Thursday, May 21, 2009


The American Library Association has updated its iLoveLibraries website, which features library news from all types of libraries -- public, academic, school, and special libraries. Now, readers can:
  • Post their favorite stories to Facebook, My Space, blogs and other social networking applications.
  • See library-related videos, thanks to a YouTube feed.
  • Connect with other library lovers, including Congress, about library issues.
This is an important and timely development, because it will enhance grassroots library advocacy. The featured news item is one that calls for action ("take action") related to legislation that would exempt books from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which seeks to protect children age 12 and younger from lead and phthalates in products targeted to children. (H.R. 1692). The iLoveLibraries site provides background information on the issue, recommends actions, and enables readers to contact members of Congress, stay informed, spread the word, and learn more.

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