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Jessamyn's take on the ALA/Walgreens "Partnership"

An Anonymous Patron sends "us a link to Jessamyn's ALA council list posts about the controversial partnership between ALA and Walgreens which came together as a way to inform patrons about the new prescription drug card."

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American Library Association and Borders Form Partnership

News That The American Library Association (ALA) will work with Borders Group to kick off summer reading during the Borders Summer Reading Benefit Weekend, June 4-6.

During the benefit weekend, Borders will offer a discount to ALA members and library staff and users of 10 percent off their total purchases. To qualify for this discount, individuals must present a copy of the coupon found online at www.bordersstores.com/ala. Borders will donate a portion of these sales to support ALA's library advocacy efforts.

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Berman, Horrocks named ALA honorary members

InfoWhale writes "Here is the official, extended press release from ALA on its recent tribute given to two leading library people - Horrocks and Berman. Sandy greatly corrected the official, shorter one that was posted in January during the ALA conference - thus making it much more descriptive of his actual contributions. I wrote my own reaction to the shorter press release, calling it "The Three Continents of Sandy Berman" since the original talked about Horrocks influence on three continents. Sandy asked me not to distribute it - but now I won't have to.
http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=news&templ ate=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentI D=56190"

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ALA cheers proposed Federal Budget

The American Library Association has released a statement praising the proposed 2004 Federal Budget. In particular, the statement cheers a proposed 11% rise for the Library Services and Technology Act(LSTA). The Literacy Through School Libraries Program funding will remain approximately the same as last year.
Dr. Carla Hayden, President of ALA, says the increased funding would allow "libraries to expand important community services to our many patrons".

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ALA makes voter registration deal

Anne writes "

A letter
posted at PUBLIB yesterday says that ALA has made a deal with a firm named Working Assests to have people come to their public library to register to vote. ALA will receive a fee for each registration made on the site through a library. No mention of what the library will get besides more demands for internet access. We do have a lot of people who come to our library desk and ask IF they are registered to vote, many on Election Day because they can't get through to the Board of Elections office."

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Librarians for Castro

David Goldman writes "...while the the American Library Association (ALA), with its more than 64,000 members are protesting provisons of the Patriot Act (and by inference Atty Gen. John Ashcroft), they are ignoring a much more pressing human rights issue. The organization refuses to condemn Fidel Castro for sending to his gulag, for prison terms of up to 28 years, 10 independent Cuban librarians — who were included among the 75 independent journalists, union organizers, economists, human rights workers and other dissidents who were rounded up. The librarians resist the dictator's censorship of ideas, as do all those captured in the raids." Read the article here."

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ALA President among Ms.'s "Women of the Year"

misseli writes "From ALA's Public Information Office:

Ms. Magazine has selected ALA President Carla Hayden as one of its ten "Women of the Year" for 2003. She was honored today at a luncheon at the National Press Club.

Other honorees this year: Dr. Sima Samar, Martha Burk, Salma Hayek, Joan Blades, Loune Viaud, Pamela Thomas Graham, Niki Caro, Eileen Fisher and Jessica Neuwirth."

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ALA-APA director named

misseli writes: "According to a press release issued Nov. 26, ALA's Allied Professional Association now has a head: Jenifer Grady has been appointed Director, effective December 22nd.

From the release:

"I expect Jenifer will be exactly the kind of fighter we need to improve the salary
and status of library workers," said Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman, ALA Immediate Past
President and chair, ALA-APA Salaries and Status Committee. "The committee was
impressed with her energy, enthusiasm and the depth of commitment she has applied to
every aspect of her professional and volunteer work.""

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Membership and privacy

Jessamyn pointed the way to to EmmaJane.net and This Post on her ALA membership.
They "rented" her name to outside organizations without her consent. She notes Annual the ALA talked about privacy and how important it was for individuals to be able to come to the library and read without fear.

"Privacy. Get a clue people--my name and address are PRIVATE unless I explicitly tell you they are not. Do you not understand what you said at your own conference?"

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Squaring off over Cuban libraries

The debate within ALA over Cuban libraries makes it to the New York Times:

In one of the last places you might expect a debate over free expression is the American Library Association, the world\'s oldest and largest organization of its kind and a longtime champion of open access to information. But when the subject is as politically charged as Cuba, anything is possible.

So during the association\'s annual conference in Toronto, which ended Wednesday, a little cultural cold war broke out among members over what are known as independent libraries in Cuba . . . to some members, the association has been ignoring the repression of their colleagues and the cause of intellectual freedom; to others, a small group has been trying to hijack the organization to pursue an anti-Castro agenda.

Complete article (registration required).

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