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Testing the Times
April 1, 2010... In the midst of an economic slump that has libraries everywhere cutting to the bare bones, it's a special pleasure to be able to present a showcase of new and renovated facilities that can hold its own against any other we've published since the...
American Libraries magazine.org.(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... * Visit American Libraries online for free full-text access to current contents: news stories, opinion, photos and photo essays, interviews, and video. Posted weekly at americanlibrariesmagazine.org. For free delivery to your in-box, sign up for...
Building Relationships: Boost Your Career by Serving as a Library Advocate
April 1, 2010... I recently had the opportunity to speak to several LIS student groups at the University of Denver, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and Queens College, City University of New York. I talked to them about advancing their library and...
Groups ask FCC to adopt net neutrality principles.(ALA)(Federal Communications Commission )(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... Eleven library and higher education--related institutions and organizations, including the American Library Association, have asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski to support preserving an open internet. In a...
Ask the ALA Librarian blog added to AL website.(ALA)(American Library Association)(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... American Libraries is partnering with the ALA Headquarters Library on a new blog designed to deliver sought-after information based on current frequently asked questions. ALA Library staff are blogging daily on Ask the ALA Librarian, offering...
2009 Annual named a top trade show.(ALA)(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... ALA's 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago has been named one of the top trade shows of the year, according to the April issue of Exhibitor Magazine. "This means that the attendees who visit our exhibition at Annual Conference are very...
Registration underway for BCALA Conference.(ALA)(Black Caucus of the American Library Association)(Conference news)(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... Registration is underway for "Culture Keepers VII," the 7th National Conference of African American Librarians, to be hosted by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and held August 4-8 in Birmingham, Alabama. The theme is...
Vitali reappointed endowment trustee.(ALA )(John E. Vitali)(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... John E. Vitali has been reappointed to a second term as an ALA Endowment trustee by the Association's Executive Board. Initially selected in 2007, Vitali will begin a new three-year term in June at the conclusion of ALA's Annual Conference in...
"Visions of the Universe" tour extended.(ALA)(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... Fifteen additional public libraries will host the traveling exhibition "Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery," developed in cooperation with the Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach and the Smithsonian...
Stay connected with Booklist app.(ALA)(American Library Association)(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... Booklist, ALA's review journal, is offering a new way to stay on top of recommended-only book reviews with a free app featuring the popular Review of the Day. The app can be downloaded free from the Apple iStore using any iPhone or iPod...
Woman's Day seeks library stories.(ALA)
April 1, 2010... Women ages 18 and up are invited to send stories to firstname.lastname@example.org that explain why the library is important to their community. The deadline is May 9. Letters should be 700 words or less. Up to four stories will be profiled in the...
The Association's Associations: ALSC
April 1, 2010... CREATING A BETTER FUTURE FOR CHILDREN Through nationwide initiatives, strategic partnerships, prestigious awards, and educational opportunities, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) advocates for the best possible library...
ALA events.(CALENDAR)(American Library Association)(Brief article)(Calendar)
April 1, 2010... Apr. 11-17: National Library Week, ala.org/nlw. Apr. 30: EL dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Childrens's Day/Book Day), ala.org/dia. June 24-29: ALA Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., ala.org/annual. June 29: Library Advocacy...
Win a spot with StoryCorps in D.C.(ANNUAL UPDATE)(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... Have you have ever imagined doing a StoryCrops interview with a mentor or colleague and hearing it aired on National Public Radio? If so, take note: American Libraries is sponsoring an essay contest, in conjunction with StoryCrops founder Dave...
Canadian Library Serves Community as Olympics Host
April 1, 2010... The 2010 Olympic Winter Games are over and the Richmond O Zone celebration site here in British Columbia is being dismantled, but Richmond Public Library (RPL) staff are still reflecting on what it means to host the world. But let me shatter...
