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 Maine Library Association  Newsletter
   April 15, 2014

We promote and enhance the value of libraries and librarianship
 Kids and Technology
On March 21, Mary Beckett, Annika Black, Deborah Clark, and Laurel Parker traveled to NERTCL's Spring One Day Conference. Titled, "Kids and Technology," here are some highlights. The complete reports are located on our blog.

Embrace your Inner Tech Goddess or God!
"This first presentation was my favorite because it involved new ideas interspersed with the actual technology being used for a particular program.  Cindy Wall and Lynn Pawloski presented a high energy presentation chock full of ideas.  Their excitement and creativity was contagious.  The program started off by showing the app for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr.  Morris Lessmore.   With it you can go into the world of the story by learning about pianos, book repair, and even storms.   Over the next hour, Cindy and Lynn described various activities which involved technology as a part of their programs." -- Annika Black, Norway Memorial Library

Technology for School Libraries
"Library Instructor/Teacher Jen Reed presented on the various technology tools she uses with her students during library classes. First, she sets up her learning commons to make it flexible and conducive to student-driven learning. Some of the literacy-related activities she facilitates are making Wordles and Tagzedo word clouds about books, creating book spine poems, and letting children record themselves with an iPad talking about a book. The students can use Animoto to create book talks and book trailers, Skype with others to discuss what they are reading, and use tools like Kid Pix, Comet Creator, and Flip cameras to create visual presentations about favorite stories.
Reed ties all her programming to the Essential Learning Targets and Common Core. She regularly collaborates with the greater community through library events, makerspaces, author visits, and a summer reading program. Reed believes students need information, guidance, resources, space to explore, and an audience to encourage high quality learning. She documents her programs and examples of student work at her school district’s website to better share with parents and the community."  
--Deborah Clark, SMLD Consultant

E-Books and Publisher Workshop
"A great history of  systems using computers for storing texts, electronic ink, reading devices, and where we are today was presented.  In 2007 eReaders became available with content from Amazon and sold out in 5 ½ hours.  Backorders were finally filled in April of 2008.  When iPads hit the market in 2010 it was the end of the boom years for dedicated eReaders.  2011 saw Penguin refusing to sell new content to libraries. HarperCollins placed a 26 time check out limit on library eBooks on March 7, 2011. Random House tripled the cost of eBooks to libraries in March 2012.   More tablets than eReaders were being sold in 2012, with android almost doubling the sales of Apple.  Getting content is now complex with considerations including publishers, printers, device makers, and content providers. 
Studies show that 28% of adults have read on an electronic device and 46% of kids have read on electronic devices.    In looking at the Maine Info Net Overdrive a breakdown of adult vs. children’s titles is not readily available.  James Jackson Sanborn did pass along to me, 'In terms of new YA or child content, the apparent lack of that content could be due to the lack of requests coming through the system coupled with the availability or lack thereof in ebook or e-audiobook format.  Although we have a few people who make selections with an eye toward YA lit, most of our collection is built by responding to direct user requests that are made through the search system.'  Children’s and Young Adult librarians…let’s get involved!"
-- Laurel Parker, Windham Public Library

Use These Tools! 

"This presentation featured several Youth Services Librarians discussing various websites that they use and why we should consider using them.  Websites included YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, Vine, and Minecraft.  I found the YouTube presentation particularly compelling.  Ideas discussed included uploading short videos of librarians demonstrating rhymes and fingerplays.  This creates a learning opportunity for parents and also a way to promote library story times to young patrons.  Videos could embedded into library websites or shared on the library Facebook pages.  I thought book trailers created by young patrons would be fun to share.  This librarian also uploads video of programs.  She seemed a bit lax in regards to patron privacy stating that it is legal to photograph or video people in a public place.  While it may be legal to do this I think there are ethical issues to take into consideration.  The presentation on Pinterest was also interesting.  The Librarian presenting uses this site to feature a children’s book illustration of the day and links to book trailers.  This was a fun session offering an opportunity to see how others are using popular online tools to enhance their library programming."
 --Mary Beckett, Edythe Dyer Community Library

I've Got the Money, Honey, if You've Got the Time

It's been a while since I went to a major conference. Limited help and budgets will do that to you. When I heard that this year's Evergreen International Conference was going to be in Cambridge, MA., I decided to heck with it, I'm going. I attended the first one in GA 5 years ago when the Maine Balsam Libraries Consortium was in its infancy. After what I saw and heard in Cambridge, I can tell you that both the software and the community using it have come a long way.

