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More on gaming.(Summer Gameof Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan)(Brief article)
November 1, 2011... More on Gaming Read the extended version of "Summer Reading Levels Up" and watch a screencast demo of Ann Arbor District Library's Summer Game. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
Your resource for electronic resources.(E-content)(Brief article)
November 1, 2011... Your resource for electronic resources in the new E-Content blog, Christopher Harris serves as a guide to the still-murky world of digital content. So far, Harris has discussed the Amazon/OverDrive deal, ebook lending and reader privacy, vendor...
American libraries direct.(E-content)
November 1, 2011... American Libraries Direct Every Wednesday in your email, AL Direct delivers the top stories of the week. Sign up free.
Find us on twitter.(E-content)
November 1, 2011... Find us on Twitter Follow @amlibraries for regular updates from AL content and the library world.
Conference reports.(American Association of School Librarians)(Brief article)
November 1, 2011... Conference Reports Dorcas Hand was in Minneapolis to cover the AASL National Conference. Her reports covered books and electronic content in school libraries, digital collection development, and transliteracy. In Cleveland, John Amundsen...
Supporting the Egyptian revolution.(GLOBAL reach)(Brief article)
November 1, 2011... Supporting the Egyptian revolution "I think that Egyptian libraries should be the mind and soul of the new Egyptian community" writes the Alexandria University's Amany Zakaria el-Ramady. Her article details the Bibliotheca Alexandria's efforts...
Display of Strength: ALA-Affiliated Group Events Demonstrate the Association's Power
November 1, 2011... ALA provides a strong, unified voice for our libraries. Much of the Association's strength comes not just from our divisions, round tables, and other ALA units, but also from our chapters and affiliates. Each year, many chapters and affiliates...
Transforming ALA: A Report on the Fall Executive Board Meeting
November 1, 2011... The digital "revolution" has been a major topic of public attention and discussion among librarians this year, as we are confronted by daily developments, announcements, and headlines related to ebooks. During the fall meeting October 21--23...
Librarians and Citizens United.(Reader Forum)(Letter to the editor)
November 1, 2011... American Libraries decided to highlight a quote from Jeffrey Beall's opinion article on Citizens United ("Librarians and the Threat to Free Political Speech/' Sept./Oct., p. 33) about how that legal decision is in line with the "realities of...
Ebook dialogue lauded.(Reader Forum)(Letter to the editor)
November 1, 2011... In response to "ALA Meets with Association of American Publishers on Ebooks," AL Inside Scoop, Sept 26: Thank you, ALA, for engaging in this dialogue; I am following this topic with heightened interest as of late. With all the recent...
Award-Winning coverage.(Reader Forum)(Letter to the editor)
November 1, 2011... I have just received the print issue of the Sept./Oct. American Libraries. I really appreciate the very nice article highlighting the ALA award winners (p. 50-55). The winners have completed work that does indeed need to be singled out for...
Blockbuster model wrong.(Reader Forum)(Letter to the editor)
November 1, 2011... It seems to me there must be another model for libraries than that of commercial enterprises who must disrupt their own hitherto-successful models in order to serve their customers and survive as profit-making entities ("Avoiding the Path to...
November 1, 2011... "The finalists are 'Plymouth Rock' and' librarians Rock.'" [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
ALA Supports FCC's Connect America Fund
November 1, 2011... ALA filed comments in support of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) creation of the Connect America Fund (CAF) as part of its reform and modernization of the Universal Service Fund, indicating that it will support the deployment of...
Two new ALA presidential groups created.(ALA)(American Library Association's Special Presidential Task Force on School Libraries and Digital Content and Libraries Working Group)(Brief article)
November 1, 2011... ALA President Molly Raphael has acreated two new presidential groups--the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, a successor to the Equitable Access to Electronic Content task force (EQUACC), and a Special Presidential Task Force on School...
Cal Ripken gets carded.(ALA)(Enoch Pratt Free Library campaign in Baltimore, Maryland)(Brief article)
November 1, 2011... Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. holds a giant library card to help promote Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library's "Get Carded" campaign, which spotlights Maryland celebrities. Ripken served as honorary chair of the monthlong observance...
