Heidi Rabinowitz writes: “In response to the tragedy at the synagogue in Pittsburgh and to rising anti-Semitism in the United States, the Association of Jewish Libraries offers the Love Your Neighbor series of book lists for young readers. This is the second in a series of book lists intended to provide children and their families with a greater understanding of the Jewish religion and its people. This list features books for children and teens that take place in synagogues, that feature rabbis and other clergy, and that demonstrate a variety of Jewish rituals.”
People of the Books Blog, Nov. 19
Joseph Esposito writes: “Big changes in textbooks are coming, and libraries will be at the center of them. Textbooks, whether print or digital, fall into three categories: Traditional textbooks are the books we are all familiar with, Open Educational Resources that are free to the end-user and enable configuration by the instructor, and inclusive access programs are traditional textbooks put into all-digital programs so that librarians or other university representatives can negotiate with publishers for lower prices.”
The Scholarly Kitchen, Nov. 19
Corey Hall has been selected as one of two participants sponsored by AASL in the ALA 2019 Emerging Leaders program. The program enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups. Hall is currently the middle and high school librarian at Manheim (Pa.) Central Middle School. She earned her MLIS from San José (Calif.) State University in 2018.
AASL, Nov. 19
Bianca Spurlock has been selected as one of two participants sponsored by AASL in the ALA 2019 Emerging Leaders program. The program enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups. Spurlock is currently the middle and upper school librarian at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia. She earned her MLIS from Florida State University in 2015.
AASL, Nov. 19
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new session of its two-session workshop, “Creating a Digital Media Space for Today’s Teens” with Corey Wittig, on January 9 and 16. Digital media expert Wittig knows what it takes to build an effective, popular lab, and he’ll share his knowledge with you in this comprehensive, two-part workshop. Registration is through the ALA Store.
ALA eLearning Solutions, Nov. 19
A growing number of libraries are offering audio production tools, either in studio spaces or on loan. By making these tools available to patrons, libraries can draw local artists and hobbyists and become part of the local music scene. The software and instrument options are numerous, but digital production platforms provide a solid introduction for newcomers as well as a unique resource for more experienced musicians. For example: Maschine, a music controller and sequencing software package; and Pocket Operators, handheld synthesizers about the size of a calculator.
American Libraries Solutions, Nov./Dec.
Karen Muller writes: “Bestselling author Jenn McKinlay often sets stories in her Library Lover’s Mysteries series during ‘crafternoons,’ weekly library potluck luncheons that combine crafting and book discussion. It sounds like a wonderful programming idea, and McKinlay’s concept reveals much about the perception of the library as a community center. Here are several titles to help expand or reimagine programming, mostly in public libraries.”
American Libraries column, Nov./Dec.