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Of Design, Danes, and Daffodils
March 1, 2012... What is your favorite library space? Perhaps a school library reading nook, or the august reading room from your university days; or maybe the balcony stacks in your hometown? The architectural design--and of course, a facility's resources--draw...
The Showcase continues.(library design)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... The Showcase continues If you're reading the Library Desig;, A Showcase only in print, you're missing out. Online, you'll find more than 100 of the most exciting new buildings and renovations, divided into 12 sections that highlight navigation...
Video in Zmags.(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... Video in Zmags The Zmags A format allows you to read full issues of American Libraries online in an enhanced design that enables you to flip pages and view the same layout as the print magazine, It also blends aspects of digital content by...
From petition to movement.(INSIDE SCOOP)(child education petition)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... From petition to movement The petition urging that every child in America have access to an effective school library program reached the 25,000-signature threshold for a White House response. We've got suggestions for how to keep that momentum...
Midwinter from every angle.(INSIDE scoop)
March 1, 2012... Find 80 recaps of various Midwinter events, from both ALA staff and members, at americanlibrariesmagazine.org/alamw12.
Hot Issues Drive ALA: Dealing with Immediate Library Concerns
March 1, 2012... The focus on electronic publishing and access through libraries to digital editions (ebooks) has been intense, particularly in recent months. The policies and practices of the "Big Six" publishers-Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan. Penguin,...
Key Strategies Discussed: A Report on the Executive Board Midwinter Meeting Sessions
March 1, 2012... ALA's Executive Board discussions during the Midwinter Meeting focused on some key Association initiatives. The ALA Strategic Plan outlines Association goals and objectives and provides a framework for plans, strategies, and initiatives on a...
Penguin disses libraries?(Comment Enabled)(Letter to the editor)
March 1, 2012... In response to "Continuing the Conversation with Penguin," AL E-Content blog, Feb. 10: No sooner does ALA meet with publishers than Penguin drops libraries like a hot potato. ALA needs to come up with a solution that works for libraries,...
Mixed views: ALA Ebook Talk.(Comment Enabled)(Letter to the editor)
March 1, 2012... In response to "Ebook Talks: The Details," AL E-Content blog, Feb. 8: I find it interesting that publishers, who should be schooled in everything about books, were ignorant about the process involved in book lending, includinq ebooks. I was...
Digital danger to libraries?(Comment Enabled)(Letter to the editor)
March 1, 2012... In response to "Threat to Digital Lending" AL Online, Jan. 12: It would seem that the misplaced optimism with which many of us greeted the advent of digital books is finally giving way to a pragmatic acceptance that we, as librarians, may...
Cellphone-free zones.(Comment Enabled)(Letter to the editor)
March 1, 2012... In regard to the recent letter "What Oasis of Quiet?" (AL, Jan./Feb., p. 8), "Look at it this way; books don't crash, they don't get viruses, and they don't need screensavers." why is this librarian allowing patrons to use ringing...
A new copyright paradigm.(Comment Enabled)(Letter to the editor)
March 1, 2012... As Neal Starkey has suggested ("We Need Copyright 2.0," AL, Jan./Feb., p. 29), legislation is indeed needed, though it probably goes beyond amending the copyright law. For one thing, the first-sale doctrine needs to be extended to ebooks. ...
Look at this way.(Comic)(Cartoon)
March 1, 2012... "Look at this way: books don't crash, they don't get viruses, and they don't need screensavers." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
FINRA announces $1.2 million in grants to libraries.(ALA)(Financial Industry Regulatory Authority)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... The Financial Industry Regu1atory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation arid ALA announced $1.2 million in grants to 16 recipients as part of the Smart investing @your library" initiative administered jointly by ALA's Reference and...
FCC's lifeline program restoration applauded.(ALA)(Federal Communications Commission)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... ALA welcomed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) late January decision that will reform the Lifeline program that provides discounts on monthly telephone charges. The Association noted that the FCC will be issuing a Further Notice...
COA announces accreditation actions.(ALA)(American Library Association Committee on Accreditation)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... ALA's Committee on Accreditation announced accreditation actions taken during the Midwinter Meeting in Dallas. Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs: master of library and information science offered by the...
Netgalley member benefit available.(ALA)(NetGalley)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... A new AIA member benefit is available through a. partnership with NetGaliey. M embers who sign up to request digital galleys from NetGaliey can now add their ALA member number to their profile to speed request approval and access to upcoming...
