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The Competition Intensifies
September 1, 2010... Have you noticed that we seem to have entered an era of heightened competitiveness? Lots of wagon-circling and turf - protecting. Libraryland as one big happy family aside, shrinking funds are bringing out the tiger in us. [ILLUSTRATION...
Google Stories Contest.(PERPETUAL beta)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... Google Stories Contest Google Search Stories is an oddly compelling way to construct a narrative through search terms and phrases. So compelling, in fact, that Perpetual Beta is sponsoring a contest using it. Use Search Stories to tell a story...
American Libraries Direct.(american libraries magazine.org)
September 1, 2010... * American Libraries Direct Every Wednesday in your e-mail, AL Direct delivers the top stories of the week. Sign up free.
Find us on Facebook.(american libraries magazine.org)
September 1, 2010... * Find us on Facebook Now you can "like" our Facebook page and get online content delivered to your Facebook wall daily.
Our Authors, Our Advocates.(american libraries magazine.org)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... * Our Authors, Our Advocates Watch or read the full presentations from Marie Arana, Brad Meltzer, Sharon Draper, and Carmen Agra Deedy at the kickoff to ALA President Roberta Stevens's presidential initiative.
Hatian Librarians Describe Destruction.(INSIDE SCOOP)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... Hatian Librarians Describe Destruction At the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden, Francoise Thybulle, director of the National Library of Haiti, and Elizabeth Pierre-Louis, program director for the Foundation for...
Q&A for curious practitioners.(ASK the ala librarian)
September 1, 2010... New tips include valuable advice for working with authors and volunteers, filing, and the National Library Symbol.
From Alabama to the World.(AL focus)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... From Alabama to the World Actor-authors Kim Wayans and Kevin Knotts highlight a collection of new videos covering the BCALA National Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden, and...
In Their Own Words: Authors Unite in Library Advocacy Effort
September 1, 2010... Our Authors, Our Advocates" was launched at my Inaugural Banquet during Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., in June. I was deeply honored to have as my special guests four wonderful authors who spoke so eloquently. They were funny,...
September 1, 2010... CORRECTION: Leah L. White, author of the On My Mind, "Signage: Better None Than Bad" (AL, Aug., p. 23), is reader services librarian at Morton Grove (Ill.) Public Library. AL apologizes for the error.
I Love my Librarian nominations sought.(ALA)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... The deadline is September 20 for nominations in the 2010 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award contest. Library users nationwide are invited to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school,...
Friends urged to fill out a survey and win.(ALA)(Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... Friends of the Library groups nationwide are encouraged to complete an online survey posted at altaff.countingopinions.com, prepared by ALA's Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations (ALTAFF), in an effort to gather...
Committee volunteers for 2011-12 needed.(ALA)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... ALA President - elect Molly Raphael is encouraging members to volunteer for Association - wide and Council committees during the 2011-2012 appointment process, in her role as chair of both the Committee on Appointments and Committee on...
Kunitz home becomes Literary Landmark.(ALA)(Stanley Kunitz)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... The boyhood home of Pulitzer Prize--winning poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz in Worcester, Massachusetts, has been designated a Literary Landmark by ALA's Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations. ...
The Association's Associations: LITA
September 1, 2010... ATLANTA SITE OF 13TH FORUM The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) National Forum explores leading-edge technologies and their applications in all types of libraries while providing the networking benefits of a small...
Luncheon to feature King Award author.(ALA)(Vaunda Micheaux Nelson)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... Goretta Scott King Award - winning author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson will be the keynote speaker at the Bill Morris Memorial Author Luncheon during the 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium November 5-7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The symposium...
ALA events.(american library association)(Brief article)(Calendar)
September 1, 2010... Sept. 23-25: Association for Library Service to Children National Institute, Atlanta, ala.org/alsc. Sept. 25-Oct. 2: Banned Books Week, ala.org/bbooks. Oct. 17-23: Teen Read Week, ala.org/yalsa. Nov. 5-7: Young Adult Literature...
Free library advocacy training offered.(ALA)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... ALA's Public Library Association is offering a free interactive advocacy training course, "Turning the Page Online: Building Your Library - Community," to all ALA members through a $7.7-million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to...
New Banned Books publication available.(ALA)(Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom has released Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read, by Robert P. Doyle, executive director of the Illinois Library Association and a noted authority and frequent speaker on First Amendment rights and...
Teens to celebrate "Books with Beat".(ALA)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... Thanks in part to events like Teen Read Week (TRW), the annual literacy initiative of ALA's Young Adult Library Services Association, teen books can now enjoy unprecedented critical success and popularity. In addition, library use has...
Dollar General Invests in the American Dream
September 1, 2010... Through community partnerships, Wauconda (Ill.) Area Public Library developed Spanish - and English - language brochures, as well as a video that was posted to You-Tube. Housed in a brand - new doublewide trailer, the tiny Pinewoods branch of...
Google Wave Is All Washed Up
September 1, 2010... We called it a "paradigm shift" in online communication (AL, Nov. 3009, p. 28), anxiously awaited an invitation to use it in its beta release, showed it off to colleagues, used it to lay the groundwork for American Libraries' Perpetual Beta...
