I Love Libraries
Libraries are an important resource for our youth. Don't let them be without libraries! Watch the related video here.
The Lumberjack's Boxcar Library
The problem of getting books into the hands of readers has been solved in many ways over the centuries. Of course, one of my favorites is the bookmobile. A classic, and staple of rural life in the 20th Century. But in 1919, there was something else in the works to get books into the hands of the lumbermen in the employ of the Anaconda Copper Mining Co. The Anaconda company is one of those "too big to fail" sorts in the history of Montana-- it's name was apt. But that's not to say this wasn't a great idea.
Literary Landmark: Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
Partners: Missouri Humanities Council, ReadMOre Missouri, Hannibal Free Public Library
The Literary Landmark dedication of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum featured a performance by Dr. George Frein, distinguished scholar and living presenter who, as Mark Twain, talked about his life as a Mississippi River pilot. Dr. Frein also fielded questions from the audience afterwards, again as Twain.
Celebrate Hug Your Librarian Day
March 1st may or may not have been International Hug a Librarian Day. There’s some confusion online but librarians are too busy to keep up with fan clubs anyway. They don’t just find information, they also review, organize, assess, explain, figure out, calm small children, put up displays, run programs, read aloud, expand collections, apply laser-like focus to advance other people’s knowledge, and much more. Why limit librarian love to one day?
I have a chronic library habit myself. There are at least ten reasons to adore libraries and the professionals who make these places adoration-worthy, so we probably need a more than just a Hug A Librarian Day. Perhaps a commemorative week or month. I’m thinking year round.
ALA Philippines Library Relief Fund
The Philippines face a long path to recovery in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, on November 8, 2013. Libraries were not spared the wrath of the storm.The American Library Association is accepting donations from the United States for libraries in the Philippines. The Philippines Library Relief Fund will help to rebuild libraries and archives in the Philippines that were destroyed or damaged. Please make a tax deductible donation to help rebuild libraries in the Philippines.
Mobile Commons allows ALA to send text messages to a mobile list. From there, advocates can connect directly to their legislators simply by responding to the text. Mobile Commons also enables ALA to post click-to-call alerts on our webpages. The alert connects advocates, whether they're on the mobile list or not, to their legislator's office simply by entering their phone number on our page and clicking "call." Read more...
Community pulls together to help library
Faced with an ever-shrinking budget, Terri Gallagher, director of the Rochester Public Library, resorts to creative thinking to offset the losses in her attempt to keep the doors open.
Sometimes, she feels like a huckster peddling purses and jewelry, selling raffle tickets to Steelers' games, conducting paranormal investigations of the Civil War era building, and hosting Victorian teas or champagne poetry nights with Robert Frost.
Though a firm believer that library programs should be free, Gallagher realizes that additional income must be generated to continue existing programs, buy books and computers, pay staff and maintain the building on Adams Street.
Since she took over as director seven years ago, Gallagher said the Rochester library has lost about half its government funding, now operating on a $60, 000 annual budget, because of cuts at the state level and an eroding local tax base.
"That's huge," she said. "That's huge. Trying to make that up is so difficult."
The situation, however, is not unique to the Rochester library.
As many as 145 schools across the Los Angeles Unified School District may have closed their libraries, according to staffing numbers provided to KPCC in early December. The district said it does not have a tally of shuttered libraries, but figures show schools and the district have hired only a fraction of the library aides needed to operate libraries in every public school. The district has 457 elementary schools, but only 380 schools have at least a part-time library aide....
KPCC-FM, Pasadena, Calif., Dec. 2
A library assistant who lost her job in 2008 after she wrote a supposedly fictionalized tell-all was improperly awarded damages, a Maryland appeals court has ruled. Sally Stern developed her manuscript for The Library Diaries, written under the pseudonym Ann Miketa, while working at the Mason County (Mich.) District Library in Ludington. Her publisher, Publish America, canceled printing of the book after she was fired, fearing defamation lawsuits. After a three-day trial in 2010, the court had granted Stern damages, but those have now been rescinded....
