Is it Midwinter time already?! With the meeting beginning Friday, we gathered our favorite tweets that go through the roller coaster of traveling to #alamw17.
AL: The Scoop, Jan. 20
An academic librarian’s lists of “predatory” journals and publishers vanished from the internet without explanation on January 15. His business partners now say he was forced to shut down the website. Jeffrey Beall, scholarly communications librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, created the lists in 2008. They grew to include thousands of journals and publishers that Beall alleged exploited open-access publishing for their own profit. But it looks like Cabell International, a publishing services company, may soon start providing a black list of predatory journals in the spring.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 18
Biz Hyzy writes: “Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon that occurs when one of our senses crosses with another. The most common kind is called grapheme-color synesthesia, which means we associate or see numbers and letters as specific colors, but some synesthetes experience even stranger or more intense sensory associations, like tasting a sound or smelling a feeling. If you’re interested in reading about the world’s coolest neurological condition, check out this list of books.”
The Booklist Reader, Jan. 18
Kristin Pekoll writes: “The Office for Intellectual Freedom is processing reports to finalize our number of challenges in 2016 and our annual list of frequently challenged books. We collect information for our challenge database from both media reports and reports submitted by individuals. While we know that many challenges are never reported, we strive to be as comprehensive as possible. Send us any information on challenges in your state or region that you are aware of from 2016. The final deadline for reporting 2016 challenges to OIF is February 17.”
Intellectual Freedom Blog, Jan. 19
You’ve finally figured out your schedule to accommodate for that extra class visit, the all-staff meeting, and the webinar two of your staff members want to participate in only to receive the following message from your colleague: “I’m sick and won’t be coming in today.” Arrgh!! Cue panic and begin freakout! Or don’t. Here are a few ways you can be prepared to confidently handle even the most dire staff shortages.
ALSC Blog, Jan. 19
Gwen Glazer writes: “Ah, cheese… it isn’t just for sandwiches or nachos or fancy fruit plates. In fact, our favorite fromage can go beyond food entirely into a sense of cheesiness, or good-natured corny-ness, that can extend even to our favorite things here at the New York Public Library: books. In honor of National Cheese Lover’s Day, January 20, we asked our book experts to recommend their favorite sappy reading and tell us their favorite kinds of actual cheese, too.”
New York Public Library blogs, Jan. 17
Molly Wetta writes: “As high school librarians who value diverse voices, we have always been sure to have books by people of color and other underrepresented groups. We create monthly, thematic displays and reading lists, one example being those that highlight books by and about African-Americans during Black History Month. When we create our list of readings for our summer reading program, we try to ensure that there is something for everyone in terms of demographic representation and genres.”
YALSA The Hub, Jan. 20
The battle lines are being drawn in front of the Huntsville Madison County (Ala.) Public Library. The issue is whether you should be allowed to carry a concealed firearm while visiting the library. The sign beside the library’s front door is hard to miss: No guns permitted in this facility per state law. And that’s the problem. The state says that is not the law, and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has put the city on notice. They have 60 days to remove the signs or face legal action from the state.
WHNT-TV, Huntsville, Ala., Jan. 19
Paul Signorelli writes: “‘The conversation starts here’ is a long-standing tagline for ALA conferences such as the one beginning this week here in Atlanta. But I would suggest the reality is much deeper: The conversations continue playfully, creatively, thoughtfully, and productively from conference to conference and are valuable as much for their inspiration as for the positive transformations they produce. My ALA 2017 Midwinter Meeting onsite conversations began less than an hour after I reached Atlanta.”
Building Creative Bridges, Jan. 19
On January 19, ACRL provided comments to the National Institutes of Health Office of Science Policy in response to their request for information on data management and sharing strategies and priorities. The NIH sought public comments in order to consider how digital scientific data generated from NIH-funded research should be managed, and to the fullest extent possible, made publicly available; and how to set standards for citing shared data and software.
ACRL Insider, Jan. 19
We Need Diverse Books has announced the winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature–Young Adult category: March: Book Three, by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell. The committee also recognized three honorees: Watched by Marina Budhos, If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, and The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. The award’s mission is to honor Myers’s memory and his literary heritage, as well as celebrate diversity in teen literature.
The Booklist Reader, Jan. 19
The National Library of Israel has made a major acquisition of rare Hebrew books and manuscripts. The Valmadonna Trust Library was jointly purchased with collectors David and Jemima Jeselsohn in a private sale arranged through Sotheby’s. The collection, assembled over six decades by Jack Lunzer, includes more than 10,000 works that show the development of Hebrew printing and the spread of Jewish culture across the world. Highlights include an early copy of the Torah printed in Lisbon in 1491.
The Art Newspaper, Jan. 20