Monday, February 14, 2011

Share your hidden collections

The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections cooperative cataloging program is looking for participants in Hawaii. Through NUCMC, the Library of Congress and eligible U.S. archival and manuscript repositories provide and promote bibliographic access to the nation's documentary heritage, thus celebrating the diversity of American life and providing an excellent tool for genealogical and historical research for the last 50 years.

In particular, NUCMC is looking for smaller institutions or repositories that may hold hidden collections that NUCMC could describe and make known at the national and international level. The standardized bibliographic records created and distributed via this international database are sometimes the first broad exposure for a repository's collections, often generating wider usage and public awareness that in turn speak persuasively for increased support from funders and administrators for hidden collections.

To be eligible, a repository must 1) be located in the U.S. or its territories; 2) must regularly admit researchers; and 3) must lack the capability of entering its own manuscript cataloging into OCLC.

Participating repositories, such as local historical societies, museums, public libraries, or town clerk's offices, provide NUCMC with information (main entry, title, date range, size, scope, etc.) describing their archival and manuscript holdings. NUCMC staff at the Library of Congress then use the information provided to create MARC bibliographic records describing the repository's holdings in OCLC WorldCat. Additionally, anyone with access to the World Wide Web has free access to the entire OCLC archival and mixed collections file through the NUCMC Web site.

For more information, e-mail NUCMC.

Support Library Legislative Day

Help support the American Library Association's 2011 National Library Legislative Day.

For more than 30 years, NLLD has been a driving force in federal library advocacy. Each year, more than 500 librarians travel to Washington, D.C., where they receive training and briefings to prepare for meetings with their members of Congress. Many continue their advocacy activities when they return home by attending town hall meetings and by meeting with their representatives at local events.

We need to make sure libraries have the voices they need and deserve in Congress.

Your contribution remains extremely important to the success of NLLD and helps defray the cost of this crucial event. Organizations and individuals who contribute will be listed as a sponsor on the ALA Web site and in folders distributed to Members of Congress.

For information on how to contribute, contact Kristin Murphy.

American Library Association: President's budget strips library funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Library Association President Roberta Stevens released the following statement today regarding President Obama's 2012 budget request:.

The president's budget proposal strips funding away from one of our greatest resources for lifelong learning – our libraries. Libraries are fundamental to meeting the reading and information needs of communities nationwide. During this difficult recession, they rose to the challenge of helping Americans get back to work through vital assistance with online job searches and applications as well as resume development. In addition, many libraries hold classes to teach the critical 21st century digital literacy skills that are essential to thriving in today's global economy.

We believe President Obama's request to cut funding to library services is short-sighted, when libraries are being used by millions of people every day. When we invest in them, we invest in the future of our country. We ask Congress to restore the support for America's libraries.

The president's budget requested $194 million for assistance to libraries to be administered by the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services. This request is approximately $20 million below the current funding level.

Like last year, the president chose to consolidate the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program with several other literacy programs.