Get to Effective Weeding

There is a great short article on weeding in the November 15, 2009 edition of Library Journal (OK, so I’m behind on my reading) at

It is short enough to share with busy board members.

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EBSCO’s Exclusive Deal for Consumer Magazines Provokes Gale Statement, EBSCO Response

This may affect the magazines available to us in our Kan FInd databases since most of ours are from Gale.  Stay tuned for more information.

Popular magazines from Time, Inc., Forbes, others, involved

Norman Oder — Library Journal, 1/22/2010

  • News emerges at Midwinter Meeting
  • Gale issues strongly worded “open letter”
  • Concern expressed about loss of access
  • Who sought exclusivity?

Updated 11:45 a.m. January 22 with further comment from ProQuest

The news—which emerged unofficially at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting and was reported by bloggers such as School Library Journal’s Joyce Valenza—that EBSCO has signed exclusive licensing agreement with some major consumer publishers, notably Time, Inc., and Forbes, has caused consternation among customers of competing database companies concerned they might lose access to content they’ve long provided.

Today, rival Gale issued a strongly worded “open letter to the library community,”criticizing EBSCO for extending its practice of seeking exclusivity with academic journals to mainstream publications.

“Contrary to statements from EBSCO, Gale did bid for this content, offering proposals consistent with our policy against exclusivity,” Gale executive vp John Barnes wrote, in an apparent reference to unofficial comments made to customers.

In a message sent to libraries in Tennessee, Sue Maszaros of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, stated, “We are VERY concerned about this loss in content and want you to know that we will be working hard to resolve this issue expeditiously. We want the content available through TEL[Tennessee Electronic Library] to be the best and most relevant it can be and we will do all that we can to ensure that it is.”

The Time, Inc. magazines will remain in the Gale database through 2010.

EBSCO’s response
EBSCO Publishing plans to issue a formal response to Gale’s statement once the publishers named in that letter have seen EBSCO’s response. EBSCO said it does not want to do anything to alienate the publishers whose content it feels is so crucial to its products.

In the interim, EBSCO’s Sam Brooks, senior vp, told LJ the following: “Gale referred to the Time Inc. RFP in their letter and made it sound like EBSCO initiated the push for an exclusive license. In fact, this is not the case.”

“Our motives aren’t bad,” he said, explaining the process. “In many cases, an exclusive relationship is the only way you can have the content in your databases.”

“If you look at usage in library databases, these titles dominate,” he said of the periodicals at issue. “We could not imagine losing all the ongoing full text and full-text backfiles and causing our customers to have a much, much worse product. We actually received some applause when we announced this at our 600-customer academic lunch at ALA Midwinter, because those librarians realized that we’re preserving access for them,” Brooks said.

Is this a dangerous trend in the consumer market, having publishers request exclusive deals? “I can see the concern, but at the same time, I think we have a proven track record of not abusing our already very strong position with regard to unique content,” Brooks said.

ProQuest response
Another rival issued a short statement to LJ. “Based upon the titles that we understand to be on EBSCO’s list, we expect minimal impact for ProQuest customers,” commented Lynda James-Gilboe, senior vice president, marketing, ProQuest.

“Most of these titles are freely available on the Web and we will help our customers integrate that Web content into their ProQuest databases—just as librarians are saying they will do,” she added. “We’re not minimizing the interest in this content. In fact, ProQuest did pursue a non-exclusive agreement for these titles. In the end, we felt that the impact that such agreements would have on pricing, especially in this budget climate, was more than our customers could bear.”

Asked to elaborate on whether publishers requested an exclusive, a ProQuest spokeswoman said details could not be revealed because that would breach confidentiality agreements. However, ProQuest confirmed that the subject of exclusives was discussed and ProQuest said its customers would not tolerate an exclusive premium for this general interest content.

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Create a New Account in KNOW.NCKL

KNOW.NCKL is our new Workshop Registration and Continuing Education Tracking software.  We ask that all NCKL libraries setup an account in KNOW.NCKL. Please do so for all directors, staff, board members, and anyone who will attend workshops from your library.  First you will need to create an account in KNOW.NCKL before you can logon.    Note:  Each person should create his/her own account so they will become familiar with the system.

To create your account in KNOW.NCKL:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Register
  3. Fill in all the required fields (see two Notes: below)
  4. Click Send Registration

Note:  Required fields are: First Name, Last Name, Username, E-mail, Password, Verify Password, Library, Address, City, State, Zip, County, Phone number.

