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A communication from the American Library Association
November 15, 2005

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Madeleine Albright to keynote New Orleans conference
Former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has agreed to keynote the American Library Association’s Annual Conference, next June 22–28 in New Orleans....

Patriot Act amendment dropped from spending bill
House and Senate negotiators dropped language from a $57.9-billion Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill November 4 that would have restricted searches of library and bookstore records under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act....

Salinas votes to restore library services
More than a year after the Salinas, California, city council voted to close the city’s three libraries because of a massive budget deficit, voters resoundingly passed a referendum November 8 to restore funding to keep them open full-time....

Toronto universities condemn hate pamphlets planted in libraries
University officials have denounced and removed hundreds of copies of an anti-Semitic flyer found stuffed in books or lying on open shelves at five academic libraries in the Toronto area....

Psychic proves popular at Ripon library
A psychic whose lecture at a northern California library had been canceled then rescheduled earlier this fall drew a record-breaking crowd of 145 people to the November 10 presentation....

California library compromises on filters
A months-long debate over whether to install blocking software on the public workstations of the Solano County (Calif.) Library ended November 8 when the board of supervisors voted 3–2 to equip every computer in the seven-branch system with filters....

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The 25th Charleston Conference: Books and serials face an uncertain but exciting future
The Charleston Conference celebrated a quarter-century November 2–5 as the only major American library conference not sponsored by a professional or trade association....

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Katina Strauch shows off the Katina bobble-head presented to her in honor of her 25 years as conference organizer.

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Salinas, Calif., approves new funding for library services
Voters in John Steinbeck's hometown of Salinas, Calif., voted by more than 60 percent to raise a half-cent tax to fund libraries and other essential city services....

2006 American Library Association election will offer improved delivery of ballots
The American Library Association (ALA) will hold its 2006 online election with an emphasis on improved delivery of member ballots....

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ACRL workshops on assessment, information literacy and marketing
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering four workshops in conjunction with the 2006 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio on January 20, 2006....

ALSC to host pre-Midwinter workshop on early literacy and story-time
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) will hold a workshop, “The Fun and Facts of Early Literacy: Communicating with Parents and Caregivers Through Story-time,” on Friday, January 20, 2006....

ACRL announces enhanced access to College & Research Libraries
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce that its scholarly research journal College & Research Libraries is available free of charge in PDF format on the ACRL website six months after publication....

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Nominations sought for the LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award
TSponsored by Thomson Gale, this award is given annually to recognize a librarian or library that demonstrates exemplary entrepreneurship by providing an innovative product(s) or service designed to meet the needs of the library world through the skillful and practical application of information technology....

Manuscripts sought for LITA/Endeavor student writing award
Sponsored by Thomson Gale, this award is given annually to recognize a librarian or library that demonstrates exemplary entrepreneurship by providing an innovative product(s) or service designed to meet the needs of the library world through the skillful and practical application of information technology....

LITA/Library Hi Tech award nominations sought
Nominations are invited for the 2006 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in communication for continuing education in library and information technology....

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"Sometimes it seems that the aim of modernity is to flush the romance out of life. The library, with its Daedalian labyrinth, mysterious hush, and faintly ominous aroma of knowledge, has been replaced by the computer’s cheap glow, pesky chirp, and data spillage."

P. J. O’Rourke, “The Mother Lode,” Atlantic Monthly, November 2005

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Want to rent a book online?
That is the new page in Google's digital book program, according to an article published on the Wall Street Journal 's Web site Sunday....
C|net News.com , Nov. 14

Decision time approaches for Bush library
If Texas Tech and Midland College are chosen as the site for the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Laura Welch Bush Center for Early Literacy, this could be the week that does the trick.....
Midland (Tex.) Reporter-Telegram, Nov. 14

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Q&A regarding the proposed ALA dues increase
ALA members understand that our work is critical to our society and future, and that we cannot just accept “business as usual.” The association must either move forward or it will fall behind....
ALA Executive Office

Sign a petition to amend the Patriot Act and protect reader privacy
Section 215 is scheduled to expire on December 21, 2005, but many in Congress want to make it permanent. The book community opposes re-authorizing Section 215 unless it includes safeguards that protect the privacy of our reading records....
Campaign for Reader Privacy

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Nov. 20: Seventh Annual Jewish Children's Book Writer's Conference, 92nd Street Y, New York, New York. Cosponsored by the 92nd Street Y Buttenwieser Library and the Jewish Book Council. Contact: 212-415-5544.

Nov. 26–Dec. 4: 19th Guadalajara International Book Fair, Exhibition Center, Jalisco, Mexico. Free passes are available to ALA members. Contact: fil@fil.com.mx.

Mar. 21–25, 2006: PLA National Conference, Boston. Contact: Melissa Faubel, 800-545-2433, ext. 5022

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The College Center for Library Automation, Tallahassee, Fla.The individual selected for this position will participate in the planning, management, and identification of digital assets including electronic resources, open access materials, and other digital content for availability in LINCC....

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Did ALA make the right decision in recommitting to New Orleans as its 2006 Annual Conference site?

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In the Next Issue of American Libraries...

Point / Counterpoint
James LaRue and Peter Ralph discuss the pros and cons of labeling Christian fiction.

Saving the Stories
June Pinnell-Stephens describes a project to preserve Alaskan oral histories.

 

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