheim, Oceanside

ALA Washington Office Director Emily Sheketoff will provide information on how to raise funds for library operational expenses, such as salaries and utilities. Sponsor: ALA–APA. “Book Group Therapy: How to Repair, Revamp and Revitalize Your Book Group” 10:30 a.m.–noon, Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland North Ballroom

Book group expert and librarian action figure model Nancy Pearl will discuss book group therapy, including tips on selecting titles that generate interesting discussions; dealing with domineering personalities; and overcoming the many roadblocks to peak participation. Preliminary results of a national survey on book groups will also be revealed. Sponsor: RUSA Collection Development and Evaluation Section Readers’ Advisory Committee.

8–10 a.m., Anaheim Marriott, Salon E

Discover best practices beyond gaming tournaments in such programs as avatar creation, character worksheets, and video game clubs. Presenters will share their

“Fish4Info: A Next Generation Library Portal” 1:30–3:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Orange County Grand E/F

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“ACRL/SPARC Forum: Campus Open Access Policies: The Harvard Experience and How to Get There”


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school library portal created by the School Library System of Genesee Valley BOCES, will be presented. The School Library 2.0 concepts behind the need for a next generation portal as well as the benefits of providing an online, 24/7 school library experience will be discussed. Sponsor: AASL. “Ethics in the Age of Web 2.0” 1:30–3:30 p.m., Disneyland Hotel, Adventure Room

A panel of experts, library educators, and practitioners will discuss ethical issues associated with social technologies, privacy, intel-

lectual property, censorship, access to information, leveling and labeling a collection, and selection. Sponsor: AASL Independent Schools Section. “First Author, First Book” 1:30–3:30 p.m., ACC, Room 203 A

Be the very first to hear authors Kaya McLaren (Church of the Dog) and Mark Sarvas (Harry, Revised) as well as others who are joining the ranks of first-time authors. The authors will sign copies of their books following the event, most of which will be given away free or sold at a discount. Sponsor: FOLUSA.

“Booklist Adult Books Readers’ Advisory Forum” 1:30–3:30 p.m., ACC, Room 304 A/B

A panel of four fiction writers, including Booklist’s Keir Graff and novelist Janette Turner Hospital, will discuss trends in American fiction in the post-9/11 era. Sponsor: ALA Publishing. “Making the Switch from Print to Online: Why, When and How?” 1:30–3:30 p.m., ACC, Room 204 B

Four panelists will examine the issues of switching from print to online. Two publishers will describe challenges associated with maintain-

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stone in May for its sixth annual Virtual March on Washington in support of libraries. Her promotional tour on behalf of Friends groups will continue September 5 in Tucson, Arizona, September 17 in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, and November 14, in Salem, Oregon. She is also partnering with promoters and local Friends organization in cities where she performs. Local Friends group receive tickets for use in fundraising or promotion as well as a portion of the book sales after the performance where Poundstone makes herself available for signings. She has also created a 30-second public service announcement “It’s funny that we think of libraries as quiet demure places where we are shushed by dusty, bun-balancing, bespectacled women,” Poundstone said. “The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy, and community.” Among her many accolades, Poundstone is an Emmy Award winner. She was the first woman to be in-

FOLUSA national spokesperson Paula Poundstone will headline “The Laugh’s on Us” June 29.


mmy-award winning comedian Paula Poundstone has been named national spokesperson for Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA), The “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” panelist on public radio, mother of three, and author of There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say will lend her name, voice, and humor to help Friends groups around the country promote themselves and their libraries Poundstone will headline “The Laugh’s On Us,” June 29 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the ACC, Room 201 A/B. She will serve up the laughs along with Dan Kennedy (Rock On), Beth Lisick (Helping Me Help Myself), Wendy Spero (Microthrills) and other humor writers. Following the event, the authors will sign their books— most of which will be given away free or sold at a discount. Tickets are $35 in advance ($30 for FOLUSA members) and $45 at the door. Wine and cheese will be served. FOLUSA partnered with Pound-

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Wherever That Is?” 4–5:30 p.m., Hilton Anaheim, California Pavilion D

LITA President Mark A. Beatty will host American Libraries “Internet Librarian” columnist Joe Janes and members of the “It’s All Good” blogging group as they examine the full social and cultural constructs of libraries that move beyond Web 2.0 and integrate patrons, librarians, and resources. “Feminists Night at the Movies” 8 –10 p.m., ACC, Room 203B The PLA President’s Program, part of the Auditorium Speakers Series, features actor and author Jamie Lee Curtis June 30.

ing print and online, and when and under what conditions they would choose to provide e-only. Two librarians will discuss decision-making strategies associated with dropping print and moving to e-only. Sponsor: ALCTS Collection Management and Development Section. “Education of Trustees Program: A Library Board’s Practical Guide to Hiring Experts” 1:30–3:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Orange County Garden 1-2

A panel will give practical tips on how to hire outside experts based on the new ALTA publication A Library Board’s Practical Guide to Hiring Outside Experts. Sponsor; ALTA.

1:30–3:30 p.m., Hilton Anaheim, California Pavilion A

LAMA President W. Bede Mitchell will host “Visual and Verbal Literacy—Skills for Contemporary Leadership,” featuring David Magellan Horth of the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. “LITA President’s Program: Isn’t It Great To Be in the Library…

MONDAY, JUNE 30 “Research Fuels the Author’s Fire” 8–10 A.M., ACC, Room 304A/B

Writers/illustrators Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Snowflake Bentley), Tanya Lee Stone (Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote), and Colin Bootman (Fish for the Grand Lady), and other panelists will share information designed to help create and foster excitement for reading and a curiosity about new topics. A question-andanswer session with the authors/illustrators will also be held. Sponsor: AASL. “Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture” 8–10 a.m., ACC, Room 209B

Clara M. Chu, associate professor, Department of Information Studies, University of California at Los An-

“Feminist Publishing: The Evolution of a Revolution” 8 a.m.–noon, Disney’s Paradise Pier, Pacific A

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Studies Section, the nature of feminist publishing will be explored with panelists representing feminist book, magazine, blog, and web publishing. Sponsors: SRRT Feminist Task Force, Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL). “ALCTS President’s Program: From Here to Eternity: The Challenges of Managing Oscar’s Very Special Collections” 10:30 am.–noon, Anaheim Marriott. Salon F

ALCTS President Pamela Bluh will welcome representatives of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The library’s collections include relevant working books and periodicals plus numerous special collections containing 10 million photographs, 30,000 posters, and huge numbers of movie scripts, scores, and production and costume designs. “ACRL President’s Program: Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions” 1:30–3:30 p.m., Hilton Anaheim, California Pavilion D

ACRL President Julie Todaro will host a program on the research findings of Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. He


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“LAMA President’s Program”

Two movies, courtesy of Women Make Movies, will be shown: I Was a Teenage Feminist by Therese Shechter, a personal journey into the heart of feminism, and The Noble Struggle of Amina Wadud by Elli Safari, a portrait of an African-American Muslim woman who first led a mixed-gender prayer congregation. Sponsor: Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) Feminist Task Force.

geles, will discuss “Dislocations of Multicultural Librarianship: A Critical Examination for a Liberatory Practice.” She will examine multicultural librarianship and discuss models centered around the knowledge, attitudes, and actions toward liberatory practice. Sponsor: OLOS.

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will join a panel of librarians to explore how to enhance logical thinking to create workplace vibrancy. “RUSA President’s Program: Quality Service in an Impersonal World”

to create welcoming “third space” (for neither adults nor children) teen environments, physical and virtual. Speakers include author Kim Bolan (Teen Spaces). “FOLUSA—ALTA Gala Author Tea”

1:30–3:30 p.m., Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland North Ballroom

2–4 p.m., Hyatt Regency Orange County, Terrace Room and Foyer

RUSA President David Tyckoson will host representatives from the business, library, and education fields, who will present their opinions on why service is important (or not) and what factors lead to quality service.

Join Jacqueline Winspear along with other bestselling authors. High tea will be served and authors will sign their books following the program—most of which will be given away free. Tickets are $35 in advance ($30 for FOLUSA or ALTA members) and $45 at the door. Sponsors: FOLUSA, ALTA.

“YALSA President’s Program and Membership Meeting: Between Home and School: The Teen Third Space” 1:30–3:30 p.m., Anaheim Marriott, Salon E

YALSA President Paula BrehmHeeger will host a program on how

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“Take Two Aspirin: Helping Public Librarians Meet the Demand for Consumer Health Information” 4–5:30 p.m., Hilton Anaheim. Redondo

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Tastes for All Tastes Anaheim and Orange County dining options


ating at Annual Conference is easy: The Anaheim Resort District, centered around Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center, is home to dozens of options, and there are plenty of exciting meals to be had for those willing and able to travel further afield. This guide contains recommendations from several local librarians, as well as a roundup of restaurants based in or near the district.

Reservations Recommended

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen 1590 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim,

714-776-5200. www.rbjazzkitchen .com. $$$. Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is what its name suggests—a CajunCreole restaurant that evokes the feel and flavor of New Orleans. Live jazz accompanies food that is spicy and lively. The Sazerac cocktail and the Bananas Foster are worth a try. Lunch and dinner daily. Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria 1550 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, 714-776-6200. www.patinagroup .com/naples/. $$. Another option in Downtown Disney is Naples Ristorante for pasta and pizza. The restaurant offers indoor and patio dining, with a wide variety of Italian dishes. The thincrust pizza is popular and the res-

taurant’s open kitchen creates a lively and fun atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. House of Blues 1530 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, 714-778-2583. venues/clubvenues/anaheim/. $$$. Both music club and restaurant, the House of Blues is one of Downtown Disney’s busier locations. The restaurant features a mix of American cuisines, with everything from Cajun shrimp to pizza. Of note is the popular Sunday Gospel Brunch. Lunch and dinner daily. Zov’s Bistro 17440 E. 17th St., Tustin, 714-838-8855. $$$. Zov’s is a local institution, serving


Catal Restaurant 1580 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, 714-774-4442. www.patinagroup .com/catal/. $$$. Catal is probably the best restaurant in Downtown Disney, offering upscale Mediterranean cuisine with excellent service. The ambience is formal but relaxed, with a nice mix on the menu. Prices are a bit on the high side but this is a lovely dining experience. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

The Downtown Disney district, just blocks from the convention center and steps from some of the convention hotels, is home to several restaurants, including Catal.


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In the mood to dine at one of the local hot-spots? Stephanie Beverage, regional manager of Orange County Public Library, and her husband John Sparks recommend some of their favorites (with a bonus recommendation, Mr. Stox, by Anaheim librarian Marissa Lighthiser). Lastminute tables can be hard to come by, so call ahead.

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The City of Orange, a 20-minute drive east of the Anaheim Convention Center, has more eateries than there are days in a year. Nora Jacob, library services director of Orange Public Library, recommends these eight, each within a 10-minute walk of the beautiful new Orange Public Library and History Center

Rutabegorz offers tasty salads, wraps, and soups in downtown Orange, Fullerton, and Tustin.

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downtown. Called the Old Towne Orange Historic District, the city’s downtown is the second-largest historic district in the nation (only Williamsburg, Virginia, is bigger), with 1,237 historic homes and businesses listed on the National Register within one square mile. Park at the library and stroll through the wonderful neighborhood to eat and shop. Aldo’s Ristorante-Bar 190 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714-516-1690. $$. Homemade Italian fare and a solid wine list are the draws here. Anything with eggplant is particularly delicious. Try the melanzane sorrentino, or eggplant rollatini with marinara sauce. The chicken parmigana is also tasty, and some library staff swear by the veal dishes. Lunch and dinner daily. Business attire preferred. Café Lucca 106 N. Glassell St., Orange, 714-289-1255. $. Grilled specialty panini and an outrageously delicious selection of sorbets and gelatos are the key attractions at Café Lucca. Fresh-baked bread is used in the grilled panini; try the Positano (tuna with lemon zest and fresh basil, among other ingredients) or the Palermo with pepperoni and red pepper pesto. Be

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Café Tu Tu Tango 20 City Boulevard West, Orange, 714-769-2222. www.cafetututango .com/orange/. $$$. Café Tu Tu Tango is a fun casual dining spot in the Block at Orange, an outdoor shopping mall. The Café specializes in small, tapas-style appetizers that are meant to be shared

Mr. Stox 1105 E. Katella Ave, Anaheim, 714-634-2994. $$$$. Mr. Stox is a classic, old-school restaurant specializing in American fine dining sourced from the abundance of fresh food available in Southern California, from Santa Barbara shrimp to herbs and produce grown on-site. The 1,200-square-foot wine cellar offers selections from around the globe. Lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner daily.

