23 April 2012
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Ask Your Representative to Vote NO on CISPA >>
Please call and ask your U.S. Representative to OPPOSE H.R. 3523, The Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 or CISPA, one of several bills to be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives during “Cybersecurity Week” starting April 23, 2012.

The American Library Association is concerned that essentially all private electronic communications could be obtained by the government and used for many purposes – and not just for cybersecurity activities. H.R. 3523 would permit, even require ISPs and other entities to monitor all electronic communications and share personal information with the government without effective oversight just by claiming the sharing is for “cybersecurity purposes.” 


ALS libraries. Should we think about doing this next year?
World Book Night logo
Libraries prepare for World Book Night

More than 600 librarians have signed up to participate in World Book Night, the April 23 event when 25,000 volunteers in the US will give away half a million copies of 30 specially chosen and printed World Book Night editions to reluctant adult readers in their communities. More than 750 libraries and bookstores will hold pre–World Book Night receptions, where volunteers can pick up the books they will be distributing....Public Information Office, Apr. 17


From PR Talk listserv - Millennials
Westlake Porter Public Library: 

I ran across this fascinating (and potentially useful) report on the behaviors and attitudes of Millennials (ages 16-34), especially with regards to their engagement with the world of commerce (which includes us) and thought I'd share it:
Millennials Behavior and Attitudes Study >>

What I found most interesting (in a scary way) is the fact that Millennials far prefer/search out input of their friends and peers over that of experts. Where does that leave librarians, I wonder? Also interesting: The idea that there are subgroups among the Millennial co-hort, making a one-size fits all marketing strategy a mistake.


From American Libraries Direct 4/18/2012

Hostile Questions logoImpolite interviews at last
Working on the theory that authors might be sick of polite interviews, Books for Youth Senior Editor Dan Kraus subjects bestselling authors to a round of insensitive interrogation in Booklist’s new Hostile Questions interviews. Each consists of five questions: Just who do you think you are? Where do you get off? What’s the big idea? What is your problem, man? Haven’t you done enough? Libba Bray, Frank Portman, Victoria Dahl, and Chuck Hogan have already submitted answers to those questions, with more bestselling authors to come....

A new tool to compare airline fees
You’re searching for affordable airfares and find two airlines with fares that are roughly the same. How do you compare additional fees, like those for checked bags, to see if one is a better deal? NerdWallet introduced an airline fee search and comparison tool April 11 that includes major domestic airlines and looks at about 300 different fees, including those for checked baggage, seat selection, priority boarding, booking over the phone instead of online, and for carrying a pet on board....
New York Times, Apr. 11

When to buy that plane ticket
When is the best time to book your flight? It’s one of the most fraught decisions travelers face, as ticket prices often fluctuate right up to departure time. Recent fare analysis by the Airlines Reporting Corporation seems to challenge the conventional wisdom that the earlier you book, the less expensive your fare will be. But most travel watchers agree that booking well in advance is a safe bet. So far this year, airlines have raised rates three times....New York Times, Apr. 11

Teens' Top Ten logoTeens’ Top Ten nominations announced
YALSA has announced the 24 books (PDF file) nominated for its annual Teens’ Top Ten list. YALSA encourages teens to read the 24 nominees before the national Teens’ Top Ten vote, which will take place in August and September. The winners will be announced during Teen Read Week, Oct. 14–20....YALSA, Apr. 12

Inside the OHF Pagan Lending LibraryPagan Library opens in D.C.
On April 14, the Open Hearth Foundation officially launched the OHF Pagan Lending Library. The event marked the opening of one of the first Pagan libraries in the country. It houses a collection of more than 3,000 titles, 250 tarot decks, and 40 periodicals and newsletters. The library is open every Sunday afternoon, with book discussions and other library events planned. “We have designed the OHF Library according to professional principles and best practices for a community library with full searching capability available online,” said OHF Librarian Eric (Fritter) Riley (at left)....Lez Get Real, Apr. 16; Open Hearth Foundation

Tracky, a task-management platform
Joann Pan writes: “Tracky is an application that boosts productivity by cutting internet clutter. The web and mobile app brings email, chat, task collaboration, and file sharing to one place. By using this collaboration platform, busy bees can reduce jumping from project management tools such as Basecamp to Google Docs, email, instant messaging, and calendars. Users can connect to Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest and share out information from within the app.” Watch the video (1:08)....
Mashable, Apr. 16

A buffet of magazines on a tablet
David Pogue writes: “Five big magazine publishers—Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corporation, and Time Inc.—have collaborated to create the Next Issue app for Android tablets, much in the same way a collaboration of TV networks started Hulu.com. For $10 a month, you can read the latest full issues of 27 magazines on your tablet, and back issues to the beginning of 2012. Each downloaded issue includes the full, colorful design, all articles and even the ads that you’d see in the printed edition.”...
New York Times, Apr. 11


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Entrance to the children’s section at the Cerritos Millenium Library in California.

