Announcements

Largest library-based book festival begins with "Stone Reader"

Steve Fesenmaier writes "The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County was chosen as the finest public library by Library Journal several years ago. Their Novello Festival is the largest of its kind in the country. This year it will begin with a showing of the landmark film THE STONE READER, introduced by its director, Mark Moscovitz.
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A Librarian Is Making a Big Noise

Steve Fesenmaier writes points us to The NYTimes and another story on the now famous, Nancy Pearl, the model for a librarian action figure ("With amazing push-button shushing action!").

"Is this dowdy? Do I look dowdy?" Nancy Pearl asked as she took the stage, plucking at her elegant blouse. The crowd roared.

Happy Birthday Sandy Berman!

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Sanford Berman was born 70 years ago today in Chicago. Little did Samuel and mother know what was going to become of their only child. Today Sandy celebrates 70 years of raising hell in libraryland - and others lands including Africa, Europe, and many other parts of the globe. Check out his website, newly reposted at sanfordberman.org."

Time for the LJ third annual Movers & Shakers

Brian Kenney writes: "The editors of Library Journal need your help in identifying the emerging
leaders in the library world. From librarians to vendors to others who work
in the field or related industries, our third annual Movers & Shakers
supplement will profile up-and-coming talent: people who are innovative,
creative, and making a difference. Now more than ever, library workers are
creating ground-breaking services and collections for their users. But too
often the people behind these exciting projects remain out of sight, known
only to their peers. So help us celebrate the new professionals among us who
are moving our libraries ahead. More information, and an online form, is
available at www.libraryjournal.com/ljms. Nominations are due by November 1
and should be submitted to bkenney at reedbusiness.com or via fax
646-746-6734 or snail mail: Library Journal, 360 Park Avenue South, New York, NY
10010. "

The Young Librarian website

Katie writes "Thanks to the positive feedback I received on creating a website of
articles and other resources specifically geared to new and young
librarians, I have gone ahead with the idea and created submission
guidelines. If you are interested in publishing in the LIS field, this
will be a great starting opportunity for you. I'm also looking for
those who have other publications under their belts. If you are
interested in submitting to The Young Librarian, please check out the
Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines."

CampaignTo Ban Novel Describing Life Of A Palestinian Boy

An Anonymous Patron writes "PRESS RELEASE FROM ADALAIntense Campaign Under Way To Ban Novel Describing TheLife Of A Palestinian Boy Under Israeli OccupationPhyllis Simon, co-owner of Kidsbooks in Vancouver, hasinitiated a nation-wide campaign to ban highlyrespected children's author Elizabeth Laird's, ALittle Piece of Ground.Described as "a fine book, a daring book" by renownedchildren's book reviewer Michael Morpurgo, A LittlePiece of Ground provides a perspective of Israel'sillegal military occupation of the West Bank throughthe eyes of Karim Aboudi, a 12-year-old boy living inRamallah. -- Read More

Canadian Libraries: Bibliography/Bibliothèques

An Anonymous Patron writes "Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the launch of Canadian Libraries: Bibliography, a rich collection of citations to information about Canadian libraries subdivided by library type, location and topics such as statistics and standards.You are invited to visit the site at: nlc-bnc.ca"

PDF Available as well.

Net Effects by Marylaine Block

"The Internet is a mixed blessing for libraries and librarians. On the one hand, it provides opportunities to add services and expand collections; on the other, it has increased user expectations and contributed to techno stress. Today, the Net is challenging librarians’ ability to select, threatening the survival of the book, necessitating continuous retraining, presenting new problems of access and preservation, putting new demands on budgets, and embroiling information professionals in legal controversies. In Net Effects, librarian, journalist, and Internet guru Marylaine Block examines the issues and brings together a wealth of insights, war stories, and solutions. Almost 50 articles by dozens of imaginative librarians—expertly selected, annotated, and integrated by the editor—suggest practical and creative ways to deal with the range of Internet "side effects," regain control of the library, and avoid being blindsided by technology again."
Go Buy 13 copies of Net Effects, Edited by Marylaine Block.

Donna Leon Returns to the US

Robin K. Blum spotted This Publishers Weekly Piece that says the publisher Grove/Atlantic is sponsoring a bookseller and librarian contest to promote its September hardcover release of Leon's Uniform Justice and the simultaneous release of her A Noble Radiance as a Penguin paperback. The lucky winners will fly to Venice, Italy, where Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti series is set. -- Read More

Compiled ALA Privacy Policies and Statements

ALA has just published a comprehensive listing of links to their policies and statements about privacy, confidentiality, USA PATRIOT and more. Direct your eyes here to the ALA website.

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