September 1, 2010... CANADA 1 Ottawa Public Library has installed two kiosks in the foyer of the Hunt Club-Riverside Community Centre that opszerate as popular-library vending machines. Believed to be a first in Canada, the machines are stocked with books and...
LC Unlocks Doors for Creators, Consumers with DMCA Exceptions
September 1, 2010... Mashup artists, smart-phone users, academics, and people who are visually impaired are all winners, thanks to the latest exceptions made by the Librarian of Congress to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Since its enactment in 1998, the...
Early Adopters Climb onto OCLC's Web-Scale Management Cloud
September 1, 2010... The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, are the first in line to go live with OCLC's much-hyped Web-scale Management Services (WMS) (AL, June/July 2009, p. 38), which moved from pilot phase to...
When Crisis Calls
September 1, 2010... I recently answered a call on ASK NYPL, the New York Public Library's telephonic and electronic reference line, from the New York City Police Department. A 16 - year - old girl was threatening to throw herself off the Verrazano - Narrows Bridge...
Birmingham Hosts Black Librarians' National Conference
September 1, 2010... The historic Magic City of Birmingham, Alabama, home of the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, opened its doors and down - home hospitality to some 400 attendees of the Black Caucus of the...
Newsmaker: Charles Ogletree
September 1, 2010... Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School professor and founder of Harvard Law's Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, serves as one of several celebrity honorary co-chairs of the American Library Association's Spectrum...
How the World Sees Us
September 1, 2010... "When I say 'library,' what's the first thing that comes to mind, other than books? Is it an old librarian? Card catalogs? That dusty smell that comes off rows and rows of paperbacks, some of which haven't been cracked open in years? Well, the...
By Any Other Name: Librarians Come with Almost as Many Titles as Books, and They Don't All Work in Libraries
September 1, 2010... So what do you do for a living?" she asked, pushing her comb through my dampened hair. It was an innocent question from a hair stylist, who by all outward appearances, seemed to be innocent herself. I know it's one of the first questions we...
Measuring E-Resource Use: Standards and Practice for Gauging Remote Usage
September 1, 2010... Over the years, librarians and researchers have studied the usage of books, journals, meeting rooms, photocopiers, programs, and just about any other resource or service libraries have chosen to provide. The reasons for doing so are simple:...
Who's in Charge Here? Libraries as Leaders in an Increasingly Leaderless Information Landscape
September 1, 2010... Lady Gaga is totally playing us. I mean, "Alejandro," a song that even ABBA couldn't get past the semifinals of the Eurovision Song Contest, a video that includes her wearing a machine - gun bra that Madonna would be embarrassed by... and it's...
Your Reality, Augmented: Location-Aware Mobile Technologies
September 1, 2010... Last time, I discussed QR codes and how they can link you to content that provides further information about an object. But what if you didn't have to put barcodes all over everything you wanted people to scan? What if all it took to get that...
September 1, 2010... Welcome to a showcase of the dynamic doers--a snapshot of those singled out by the American Library Association in 2010 for dedicating themselves to the profession, who have gone above and beyond, and whose contributions have been so significant...
Winning Grants: A Game Plan: How to Write Proposals That Work
September 1, 2010... Grant seeking is a marketing process. Simply stated, you define your library's need and sell it to one who can fund your project. Librarians are their own best grant-proposal writers. No outsider can write a proposal as effectively as a "library...
Reaching out to Undergraduates: Recruitment Via Internship: As Interns, Undergraduate Students Can Cultivate a Career in Library and Information Science and Technology
September 1, 2010... Most students don't know much about library science, but an internship working in the library helps them catch a glimpse of what librarianship is all about. When Noelle Rader, a junior at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, applied...
Early Literacy: A Sustainable Statewide Approach: A Coalition in Colorado May Serve as a Template for Other Regions to Establish Programs Critical to the Development of Our Youngest Citizens
September 1, 2010... Public libraries have maintained that they are significant in fostering children's literacy since the first children's section was established in the late 1800s. But in times of economic uncertainty, decision-makers find it easy to levy budget...
September 1, 2010... March 15 Kurt Bodling was named technical services librarian at Mount Vernon (Va.) Estate and Gardens.
September 1, 2010... March 1 Kathy Bradshaw was appointed human resources librarian at University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
September 1, 2010... August 31 Gary Branson became director of Marion (Ohio) Public Library.
September 1, 2010... September 30 Karyle Butcher will retire as head librarian at Oregon State University's Valley Library in Corvallis.
September 1, 2010... July 6 Amy Byrne be came adult services department manager at the Nichols branch of Naperville (Ill.) Public Library. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
September 1, 2010... At the end of July Beverly Cooper retired as director of Fleming County (Ky.) Public Library.
September 1, 2010... In June Helene Corlett retired as circulation desk supervisor and manager of local history services at Madison (N.J.) Public Library.
September 1, 2010... July 12 Jez Dene became library director of Portneuf District Library in Pocatello, Idaho.