We started on version 1.209, if I remember correctly. The newest stable release is 2.5 and developers are already talking about what to add to 2.7. When we formed Balsam, the major clusters of Evergreen users were in South Carolina, British Columbia and Indiana. Today, pretty much all of GA, SC, IN, BC and MA are in, Mobius in MO, a group in TX, and other clusters in WA, OR, MI, CT, NH, OH and AK are expanding. On the international front, Evergreen is being adopted in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Canada, India, The Republic of Georgia and Tasmania.

My biggest problem with Millennium was the way enhancements and new features were selected. It was done by ballot and the academic libraries always seemed to trump what public libraries wanted for new features. With Evergreen, the situation is completely different. Let's say there's a new component or feature you'd kill to have in the software, but it would cost $20,000 to develop it. The way the Evergreen community is structured, any number of libraries or consortia can pool funds and hire someone like Equinox Library Services to develop the code. Once it's working and blessed by the Evergreen oversight committee, it's rolled into the next release. Your consortium might only be able to pony up $1,000, but every little bit helps. There's also a website where bugs can be reported and tracked by a cadre of librarians three times smarter about this stuff than I'll ever be.

If you're interested in the development side, or simply want to lurk, these sharp pencils meet regularly and welcome new blood. The Evergreen community also has several listservs that are open to anyone interested in learning about Evergreen. Most links related to Evergreen can be found at their website and the Evergreen wiki is here.

Pretty much every session's slides, handouts, documentation and links will be collected over the next couple of weeks and made available as links from one site. As with most conferences, one of the best aspects was the sharing and networking among colleagues. One of my interests, stemming back to my days at the Maine State Library, is getting additional Z39.50 resources for catalogers. I'm in the process of swapping ours with two of the consortia who were there and may explore additional ones with single libraries that have extremely unique collections. I returned home, energized and enthusiastic, but a bit overwhelmed at all the information that was sent my way.

Now to why this piece is titled as it is. We received a grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation last year to help libraries interested in joining the Maine Balsam Libraries Consortium with migration costs. If what you have read here whets your interest, I, or project manager Chris Maas, will be happy to talk with you and do our best to answer any questions you might have. My email is and the phone number at the Hartland Public Library is 938-4702.

The full text of this article appears on our blog.

Choose Privacy Week

                          Choose Privacy Week, sponsored by the American Library Association, is coming around again, May 1-7, 2014. There are lots of resources at to use if you would like to mark this week with your patrons at your library.

Librarians have long been advocates for privacy, both within library walls and beyond. Some of your patrons might ask “What’s the big deal about privacy? I’ve done nothing wrong - no one is going to pay attention to me?” If you’d like a little extra help in formulating a response to this all too common question, feel free to share with those patrons this very partial list of things going on in their lives that they may not know about. Perhaps they will reconsider their attitudes about privacy.

•   We all have heard about the NSA slurping up “metadata” on phone calls, emails, texts, and so forth so we won’t go into that here. But it is happening every moment of every day, and even the FISA Court judges have been caught by surprise at the extent of this data gathering, and then keeping that data about our activities for five years. Most Americans know about this to some extent. But maybe we may not be quite as aware of some of the following activities.

•   Tweets and Facebook postings are being monitored in real time not only by federal intelligence agencies but by many local police departments, and by corporations as well. Take a look at for an eyeopening example of one product being used to keep track of everything users say on social media sites.

•   License plate readers on police cars are becoming increasingly common across the country, and very few states have any regulations on how they are used or how long the data they collect can be kept (Maine is one). It doesn’t take much imagination to see how widespread use of license plate readers can paint a pretty accurate picture over time to track where a car was, and when.

•   In fact, the New York City police department has been collecting the license plates of worshippers at mosques and then using license plate readers to monitor the movements of those cars – all without warrants.

•   Got an EZ-Pass in your car so you can go whizzing through toll booths in Maine, and up and down the east coast? If so, perhaps you are aware that every time you pass a toll booth, the date and time you were there is recorded so you can be billed. This is possible because the EZ-Pass is actually an RFID chip which RFID readers can recognize as unique to your car and account. But if the RFID readers at tollbooths can read these chips, so can RFID readers elsewhere. It turns out that EZ-Passes are being tracked by government agencies, and perhaps others, when cars are nowhere near toll booths for purposes that have nothing to do with toll collection.

