Libraries in the News

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Janice Welburn, Marquette, Named ACRL's Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

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MILWAUKEE – Janice Welburn, dean of libraries at Marquette University, has been named the 2011 Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development.Welburn was selected for her devotion to mentoring new librarians throughout her career and her commitment to diversity and professional service. Welburn has contributed to academic and research librarianship through service on numerous ACRL boards and committees, has co-edited Advocacy, Outreach and the Nation’s Academic Libraries: A Call for Action and Human Resources Management in Today’s Academic Library: Meeting Challenges and Creating Opportunities. She is also the co-author of numerous articles and book chapters. Read more of the news release from Marquette......

Allison Kaplan Receives Bechtel Fellowship

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ALA's Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded two 2011 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowships to Allison Kaplan, faculty associate at the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies, and Victoria Penny, First Regional Library in Hernando, Mississippi.The fellowship will enable Kaplan to pursue her study, "Board Books: From Toy to Literacy Tool" at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature, a part of the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida, Gainesville. The Baldwin Library contains a special collection of 85,000 volumes of children's literature published mostly before 1950. The fellowship is endowed in memory of Louise Seaman Bechtel and and Ruth M. Baldwin and provides a stipend of $4,000.  also received a Bechtel Fellowship.Kaplan says, "By exploring the collection of toy and board books in the Baldwin Library, I hope to be able to better understand what led to the evolution of the board book from...

Wauwatosa School District Eliminates School Library Positions for Spanish Language Program

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In what the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called a controversial decision, the Wauwatosa School Board decided to add a Spanish language program and transfer most elementary school librarians to teaching positions within the district. One full-time librarian position will now oversee part-time aides in the elementary schools. Another news report said that many in the district think more cuts will be coming....
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Belleville School Board Votes to Keep Book on Ninth Grade Reading List

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In a unanimous decision on Monday night, the Belleville School Board decided to keep "Staying Fat for Sara Byrnes" by Chris Crutcher as required reading for high school freshmen, according to a Channel3000 news report. Lori Beil, a district parent, had requested that the book be removed from the assigned reading, though she did not ask for its removal from the library. In a pre-recorded statement for the board, she said,  "I believe it would be better for the school to choose books without sex and profanity, that don't bash someone's religion. There are more noble and aspiring choices. Why am I doing this? I'm motivated by love. Love for my son, love for God and love for you, the people of my town."Supporters of keeping the book included other parents and students who felt the book explored themes that were important for students to discuss. Randy Freese, school superintendent, said...
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Barbara Dimick, Director of Madison Public Library, to Retire

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After 35 years with the library, including 15 as director, Barb Dimick will retire on February 24. Susan Lee, library business operations manager, will serve as interim director during the nationwide search for a new director. Read more...Congratulations, Barb!...