Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2009-02-21

Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz Memorial Service

The drawback of being on Facebook and Twitter is that I sometimes think I've written about something, only to discover that no, it was part of a FB/Twitter conversation

In January, after the ALA Midwinter Conference, ALSC members Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz were killed in a car accident on their way to the Denver Airport. The New York Times wrote a beautiful article about the two women; the ALSC blog collected memories of the two women, and posted other updates.

Kate McClelland was the vice-president/president-elect of ALSC. Following ALSC rules, Thom Barthelmess was appointed to be vice-president/president-elect.

If you've clicked through any of these links, right now you're realizing what a loss this is to these women's families, friends, library, and the profession.

Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich, Connecticut is holding a Memorial Service on March 20. Full details are at the library blog.

Cross-posted at A Chair, A Fireplace, & A Tea Cozy.

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2007-10-10

ALSC & Blogging

ALSC has a blog!

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2007-01-31

ALSC & Blogging

Follow up to my post, No Blogging For Committee Members, which reported a Midwinter rumor about ALSC Book Award Committee members not being allowed to blog.

Hot off the presses, School Library Journal breaks the story and the resolution in Should Members of Book Award Committees Be Allowed to Blog? The short answer: YES. Read the full article for the history of the debate and the resolution. Note that bloggers still have to abide by confidentiality requirements, which makes sense; the concern had been that there would be a "confidentiality plus" standard for bloggers that meant either no blogging, or not allowing on blogs what is allowed in the "real world" and in print.

A giant "you rock, Dude" to The Horn Book Editor In Chief, Roger Sutton, who blogs at Read Roger. The SLJ article reports that "Sutton, who’s currently on the 2008 Caldecott committee, threatened to resign after he was told to refrain from blogging about books that were eligible for an award committee. “I said if they do this, I’d quit the Caldecott committee, and that I would not put up with this gag.” Read Roger's own take on the dispute.

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2007-01-24

No Blogging for Committee Members?

LibrariAnne has a detailed report on a rumor about ALSC and bloggers who are committee members not being allowed to blog. I did hear whispers about this during Midwinter, and a comment to LibrariAnne's blog confirms that ALSC is "grappling" with this issue.

So I ask you: anyone know the deal? The specifics of the guidelines? Is it just ALSC, or is YALSA doing something similar?

Thanks to A Year Of Reading for the link.

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