•   We take it for granted that there are video cameras in stores and gas stations, and lots of other places. Ever wonder what happens to the video from those cameras? Well, more than once, it has shown up in, for example, ugly divorce proceedings. Truth is, there is no law about how long that sort of video can be kept, or what can be done with it.

•   One thing that has been done with it is that many private cameras have been tied into police surveillance systems. In lower Manhattan, for example, there are now over 3000 video cameras monitored by police – in one square mile!

•   And, of course, every time we use a Debit card, or Credit card, or shopper loyalty card, information about what we buy and when is being collected, tracked and put into a profile somewhere that, among other things, helps companies decide how much your homeowners insurance is going to cost, what rate you will get on a mortgage or car loan, and even what candidate you are likely to vote for in the next election.

•   If any of this seems a bit unnerving, it might be worthwhile to head on over to and to see if your library is going to have any events during that week that you might like to participate in. 

Add to this list or modify it as you see fit. It could serve as a discussion starter, and we sure need lots of discussion about privacy in America in the digital age.

Jim Campbell, Chair

MLA Intellectual Freedom Committee

 National Library Week Festivities

Below is an edited press release by Jen Alvino Leo of the Windham Public Library. There's still time for you to join in National Library Week Festivities and to have your patrons sign the "Declaration for the Right to Libraries".

During April 13th-19th, the Windham Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week. This is a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.  

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the hearts of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. 

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them.  Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

The Windham Public Library serves the Town of Windham by providing a wide-ranging collection of books, movies, magazines and other resources for information and entertainment needs as well as story times, book groups, computer access and knowledgeable staff to help you access the information you need.

Service to the community has always been the focus of the library. While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.

On Monday, April 14th the Windham Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by hosting a Declaration for the Right to Libraries signing. Join us at 4pm for a presentation by State Librarian, Linda Lord, Author Julia Spencer-Fleming, Illustrator Kevin Hawkes, local town officials and library staff members. The new library logo will be unveiled as well and refreshments will be served.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.  

We hope you join us and place your signature on the declaration in support of Windham Public Library.

 Legislative Committee Report

Did you know there is a Maine Library Association Legislative Committee? The Committee is charged with advocating for all Maine libraries. This year the committee is working on keeping Maine's library community up to date with local and national legislation that affects our libraries. Look for an article in the next MLA to Z newsletter about committee member Steve Norman's experience at this May's National Library Legislative Day in Washington DC. For more information about the MLA Legislative Committee, please check out MLA's website.

Andi Jackson-Darling
Shared Chair of the MLA Legislative Committee


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This issue:

Kids and Technology
I've Got Money, Honey
Choose Privacy Week
 National Library Week
 MLA Legislative Report

 Librarian Spotlight: Deanna Gouzie
Above, Outstanding Librarian of the Year Deanna Gouzie is on the left, Samantha Cote is on the right.

This month's Librarian Spotlight is on Deanna Gouzie, Children's Librarian at McArthur Public Library in Biddeford and president of the Maine Student Book Award Committee.

First of all, congratulations on winning the 2013 Outstanding Librarian of the Year Award! Can you tell us how you found out about your nomination?
I was told that I was selected as the 2013 Outstanding Librarian at a monthly staff meeting. My co-workers presented me with a re-purposed kickboxing trophy (kick ass librarian 2013)

You were presented your award at the NELA Conference in Portland. How did it feel to receive the award? Did you have a good time at the conference? I was extremely honored to receive the award. Maine has so many amazing and talented librarians, I was frankly stunned that I was selected to receive this award considering the many worthy candidates out there.

How has life been since then?
After a brief bask in the glow of librarian fame, it was business as usual. :)

Can you tell us a little about your background and how you came to be a librarian? I spent a lot of time in the public library as a child as my grandmother was a librarian. I loved it. I spent hours pouring over books and sometimes helped the librarians with small tasks. I never thought "I want to be a librarian when I grow up" though, I wanted to work with children. My background is early childhood education. I taught preschool for a number of years before deciding the library was where I belonged. It is the perfect combination of my two passions; kids and books!

What do you love the most about your work?
I love so many things about my work but if pressed to pick a favorite it would have to be connecting kids with the right book. There are many kids who are labelled "reluctant readers". I disagree with that, I don't think there is any such thing as a reluctant reader, I wholeheartedly believe that those are the kids who just have not yet met the right book.
When I am the lucky person to have helped them find that book? There is nothing better!