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The Cellar 305 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, 714-525-5682. www.cellardining .com. $$$$. The Cellar is one of Orange County’s finest restaurants. Established in 1969 in the cellar of an old hotel, the Cellar has been offering wonderful French cuisine ever since. The menu is full of classic dishes such as escargot and caviar presented beautifully and served impeccably in an intimate atmosphere. Dinner Tue.-Sun.

and can easily make a meal. It’s designed to look like an artist’s loft in Barcelona, and you can relax and enjoy a specialty martini and tasty appetizers as you watch the shoppers go by. Lunch and dinner daily.

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wonderful Mediterranean cuisine. The modern menu offers lots for vegetarians and omnivores alike. The on-site bakery and café offers less expensive and take-out options; Zov’s cookbook is also worth a look. Lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner daily.

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sure to look at the ceiling here; it’s stamped tin. Lunch and dinner daily. Citrus City Grille 122 N. Glassell St., Orange, 714-639-9600. www.citruscitygrille .com. $$$. Some call it American cuisine, others call it Mediterranean fusion. Whatever it’s called, the food here is fresh, nicely seasoned, and presented beautifully. The seared ahi salad, stuffed chicken breast, and ovenroasted duck breast are all delicious works of art. Green, yellow, orange, and bright purple walls, modern light-

ing, stainless steel countertops, and a great selection of wines and cocktails keep the ambiance lively. Lunch and dinner Mon. –Sat. Business attire preferred. Reservations recommended. Felix Continental CafÊ 36 Plaza Square, Orange, 714-633-5842. www.felixcontinental $$. Cuban and Spanish dishes here have delighted customers since the 1970s, and if you stay late into the night, you may encounter Cuban expats with stories about Fidel and life in earlier times. Sidewalk tables outside

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are combined in ever-changing selections. There are a lot of vegetarian choices here, but chicken, turkey, and tuna also make it into many of the dishes. Choose from some of the unusual wraps or the plentiful homemade soups, if the salads don’t call to you. Located in what used to be the home of a citrus rancher, Rutabegorz offers outside patio dining for a most pleasant lunch or dinner experience. Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. Watson Drug and Diner 116 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714-633-1050. $. The iconic American diner and soda fountain. The ’50s ambiance is authentic—Watson’s is 107 years old—but it’s the food that brings everyone back. All the soups are created from scratch; malts and shakes from the soda fountain are made with real ingredients; and burgers, sandwiches, and daily specials offer hearty portions. If you like chicken and dumplings, this is the place! No alcoholic beverages, though. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

Gypsy Den Grand Central Cafe 125 N. Broadway Ave., Santa Ana, 714-835-8840. $. The Gypsy Den is located in the Artist Village neighborhood in downtown Santa Ana. The restaurant serves meat dishes, but is vegetarian-friendly with several sandwiches, salads, entrees, and vegetarian chili. The Gypsy Den has a second location at the L.A.B. Antimall at 2930 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa, 714-549-7012. Recommended: veggie BLT. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Native Foods 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-751-2151. $. Native Foods serves California vegan cuisine; all of the dishes are free of animal ingredients. The food

is flavorful and unique, and a true feast for the senses. Mock meat dishes are made with seitan (wheat protein) and tempeh, a blend of soybeans, grain, and rice culture. Recommended: jerk burger, Baja surf tacos, “Save the Chicken” wings, and native seasoned fries. Lunch and dinner daily. Thai Specialty 2500 E. Imperial Highway, Suite 128, Brea, 714-256-2229. www $. This is one of the best Thai restaurants in Orange County. The interior is calm and elegant with outstanding service. It is not a vegetarian restaurant, but tofu can be substituted for the meat in most dishes. Recommended: spicy garlic tofu, vegetable curry, spicy fried rice

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Au Lac 16563 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, 714-418-0658. $$. Au Lac serves vegetarian, vegan, and raw food within a stylish environment. The waitstaff is knowledgeable about what dishes contain dairy; no dishes contain egg. It has been reported that the revered Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh eats here when he visits Orange County. Recommended: veggie spring rolls, soy beef with broccoli, and raw taco. Lunch and dinner Tue.–Sun.

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Orange County has numerous restaurants that cater to vegetarians and vegans. Stacy Russo, head of reference and instruction at Chapman University in Orange, suggests several of the area’s best:

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with tofu, and basil and chili tofu. Lunch and dinner daily.

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Veggie Grill 4213 Campus Dr., Irvine, 949-509-0003. $. Located across the street from the Irvine campus of the University of California, the Veggie Grill is a 100% vegan restaurant. The dishes are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and whole grains, and free of cholesterol. The food is always exceptional. Recommended: Island Getaway burger, Chickin’ Marinara sandwich, Chill

Wheel of Life 14370 Culver Dr., Suite 2G, Irvine, 949-551-8222. www .wheelof $$. Wheel of Life is a Thai and 100% vegan restaurant run by a fourth-generation vegan. The atmosphere is incredibly friendly from the moment you walk in the door. Wheel of Life’s offerings include soups, salads, curries, noodles, rice dishes, and numerous mock meats. Recommended: spicy crispy chicken.

Out and About

Driving is a California tradition, and these restaurants, suggested by Margaret Donnellan Todd, county librarian for the County of Los Angeles Public Library, are worth a trip. El Cholo 840 E. Whittier Blvd., La Habra, 562-691-4618. $$. A very casual, family-owned restaurant in business for 80 years. El Cholo has the best and strongest margaritas in town, says Zagat, and green corn tamales “straight from heaven.” Lunch and dinner daily. Café Hildalgo 305 N. Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, 714-447-3202. www.cafehidalgo $$$. A Spanish/Mexican restaurant with a wonderful atmosphere, but polarizing cuisine: People seem to either love the food or hate it. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily.

Olde Ship British Pub 709 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, 714-871-7447. www.theoldeship .com. $$. A traditional British pub with a second location at 1120 W. 17th St. in Santa Ana, 714-550-6700. Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast Sun. The Cliff Restaurant 577 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949-494-1956. $$. Outdoor dining on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It’s not about the food, it’s about the view! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.


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Stubrick’s Steakhouse 118 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714-871-1290. $$$. A trendy place with a varied menu and live music on the weekends. Dinner daily.

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The Cottage 308 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949-494-3023. www.thecottage $$. A long time favorite. No view, but the cottage is a charming craftsman-style beach house. Breakfast is a favorite with the locals, but lunch and dinner are good as well. Many of the dining options in the immediate vicinity of the Anaheim Convention Center are within the conference hotels or accessible on foot or by conference shuttle.

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California Libraries: Places of Diversity Don’t miss these Golden State treasures

Sherman Library and Gardens 2647 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar; 949-673-1880 Sherman Library and Gardens is a

refuge from the busy highway outside; a unique place that satisfies the senses and the intellect. Those interested in history or botanical gardens will find much to discover. Visitors may tour the expertly manicured grounds and experiment with the Discovery Garden of Touch and Smell before entering the library. The enchanting library building was first a home and later an office. The library’s collection of books, pamphlets, maps, photographs, papers, and other items is devoted to the history of the Pacific Southwest. The grounds also include Café Jardin, which provides outdoor eating for lunch; Tea Garden Creperie, featuring coffee, tea, handmade crepes, and sandwiches; and a gift shop. Pasadena Public Library, Central Library 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena; 626-744-4066 Pasadena, about 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles, has a vibrant culture, intriguing neighborhoods, and a rich history. The public library provides an important contribution to the city’s traditions. The Central Library, a building on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed by the firm of Myron Hunt and H. C. Chambers, the same firm that designed the Huntington Library. The main hall is reason enough to visit this magnificent library, but it also features a courtyard, a patio that serves as an outdoor

reading room, a café, and the Centennial Room, which houses the local history and Californiana collection. Brand Library and Art Center 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale; 818-548-2051 Is it a cathedral? Is it a castle? These are questions someone approaching the Brand Library and Art Center for the first time may ask. The building is a wondrous structure that features a specialized branch of the Glendale Public Li-

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he California Travel and Tourism Commission website (www.visitcalifornia. com) states “California takes its strength from its diversity, and celebrates it.” The state’s libraries exemplify this philosophy. I recently had the pleasure of traveling around the state to visit various libraries for my book project The Library as Place in California (McFarland, 2008). These were research trips, but they were also sightseeing tours. How could they not be? Although I have been a California resident for over 25 years, living in the northern and southern regions, I realized how much of the state there is to explore. I also discovered how special the state’s libraries and the individuals working in those libraries are. I hope librarians traveling to California for the ALA Annual Conference in June will be able to take some time to make their own discoveries. Orange County and neighboring Los Angeles County are full of diverse, interesting neighborhoods, and there are many historic and beautiful libraries within a reasonable driving distance of Anaheim. Listed below is a sampling of the region’s libraries that create a true sense of place.

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brary, according to its website, “is a writer-focused collection of scripts and other materials related to writers and writing.” The spaces within the building—including an entrance area that provides displays, a lounge, and a main room with alcoves—are modern and stylistically designed. While perusing the collection, you may find scripts for On the Waterfront, Rocky, The Sopranos, Ellen, or Sex and the City. This is a recommended destination for library and entertainment enthusiasts traveling to Los Angeles.

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino; 626-405-2100 The Huntington Library needs little in the way of an introduction: If you have the time, this is a place not to miss. Visitors should plan on spending several hours touring the grounds and collections that are accessible to the public. The Huntington can easily satisfy those interested in art, nature, and the Harrison Memorial Library in Carmel-by-the-Sea. history of books. The buildings are situated on 120 acres For the Adventurous of spectacular gardens; you may Staying a few extra days? Rent a car gravitate toward the Japanese Garand see California’s great Central Valden, Jungle Garden, Lily Ponds, Shakespeare Garden, or any number ley on your way to Yosemite, or spend a day driving up the coast. The seaside of other exquisite environments. communities in northern California Visitors may eat at the Rose Garden are a contrast to the bustling coastline Tea Room (reservations required) of Orange County in the south, and or the Café. strolling the picturesque streets of artistic Carmel is a different experience The Writers Guild Foundation than walking the sidewalks of BerkeShavelson-Webb Library ley. An eclectic adventure is only a few 7000 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; hours away in any direction. 323-782-4544 Located near the famed Los Ange- Henry Miller Memorial Library Highway One, Big Sur; les Farmers Market, this unique li831-667-2574 brary at the intersection of Third Street and Fairfax Avenue is open to The Henry Miller Memorial Library the public. Founded in 1984, the li-

is devoted to the influential and controversial writer who lived many years in Big Sur. The library’s lawn and porch are welcoming hangouts, and also host events; live performances at the library over the past few years have included Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, and Henry Rollins. If you stop by, be sure to enjoy a free cup of coffee or tea on the porch! Mendocino Community Library 10591 William St., Mendocino; 707-937-5773 Mendocino is a small town on the northern California coast with a thriving art culture. The library has been run solely by volunteers from the time of its establishment in 1947. The library receives no government funding, and relies on nominal membership fees, donations, gifts, and book sale revenue. Its current home is a humble converted yellow house with plenty of personality, donated by a previous volunteer. Harrison Memorial Library Ocean Ave. and Lincoln St., Carmel-by-the-Sea; 831-624-1366 Carmel-by-the-Sea is arguably one of the most scenic places on the California Coast. The Harrison Memorial Library, designed by renowned architect Bernard Maybeck, sits within this milieu. Library visitors are first greeted by a garden. Once inside, the Robert Campbell Balcony provides a dramatic view of the welcoming Barnet J. Segal Reading Room. If you are visiting, be sure to also walk a few blocks to the library’s Park Branch, which houses the Henry Meade Williams Local History Room and the children’s library. z STACY RUSSO is head of reference and instruction at Chapman University in Orange, California.


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brary system that is particularly notable for its music collection. Similar to other former residences that have been converted into libraries, the Brand Library has an inviting interior of various shaped rooms. The 1969 addition houses a simple and elegant art gallery. The library is located in Brand Park, which also features hiking trails, the circa-1890 Doctors’ House Museum and Gazebo, and the Whispering Pine Teahouse and Friendship Garden.

