R. Lynn Baker’s Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K–5, published by ALA Editions, presents a comprehensive package of literacy-based public library programming ideas designed for children in kindergarten through the early tweens. Chock full of strategies and best practices for promoting literacy and reading skill development, it also features numerous planning templates and other materials ready to print and adapt as needed.
ALA Editions, Mar. 28
While on a US State Department–sponsored trip to United States libraries, the assistant library director of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) in Kabul visited the ALA offices in Chicago. Hamayoun Ghafoori stopped by American Libraries to talk about his library and what he’s learned during his American tour.
AL: The Scoop, Mar. 28
Whitson Gordon writes: “Feel like you aren’t getting the best picture from your shiny new TV? Want to make sure you’re watching movies as they were intended to be seen? Here’s what you need to know about HDTV picture quality, and how to adjust your set for the best image.”
How-To Geek, Mar. 28
Matthew Murray writes: “The battery may be a laptop’s most critical feature. That’s what makes it a laptop, after all, and not just a semi-portable replacement for a desktop PC. There are two ways to make sure you don’t run out of juice on a long travel day: Buy and charge an external battery pack, or just buy a laptop with really long battery life. We’ll focus on the second option here, as there’s no separate device to pack, carry, or charge. Here are 10 of the best choices.”
PC Magazine, Mar. 21
Biz Hyzy writes: “After 146 years of wowing audiences with rare animals and aerial stunts, the Greatest Show on Earth will hold its final performances in May. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey retired their elephants in 2016 when they lost a legal battle against activists, which led to a decrease in ticket sales. As they dazzle crowds in Rhode Island and New York for the last time, they will also concentrate on finding good homes for their animals. Here are 12 circus novels for your entertainment needs.”
The Booklist Reader, Mar. 27
Ilana Masad writes: “It’s no secret at this point that President Trump wants to cut funding to the National Endowment for the Arts. We can see the huge impact that NEA grants have on writers. According to a Denver Post article, ‘since 1990, 53 of the 88 recipients of the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize were past NEA fellows.’ That’s 60%. We’d like to share 10 of the titles that have been supported by NEA grants to their authors.”
Book Riot, Mar. 28
Laura Ascione writes: “Social media’s popularity means educators have a number of avenues to develop their professional learning networks and learn from one another. Blogging gives educators a platform to share best practices, pose questions to their peers, and explore new ideas about teaching and learning. Here we’ve gathered nine blogs that focus on technology integration, instructional technology, school leadership, and pedagogy.”
eSchool News, Mar. 2
Eric Hellman writes: “Ever hear of Grapeshot, Eloqua, Moat, HubSpot, Krux, or Sizmek? Probably not. Maybe you’ve heard of Doubleclick, AppNexus, Adsense, or Addthis? If you read scientific journal articles on publisher websites, these companies that you’ve never heard of will track and log your reading habits and try to figure out how to get you to click on ads, not just at the publisher’s websites but also at websites like Breitbart and the Huffington Post.”
Go to Hellman, Mar. 22
On March 23, the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee introduced legislation titled the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017. The bill would make the position of the Register of Copyrights subject to presidential appointment and Senate confirmation. Under current law (17 USC 701), the Librarian of Congress selects the Register. The Library Copyright Alliance released a statement in response, calling the bill “mystifying.”
ACRL Insider, Mar. 24
The ACRL Conference in Baltimore came to a close on March 25 with another full morning of programs and a closing session with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. The conference broke records for both attendance and fundraising, according to Conference Chair Jim Neal and ACRL President Irene Herold. ACRL’s 2019 conference will be held April 10–13 in Cleveland. The call for proposals opens this fall.
AL: The Scoop, Mar. 27
Written by Robin Rice and John Southall, two data librarians with more than 30 years’ combined experience, The Data Librarian’s Handbook, published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, unpicks the everyday role of the data librarian. It offers practical guidance on how to collect, curate, and crunch data for economic, social, and scientific purposes. The book shows how to develop an effective institutional research data management policy and infrastructure.
ALA Neal-Schuman, Mar. 27
Conor Dougherty writes: “The federal government is poised to roll back regulations limiting access to consumers’ online data. States have other ideas. As on climate change, immigration, and a host of other issues, some state legislatures may prove to be a counterweight to Washington by enacting new regulations to increase consumers’ privacy rights. Illinois legislators are considering a ‘right to know’ bill that would let consumers find out what information about them is collected by Google and Facebook.”
New York Times, Mar. 26