What are your plans from here? Where do you see yourself in the future?
My plans from here are to keep doing what I'm doing which means:
-Reading until my eyes bleed so I can find that just-right-book for my patrons.
-Continue to explore new ways to keep the library relevant to kids and their families
-Maintain my belief that it is my job to crush the librarian stereotype and continue to do so.

What are you reading right now?
I am currently reading The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi, which, incidently, I am loving so far!

As an outstanding librarian, what advice would you give other librarians, particularly those starting in the profession?
Woody Harrelson says "A grownup is a child with layers on." In that spirit, I would encourage librarians, especially those who work with children to shed their layers. Embrace your inner child and have fun! If you create a welcoming, fun environment in which to encourage a love of books & reading, you will be successful.
Tech  Corner
Windows XP is no longer being supported by Microsoft. Have no fear! It doesn't mean that the apocalypse is suddenly upon us. Jared Leadbetter, Technology Consultant & E-Rate Coordinator, lists steps we can follow to upgrade our operating systems to Windows 7 or 8. For more information, check out his informative blog.

 Did You Know?
Professional Development
If you're looking to work on your professional development, the first place you'll want to check is the Maine State Library Events Calendar. There you will find online and in-person events covering all kinds of topics. Just looking at the calendar for the current month shows topics such as literacy, Common Core, management, social media, technology--and that's only a sampling.

Another great service that we have here is Webjunction. There you can take classes on any topic that interests you or that you want to learn about, such as library services, software skills, and customer service.

You also have the option of signing up for a mentor through the MentorME program. You can search for a mentor based on areas of interest. They will be able to familiarize you with everything that Maine has to offer and help you to identify and set goals for your career. They can also be a sounding board for you.

Finally, any time you are looking for information on personal learning or training, go to the Maine State Library Continuing Education page. Along with the services mentioned above, you will find training videos and many other links for educational opportunities.
 What Are You Reading?
Nancy Noble, Archivist/Cataloger, Maine Historical Society : Walking Home: A Poet's Journey by Simon Armitage and The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet's Memoir of Living Off the Grid by Baron Wormser.

Jennifer Stone, Old Town High School Library Media Specialist: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Katie Connor, Brewer Public Library: Longbourn by Jo Baker

Jayne Lello, 
Piscataquis Community High School / Middle School: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and Sparta by Roxana Robinson

Maine Reader's Choice Award Shortlist:
Benediction by Kent Haruf
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Tenth of December by George Saunders
The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda
 Scholarship Applications
 May 1 is the deadline for applying for the Maine Library Association's $2,000 scholarship. For more information on how to apply and a scholarship application, go to our website. Scholarships are awarded directly to the individual to pay for tuition, supplies, room, board and other program-related expenses. Scholarships are provided for one-time use only.

Criteria for applicants are:
1. The applicant is a resident of the state of Maine.
2. The applicant is a current full or part-time student in an ALA accredited masters or doctoral degree program in library or information science.
3. The applicant has completed at least one course and has maintained a minimum B average.

Applications must included a completed application form; an essay describing your career ambitions and their impact on libraries and library users; an official transcript from your university registrar's office; a current resume; and three letters of recommendation from professors, employers or other professional contacts.

If you need additional information, contact Debbie Lozito at or Ann Rea at
Summer Workshop

 This summer Jennifer Stone, Library/Media Specialist from Old Town, will be presenting "Library 2.0: Rethinking the School Library Media Center for the 21st Century Student" at two summer institutes, Taft Educational Center and St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont. Congratulations Jennifer!

Space is still open in the two workshops. Taft Educational Center's presentation is from June 30-July 4 and St. Johnsbury Academy's presentation is from July 28-August 1.

A description of the workshop follows: "The library and the library media specialist have never been more important in today's schools and our information driven society but we continue to face budget and staffing cuts and, in extreme cases, the elimination of the school library. This workshop will focus on rethinking the school library media center for the 21st century student and learner as well as how to create a vital information center that is central to your school and an indispensable resource for both students and teachers. Topics that we will discuss include marketing, advocacy, social media, blogging, collaboration, the virtual library, apps, ebooks, personal learning networks, technology in the library, and more!"
Additional Articles
There were more great articles than we could use for this month's newsletter. Additionally, some of these articles had to be edited for space. Please check out the"News" section of the Maine Library Association website for full-text of these articles and additional great stories. Thank you!
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