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Great news from ALA today:
To help the libraries in the Gulf region that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the American Library Association has set up an â€˜Adopt a Library Program.â€™ The program provides an opportunity for libraries of all types in the US to provide assistance to the libraries in need.
Support may come in many ways (books, computers, fundraising, volunteers, etc.)
Kathleen writes "Derrie Perez, past-president of the Florida Library Association and Dean of the Library System at the University of South Florida announces that a special edition of Florida Libraries , " Common Threads : Highlighting Collaborations Between Florida Libraries and Museums and Other Cultural Organizations" is on the FLA website."
Fresno State News reports that Michael Gorman will be doing more than picking on bloggers, laughing at the PATRIOT ACT and dismissing technology over the next year. Last week's Lehrer News Hour was first â€“ but wonâ€™t be the last â€“ media spotlight on Gorman. He also has met with journalists and editors of Governing magazine, the McClatchy Group of newspapers, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, USA Today and Cox newspapers to discuss, among other things, the USA Patriot Act, reading and literacy, the library as space, and digitization projects.
They say as president he's very concerned about the situation of school libraries. Another priority is improving librarian education, specifically "whether there will be an adequate supply of new librarians to replace those of my generation as we retire."
Note To Boomers: The world will continue to spin when you're gone. We'll miss your stories about Woodstock, J.F.K., and what it was like when you went to library school, but we'll somehow manage to keep those libraries open without you.
Here's An Interesting Post From Caveat Lector, and One More, And Another, all on the ALA's new President, Michael Gorman. The eclectic librarian and the Free Range Librarian, The Librarian In Black, TangognaT, have similar, negative, thoughts as well. They all seem to agree, Gorman is bad for the ALA.
Though Karen Says "Don't Agonize, Terrorize."
Daniel writes "A recent announcement on the ALA-Chapters Relations Office List documents the mediocre turnout in the current ALA Election (see below):
Voter turnout under 20% that has lasted weeks is 'apathy incarnate'. If this is the way we vote in our association election, let's be less judgmental about people who aren't voting in local, state, and national elections." -- Read More
Anonymous Patron sent in this Library Journal alert on the ALA leadership.
Michael Gorman, president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA), has stepped down just months before assuming office. "It was the blog people, they did it," said RLG's Walt Crawford.
I liked the Laura Bush story better, but I guess I'm biased.
David H. Rothman writes "Many clueful librarians voted for Michael Gorman because they worried about the future of books and sustained thought in the era of McInformation--they laudably cared about the basics. But could ALA's president-elect himself be a threat to culture by not understanding the potential of electronic preservation? Is he really fit to lead ALA, given his vision deficit and the lack of professionalism that he showed in an anti-ebook article in the Los Angeles Times and his anti-blog rant in Library Journal? -- Read More
Is disdain the best way to criticize problems with the blogosphere?
Furthermore, Gorman says:
Rest assure that my views on 'blogs' have nothing to do with my activities as ALA president-elect or president. I merely air my views and believe that everyone (including me) has a right to speak in any way they wish and that others have a right to respond.
For those of you in communities where library services are threatened, the American Library Association has updated its "Campaign to Save America's Libraries" toolkit. Included are talking points, articles, and PR tools.
Everyone loves libraries, but libraries can't live on love alone. The Campaign to Save Americaâ€™s Libraries provides new, easy-to-use and customizable tools for library advocates. Please join this important grassroots effort.