Note:  For Username, please use your FirstName_LastName.    Example:  George_Washington

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We the People Bookshelf Grant

“The We the People Bookshelf, a collection of classic books for young
readers, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities’
(NEH) We the People program, conducted in cooperation with the American
Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office.

Each year, NEH identifies a theme important to the nation’s heritage
and selects books that embody that theme to build the We the People
Bookshelf. The theme for the 2009-2010 Bookshelf is “A More Perfect

A total of 4,000 public and school (K-12) libraries will be selected to
receive the “A More Perfect Union” Bookshelf. Awards will be announced
in April 2010.

The “A More Perfect Union” Bookshelf grants are part of the NEH’s
We the People initiative, which aims to encourage and strengthen the
teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture
through libraries, schools, colleges, universities, and cultural
institutions. Since 2003, NEH and ALA have awarded We the People
Bookshelves to 13,000 public and school libraries. NEH plans to issue a
We the People Bookshelf each year on themes related to American ideas
and ideals.”

A list of the materials included in the Bookshelf is at ; guidelines for
applying are at
and the deadline is January 29.

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Swogger Foundation

If your library is looking for grant money for a small progect, you may want to contact the Swogger Foundation.  Their granting priorities are listed as “Arts and culture, education and libraries.”  Applications are accepted year-round.  Grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000.  Funding is limited to non-profit organizations.

Contact them at:

Swogger Foundation
c/o Kaw Valley Bank
1110 N Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66608

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And while we’re on the subject of weeding

Two librarians from mid-sized libraries in Michigan have created a blog called Awful Library Books.  If any of the books that appear on their site are in your library…it’s time to weed tham out.  This site has gotten so many hits, the librarians appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  THere is a link to their interview on their blog. Click the title of the blog to view it in a new window.

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Great Article on Weeding

Here is the link to an article in the November 15, 2009 edition of Library Journal.  All you reluctant weeders, please read Get To Effective Weeding.  You cen view the article by clicking on the title.

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“We the People Bookshelf” Grant opportunity

Dear Librarian:

The ALA Public Programs Office is pleased to partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the seventh We the People Bookshelf project. This year’s theme, “A More Perfect Union,” invites reflection on the idea of the United States as a “union,” a “One” as well as a “Many,” and will complement library programs observing the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. To stimulate programming, the Bookshelf features a DVD edition of “The Civil War,” the award-winning documentary by Ken Burns, including the rights to show the series to public audiences..

Public and school (K-12) libraries are invited to apply online through January 29, 2010 at A single application may be submitted on behalf of multiple libraries within a library system, school district or community. Individual branch and school libraries are also encouraged to apply.

In spring 2010, NEH will award 4,000 libraries a collection of 17 classic hardcover books for young readers, related to the theme, “A More Perfect Union”, as well as the option to receive Spanish translations of three titles, and bonus materials for readers of all ages. Successful applicants will also receive accompanying materials for programming, including bookplates, bookmarks and posters.

For programming ideas and tips, access to the guidelines and application, book titles, and further details, visit With questions, contact


American Library Association
Public Programs Office
50 E. Huron – Chicago, IL 60611

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Ruling on Lead in Children’s Books


As the American Library Association (ALA) has emphasized since first enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), concern for children’s safety is our first priority in providing materials to young patrons. On August 26, 2009, the CPSC’s final rule on children’s products containing lead was released. In the rule, CPSC confirmed that libraries have no independent obligation to test library books for lead under the law. CPSC also announced its intention to release a Statement of Policy specifically providing guidance for libraries with regard to the treatment of older children’s books that could potentially contain lead. According to our conversations with CPSC officials, that Statement of Policy should be released within the next several weeks.

While we await the Statement of Policy, ALA recommends that libraries take the following actions. If a library is aware that any children’s book does indeed contain lead above the legal limits or otherwise presents a danger to children, it should remove it from public access, for instance by moving it to the non-circulating collection. We would also ask that if libraries do learn of any books containing lead to please let the ALA – Washington Office know so that we might share that information with other libraries. When the Statement of Policy is released, we will promptly notify our members.

So, until we get further instructions, unless you know for certain that a book has lead in the pictures, you do not need to pull any children’s books from the shelves.  When a list of books becomes available we will post it. –C.B.

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Scholastic Literacy Partners

If your library, friends group or another service organization in town purchases books to give to children free of charge condsider becoming a Scholastic Literacy Partner.  Partners receive deep discounts and free shipping.  Scholastic’s goal is to put new books into children’s hands and promote their love of reading.

To find out more about this program or to apply to become a literacy partner, click here.

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