ALA LibraryLab BoingBoing Postamatic 5000 →
thepinakes: Want to submit a strong library-related story to BoingBoing? Jason Griffey and Patrick Sweeney are behind this submission site for BoingBoing’s LibraryLab. What’s happening in your library right now? What are your success stories? What’s working for your users? Go forth, get some good words out there. ^What he said.
Now with United States government support for maximalist copyright on behalf of...– Strong words from the ever-awesome Carrie Russell at ALA in a new blog post, Hooray for Hollywood? Choosing maximum copyright over justice. (via arlpolicynotes) She really is pretty awesome.
Libraries Changed My Life →
thelifeguardlibrarian: Real life accounts from library patrons whose lives have been changed for the better by libraries. Everyone, share the impact libraries and librarians have had on your lives—ALL submissions are welcome and encouraged. Take a moment and tell your story! Signal boost!
Hooray for Hollywood? Choosing maximum copyright... →
Why does Hollywood have an issue with the Treaty to facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities? Carrie Russell’s blogs are reliably insightful and fun to read.
Violent Video Games at Elmhurst Public Library:... →
A group of Elmhurst residents is pushing for the Elmhurst Public Library to reevaluate its policy for carrying video games rated “M” (mature); in response, the library has released an extensive PDF document of information and varying opinions on the topic. What are your thoughts?
New Executive Order will increase government... →
The White House has issued a new Executive Order that will increase government transparency. The White House has issued a new Executive Order, making open and machine readable the new default for government information and a memo, Open Data Policy – Managing information as an asset. These documents provide a new set of guidelines for government agencies that will help to ensure a more open and...
StoryCorps and Chicago Public Library want your... →
StoryCorps is teaming up with the Chicago Public Library to record migration stories, part of the library’s programing with “One Book, One Chicago” and the American Library Association’s “StoryCorps@YourLibrary” pilot program.
What Are the Best Ways that Libraries Can Help... →
How do library workers provide information services to immigrants and still stay within state laws that place limits on such activities? Next month, the American Library Association (ALA) will address immigration issues librarians face when they host free the webinar titled “Taking Action: Best Practices to Support Librarians and Library Workers Facing Laws Limiting Access to Information and...
Curious about what's happening at the American... →
National Library Legislative Day: Where library advocates join on Capitol Hill to advocate for libraries
me: this book destroyed my life
me: *add to the favorite books list*
To me, a library … is a necessity. They have lots of things to offer. It’s kind...– Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading: Select quotes from parents and library staff (via pewinternet)
21stgoddamncentury: No, we don’t have any forks at the reference desk. Young person, this is a library. We eat with our hands.
What’s the one thing that nearly all parents agree... →
Ninety-four percent of parents say libraries are important for their children, according to new report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
Today, Hachette Book Group announced a major... →
We’ve come a long way in the past year. Now, all of the Big Six publishers are in the library e-book market in one way or another, with the momentum towards greater engagement. So it is now clearly acknowledged by them that being in libraries is good for business—and for the rest of society too.
reasonsimsinglealsobutts: It always shocks me when someone is like “You’re at _____ library? You guys are doing amazing things!” Because I’m all like “We’re just doin’ what we do…” Librarians: Amazing just comes naturally.
Just received a reference question by way of...
fggtlibrarian: This is the future of librarianship. how cool!
ALA applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for... →
Today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass a bill that will update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). ECPA last updated in 1986, does not adequately address the digital world. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2013 ( S. 607) proposed by Chairman Leahy (D-VT) will reform this outdated privacy law by providing suitable privacy protections to both...
If you haven't pestered your elected... →
Please call your U.S. Senators and ask them to sign a ’Dear Colleague’ letter in support of funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). It only takes a few minutes.
Holyoke, MA to promote child literacy by creating... →
The catch phrase “Book ‘em, Danno” will take on a new meaning as the city bolsters its child literacy efforts by stocking police substations and cruisers with reading materials for children and families.
Authors Guild Shuts Itself Off From Public... →
In the meantime, even the libraries are punching back. The American Library Association responded to Turow, “taking issue” with his op-ed and pointing out how Turow is wrong about libraries and about the law. The failure to respond speaks volumes. And it says that the Authors Guild does not represent authors at all, but rather the legacy publishers, and a very small number of...
Ask your senators to support libraries and sign... →
LSTA is crucial for libraries because: LSTA is the primary source of funding for libraries in the federal budget LSTA helps many public libraries provide services to users that include, but are not limited to: job searches, résumé building help, digital literacy workshops, access to e-government services, etc.
Supporting Immigrants, One Oath at a Time →
To celebrate National Library Week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) hosted a special naturalization ceremony for 25 U.S. citizen candidates at the Library of Congress in the nation’s capital.
We are pleased Simon & Schuster has recognized the vital roles of libraries...– ALA President, Maureen Sullivan
In which ALA President Maureen Sullivan only needs... →
Fancy Face: FYI Scott Turow: I have taught dozens... →
fancylibrarian: Just finished a discussion with my co-workers regarding The Slow Death of the American Author in which we talked about what we agreed and disagreed about the piece. E-books are not going away. Authors, publishers, and libraries are dealing with this, some are doing better than others. What I’m realizing that authors/publishers arn’t getting is that for the past 2+ years public...
Libraries want to buy your work at a reasonable price so that we may continue to...– ALA President Maureen Sullivan’s response to Scott Turow in The New York Times. Booya. That is all. (via cloudunbound)
First, librarians love authors. Our business is knowledge-building and...– American Library Association President, Maureen Sullivan in response to Scott Turrow