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Progressive Librarians Guild Calls for Elsevier to End Corrupt Publishing Practices

Progressive Librarians Guild Calls for Elsevier to End Corrupt Publishing Practices and for Library Associations to Take Advocacy Role on Behalf of Scientific Integrity

Progressive Librarians Guild. May 12, 2009.
Drafted by Progressive Librarians Guild Coordinating Committee members and approved by the Progressive Librarians Guild
Coordinating Committee May 12, 2009.

In Hernando County,This is the kind of compromise we're forced to make when we decide we hate taxes more than we love democracy.

Dan DeWitt, St. Petersburg Times:
Hernando [county, Florida] officials weigh library offer from LSSI, a Maryland for-profit company...."this is the kind of compromise we're forced to make when we decide we hate taxes more than we love democracy."

Here there were Library Science Libraries.

Once library school libraries were gathering places for future librarians and most colleges or universities with LIS programs had subject bibliographers for the field. There was a Discussion Group in the ALA Library Education Division that was active and even published the proceedings of an Institute on the Role of the Library School Library in Education for Librarianship, May 2-4, 1971. The group moved from LED to ACRL and changed its name to“Librarians and Information Science Discussion Group” in 1999. It is now called the ACRL Library and Information Science (LIS) Collections Discussion Group and has an electronic discussion list for librarians who work with LIS collections and/or serve users in the area of LIS.
The Columbia School of Library Service closed in 1990 but its holdings can be remembered through the Dictionary catalog of the library of the School of Library Service Columbia University, 1962 [ followed in 1976 by a four-volume supplement.] Those buckram beauties of bright red filled with catalog entries done at the Mother Church were the object of wonder to those of us studying library science in the hinterlands.
Now the largest LIS collection in the U.S., the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has announced the end of its physical manifestation on May 15, 2009.

"Little Old Librarians" will Get Dewey Deprivation Heart Attack says FL Sen. R. Storms

Florida Sen. Ronda Storms [R-Valrico] railed against the book-cataloging system during a budget hearing on state library aid, calling the Dewey Decimal System “anachronistic,” costly and just plain frustrating.
More at Librarian.

Buy Some Damn Books

The publishing industry is in difficult times. So, as John Scalzi says, "Buy some damn books."


Florida Justice Forum by a librarian in South Florida--posts essays dealing with a variety of social justice issues that affect the Florida community and the rest of the world. These essays can be argumentative, rhetorical, educative, poetic or related to current events.

Five-Alarm Sexy Librarian

Sarah Hepola writing in Salon about about a photo of Tina Fey on the cover of Vanity Fair characterizes it as"five-alarm sexy librarian mode."

Iowa City, Iowa, is the World’s Third City of Literature

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Iowa City joins Edinburgh, Scotland, and Melbourne, Australia, as UNESCO Cities of Literature. .
The panel of experts that evaluated the application of Iowa City recognized this University town’s unique profile as a creative writing and reading centre with impressive history of literary accomplishments. The community’s strategic commitment to literary culture through the diversity of grassroots initiatives, such as the Iowa’s Writers Workshop and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, was highly regarded as an instructional model and inspiration for other small cities to promote local economic and socio-cultural development through creative industries.
--I hope the U.S. library community becomes more connected to UNESCO. See tags for UNESCO at Librarian.

Palin Book Banning List Called "false" at Snopes.

Snopes discredits the list of books that were alleged to have been suggested for banning by Governor Palin.
The list was posted on the ALA Council Discussion list on September 7, 2008 where members noted incorrect facts.

The discredited list is a red herring. The real issue is book banning. Librarians should fact-check.

VP candidate Palin Compared to Naughty Librarian

Governor Sarah Palin's selection as Senator John McCain's running mate has gotten the prosaic cliche writers in a tizzy. She's compared to a librarian in many news pieces. See Naughty Librarian vibe.

University of Illinois-Chicago Archives of CAC to ReOpen

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library announced today that its archive of documents from the Chicago Annenberg Challenge will be available on August 26, 2008.
On August 19,2008 the University of Illinois had refused to release records relating to Barack Obama’s service to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a nonprofit group linked to former 1960s radical activist William Ayers.
The University’s Chicago campus said the donor of the records that document the work of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge had not yet turned over ownership rights to the material.

National Review's "Investigation" of Documents Housed in the Richard J. Daley Library

Libraries are large and complex organizations. The communications made to Stanley Kurtz, National Review (NRO) contributing editor by staff of the University of Illinois – Chicago (UI-Chicago) about the availability of the requested collection, especially comments by a part-time graduate student, are not prima facie evidence of a coverup or conspiracy. Rather, the allegations provide evidence on the state of one specialized collection in a large library with millions of individual items that is not intimately known in its entirety at the initial points of public contact.
Details here and here.

$250K Donations to Bush Library for Access

A lobbyist with close ties to the White House is offering access to key figures in George W Bush’s administration in return for six-figure donations to the private library being set up to commemorate Bush’s presidency.

Civil Liberties Benefit from Paul Verhaeghen's Art

Paul Verhaeghen has won this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for his novel _Omega Minor_, published by Dalkey Archive Press.
Verhaeghen is donating the £10,000 award to the ACLU.
Read more.

2008 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro Mexican freelance journalist and head of a centre that helps abused women in Cancun is the Laureate of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

--Kathleen de la Peña McCook

Laura Bush

How can Laura Bush be the wife of George and a librarian?

Librarian's Garden

Librarian's Garden.

Jack Milroy
London, England, 1999
Height 26 cm x width 38 cm x depth 38 cm
NAL pressmark: 805.AA.0001
Milroy acknowledges influences from Picasso and Max Ernst, and his work shares some of the inventiveness of the former and the humour of the latter. 'Librarian's garden' is a beautifully evocative piece which uses the book form as both container and liberator.

Amsterdam World Book Capital Starts April 21, 2008.

UNESCO’s granting of the title of World Book Capital to Amsterdam presents the city with a unique opportunity to reaffirm its reputation as a refuge for free speech and the written word, and to highlight its international renown as a literary hub. Amsterdam World Book Capital wants to inspire and propagate dialogue about the freedom of expression and has chosen to do this by adopting the ‘Open Book’ theme as its guiding principle. Amsterdam: a place of refuge for free speech and the written word.

Future of Literary Culture

The Future of Literary Culture
by Harold Augenbraum

So will kids who have been brought up on Facebook, Google, Amazon, Narrative, and Fandango stop reading? I hope not. What will be interesting is to see how literature itself changes as that generation comes of age and begins to write its literary work, where it will get its book recommendations, and, perhaps most important, how will be participate in literary culture.

--more at Librarian.

Sit in For Library Services in Victoria

A mother and her three children occupy the Labour Relations Board and have a story time while one of the officials asks them to move their storytiime elsewhere. The mother asks, "Do you have the keys to the library?

Go HERE and click CHEK news on the right and then type "library" in the search box to see drama and action on behalf of the Greater Victoria Public Library workers of CUPE 410.

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