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LA has sidestepped the economic storm in terms of its investment income, at least for now, according to a Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) report to the Executive Board during its Spring Meeting April 11–13 in Chicago. Treasurer Rod Hersberger said conference travel, publishing revenues, fluctuating interest rates, and other economic factors will “likely have some effect on our revenues.” The board approved a $64.9-million FY2009 preliminary budget request from the Finance and Audit (F&A) Committee. (Executive Board Document #4.19), moving it along to BARC. A recommendation to proceed with finance negotiations for the new Choice property in Middletown, Connecticut, also got the green light (EBD#4.20). A loan of up to $2.5 million is expected to cover build-out costs, furniture, and equipment for the magazine offices, along with the building purchase price of $1.85 million. The board also approved a “Protocol for Responding to Requests for an Official ALA Position Statement” (EBD #12.39). The measure is an attempt to clarify the relationship between Association officers, staff, committees, divisions, and round tables in issuing formal ALA position statements. A new corporate membership,


separate from corporate giving, has been forwarded to BARC and Council (EBD #12.40). Under the plan, two levels of corporate membership will be established and the Library Champions program will move into a stand-alone structure. The board asked the ad hoc Library Education Task Force to distribute the draft “ALA’s Core Competencies of Librarianship” widely for additional comment from interested parties and organizations (EBD #12.45). The charge to the Presidential Task Force on the ALA Election Process and Guidelines (EBD#12.47) was also approved. Senior Associate Executive Director for Member Programs and Services Mary Ghikas presented for discussion two versions of a possible skeleton schedule that would pave the way to a the Midwinter Meeting shortened by one day (EBD#12.46). President Loriene Roy and President-elect Jim Rettig presided over the board meeting . Other members present were: Immediate Past-President Leslie Burger, Francis Buckley Jr., Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, Mario Gonzalez, Terri Kirk, Charles Kratz, June Pinnell-Stephens, Larry Romans, Patricia Smith, and Roberta Stevens. Board documents and a list of board actions are available on the ALA website or by calling 800-545-2433, x3212. —P.A.G.

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he ALA–Allied Professional Association budget is currently short $27,475, but Treasurer Rod Hersberger said he is optimistic about end-ofthe-year projections. He anticipates enough revenue to cover the $11,000 loan interest and a portion of the principal. The ALA-APA board approved a Finance and Audit Committee FY2009 preliminary budget recommendation of $277,377 (APABD#3.13). ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels reported that ALA-APA has moved to a part-time director for the next three years (APABD#3.12). ALA, rather than APA, will pay 23% of Director Jenifer Grady’s salary for her work on a $407,111 Institute of Museum and Library Services library support staff certification program grant. Hersberger said the move could result in a year-end net revenue of approximately $14,000. Because the grant was made to ALA, the time devoted to the project by Grady is most appropriately funded by ALA rather than the APA, Fiels explained.

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American Library Association would like to thank its 2007-2008

Library Champions

In the late 1990s, ALA announced the launch of the Library Champion program, an innovative way for companies to significantly invest in advocacy and critically support ALA’s efforts to provide a strong and collective voice to the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st century. Twenty-one companies enrolled in this important corporate membership level in its inaugural year and pledged their commitment to provide resources and financial support to enhance the advocacy efforts for all types of libraries, as well as the library profession. Moving the calendar forward to 2008, the Library Champion program now has forty-seven dedicated members. The program continues to invest strongly in advocacy, more specifically to ALA’s national advocacy and awareness initiative, @ your library — The Campaign for America’s Libraries. This strategic investment and ongoing partnership between ALA and the Library Champions has resulted in several successful mini-marketing campaigns; the creation of turnkey tools, resources and materials that could be utilized by all types of libraries; and increased coordination with other public relations and marketing efforts, such as READ posters, National Library Week, and Library Card Sign-up Month. Each year, Library Champions reaffirm their commitment to ALA and national advocacy for America’s libraries by making a financial contribution at the highest level of corporate membership. Thank you for the investment you’ve made in libraries as information, learning, and community centers. New Library Champion members add strength to ALA’s initiative for public awareness and advocacy for America’s libraries. Please visit to learn more about our forty-seven Library Champions and their role at ALA and The Campaign for America’s Libraries.


For over 88 years our company has put children’s books in our unique binding so they are durable enough to withstand the heavy circulation they get in schools and public libraries. Our company’s mission is to help librarians put quality books in their libraries has not wavered since my grandfather founded the company. Bound to Stay Bound has tried to support ALA, librarians and libraries in other ways through the years. Since 1985 we have sponsored several scholarships a year for students trying to become children’s librarians. Since 2001 we have sponsored ALA’s Robert F. Sibert Award for informational children’s books. Being a Library Champion is, we feel, just one more good way to strengthen our country’s national treasures, it’s Libraries.

Joe Largen, CEO, President & Chairman of the Board BRODART COMPANY

Brodart Company has a rich history of partnering with librarians to bring library patrons information in comfortable and functional environments. Through our Books & Automation, Contract Furniture, and Supplies & Furnishings Divisions, we have the expertise, products and services to help librarians capitalize on opportunities and manage the challenges facing them. We are honored to be a Library Champion and delight in supporting the important contributions of libraries and librarians to communities worldwide.

FOUNDED: 1939 CONTACT: John Carson 800.233.8467

FOUNDED: 1920 CONTACT: Mike Brady 800.637.6586

NEW CHAMPION David A. Pointon, Industry & Government Business Manager

George Coe, President, Baker & Taylor Institutional

Annie M. Callanan, President

Pamela Smith, Senior Vice President





For over 35 years 3M has been partnering with libraries to help them successfully meet the changing needs of their customers and to create a more ‘human’ library for them. In addition to providing innovative security, productivity and information management solutions that free librarians to be librarians by allowing them to spend more time helping customers, we strive to give back to libraries some of the support they’ve given us these many years. As a Library Champion, and as a founding partner of the “@ your library®” campaign, 3M is also committed to helping increase public awareness of the vitality and value of today’s libraries globally.

FOUNDED: 1902 CONTACT: Shelly Pagel 651.733.8141

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Baker & Taylor’s products and services are designed with you, our customer, in mind. We have over 180 years of experience serving libraries around the world. Since 1828, we have brought libraries the widest range of product offerings in the industry, as well as value-added and customized services to meet your needs, and ultimately, the needs of your patrons. Today, we are committed to developing new programs and services that are in-step with today’s technology and the changing needs of you and your patrons. By providing superior service and support, we are helping to ensure that your library remains a champion in your community.

FOUNDED: 1828 CONTACT: Information Services 800.775.1800 or

When Richard Rogers Bowker, Fredrick Leypolt, and Melvin Dewey founded the ALA they shared a joint vision: to promote best practices, awareness, and efficiencies in the daily affairs of the devoted librarians of their day and in future generations. Today, more than ever, Bowker is focused on that vision – from the daily needs of librarians to the bigger picture of librarianship in America. With products and services that provide information as well as analysis and reporting – with tools to increase patron usage of the library and justification for funding – Bowker continues to make championing the cause of librarians our highest priority.

FOUNDED: 1872 CONTACT: Jessica Yanno 888.269.5372

BWI and Follett Library Resources are proud to support the American Library Association’s advocacy efforts through the Library Champions program. As Follett Corporation companies, we are committed to helping to inspire and empower learners of all ages by providing books, audiovisual materials, and related services to public libraries and schools around the world. Our mission is to anticipate and exceed our customers’ needs and provide you with goldstandard personal service, superior selection, and the best overall value – in short, a world-class experience from start to finish.

FOUNDED: 1873 CONTACT: BWI 800.888.4478 Follett Library Resources 888.511.5114

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American Library Association 2007-2008 Library Champions INVESTING IN AMERICA’S LIBRARIES NEW CHAMPION CANDLEWICK PRESS

At Candlewick Press, we dedicate ourselves to creating the highest quality books for young readers. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we are America’s largest employee-owned children’s publisher. Our independence allows us to pursue a wide range of creative choices while we serve our young “constituents” from infancy to adulthood. We honor librarians, who give as much care and attention to the alchemy of connecting readers and books as we try to give to each detail of the publishing process. From the very beginnings of our U.S. company, we have been privileged to work closely with the American Library Association. We now are especially proud to support their advocacy efforts and the mission of allowing young people from all backgrounds equal opportunity to learn that libraries—and books—are “for life.”

FOUNDED: 1991 CONTACT: Sharon Hancock 617.661.3330

Jon Malinowski, President

Richard W. Dreiling, CEO



The Combined Book Exhibit began in 1933 as the original Book Mobile, providing a venue for librarians to find new books and make wise decisions with their limited funds during the Great Depression. Now celebrating their 75th year, The Combined Book Exhibit has a rich history as a staple at over 25 shows each year, where librarians and educators can relax while searching through the vast CBE collection of small, medium and large presses. With their sister company, The American Collective Stand, The Combined Book Exhibit is not only a venue for librarians to see new books, but a venue for publishers to display their books worldwide. With our first 75 years of showcasing quality publications behind us, we are honored to give even more back to the library community by becoming Library Champions. We look forward to our next 75 years serving the library community even more effectively as the premier connection between publishers and librarians.

FOUNDED: 1933 CONTACT: Jon Malinowski 914.739.7500

Michael Jermyn, General Manager CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. has been dedicated to the library marketplace since the company was established in 1969 with the Free Library of Philadelphia as its debut technology client. Checkpoint’s initiatives continue to evolve in conjunction with today’s Library challenges, supporting their prominent place in our communities. Our role at Checkpoint is to enable our library clients to serve their customers creatively and effectively. With our new library marketing service, Checkpoint enables libraries to communicate library program offerings and resources to their customers in a platform that “engages their customers one at a time.” We salute the work of libraries as they continue their role as information catalysts in new ways within their communities.

FOUNDED: 1969 CONTACT: Robin Barrett Wilson 800.257.5540

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Dollar General’s commitment to literacy spans the life of our company and remains strong because of the significant need in our nation. Our co-founder, J.L. Turner, was functionally illiterate when he started the company recognized today as Dollar General. We understand that sometimes various circumstances in life prevent individuals from achieving their educational goals. Whatever the circumstances that initially prevented someone from experiencing educational success, we believe it is never too late to learn. We also believe that learning to read, receiving your GED or learning the English language is an investment that opens new doorways for personal, professional and economic growth for individuals and families. Since the Foundation’s inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $24.5 million in grants across our 35-state market area. In addition to cash grants, Dollar General’s Learn to Read free literacy referral program has provided more than 50,000 literacy referrals. Information about the referral program is available in the “Do you want to read better?” brochures displayed on our stores check-out counters.


EBSCO proudly acknowledges the library community and the good works being accomplished by librarians worldwide. Our association with ALA and other information and standards organizations allows us to actively participate in the ongoing discourse between libraries, publishers and vendors. It also gives EBSCO the opportunity to contribute to various sponsorship and scholarship programs created to subsidize continuing education and conference attendance for librarians. As EBSCO invests in your professional development, we also invest in our services for e-resource access and management, a natural extension of the print subscription support we’ve provided for more than 60 years. Thank you for the opportunity to work together.

FOUNDED: 1944 CONTACT: Rebecca C. Walden 205.980.6794

FOUNDED: 1939 CONTACT: Dollar General Literacy Foundation 615.855.5201

William N. Stroner, President/CEO

Anna Marie Metzgar, Channel Manager, Library & University Markets - Marketing Teleweb

Erik Engstrom, CEO




At DEMCO, we strongly believe in the role of the American Library Association in strengthening libraries and the library profession and are pleased to demonstrate this belief by supporting the Library Champions program of ALA. Additionally, the people of DEMCO demonstrate their commitment to diversity in the profession by supporting the ALA Diversity Fair as well as diversity fairs and awards administered by state chapters. We believe strongly in the value of libraries and library service and recognize that our mission is to anticipate your current and future needs and to supply products and services that support libraries and help to make them more attractive and user-friendly.

FOUNDED: 1905 CONTACT: John Ison 608.241.1201

Dun & Bradstreet (D&B®) – Library Champion since 1992 – proudly renews its association with the ALA. With over 160 years of leadership in the information field, our Internet, CD-ROM, and directory products offer the quality information your patrons and students need for market research, industry analysis, job searching and more – all in easy-to-search and easy-to-use formats. Our information is backed by DUNSRight™, our patent-pending quality process designed to increase the accuracy, timeliness and completeness of all our data. DUNSRight features over 2,000 quality control checks, 1.5 million daily updates, and five quality drivers to ensure the library community receives topquality data on local, national and global markets. D&B is honored to be a Library Champion and seeks to nurture our nation’s most valuable information resource by providing high-quality, cost-effective solutions.

FOUNDED: 1841 CONTACT: Anna Marie Metzgar 973.605.6705

Elsevier is proud to be an active advocate of libraries worldwide. Today, librarians and Elsevier are partnering in new ways that support our common goal of making genuine contributions to the science and health communities around the globe. Librarians play a primary role in the development of our electronic products as well as providing valuable advice and insight through Elsevier’s various advisory boards. With our combined efforts together we are able to improve scholarly communication and facilitate the mission of researchers and faculty. At Elsevier, we recognize and value the diverse contributions of libraries everywhere and look forward to our continued collaboration. We do not underestimate the importance of librarians.