Libraries, Hospitals Join Forces to Promote Wellness in Body and Mind
April 1, 2010... Waiting is never easy for a child. For a child in a hospital, though, it's really a tough go. The looming surgery, the unfamiliar setting, even just the break in routine all pile on anxiety and make minutes seem like hours. Now many libraries...
Harry Ransom Center to House Magnum Photo Archive
April 1, 2010... Magnum Photos, the photographic cooperative whose members snapped some of the most iconic images of the last half of the 20th century, has sold its archives of almost 200,000 original press prints to an investment firm that has partnered with...
Patriot Act Reforms Rebuffed for Now
April 1, 2010... The U.S. House of Representatives sent President Obama a bill extending three often-contested provisions of the Patriot Act on the evening of February 26, two days before the sections were due to expire. Approved by a vote of 315-97 the night...
First Lady celebrates Dr. Seuss.(Perspectives)(Michelle Obama)(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... First Lady Michelle Obama reads The Cat in the Hat to Arlington, Virginia, and District of Columbia elementary students during the National Education Association's (NEA) 13th annual "Read Across America" day at the Library of Congress March 2....
April 1, 2010... COLOMBIA 1 CNN selected Luis Soriano, the primary school teacher who spends his free time operating a donkey-based mobile library, as its "hero of the week" in February. Soriano and his "biblioburro" offer reading education for hundreds of...
Earthquake Recovery a Struggle for Chile's Public Library Services
April 1, 2010... Nearly two weeks after a devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile, library officials in the Department of Public Libraries of Chile's Directorate of Libraries, Archives, and Museums (DIBAM) are still trying to determine the extent of...
Stories with a beat.(Perspectives)(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... Students from Southside Elementary Museum Magnet School in Miami join storyteller Baba Adekemi Lyons (right) and his son Ojobayo on a cultural journey during a Black History Month program February 9 at Miami-Dade Public Library's main branch....
Fiscal Crisis Management: A Crash Course in Taking the Lead
April 1, 2010... A bad economy has resulted in a painful paradox for libraries: Government, institutional, and philanthropic funding for libraries has been severely cut across the country, while use is at record highs. Providing more service with fewer dollars...
Beckham expert visits Pratt.(Perspectives)(Grant Wahl's The Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America; Enoch Pratt Public Library )(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl poses in front of a window display at Enoch Pratt Public Library in Baltimore during a February 17 appearance at the main library. He talked about his book The Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous...
Newsmaker: Arnold Adoff
April 1, 2010... The legacy of Virginia Hamilton, often described as "America's most honored writer of children's literature," continues through the efforts of her husband, poet and anthologist Arnold Adoff, who recently gave an exclusive interview to American...
How the World Sees Us
April 1, 2010... "Librarians are my favorite people, and libraries are my favorite place to be." Agatha Award-winning mystery novelist KATHERINE HALL PAGE on why she dedicated a book to librarians, "Author 's Note," The Body and the Sleigh. "That these books...
Our Conservative Ideals: The Profession's Values Are Not Solely Liberal Ones
April 1, 2010... Although TV talking heads discuss trillion-dollar bailouts for broken industries as if you might trip over one on your way to the unemployment office, libraries--which aren't broken--struggle to make our case. I sometimes worry that librarians'...
Planning for a Mobile Site: Six Steps to Going Mobile at Your Library
April 1, 2010... Mobile, mobile, mobile. It's all we hear these days. Mobile... it's the new black. Mobile... you just GOTTA. At my library, mobile web browsers have only accounted for .3% of the total site traffic this semester. Compensating for all the...
Mirabile Visu: Google's Unexpected Commercial Raises Questions
April 1, 2010... Things I never thought I'd see: 1. The Saints winning the Super Bowl. 2. The Mariners making off-sea-son moves that might actually help for this year. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 3. A Google commercial. I couldn't quite believe it at...
Finding Your Voice: Blogging for Career Advancement and Networking
April 1, 2010... Having a professional online portfolio is a great way to show off your technology skills and provide additional information to potential employers that doesn't fit into your resume and cover letter. However, this alone won't give them a strong...
