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Archives for June 2008

Columbia’s Neal on Section 108 Study Group: Content Providers Digging In

By Norman Oder What about digital ILL? Internet Archive a “cloud” over deliberations Congressional hearings may be coming This spring, the Section 108 Study Group, chartered in 2005 to inform legislative changes to update the Copyright Act’s exception for libraries and archives, delivered its long-awaited report, and as LJ reported, it remains unclear whether or […]

Gearing Up for LSTA Reauthorization in 2009, Librarians Seek Flexibility

By Norman Oder Advocates seek $680,000 state grant base Librarians in the field want more money for training ALA says separate construction grant program under discussion Librarians certainly value the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the major federal program supporting libraries, but, when the law goes through reauthorization beginning in 2009, they’d sure like […]

The World According to ALA’s Sheketoff: How To Lobby for What You Need

By Lynn Blumenstein Know who makes the financial decisions; get to know them Explain what could be done with the resources you deserve Make alliances; don’t let up until the check clears Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, gave a standing-room audience the lowdown on “Lobbying for Operational Expenses” […]

At Session on the Future of Libraries, a Sense of Urgency

By Norman Oder The “ideas business” “Nancy Pearl on steroids” Social discovery services can help It was billed as just a beginning of a look at the future of libraries, but panelists at an American Library Association (ALA) annual conference session in Anaheim, CA, Saturday sure had a lot to say about how libraries and librarians […]

ALA Annual Conference Attendance of 21,063 Represents Lag from 2007

By Norman Oder Attendance for the 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, as of yesterday, was 21,063, including 15,436 registrants and 5627 exhibitors, reported ALA executive director Keith Fiels this morning. That compares to 26,846 at the same juncture during the 2007 conference in Washington, DC, and 16,309 during the 2006 conference […]

Recruitment of African American Men a Priority at ALA Conference Session

By Lynn Blumenstein Only .5% of all librarians are African American men Recruitment can begin with love of reading or Internet lure We all have to sell our profession Those who attended “An Endangered Species: The Black Male Librarian,” a session at the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference yesterday in Anaheim, might have been […]

LJ’s Paraprofessional of the Year Takes It in Stride

By Norman Oder Public service ethic Daily enthusiasm “I’m just doing my job.” LLSR—Librarians Love Steve Roskoski, LJ’s 2008 Paraprofessional of the Year, and why shouldn’t they? “He’s the library assistant you dream of,” enthused Laural Winter of Multnomah County Library, Portland, Or, where Roskoski began volunteering at 10 and has worked since graduating from […]

At SPARC Forum, News of the University of California's Open Access Near Miss

By Norman Oder   UC’s OA plan bogged down in complicated opt-outs Harvard’s key: “best interest of the faculty” Harvard Med School may be next We all know that the Harvard University Faculty of Arts & Sciences (FAS) passed a pioneering Open Access (OA) mandate this February, but a lot of us didn’t know that […]

American Library Association Conference 2008, Anaheim, CA: Before,During, and After Coverage from Library Journal

Postcoverage | Live Coverage | Precoverage Photos and Videos from ALA: Flickr | YouTube Now Playing: At the reception for Library of the Year Laramie County Library System, WY, LJ‘s Norman Oder talks to Laramie County Commissioner Jack Knudson about the community’s embrace of the library. POSTCOVERAGE LJ News online, 7/15/08: TitlePlayer: New Preloaded Audiobook […]

ULC Kicks Off ALA 2008 with Fast Forward Conference

By LJ Staff Urban Library Council aims to push faster library innovation Looks at three-to-five year cycles John Seely Brown (“Innovation at the Edge”) leads session For more ALA coverage, check LibraryJournal.com/ALA2008 In a heady, challenging day-long program June 26, preceding the American Library Association Conference in Anaheim, the Urban Libraries Council brought together some 200 library […]