Heather Terrell writes: “Over the course of the last decade, we’ve seen a steady rise in the use of portable personal computing devices. In their Evolution of Technology survey results, Pew Research Center reports that 51% of Americans own a tablet, and 77% own smartphones. Library patrons seem to be doing less browsing and more computing, and user-supplied technology has become ubiquitous. Here are a few considerations that may support independent computers and e-commuters in library spaces.”
LITA Blog, Feb. 17
PLA and ALSC have released a new Every Child Ready to Read @ your library Toolkit for Serving Early Childhood Educators. This digital toolkit is aimed at public library staff as a how-to manual to train early childhood educators and other child care professionals. It contains customizable PowerPoint presentations, instructions, planning worksheets, handouts, booklists, evaluation forms, and resource lists.
PLA, Feb. 17
Heather Blicher, online learning librarian at Northern Virginia Community College, has been named the 2017 recipient of the ACRL Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award. The award honors an ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to, the success of distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.
ACRL, Feb. 17
Jennifer Hunter and Christina Riehman-Murphy, reference and instruction librarians at Penn State-Abington, have been named the 2017 recipients of the ACRL College Libraries Section’s Innovation in College Librarianship Award for their work on the Research Parties and TED Talk as Research Inspiration programs. The award honors ALA members who have demonstrated a capacity for innovation in their work with undergraduates, instructors, or the library community.
ACRL, Feb. 17
The ALA Committee on Accreditation announced its actions on LIS programs taken at the 2016 Fall Meeting and the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Precandidacy status was granted to the University College London. Continued Accreditation status was granted to McGill University, North Carolina Central University, Wayne State University, University of British Columbia, and Pratt Institute. Initial Accreditation status was granted to University of Southern California.
Office for Accreditation, Feb. 17
Charlotte Ahlin writes: “Activism through comics is nothing new. Superman was a Jewish immigrant and Captain America once socked Hitler in the mouth. As long as sequential art has existed, it’s been used to fight against the forces of hate and prejudice. But, as the US continues to devolve into a Hunger Games–style political nightmare, it might be time to revisit some of the most poignant activist comics out there. Here are 10 graphic novels and memoirs with clear activist messages.”
Bustle, Feb. 15
Ella Morton writes: “In September 1885, a bunch of librarians spent four days at scenic Lake George, New York. In the presence of such luminaries as Melvil Dewey, they turned their attention to the crucial issue of handwriting. Dewey set out a catalog-minded mission for the group: ‘We ought to find out what is the most legible handwriting.’ This was the beginning of ‘library hand,’ a penmanship style developed over the ensuing year or so for the purpose of keeping catalogs standardized and legible.”
Atlas Obscura, Feb. 16