FOUNDED: 1880 CONTACT: Daviess Menefee, Director Library Relations Americas,

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American Library Association 2007-2008 Library Champions INVESTING IN AMERICA’S LIBRARIES

Join The Circle Of Knowledge @ your library Toolkit

GALE, a part of Cengage Learning

To help libraries across the country celebrate National Library Week, The Campaign for America’s Libraries put together a toolkit to support the National Library Week theme, “Join the circle of knowledge @ your library.” Available as free downloads in both English and Spanish, tools included a sample press release, radio scripts, letter-tothe-editor and proclamation.

For more than 50 years, Gale has been committed to serving and supporting the library market. From providing bus service for librarians traveling between conference sessions; listening to customer feedback and enhancing our products to better meet users’ needs; to helping libraries promote themselves, Gale strives to be a vital part of your library and patrons’ workflow. Our commitment to providing greater access to reliable and authoritative content; hearing and interpreting our customers’ needs; and helping make libraries the relevant “go-to” resource – both physically and virtually – is as strong as ever. Today, tomorrow…Gale is proud to be a Library Champion. We look forward to continuing to serve libraries around the world and supporting the good work of the American Library Association.

Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Duncan Highsmith, Chairman



Librarians and Google share a goal: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. We support librarians who work each day to further that mission, enriching our lives by providing access to knowledge, culture, literacy and learning. We’re excited to collaborate with librarians in the quest to connect people and information, and we’re proud to be an ALA Library Champion.

FOUNDED: 1998 CONTACT: Bethany Poole 650.253.7171

Helping Librarians Reach Every ReaderSM Since 1956, Highsmith Inc. has been providing fresh ideas, services and products to help librarians engage readers of all ages. From furnishings, equipment and supplies that create inviting and effective learning environments to our exclusive Upstart posters, literature and promotions, we have everything you need to encourage a love of reading that stretches beyond the library.

FOUNDED: 1956 CONTACT: Deanna Welter 920.563.9571


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Ex Libris Group is a leading provider of library automation solutions, offering the only comprehensive product suite on the market today for electronic, digital, and print materials. Dedicated to developing the market’s most inventive and creative solutions, Ex Libris leads the way in defining and designing efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of academic libraries today enabling them to transition into the future. By collaborating closely with customers and industry visionaries, Ex Libris addresses the evolving requirements of libraries in the high-tech era. Founded more than 25 years ago, Ex Libris maintains a fast-growing, impressive customer base, serving thousands of sites in more than 70 countries on six continents. The Ex Libris customer list, which reads like a who’s who of the world’s top academic institutions, reflects the Company’s strategic focus on academia, national libraries, and research institutions.

FOUNDED:1986 CONTACT: 800.762.6300

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Gaylord Bros. has helped librarians meet the needs of their patrons, students and staff for over 100 years. Through the continual development of innovative and quality products, we’ve endeavored to make the library environment and processes more inviting and user friendly. Gaylord has also focused on providing expert guidance in library layout as well as custom products that meet the specific demands of individual libraries. Gaylord is proud to participate in the ALA Library Champions program as a means of enhancing the essential role that school, college and neighborhood libraries play in assisting people of all ages in the pursuit of literacy, research and community involvement.

FOUNDED: 1896 CONTACT: Amanda Rose 315.634.8440


Wayne Smith, President

Harold Regan, President & CEO



The Greenwood Publishing Group is one of the world’s leading publishers of reference titles, academic and general interest books, texts, books for librarians and other professionals, and electronic resources. With thousands of titles in print, GPG publishes hundreds of books and electronic resources each year, many of which are recognized with annual awards from Choice, Library Journal, the American Library Association, and other scholarly and professional organizations. GPG remains committed to providing quality products and support to the library market, and is proud to be an ALA Library Champion.

FOUNDED: 1967 CONTACT: Laura Mullen, Publicity Director 203.226.3571 or 800.225.5800

H.W. Wilson is proud to support ALA as a Library Champion. We’re happy to help broaden the reach and impact of America’s libraries, and enhance the services available to library users. Support for the Library Champions program is just one dimension of H.W. Wilson’s 110 years of commitment to libraries worldwide. Our most important mission--providing the highest quality access and the most relevant information for research--remains as vital as ever, and complements our desire to advance other aspects of library service. Our editorial integrity assists libraries in connecting with more patrons on-site and on the web. The dedication of the dozens of librarians on the Wilson staff is highlighted with every WilsonWeb search at new workstations around the country. The Wilson name and subject files - the most consistent, precise, and reliable you’ll find anywhere - help make even the broadest periodicals collections more accessible and valuable for research. The connection between America’s libraries and library users is the foundation of H.W. Wilson’s success, and we look forward to continuing our support of the Library Champions program in strengthening that connection.

FOUNDED: 1898 CONTACT: Frank Daly 718.588.8400

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American Library Association 2007-2008 Library Champions INVESTING IN AMERICA’S LIBRARIES Joseph (Joe) P. Reynolds, Vice President & General Manager

Janice M. Stebbins, President & CEO

Annette Harwood Murphy, President & CEO

James J. Pfister, CEO





Why is Ingram a Library Champion? The reason is simple-we’re in libraries every day and our company is dedicated to serving the needs of librarians. Our services are developed to enable you to provide your patrons with the best possible book and audiovisual selections. Being a Champion is more than just another way to say thank you for all you do in your communities - we consider it a privilege as well.

FOUNDED:1970 CONTACT: Valerie MacLeod 800.937.5300 ext. 35516

JanWay Company is proud to support ALA as a Library Champion. Libraries play a key role in the development of educational and economic opportunities within their communities. We hope our contribution will help to sustain the long-term health of libraries, our country’s most valuable information resource. JanWay Company holds the unique position in the library world of being the largest full-service provider of custom printed promotional and fundraising products. Our specialties include items for promoting reading programs, Library Week, literacy, @your library®, anniversaries, new construction, community outreach, conferences, and internet/online services. Some popular products are canvas, nylon, non-woven and plastic bags, library hour magnets, mouse pads, bookmarks, pencils/pens and “Go Green” items. As a Library Champion, JanWay is committed to helping libraries in their efforts to promote vital services to the community.

For over 34 years, librarians worldwide have turned to The Library Corporation for information management tools and services for their libraries and patrons. The Library Corporation is committed to delivering the most up to date and innovative products to meet librarians ’ needs. We believe in listening to those we serve and taking the initiative to meet their expectations. The Library Corporation is proud to support the Library Champions program, which sustains librarians and library advocacy programs. Library Champions recognizes the achievement of individual librarians, while increasing public awareness and promoting advocacy programs – important reasons to stand behind this program.

FOUNDED: 1974 CONTACT: Lisa Prodywus 800.325.7759

Marquis Who’s Who has been providing libraries and individuals with trusted biographical information since the first edition of Who’s Who in America was published in 1899. The librarian’s role of guiding people to authoritative and accessible sources of information is just as important today as it was over 100 years ago. Marquis Who’s Who is committed to helping libraries achieve this goal by providing world-class directories and databases that are constantly evolving to appeal to today’s researchers. Marquis Who’s Who is proud to support the library community and serve as an ALA Library Champion

FOUNDED: 1899 CONTACT: Michael Noerr 800.473.7020 ext. 1044

FOUNDED: 1981 CONTACT: Janice M. Stebbins 800.877.5242 ext. 101

Catherine Morales, Senior VP, Government & Academic Markets

Gerald Quindlen, President & CEO




For over 25 years, Innovative Interfaces has dedicated its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. Innovative fulfills this mission with trusted products including Millennium, the market-leading integrated library platform, INN-Reach (direct consortial borrowing solution), Electronic Resource Management, and the Encore discovery services platform. Innovative’s customer service ranks among the best in the industry and its partner-focused approach and long-term outlook allow it to be a stable, responsive provider to the library community. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative’s products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.

FOUNDED: 1978 CONTACT: Gene Shimshock, VP Marketing 650.253.6091

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The LexisNexis Government and Academic team serves the information needs of academic, secondary schools, and public libraries, as well as government markets. We offer a wide array of printed indexes, microform collections, electronic databases, and digital archives, such as the U.S. Serial Set and Congressional documents – all designed to make vast information sources completely manageable and accessible. We design products with the goal of simplifying and ensuring successful research for students, faculty, knowledge workers, and librarians. In our quest to create truly useful products, we rely on librarians for their support, candor, and feedback. We hope that librarians realize they can rely on us, too; supporting the ALA Library Champions program is merely one way we hope to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to the profession.

FOUNDED: 1974 CONTACT: Marina Azariah 800.638.8380

The READ campaign is a registered trademark of the American Library Association

Jerry Kline, CEO & Chairman

Kareem AbdulJabbar Serves as Spokesperson for Library Card Sign-up Month

Logitech is committed to complementing our literary heritage and traditions with tools that help people benefit from the ever-richer body of information available in the digital world. We believe that public libraries play an important role in providing everyone with access to this digital information and learning opportunity. Thus, we are pleased to work with the American Library Association in helping people to effectively work, play, communicate – and learn – in today’s digital world.

FOUNDED: 1981 CONTACT: Vicki Lyons 510.713.5269

SEPTEMBER IS LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH “My library card is the most important card in my wallet. Sign up for one today.” –Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The Campaign for America’s Libraries

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ALA is pleased to announce that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and author, will serve as a spokesperson for Library Card Sign-up Month this September. Thanks in part to funding from ALA’s Library Champions, ALA will place a radio and print public service announcements featuring Abdul-Jabbar in national media. Library Card Sign-up Month is a time to remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

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American Library Association 2007-2008 Library Champions INVESTING IN AMERICA’S LIBRARIES

Julie Andrews Speaks Out For Libraries During National Library Week Academy Award-winning actress Julie Andrews was the Honorary Chair for National Library Week 2008 (April 13-19). Thanks in part to funding from ALA’s Library Champions, more than 30 million readers enjoyed seeing a print public service announcement featuring the iconic star delivering important messages about the value of libraries. The PSA appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, People, U.S. News & World Report, Allure, Vogue, American Libraries, AL Direct and more. The combined value of all of the placements was more than $1 million in donated ad space. Hundreds of airings of her PSAs on television and radio stations took place around the country during National Library Week as well. Free downloads of the PSAs were made available to libraries on ALA’s National Library Week Web page. The posting of these electronic PSAs on such video sharing sites as YouTube drew thousands of viewers.


Since 1970 Marshall Cavendish has been a highly regarded publisher of illustrated reference books for school and public libraries. In recent years, we have significantly expanded our publishing program to meet reader demands, and in 2006 launched Marshall Cavendish Digital, which brings our award-winning print titles into digital form, in order to meet the new challenge of information technology. Marshall Cavendish Reference Books: illustrated encyclopedias covering a wide range of curriculum related topics. Benchmark Books: nonfiction published in series for elementary through high school readers. Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books: picture books, nonfiction, and fiction from distinguished authors and artists. Marshall Cavendish Digital: customizable, Webbased digital collection of reference resources. The Library Champion program offers Marshall Cavendish the opportunity to help ALA in its mission of advocacy for American libraries. As proof of its belief in the inestimable value, now and forever, of libraries, Marshall Cavendish is proud to offer its support to the advocacy efforts of ALA.




At Mirrorstone, we are dedicated to offering books that will turn reluctant readers into lifelong readers. We publish fantasy series fiction for young readers and readers who are young at heart. From the New York Times best-selling A Practical Guide to Dragons and A Practical Guide to Monsters, to the adventurous Time Spies chapter book series by acclaimed author Candice Ransom to the spine-tingling YA series Hallowmere by Tiffany Trent, our books have turned many young readers on to a lifetime of fantasy reading. For the past four years, we have supported libraries by offering a free Reluctant Reader Kit, full of tips and programming ideas. We are proud to extend our support by becoming a sponsor of ALA and the Official Corporate Sponsor for Teen Read Week 2008.

FOUNDED: 2004 CONTACT: Shelly Mazzanoble 425.204.2693

OCLC strongly supports the Library Champions program and its commitment to library advocacy and the vital efforts of librarians around the world. Since 1967, OCLC and its member libraries have been working together for the public good. Each day, the OCLC community of librarians in more than 54,000 institutions in 109 countries uses OCLC cooperative services to help people find the information they need. Each day, these Library Champions help to advance research, scholarship and education. We at OCLC are proud to be advocates for libraries and librarians and the ideals they embody.

