20jun... ALA pre-conf
14aug... PNLA, Boise
01oct... book chapter
06nov... NH Lib conf.
Take away all the 'Silence' signs and let the people come and talk about the books in an atmosphere of social happiness.
- George H. Locke, 1926.
"Some warnings in regard to planning libraries"
NY & LA Times login
Hi. I know that no one who reads this likely lives anywhere near me, but if you'll be in or near Central Vermont for the 4th, or if you are interested in a road trip and possible moose observation, come to my BBQ and Couch Destruction party this weekend.
PATRIOT Watch: a personal reason to be against USAPA.
Lesbian librarians in love legally link amid library legslation, lounging & loot-receiving.. [ NYT, thanks katia ]
An editorial about the CIPA decision that doesn't mince words.
As passed by Congress, CIPA required any library that receives certain forms of federal aid to install the blocking programs. Librarians could only disable the screening programs for "bona fide research or other lawful purpose." When did intellectual curiosity become a scourge to Congress? Grown people should not have to explain their reading interests to anyone, not even librarians. [ thanks taylor ]
Karen Schneider's personal report to PUBLIB about the June 7th meeting we all went to in Chicago is in the Juice. Also worth reading is an anecdote from Yale: Overzealous police arrest researcher at the Yale library
One positive comment about ALA this year. Many of the keynote speakers seemed to be appropriate. That is, they had something to do with readers, reading or publications. Several had good information to relate about free access to information or freedom of speech or freedom of the press. This has NOT been the case in the past [ahem, Colin Powell]. Library Journal had a good article on The Trouble with Trophy Speakers that I thought was very astute.
Hi. I'm writing up a longer ALA retrospective sometime soon, so I'll just dive back into the links here.
Some chitchat about the CIPA decision. ALA and co are still working out their responses but not only does CIPA mandate filters, it also sort of sidewaysly mandates that filters be turn-offable so that adults are not having their free speech rights abridged. This means that you must be able to disable a filter on a terminal by terminal basis. Needless to say, this is not always easy. [ thanks jonathan ]
Scroll down to read some interviews with Birmingham [AL] librarians about their decisions to filter or not to filter. Some more opinions: Kenton County [KY], briefs from WA Post, obligatory anti-ALA screed. [ thanks all ]
The Public Domain Enhancement Act now introduced into Congress. I still have my "Save Fair Use" pin from the conference. I think this is great news, so does Larry Lessig. [ thanks heidi ]
Funny Orrin Hatch anecdote.[ thanks nathan ]
"You think you can rag on me just 'cause you're a librarian?" an anecdote from the refdesk trenches.[ thanks lisa ]
Found Trash Objects library art exhibit accidentally tossed out by janitor. [ thanks ken ]
Hi. To the person who sent me "anonymous" email from the University of Texas Pan-American saying, in part, "Maybe, unlike you, the vast majority of attendees aren't as hell-bent and obsessive about the web site as you are. Get over it, already!" My response is "No." Feel free to send email with a return address if you'd like to have a real discussion about the site, or anything else. I am back from ALA and fairly tired. Updates resume tomorrow.
Hi. I am at the Web Advisory Committee meeting at this very minute which is the only meeting room I have been to with internet. You know, everyone I talk to seems to dislike the website, but except for me and maybe one or two more people, plus maybe five people from the committee, this room is nearly empty. There is no quorum. They can't review their charge. Free internet, website debates, no people. It's weird.
Hi. Safely at ALA. Went to the big luncheon, gave my big talk which went really much better than I had expected. Hung out with my friends the progressive librarians. It's like I never left which is both what is wonderful and what can sometimes be stifling about this community. More reportage in a bit.
Hi. I just finished an article for Computers in Libraries, got a big box of Revolting Librarians Redux in the mail, and am preparing to leave for Toronto tomorrow. Updates sporadic for a week, and this one will be a little paltry as well, I'm afraid. Also, I need a ride back to the East Coast someplace from Toronto, if at all possible. Tuesday or Wednesday. If you can oblige, please drop me an email. I am a charming travel companion and can drive stick.
Got this from a number of people, better late than never, though you may have already read it. Toronto Star talks about the upcoming conference, and librarians in general. [ thanks all ]
Local radio station helps out with raising funds for beleaguered Denver Public library.
"I couldn't believe that private citizens are funding multi-million dollar sports stadiums, but a $3.5 million dollar shortfall threatens The Denver Public Library's status as number one in the country," [ thanks tammy ]
A man walked into the Kansas City Public Library's Southeast branch and paid off more than $600 in outstanding fines for everyone whose last name is Muhammad. He paid in ramen. [ thanks michael ]
"Closing the book" on a 40 year career, Hawai'i's state librarian moves on after ong and sometimes contentious career.
"A public library is by definition not a political entity. It is a limited public forum where as long as you obey the rules and do not infringe on the rights of others, you -- whoever you are -- can use the library." ...As far as playing the political game, Lowell is unapologetic about staying on the sidelines. "I say what I mean and believe in, and I am upfront about it. If I've been too loud, then that's good. I maintain the responsibility of being an advocate for libraries." [ thanks brandon ]
Hi. My schedule for ALA is now online. If people would like to get together, might I suggest some of the starred events? I am staying at the Neill-Wycik which is sort of a student hotel. I'm on a mega-budget, so going out for lunch or dinner is likely out of the question, though I love coffee.
PATRIOT Watch: Patriot Act enhances our freedoms by Senator Orrin Hatch. [ thanks bill ]
Current chair of the IFLA Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression elected IFLA president. Congrats Alex Byrne![ thanks eoin ]
Contrary to its name, Booksfree is not free. This piece of information is not included in their booksfree vs libraries list. [ thanks zach ]
Do you suppose Booksfree could get me a copy of Dewey Decimal System of Love? [ thanks heidi ]
Not all ALA-assisted websites are completely terrible. Have you seen the Washington Office's Info-Commons site, and their blog.