Can we put this on the agenda for VRT's Monday meeting, Becky?
>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.
>Indiana University Libraries
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 08:10:12 -0600
>From: "Spalding, Helen H." <SpaldingH@umkc.edu>
>To: ACRL Leads <email@example.com>
>Subject: FW: ALA News Releases
>> Freedom of Information Day to be held March 16; poster/tipsheet
>> 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
>> "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 http://www.ala.org/foiday.
>> 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
>> 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 www.AandE.com and the
>> Biography Web site is located at www.Biography.com.
>> 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: email@example.com.
>> Visit the web site at http://www.tvfa.org.
>> END OF ALA NEWS Vol. 4, No. 10
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