FOUNDED: 1967 CONTACT: Bob Murphy 800.848.5878

Jonathan Worrall, CEO

Joe Mansueto, Chairman, Founder & CEO

William Schickling, President & CEO




As a proud member of the Library Champion family, Mergent is pleased to offer our strong support of the American Library Association. Mergent, Inc. has been transforming data into knowledge for more than a century. Our unique history has enabled us to be an innovator in the creation of easy-to-use, powerful information tools that combine research functionality with the latest in technology. Mergent offers academic professionals a full range of research tools through data feeds, print, and desktop applications. Our databases contain detailed information on over 15,000 U.S. public companies, 20,000 non-U.S. public companies and 17,500 municipal entities, as well as extensive corporate and municipal bond, UIT, and dividend information.

FOUNDED: 1900 CONTACT: Brian Whelan, Director of Marketing 800.342.5647

It is a pleasure to partner with an organization that looks for better ways to serve people. We at Morningstar are proud to be Library Champions and to support the American Library Association. Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in the United States and in major international markets. Our goal is to offer products that improve the overall investment experience for individual investors, financial advisors, and institutions. Founded more than 20 years ago, we continue to evolve and expand our products. We’re committed to delivering world-class investment research and services to people around the globe.

FOUNDED: 1984 CONTACT: 866.215.2509

Today’s libraries are looking for better ways to serve their patrons and streamline staff workflow. And that’s precisely what we do at Polaris Library Systems. As a forward-thinking library automation company, our goal is to keep you at the leading edge of technology, helping you to maximize resources, reduce costs and improve patron satisfaction. Our mission at Polaris is to help libraries better serve their communities. The ALA Library Champions program is an opportunity for us to support libraries in their ongoing efforts to maintain positions of strength and relevancy within their communities.

FOUNDED: 1975 CONTACT: William Schickling 800.272.3414 ext. 4580

FOUNDED: 1970 CONTACT: Walter Harvey 914.332.8888

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American Library Association 2007-2008 Library Champions INVESTING IN AMERICA’S LIBRARIES Marty Kahn, CEO

Blaise R. Simqu, President & CEO

Edwin Buckhalter, Chairman

Derk Haank, CEO





At ProQuest, “Library Champion” is a title we strive to earn everyday. To us, being a Library Champion means investing in library education, honoring great educators and supporting schools with free resources. It means sharing with libraries our marketing expertise and our research. It means understanding the core tenets of librarianship, standing shoulder to shoulder with libraries in support of intellectual freedom Our business is service to libraries and it’s built on a foundation of respect for the role of the library to illuminate, educate and excite its community, no matter its composition. We happily give back to an industry that has done so much for us. We’re honored and humbled to be called Library Champions.

FOUNDED: 1938 CONTACT: Tina Taylor 734.761.4700 ext. 2540

Librarians stand at the forefront of the information revolution, and SAGE stands with them. For more than 40 years, SAGE has tailored our publishing programs to meet the ever-changing needs of patrons and the librarians who serve them. We share librarians’ passion for access to the information that shapes and betters our world. Through our Library Advisory Group at the ALA’s Annual Conference, we exchange ideas, discuss initiatives, and plan strategies for the future that enhance the library experience for the millions who depend on these connections. SAGE values the critical role that libraries play in promoting literacy, learning and culture. SAGE’s publishing philosophy is that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of a healthy society, and we are honored to further this vision as a Library Champion.

If the future of world civilization lies with education, then it is unacceptable that any country should fail to educate its children (and in some cases adults) to read and write and to introduce them to the pleasures of gaining knowledge and experience through reading.

FOUNDED: 1965 CONTACT: Tom Taylor, VP of Marketing and Sales 805.410.7599

FOUNDED: 1974 CONTACT: Jill Lesser 212.888.4042

Libraries reinforce teaching and open wide horizons to all, irrespective of their background. At a time of budget cuts and economic difficulties it is critical for the ALA to maintain its support for The Campaign for America’s (and the World’s) Libraries. I am only too delighted that Severn House’s contribution demonstrates our ongoing willingness to support library advocacy via the Champion program, which in turn helps produce a balanced society – and its future leaders in the community.

Libraries are important partners for Springer, one of the most renowned scientific publishing houses in the world. Without them, the scientific community would not have access to our content, and our publications would remain a well-kept secret. When I started at university, this “hall of knowledge” and its pride in collected education were what fascinated me most. Today, as a publisher, I am especially proud to be part of a company that publishes more than 5,500 new book titles and 1,700 journals every year. We first launched our Springer eBook Collection at ALA 2006 in New Orleans and celebrated by donating eBook collections worth US$ 1 million to the seven universities most drastically affected by Hurricane Katrina. When we launched the product, we had 10,000 titles to offer. Now, less than two years later, there are more than 25,000 – making us the largest eBook publisher in the world. SpringerLink, our electronic platform, allows an instant overview of all material available on a particular subject, whether in a journal or a book. Our online journal archiving activities now allow access to all of our journals back to Volume 1, Issue 1, and in 2007, SpringerLink enjoyed unprecedented growth in usage.

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ReferenceUSA is the ultimate online research tool containing the freshest business and residential data available in the United States and Canada. Librarians and library patrons use ReferenceUSA’s detailed information to conduct market research, find and study businesses, search for jobs, locate people and much more. ReferenceUSA’s newest modules include New Homeowners & New Movers, New Businesses, EmployersUSA, Consumer Research and Lifestyle. ReferenceUSA makes research fast, accurate and easy!

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Scholastic is proud to once again join the ALA in championing the important role school libraries play in providing all children access to books, research, and technology. As a long-time supporter of ALA, we believe in the importance of libraries as an essential resource for improving student achievement. Through Scholastic Classroom & Library Group, we continue to respond to the needs of libraries with exciting and relevant print materials through Scholastic Library Publishing and the well-regarded Grolier, Children’s Press, Franklin Watts imprints, and with the engaging Grolier Online learning portal and the newly launched BookFlix, for children in grades Pre-K to 3. We are proud to provide libraries with the resources they need to prepare our children for the future.

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SirsiDynix is the global leader in strategic technology solutions for libraries – vital institutions whose primary mission is to make sense of the vast world of information for people and communities. This is an exciting role as libraries assist people in discovering and using knowledge, resources, and other valuable content for their educations, jobs, and entertainment.

Julie Andrews Presented with Honorary Library Card Julie Andrews, honorary chair of National Library Week 2008, appeared at a Los Angeles event to kick off National Library Week. ALA presented her with an honorary library card.

In concert with key industry partners, SirsiDynix supports this strategic role for libraries by offering a comprehensive integrated suite of technology solutions for improving the internal productivity of libraries and enhancing their capabilities for meeting the needs of people and communities. SirsiDynix has approximately 4,000 library and consortia clients, serving more than 300 million people through more than 20,000 library outlets in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.

FOUNDED: 1979 CONTACT: David Malkmus 800.917.4774

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American Library Association 2007-2008 Library Champions INVESTING IN AMERICA’S LIBRARIES


Standard & Poor’s is thrilled to support library advocacy through the Library Champions programs. We hope to ensure that children and adults throughout the country continue to benefit from the wonderful services and programs that libraries have to offer. In keeping with the McGraw-Hill/Standard & Poor’s tradition of dedicated customer service, we have redesigned our NetAdvantage product suite to better meet customer needs. NetAdvantage has recently increased coverage with the addition of Global Industry Surveys, and Global Reports, including Annual Reports, Interims, and Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) Reports. Other new features include Compustat Excel Analytics and International Fundamental Reports (exclusively for the Academic Library Market). NetAdvantage still offers fast and easy access to our most popular publications: Industry Surveys, Stock Reports (PDF, HTML, and Interactive), Mutual Fund Reports, The Outlook, The Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives, Security Dealers of North America, Credit Week, and data from our Stock Guide, Bond Guide, Earnings Guide, and Dividend Record databases.

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The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters provides information and knowledge to accelerate research, discovery and innovation. Our authoritative, accurate and timely information is essential for drug companies to discover new drugs and get them to market faster; researchers to find relevant papers and know what’s newly published in their subject; and businesses to optimize their intellectual property and find competitive intelligence. We will create the research platforms and services of the future that will power our customers toward business and personal success. The changing information climate has brought new developments in collecting, storing, sharing, and disseminating information. For libraries, this has meant new opportunities in providing education, research and access to an increasing number of collections. Just as the library is committed to educating the publics they serve, the Scientific business of Thomson Reuters is committed to providing the research and information community with the highest quality content, the most advanced technology, and the most valuable analysis tools and applications.

All of these enhancements were added to meet increasing public demand and better serve our customers.

Academic, corporate, and special libraries have supported us in this aim, and we hope that our contribution as a Library Champion will help libraries and librarians continue their vital professional functions.

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The Verizon Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of literacy and K-12 education. As a leading communications company and competitive corporation, our future depends on literate, educated workers and consumers. We know that in America and around the world, literacy and educational achievement drive economic prosperity and social change. is our signature program for education and literacy – a free online portal to more than 55,000 resources that advance student achievement in the K-12 academic subjects and literacy across the lifespan. Its resources are provided in partnership with 11 of the nation’s leading educational and literacy organizations, which include the National Center for Family Literacy, ProLiteracy Worldwide, the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Thinkfinity’s student materials, best practices, resources and professional development serve literacy instructors, tutors, K-12 teachers, librarians, parents, students and volunteers. Visit

Paul Gazzolo, President WORLD BOOK, INC.

World Book is a leading publisher of reliable reference and learning materials for use in classrooms, libraries, and homes. Our mission is to help students and families explore their world through our print and online reference and classroom publications. We acknowledge the crucial roles libraries and schools play in their communities as sources for learning and self-fulfillment. We acknowledge, too, the work of the American Library Association and their affiliate organizations as advocates for their members and the populations served by their members. The company is proud to have continuously supported the American Library Association since 1960. We at World Book are honored to champion ALA, librarians, teachers, and readers of all sorts in their efforts to facilitate reading and broad, equal access to materials.

FOUNDED: 1917 CONTACT: Chris Senger 312.729.5800


Library Champions make it possible to increase awareness and advocate the value of libraries and librarians across the country and around the world. To learn how you can become a Library Champion and help ALA speak up and speak out for libraries, please contact the ALA Development Office, at 800.545.2433 ext.5050 or via email at

Serving the library and information industry for over 100 years, Swets recognizes the central role that libraries play in providing access to relevant, timely information that is vital to the success of their patrons. In addition to traditional print resources, the ever growing and complex demands of accessing and managing electronic information makes the librarian’s role more important than ever. As a partner for the acquisition, access and management of scholarly, business and professional information, we aim to provide libraries with the innovation, services, and support they need to successfully meet the growing needs of their customers.

FOUNDED: 1901 CONTACT: Shawn Herman 800.645.6595 ext. 2142 first introduced libraries to live, ondemand, online tutoring help for students in 2000. From enabling successful partnerships with corporate foundations, to lobbying on the state and the federal level, has invested time and effort into helping libraries gain visibility and funding for the great programs they offer. One of those great programs is Live Homework Help®—the exclusively one-to-one, always on-demand tutoring service that enables students to succeed by connecting to their library for a better chance at the colleges and the careers of their choice. More than 2,000 certified and screened tutors are available, through our Online Classroom, to offer the best live, secure help when homework is frustrating. Don’t you wish you had that when you were young? Please stop by our booth to meet us, or visit

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ALA | Special Report

ALA’s Stand on Cuba’s Independent Libraries The Association opposes both censorship and embargo


International action

Since 1999, ALA, the Canadian Library Association, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA, of which ALA is a member), and other organizations have all passed resolutions or produced key documents opposing the U.S. posture of hostility and embargo of Cuba, while calling on Cuba

to respect human rights and intellec- Conference in San Francisco passed tual freedom. Although ALA Policy a resolution that called on the U.S. 58.4.1 on “Human Rights and Freegovernment “to put policies in place dom of Expression” specifically sup. . . to improve access to information ports these two inalienable rights, in Cuba . . . [and] oppose all efforts, there nevertheless remains a vocal including those of the U.S. governgroup that feels the ALA Council ment, to limit access to informashould go a step farther and specifitional materials by Cuban libraries cally denounce the imprisonment of and library users.” In the ensuing Cuban dissidents. years, the Cuba debate moved off the Several delegations of American Council floor to round table discuslibrarians visited sions, e-mails, Key ALA committees and Cuba in the years blogs, conference following the 1994 Council itself supported programs, and IFLA conference the pages of the stance that the in Havana (AL, American LibrarAssociation’s policy Oct. 1994, p. ies. Key ALA 818–824). In toward Cuba was already committees and spring 2001, a Council itself sufficiently nuanced— group led by then have consistently calling on both Cuba ALA Presidentsupported the elect John W. Ber- and the U.S. to break stance that the ry went to Cuba to down official barriers and Association’s attend the plenary policy toward session of the As- respect human rights. Cuba was already sociation of Casufficiently nuribbean University, Research, and anced—calling on both Cuba and the Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) U.S. to break down official barriers expressly to improve understanding and respect human rights. Friends about libraries and librarianship in of Cuban Libraries, however, began Cuba. They toured the national livigorously demanding that ALA debrary and a number of public librar- nounce Cuban censorship specifiies that are part of an extensive cally and go on record supporting system serving the highly literate the independent library movement population of Cuba. In addition, the there. group visited several independent The year 2003 was the flashpoint libraries located in the homes of po- for ALA in what has now become a litical dissidents, counterrevoluperennial issue for the Association. tionaries, or members of the That spring, the Cuban government opposition movement. Immediately rounded up, tried, and imprisoned following Berry’s trip to Cuba, some 75 Cuban journalists, activists, Council at the 2001 ALA Annual writers, and other citizens accused


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or almost 10 years, Friends of Cuban Libraries has advocated tirelessly on behalf of what have become known as Cuba’s “independent libraries.” Led by a New York Public Library librarian named Robert Kent, the group has used blogs, e-mails, letters, and many public forums to castigate the American Library Association for failing to take a strong enough stand against censorship and in support of human rights in Cuba.   Persuaded to join in the crusade have been such luminaries as Village Voice columnist Nat Hentoff (AL, May 2004, p. 49–52) and former cataloger Sandy Berman, a recipient of the ALA Equality Award, who have both petitioned the Association to speak out. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (AL, Aug. 2006, p. 50–51), author Andrei Codrescu (AL, Mar. 2006, p. 44), and journalism legend Anthony Lewis (AL, Mar., 2008, p. 63) have spoken during ALA conferences in support of these independent libraries and the Cuban dissidents—self-described librarians—who operate them.

