1. If you build it, they will come!

    If you build it, they will come!

    (Source: americanlibraryassoc)

  2. Why the death of net neutrality would be a disaster for libraries →


    Net neutrality is really important for libraries because we are, first of all, in the information business. Our business now is not just increasingly, but dramatically, online, using digital information and providing services in this digital environment. That means that we need to have solid and ubiquitous Internet services.

  3. Meet the Candidates: ALA President 2015-16 →

    The campaign to elect the 2015-2016 President of the American Library Association (ALA) ends this month. To help inform ALA members who haven’t yet voted, and to give other librarians some additional insight into key issues currently on the ALA agenda, LJ asked each of the candidates to respond to five questions. The candidates, Maggie Farrell, dean of libraries at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, Ohio, responded below. (Full biographies ofboth candidates are available on the ALA Election Guide.)

    Tumblarians, haven’t voted yet? Get cracking!

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  4. ALA Responds to Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget Proposal That Recommends Elimination of IMLS →

    Rep. Ryan recommends that the federal government not have a role in libraries and that Congress shift the federal agency’s responsibilities to the private sector in his 2015 fiscal year budget resolution.

    Really Paul Ryan, is privatization your answer to everything? Why don’t we send you back to the private sector!

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  5. Presidents of ALA Ethnic Caucuses and ALA Release Joint Statement About 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida →

    The values of diversity, equity, and inclusion form the foundation of the library profession and our professional associations. Those values have been challenged by the discriminatory enforcement of the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida and the fact that ALA’s 2016 Annual Conference is scheduled for Orlando, Fla.

    The Executive Committee members of ALA and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Executive Board have actively engaged in conversation to determine the best solution to this challenging dilemma.

    To go or not to go, that was the question.

    I.n response to BCALA’s concern regarding holding the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. in 2016, the ALA Executive Board thoroughly explored the options for moving the conference.

    ALA started by clarifying the facts underlying conference site selection, the implications of trying to move the Orlando conference, and the prevalence of Stand Your Ground laws across the United States.

    The contracts for Orlando were negotiated originally in 2000; the Stand Your Ground law in Florida became effective on October 1, 2005.

    Canceling the hotel and convention center contracts would result in a minimum fine of $814,000.

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  6. ALA and the Re-Unification of Librarianship →

    The American Library Association (ALA)’s burgeoning budget crisis and dip in membership shows the group is having a tough time thriving as a multi-type library organization. It might be easy to cast a net of blame across the tepid economy, the aging profession, even entrenched leadership in ALA itself. But we think ALA’s membership woes are caused by a lack of unity across librarianship, a problem that is reinforced by ALA’s organizational structure and too narrow publications. In the tradition of thinking such as Andy Woodworth’s ‘big tent’ librarianship, we believe the leadership of the ALA should be at the forefront of unifying librarianship, working to link our academic, public, and school libraries and librarians. Instead, we shudder as we see ALA working to reinforce silos that separate public, academic, and school libraries from one another, rather than bridges to connect them.

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  7. Why ALA Needs a Code of Conduct | Backtalk →

    Many technology conference speakers and attendees have begun to expect such policies. The Python Software Foundation, which sponsored a preconference at ALA Annual 2013, now only sponsors events that have a code of conduct. Three-time Hugo winner John Scalzi—mere days after speaking at ALA last summer—announced that he would no longer attend or speak at conferences that lack these policies. Over 700 of his readers co-signed this pledge, including leading SF/F authors and editors NK Jemisin, Mary Robinette Kowal, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Justine Larbalestier, Steven Gould, and Diane Duane.

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  8. — If ALA could design a smart phone, what would be your fantasy apps?

  9. The once clear and sequential lines from author to publisher to distributor to retailer to end user are now blurred and promise to become re-invented. These changes throughout the publishing ecosystem also portend strategic re-alignment for libraries and their roles in society. Revolutions indeed.

    — Alan S. Inouye, director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy, in his inaugural post for Digital Book World’s new library-centric blog (via cloudunbound)

  10. The dissolution of a library is unacceptable. Libraries serve as the cornerstone of our democracy and must be safeguarded. An informed public constitutes the very foundation of a democracy, and libraries ensure that everyone has free access to information.

    The very existence of the People’s Library demonstrates that libraries are an organic part of all communities. Libraries serve the needs of community members and preserve the record of community history. In the case of the People’s Library, this included irreplaceable records and material related to the occupation movement and the temporary community that it represented.

    We support the librarians and volunteers of the Library Working Group as they re-establish the People’s Library.”

    — A statement from American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael regarding the destruction of the People’s Library.