The ALCTS Continuing Resources Section has granted Natascha Owens, serials cataloger at the University of Chicago Library, the 2018 First Step Award: A Wiley Professional Development Grant. The $1,500 grant offers librarians new to the serials and continuing resources field an opportunity to broaden their perspective by attending an ALA Annual Conference and by encouraging professional growth through participation in CRS activities.
ALCTS, Feb. 23
ALCTS has awarded its 2018 Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant to Juán-Pabló González. González is a graduate archives assistant and a current MLIS candidate at Catholic University of America. The $1,250 grant, sponsored by the Library Binding Council, is provided annually by the ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section to support travel to the ALA Annual Conference by librarians and paraprofessionals new to the preservation field.
ALCTS, Feb. 23
ALCTS has named Alison M. Armstrong, collection management librarian in the McConnell Library at Radford (Va.) University, the winner of the 2018 Esther J. Piercy Award. The award recognizes the contributions to those areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical services by a librarian with no more than 10 years of professional experience. Armstrong is a national leader in the field of collection management and assessment.
ALCTS, Feb. 23
Kenna Fisher is the manuscripts cataloger at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library. But another apt title might be treasure hunter. At a lunchtime roundtable on February 15, Fisher took audience members behind the scenes, where rare materials are investigated and their secrets revealed. The talk, called “Solving Mysteries At the Bancroft Library: The Fifth (Floor) Dimension,” attracted an eclectic mix of community members, professors, and library staff, who gathered in the Faculty Club’s Lewis-Latimer Room, filling every chair.
UC Berkeley Library News, Feb. 16
Queen Elizabeth II has recognized Hayford Siaw as the 15th Commonwealth Point of Light in honor of his exceptional voluntary service in combating illiteracy rates in Ghana. Siaw is the founder of the first Electronic Library on Wheels in West Africa and the chief executive of the Ghana Library Authority. The mobile library, active in more than 30 communities across the country, reaches more than 18,000 children a year via the van’s computers, tablets, and e-readers.
Ghana News Agency, Feb. 22
Sue Halpern writes: “Among the disappeared in Donald Trump’s FY2018 budget was the dissolution of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Take that away and virtually all federal support for public libraries disappears. While the institute doesn’t represent a massive amount of money—by one accounting, its $230 million was 0.006% of the federal budget in 2016—it has been crucial for sustaining libraries, especially those in struggling urban neighborhoods and rural areas.”
The Nation, Mar. 19-26 issue
The IFLA Professional Units have issued calls for papers for the program for the 2018 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 24–30. They are collected on this page. The deadlines for proposals extend through March 18, depending on the unit. ALA members can use the ALA IFLA member code US-0002 to register for the meeting at the IFLA member rate.
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions