On February 27th one of the most powerful earthquakes in history devastated a large part of Chile.  The earthquake, 240 miles southwest of the capitol of Santiago, and the 150 aftershocks extended over six regions, impacting over two million people and killing nearly 300 individuals.Many libraries have been damaged or destroyed. Initial reports from 200 libraries have found that nearly 50% have been damaged, and at least six completely destroyed by the earthquakes and the subsequent tsunami. READ MORE
One of the nation’s oldest law schools has just opened one of its two new facilities. The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law’s) new Lewis Katz Building, opened in January 2009, marks a new chapter in the school’s 175-year history.The 114,000 square-foot building is located on Penn State’s flagship campus in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State Dickinson has two campuses – one in University Park and one at Dickinson’s ancestral home of Carlisle – but operates as one enterprise with a single vision. The Carlisle campus is also building a new home around the venerable Trickett Hall, home to Dickinson’s Carlisle operations since 1918. The new Carlisle facility will open in January 2010. READ MORE
The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), an organization that advocates for improving the salaries and status of librarians and support staff, is sponsoring the second annual National Library Workers Day (NLWD) on Tuesday, April 12, during ALA-sponsored National Library Week (April 10-16).  NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers -  including librarians, support staff and others. READ MORE
Preserving the history of wheeled land transportation is the mission of the Detroit Public Library’s National Automotive History Collection (NAHC). The largest public automotive archive in the world, the NAHC is located on the second floor of the beautifully renovated Rose & Robert Skillman Branch in downtown Detroit. The Smith Group, successor firm to Smith Hinchman, and Grylls, the same architectural firm that designed the building in 1931, conducted the renovation. READ MORE
Liam Jose, Gabe Murrell and La’Quan Deen were crowned WrestleMania Reading Challenge world champions in the WrestleMania® Reading Challenge on March 27, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, and World Wrestling Entertainment®, with support from Mattel and DK Publishing.  As champions, Murrell, Jose and Deen won ringside seats to WrestleMania XVI at the University of Phoenix Stadium.Twenty-one regional winners in grades 5–12 from across the United States and Canada came to Phoenix as the guests of World Wrestling Entertainment. The national finals took place at the Phoenix’s Burton Barr Library the day before WrestleMania XVI.  WrestleMania Reading Challenge spokespeople WWE Superstars John Morrison and Kofi Kingston and WWE Divas the Bella Twins hosted the finals competition.  Nationally known teen author Will Weaver served as judge. READ MORE
It was not until the 1970s when Sidney Foster Graves Jr. (MA 71) took the helm at the Carnegie Public Library in Clarksdale that the Mississippi Delta town began to harness the power of its blues-rich heritage.Graves, founder of the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, died in 2005. Recently his daughter, Abby McCall of Mobile, Ala., donated a collection of his personal correspondence, awards, audio recordings and photographs to the world-renowned Blues Archive at The University of Mississippi’s J.D. Williams Library. McCall said she hopes that scholars will study the collection and learn of her father’s contributions to the blues legacy and to the state. READ MORE
Libraries and their communities were invited to a live Internet event, An Evening with Neil Gaiman, April 12. This event, which kicked off National Library Week (April 11-17), was coordinated by the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries and the Jessamine County (Ky.) Public Library (JCPL).As Honorary Chair of National Library Week, Gaiman, the 2009 Newbery Medal winner for The Graveyard Book, spoke to his lifelong love of libraries and the role they play in a democratic society by supporting intellectual freedom and privacy. Gaiman virtually joined a live audience at JCPL from the University of Minnesota using high definition videoconferencing technology supported by Internet2 to enable an interactive discussion with the author. Listen to Gaiman now! READ MORE
This April, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will observe the 25th Anniversary of School Library Month (SLM).School Library Month, is celebrated in conjunction with National Library Week (April 12-18). Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career. The 2010 theme is "Communities thrive @ your library." READ MORE
By Kim Woodbury, Family and Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Utah Libraries News, January 2008An impressive new library is under construction in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah—the Church History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The library is not scheduled to open until the summer of 2009, but here’s a sneak peek into this state-of-the-art building. READ MORE
Bookmobiles provide library service for children, older adults and ethnic communities all of whom either can’t travel to a bricks and mortar library or are unacquainted with the services a library offers. Bookmobiles are over a century old and began in the days of horse drawn carriages and nickelodeon theaters and well before computers, televisions or even home radios. Bookmobiles are the cheapest and easiest expansion a library system can ever make, without the expense or permanence of a building. Finally, bookmobiles can save library patrons gas money and help the environment, especially those Bookmobiles that run on biodiesel or have solar panels to illuminate the cabin or power the computers. READ MORE