September 1, 2010... June 18 Martha Esch retired as director of Kent (Mich.) District Library.
September 1, 2010... May 4 Joe Filapek became adult services department manager of the 95th Street branch of Naperville (Ill.) Public Library. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
September 1, 2010... Francena Goodine retired July 31 as director of Treat Memorial Library in Livermore Falls, Maine.
Keith Gorman.(Currents)(University of North Carolina)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... April 26 Keith Gorman joined the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as assistant head of special collections and university archives and digital collections coordinator, and July 1 David Gwynn was named the university's digital projects...
September 1, 2010... May 3 Sandy Hall became the young adult librarian for Morristown and Morris Township (N.J.) Library.
September 1, 2010... July 25 Leanne Hillery became cataloging and metadata services librarian at Old Dominion University Libraries in Norfolk, Virginia.
September 1, 2010... August 16 Arnold Hirshon was appointed university librarian at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
September 1, 2010... August 16 Kira Homo became electronic records archivist at the University of Oregon Libraries in Eugene.
September 1, 2010... July 27 Amy Kearns joined Middletown Township (N.J.) Public Library as assistant director and manager of adult services.
September 1, 2010... July 1 Katy Kelly was appointed communications and outreach librarian at the University of Dayton in Ohio.
September 1, 2010... July 1 Steve Knowlton became collection development librarian at the University of Memphis in Tennessee.
September 1, 2010... Virginia Tech Libraries in Blacksburg has named Charla Lancaster its first-ever director of assessment and library access services.
September 1, 2010... March 8 Michele Lee was appointed special collections librarian at Mount Vernon (Va.) Estate and Gardens.
September 1, 2010... July 7 Carol Levers was named director of the Kansas City (Kans.) Public Library.
September 1, 2010... July 30 Pam Link retired as children's librarian at Columbia (Ga.) County Library.
September 1, 2010... Tomas Lipinski will start as executive associate dean for the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University--Purdue University Indianapolis in January 2011.
September 1, 2010... July 14 Helen Lucas retired as library cataloger at Fairfield (Conn.) University.
September 1, 2010... Meribah Mansfield retired July 23 as director of Worthington (Ohio) Libraries.
September 1, 2010... September 27 Kelley McGrath will become metadata management librarian at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
September 1, 2010... The University Libraries at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg has named Rebecca Miller as college librarian for science, life sciences, and engineering.
John W. Hill.(CITED)(Urban Player for 2010 at the Urban Libraries Council Annual Membership meeting)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... John W. Hill, District of Columbia Public Library board president, was recently honored at the Urban Libraries Council Annual Membership meeting in Washington, D.C., as the Urban Player for 2010. The award recognizes individuals who have...
September 1, 2010... August 31 Kate Moore retired as manager of the Mount Pleasant (N.C.) branch of the Gannon Memorial Library.
September 1, 2010... July 30 Patrick Mullin retired as interim associate university librarian for collections and services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
September 1, 2010... July 19 Tara Murray became director of information services for the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.
September 1, 2010... July 19 Berit Nelson was named vice president of library relations for SirsiDynix in Provo, Utah. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
September 1, 2010... August 9 Jerome Offord became university librarian, department head for the library science program, and assistant professor at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.
September 1, 2010... August 9 Mary Page was appointed associate director for collections and technical services at the University of Central Florida Libraries in Orlando.
September 1, 2010... September 30 Susan Todd will retire as director of Athens-Limestone (Ala.) Public Library.
September 1, 2010... August 31 Jan Walsh retired as Washington state librarian.
September 1, 2010... June 1 Todd Walworth joined the Tennessee State Library and Archives as digital materials librarian.
September 1, 2010... December 31 Paul Whitney will retire as city librarian at Vancouver Public Library in British Columbia.
September 1, 2010... August 9 Ann Whitver became government documents librarian at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
September 1, 2010... Yan Xu recently became manager of the adult services department at the Naper Boulevard branch of Naperville (Ill.) Public Library. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
September 1, 2010... Sylvia Zasloff recently retired as head of the reference department at Paramus (N.J.) Public Library.
Jordan Mack.(At ALA)
September 1, 2010... August 13 Program Coordinator Jordan Mack left the American Association of School Librarians.
Chelsea McGorisk.(At ALA)
September 1, 2010... July 26 Chelsea McGorisk joined ALA as production editor in Production Services.
Aileen Ruane.(At ALA)
September 1, 2010... August 13 Aileen Ruane, registrar in the Member and Customer Service Center, left ALA.
Erwin Charles Burmeister.(Obituary)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... Erwin Charles Burmeister, 81, died July 21. He served as librarian in the public libraries of Milwaukee; Michigan City, Indiana; and Stockton, California, before joining the library of the University of the Pacific in Stockton as chief cataloger...
Anne Farley.(Obituary)(Brief article)
September 1, 2010... Anne Farley, 57, librarian at Bonny Eagle Middle School in Buxton, Maine, died July 14 after rescuing her granddaughter from a river current at Old Orchard Beach in Maine.