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of breaking laws specifically passed to counteract the palpably negative effects of the Helms-Burton Act (AL, June/July 2003, p. 50). Among these dissidents were several individuals who operated private collections of materials in their homes. Much of this material originated from Miami-based anti-Castro groups as well as subsidiary agencies of the U.S. government funded through Helms-Burton. For many ALA councilors, discussion of Cuba must take place in the context of Helms-Burton. Targeting a single impoverished country, the law perpetuates the near complete economic embargo on Cuba that has been in effect since 1962. Passed in 1996, the legislation authorizes the U.S. government to fund anti-Castro organizations seeking regime change in Havana. Perceived as illegal under international law, Helms-Burton was swiftly condemned by some of

author of Newbery Medalwinning book “Bud, Not Buddy” (2000) and Newbery Honor books “Elijah of Buxton” (2008) and “The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963” (1996).

2008 National Institute Salt Lake City, UT

September 18-20, 2008 This two and a half day intensive professional development opportunity with a

youth services focus will help you trailblaze your path to library success! Three exciting tracks will be offered Thursday and repeat on Friday so that participants will attend two of the three tracks: Technology and Children’s Services, Programming in the New Millennium, and Inspiring Lifelong Reading with the Best of the Best in Children’s Books and a Focus on ‘Tweens and Reading Attendees will participate in one of three available Saturday morning workshops: Hands-on Technology Session, Nuts & Bolts of Author Visits, and Programming for Young English Language Learners and their Families

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Lunch with Christopher Paul Curtis

What truly muddies the issue for ALA is the undisputed fact that these trials were widely publicized, some lasting less than a day, and many of the dissidents received harsh prison terms upward of 25 years. This garnered numerous international protests from such groups as Amnesty International and the PEN American Center. A few months after the Cuban arrests, ALA began more vigorously to debate the matter of Cuba’s


“Breakfast for Bill” featuring a panel of children’s book author/editor teams including Sharon Creech and Joanna Cotler, will be held on Friday morning. The breakfast, included with registration, will honor the memory of Morris, who was a long time ALSC member and friend.

Harsh Cuban realities

independent libraries and at Annual 2003 in Toronto referred the issue to a joint subcommittee of the International Relations Committee (IRC) and the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) for study. Although many ALA members have expressed alarm over these trials (AL, Apr. 2004, p. 36–37), Council, after having already debated Cuba exhaustively and having gone on record in support of human rights there, has let its deep concern about the Cuban government crackdown stand as the official policy of the Association. As past ALA president Nancy Kranich, who worked with that subcommittee as chair of the IFC, has stated: “ALA has spent more time deliberating and investigating Cuba over the last 10 years than all other countries combined.” The IRC-IFC report International Relations Committee and Intellectual Freedom Committee’s Report on Cuba (Midwinter

More information and registration details are available on the ALSC Web site at:


Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611 1-800-2433 ext. 2163 |

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Laura Vaccaro Seeger 2008 Caldecott Honor Book and Geisel Honor Book recipient for First the Egg, will bring the opening keynote during dinner on Thursday.

America’s staunchest allies including the European Union and Canada. This draconian law forms the basis of much of the controversy over Cuba in ALA and by extension the wariness of Council to single out Cuba for condemnation without speaking out in equal measure against the abuses and embargo perpetrated against Cuba by the U.S. government. This has become IFLA’s position as well.

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only this year barely lifted its near 2004 Council Document #18.1) total ban on internet access. At the clearly states ALA’s position insofar as it “joins IFLA in its deep concern same time, Cuba annually hosts what is arguably the over the arrest and second largest book long prison terms of What truly muddies fair in Latin America the political dissithe issue for ALA is after Guadalajara, dents in Cuba.” This the undisputed fact where book dealers report was subsethat these trials were from all over the world quently adopted by can sell their material Council. Neverthe- widely publicized, with scant government less, Cuba continsome lasting oversight. Per capita, ues to be singled out less than a day, Cuba supports one of year after year by the best public library Friends of Cuban and many of the systems in the develLibraries while dissidents received oping world, a miracle censorship and huharsh prison terms given the sad state of man rights abuses that plague other upward of 25 years. its economy. According to UNESCO, Cuba’s litcountries around eracy rate is third in the world; the the world, many far worse than Cuba, occur without a word of exter- U.S. by contrast stands at 15th. Final criticism. ALA is justifiably cau- nally, not one major vendor of Spanish-language materials tries to tious in suspecting a hidden provide Cuban books here in Amerpolitical agenda. ica with any sort of consistency; they There is undoubtedly targeted censorship in Cuba; the government consider it too much of a hassle to

import them because of U.S. government restrictions that amount to another form of state-sponsored censorship. ALA therefore has tried for years to foster broader democracy and a more open society in Cuba, rather than denounce intermittent crackdowns by the Cuban government at every turn. Anthony Lewis was approached after his Midwinter Meeting appearance in Philadelphia in January by a number of librarians and informed how much ALA had actually done with regard to Cuba. The renowned journalist admitted, “Well, I really don’t know that much about the issue.” Unfortunately for ALA, which has shown an abiding understanding of the issue, the counterproductive activities of groups like the Friends of Cuban Libraries have continued to shine a misguided spotlight on this complex issue for a full 10 years and counting.  z

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People | Announcements

Currents n  Lydia Acosta, director of East Baton Rouge (La.) Public Library, has resigned to become vice president of information services and university librarian at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. n  Marjorie Baker has been promoted to assistant director for human resources and union relations at Stark County

(Ohio) District Library. n  Ocean County (N.J.) Library has promoted Valerie Bell to assistant director of public services. n  Don Boozer has been appointed statewide coordinator for the State Library of Ohio’s KnowItNow virtual reference services. n  Edith Wheeler Memorial Library in Monroe,

n  Linda Holtslander, Loudoun County (Va.) Public Library’s division manager for development, programs, and public relations, has been selected as a Fulbright scholar to Finland. n  Vicki Nesting, assistant director at St. Charles Parish (La.) Library, has been named 2008 Outstanding Alumna of the Year by Louisiana State University’s School of Library and Information Sciences, as well as receiving the Louisiana Library Association’s Anthony H. Benoit Mid-Career Award. n  Carol Nersinger, director of East Brunswick (N.J.) Public Library, was named Librarian of the Year by the New Jersey Library Association at its spring conference April 30. n  Anne-Imelda M. Radice, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, received the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works’ Forbes Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Conservation at the Institute’s annual meeting April 22. n  Linda Stetson, director of Millis (Mass.) Public Library, has been named a Community Unsung Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

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Connecticut, has promoted Margaret Borchers to director. n  Jan Buvinger has retired as director of Charleston County (S.C.) Public Library. n  Georgia Public Library Service has named Pat Carterette director of continuing education. n  In June, Christian Dupont steps down as director of the University of Virginia’s special collections library in Charlottesville to become director of the Aeon Program for Atlas Systems. n  Elizabeth Elder became director of Salt Lake City Public Library April 28. n  April 1 Janet L. Flowers retired as head of acquisitions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. n  Stark County (Ohio) District Library has appointed Rebecca Hartmann as circulation services manager. n  Deborah L. Jacobs will leave her position as city librarian at Seattle Public Library July 2 to become deputy director for the Global Libraries initiative

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at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation August 10. n  Beth Ann Koelsch has been appointed curator of the Women Veterans Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. n  Chung-Hei Lone has joined Montclair (N.J.) State University as head of multimedia resources. n  July 1 Charles B. Lowry, currently dean of libraries at the University of Maryland at College Park, will become executive director of the Association of Research Libraries. n  Kitty Lyons retired as children’s services manager at Westport (Conn.) Public Library April 25. n  April 30 Ellen Marks stepped down as director of Wayne State University’s Shiffman Medical Library to join the university’s Library and Information Science Program faculty. n  Stark County (Ohio) Public Library has promoted Patty Marsh to branch services manager. n  July 7 Ann Miller becomes head of metadata


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n  May 1 Tim Wadham joined St. Louis County (Mo.) Library as assistant director of youth and community services. n  Angela Yang, manager of the four Fremont branches of Alameda County (Calif.) Library, retired May 3.


n  Ian Chipman was promoted to associate editor for Books for Youth at Booklist April 21. n  Rob Christopher be-

came administrative assistant for Publishing Marketing April 28. n  April 7 Chris Cieslak joined the Reference and User Services Association and the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies as web manager. n  Gwendolyn Prellwitz was appointed acting director of the Office for Diversity April 18. n  Chris Rhodes joined ALA Editions as acquisitions editor April 7.  z

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became associate director for branch services at Johnson County (Kans.) Library in March. n  Edlyn Theiss has been promoted to associate director for public services at Stark County (Ohio) District Library. n  John Vansteen has been appointed director of information literacy at Five Towns College in Dix Hill, New York. n  Andrew Venable will retire as director of Cleveland Public Library June 30.

Government Documents Round Table, the North Carolina Library Association, and NCLA’s Government Resources Section. n  Jimmizine Beth Taylor, 88, special collections librarian at Prairie View (Texas) A&M University, died March 28. She spent her entire library career at Prairie View, joining the school in 1946 and serving in several capacities, including reference librarian and university archivist. n  William B. Wood, 93, professor emeritus at San Jose (Calif.) State University School of Library and Information Science, died January 31. Wood was a member of ALA for 65 years. Prior to joining San Jose State, he was assistant director of St. Louis Public Library, director of Multnomah County (Oreg.) Library System, and taught at the University of British Columbia School of Library Studies.


n  Mary Bray, 103, librarian at Matteson Public Library in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, for 43 years, died January 24. n  Linda Burtch, 55, archives technician at Sault Ste. Marie (Mich.) Public Library, died April 9 of cancer. She was known for her development of the library’s local history archives, which grew tremendously in the 20 years she worked there. n  Elizabeth Rhoads Faltermayer, 74, a librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Library for five years and part-time at the Free Library of Springfield Township, Pennsylvania, for more than 12 years, died April 17. n  James Harvard Ovitt, 51, government data librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died of a heart attack April 20. He was a member of ALA and its Association of College and Research Libraries and


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services and digital projects at the University of Oregon in Eugene. n  January 21 Juliane Morian was promoted to associate director of Clinton-Macomb (Mich.) Public Library. n  Karen Munro will become head of the University of Oregon at Portland library and learning commons June 9. n  Ruth O’Donnell has stepped down as executive director of the Florida Library Association to become a library consultant. n  The American Theological Library Association promoted Diane Pugh to manager of preservation projects April 3. n  Thomas Raines has been appointed executive director of Charleston County (S.C.) Public Library. n  January 28 Sean Reinhart joined Hayward (Calif.) Public Library as supervising librarian for adult services, collections, and literacy. n  The Florida Library Association has appointed Faye Roberts as executive director. n  Rebecca Taylor has retired as branch manager of St. Tammany Parish (La.) Library. n  Andeberhan Tensae

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Professional Development | Youth Matters

Surveying Our Domain Plugging into our professional perceptions of technology

A vast majority (82%) reported an interest in information about children and technology—indicating the need for further exploration and discussion.

