The new book LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens: Providing a Window for All, written by Christina Dorr and Liz Deskins and published by ALA Editions, gives school librarians, children’s, and YA librarians the guidance and tools they need to confidently share these books with the patrons they support. Helping to fill a gap in serving the LGBTQAI+ population, this guide offers annotated entries for a cross-section of the best LGBTQAI+ lit and nonfiction for children and teens, with discussion questions and tips.
ALA Editions, Feb. 21
YALSA has chosen 20 libraries to receive its 2018 Summer Teen Intern Grants. The grant will allow libraries to hire teen interns to assist in the implementation of their summer learning programs, while also helping teens gain real-world work experience, and develop professional skills. Each grant is worth $1,000.
YALSA, Feb. 21
YALSA has chosen 20 libraries to receive its 2018 Summer Learning Resources Grants. The grant’s purpose is to provide libraries with funds to purchase literacy resources that will strengthen the impact of the library’s summer learning program towards teens most vulnerable to summer learning loss. Each grant is worth $1,000.
YALSA, Feb. 21
YALSA has awarded Kristen Majkut, librarian at the Albany (N.Y.) High School, its 2018 National Library Legislative Day Travel Stipend. The travel stipend, worth up to $1,000 and funded by Friends of YALSA, will allow Majkut to attend National Library Legislative Day, which takes place May 7–8 in Washington, D.C.
YALSA, Feb. 21
The ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table has awarded the Nebraska Library Association Round Table for Intellectual Freedom the 2017 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. The group published a new Intellectual Freedom Manual in 2016 and traveled the state giving presentations. The award recognizes an organization that has developed a strong program that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, confidentiality, and anti-censorship efforts.
Intellectual Freedom Round Table, Feb. 21
Benjamin Herold writes: “From state lawmakers to Facebook advertising executives, everyone seems to think that digital-media literacy is an antidote to a fragmenting media landscape and its attendant explosion of fake news and disinformation. But a new report from New York think tank Data and Society offers a more cautious take. Evidence on the effectiveness of media-literacy interventions is still limited, according to the report, titled The Promises, Challenges, and Futures of Media Literacy.”
Education Week, Feb. 21
Tina M. Neville and Deborah B. Henry, librarians at Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, have been awarded the 2018 Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award for the article, “Repositories at Master’s Institutions: A Census and Analysis,” published in Library Resources and Technical Services 61, no. 3 (July 2017): 124–133.
ALCTS, Feb. 20