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ALA Spectrum Scholar Interest Group

Event Reinvent Your Professional Identity: Spectrum Scholars Program at Annual

by Veronica Arellano-Douglas on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 02:38 pm

Reinvent Your Professional Identity: Maximizing Job Opportunities During a Down-turned Economy

1:30-3:00pm, Sunday 7/12, Palmer House Salon XII

Reinvent Your Professional Identity: Maximizing Job Opportunities During a Down-turned Economy

1:30-3:00pm, Sunday 7/12, Palmer House Salon XII

In this challenging economic climate, librarians may need to be flexible in their career pursuits. How can new or experienced librarians recreate their professional image to make a career change and take advantage of the diverse opportunities available within librarianship? Join a talented group of ALA Spectrum Scholars who have undergone their own professional identity makeovers for a discussion on effective ways to market yourself when your job experience and available job opportunities don't quite match-up.

Speakers: Jade Alburo, Librarian for Southeast Asian Studies, Oceania Australia & New Zealand and Religion Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA; Floyd G. Council Sr., Regional Branch Manager, Julia Davis Regional Branch Library, St. Louis Public Library; Lorena Mata, Librarian, Evergreen Valley College Library, San Jose, CA; Neely Tang, Public Services Librarian, Management Library of the Johnson School, Cornell University

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Second Life Users Group

Event SJSU SLIS Banned Books Week Read-A-Thon and Costume Party: A Walk Where the Wild Books Are

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 11:40 am

SJSU (San Jose State University) SLIS (School of Library & Information Science) Read-A-Thon and Costume Party: A Walk Where the Wild Books Are

Friday, October 2nd
6:30 pm SLT/PT–San Jose State University - School of Library & Information Science
SJSU SLIS Banned Book Week 10/2/09 (124, 110, 33)
SJSU Read-A-Thon and Costume Party:  A Walk Where the Wild Books Are

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SJSU (San Jose State University) SLIS (School of Library & Information Science) Read-A-Thon and Costume Party: A Walk Where the Wild Books Are

Friday, October 2nd
6:30 pm SLT/PT–San Jose State University - School of Library & Information Science
SJSU SLIS Banned Book Week 10/2/09 (124, 110, 33)
SJSU Read-A-Thon and Costume Party:  A Walk Where the Wild Books Are

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6:30-6:35 -- Welcomes and introduction
6:35-6:45 -- Susie Schridde BBW PowerPoint (Brief background on BB and read the constitution)
6:45 to 7:15 -- Read-a-thon  "A walk where the "wild" books are"
6:45-6:50 -- Silhshoot Seelowe - Wild Things
6:50-7:00 -- Ananta Tomorrow - Fellowship of the Ring
7:00-7:05 -- Banned Book or not! Game
6:55-7:00 -- Clicquot Oh -  Catcher and the Rye
7:00-7:05 -- Susie Schridde - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
7:05-7:15 -- Hangman game or Guess the BB title
7:15-7:30 – Discussion of banned books
8:00 – Dance – Contest, best in banned book character
9:00 – Contest vote and random drawing for $25 Amazon gift card
9:30 -- Conclusion (Fireworks)

* Schedule subject to change.

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Second Life Users Group

Event Let FREADOM Ring: Celebrate Banned Books Week on 10/1 at 4:30 PT at Banned Books Week Town Square on ALA Island (197, 53, 61)

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 11:20 am

Dr. Rebecca Knuth, Professor of Library and Information Science at University of Hawaii at Manoa, recipient of the Sarah Vann Intellectual Freedom Award, and author of Libricide: The Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth Century and Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction speaks on "Silencing Books: The Suppression of Ideas and FREADOM."

Dr. Rebecca Knuth, Professor of Library and Information Science at University of Hawaii at Manoa, recipient of the Sarah Vann Intellectual Freedom Award, and author of Libricide: The Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth Century and Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction speaks on "Silencing Books: The Suppression of Ideas and FREADOM."

In addition, there will be a hunt, music, dancing, a photo contest and other activities. Attend in costume representing a banned/challenged book or author if you like; but this is not required.

Free costumes available on site. Have your photo taken and win prizes for best costume 1000L for 1st, 500L for 2nd, and 250L for 3rd.