Calendar.(American Library Association)(Brief article)(Calendar)
November 1, 2011... ALA EVENTS 2012 Jan. 20-24: ALA Midwinter Meeting, Dallas, ala.org/midwinter. Feb. 1: Digital Learning Day, ala.org/yalsa. Mar. 4-10: Teen Tech Week, ala.org/teentechweek. Mar. 13-17: Public Library Association National...
Prison-time reading.(ALA)(Brownsburg, Indiana Public Library staff read banned books)(Brief article)
November 1, 2011... Staff members at Brownsburg (Ind.) Public Library, some wearing special T-shirts, read banned books in a makeshift jail during a Banned Books Week (BBW) event. Visit americanlibraries magazine.orgial_focus/photos for more BBW event photos. ...
2012 ALA Nominating Committee Council Candidates
November 1, 2011... Mustafa Abbas Abdelwahid Head of Collection Development Auburn Avenue Research Library Atlanta, Georgia J. Douglas (Doug) Archer Reference and Peace Studies Librarian University of Notre Dame Indiana Nancy L. Baumann ...
Member alert: prepare for the 2012 ala election.(American Library Association)(Brief article)
November 1, 2011... ALA's upcoming election will be held online for most members. Those with disabilities or who have no internet access may request a paper ballot by contacting the ALA Customer Service Department at 800-545-2433, ext. 5. The deadline for...
Libraries Occupy the Heart of the Occupy Movement
November 1, 2011... The People's Library at Occupy Wall Street in New York City started spontaneously shortly after the protest began on September 17, when a pile of books was left in a cardboard box at Zuccotti Park on Wall Street. The books were passed around and...
Some schools' filtering software is reaching into students' homes.(Perspectives)(Brief article)
November 1, 2011... The installation of filtering software on school computers has created access problems for students doing research online on their school cam puses si nee enforcement of the Children's Internet Protection Act began in 2004. But complying with...
Amazon's "Library," Kindle Ebook Loans, and What It All Means
November 1, 2011... The library world was thrilled at the September 2i announcement that OverDrive had enabled its library customers to lend the ebooks they'd licensed from OverDrive to patrons with Kindle e-readers--provided that the ebooks were in the online...
Libraries Tap into the Crowdsource
November 1, 2011... Wikipedia wants libraries to join the "crowdsource." The notion that the research efforts of a group of people with varying opinions, when aggregated, can result in better information than a specific expert could come up with-aka...
Seeking new and renovated libraries.(Perspectives)(Brief article)
November 1, 2011... American Libraries is now accepting submissions for the 2012 Library Design Showcase, our annual feature celebrating the best new and newly renovated or expanded libraries of all types. The Showcase will be published online in March, with...
November 1, 2011... CANADA 1 A chance discovery in May by an auctioneer looking through salable items in a home in London, Ontario, resulted in the solution to a longstanding Australian mystery. In a copy of An Historical Account of the Colony of New South Wales...
Cuyahoga County Checks out Boopsie's Checkout App
November 1, 2011... When the library/vendor relationship is one of open communication, respect, and mutual desire for excellent customer service, everyone wins--the library, the vendor, and most importantly, library users. Both libraries and vendors bring something...
Newsmaker: Philip Levine
November 1, 2011... At age 83, Philip Levine is 2011-2012 poet laureate consultant in poetry. Appointed by Librarian of Congress James Billington, he took up his duties October 17, opening the library's annual literary season with a reading from his work. "Philip...
How the World Sees Us
November 1, 2011... "If I learned anything in my visit to Loudoun County--it's a reaffirmation of the power of reading. Hundreds of kids and parents turned out to discuss the way books change our view of the world, of each other. And the kids at Loudoun County...
An Unplugged Space: Would Your Users Value a Gadget-Free Quiet Zone in Your Library?
November 1, 2011... The physical library was once a place of refuge, a escape from distraction But today, the constant need to connect and communicate has largely rendered this rol obsolete. The power of coupling networking tools with instant ac cess to vast...
A Guide to Buying Ebooks: How to Flex Your Library's Purchasing Muscle
November 1, 2011... Buying a print book is relatively easy. With the introduction of library ebooks in 1999, however. a once-straightforward process took on many complexities. Before starting, ask yourself why your library needs to purchase ebooks. Is it to expand...
