Re: ALA News Releases

Gary Handman (
Wed, 27 Jan 1999 08:40:41 -0800 (PST)

I think we (VRT) absolutely need to draft a letter to the ALA Prez and
Council re this idiotic move.
It drives me nuts that, instead of promoting critical thinking and good
information saavy, ALA persists on pitting print against that ol' devil

Can we put this on the agenda for VRT's Monday meeting, Becky?

Gary Handman

>The ALA news releases below caught my eye because they include one on the
>big television turn-off day that ALA is co-sponsoring. Even though the
>press release says that the focus is not on the lack of quality, but on
>the execssive amount of time people spend watching TV, the posting of the
>public librarian that Gary forwarded makes it clear that it appears to be
>television content that is being attacked. Or video programming. Why
>else would a librarian consider not circulating her library's video
>collection during that week? I was going to edit out all of the other
>press releases, but two others are relevant. First, we are going to
>celebrate Freedom of Information Day, to promote access to government
>information. What about televised information? You can read the
>transcript of the impeachment trial, but not watch it. Second, ALA and
>A&E are offering all public and high school libraries a free Horatio
>Hornblower learning kit, to accompany the broadcast of their adaptation of
>the book. I wonder if the broadcast falls within the television turn-off
>week? It's so hypocritical.
>Perhaps an official letter to the President of ALA from the Chair of the
>Video Round Table would be in order, just to point out the harmful aspect
>of supporting this television turn-off week.
>Kristine Brancolini
>Indiana University Libraries
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 08:10:12 -0600
>From: "Spalding, Helen H." <>
>To: ACRL Leads <>
>Subject: FW: ALA News Releases
>> Freedom of Information Day to be held March 16; poster/tipsheet
>> available
>> The American Library Association (ALA) encourages libraries
>> and librarians across the country to celebrate Freedom of Information
>> Day on March 16 by sponsoring activities that raise awareness about
>> the importance of government information and the "public's right to
>> know."
>> "The library plays a critical role in connecting citizens to
>> information by and about their government," says ALA President Ann K.
>> Symons. "As librarians, we have a responsibility to make sure this
>> access is preserved."
>> A poster/tipsheet will appear in the March issue of American
>> Libraries magazine published by ALA. It includes background about
>> Freedom of Information Day, ideas and suggestions for planning a
>> celebration, resources and sample press materials. The tipsheet also
>> is available online at
>> Freedom of Information Day is held on the birth date of James
>> Madison, fourth President of the United States and the author of the
>> Bill of Rights. Each year, the James Madison Award is presented on
>> Freedom of Information Day by the Coalition on Government Information
>> to recognize those who have championed public access to government
>> information. The 1999 winners are the board members and congressional
>> sponsors of the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board.
>> To request a poster/tipsheet, contact the ALA Public Information
>> Office at 50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611. Telephone: 800-545-2433,
>> ext. 5041/5044. Fax: 312-944-8520. E-mail:
>> -30-
>> ALA, A&E offer free Horatio Hornblower kit to libraries
>> The American Library Association (ALA) and A&E Network are
>> offering a free kit with programming and promotional materials for use
>> in public and high school libraries in connection with A&E's
>> presentation of the adventures of Horatio Hornblower, based on C. S.
>> Forester's classic novels.
>> A request form for the "All Hands On Deck" promotion kit was mailed
>> to public libraries, including branches, in January. Others may fax
>> requests to 212-532-6113 by February 12, 1999. For more information,
>> call 212-532-6600, press 1 then, ext. 298.
>> Found on library shelves everywhere, the Horatio Hornblower books
>> chronicle life on the high seas amid the backdrop and battles of the
>> Napoleonic Wars. A&E will air four, two-hour original movies based on
>> the books on four consecutive Sunday evenings in April.
>> The "All Hands On Deck" kit provides ideas for showcasing books and
>> other resources related to the Horatio Hornblower series and its time
>> period. Along with posters, countercards and bookmarks, the kit
>> includes a resource book with suggestions for planning events,
>> workshops, curriculum programs, guest speakers and theme parties.
>> In addition, A&E Network will award five grants of $1,000 each to
>> libraries submitting the most unique or creative displays and events
>> based on the Horatio Hornblower theme. Twenty-five tall ship replica
>> models will be provided to runners up.
>> "We are honored to collaborate with ALA to bring greater awareness to
>> these awe-inspiring works of literature,"said Michael Mohamad, vice
>> president, Consumer & On-Air Marketing, A&E Network. "We are
>> confident that ""All Hands On Deck" will generate excitement in
>> schools and libraries nationwide."
>> "All Hands On Deck" is a terrific opportunity for libraries to tie in
>> with national publicity surrounding A&E's Horatio Hornblower series
>> and to promote library resources," said Ann K. Symons, president of
>> the American Library Association.
>> The Emmy and Peabody award-winning A& E Network offers viewers a
>> unique blend of original programming featuring its signature series
>> BIOGRAPHY*, intriguing mysteries, original movies and engaging
>> documentaries. The A&E Web site is located at and the
>> Biography Web site is located at
>> -30-
>> ALA encourages visits to libraries
>> The American Library Association (ALA) will join more than 56
>> organizations in supporting the fifth annual National TV-Turnoff Week,
>> April 22-28, coordinated by TV-Free America.
>> National TV-Turnoff Week is the only nationwide effort that
>> focuses attention not on he quality of TV programming but on the
>> excessive quantity of television that most Americans watch. Since the
>> first National TV-Turnoff Week in 1995, more than 12 million people
>> around the country and abroad have taken part.
>> "National TV-Turnoff Week is the perfect opportunity for families to
>> visit the library." Said ALA President, Ann K. Symons. "There are
>> many program, such as free author readings, that a family can enjoy
>> together. A family can learn a great deal about each other just by
>> the books they choose to read."
>> An "Organizer's Kit" can be purchased for $10. The kit includes a
>> guidebook, posters, bumper stickers, pledge cards, substitute
>> activities, articles, essays and much more!
>> To learn how to organize a TV-Turnoff in your community or to
>> purchase an "Organizer's Kit", contact: TV-Free America, 1611
>> Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 3A, Washington, DC 20009. Telephone:
>> (202) 887-0436. Fax: (202) 887-5560. E-mail:
>> Visit the web site at
>> -30-
>> END OF ALA NEWS Vol. 4, No. 10

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

"You are looking into the mind of home video. It is innocent, it is aimless,
it is determined, it is real" --Don DeLillo, Underworld