Produced by the LIS Student Union Second Life Group!

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Virtual Communities and Libraries

Discussion 2009 Banned Books Week Exhibits and Events on ALA Island in Second Life

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 11:11 am

2009 Banned Books Week began Saturday, September 26, and ends Saturday, October 3!

Tuesday, September 29th

2009 Banned Books Week began Saturday, September 26, and ends Saturday, October 3!

Tuesday, September 29th

Banned Books Week and the Children’s Librarian at 5:00 pm Pacific Time/Second Life Time at Main Stage, ALA Island (130, 103, 31) — A group discussion about issues related to selection policies, intellectual freedom, and handling challenges as they pertain to children’s services. From AASL-SIGMS (American Association for School Librarians, a division of ALA-Special Interest Group Media Specialists of the International Society for Technology in Education).

 

Thursday, October 1st

Let FREADOM Ring: Celebrate BBW in SL 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time/Second Life Time at Banned Books Week Town Square, ALA Island  (203, 55, 61) — Produced by the AVL LIS Student Union in SL by MLIS students from the University of Hawaii and San Jose State University, hosted by the American Library Association.

SPECIAL GUEST    “Silencing Books: The Suppression of Ideas and FREADOM”
Dr. Rebecca Knuth, Professor of Library and Information Science at University of Hawaii at Manoa, recipient of the Sarah Vann Intellectual Freedom Award, and author of Libricide: The Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth Century and Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction. In addition, there will be a hunt, music, dancing, a photo contest and other activities. Attend in costume representing a banned/challenged book or author if you like; but this is not required. Free costumes available on site. Have your photo taken and win prizes for best costume 1000L for 1st, 500L for 2nd, and 250L for 3rd.

 

Friday, October 2nd

San Jose State University Read-A-Thon and Costume Party: A Walk Where the Wild Books Are at 6:30 pm PT/SLT at SJSU SLIS Island (124, 110, 33) FYI: SJSU (San Jose State University) SLIS (School of Library & Information Science)

SCHEDULE
6:30-6:35 — Welcomes and introduction
6:35-6:45 — Susie Schridde BBW PowerPoint (Brief background on BB and read the constitution)
6:45 to 7:15 — Read-a-thon  “A walk where the “wild” books are”
6:45-6:50 — Silhshoot Seelowe - Wild Things
6:50-7:00 — Ananta Tomorrow - Fellowship of the Ring
7:00-7:05 — Banned Book or not! Game
6:55-7:00 — Clicquot Oh -  Catcher and the Rye
7:00-7:05 — Susie Schridde - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
7:05-7:15 — Hangman game or Guess the BB title
7:15-7:30 – Discussion of banned books
8:00 – Dance – Contest, best in banned book character
9:00 – Contest vote and random drawing for $25 Amazon gift card
9:30 — Conclusion (Fireworks)

* Schedule subject to change

 

-ONGOING EXHIBITS-

See the San Jose State University Banned Books Week Exhibit on the Main Stage, ALA Island (137, 102, 29). Display created by Silhshoot Seelowe.

San Jose State University Banned Books Week Exhibit (pictured at left) - Main Stage, ALA Island (137, 102, 29).

Banned Books Week Exhibit of AASL-SIGMS (American Association for School Librarians, a division of ALA-Special Interest Group Media Specialists of the International Society for Technology in Education) at the AASL Area, ALA Island (30, 137, 59).

Videos at Galen Noltenius Sky Platform on ALA Island (206, 100, 46) from the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association in celebration of Banned Books Week! Six videos: 2009 Banned Books Week PSA starring the Crash Pad puppets Chad, Rustle, and Mooch; 2008 Banned Books Week Read-Out wrap-up report; Stephen Chbosky’s Why Not to Ban Books from the 2008 Read-Out; 2008 Banned Books Week PSA video, I’d Like to Find *BLEEP*; 2007 Read-Out Promo with authors; 2007 Banned Books Week Read-Out wrap-up report.

Video at Salon Huron, ALA Island (186, 202, 28) of complete walkthrough of Fahrenheit 451 Commodore 64 videogame from 1984 via the Internet Archive.

AND 2009 Banned Books Week Read-Out wrap-up report at AL Focus Video Village, ALA Island (79, 44, 44).

