Newly expanded and updated, the second edition of Marketing Your Library’s Electronic Resources: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, published by ALA Neal-Schuman, shows library marketing staff how to get the job done from beginning to end and in a variety of library settings. Marie R. Kennedy and Cheryl LaGuardia’s evidence-based approach includes seven complete programs from both public and academic libraries, including three new to this edition.
ALA Neal-Schuman, Oct. 17
Junot Díaz, author of the critically acclaimed Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, will be an Auditorium Speaker at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver on February 11. His first work of fiction for young readers, Islandborn, will be a picture book illustrated by Leo Espinosa. It is scheduled for release in February. Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review.
Conference Services, Oct. 17
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, celebrates the 30th year of its mini-grant program with a call for proposals. Approximately 60 grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to qualifying teachers and librarians in public schools and libraries across the country. The deadline for applications is March 31.
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Oct. 16
Rachel Décoste writes: “Libraries are filling a critical gap as K–12 classrooms gradually adapt their curricula to include computer science. Libraries can help encourage computer science education by promoting the Congressional App Challenge, an annual competition hosted by members of Congress for their districts. The first two years of the program yielded 239 competitions across 33 states. Nearly 4,000 students created more than 1,150 apps. This year’s app challenge has increased by 30% and continues to grow as the November 1 deadline approaches.”
AL: The Scoop, Oct. 17
Emily Wagner writes: “On October 17, ALA filed comments to the Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy Office expressing concerns about its plans to monitor and collect social media information on all immigrants to the United States. This proposal is in direct opposition to a 2007 ALA resolution on immigrants’ rights and the Library Bill of Rights. As reiterated in our comments, existing ALA policies affirm that confidentiality is crucial to freedom of inquiry and that rights of privacy are fundamental to the ethics and practice of librarianship.”
District Dispatch, Oct. 17
The Library of Congress is launching a Librarians-in-Residence pilot program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding, and sharing the institution’s vast collections. LC will select up to four applicants for a six-month residency beginning in June 2018. The program is open to students who have earned an MLIS degree between December 2016 and June 2018. The application period is November 1–30.
Library of Congress, Oct. 16
The Biloxi (Miss.) School District’s policy on how to reconsider a book being taught in class clearly states: “No parent has the right to determine the reading matter for students other than his or her own children.” But it appears that the school system pulled To Kill A Mockingbird last week from the 8th grade lesson plan based on complaints of as few as two parents, according to a report the Biloxi newspaper received. That same report said it was because of the use of a racially charged word.
Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald, Oct. 16