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One Student's Journey To ALA Annual

Rosemarie Maldonado writes: Often said is, "Getting from here to there is the journey and that is more important than the destination." While I am no sage, I will tell you a few of my experiences on my journey with research at UB and at the ALA Annual Conference 2005 last month in Chicago, Illinois in which I co-presented a research paper as a University at Buffalo The State University of New York MLS student. I've included som tips if you are thinking about doing a special project, and some tips if you are thinking about going to a conference.

AskLIS: What are the differences between US librarianship and Australian librarianship?

AshtabulaGuy writes "I turn to the collective world-wide-LISNewsterz-Wisdom for some advice. What are the differences between US librarianship and Australian librarianship? That is a burning question. Although Australia utilizes AACR2r, what is different in practice there? If an American was to be on exchange for a year, what would they likely expect? Any pointers as to starting points for seeking knowledge in this case?"

Librarians like to party

emknecht writes "Go to this link for a chuckle (or, adds rochelle, a gross-out or an eye-roll).

Historians Ask Congress To Suspend Nixon Transfer

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "Nixon historians have written Congress to request suspension of the transfer of Nixon Presidential library materials from the National Archvies to the Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda, California.
The Nixon historians assert, "The unprofessional behavior of the Nixon Library leadership calls into question that institution's fitness to join the Presidential Library system. The Nixon Library evidently feels free to toss aside, at its own convenience, its commitments to Whittier College and to the conference participants. A similarly cavalier attitude toward the commitments that the Library has made to the National Archives and to the Congress, in order to gain public funding for the transfer, would seriously jeopardize public access to and long-term preservation of invaluable historical records."

Ohio Library Funding Notes

AshtabulaGuy writes "It's state budget time in Ohio! The Akron Beacon-Journal reports that the Barberton Public Library is seeking a property tax levy from voters in its district in Summit County. After failing last fall to get a property tax levy passed by voters to shore up its budget, the library is trying again. The article notes that due to state-level funding uncertainty the need for more local funding increases. Meanwhile in Seneca County, county officials made a major attempt to lobby state lawmakers to not cut revenue sharing funds. The article notes that libraries would receive a 5% cut to funds received from the state. It must be noted, though, that the budget briefing by Governor Taft's Office of Budget and Management (Adobe Acrobat document) discusses that funding levels would be frozen at a prior fiscal year's levels. Seneca County Commissioners are attempting to organize a trip of affected officials to Columbus to speak out at a House Finance Committee hearing. Then in Marietta, the Marietta Times notes that Marietta has joined a group of southeastern Ohio municipalities opposing cuts. The article reports that Taft reportedly designed the cuts to reflect reliance by affected entities on state level funds. The article notes that since libraries often rely on state level funds for 95-100% of their operating budgets, libraries were only given a 5% cut. Marietta is already facing budget stresses trying to recover from flooding in recent months. Christine Borne notes that Syracuse University is expanding to Cleveland by creating a program site at Case Western Reserve University even while local public libraries in Cuyahoga County and local governments discuss merging library districts and creating staffing redundancies. Although a consolidation is being initiated by local officials in Cuyahoga County, one state lawmaker is proposing consolidations of various library districts in Warren County with an eye to what other counties have either done or may be planning. American Libraries online provided some background to the matter although such may become dated son. Finally, the Ohio Library Council has started a "Protect Library Funding" effort that notes that a substitute proposal by Ohio House members, which may vary to an unknown extent from Governor Taft's proposal, is expected to be introduced in April. A call to action for Ohioans is posted at the site."

Long Island library does the shuffle ...

Jeanie Straub writes "Wired News reports that South Huntington Public Library on Long Island, New York, has become one of the first public libraries to offer iPod shuffles. 'It's changed the books on tape from a car-only experience to a bring-it-with-you experience,' one library user commented. How can anyone argue that libraries are irrelevant?"

Update on Banning the Declaration of Independence

Alice Anderson writes "I'm a parent at Stevens Creek School, the school accused of banning the Declaration of Independence. I thought you might like an update. First, the Declaration was never banned. It is hanging on the library wall, printed in the 5th grade text book, and taught by every 5th grade teacher. Even Dr. Richard Ferrier of the Declaration Federation supports the school, and he recently counseled Alan Keyes to remove a petition from his web site that urged harassment of the school.

So how did this urban legend get started? According to the Alliance Defense Fund, it was sloppy reporting. Their press release is below. When our overly evangelical teacher proposed an over the top 45 minute lesson that included some handouts, the principal rejected his lesson, not the Declaration.

Despite the ADF's lawyer-speak, the man on the street believed that the principal had removed the Declaration from the school and was X-ing out the word God from all historical documents. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Ironically, the principal is a Presbyterian and a Republican. She has strong feelings about God in the classroom herself.

Ringo Releases Collection of Postcards from Fellow Beatles writes "The ArtWork and the Humor will brighten up your Friday.Ringo Starr shows the personal side of his relationship with the Beatles through this collection spanning several"

Nation’s presidential libraries struggling to draw visitors shares An Associated Press Piece on presidential libraries. With Americans spending less time visiting such museums across the country, Walch and the directors of the nation’s other presidential libraries say they are marketing themselves more aggressively than ever.
“I’ve had easier sells,� said David Collins, a University of Iowa marketing instructor who helped develop a plan to boost the number of visitors at the library. “The problem is getting people here. Part of that problem is that everybody is looking for the ‘wow’ factor now.�

L. J. Names 2005 Librarian of the Year


After entering as a "bit player" among feudal lords, she became an honored, celebrated campus leader. Building and repositioning the library, Susan Nutter brought it from what one senior professor called "an embarrassment" to its current role and site, a central force and place in the academic enterprise at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh. As Vice Provost and director of libraries, Nutter "has taken a middling library and made it into a model for the entire profession," says her colleague Carla Stoffle, dean of libraries at the University of Arizona. "The NCSU libraries have come to be recognized across our campus as vital for the university's success," says NCSU provost James Oblinger. Despite these and many more achievements, she "supports and gives credit generously to others and is unduly modest about her own contributions," says Karin Wittenborg, university librarian at the University of Virginia.

Professor Michael K. Stoskopf tells how, with her guidance, the NCSU faculty decided to forgo personal salary increases during trying financial times in North Carolina. They insisted that the money go to support the development of the NCSU library. "This generous gift made with enthusiasm by the entire university faculty was the catalyst that allowed the transformation of our library to one worthy of respect and admiration," Stoskopf continues, adding, "It is as good an example as I can provide of Susan's special abilities."

Because of these achievements, and with these enthusiastic endorsements, the editors of LJ celebrate Nutter as the 2005 Library Journal Librarian of the Year.


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