Readers Are Fundamental
November 1, 2011... I was all set to wax rhapsodic here about my iPad, how much I'm enjoying my new toy (and it is a toy, I know), how quickly I got to the point of loving the "app" idea for its convenience and speed, how interesting it is that I've started to...
Information Literacy 2.0: Critical Inquiry in the Age of Social Media
November 1, 2011... Ideas about information literacy have always adapted to changes in the information environment. The birth of the web made it necessary for librarians to shift more towards teaching search strategies and evaluation of sources. Tool-focused...
Grassroots Advocacy Putting Yourself out There: Find Fresh Ways to Energize Support for Libraries
November 1, 2011... Librarians shouting about funding is fast becoming old news. We need to find new ways to take a stand against library budget cuts. A grassroots push is a terrific advertising tool, and it can be really fun to pull off. It's a wonderful motivator...
Helping Warriors Unleash the Power of the Pen: A Library Writing Workshop Helps Veterans Share Their Experiences
November 1, 2011... The best pleasures in life are often unexpected, and we have been t! lucky enouqh to be ambushed by a proqram that has become one of the most extraordinarily rewarding experiehces of our careers. The Sylvania branch of the Toledo-Lucas...
Warriors turn to words.(Brief article)
November 1, 2011... "Murphy is missing. Thomas S. Murphy to be exact. Not missing in action, but missing after action since 1970. I've been looking for him for 40 years."-Joe Walter One day I finally gave in to temptation, stopped the truck out in the middle of...
Achievement Unlocked: Finding, Archiving, and Creating Games in Libraries
November 1, 2011... Gaming has gained a foothold in libraries, with good reason. It's a popular service, and one that can offer educational, community, and information literacy benefits. Here we present three short articles on gaming in libraries. In "Serving...
Carol Ann Batt.(Currents)
November 1, 2011... * In October Carol Ann Batt was appointed chief operating officer of the Buffalo and Erie County (N.Y.) Public Library System. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
November 1, 2011... * September 30 Sue Busch retired as children's librarian of Stillwater (Minn.) Public Library.
Keri Cascio.(Currents)(new director of Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology Kansas City, Missouri)(Brief article)
November 1, 2011... * December 1 Keri Cascio will become director of innovative technologies and library resource management at the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology in Kansas City, Missouri.
November 1, 2011... * In December Barbara Clubb will retire as city librarian of the Ottawa (Ontario) Public Library.
November 1, 2011... * In October David Coleman was appointed director of Texas State University-San Marcos's Wittliff Collections.
November 1, 2011... * Effective December 30 Susan Cooley will retire as director of the RomeFloyd County (Ga.) Library.
Charlotte Walch Davies.(Currents)
November 1, 2011... * Charlotte Walch Davies retired as youth services director at Kilbourn Public Library in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, in October.
November 1, 2011... * October 3 Bill Davison became chief executive officer of SirsiDynix in Provo, Utah.
November 1, 2011... * In November Simon Edwards became director of professional services at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in London.
November 1, 2011... * September 12 Nadine Eller joined Auburn (Ala.) University Library as serials acquisitions librarian.
Carol Ann Engskov.(Currents)
November 1, 2011... * September 30 Carol Ann Engskov retired as librarian of the Berryville (Ark.) Public Library.
November 1, 2011... * In December Ken Frazier will retire as director of the University of Wisconsin--tem.
November 1, 2011... * September 6 Maggie Gough was appointed director of the Manhasset (N.Y.) Public Library.
November 1, 2011... * In November Susan Gregory began serving as director of the Bozeman (Mont.) Public Library.
November 1, 2011... * December 9 Kate Havris will retire as assistant library director of Mesa (Ariz.) Public Library.
November 1, 2011... * In October Erin Hore-ni-Ogle became director of development at the University of Tennessee Libraries in Knoxville.
November 1, 2011... * Effective January 1, 2012, Robert Hulshof-Schmidt will become Oregon State Librarian.
November 1, 2011... * October 24 Mohammed Khan became library director at Spangdahlem U.S. Air Base in Germany.
November 1, 2011... * In September Sandy Leach was appointed associate dean for collections at the University of Tennessee Libraries in Knoxville.
November 1, 2011... * September 19 Kasia Leousis joined Auburn (Ala.) University Library as head of the Library of Architecture, Design, and Construction. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
November 1, 2011... * October 24 Jill Lininger became director of Oak Creek (Wis.) Public Library.
