Library Juice 5:4

I seldom plug my publication here, but this week\'s issue of Library Juice deserves mention, because it contains a good portion of the intellectual product that came out of the first ALA meeting following Sept. 11th. Contents include a report to SRRT by Al Kagan on the ALA Council meetings, the text of the resolutions (and a statement) brought by SRRT to ALA Council, an essay by Mark Rosenzweig on why war issues are library issues, the text of the IFRT/IFC resolution regarding the war that was passed by ALA Council (which I believe has already appeared here), a link to a collection of photos Howard Besser took in New Orleans, links to the two most recent SRRT newsletters, and lots of other good stuff. It is a very SRRT-y issue, because that\'s who I spend the bulk of my time with at conferences. Library Juice is often not this political, but I like it when it is.


Campaign for America\'s Libraries Update

John W. Berry writes:\"@ your library, The Campaign for America\'s Libraries, has just wrapped up its first year, and what a year it has been! The Campaign for America\'s Libraries continues to present opportunities for libraries of all types across the country- public, school, academic and special -- to remind the public that libraries are changing and dynamic places of opportunity that bring you the world.

Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of the campaign is the level of participation we\'ve seen. Libraries in all 50 states were involved in the campaign before it even kicked off to the public during National Library Week last April with the help of First Lady Laura Bush.


Freedman Reports To The ALA

Mitch Freedman writes :\"Dear Colleagues:
Attached is the slightly revised version of my report to the Executive
Board, and by extension to the Association.

Following is a review of significant events and initiatives since
I was
informed of my election, May 3rd, 2001, as President-Elect of the
American Library Association.

Below you can read his thoughts on The Annual Meeting for 2001, The IFLA Conference, Cuba Resolution, Bob McKee and the Pay Equity Issue, Anti-terrorism Bill and much more...


Why Vote for Mitch Freedman?

I asked all three ALA candidates one simple, final question. Why should we vote for them.
Here is his answer:
\"From my teen days as a page at the Newark [N.J.] Public Library through the years at U.C. Berkeley\'s School of Librarianship & the Free Speech Movement, the Library of Congress, Hennepin County Library, New York Public Library, Columbia University\'s library school, and the Westchester Library System (WLS), I have fought for free access and information equity. Today, as our libraries face laws mandating filters, the loss or privatization of government information, a growing digital divide, and the outsourcing of library service and management, we need a strong ALA more than ever.\"

Plenty more, so read on...


Why Vote for Ken Haycock?

I asked all three ALA candidates one simple, final
question. Why should we vote for them. Ken was the
first and only one to respond so far. Here is his

\"The only person who decides who should be
president of the American Library Association is you,
the member and voter. You need to decide first what
you expect from the person you elect as president. If
you read no further, I would ask that you at least check
out my web site\"

Pleanty more, so read on.....


Maurice J. Freedman Answers Your Questions

Mitch Freedman\'s answers to you questions from a
couple months ago have come in. You can read them

In case you missed the first two, or need to refresh
your memory before you send in your ballot:

Ken Haycock\'s answers.

William Sannawald\'s Answers

Also, you can expect final words from all three
candidates, right here, towards the end of the week.


The Role of Canadian Libraries in the Canadian Way

Cabot passed along this PDF File. It was passed around the Canadian Govt. on Government Advocacy Day.
They cover all the good reasons why Canada needs a new National Library [even more than they need Krispy Kreme\'s], and how the folks in Canada will win big with a new library. The old one sounds like it\'s quite a mess.


Interview with Mitch Freedman, ALA Presidential Candidate

I interviewed ALA Presidential Candidate Mitch Freedman for Library Juice and published it this week. It\'s fairly long, and worth reading if you are trying to decide whom to vote for. I am supporting Mitch, and I hope it is not an abuse of my posting privileges to publicize an essentially supportive interview. It is informative though - by reading it you may decide you like him or don\'t like him (though I think you will like him). I have no plans to interview the other candidates. The interview is here:


Boycott of ALA Marriott Conference Headquarters

If you like ALA controversies, try this one relating to their decision to use the Marriott Hotel near Moscone Center in San Francisco as the headquarters hotel for this year\'s annual conference. The decision was made quite a while ago, but not before it was widely known that Marriott was under a boycott for labor troubles. The boycott is endorsed by many important groups city officials, including the Mayor. Read on for an open letter regarding this situation.



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