Emilio Estevez worked for more than 10 years to get The Public—an upcoming drama set in and filming at the Cincinnati Public Library—into production. Now that filming is almost over, Estevez said he’s balancing the stress of directing a mostly nighttime shoot by giving praise to a city he loves. It takes place during the coldest winter the city has seen in a long time, the homeless shelters are overwhelmed, and the patrons of the library decide to stage an occupy and say, “We are a de facto homeless shelter.”
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, Feb. 26
The San Jose State University School of Information has announced the Library 2.017 Worldwide Virtual Conference‚ March 29. There will be three topic-specific conferences held throughout the year, with each three-hour event featuring an opening and closing keynote session and crowdsourced presentations. The keynote dialogue will be followed by 10–15 crowdsourced 30-minute presentations. The call for proposals for these sessions is open until March 15.
International Relations Round Table Blog, Feb. 24
Helen Adams writes: “There are many resources about intellectual freedom to keep school librarians informed, but are you familiar with the Intellectual Freedom News? It’s a weekly electronic compilation of intellectual freedom news in a variety of areas produced by interns in the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. To learn more, I talked with April Dawkins and Kate Lectenberg, the OIF interns who are responsible for locating the news and assembling the weekly publication.
Knowledge Quest blog, Feb. 27
A woman who gave 44 years of service to the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library bequeathed the library $1 million—the largest one-time gift from an individual in the library’s history. Diane Swanson was director of the Plaza branch for 15 years. She retired in 2002 and died in April 2014 at age 79. The library will use the gift to create the Swanson Strategic Endowment Fund to highlight the riches of its collections and publicize the services the library provides.
Kansas City (Mo.) Star, Feb. 27
When the Multnomah County Library System celebrated 150 years in 2014, librarian Carol Rogers could make the unique claim of being there for nearly a third of that history. On October 19, Rogers celebrated her 50th anniversary with the library. Her coworkers gave her a crown and purple cape to wear as she walked down the grand staircase of Portland’s Central Library, where she’s spent 44 of her working years. Rogers was 19, a sophomore at then Cascade College, when she took a job at the North Portland branch.
Portland Oregonian, Feb. 27
The ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender and Government Documents round tables (GLBTRT and GODORT) have awarded Lisa Hinchliffe, coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with the first-ever Larry Romans Mentorship Award. Hinchliffe’s mentorship at UIUC, ALA, and ACRL has provided support to many generations of library school students and colleagues. The award consists of a citation and $1,000.
Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services, Feb. 27
ALCTS congratulates Robert Bremer, senior consulting database specialist at OCLC, as the recipient of its 2017 Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. Presented by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section, the award consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by ProQuest and is given for distinguished contributions to serials librarianship. The award will be presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony on June 24 during the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
ALCTS, Feb. 27