Fall 2009

Do You Belong in Jail? Careers in Correctional Libraries

By Erica MacCreaigh, Senior Library Consultant, Colorado State Library With more than 1% of the American adult population currently behind bars and increasing acknowledgement by lawmakers that recidivism must be curtailed, there are more opportunities than ever for librarians to serve the most chronically underserved library patrons in the country—prisoners.  Rallying the troops with a...

Library Support Staff Certification: How You Can Help

By Diana Reese, Institutional Library Development, Colorado State Library The news is out! The Executive Board of ALA approved the establishment of the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC) at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Endorsed by six of ALA’s eleven divisions (including ASCLA) and the Library Support Staff Interest Round Table, the program...

Arizona State Library Moves

Press release The Arizona Secretary of State successfully requested the transfer of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records to his office from the Legislative branch of government. Arizona was the only state library under direct legislative supervision. As of September 30th, 2009, Arizona’s State Librarian, GladysAnn Wells, will report to former Arizona Senate...

GODORT Convenes Forum on Government Information

Press release At the American Library Association meeting recently held in Chicago, the Committee on Legislation, Subcommittee on Government Information, and GODORT convened a forum on government information for the ALA divisions and groups. A report of the session will be widely available. The discussion centered on the crucial need for all librarians to understand...

Call for nominations for 2010 ASCLA awards

ALA Press release The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is now accepting nominations for its 2010 awards program.  The purpose of ASCLA awards is to recognize outstanding achievements in networking, enrichment, educational opportunities, and service by library agencies, libraries serving special populations, multitype library organizations and independent librarians. ASCLA encourages people to...