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 December 14, 2006 SUBSCRIBE | PAST ISSUES 
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Net Gains: USC-Annenberg Center Survey Finds "Community" Surging on Internet
Syracuse's McDonald to Succeed Gorman at CSU Fresno
After DC Meeting, Burger's National Library Agenda Gets Going
Big Step: Legal Victory for SMU Could Usher in Bush Library
The New York Times Announces 2006 Librarian Awards, Including First Academic Winners
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Margaret Otto 16th librarian of Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, died at age 69 on December 10. In 1979, she became the first woman to lead the Dartmouth College Library. During her tenure, she supported a number of major library building projects and the early adoption of electronic resources and services. Otto also was employed from 1964 to 1979 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, Cambridge, and served on the Executive Board of the Association of Research Libraries.
Jeffrey Bilder will assume the newly created role of director of strategic initiatives at CrossRef, the cross-publisher citation linking system. Bilder has been a publishing technology consultant at Scholarly Information Strategies Ltd. and from 2002 to 2005 was chief technology officer at Ingenta.
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Net Gains: USC-Annenberg Center Survey Finds "Community" Surging on Internet

The Internet is constantly evolving, but according to the results of a recently released survey from the University of Southern California-Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future (USC-Annenberg), with the advent of online social networking it has truly arrived. According to the sixth annual survey on the "impact of the Internet," 43 percent of users said that they now value their "online communities" as much as they value their "real-world" communities. Jeffrey Cole, director of the USC-Annenberg, called that stat a significant benchmark in web history. The survey results confirm trends that could have major implications for libraries. Although concerns over issues like patron privacy, copyright, and lagging technology have slowed libraries' ability to harness social networks, the University of Washington's Joe Janes told LJ this summer that libraries must face—and embrace—social networks as the new web reality.

The ongoing USC-Annenberg project surveys more than 2000 individuals annually across the United States, contacting the same households to explore how online technology affects the lives of both Internet users and non-users. In 2006, the survey suggests, online communities have become vital for their users: a majority of members of online communities (56.6 percent) said they log into their community at least once a day, and 70.4 percent of online community members say they sometimes or always interact with members of their community while logged in. Among the study's other prominent findings: the number of bloggers has more than doubled since 2003, from 3.2 percent of Internet users to 7.4 percent. The number of Internet users who post photos online using services like Flickr and Snapfish also has more than doubled since 2003, to 23.6 percent, up from 11 percent. The number of users who maintain their own web site also continues to grow steadily, reaching 12.5 percent of users.

"We are now witnessing the true emergence of the Internet as the powerful personal and social phenomenon we knew it would become," Cole said. "In 2006, we are beginning to measure real growth and discover new directions." Further underscoring that point, ComScore, which measures web traffic, reported yet another web milestone this week: News Corp.'s MySpace, the popular social networking site, overtook longtime page-view leader Yahoo, recording 38.7 billion U.S. page views in November, vs. 38.1 billion for Yahoo. Equally eye-opening: ComScore reports that MySpace page view more than tripled from the 12.5 billion views it recorded in November 2005.

While still somewhat reticent, more libraries are making attempts to follow their users into the world of online communities, with some libraries and even the American Library Association posting MySpace profiles. "Anybody can be a better librarian using Amazon, Google, MySpace, Flickr, Yahoo, You Tube, any of those," Janes said in the LJ article. "You can know your clients better than before, and when you add these to the things you already have, you have this enormously broader repertoire."

Syracuse's McDonald to Succeed Gorman at CSU Fresno

California State University, Fresno, will soon have a new $95 million building, and it now has a new dean. CSU Fresno this week named Peter McDonald the new dean of the Henry Madden Library, succeeding Michael Gorman, who is retiring this month after serving as head of the library since 1988. McDonald will officially join the campus staff on February 19. He comes to Fresno from the Syracuse University Library, where since 1999 he was the associate university librarian for collection services and director of the Belfer Audio Archive. He also serves on the governing council of the American Library Association (ALA).

McDonald steps into some big shoes—and will embrace some opportunities with the building under construction. "I know Peter through the ALA Council and he and I are much of a mind on most library issues." Gorman told the LJ Academic Newswire. "I do think he is coming into a great situation: a new building, terrific staff, supportive administration. I am sure that he will be a great university librarian for Fresno State." Meanwhile, don't expect Gorman, also immediate past president of ALA, to disappear into retirement. "I do intend to stay interested and involved in the profession," he assured us.

