People have been commenting about the ironic juxtaposition of the two top stories in this week's edition of American Libraries Direct:
#1 Nebraska Auditor Cries Foul on Gaming: A 10-minute YouTube video posted by the Nebraska Library Commission to announce the purchase of Rock Band and Dance Dance Revolution resulted—roughly a year later—in an audit in which Nebraska Auditor of Public
In good times and bad times (like these tough economic times), anytime at all, libraries are the greatest resources there are. Everyone I know has fond memories of libraries. How wonderful it was (and still is!) to discover a book in the library. Some have fond memories of their childhood librarians, as well.
Back in January 1999, American Libraries published the first installment of Tom Hennen's HAPLR Index, ranking America's public libraries using statistics collected by the Federal-State Cooperative System (FSCS). We made the decision to publish Hennen's study based on our assessment of his research and the conclusion that the rankings would be useful to the libraries that came out on top.
ALA Affiliates are groups having purpose or interests similar to those of ALA or to ALA Divisions or Round Tables. These are formal relationships, based on Affiliation Guidelines. There are several benefits to being an ALA Affiliate. For more information, contact Alicia Bastl.
Below are the current ALA Affiliates.
The Freedom to Read Foundation has opened applications for the 2009 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, which will enable a library school student or new professional to attend ALA’s 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago. The recipient will attend various FTRF and other intellectual freedom programs at conference and write a report.
Kelly Quinn over at the NewLib list has put together a great feed of relevant job sites using ChangeDetection to track website changes as new postings appear. Currently it's tracking 373 library-job related sites and you can subscribe for RSS feeds.
ALA Council is the governing body of ALA. It delegates to the divisions of the Association authority to plan and carry out programs and activities with policy established by Council. Only personal members of the Association may serve on Council. Two meetings are required each year, one at the annual conference of the Association and one not less than three months prior to annual conference.
You have one week left to register for the best bargain in the Library World…the ALA Annual Conference, July 9-15, 2009 in Chicago, IL Where else can you get over 2000 sessions to choose from featuring cutting edge continuing education, distinctive discussion groups, provocative plenary sessions, an excellent exhibition and more networking than you can imagine?And it’s all yours for under $200 in all member categories if you register by Friday, March 6, 2009.
Look at the big value you get for this small amount:
Joining a round table is a great way to become involved in ALA. As you can see below, there are 17 round tables to become involved in. Most have publications and present programs during ALA Annual Conferences, so round tables are effective vehicles through which to express yourself. They also are a means for you to affect ALA policy, not only by helping to write policy, but also by having a voice on ALA Council.
Helen Snowden is currently a librarian with the Children’s Department at the Gloucester Township Branch of the Camden County Library System.As a recent graduate from Drexel University MLIS Program and a 2007 Spectrum Scholar recipient, librarianship is a career change for Mrs. Snowden.After a number of years in marketing she decided to pursue a passion that encompasses many of her talents.
What made you choose your field of focus, and when did you decide?