November 1, 2011... * In September Shaney Livingston became head of the Alachua County (Fla.) Library District
November 1, 2011... * September 2 Laura Mitchell retired as city librarian at Escondido (Calif.) Public Library.
November 1, 2011... * September 27 Steven Nielsen became vice president of product management at Polaris Library Systems in Syracuse, New-York.
November 1, 2011... * October 1 Ann Okerson was appointed senior advisor on electronic strategies at the Center for Research Libraries in Chicago.
November 1, 2011... * In October Alexandria Payne was named digital services manager for the Newport News (Va.) Public Library System.
November 1, 2011... * October 3 Rose Peda became library services director for the Sweet Home (Oreg.) Public Library.
November 1, 2011... * January 2, 2012, Sami Pierson will become director of Coos Bay (Oreg.) Library.
November 1, 2011... * In October Bob Pyle retired as director of Northeast Harbor (Maine) Library.
November 1, 2011... * October 17 Richard Reyes-Gavial was named director and chief Libraryian of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library.
November 1, 2011... * In September Elsworth Rockefeller was named adult and teen services manager at Oak Park (I11.) Public Library. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
November 1, 2011... * September 1 Gray Sawyer retired as children's librarian from Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield, Massachusetts.
November 1, 2011... * September 30 Shirley, Glennor retired as head librarian of 17 state prison libraries in Maryland.
November 1, 2011... * Rita Smith was appointed executive associate dean of libraries at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in September.
November 1, 2011... * October 15 Paula Sullenger was appointed visiting program officer for the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries in Durham, North Carolina. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
November 1, 2011... * In October Barbara Sutton became children's librarian at San Diego County Library's Poway branch.
Titia Van der Werf.(Currents)
November 1, 2011... * January 1, 2012, Titia van der Werf will become senior program officer for OCLG in Leiden, The Netherlands.
November 1, 2011... * September 15 Kerri Vautour became reference librarian at Springfield (Mass.) College's Babson Library. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
November 1, 2011... * October 3 Linda Watson retired as director of the University of Minnesota's Health Sciences Libraries in Minneapolis. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
November 1, 2011... * October 18 Bradley Wiles was appointed archivist of the American Public University System in Charles Town, West Virginia.
November 1, 2011... At ALA * October 24 Sanhita SinhaRoy joined ALA as associate editor of American Libraries.
November 1, 2011... * Jonas Balys, 102, died September 9. He served as director of the Lithuanian Folklore Archives from 1935 until 1944. Beginning in 1956, Balys worked at the Library of Congress in ton, D.C., for 25 years. * Scott Fisher, 55, died September 9....
Reach out through Outreach: A Library Community Is Wherever the Patrons Are
November 1, 2011... Ed. note: This is the second in a series of guest columns on an aspect of youth services. Some of the most important library work I do is outside the library's walls. Outreach--traveling offsite to bring service to potential users--is...
A Competitive Advantage: Budget and Innovation Put NCSU's Libraries on Track
November 1, 2011... When Susan Nutter took over the leadership role at North Carolina State University Libraries in Raleigh, it wasn't a very inspiring organization. A study found it to be the academic library least able to meet its mission in the state. Faculty...
Librarian's library: occupying technology.(Book review)
November 1, 2011... A few years ago an earnest-sounding college student called the ALA Library to gather information about librarian-ship as a career, adding that she didn't want to work with computers. We all have days we'd be happy to revert to pen and paper,...
New from ALA.('Cost Control for Nonprofits in Crisis' and 'Small Business and the Public Library: Strategies for a Successful Partnership')(American Library Association)(Brief article)(Book review)
November 1, 2011... With all types of libraries suffering budget crises, a key skill is to know where--and how--available dollars might be stretched. In Cost Control for Nonprofits in Crisis, G. Stevenson Smith interprets the principles of cost accounting for use...
Rousing Reads: Hard-Boiled Mysteries and Soft-Boiled Poets
November 1, 2011... The world needs more hard-boiled mysteries written by soft-boiled poets. This admittedly peculiar insight occurred to me as I was reading poet and novelist Jim Harrison's first crime novel, The Great Leader.The book immediately reminded me of...