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SLA Prize to Richard Geiger of the SF Chronicle

Richard Geiger, who directs library research in The Chronicle's newsroom, is the recipient of this years Joseph F. Kwapil Memorial Award by the news division of the Special Libraries Association. The SLA represents thousands of information professionals in more than 80 countries and the prize is the division's highest form of recognition, rewarding achievement in news librarianship and service.

Congrats Richard! Here's more from the SF Gate.

No Wet Suits in the Library

Kathleen writes "Joe Wible has worked in libraries for more than 30 years and logged more than 1,000 dives in his life, making him perfectly suited for his job as head librarian and bibliographer at Hopkins Marine Station—this, despite a salvaged sign he keeps in his office window: "No wet suits in the library!!"
Mr. Wible holds a PhD in Marine Biology and is a member of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers."

Door stays open at library, pretty much

News From Boston where The city is reviewing its policy on use of the public library auditorium after a white supremacist group signed up to use it under a deceptive name earlier this month.

Mayor Joseph Curtatone said he believes the policy is strong, but the city ''may make some adjustments to how it is administered."The Arkansas-based group White Revolution billed itself as Immigration Reform Party when it applied to use the auditorium for a meeting May 7. When police informed Curtatone of the group's identity, he closed the library, citing a security risk to its patrons and to members of the group itself, because of possible counter-protests. As police supervised, the group met briefly in the parking lot.

Partnering For Success III: Reaching Out in Illinois

Hector Marino sent along This One on Libraries in four states — Illinois, New Mexico, Colorado and Florida — are participating in a test program that reaches out.

WebJunction, a Web site that caters to library employees, is offering a Spanish language outreach program to help meet the unique needs of Spanish-speaking library patrons.

Seniors' reading tastes clearly defined

Anonymous Patron writes "Texarkana Gazette: The books chosen by the 50 and older crowd of readers reflect Warner's thoughts on reading. Top choice genres for these folks include modern romance, biographies, westerns and mysteries, Haggard said. Series titles that are popular include the Mitford series, humorous and clean stories about an Episcopal priest by Jan Karon; the Ms. Julia series, adventures of an elderly widowed woman by Ann Ross; and even Harry Potter, the magical series by J.K. Rowling.

Authors and types of literature that are less popular with the older adults are books about paranormal romance and vampires by authors such as Dean Koontz and Stephen King."

Meet the Gamers, Embrace The Others

I just finished up a really interesting article over on LJ: "Meet the Gamers" by Kurt Squire & Constance Steinkuehler. They have some neat ideas on who we should be looking to for direction in the coming years. While I loved the article, I think they focused on the wrong people—gamers. So rather than focusing on everything they got right, I'll just write a quick bit about what I think they may have overlooked. That doesn't mean I think this is a bad article, not by a long shot, I just think the focus is just a bit off. It's not a bad idea to meet the gamers, but you may want to look elswhere for support and direction. You boomers out there might be surprised to learn that games have been the medium of choice for decades now. The millennials we continued to praise for being so "different" are, in reality, not all that different from many of us born after the mid 1960s. Some of us in our 30s and even in our 40s grew up with computers and electronic games and many of us are now living in the same sort of hyperconnected world reportedly occupied only by teenagers. It may be possible that focusing on gamers misplaces our engergies on people who'll probably never see any value in libraries. -- Read More

File these rules under O for odor

Anonymous Patron writes "HoustonChronicle.com reports The Houston Public Library is asking City Council to approve a list of new rules and regulations this week that would prohibit, among other things, "offensive bodily hygiene that constitutes a nuisance to others."
The new set of rules — the first proposed to City Council since 1981 — also prohibits sleeping on tables, using restrooms for bathing, and viewing obscene Internet material. Council is expected to vote on the rules Wednesday."

Library bans man for life

The Basehor Sentinel in Bonner Springs,KS Reports Basehor police served a 41-year-old Basehor man with a letter last week that revokes the man's library privileges and bans him from the building indefinitely.

The man is charged in Basehor Municipal Court with a sole count of lewd and lascivious act. The charge stems from a statement a woman gave police April 11 that she witnessed the man fondling himself while at a computer inside the library.

Beer and poetry — Canadian

Anonymous Patron writes "The Globe and Mail reports A gaggle of Canadian poets will hoist books and beers in New York this week at three events to help publicize a landmark achievement: the first publication in recent memory of a Canadian poetry anthology in the United States.

With poets from around the world flooding into the city for PEN World Voices, a week-long festival of international literature that wraps up on Friday, Ken Babstock, Christian Bök, Susan Goyette, Erín Moure and Karen Solie will read at Poet's House in SoHo tonight to celebrate the publication of Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, edited by Sina Queyras and published by the small New York press, Persea Books."

Knowing When to Log Off

Anonymous Patron writes "David M. Levy, a professor at the University of Washington's Information School, is one of many scholars trying to raise awareness of the negative impact of communication technologies on people's lives and work. They say the quality of research and teaching at colleges is at risk unless scholars develop strategies for better managing information, and for making time for extensive reading and contemplation.More, from The Chronicle Of Higher Education"

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