Membership Blogs

Posted January 14, 2009 by DWOOD

By Kristin Murphy, Government Relations Specialist, American Library Association - Washington Office In the 2008 Presidential Election,, President Obama received the highest share of the youth vote obtained by any candidate since exit polls began reporting results by age in 1976. In fact, young voters preferred President Obama over John McCain by 68% to 30%, according to Peter Levine, director of the Center for Information Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). Because the youth voter turnout was higher than expected and overwhelmingly in his favor, President Obama will be especially interested in...

Posted January 9, 2009 by DWOOD

'The Role of Libraries in Economic Hard Times Libraries today have become multimedia centers, offering not only books but DVDs, e-books and Internet access. They can also be an especially important community resource during times of economic hardship. A look at the future of libraries in a slowing economy. Click here to download a transcript or listen to the broadcast. Guests Carla Hayden, executive director, Enoch Pratt Free Library and past president of the American Library Association Jim Rettig, President of the American Library Association. He is also the University Librarian at the...

Posted December 18, 2008 by DWOOD

Share your news with your colleagues nationwide. If you have a good news story or article in one of your recent online newsletters that you think others outside your state or school would be interested in, let American Libraries Direct know about it by sending the URL (web address) where it can be found to (along with a brief explanation). AL Direct Editor George Eberhart will then consider including it in an upcoming issue of the weekly newsletter. He says he can't guarantee that your recommendations will be picked up in AL Direct, but they will be carefully looked at. The two major requirements are: 1) The...

Posted December 18, 2008 by DWOOD

The opening date for registration and housing for the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, July 9 – 15 will now be on Monday, January 5, 2009. This is a change from our originally published date of January 2nd. The ALA offices now will be closed on January 2nd, therefore, we delayed the opening because we want to make sure we have all our staff available to answer any questions or solve any problems you might have. January 5 will also be the date the Bundle buyers will be able to go into the system and make their housing reservations and sign up for any pre-conferences or additional events. (cross-posted to the Member Blog) '

Posted December 18, 2008 by DWOOD

The American Library Association's Guide to Reference is an essential subscription database for reference librarians, researchers and other library users. With its searchable, browsable, internally and externally linked database, its distributed compilation and editing, and its interactive features, the online Guide includes more than 16,000 trusted go-to sources and offers guidance in the form of introductory essays and annotations for entries. Sign up for a free trial subscription. '

Posted December 18, 2008 by DWOOD

ACRL 2009 will challenge you to push your boundaries and promises you the opportunity to explore new ideas, engage in new learning, and extend our collective vision of the future of academic and research libraries in the 21st century. ACRL's exciting line-up of keynote speakers includes Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist, activist, and author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism; Sherman Alexie, prolific novelist, poet and screenplay writer; and Ira Glass, host and producer of the National Public Radio program, This American Life...

Posted December 18, 2008 by DWOOD

What with the ALA elections being held entirely online voters will need to make sure their ALA email is getting through filters. More information and an idea of what types of communications you can expect to get is available here and you can find information on the election, the candidates, and keep up to date on the latest news here... The 2010–2011 candidates for ALA President—Kenton L. Oliver and Roberta Stevens—have launched websites that describe their platforms and qualifications. Oliver is the executive director of the Stark County (Ohio) District Library, and Stevens is outreach projects and partnerships...

Posted December 4, 2008 by DWOOD

Friday the 5th of December is the last day for discounted Advanced Registration rates for Midwinter 2009 in Denver. If you are all set, do a friend or colleague a favor and let them know that they need to act fast to save. Friday is the last day to register at  $65 for Students ($165 per person). It goes up to $87 ($190) on the 6th. Check out to get started. Also, if you registered through the Bundle and didn't sign up for an Institute, there is still time to register for some interesting half- and full-day Institutes (esp if you are arriving early). Visit