JCLC finalizes event speakers.(ALA)(Joint Conference of Librarians of Color)(Conference news)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... Award-winning and bestselling authors Sharon Flake, Lauren Myracle, and Julie Otsuka will join the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLG) for two special author luncheons, September 19-23, in Kansas City, Missouri. The conference, which...
Support staff programs advance.(ALA)(Pasadena City College Library Technology Certificate Program)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... The ALA--Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has completed an agreement with the Pasadena (Calif.) City College Library Technology Certificate Program that will allow PCC graduates to receive Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC)...
ALA invites president on school library tour.(ALA)(American Library Association has commended President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... ALA commended the First Family for volunteer service at a school library on Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 16. President Barack Obama and the First Lady helped to build bookshelves, paint walls, and construct a reading corner at the Browne...
ALA launches Huron street press.(ALA)(American Library Association)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... Taking ALA publishing beyond its traditional market of library and in-formation professionals, the Association has launched a new publishing imprint, Huron Street Press, administered through ALA Editions. In 1 ine with ALA's mission to...
Authorized IACET status awarded.(ALA)(International Association for Continuing Education and Training)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded ALA Authorized Provider status, which enables the Association to award Continuing Education Units for eligible learning opportunities that ALA offers. The...
Ala events.(CALENDAR)(American Library Association)(Conference news)(Brief article)(Calendar)
March 1, 2012... Apr.: School Library Month, ala.org/aast/slm. Apr. 8-14: National Library Week, ala.org/nlw. Apr. 10: National Library Workers Day, ala-apa.org/nlwd. Apr. 11: National Bookmobile Day, ala.org/bookmobiles. Apr. 12: Support Teen...
Berry to kick off preservation week.(ALA)(Steve Berry)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... New York limes bestselling author Steve Berry is the first national spokesperson for Preservation Week, April 22-28. He is the author of nine novels, including his most recent book, The Jefferson Key, the seventh in the Cotton Malone series....
Petition candidates seek council posts.(ALA)(List)
March 1, 2012... In addition to the candidates nominated to run for ALA Council C4L, Nov./Dec, p. 16-17), individuals who have petitioned to be included on the ballot are: * Rosie L. Albritton, director of library services, John B. Coleman Library, Prairie...
Ala election information.(ALA)(American Library Association)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... For the fourth year in a row, ALA is holding its election exclusively online. Polls will open at 9 a.m. (Central Standard Time) March 19 and members will be notified by email, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how...
Detente in New York on Ebooks
March 1, 2012... American Library Association President Molly Raphael led a delegation of ALA leaders to an unprecedented series of meetings with senior executives from five publishing houses in New York City on January 30-February 1 to discuss ebook lending in...
"Book Traffickers" Meet Tucson Ban on Mexican-American Studies
March 1, 2012... As of early March, educators were readying a "book trafficker" caravan that would travel March 12-18 from Houston, Texas, to Tucson, Arizona, to donate books about the Mexican-American experience to four volunteer libraries. The donations were...
Ebooks at the Forefront of the Tools of Change
March 1, 2012... Concerns over ebooks and e-readers were at the forefront of the recent of Change for Publishing (TOC) conference in New York City. Appropriately, TOC's theme was "Change/Forward/Fast"-a theme that could apply to anyone in the greater book...
Companies of interest to libraries.(Perspectives)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... EBOOK VENDORS AND SERVICES FROM THE TOOLS OF CHANGE CONFERENCE * Bilbary Launching: March or April Founded by Tim Coates, former head of United Kingdom's Water-stone bookstore chain, Bilbary will sell and rent ebooks to consumers. Coates...
Oscars act out love for libraries with nod to fantastic flying books.(Perspectives)(The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... Afilm allegory that celebrates the curative power of story in general--and reading in particular--won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short February 26. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, a wordless film whose most inspiring...
March 1, 2012... CANADA 1 The second annual National Book Count, held January 23-29, shows that Canadians buy or borrow from a library more than five books every second. This year, ebooks were included in the count--which was tracked by a partnership of...
How QR Codes Add Value to Library Programming
March 1, 2012... You receive a postcard in the mail from Colorado Springs. It says, "Wish you were here." You look at it more carefully and notice the photograph is of a dead man. No, wait! A dead man--and a dead woman. The caption reads, "Frozen to death on...
8 Tips to Highlight History Using Facebook
March 1, 2012... Academic libraries have also been harnessing new technology and social media platforms to help local history come alive. Donnelyn Curtis, head of special collections at the University of Nevada, Reno, used Facebook to highlight otherwise offline...
