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

  2. fancylibrarian:

brycedontplay:

I wrote a post with some things to think about when writing your Emerging Leaders application.

Read this, then apply. Applications are due August 2nd.
I joke a lot but there is no time like than present. Do It.

Did you know that if you become an Emerging Leader, Gale will make a trading card of you? Just saying.

    fancylibrarian:

    brycedontplay:

    I wrote a post with some things to think about when writing your Emerging Leaders application.

    Read this, then apply. Applications are due August 2nd.

    I joke a lot but there is no time like than present. Do It.

    Did you know that if you become an Emerging Leader, Gale will make a trading card of you? Just saying.

  3. ALA President Elect Barb Stripling’s Presidential Initiative, Libraries Change Lives, have created a “Declaration for the Right to Libraries.” You can read more about it here.

    ALA President Elect Barb Stripling’s Presidential Initiative, Libraries Change Lives, have created a “Declaration for the Right to Libraries.” You can read more about it here.

  4. Is the modern city library engaging in activities outside its proper sphere, e.g. lectures, story-telling, art exhibits, victrola concerts, loan of pianola rolls, etc.?

    — Papers and Proceedings of the 35th annual conference of the American Library Association, 1913 (via thepinakes)

  5. Possible Names for the Tumblr / LJ Meetup at ALA

    • "The Library Is Open"
    • "GIF vs GIF"
    • "Set phasers to Internet"
    • "Laser Fest"
    • "Space Library" (This is from my younger brother.)
    • "Lisa Frank Appreciation Society"
    • BACK ROLLS??”

    Clearly, uh, I could use some help. Make your suggestions in the comments!

  6. It’s funny that we think of libraries as quiet demure places where we are shushed by dusty, bun-balancing, bespectacled women. The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community. Librarians have stood up to the Patriot Act, sat down with noisy toddlers and reached out to illiterate adults. Libraries can never be shushed.

    — 

    Comedian and author Paula Poundstone (via juliyeti)

    Speaking of which: ALA calls for accountability and transparency in nation’s surveillance laws

    (via libraryadvocates)

    I love Paula Poundstone! She’s my favorite panelist on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and she is so right about libraries!

    (via catscardigansbooks)

  7. I urge ALA leadership to step out of the comfort zone as it did on ebooks and advocate with education leaders they don’t normally talk to—district leaders, principals, superintendents, and departments of education—to correct the misperception that school librarians are expendable. Tap incoming president Barbara Stripling’s deep passion and knowledge to tip the scales. She managed one of the most complex school library systems in the United States, New York City’s, during a time of tremendous change, and she is past president of AASL. Stripling is uniquely positioned to tell this story in a compelling way.

    — Rebecca T. Miller, “ALA, It’s Time to Step Up for School Libraries” (via schoollibraryjournal)

  8. Any librarians or library workers who are involved in noise music AND going to this summer’s ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, please contact LJ's Music for the Masses columnist Matthew Moyer at mmoyer@coj.net.

    Any librarians or library workers who are involved in noise music AND going to this summer’s ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, please contact LJ's Music for the Masses columnist Matthew Moyer at mmoyer@coj.net.

  9. americanshortfiction:

Reading.  It diminishes his Cage Rage.  

Ugh, American Short Fiction. You are doing it right.

    americanshortfiction:

    Reading.  It diminishes his Cage Rage.  

    Ugh, American Short Fiction. You are doing it right.

  10. ALA announced its shortlist for the second annual Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction on Monday, April 22nd, naming three nominees each in fiction and nonfiction. The winner will be announced at ALA’s annual conference in Chicago on June 30th. Founded in 2012, the award is co-sponsored by Booklist and ALA’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). Last year’s inaugural prizes went to Man Booker Award-winner Anne Enright for her novel The Forgotten Waltz and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert K. Massie for his biography of Catherine the Great. The nominees this year are similarly well-established: none wants for awards or accolades.

    — Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction Shortlist Announced | Library Journal by 

  11. The shortlist for ALA’s Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction were announced today at noon. LJ reviewed all six (two of those reviews are mine, coincidentally). Check out our coverage of the nominees here:

    Fiction:

    This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz

    Canada by Richard Ford

    The Round House by Louise Erdrich

    Nonfiction:

    Spillover by David Quammen

    Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan

    The Mansion of Happiness by Jill Lepore

  12. ALA DANCE PARTY 4: #ALA13 →

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    Bring your badge and the appropriate attitude for enthusiastic and/or aggressive dancing.

    Well, yes.

  13. Most important, ALA provided an open structure in which members could organize units to advocate for the information rights of women; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals; the incarcerated; the poor and homeless; indeed every citizen. That structure allowed activist members to force the old association to be more democratic a few decades ago.

    — 

    John N. Berry III, “Why I stick with ALA” (via thelifeguardlibrarian)

    Holla John Berry!

  14. LJ’s Neal Wyatt wins RUSA’s Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award

    Library Journal is so, so proud to share that Neal Wyatt, our resident readers’ advisory expert (and the author of our weekly Wyatt’s World column), has been awarded RUSA’s Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award for exceptional contributions to reference librarianship. From the official announcement

    Neal Wyatt, doctoral candidate in the media, art and text program at Virginia Commonwealth University, is the distinguished recipient of the 2013 Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award — the highest honor for significant contributions to the field of reference librarianship presented by the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA).

    The award, which is generously sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning, is bestowed annually upon an individual for his or her excellence in reference services. Wyatt was selected for her multiple influences and contributions to the field through her writing, teaching, service to and leadership in RUSA. As a direct result of her work, readers’ advisory services have been re-established as an important component of current reference work.

    Wyatt launched the Readers’ Advisory Research and Trends Forum in 2009 — a recurring conference program that brings together theorists and practitioners from disparate fields to explore the expansion of RA boundaries. Her writing includes the Library Journal series “Reinventing RA,” her influential book The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Nonfiction, (ALA, 2007) and her monthly Library Journal column “Crossroads.” As a teacher and presenter, she demonstrates and passionately shares creative uses of technology for librarians across the RA spectrum. Her efforts have rekindled the passionate fire of RA service, elevating it to a prominent role in the public library setting, as well as other library environments. Wyatt has served as chair of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) and President of RUSA where, as a tireless and effective leader, she left a significant legacy of creativity and inclusivity.

    Congratulations Neal!

  15. ala-idea-exchange:

    During National Poetry Month, put up poster board or a big white board. Invite people to write haikus.

    Great idea! (And check out ALA’s Idea Exchange tumblr, if you haven’t yet—it’s great.)