Stevens, Oliver seek 2011 - 2012 ALA presidency

Stevens, Oliver seek 2011 - 2012 ALA presidency: Roberta Stevens and Kenton L. Oliver are candidates for the 2011-2012 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

Stevens is currently outreach projects and partnerships officer at the Library of Congress and project manager for the National Book Festival.

Oliver recently completed his fourth year chairing the ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee. An elected member of the Freedom to Read Foundation board, he is a former Kansas Chapter Councilor to the ALA council as well as a past member of the ALA Executive Board.


The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques Announces New Executive Director

(Ottawa, September 12, 2008) The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Moore to the position of Executive Director.

Kelly, a Canadian librarian, comes to the Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques from her position as Membership Manager for the International Federation of Library Associations in The Hague.

For the past eighteen months, Kelly has been seconded to Library and Archives Canada as a Special Projects Officer.


Kenney: It's time for ALA to set its journals free

Brian Kenney: "librarians are the most vocal advocates for open access to journal content—except, apparently, when it’s their own publications. I suspect this is because of ALA’s outdated, carrot-on-the-end-of-the-stick, publishing model: keep the publications locked away as the supreme benefit of membership. "

Finally, there is common sense. If you want your content to be used, then readers need to be able to discover it through a search engine and read it in a click. Or find it in their feed aggregator. We need to be able to forward it, post our disagreements with it, blog about it, and have it pushed to us on Facebook. It must, in short, be integrated into our professional lives. Or else it becomes irrelevant, no matter how good it might be.

Information Specialist as Detective Contest

The Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services (CASLIS) invites Canadian information specialists to explore their creative side and apply their skills to solve a mystery.

To enter the contest, we want you to create an information specialist (be it librarian, records manager, archivist, knowledge management consultant, or whoever) who makes use of their professional skills to turn detective. You don't need to write the entire novel. Just give us:

* A title
* An outline plot summary
* An extract

The total length of the entry (including the title, summary and extract) should be no more than 500 words long. Entries will be judged on their entertainment value and the inventive use they make of our specialist skills rather than their potential interest to a literary agent.

Entries will be reviewed by a jury composed of librarians and mystery writers. The winner will be awarded a $50 gift certificate from a mystery bookstore. The jury members are:

* Evette Berry, Calgary Public Library
* Ross Gordon, Director, RCMP Library and Canadian Police College Library
* Mary Jane Maffini, mystery writer and lapsed librarian

All submissions will be published in the October 2008 edition of Special Issues: Bulletin of the Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services. Members of the Canadian Library Association will be invited to vote for the winner of a People's Choice Award who will receive a $25 gift certificate from a mystery bookstore.

Ain't Love Grand?

The Romance Writers Association has announced the names of the 2008 winners of the Rita and Golden Hearts Awards. Congratulations to the winners.

In the event you're not a romance reader, the website has a special page for librarians with the nitty-gritty on the genre...could be a patron is seeking out a paranormal romance?

ALA President Stepping Down, Offers Final Book Recommendations

Soon to be the former President of ALA, regular NPR guest Loriene Roy shares highlights from her time leading the organization, what the future holds for her and one final list of suggested literary "musts" for the inquiring mind. Here's the nine-minute interview on NPR.

ALA - Fun but too big

Hi All,

Last week I vacationed at ALA prior to a visit with my Dad. I've written up a few sessions over at Free Government Information.

It was great to meet people and match names to faces and to hook up with people that I'd previously met at govdocs conferences that I don't get to any more.

But it was just so big! I missed so many people that I would have liked to have met. And then I had to pass up invites for things that would have involved 4 hours plus driving (hi Stephen K).

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Should Librarians Rely on Associations for Technology Guidance?

Eric Schnell wonders Should Librarians Rely on Associations for Technology Guidance?

The shelf life of technology has gotten so short that I not so sure I should expect any professional association to provide me with guidance. While annual meetings are a great place to hear about emerging technologies, I believe it should be a part of every librarian's continuous learning process to explore themselves (using tools such as RSS and blogs!) and no longer wait patiently for an annual meeting to hear about them. One needs to find out for themselves how these tools can be used in their daily lives and not wait for someone else to tell them

Authors talk about libraries for Ireland's library week

Booker Prize winner Anne Enright is just one of the authors who talk about their favourite libraries on Library Ireland Week's website at Joseph O'Connor talks about his time at the NYPL while John Boyne says he prefers books to the net.


Beyond Mediocre; or thoughts on running for ALA Council

Christopher Harris Writes About why he's running for Council.

Though it will be a rough road that will need to be mapped as we proceed, I do think we are on the right road in seeking positive changes that maintain the position of libraries as centers for all types of information. As Godin reminds us in a phrase that mirrors Berry’s concerns about the devaluation of library services: “If it were any other way, it would be easy. And if it were any other way, everyone would do it and your work would ultimately be devalued [Godin].” For our work as librarians not to be devalued, we need to change. And, ALA Council must change.


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