YALSA named the winners of its 2017 YALSA Writing Awards, with members winning in four categories: Anthony S. Chow, Rebecca J. Morris, Amy Figley, Karla Regan, Samantha Lam, and Jessica Sherard for the best article in JLRYA; Megan Emery for the best article in YALS; Danielle Jones for best post on the The Hub; and Elise Martinez for best post on YALSAblog.
YALSA, Feb. 21
Bailey Brewer writes: “In 2010, American Libraries highlighted nearly two dozen programming ideas for Women’s History Month. This all-new roundup of special events, activities, movie nights, and meetings offers at least 18 more ideas for honoring groundbreaking women and engaging your patrons.”
American Libraries feature, Feb. 21
On February 17, the Library Copyright Alliance submitted a second round of comments in the Copyright Office’s study on the effectiveness of the notice and takedown provisions of Section 512. It argued that the effectiveness of federal policies to improve access to information would have been seriously compromised without Section 512. Accordingly, LCA again opposes changes to Section 512 not required by the DMCA and which could upset the present balance.
District Dispatch, Feb. 21
ALA President-Elect Jim Neal writes: “Ever photocopy an article for yourself, download a library ebook, or record digital programming of any kind? You were benefiting from fair use and other key parts of our nation’s copyright laws. These critical provisions balance copyright owners’ otherwise monopolistic rights to control almost every aspect of how their work is accessed, used, shared, and modified. This is Fair Use Week 2017, and there’s no better time to take time to look at where that balance came from.”
The Hill, Feb. 21
YALSA has announced award-winning young adult author Gene Luen Yang as its 2017 Teen Tech Week national spokesperson. Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist and the winner of YALSA’s 2007 Printz Award. Teen Tech Week 2017 will take place March 5–11 with the theme “Be the Source of Code” and will feature a “Twitter Takeover.”
YALSA, Feb. 21
Alison Nastasi writes: “Winter isn’t over just yet—at least according to that poor, dear groundhog. But that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of warmer days and the stack of books we want to read en plein air. Fear not: We have prepared a selection of gorgeous libraries with gardens to inspire you—which totally beats clinging to your SAD sun lamp.”
Flavorwire, Feb. 12
Lauren Young writes: “In the years leading up to the Second World War, isolationist sentiment coursed pretty strongly throughout the United States. Some Americans feared that immigrants were a threat to the country. Sound familiar? Then you’ll have no trouble understanding the reasons why this map, illustrated by Emma Bourne and titled America—A Nation of One People from Many Countries, was published in 1940 by the Council Against Intolerance in America.”
Atlas Obscura, Feb. 6