The Scoop

The Scoop is the American Libraries blog and covers a wide range of issues related to libraries and librarians, including conference posts about ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference. The section also provides news, features, Q&As, photos, videos, slide shows, and other coverage of the industry.

  • Mike Jung, Alma Flor Ada, Joy Triche, and CM! Winters-Palacio

    Diverse Books Need Us

    June 29, 2015

    Last year, eight out of the top 10 challenged books were related to diversity, according to ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. The office estimates that more than half of all banned books are by authors of color or contain events and issues concerning diverse communities. At Monday’s “Diverse Books Need Us” program, four panelists—an author, … Continue reading Diverse Books Need Us

  • Patrick Farley's Game of Thrones entry for Maureen Johnson's Coverflip challenge

    Fart Jokes and Feelings

    June 29, 2015

    In this provocatively titled session on Saturday, “Girls Like Fart Jokes and Boys Have Feelings,” moderator Angie Manfredi, head of youth services for the Los Alamos County (N.Mex.) Library System, looked at the gender divide in books for kids and young adults and what librarians can do to minimize it. Panelist and author Hannah Gomez, … Continue reading Fart Jokes and Feelings


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