 

Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21) Presents: First Acts and Chapters of Banned Books, courtesy of LibriVox via Internet Archive:

Saturday, Sept 26
Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure - John Cleland (Part 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - page 38, No. 271
Banned in Massachusetts in 1821 in the first known U.S. obscenity case.

Sunday, Sept 27
A Doll’s House - Henrik Ibsen (Act 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 84, No. 764

Monday, Sept 28
Moby Dick, or the Whale - Herman Melville (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 114, No. 1102

Tuesday, Sept 29
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 166-168, No. 1609

Wednesday, Sept 30
Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare (Act 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 149, No. 1435

Thursday, Oct 1
Dracula - Bram Stoker (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 161, No. 1551

Friday, Oct 2
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll - Lewis Carroll (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 35, No. 234

Saturday, Oct 3
Ulysses - James Joyce (Part 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 87, No. 805
Burned in the USA in 1918.

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Second Life Users Group

Discussion 2009 Banned Books Week Exhibits and Events on ALA Island in Second Life

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 11:11 am

2009 Banned Books Week began Saturday, September 26, and ends Saturday, October 3!

Tuesday, September 29th

2009 Banned Books Week began Saturday, September 26, and ends Saturday, October 3!

Tuesday, September 29th

Banned Books Week and the Children’s Librarian at 5:00 pm Pacific Time/Second Life Time at Main Stage, ALA Island (130, 103, 31) — A group discussion about issues related to selection policies, intellectual freedom, and handling challenges as they pertain to children’s services. From AASL-SIGMS (American Association for School Librarians, a division of ALA-Special Interest Group Media Specialists of the International Society for Technology in Education).

 

Thursday, October 1st

Let FREADOM Ring: Celebrate BBW in SL 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time/Second Life Time at Banned Books Week Town Square, ALA Island  (203, 55, 61) — Produced by the AVL LIS Student Union in SL by MLIS students from the University of Hawaii and San Jose State University, hosted by the American Library Association.

SPECIAL GUEST    “Silencing Books: The Suppression of Ideas and FREADOM”
Dr. Rebecca Knuth, Professor of Library and Information Science at University of Hawaii at Manoa, recipient of the Sarah Vann Intellectual Freedom Award, and author of Libricide: The Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth Century and Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction. In addition, there will be a hunt, music, dancing, a photo contest and other activities. Attend in costume representing a banned/challenged book or author if you like; but this is not required. Free costumes available on site. Have your photo taken and win prizes for best costume 1000L for 1st, 500L for 2nd, and 250L for 3rd.

 

Friday, October 2nd

San Jose State University Read-A-Thon and Costume Party: A Walk Where the Wild Books Are at 6:30 pm PT/SLT at SJSU SLIS Island (124, 110, 33) FYI: SJSU (San Jose State University) SLIS (School of Library & Information Science)

SCHEDULE
6:30-6:35 — Welcomes and introduction
6:35-6:45 — Susie Schridde BBW PowerPoint (Brief background on BB and read the constitution)
6:45 to 7:15 — Read-a-thon  “A walk where the “wild” books are”
6:45-6:50 — Silhshoot Seelowe - Wild Things
6:50-7:00 — Ananta Tomorrow - Fellowship of the Ring
7:00-7:05 — Banned Book or not! Game
6:55-7:00 — Clicquot Oh -  Catcher and the Rye
7:00-7:05 — Susie Schridde - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
7:05-7:15 — Hangman game or Guess the BB title
7:15-7:30 – Discussion of banned books
8:00 – Dance – Contest, best in banned book character
9:00 – Contest vote and random drawing for $25 Amazon gift card
9:30 — Conclusion (Fireworks)

* Schedule subject to change

 

-ONGOING EXHIBITS-

See the San Jose State University Banned Books Week Exhibit on the Main Stage, ALA Island (137, 102, 29). Display created by Silhshoot Seelowe.

San Jose State University Banned Books Week Exhibit (pictured at left) - Main Stage, ALA Island (137, 102, 29).

Banned Books Week Exhibit of AASL-SIGMS (American Association for School Librarians, a division of ALA-Special Interest Group Media Specialists of the International Society for Technology in Education) at the AASL Area, ALA Island (30, 137, 59).

Videos at Galen Noltenius Sky Platform on ALA Island (206, 100, 46) from the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association in celebration of Banned Books Week! Six videos: 2009 Banned Books Week PSA starring the Crash Pad puppets Chad, Rustle, and Mooch; 2008 Banned Books Week Read-Out wrap-up report; Stephen Chbosky’s Why Not to Ban Books from the 2008 Read-Out; 2008 Banned Books Week PSA video, I’d Like to Find *BLEEP*; 2007 Read-Out Promo with authors; 2007 Banned Books Week Read-Out wrap-up report.

Video at Salon Huron, ALA Island (186, 202, 28) of complete walkthrough of Fahrenheit 451 Commodore 64 videogame from 1984 via the Internet Archive.

AND 2009 Banned Books Week Read-Out wrap-up report at AL Focus Video Village, ALA Island (79, 44, 44).

 

Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21) Presents: First Acts and Chapters of Banned Books, courtesy of LibriVox via Internet Archive:

Saturday, Sept 26
Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure - John Cleland (Part 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - page 38, No. 271
Banned in Massachusetts in 1821 in the first known U.S. obscenity case.

Sunday, Sept 27
A Doll’s House - Henrik Ibsen (Act 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 84, No. 764

Monday, Sept 28
Moby Dick, or the Whale - Herman Melville (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 114, No. 1102

Tuesday, Sept 29
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 166-168, No. 1609

Wednesday, Sept 30
Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare (Act 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 149, No. 1435

Thursday, Oct 1
Dracula - Bram Stoker (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 161, No. 1551

Friday, Oct 2
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll - Lewis Carroll (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 35, No. 234

Saturday, Oct 3
Ulysses - James Joyce (Part 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 87, No. 805
Burned in the USA in 1918.

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Virtual Worlds Interest Group (ACRL)

Discussion 2009 Banned Books Week Exhibits and Events on ALA Island in Second Life

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 11:11 am

2009 Banned Books Week began Saturday, September 26, and ends Saturday, October 3!

Tuesday, September 29th

2009 Banned Books Week began Saturday, September 26, and ends Saturday, October 3!

Tuesday, September 29th

Banned Books Week and the Children’s Librarian at 5:00 pm Pacific Time/Second Life Time at Main Stage, ALA Island (130, 103, 31) — A group discussion about issues related to selection policies, intellectual freedom, and handling challenges as they pertain to children’s services. From AASL-SIGMS (American Association for School Librarians, a division of ALA-Special Interest Group Media Specialists of the International Society for Technology in Education).

 

Thursday, October 1st

Let FREADOM Ring: Celebrate BBW in SL 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time/Second Life Time at Banned Books Week Town Square, ALA Island  (203, 55, 61) — Produced by the AVL LIS Student Union in SL by MLIS students from the University of Hawaii and San Jose State University, hosted by the American Library Association.

SPECIAL GUEST    “Silencing Books: The Suppression of Ideas and FREADOM”
Dr. Rebecca Knuth, Professor of Library and Information Science at University of Hawaii at Manoa, recipient of the Sarah Vann Intellectual Freedom Award, and author of Libricide: The Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth Century and Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction. In addition, there will be a hunt, music, dancing, a photo contest and other activities. Attend in costume representing a banned/challenged book or author if you like; but this is not required. Free costumes available on site. Have your photo taken and win prizes for best costume 1000L for 1st, 500L for 2nd, and 250L for 3rd.

 

Friday, October 2nd

San Jose State University Read-A-Thon and Costume Party: A Walk Where the Wild Books Are at 6:30 pm PT/SLT at SJSU SLIS Island (124, 110, 33) FYI: SJSU (San Jose State University) SLIS (School of Library & Information Science)

SCHEDULE
6:30-6:35 — Welcomes and introduction
6:35-6:45 — Susie Schridde BBW PowerPoint (Brief background on BB and read the constitution)
6:45 to 7:15 — Read-a-thon  “A walk where the “wild” books are”
6:45-6:50 — Silhshoot Seelowe - Wild Things
6:50-7:00 — Ananta Tomorrow - Fellowship of the Ring
7:00-7:05 — Banned Book or not! Game
6:55-7:00 — Clicquot Oh -  Catcher and the Rye
7:00-7:05 — Susie Schridde - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
7:05-7:15 — Hangman game or Guess the BB title
7:15-7:30 – Discussion of banned books
8:00 – Dance – Contest, best in banned book character
9:00 – Contest vote and random drawing for $25 Amazon gift card
9:30 — Conclusion (Fireworks)

* Schedule subject to change

 

-ONGOING EXHIBITS-

See the San Jose State University Banned Books Week Exhibit on the Main Stage, ALA Island (137, 102, 29). Display created by Silhshoot Seelowe.

San Jose State University Banned Books Week Exhibit (pictured at left) - Main Stage, ALA Island (137, 102, 29).

Banned Books Week Exhibit of AASL-SIGMS (American Association for School Librarians, a division of ALA-Special Interest Group Media Specialists of the International Society for Technology in Education) at the AASL Area, ALA Island (30, 137, 59).

Videos at Galen Noltenius Sky Platform on ALA Island (206, 100, 46) from the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association in celebration of Banned Books Week! Six videos: 2009 Banned Books Week PSA starring the Crash Pad puppets Chad, Rustle, and Mooch; 2008 Banned Books Week Read-Out wrap-up report; Stephen Chbosky’s Why Not to Ban Books from the 2008 Read-Out; 2008 Banned Books Week PSA video, I’d Like to Find *BLEEP*; 2007 Read-Out Promo with authors; 2007 Banned Books Week Read-Out wrap-up report.

Video at Salon Huron, ALA Island (186, 202, 28) of complete walkthrough of Fahrenheit 451 Commodore 64 videogame from 1984 via the Internet Archive.

AND 2009 Banned Books Week Read-Out wrap-up report at AL Focus Video Village, ALA Island (79, 44, 44).

 

Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21) Presents: First Acts and Chapters of Banned Books, courtesy of LibriVox via Internet Archive:

Saturday, Sept 26
Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure - John Cleland (Part 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - page 38, No. 271
Banned in Massachusetts in 1821 in the first known U.S. obscenity case.

Sunday, Sept 27
A Doll’s House - Henrik Ibsen (Act 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 84, No. 764

Monday, Sept 28
Moby Dick, or the Whale - Herman Melville (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 114, No. 1102

Tuesday, Sept 29
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 166-168, No. 1609

Wednesday, Sept 30
Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare (Act 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 149, No. 1435

Thursday, Oct 1
Dracula - Bram Stoker (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 161, No. 1551

Friday, Oct 2
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll - Lewis Carroll (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 35, No. 234

Saturday, Oct 3
Ulysses - James Joyce (Part 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide - p. 87, No. 805
Burned in the USA in 1918.

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LITA National Forum 2009

Online Doc 2009 Forum Schedule, Session Descriptions, Hotel, Event info

by Melissa Prentice (non-member) on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 08:45 pm

2009 LITA Forum Schedule, Session Descriptions, Forum Participants, Hotel and Event info

AASL Board of Directors

Discussion Thanks to Cassandra

by Dorcas Hand on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 06:55 pm

Recently, Cassandra added her name with Cheryl Steele, current Chair of AASL's ISS and Liz Gray, a former chair of ISS and current President of the Association of Independent School Librarians (AISL) to voice their concern about the school in Massachusetts that recently chose to entirely eliminate their book collection.  ISS and AISL were pleased to be able to make an organizational statement, and to include the strength of Cassandra's office and name with theirs.  This is advocacy at its best.  Thank you.

Dorcas, in behalf of ISS

Here is the text of the letter:

Recently, Cassandra added her name with Cheryl Steele, current Chair of AASL's ISS and Liz Gray, a former chair of ISS and current President of the Association of Independent School Librarians (AISL) to voice their concern about the school in Massachusetts that recently chose to entirely eliminate their book collection.  ISS and AISL were pleased to be able to make an organizational statement, and to include the strength of Cassandra's office and name with theirs.  This is advocacy at its best.  Thank you.

Dorcas, in behalf of ISS

Here is the text of the letter:

September 21, 2009

 A school without books is one in which fewer students will be reading, and those of us who work with students every day in the libraries of our nation’s schools have no doubt that access to the traditionally printed word is an essential component of a successful education.

