past and pending

~ some of the past and a little that is pending


“We librarians cannot stand by & do nothing while some publishers deepen the digital divide.”


Final drawing for Where the Wild Things Are. Pen and ink, watercolor.© Maurice Sendak, 1963, 1991, all rights reserved. Courtesy, Rosenbach Museum & Library

Maurice Sendak, illustrator and author of nearly 100 books and winner of ALA’s 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where The Wild Things Are, died May 8. He was 83. Creator of amazing nightmares, as the New York Times called Sendak, the artist’s works live on at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, where he contributed more than 10,000 of his illustrations and manuscripts since 1966, and was a trustee. He gained the title of honorary president in 2003.

From Pen to Publisher, an exhibit featuring three of his works, The Sign on Rosie’s Door (1960), Outside Over There (1981), and Brundibar (2003), currently on display at the museum, will be taken down in the near future for a legacy exhibt. The Sendak Gallery is free of charge today in his memory.

The Rosenbach Museum and Library, open to the public since 1954 and the former townhome of two Rosenbach brothers, houses works that reflect their life’s passions: rare books and fine art. A. S. W. Rosenbach gained fame as the developer of Harvard University’s Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library. He was hired to build the collection by the mother of Widener, a wealthy young bibliophile who sank with the Titanic in 1912.

Read the full post on American Libraries Magazine.

Library Advocates: President's 2013 budget: a mixed bag for libraries ›


Here are the two statements from ALA President, Molly Raphael on President Obama’s 2013 budget requests:


Reducing support for literacy under the Fund for Improvement of Education (FIE) takes books, valuable technological services and critical learning programs away from at-risk children…


GOOD Citizenship Task 7: Get a Library Card #30DaysofGOOD

Libraries in America are cornerstones of the communities they serve. Free access to the books, ideas, resources, and information in America’s libraries is imperative for education, employment, enjoyment, and self-government.

—The American Library Association.

Borrow, read, and repeat. (And of course, remember to pay any fines!)

See the challenge on GOOD→ 

ALA Midwinter 2012: Panel Tells Librarians to Go Forth and Digitize ›

PIPA, SOPA and OPEN Act Quick Reference Guide


In case you missed it, our Assoc. Director in the Office of Government Relations, Corey Williams created this helpful PIPA, SOPA and OPEN Act Quick Reference Guide (pdf). If you’re just looking for tl;dr - The ALA will continue to voice strong opposition to PIPA and SOPA, while further analysis of the OPEN Act is needed.


The Magazine of the American Library Association has been compiling information for prospective attendees to its Midwinter Meeting, hosted here in Dallas at the end of January. The most interesting tidbit the head librarians have offered on their blog? A dining list for librarians, by librarians.

Caroline Kennedy at 2011 I Love My Librarian Award ceremony ›


We need visionary librarians who understand how to integrate technology into their curriculum and who can help students learn the higher-order critical thinking skills they will need to succeed.


None of these efforts would have been possible without dedicated, committed and visionary librarians. Professionals who are excited about their changing role in a changing world - who are dedicated to serving others, who respect scholarship, and who understand that you are our guides on a life long journey of intellectual collaboration and collaborative composition. Your work is truly life changing.