A Library Grows in Newburg: An Underserved Community Gets a Long-Awaited Branch
April 1, 2010... In August 2009, a decades-old dream came true for the people of Louisville, Kentucky's Newburg neighborhood. It came in the form of a new library, a branch of the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) system. Not surprising to many of the more...
Designing Space for Children and Teens in Libraries and Public Places: How to Carve out a Niche That Epitomizes Service
April 1, 2010... Envisioning a new youth services space is a joint effort on the part of the architects, design professionals, staff, board, and community. It requires an examination of the mission and roles of the library and how the library utilizes space to...
2010 Library Design Showcase
April 1, 2010... What you hold is one small portion of the new, more through, and more intelligent Library Design Showcase. At americanlibrariesmagazine.org/librarydesign 10, you will find these libraries and many more, broken down into 10 sections that...
Managing Digital Projects: "Accidental" Project Managers Can Benefit from Following These Useful Tips
April 1, 2010... While teaching a workshop management at last on digital project year's Association of College and Research Libraries conference in Seattle, I began by asking the participants to describe to the class a project for which they were responsible....
Invest in Yourself: With Very Little Time You Can Build Your Skills, Improve Your Performance, and Enhance Your Opportunities
April 1, 2010... Crazy times, right? Whether you are new to libraries or you've been around for a while, you would probably agree that our world has been spinning in a lot of different directions lately. With budget cuts, layoffs, reductions in hours, and new...
April 1, 2010... The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries has appointed Posie Aagaard assistant dean for collections and assessment. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
April 1, 2010... Valerie Baartz has recently been appointed youth services school liaison for the Lake Villa (III.) District Library
April 1, 2010... Lied Library at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas has a new urban sustainability librarian, Marianne Buehler.
Stephen J. Bury.(Currents)
April 1, 2010... Stephen J. Bury was appointed chief librarian of the Frick Art Reference Library in New York City.
April 1, 2010... October 31 Alice Calabrese-Berry will retire as executive director of the Chicago Multitype Library System.
April 1, 2010... Effective July 1 Jim Cheng will be the new director of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University in New York city.
April 1, 2010... February 12 Helen Clarkson retired from Boxford (Mass.) Town Library.
April 1, 2010... Adam Corson-Finnerty has retired from the University of Pennsylvania Library in Philadelphia as director of development and external affairs.
Jenny McCraw Dale.(Currents)(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... Jenny McCraw Dale has joined the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the first-year instruction coordinator and reference librarian. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
April 1, 2010... In December Jana Fine was promoted to assistant director and outreach coordinator for the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Public Library.
April 1, 2010... In January Lisa Freudenberger became the director of the Staatsburg (N.Y.) Library.
April 1, 2010... Effective February 1 Jacque Gage became director of Joplin (Mo.) Public Library.
April 1, 2010... On April 15 Edward George will retire as chief librarian of Essex County Library in Ontario, Canada.
April 1, 2010... Liorah Golomb has been appointed humanities librarian at the University of Oklahoma Libraries in Norman.
April 1, 2010... December 14 Nicholas Graham became program coordinator of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center at the University of North Carolina Library at Chapel Hill.
April 1, 2010... Sue Hays will retire August 31 as director of the Madison County (Ky.) Public Library.
April 1, 2010... Greg Heinemann has been appointed president of the James J. Hill Reference Library in St. Paul, Minnesota.
April 1, 2010... March 29 Tom Hyry became director of special collections at the University of California at Los Angeles Library.
Jessica E. Johnson.(Currents)
April 1, 2010... Jessica E. Johnson has been named assistant archivist at Virginia State University in Petersburg.
April 1, 2010... Rebecca Kemp became e-resources acquisitions librarian at the University of North Carolina Library at Chapel Hill November 1.
April 1, 2010... March 1 Nancy Kerr was appointed director of the Banning (Calif.) Library District.
April 1, 2010... February 26 Sue Loper retired as Warren County (N.C.) Memorial Library director.