 Urban planning theorist Jane Jacobs postulated that a healthy community—one that is economically, socially, politically, and environmentally vibrant—is designed and built based on the activities, values, and concerns of the full range of its constituents.  Diversity is its hallmark. The same can be said of libraries: if they are monolithic, adherents to a single format and inflexible, they outlive their usefulness. The library that James Tracy envisions for Cushing Academy, the independent school that he leads in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, will unfortunately be such a place after the planned removal of its entire printed book collection, and his actions are cause for great concern in our profession.

 Dr. Tracy has argued the opposite; he believes that by discarding 20,000 books and choosing to deliver information to all his students in digital format he is a trailblazer who has placed Cushing "in the forefront of a pedagogical and technological shift" (“Letter to Cushing Academy Alumni,” September 2009).  However, his drastic act ignores certain fundamental truths.

 First of all, individual libraries are built intentionally, over time, by trained professionals, and resources are selected with the needs of the community that the library serves in mind. Such collections are vibrant entities that continually expand and contract. Many resources are available electronically but many are not and may never be. In addition, books go out of print quickly, databases stop archiving material without notice, and e-book collections are compiled by corporations that do not differentiate one school from another. Once a library has purchased and has on its shelf a book that perfectly meets the need of a group of users and has the potential for continued relevance, what does an institution gain by discarding that book? More to the point, what does it lose?

 Secondly, a school library's most important goals are to support the academic curriculum, to teach information literacy and to foster a love of reading. None of these goals can be reached completely without the inclusion of printed books. The last 500 years have proven that printed books are a uniquely successful information-delivery system and, when they are organized in a library and used in conjunction with information in a variety of other media, offer multiple and repeated opportunities for learning.  The removal of printed books impoverishes an entire learning modality and dismisses outright the value of books' physical attributes, in and of themselves and as conduits for browsing and serendipity, and the contributions of that physicality to a student’s reading experience.

 Finally, consider the facts.  Years of research on reading have proven conclusively that students who read improve not only their vocabularies but also their abilities to reason and discriminate. However, as John Austin points out in his excellent review of Marc Bauerlein’s book The Dumbest Generation Ever (Independent School, Winter 2009), in spite of the exponential increase in the amount of information being digitized, young people are reading less and less of it. In addition, reading online, both because of the physical demands of the medium and because of multiple opportunities for distraction, does not result in the same focused engagement with the text that is possible with a printed book. Common sense suggests that we should be doing everything in our power to encourage students to read and engage with the printed page more, not less. We also do our students a disservice if we do not teach them how to use all the sources of information which they will encounter at the college and university level.  Not surprisingly, the use of printed books is still very much in vogue in higher education.

 Every librarian we know is in the vanguard of technology use at his or her school and a passionate reader and user of printed books.  To suggest that the two are mutually exclusive is regressive and reveals a lack of knowledge both of the way digital information is created, sold and used, and of the value of appropriate printed materials to many users. Responsible collection development is not driven by a one-size-fits-all mentality or by access to unlimited funds.

 Between us, we have 73 years of experience as librarians in both independent and public schools. Though many of the skills we teach are the same as they were when we first began working in the field, our 2009 toolkit is vastly different from the one with which we started out, and we are glad of it. However, that is no reason for us to jettison our rich collections of printed books.

 Sincerely,

 Liz Gray, President

Association of Independent School Librarians

www.aislnews.org

lizbiz55@verizon.net

 

Cheryl Steele

President

Independent School Section of the American Association of School Librarians

www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aboutaasl/aaslcommunity/aaslsections/iss

cherylsteele@hotmail.com

 

Cassandra Barnett

President

American Association of School Librarians

www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/

cassandra.barnett@fayar.net

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RDA: Resource Description & Access

Discussion Best Links for RDA

by Patrick Hogan (staff) on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 03:55 pm

MARS Automation Services blog posted a link round-up here.

ALA 2015 Environmental Scan

Discussion North Dakota Library Association Planning Forum Sept 25 2009

by Michael Dowling on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 03:52 pm

The attached document is a summary of the recent North Dakota Library Association Planning Forum.

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