New WebsitesReturn to top

2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners - http://www.pulitzer.org/node/8501
Includes descriptions of and citations to the work the winners and finalists are being honored for, but no direct links.- Neat New Stuff I Found This Week, http://marylaine.com/neatnew.html, Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2009. 

Library Journal Infodocket - http://www.infodocket.com/
This long-time guide to top-notch information resources and documents by Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy, a long-time favorite of librarians and information junkies, has found a new home at Library Journal.- Neat New Stuff I Found This Week, http://marylaine.com/neatnew.html, Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2009. 

Movie Review Query Engine (MRQE) - http://www.mrqe.com/
A database of reviews of over 100,000 movies, new and old, in theaters or on DVD. For fun, you can check out the list articles: "Best to Worst Dystopian Movies," "Best to Worst Buddy Cops Movies," "Best Cold War Movies," etc.- Neat New Stuff I Found This Week, http://marylaine.com/neatnew.html, Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2009. 

Poem in your Pocket Day - April 26 - http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/406
Celebrate by carrying around a favorite poem and sharing it with friends. There are plenty of poems available on the site, as well as advice to people who'd like to organize an event.- Neat New Stuff I Found This Week, http://marylaine.com/neatnew.html, Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2009. 

Exploratorium: Geometry Playground - http://www.exploratorium.edu/geometryplayground/
You've probably been to a playground, but have you been to the Geometry Playground? It's just as much fun, and it may change the way you think about geometry. Created by the good folks at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, this exhibit is meant to complement the traveling exhibit which has been featured in other science museums around the United States. The exhibit here contains three sections: Seeing, Moving, and Fitting Things Together. In the Seeing exhibit, visitors can make their way through a fine photo essay about the invisible geometry of light, while the Moving section gets interested parties up and exploring geometry with their bodies. Each of these sections has great photo essays, complemented by animations and fun activities.- Neat New Stuff I Found This Week, http://marylaine.com/neatnew.html, Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2009. 

Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts from Western Europe
http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/dgexplore.cfm?topic=history&col_id=173
The New York Public Library has a vast cornucopia of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, and this gorgeous website brings together over 2,000 manuscript pages from these volumes. The works date from the 9th to the 16th centuries, and they "give vivid testimony to the creative impulses of the often nameless craftsmen who continually discovered new ways of animating the contents of hand-produced books." These works include a 10th century Ottonian manuscript (complete with its imitation of Byzantine textile with gold decoration) and the Towneley Lectionary, which was illuminated by Giulio Clovio. Visitors can click on the Collection
Contents to get started with an alphabetical list of all the works here. Additionally, they can click on Related Subjects to look for complementary materials within the Library's digital collections. [KMG] - The Scout Report -- April 20, 2012

Chicago Jazz - http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/su/cja/jazzmaps/ctlframe.htm
University of Chicago alumnus and long-time Hyde Park resident Leon H. Lewis was a great lover of jazz and he spent many an evening in the jazz clubs of the South Side. As part of the Chicago Jazz Club Project, several employees of the Chicago Jazz Archive at the University of Chicago worked with Lewis to create a map of Chicago's jazz clubs from roughly 1915 to the early 1940s. Visitors can view the map in segments, or they can look at the entire map in one fell swoop. For each map, visitors can click on each of the clubs to learn a bit more about the location and view period advertisements and photographs. Additionally, visitors can click on the Club Lists section to view an entire list of all the clubs, complete with brief listing of performers who entertained at each establishment on a regular or semi-regular basis. [KMG] - The Scout Report -- April 20, 2012

Now What a Time: Blues, Gospel and the Fort Valley Music Festivals,1938-1943
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ftvhtml/ftvhome.html
To sit down with a group of friends to sing and play musical instruments qualifies as a great experience for many, and humans have reveled in such get-togethers for millennia. This beautiful digital collection from the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress presents 100 sound recordings from the folk festival at Fort Valley State College in Georgia. The recordings primarily consist of blues and gospel songs and related documentation, which includes notes from these field recordings and other related materials. Visitors to the site can read biographies of the individuals who made the recordings, along with a topical essay titled "Noncommercial Recordings: The 1940s." Also, there's a map of the region, along with a selected bibliography. Those persons looking for a few songs to start with shouldn't miss the recordings of "Bottle Up and Go" and "Death is an Awful Thing." [KMG] - The Scout Report -- April 20, 2012


ALS CALENDAR:  Return to top

Librarian's Meetings:
Wednesday, May 16 at 9:30 a.m. at ALS offices

ALS Board of Trustee Meetings:
Wednesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at ALS offices


CONTACT US:  Return to top
Please feel free to contact the Monday Memo editor, Martha Gammons, with comments, corrections or library news. 
Phone: 608-758-6695  Email: gammons.martha@als.lib.wi.us, 210 Dodge St., Janesville, WI 53548
Arrowhead Library System Director: Ruth Ann Montgomery, 608-758-6693, email: montgomery.ruthann@als.lib.wi.us
Website: http://als.lib.wi.us
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