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.


Ken Haycock Answers Your Questions

Ken Haycock was the second ALA Presidential Candidate to ring in with the answers to your questions. The questions are bolded, followed by the answers.

I was overwhelmed with the number of questions I received from librarians in the US and from around the world (the total was somewhere around 50). Normally I am lucky to get 10 responses to a call for submissions from people, so this seems to be an important topic for the LISNews audience. I chose what I felt were the best ones, omitted the duplicates (most popular were questions on pay and image), and ran them through a spell checker. What you see are the unedited questions I received, more or less in the order I received them.
I did move the very first question to the first position in this list, it struck me as being the simplest question, but yet the hardest question to answer. They were free to answer or ommitt any of the questions. I removed the names to protect the innocent, and did not number the questions.

Why should I continue to pay my dues and remain a
member of the ALA?
ALA serves well the continuing education needs of
members and support for defending issues of importance to
libraries and librarians. The programs, journals and collegiality
of ALA have always been beneficial to me from the time I joined
27 years ago. While I believe that ALA is an important, even
critical, association for our profession and institutions I
cannot answer this question for another. There is a plethora of
library associations while strength comes in numbers, focus and
At present, ALA throws the weight of its considerable
influence into absolute opposition of filters in all libraries.
Doesn\'t this make its claim to favor a local library solution on
this issue somewhat disingenuous? In the upcoming battle to
challenge mandated filters for libraries receiving E-rate
discounts, wouldn\'t the ALA\'s position be stronger if it really
did promote a local solution by taking a more balanced approach
that recognizes the ethical complexities of the problem?

I have written extensively on this subject [Bowker Annual three
years in a row] and conducted research on it as well [reported in
School Library Journal and elsewhere]. I do not favor blocking
access to information and ideas for anyone, especially using
flawed software. Although I support ALA\'s stand on filtering, I
do believe that more support should have been provided earlier
for public libraries to develop programs with their citizens to
encourage community-based decision-making. My preference, and the
evidence, favors education and programming over filtering.

Do the candidates support the ideas about the need for
a re-introduction of national public library standards supported
by the American Library Association as I urged in my March 2000
article in American Libraries?



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