Saturday, October 31, 2009

Illinois Library Association Luminaries

The Illinois Library Association created the Illinois Library Luminaries program which recognizes the accomplishments of very special people, and is taking donations in their names. For more information on the Luminaries recognition, please see:

The ILA Cultural and Racial Diversity Committee is pleased to nominate Sylvia Murphy Williams for this well-deserved recognition. Sylvia served as President of the ILA (2002-2003) and Director of the Dundee Township Public Library, and gave back to her community. Sylvia was taken from us much too soon. She was struck down by fatal illness and lost her life on March 10, 2003. Sylvia’s bright light continues to shine upon us.

Please help us raise the funds to complete this effort.

Mail checks payable to: Sylvia Murphy Williams Library Luminary
The Illinois Library Association
33 West Grand Avenue, Suite 301
Chicago, IL 60654

(Please note this is not part of the Sylvia Murphy Williams Scholarship Fund.
That fund is separate and supports the ALA Spectrum Initiative.)

Please include:

Donor Name:





Thank you for your generous support!

2009 Annual DiversiTea!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2009 Annual DiversiTea! at the Illinois Library Association conference in Peoria! Thank you to all who purchased raffle tickets for the teapot drawing which helped raise funds for the Sylvia Murphy Williams Scholarship Fund. Please see: for more information about the fund for scholarships. This year's theme was From Adversity to Diversity: Looking at Transitions in Children's Literature.

Dr. Christine Jenkins gives a presentation on books for young adults with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer content to an attentive audience.

Vandella Brown on Little Black Sambo

Vandella Brown gave a presentation on Little Black Sambo entitled, "From Adversity to Diversity: Reading Helen Bannerman's Little Story: 1898-2009." She explored several different versions of it throughout its 110 year history and illustrated her presentation with an overhead projector.

One version by Anne Issacs is entitled Pancakes for Supper!

Another version by Josefina Urdanete follows the Bannerman story but has new illustrations and is in Spanish. The character's name Zambo caused controversy:

There are many other versions of the book, including one called Sam and the Tigers beautifully illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Below are some recommended criteria for selecting a version to read.

Book Selection Criteria

From Vandella Brown's presentation on Little Black Sambo:

Selecting Criteria for Little Books

The Council on Interracial Books for Children:
1. Check illustrations
2. Check storyline
3. Check lifestyles
4. Check primary relations
5. Check hero traits
6. Check effects on child's self image
7. Check author's background
8. Check author's perspective
9. Watch for "loaded words"
10. Check copyright date

REFORMA Meeting January 12, 2010

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p..m.
Location: NSLS Learning Center (North Suburban Library System), 200 West Dundee, Wheeling, IL 60090
Cost: Free

There is a lot to share. Dig into new ideas and best practices for serving Latinos and Spanish speaking people at Reforma Midwest chapter meeting.

Reforma is the national association to promote library and information services to Latinos and the Spanish speaking, and an affiliate of the American Library Association. For questions contact Armando Trejo.

For more information about this meeting and to register, go to the Library Learning website or

Press Release from Dominican University


Jessica Mackinnon
(708) 524-6289

Dominican University appoints Tonyia Tidline as director of new doctoral program

Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) has appointed Tonyia J. Tidline as director of its new Doctorate of Philosophy in Library and Information Science program. Tidline is also serving as an associate professor in the graduate school.

Tidline received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in library and information science from Kent State University. Her research interests include information behavior, administration and management of library and information services, research methodology, visual literacy, and information policy.

Recently an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama, Tidline has also been a lecturer and adjunct faculty in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. Her previous positions include public information officer at the Wexner Center of the Arts and research associate for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission.

One of only 50 schools in the country to be accredited by the American Library Association, Dominican’s graduate library school is particularly distinguished in the areas of children’s and youth literature, community informatics, cultural heritage/archival studies and the management of public libraries.

Founded in 1930, Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science has grown to be one of the nation’s largest master’s degree-granting programs. For more information on Dominican University’s doctoral program in library and information science, please call the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at (708) 524-6845 or contact

Chicago Chapter of the ALA Black Causus Meeting

Received via e-mail:

The Chicago Chapter of the BCALA will meet on Friday, November 13 at 7 p.m. at University Church, 5655 S.University Ave., one block west of Woodlawn in Hyde Park. Try parking on 57th Street, Woodlawn Avenue and 56th Street. Free parking is available after 4 p.m. at the University of Chicago's parking facility on the corner of 55th and Ellis and there may be street parking available. There are many places to eat on 57th Street east of Woodlawn.

At the meeting, will be planning our holiday gathering, which will be held on Friday, December 4, 7 p.m., most likely at University Church. Please bring contact information for people you would like to invite to the December 4 event to the November 13 meeting.

Please RSVP to Lala at or call 773-401-0474

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

From ALA E-Newsletter: Library in Abkhazia

The October 14 e-newsletter of American Libraries included a link to a video on the 1992 destruction of the Abkhazian Research Institute of History, Language, and Literature by Georgian troops. In an effort to try to erase history, Georgian troops destroyed materials and books held at the Institute. This story is of a personal interest to me because I participated in the Citizens' Ambassador Program Archaeology Delegation to Russia, in late September to early October of 1992. Cautiously, the delegation went into Karbadino-Balkaria and Karachaevo-Cherkessia, two autonomous republics of Russia in the Caucasus Mountains, on the north side. There was already unrest in Georgia and South Ossetia, just across the border from our delegation. Shortly after my trip's end, parts of that region exploded with violence. Abkhazians are a minority group.

I am familiar with Thomas de Waal's work. I highly recommend it.