April 1, 2010... In March Dionne Mack-Harvin resigned as executive director of the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library.
April 1, 2010... Meribah Mansfield will retire as director of Worthington (Ohio) Libraries on July 23.
April 1, 2010... Sharon Miller was appointed library director of the Mechanics' Institute in San Francisco on January 28.
Richard G. Moon Jr.(Currents)
April 1, 2010... Richard G. Moon Jr. has been named director of North Adams (Mass.) Public Library.
William N. Nelson.(Currents)
April 1, 2010... Effective Febuary 1 William N. Nelson retired as director of the Reese Library at Augusta (Ga.) State University.
April 1, 2010... Jennifer Oenning is the new library development director at Portland (Ore.) State University Library.
April 1, 2010... September 14 Erin O'Meara became electronic records archivist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
April 1, 2010... Rebecca Petersen has been named director of the Manitowoc-Calumet Library System in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
April 1, 2010... Portland (Ore.) State University Library has named Joan Petit humanities and social sciences librarian.
April 1, 2010... Anne Rasmussen has been named the chief operating officer of the James J. Hill Reference Library in St. Paul, Minnesota.
April 1, 2010... April 10 Tom Sanville begins service as the director of licensing and strategic partnerships for Lyrasis.
April 1, 2010... Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, New York, has appointed Sophia Serlis-McPhillips assistant director. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
April 1, 2010... Emily Seymour was promoted to head of youth services for the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Public Library in December.
April 1, 2010... March 1 Diane Strauss retired as associate university librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
April 1, 2010... Jeanne Sugg retired January 29 as Tennessee state librarian and archivist.
April 1, 2010... Sohair F.Wastawy will become dean of University Libraries at Illinois State University in Normal June 1. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
April 1, 2010... Andy White is now director of Durango (Colo.) Public Library.
April 1, 2010... January 4 Tyler Works became children's librarian at the Blue Bell branch of the Wissahickon Valley Public Library in Blue Bell,Pennsylvania.
Joe Barkley.(At ALA)
April 1, 2010... Joe Barkley, program coordinator for the Association of College and Research Libraries, left ALA March 5.
Jerome Eberle.(At ALA)
April 1, 2010... Jerome Eberle, editorial assistant for Booklist, left ALA February 19.
Lorcan Dempsey.(CITED)(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... The National Federation of Advanced Information Services presented Lorcan Dempsey, vice president, research and chief strategist at OCLC, with the Miles Conrad Award March 1 in Philadelphia.
April 1, 2010... Rebecca Jones, managing partner with Dysart and Jones Associates in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was named a Special Libraries Association Fellow.
Stephen Nelson.(CITED)(life time achievement award )(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... In February former librarian Stephen Nelson of Woodstock (Ont.) Public Library received a life time achievement award from the Ontario Public Library Association for his 30 years of service to the Woodstock Public Library and his work with...
Estella R. Fox Blevins.(OBITUARIES)(Obituary)(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... Estella R. Fox Blevins, 92, died February 21. A school librarian who went on to become an education professor at Purdue (Ind.) University, she founded Indiana's Young Hoosier Book Award program, served as president of the Indiana School...
Lillian Moore Bradshaw.(OBITUARIES)(Obituary)(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... Lillian Moore Bradshaw, 95, died February 9. She was director of the Dallas Public Library from 1962 to 1974 and 1970-71 president of the American Library Association.
Boniface J. Duritsky.(OBITUARIES)(Obituary)(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... Boniface J. Duritsky, 75, school librarian and classroom teacher for 30 years at Tecumseh (Mich.) Middle School/Junior High and founder of its information technology program, died February 16 from complications of Parkinson's Disease.
Paulette (Jody) Gehrig.(OBITUARIES)(Obituary)(Brief article)
April 1, 2010... Paulette (Jody) Gehrig, 63, died February 7 of ovarian cancer. Gehrig served for 16 years as director of library media services in the Denver Public Schools.