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Americans for Libraries Council (ALC) is a national nonprofit that advocates for libraries at the national level and develops and promotes programs aimed at realizing the potential of libraries in the 21st century. The Council believes that a national agenda is needed to help leverage the vast, varied and rapidly evolving capabilities of America's libraries and to reinvest in libraries as key assets for information literacy, opportunity and democracy.
This call from Rachel Singer Gordon has been posted on several lists (newlib, nexgenlib, NMRT-L ...). Here it is for any LISNewsters who might care to participate:
Hi all -
At ALA Annual this year, I had the chance to talk to ALA's new Membership Marketing Manager, John Chrastka. He's offered to answer your questions about ALA and its connection to younger librarians in an upcoming "NextGen" column in Library Journal. With all the discussion here about the benefits (or disappointments) of association membership, this is a great opportunity to get
your questions answered and your voices heard.
So, think about what you'd like an ALA rep to answer, and send your burning questions to me at rachel-at-lisjobs.com by next Friday, August 13. I'll pull out
the most representative to send on to John.
Feel free to pass this on to other appropriate lists/individuals as well.
Gary Price notes some News From The ALA where the ALAâ€™s Chicago office was hit by the Korgo.L worm. The virus flooded the internal network connections and rendered the network useless. ALA ITTS staff worked almost non-stop over the weekend, and as a result, they expect to have the network functioning on Tuesday.
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."
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.
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"
Anne writes "
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."
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 â€” 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."