Battle in Rockford Rocks Staff, Patrons
March 1, 2012... What began as a dispute between Rockford (III.) Public Library and some library staff and patrons over heavy investments in ebooks and e-readers has evolved into a battle between library leaders and staff. Last year, RPL Executive Director...
The Conversation Continues @ Your Library
March 1, 2012... ALA's Midwinter Meeting program, "The Conversation Starts Here" prompted hundreds of librarians to envision new ways to engage their communities. David Lankes, professor at the Syracuse University School of Information. told participants....
Newsmaker: Jamal Joseph
March 1, 2012... In 1970, Jamal Joseph exhorted students at Columbia University to burn their campus to the ground. Today, he is associate professor of Columbia's School of the Arts film division in New York City. His personal odyssey--from the streets of Harlem...
How the World Sees Us
March 1, 2012... "I saw in the news about Penguin pulling ebooks. Why are publishers such poopyheads to you guys?" Los Angeles librarian SHAYERA TANGRI relaying, via tweet, a statement by a patron, Feb. 13. "A library is not just a building full of books....
Returning the Love: Isn't It about Time for Librarians to Reciprocate?
March 1, 2012... Can't you just see a group of librarians gathering around the proverbial water cooler each morning to profess their love for their patrons? "We love our patrons. Yes, we do. We love our patrons. How about you?" Okay, maybe not, but the...
A Hazy Shade of (Mid) Winter: A Whirlwind of Meetings, Ideas, and Conversations-FTW!
March 1, 2012... You know that feeling you get when you come home from a conference, and it's all kind of a blur? That's been my post-Midwinter experience. Of course, it came right after being housebound for several days during a rare Seattle snowstorm, so I was...
Click Here to Engage: Classroom Response Systems Ease Discussion and Assessment
March 1, 2012... Librarians who teach are always looking for ways to gel; patrons more actively engaged in instruction sessions. Research has shown that active learning can have positive effects on student learning and certainly helps to get students to reflect...
March 1, 2012... The following pages contain excerpts from the 2012 Library Design Showcase. See more new and renovated buildings at americanlibrariesmagazine.org/Iibrarydesign12. Also, watch for an American Libraries digital supplement in April that will...
Directions to Library Wayfinding: Directional and Informational Signs Guide Patrons into and around the Library
March 1, 2012... The word "wayfinding" has multiple meanings, but the one that really matters to liorarians comes from the field of architecture and is concerned with how human beings orient themselves and choose paths within a built environment. Signage is...
The Once and Future Library: An Architect's Perspective on Designing for Changing Constituencies
March 1, 2012... To some librarians it must seem like a perfect storm: Budgets are being slashed, ebooks suddenly are outselling their print ancestors, electronic movies on demand are slowing over-the-counter DVD lending, and the general public can find answers...
Women in the White City: Lessons from the Woman's Building Library at the Chicago World's Fair
March 1, 2012... Next year will be the 120th anniversary of I the World's Columbian Exposition, more commonly known as the Chicago World's Fair--a grand event that lasted six months, attracted 27 million visitors, and introduced attendees to the Ferris Wheel...
Library History and Women's History: An Ongoing Convergence
March 1, 2012... The convergence of women's history and library history at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition heralded the beginnings of a tradition of advocacy that would shape our profession for the next 100 years and beyond. As American women entered...
Midwinter: A Conversation of 10,000: Digital Content, Libraries' Evolving Roles, and the Youth Media Awards Were Hot Topics in Dallas
March 1, 2012... The role of Midwinter, which typically has focused on business meetings, has been under debate for several years as technology now allows people to conduct much of the traditional committee work throughout the year. Following recommendations in...
March 1, 2012... ALA Council approved programmatic priorities in line with the ALA Ahead to 2015 strategic plan and as a guide to the preparation of the fiscal year 2013 budget, presented by Treasurer Jim Neal (Council Document #13.0). The priority areas are...
Youth Media Awards.(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... While Midwinter is adapting, the f Youth Media Awards announcements ceremony retains its traditional role as one of the most thrilling highlights of the weekend. Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos won the John Newbery Medal for the most...
Heard and overheard.
March 1, 2012... "It was basically a lot of rock-and-roll people walking around. A bit like here." -Wrap-Up Rev-Up performer Lisa Loeb, comparing Midwinter to the National Association of Music Merchants Show she had recently attended. "There is a special...