Retooling the dialogue

Why did youth services librarians respond as they did, what values do they ascribe to technology and literacy, and how do they want to shape their institutions in an evolving, increasingly electronic context? Just as important, why did only 349 people participate? ALSC Executive Director Diane Foote said, “While this survey didn’t net as many replies as a previous one (which got over 1,000 responses) focusing on ALSC members’ professional education needs, this is a step in the right direction for us in attempting to be more in tune with members’ wishes.” The technology survey was, however, distributed beyond ALSC’s 3,400 members, so the figures suggest the need for more dialogue and engagement. A preliminary committee report reasoned that “those who avoid technology . . . may have avoided the electronic survey altogether.” Libraries have changed dramatically in recent years, and technology is often seen as a major element in constructing the contemporary information landscape. Determining how youth services professionals view literacy—given its evolving context within shifting social norms—is vital. In a 2007 white paper for the Council on Library and Information Resources, Andrew Dillon stated, “In a rapidly changing technological envi-

ronment, it is never enough to teach people to use these tools.” Dillon, dean of the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, argued that in the midst of flux, continued attention to core institutional missions and values is crucial. The real questions, he contended in “Accelerating Learning and Discovery: Refining the Role of Academic Librarians,” are “less the nature of these technological innovations . . . and more the social impacts and processes that result.” Questions linger about social effects and how youth services professionals view the implications of a shifting technological landscape for their users. Dillon endorsed the principle of serving users’ information needs “in a manner not distorted by concerns with profit or control.” “Our collective prosperity rests on our advancing this profession appropriately,” he wrote. Advancing information professionals’ ability to address young people’s recreational and information needs demands that youth services specialists begin asking themselves the sorts of questions that Dillon raises about academic librarianship. We must consider the relationship between topics in current vogue, such as video game tournaments, and the roles of public libraries in their communities, as well as how we shape the library and information experience of tomorrow’s college students.  z JENNIFER BUREK PIERCE is assistant professor of library and information science at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Contact her at


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erms for various technologies buzz and compete for the attention of youth services professionals. Do we need Wii? What about a wiki? Acting on the potential for tech toys and tools to keep young people coming through library doors has become the new norm in many venues. The practice attracts young people and media attention. News outlets from the Des Moines Register to the Los Angeles Times have covered this trend. Given this environment, the Children and Technology Committee of the American Acting on the Library Assopotential for ciation’s Assotech toys to ciation for Library Serkeep young vice to Children wanted people coming to hear about through library technology isdoors has become sues that impact librarians the new norm in and conducted many venues. a survey in early 2008 to gather goal-setting data for the committee. Results, collected this spring, are thought-provoking. The committee asked librarians about their proficiencies (82% felt either mostly or fully comfortable with the technology in their libraries), their priorities for technology training and continuing education (68% felt librarians would benefit from better database search skills), and their practices (19% maintain social networking sites in their professional and personal lives).

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“It all started when I was the youth services and outreach coordinator for the Scott County Library System in Eldridge, Iowa,” said Rogalla. “Essentially, I was the children’s librarMary Pergander is director of Deerfield (Ill.) Public Library. Send comments or questions to

ian for a rural county with some 14 dence in providing fire safety edutowns.” One day, after seeing an adcation that only 19 years of vertisement in the local paper for fire programming and storytelling can department volunteers, he signed impart, I have found two compliup. From then on, he would literally mentary ways to serve,” he said. “I run down the block We sometimes mistakenly when paged with an emergency call. “It believe life is asking us made for some interest“or” questions, when life ing times as kids is really offering us “and” cheered me on during story time when my opportunities. pager went off. Luckily, I had supportive co-workers to fill in am very passionate in my work in at a moment’s notice.” both professions.” Three years later, Rogalla moved There certainly are situations when economic necessity compels a back to Illinois and took the library librarian to work a second job in an job in Champaign. When searching for a place to live, he looked for a unrelated field. Still others do it for place with “guess what, a volunteer the variety. Do you know someone fire department.” That place was who works a library job, but holds an additional occupation just for the Mahomet, a town within easy comjoy of it? Contact me at working@ala muting distance of the library. “Within the year, I was a member .org.  z of the Cornbelt Fire Protection District in Mahomet. Since 1994, I have served there in my spare time, dispatched to all manner of emergencies that the fire service handles,” said Rogalla. “I respond to some 200 to 300 calls a year. Not too bad, because I spend my workweek at the library and I am only available when Life sometimes compels you at or near home.” to ask what will happen if


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Rogalla feels fortunate that he has been able to benefit from two kinds of public service: youth services librarianship and firefighting/EMS. “From the occasional patron in distress at the library, to the confi-

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hile attending a professor’s retirement party, I met a new librarian who told of an interesting discovery. She had struggled with deciding whether to become a high school librarian or find work in an academic setting. Then she discovered a position that would offer the chance to work in both settings. That chance encounter helped me realize that we sometimes mistakenly believe life is asking us “or” questions, when life is really offering us “and” opportunities. That is, we can do this and that, not merely choose between two options. Consider this example: Michael Rogalla, children’s librarian at Champaign Public Library in Illinois, lives two lives. In addition to presenting children’s storytimes, participating in literacy initiatives, and collaborating with children’s librarians across the state, Rogalla also serves his community as a part-time firefighter and emergency medical technician. Here is his story.

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New From ALA Sound Advice The amount of literature about readers’ advisory services grows, and in Research-Based Readers’ Advisory Jessica E. Moyer provides a useful summary. But more than that, the volume offers wisdom from a number of RA’s leading lights. Each chapter covers an aspect of RA, beginning with a “Research Review” in which Moyer takes a look at the latest literature, followed by a “Librarian’s View” in which librarians talk about practical applications. The roster of contributing authors, among them Sarah Statz Cords, Joyce Saricks, and David Wright, is practically a who’s who of RA. INDEXED, 278 P., PBK., $50, $45 FOR ALA MEMBERS (978-0-8389-0959-1).


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Ammon Shea’s engouement (“irrational fondness”) for dictionaries led him to spend a year reading through all 20 volumes of the Oxford English ­Dictionary, and he describes this ­undertaking in ­Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages. For each letter of the alphabet he lists a handful of his favorite words and provides his own humorous glosses, along with musings on OED history, dictionaries in general, and his reading life. Dictionary lovers will be able to read it in an hour or two—much less time than it took Shea to get through the OED.



’m ambivalent about the current furor over memoirs that bend the truth or even fabricate it altogether. Don’t get me wrong. I certainly do believe that if you’re going to write an autobiographical memoir about your experiences in a concentration camp during World War II, it’s necessary that you, in fact, did have some experiences in a concentration camp. I get anxious, though, when I read about the lengths to which various reporters are going these days to expose the untruths in every memoir that hits print. Whether it’s websites that scan a 400-page manuscript looking for passages from other books, or determined fact checkers out to disprove even the smallest details in any piece of autobiographical prose, it’s as if anyone who sits down to write about his or her life these days becomes the target of an all-powerful truth police. That’s fine if you happen to be writing the kind of memoir that depends on the unvarnished truth, but not every memoir is like that. Memoirs, like novels, are either plot-directed or character-directed. A memoir about something terrible that happened to you is clearly plotdirected, and as such, that plot can’t be imagined—unless, of course, you choose to write your story as a novel, which, let’s not forget, is what James Frey claims he set out to do in A Million Little Pieces until his publisher told him it would sell better as a memoir. Frey has always reminded me of the kid in Dr. Seuss’s And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, who wanted to impress his parents with all the interesting things he saw on the way home from school. We celebrate Seuss’s hero for his imagination and damn Frey for being a liar, but both were just trying to come up with the story they thought someone in authority wanted to hear. But I’m writing neither to defend nor to damn James Frey. I prefer character-driven memoirs in which the author lives an ordinary life but reacts to it extraordinarily, and frankly, I don’t much care what’s literally true and what’s not. Think about it. When you read, say, Calvin Trillin’s Alice, Let’s Eat (Random House, 2006) or any of his other food memoirs, you’re reading an autobiographical account of meals Trillin has eaten, often in the company of his late wife, Alice, or his two daughters, Abigail and Sarah. The food is the focus, but the books are really about the people doing the eating (take Sarah, an unadventurous eater who refused to enter a Chinese restaurant without a bagel “just in case”). So would we feel betrayed if we learned that Sarah only took a bagel to a Chinese restaurant once, rather than repeatedly, or that, in 1975, Alice didn’t really mention Trillin’s weight “just as I was about to sit down to dinner at a New Orleans restaurant called Chez Helene”? No, of course we wouldn’t, and when the truth police start looking through Trillin’s garbage to prove that he ate what he said he did on Tuesday night, we’ll know that it’s time for even character-driven memoirists to fold their tents. Truth will have won, and we’ll all be poorer for it.

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than 19,000 print and digital serials and periodicals. Additional information regarding the library and university can be found at the web site lovejoylibrary/. Submit nominations, resumes, or letter of application to: Dr. Regina McBride, Acting Dean of Library and Information Services Catalog and Metadata Librarian Search. Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Lovejoy Library, Campus Box 1063, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1063. CATALOGING COORDINATOR. Under the direction of the head of cataloging the position will be responsible for managing and supervising the Western Language Section including hiring and training staff and students assistants, cataloging and managing the workflow of electronic books, performing original and complex copy cataloging of monographic materials representing all levels of difficulty, all subjects and languages and all formats according to AACR2R, LCRIs, LCSH, LC classification and MARC21 formats. This position has faculty status with accompanying university expectations and requirements for tenure and promotion including teaching, service, research, and publication. Additional information is available at or at The Ohio State University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

American Public University System is currently seeking several Online Librarians to work part-time in telecommuting positions. Reporting for these positions will be to our Charles Town, West Virginia, location. As part of a new breed of information professionals, our Online Librarians work on a team that is redefining library and archival practices within the revolutionary atmosphere of an online university. Online Librarians thus cooperate in the provision of around-the-clock electronic reference to an international body of students, faculty, and staff. Each is expected to take the lead for one or more database, e-book program, or tutorial service. Most importantly, the staff member is expected to specialize in Web-based (including multimedia) collection development. Each librarian works with fellow librarians in concert with department chairs and faculty. Their goal is the delivery of appropriate research resources and, especially, electronic course materials in support of specific classes. The essential functions of this position are: General reference service to University faculty, students, and staff; advanced collection and electronic classroom development with an emphasis on Web resources; and ability to work collaboratively with department chairs and faculty in the development of course material. Candidates should have subject expertise in one or more of the University’s educational programs as well as technical specialization in one or more of the library’s database, e-book, or student tutorial programs. Master’s degree in Library and Information science required. Familiarity with office automation packages and knowledge of Web software is desired. Preference will be given for prior work in online information services, including cataloging, collection development, and electronic reference. American Public University System is a regionally accredited, online university and a subsidiary of APEI which is traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange. For more information regarding APUS, visit our website at Please forward your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to

DIGITAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT LIBRARIAN, Texas Tech University Law Library. SHORT DESCRIPTION: Primary duties include developing, maintaining, organizing, improving, contributing, and promoting the library’s growing information base and repositories in all formats. Technical services functions such as systems management, cataloging, collection development and other duties are also part of this position’s responsibility. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited program; knowledge of traditional legal bibliography and electronic legal information resources; demonstrated knowledge of file formats, media/data migration, metadata, database management, and digitization techniques; experience in a library’s cataloging area with substantial knowledge of cataloging and classification policies, practice and tools such as OCLC and Innovative’s Millennium. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: ABA-accredited JD or international equivalent; work experience in a law library or academic library; knowledge of current and emerging national cataloging standards (e.g., AACR2, MARC21, Library of Congress Classification, LCSH; knowledge of and/ or experience with Innovative’s Millennium system. Other information: The position is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position. Initial appointment is for one year at the rank of Librarian; reappointment and tenure decisions are based on librarianship (e.g., professional performance), scholar-


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ship, and service. Additional information is available at lawlibrary/library/ and look for Position Opening link. Salary: Salary competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position is available June 1 and will remain open until filled. To apply: Complete the online application at For questions on applying, contact the Texas Tech University Human Resource Services at 806-742-3851, ext. 239. Texas Tech University is an EEO/ AA/ADA employer. REQ #76516.