Courthouse News Service, Nov. 27
It was one of the most dramatic thefts ever to hit the rare-book world, the disappearance of thousands of volumes—including centuries-old editions of Aristotle, Descartes, Galileo, and Machiavelli—from the Baroque-era Girolamini Library in Naples. And former Director Marino Massimo de Caro (right) is accused of being at the center of a black-market network. Now, prosecutors are trying to show how such a wholesale violation of Western cultural patrimony could have taken place....
New York Times, Nov. 29
Using a $3 million pledge from the Julien E. Marx Foundation Trust, the University of South Alabama in Mobile will renovate the third floor of its Marx Library to house both the university archives and the Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The McCall collection, acquired in the spring of 2011, is currently housed in the basement of USA’s Spring Hill Avenue campus. It includes more than one million documents dating from the late 18th century to the early 20th century and is one of the most important archival collections in the South....
Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register, Nov. 27
The Washington (Ill.) District Library and Morton (Ill.) Public Library are accepting personal items found during cleanup efforts following the destructive tornado of November 17. More than 200 personal papers and about 150 photos have been recovered and await their owners at the Morton library. The Fondulac District Library in East Peoria is offering free digitization of personal photos and scrapbooks to tornado victims in order to preserve an image in case of further decay. Library services company Tech Logic has donated hundreds of flash drives to aid the process....
Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star, Nov. 23; Tech Logic, Nov. 21
In a storage unit somewhere in Philadelphia, 140,000 VHS tapes sit packed into four shipping containers. Most are hand-labeled with a date between 1977 and 2012. These tapes are the life work of Marion Stokes (right), a former librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia who built an archive of network, local, and cable news, in her home, one tape at a time, recording every major (and trivial) news event until the day she died in 2012 at the age of 83. The Internet Archive plans to digitize them and make them available online....
Salon, Nov. 22; Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 21, 2012
After five years of planning, a new statue of President Abraham Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address was placed on the stairs outside the Adams County Library in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 22. The 800-pound statue sits less than a mile from the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, near where Lincoln gave his famous address in 1863. The new bronze Lincoln is the work of Salt Lake City artist Stanley Watts....
Hanover (Pa.) Evening Sun, Nov. 25
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United for Libraries to host webinar on "Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success
For Immediate Release
April 15, 2013
Contact: Jillian Kalonick
PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present the free webinar “Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success” from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 30.
This webinar will be led by Jeffrey Smith, director of public affairs for Humanim and president of the Foundation for Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library (BCPL). Participants will learn the basics of government/legislative advocacy and understand the 12 steps necessary to be an effective advocate for library issues when meeting with key decision-makers. Additionally, a case study in successful advocacy for library related funding will be presented. The webinar is geared toward trustees, friends, foundation members and staff members. This webinar is co-sponsored by ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy.
Jeffrey Smith is a member of the Baltimore County Board of Library Trustees and the Board of Directors of Citizens for Maryland Libraries. He secured two separate $250,000 state appropriations in support of BCPL’s nationally-recognized “Storyville” children’s libraries. He writes a monthly column focused on advocacy and messaging for libraries that appears in Library Journal. Additionally, he writes a biweekly column covering general library issues for Public Libraries Online. He presently serves United for Libraries as division liaison to ASCLA and as a member of the Newsletter & Web Advisory Committee. He also serves on ALA’s Legislation Assembly.
The webinar is free; registration is limited to 100. This webinar will be presented with Internet audio only. You will need a computer with speakers or headphones as well as Internet access. United for Libraries members can access a recording of the webinar after April 30. For more information and to register, visit http://ala.adobeconnect.com/advocacy-state/event/registration.html.
United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) supports the efforts of advocates seeking to improve libraries of all types by developing resources, a peer-to-peer advocacy network, and training for advocates at the local, state and national level. In order to achieve this goal, OLA works closely with the Public Information Office, the Chapter Relations Office, the Office for Government Relations, and other ALA units involved in advocacy on behalf of particular types of libraries or particular issues, in order to help better integrate these efforts into the overall advocacy planning and strategies of the association. OLA also works to cultivate future leadership in order to sustain the advocacy efforts of the association.