Re: ALA News Releases

Becky Albitz (
Wed, 27 Jan 1999 08:59:13 -0800 (PST)

This may be a good jumping off point for our discussion on Saturday
afternoon. I hope all who will be at ALA will plan on attending, and I
plan on having a letter prepared by the end of the conference to forward to
the powers that be.

We all have a stake in this, so I hope to see you at the discussion,


At 08:40 AM 1/27/99 -0800, you wrote:
>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

Becky Albitz
Head Librarian
Penn State Shenango
(724) 983-2880