After DC Meeting, Burger's National Library Agenda Gets Going

It is no mean feat to bring together over 40 individuals representing different stakeholders inside—and outside—the library community to develop a national library agenda, but that's just what American Library Association (ALA) President Leslie Burger did in ten hours on December 10–11 at ALA's Washington Office. In addition to ALA executives Keith Fiels, Mary Ghikas, and Emily Sheketoff, the group included presidents of the various ALA divisions and representatives of college, school, public, and special libraries, as well as non-librarians. Though there much discussion about conflicting "agendas"—e.g., for ALA, for libraries and librarians, for users— the final result encompasses all of these groups. Burger's goal is to have a document ready for ALA Legislative Day in May, so it can be used for legislative purposes on "the Hill," as well as by librarians locally. The agenda will be circulated at ALA's Midwinter Meeting next month in Seattle, especially at various division meetings, then revised and circulated more widely for "testing."

Burger smartly expanded the conversation beyond librarians themselves to bring in other views. Among the non-librarians were Cynthia Nikitin from the Project for Public Spaces, David B. Smith from (which empowers youth to become involved in public policy), Ann Arbor District Library's Superpatron Ed Vielmetti, and the Mellon Foundation's Ira Fuchs, who is also on the board of Princeton Public Library, where Burger is director. Both Smith and Tracie Hall, formerly with the ALA Diversity Office and now assistant dean at Dominican GSLIS, stressed generational differences. While previous generations may have thought "If we build it they will come," they noted that millennials think "If it's useful we will build it." Hall, like others, contended that "we [librarians] pander too much to ourselves." Burger observed that the library's mission is broad: "It's the first time we've served four generations." The agenda includes the library role in community, education and learning, democratic participation, and collective memory, among other things.


Big Step: Legal Victory for SMU Could Usher in Bush Library

In what some observers expect to pave the way for the George W. Bush Presidential Library, a federal judge has ruled that Southern Methodist University (SMU) has legal title to the University Gardens condominium complex rumored to be part of its Bush library plan. While SMU attorneys hailed the ruling a clear victory, attorneys for the plaintiffs said they planned to appeal and that the suit is far from over. SMU officials asserted to the Dallas Morning News that, while other issues in the case, including charges of fraud, remain to be decided, the ruling grants SMU legal possession. Thus, SMU officials said they intend to evict the plaintiff, Gary Vodicka, who lives in the complex, and his tenants "within the month" and begin demolition as soon as possible.

SMU is considered a frontrunner to land the Bush Library. Meanwhile, Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced an ethics bill that would compel the release of the names of donors, a potentially thorny issue for the Bush library which is said to be seeking a record $500 million. Presidential libraries aren't currently required to list donors.

The New York Times Announces 2006 Librarian Awards, Including First Academic Winners

The New York Times has announced winners of the 2006 Librarian Awards, including for the first time three winners in the new academic library category. In the program's sixth year, the Times received more than 1300 nominations from 45 states, choosing 25 winners (down from 27 last year), from 17 states. In an expansion of the program, librarians working in college and university libraries were eligible to be nominated by students, faculty, and administrators.

The inaugural winners in the academic category are Jennifer Duvernay, coordinator of instruction, outreach and marketing, Arizona State University Libraries (Tempe); Paul Owen Jenkins, director of library services, Archbishop Alter Library, College of Mount St. Joseph, (Cincinnati, OH); Myrna J. McCallister, dean of the library, Indiana State University Library, (Terra Haute). The Times honored the winners with a ceremony and reception in their honor last night; each winner was awarded $2500 and a commemorative plaque. Winners chosen by a committee composed of library professionals from around the country, including American Library Association president Leslie Burger and LJ Editor-in-Chief Francine Fialkoff.


In the second paragraph of last week's story on developments at University of Buffalo's Department of Library and Information Studies, we inadvertently attributed a "blunt assessment" made by the interim dean of the Informatics School to the "former dean." The former dean, David Penniman, has been critical of decisions made by the provost and disagrees strongly with statements made by interim dean Lucinda Finley.

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