Barbara Stripling: Candidate for ALA President
March 1, 2012... Visit barbarastripling.org' Libraries are on the cusp of greatness. In the face of nationwide economic pressures, we are reinventing our services to become virtual and physical spaces of conversation, personal growth, innovation, and...
Gina Millsap Candidate for ALA President
March 1, 2012... Visit ginajmillsap.com I'm sitting at my old oak table in Auburn, Kansas, a few miles east of the Flint Hills, watching the cardinals bicker over who gets to sit on the feeder. I'm also considering the ALA strategic plan and those of the...
March 1, 2012... * In January Chris Ash-more became director at Jacksonville (Ill.) Public Library.
March 1, 2012... * Shawn Averkamp has recently become data services librarian at the University of Iowa's Digital Research and Publishing department.
March 1, 2012... * Effective in June Sherrie Bergman will retire as director of Bowdoin College's Hawthorne Longfellow Library in Brunswick, Maine.
March 1, 2012... * Januaiy 17 Josh Berk was appointed director of Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity in Perm-svlvania.
March 1, 2012... * Connie Beverly is retiring as head librarian from Munford (Ala.) Public Library.
March 1, 2012... * March 5 Lisa Carr became director at Seymour Library in Auburn, New York.
March 1, 2012... * Christina Clark has joined the Covington Branch of St. Tammany Parish (La.) Library as youth services librarian.
March 1, 2012... * January 23 Emily Clark became librarian at the West Branch (Mich.) Pub lic Library.
March 1, 2012... * Anna Coats recently became children's librarian at East Rutherford (N.J.) Memorial Library.
Bill Connors.(Currents)(State University of New York)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... * In January Bill Connors returned to Sojourner Truth Library at the State University of New York in New Paltz to serve as interim dean. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
Mary Frances Cooper.(Currents)
March 1, 2012... * January 1 Mary Frances Cooper became president and director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
March 1, 2012... In January Tom Di Hard retired as head of the special collections department at the University of Arkansas Library in Favetteville. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
Cited.(Announcements)(Jane Martellmo was awarded by the Women's Business Council of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... * December 8 Jane Martellmo, librarian at Consolidated School in New Fairfield, Connecticut, and founder of Yes, Grace Rocks, Inc., received the Heart of Women Award by the Women's Business Council of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce....
March 1, 2012... * In March Ruth Dukelow became executive director of Cooperating Libraries in Consortium in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Katie Dunnebaek.(Currents)(newly appointed selection librarian at the Library of Congress)(Brief article)
March 1, 2012... * Katie Dunneback has joined the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., as a selection librarian.
March 1, 2012... * February 6 Laura Eckley became director of Larchmont (N.Y.) Public Library.
March 1, 2012... * January I Patricia Gilleland was appointed central administrator of the Wilderness Coast Public Libraries Cooperative inMonticello, Florida.
March 1, 2012... * Jenny Goodemote was recently named interim director of Wood Library in Canandaigua. New York.
March 1, 2012... * Anner Gray has been promoted to assistant director of the Demopolis (Ala.) Public Library.
March 1, 2012... * Effective in April Kay fversen will retire as director of Spencer (Iowa) Public Library.
March 1, 2012... * February 13 David Ketchum became resource sharing librarian at the University of Oregon Libraries in Eugene.
March 1, 2012... * In February Leslie Mc-Donough was appointed director of Mansfield (Conn.) Public Library.
March 1, 2012... * In January Holly Mercer joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries as associate dean for scholarly communication and research services. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
March 1, 2012... * February 20 David Miller became library director at Farmville (N.C.) Public Library. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
March 1, 2012... * Effective April 2 Jacob Nadal will join Brooklyn Historical Society in New York as director of library and archives.
March 1, 2012... * In January Adam Novitt was appointed director of Sunderland (Mass.) Public Library.
March 1, 2012... * Jackie Nytes recently became chief executive officer of Indianapolis Public Library.
Michael P. Olson.(Currents)
March 1, 2012... * Effective August 1 Michael P.Olson will be come dean of libraries of the J.Edgar and Louise S.Monroe Library at Loyola University New Orleans.
March 1, 2012... * January 16 Susan Riley became director of the Mamaroneck (N.Y.) Public Library.
March 1, 2012... * May 1 Ken Roberts will retire as chief librarian of Hamilton (Ont.) Public Library.
March 1, 2012... * In January Tony Ross was named administrative librarian for neighborhood libraries at the District of Columbia Public Library.
March 1, 2012... * Jodi Russ has become head of the Bedford Branch of Monroe County (Mich.) Library System.