POLITICAL SCIENCE AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS LIBRARIAN. The University of Washington Libraries (, seeks an energetic political science and public affairs librarian committed to providing a range of services and developing the collections in the fields of political science, public affairs, and associated interdisciplinary social sciences. The Reference and Research Services Division ( contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of reference resources for the humanities and social sciences fields within the UW Libraries. For complete information on this position, see notice of vacancy at admin/­libjobs/. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Graduate degree from a program accredited by the ALA or an equivalent

REFERENCE AND INSTRUCTION LIBRARIAN (temporary), full-time Instructor or Assistant Professor position for the 2008-2009 academic year starting August 2008. Possibility of renewal for a second year. Provide reference service (including some evening and weekend hours), library instruction (mostly with first year students), collection development, and faculty liaison. To learn more about the North Hall Library and our commitment to students, visit us at lib.mansfield. edu. MINIMUM REQUIREMENT: MLS from an ALA-accredited institution. Also required: Excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated teaching ability; proficiency in using computer technologies including MS Office Suite and online searching skills; and completion of a successful interview (which includes a 30-minute presentation). PREFERRED: Experience in an academic library and experience creating and maintaining web pages. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Background checks required. Effective provision of reference service to students, faculty, and other community users of the library; communication via listening, speaking, and/or writing; keyboarding and other electronic search; lifting and reaching for books above normal heights; turning pages; and reading. Competitive salary is in accordance with the APSCUF collective bargaining agreement. Full faculty benefits including health plan, retirement, and tuition waiver:


OFF-CAMPUS SERVICES REFERENCE LIBRARIAN. The University of Redlands ( seeks an energetic, innovative librarian to oversee off-campus services to primarily adult learners in business and education programs. This position provides leadership and vision for an expanding program of bibliographic instruction, collection development, and close liaison with students and faculty in an inventive, personalized learning community based in a liberal arts tradition. Also provides general reference service, including some evening and weekend hours, and supports the college of arts and sciences’ undergraduate programs in business administration and liberal studies. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: MLS from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent; computer and web literacy; and familiarity with standard print and online reference and research sources, particularly in the areas of business and education. Due to the occasional neces-

sity of travel to the university’s satellite locations, a valid driver’s license is also required. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in an academic library, particularly in the areas of business and education and familiarity with copyright as it affects remote access to library materials. Salary and rank are dependent on qualifications and experience. This is an 11-month, term-contract faculty appointment, with a broad range of benefits, and eligibility for sabbatical leave and research grants. To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and names and addresses of 3 references to: Off-Campus Librarian Search Committee, University of Redlands, 1249 E. Colton Ave., Redlands, CA 92374.

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The University of California Riverside Libraries seeks an experienced, innovative, and service-oriented individual to lead the Collection Management Department. The University of California, Riverside (UCR) is one of 10 campuses of the University of California system. The Head of Collections Management is a newly created position formed from the merger of the acquisitions and collection development departments to provide leading edge synergies for collection management. Reporting to the Assistant University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communications, the successful candidate will assume responsibility for leadership and management of the department comprised of 14 professional and staff personnel. Working within an annual acquisitions budget of approximately $5 million, oversees the successful management of the department; plans and supervises in-depth collection analyses as appropriate; organizes and directs the workflow of the new department to accomplish its mission, tasks, and goals; represents the collection development and acquisitions program in local, regional and national forums; and works collaboratively with UC colleagues systemwide in consortial resource-sharing initiatives. Salary range: $56,496-$94,500. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Application information: Review of applications will begin July 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a letter discussing interest and relevant experience, a current resume, and contact information for at least 3 professional references. Submit application to: David Rios, Director of Library Personnel, University of California, University Libraries, P.O. Box 5900, Riverside, CA 92517; fax 951-827-2255; e-mail For the complete job announcements visit


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graduate library science/information studies degree. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace. Evidence of the ability to effectively work independently and with others in a demanding and rapidly changing environment where consultation, collaboration, and cooperation are essential. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum of 2 years of post-MLS (or equivalent degree) professional experience working in a library or library-related position. Undergraduate or graduate degree in political science, public affairs, or a related social sciences field, demonstrating broad knowledge across disciplines. Demonstrated experience working creatively, collaboratively, and effectively with colleagues, faculty, and students. Salary: $41,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background. Salary increase scheduled for Sept. 1, 2008. Benefits include 24 days of vacation, participation in the UW Retirement Plan on a matching basis, and excellent medical, dental, and life insurance plans. No state or local income tax. Application deadline: Monday, June 30. Send a letter of application, full resume, salary requirements, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least 3 references who are knowledgeable of the applicant’s qualifications for this position to: Charles E. Chamberlin, Senior Associate Dean, University of Washington Libraries, 482 Allen Library, Box 352900, Seattle, WA 98195-2900.

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UNDERGRADUATE INSTRUCTION COORDINATOR. The University of Washington Libraries (www.lib.washington. edu), seeks an undergraduate instruction coordinator to promote services to undergraduate students at the University of Washington through innovative programs of instruction, reference, and research. Odegaard Undergraduate Library (OUGL) ( is an undergraduate library of strong community and collaboration, working together to create a unique and rich learning environment. For complete information on this position, see notice of vacancy at REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Graduate degree from a program accredited by the ALA or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace. Experience working in an academic library or equivalent work experience in a library instruction position. Extensive knowledge of current issues of library instruction and pedagogy, and demonstrated skill in leading others in meeting the challenges of providing reference and instructional services at large, decentralized institutions. Demonstrated interest in the provision of reference and information services in an academic setting required. Strong public service orientation and demonstrated interest in working with undergraduates. Ability to work successfully in a management team environment where consultation, collaboration, and cooperation are essential. Must be creative, energetic, innovative, and motivated to continually seek improvement in services, collections, facilities. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 1-3 years of post-MLS experience in library instruction and discipline-based curriculum design. Salary: $46,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background. Benefits include 24 days of vacation, participation in the UW Retirement Plan on a matching basis, and excellent medical, dental, and life insurance plans. No state or local income tax. Application deadline: Monday, June 30. Send a letter of application, full resume, salary requirements, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least 3 references who are knowledgeable of the applicant’s

qualifications for this position to: Charles E. Chamberlin, Senior Associate Dean, University of Washington Libraries, 482 Allen Library, Box 352900, Seattle, WA 98195-2900.

PUBLIC LIBRARY LIBRARIAN I. The City of Petersburg, Virginia, Public Library System seeks a customer service oriented person to be the Head of Adult Services at the Central Library. This position oversees the day-to-day operation of circulation and reference activities and is responsible for collection development, answering reference questions, providing genealogical and research assistance, and implementing programs. This position supervises 5 employees, which involves staf f development, training, scheduling, and performance appraisal. As a member of the library’s leadership team, this person will assist in developing policies, procedures and the strategic plan. QUALIFICATIONS: Requires an MLS from an ALA-accredited program and 3-5 years of library experience preferably with some supervisory experience. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Eligibility for certification as a professional librarian by the Commonwealth of Virginia and possession of a valid appropriate driver’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Hiring range: $37,442-$40,125. Open until filled. Submit application and/or resume and requests for needed accommoda-

Librarian I Permanent and temporary part-time librarian positions available with the County of Los Angeles Public Library. People with bilingual skills and/or interest in children’s services especially needed. Monthly salary: $3,891-$4832. Go to for job announcement and standard application. Contact human resources at 562-940-8434 for interview appointment. MLS required.

tions to: City of Petersburg, Human Resources Department, 103 W. Tabb St., Petersburg, VA 23803. EOE. LIBRARY DIRECTOR. Amerst Public Library needs a leader ready to oversee services and jump into community life to build the support necessary to implement planned expansion. They have a renovated Carnegie building that is part of a rejuvenated picturesque downtown. Salary is $50,000 plus with full benefits for a candidate with public library administrative experience and an MLS or master’s degree in a related field. Letters of application, resumes, and references to: Judith Ryan, Amherst Public Library, 221 Spring St., Amherst, OH 44001; fax 440-988-4115;


DEPUTY DIRECTOR The Enoch Pratt Free Library is seeking an experienced urban library administrator to serve as Deputy Director.As a historically vital part of Baltimore City’s educational and family services, the Pratt Library is actively redefining its mission, expanding local neighborhood services, and coordinating statewide services in its role as the State Library Resource Center. The Deputy Director, as the chief operations officer, reports to the Executive Director of the Library and serves as a member of the senior management team. The Deputy manages a professionally staffed and well developed service network which includes these oversight responsibilities: • Neighborhood Library Services: staff supervision, customer services and community outreach, and programming in the branch libraries located throughout the city of Baltimore and mobile services. • Information Access Division: collection development and management; circulation and resource sharing; preservation and digitization; serials management including state and federal documents; internal library computer services and the statewide network. • Central Library/State Library Resource Center: management of customer services in the subject departments of the Central Library; management of the Baltimore City Detention Center Library; management of the Regional Information Center; organization of centralized support services and staff training for multi-type libraries throughout the state of Maryland. Participation in State Library Resource Center Oversight Commission and advisory committees. • Age Level Services: coordination of children’s, young adults and adult programs. In managing these service areas, the Deputy provides required administrative functions for all supervised sites: strategic planning for Library and statewide programs; staff allocation and development plans; fiscal administration including income estimates from multiple sources, expense projections, and budget monitoring.

Job Requirements: Masters degree in Library Science; minimum of 8 years in increasingly responsible positions in public library administration including responsibility for system-wide service areas; and urban library experience are all required. The position requires advanced skill levels in strategic planning, program administration, and supervision. Budget development and administration experience should include income projection from multiple streams, detailed expenditure planning, and spending control. Use of various methodologies of project management and the practiced use of PC-based applications and office productivity software are desired skills. SALARY: $75,712 - $129,792 (depending on experience) and full benefit package. Closing date: open until filled. Applicants may submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: ATTN: Deputy Director, Office of Human Resources/Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-4484 Or E-mail:



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the world is very off-beat, and the books ever written bizarre. In fact one serious, which is okay with me. I of the funniest is something hired him to be acbooks ever written called AACR2. curate, not to be is something called funny. There are some people whom AACR2, which is a lengthy compendium you would prefer not to be wild and of Anglo-American cataloging rules.” crazy. For instance, what confidence I could tell he didn’t know that would you have in a heart surgeon this last line was intended to be funwho cracks jokes while he is cracking ny. After pausing a moment, he you open to fix your left ventricle? asked for my favorite library joke. After reviewing my paperwork, he “How many catalogers does it take said to me in a pleasant but efficient to screw in a light bulb?” I asked. tone of voice, “Because it appears “I have no idea.” that you have income that supple“None. Catalogers don’t screw in ments your pension, we need to de‘Light Bulbs.’ They screw in ‘Illumiclare an occupation for you, and nation—Sources Of.’” ‘bookworm’ is not recognized by the Although he didn’t find this the IRS as a legitimate job classification. least bit funny, he gave a feeble courWhat is the actual source of your ad- tesy laugh, which is death for a huditional revenue?” morist. A chuckle is nice, but a “I do some writing and some barely audible laugh is worse than speaking,” I said. “You’re an ausilence. It’s the ultimate insult, esthor?” he asked with interest. “Well, pecially from a tax accountant. I wouldn’t go that far,” I answered. Awkwardness now filled the “What sorts of things do you write room. The accountant turned back and speak about?” to my paperwork and cleared his “Mostly library throat. “I see that your book royalhumor.” ties for the past year only amounted The accountant to $12.50.” was obviously inEven though I was terribly emtrigued. He pushed barrassed by this paltry sum, I his reading glasses looked up at him and said, “Now you up on his forehead, have to admit that’s pretty funny, leaned over toward isn’t it?” me a bit, and said, He nodded and smiled. I would have “I never thought preferred a chuckle, but from a tax aclibraries were parcountant a genuine smile isn’t bad. It ticularly funny.” certainly beats a courtesy laugh.  z “Oh yes,” I exclaimed, “libraries WILL MANLEY has furnished provocative commentary on librarianship for over 25 years are a real treasure and nine books on the lighter side of library trove of the odd, the science. Write him at


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ow that I am no longer a working librarian, I have a bit of an identity problem. It’s not that I am struggling with the fact that I am unemployed. Actually I have no problem at all with telling people that I am retired. As proud as I am to have been a librarian for most of my working life, my sense of self was never wrapped up in my profession. When people ask me what I do, I am very comfortable in telling them that I am a full-time bookworm. Most people tend to chuckle when I say that, which makes me feel good because I like to make people chuckle. Actually, not everyone chuckles at my new occupation. A good example is my tax accountant, who I was forced to hire this year for the first time ever because of the financial complications involved with retirement. He rarely laughs or even smiles, and his data-driven view of

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