Saturday, June 30, 2007

130 years ago today: Dewy turned over his library supplies business to ALA.
See our timeline of library anniversary events, linked at

We're still recovering from a very busy ALA Annual conference. A number of writing deadlines loom. Today I finished the hard draft of a paper I will deliver at an IFLA satellite conference in Pretoria, South Africa this August. I've also prepared the set of PowerPoint slides to accompany this paper. I also revised a book chapter for an international handbook of education and I am starting to write my second ALA Presidential columns. Columns are due 2 months before publication, so I am writing the September 2007 column.

Meanwhile, I will start posting some other announcements. Today the posting is a reminder to notify your international colleagues about the annual Access to Learning Award.

From Carol Priestley, Director, Network for Information & Digital Access (NIDA)

The 2008 brochures (in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) andapplication form (in English only) now available.
We are in the process of sending printed and email copies of the brochure to everyone in our own network. We shallalso post to relevant listserves known to us. We should like to use your knowledge and experience to add to thespread of the dissemination.

Thursday, June 28, 2007


We have just returned from the 2007 ALA Annual conference. Key events included: the Honor Dance at the National Museum of the American Indian (watch for our YouTube clip), chairing Councile for the first time (at 1 hour's notice!), chairing the ALA Executive Board for the first time, attending the Spectrum luncheon, introducing Ken Burns at the Auditorium Speaker series, meeting Vartan Gregorian, giving greetings at gatherings of International Librarians, presenting at the Planning and Budget Assembly, hosting events in my room, and helping organize and attend the Inaugural banquet.

My new gavel is in the mail and I have new business cards!

100 years ago yesterday: first Kentucky Library Conference!

Friday, June 15, 2007


When an individual accomplishes a great achievement, it is acknowledged through an honor dance in many American Indian communities.

On Friday, June 22, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., hundreds will gatherat the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian at FourthStreet and Independence Ave., S.W. in Washington, D.C., to honor the American Library Association's (ALA) President-Elect Loriene Roy.

The event recognizes Roy's accomplishment as the first American Indian to serve as ALApresident. Roy, an Anishinabe (Ojibwe), is an enrollee of the White EarthIndian reservation, a member of the federally recognized Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She will assume the ALA presidency on June 27 following the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Roy will serve a one-year term as the chief elected officer for the oldest and largest library organizationin the world.

The honor dance will be led by a color guard as Roy, her family and friends are escorted into the museum's main gathering space, the Potomac Atrium. A drum group will set the tone for the event by providing musicand songs. Many indigenous people will wear traditional clothing while female attendees will be encouraged to bring dance shawls. All who attend may join in the dance.

Established in 1876, the ALA is the "voice of America's libraries" and has more than 64,000 members. Its mission is to provide leadership forthe development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services for the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

For more information on the Honor Dance please contact LeondaLevchuk with the National Museum of the American Indian at 202-633-6613. ###

Contacts: Macey Morales ALA Media Relations 312-280-

Leonda Levchuk National Museum of the American Indian 202-633-6613

Macey L. Morales
Media Relations Manager
American Library Association 50 E. Huron Chicago, IL 60611

American Libraries Magazine, 1907-2007
Celebrating the First 100 Years

Reception at ALA for iSchool students, friends, alumni, and faculty!

Friends--nearly 70 people have rsvp'd!

ALA President-Elect Loriene Roy& UT Austin School of Information Dean Andrew Dillon
cordially invite you to a cocktail and dessert reception for friends and alumni of the University of Texas at Austin School of Information
in celebration of Professor Roy's election to Presidentof the American Library Association
Saturday, June 23, 2007 from 9:00 to 11:00 in the eveningin the Congressional Suite of the Grand Hyatt1000 H Street, NWWashington, D.C.

Please RSVP by June 14 to Luke Dunlap,