Mark F. Hall writes: “Over Memorial Day weekend, Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) and the latest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will sail into theaters across the country. While the storyline, special effects, and supernatural elements will be new, the image of the swashbuckling pirate that has evolved from pirate stories that were among the very earliest motion pictures remains faithful to the pirate stereotypes promulgated through centuries of literary works.”
Library of Congress: Fom the Catbird Seat, May 24
Following receipt of a letter from National Coalition Against Censorship member organizations, the principal of New London–Spicer (Minn.) Middle School responded that she will recommend keeping Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in the 8th grade curriculum. The book was challenged by parents who said it contained “gratuitous and unnecessary” profanity and references to sexual acts.
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, May 25
John Mack Freeman writes: “With summer comes vacations, busier public libraries, and an influx of children and teens looking for things to do and materials to use. In addition, many libraries have begun to be involved with summer food programs. While these programs often come about as part of a push toward meeting area needs and community engagement, there is an argument to be made that engaging in summer food programs helps libraries fulfill their mission as agents and protectors of intellectual freedom.”
Intellectual Freedom Blog, May 24
Ellyssa Kroski has been named the winner of the 2017 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. LITA and Emerald Group Publishing sponsor the award, which recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions for their long-term contributions in the area of library technology and its application. As a technology expert, an editor, contributor, and compiler of books, Kroski has helped make technology and makerspaces accessible for many institutions.
LITA, May 25
Brian X. Chen writes: “Carrying a smartphone without a case is like driving a car without bumpers—and no one wants a new gadget to shatter, crack, or get dented. Yet some products that purport to protect your smartphone are useless. It’s unclear, for example, whether a screen protector—a thin plastic or glass film for your phone display—actually prevents glass from shattering upon impact. So here’s a reality check on what does and doesn’t protect your phone.”
New York Times: Personal Tech, May 24
The ALA Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee and the American Indian Library Association will be hosting two presentations during its “Spotlight on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries: From Fresno to Alaska” program at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The session will take place June 26. Raymond Pun and Julie Renee Moore will discuss Fresno State’s effort to encourage learning about indigenous cultures, and Jason Russell will describe Iḷisaġvik College’s digitization of Iñupiat collections.
Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services, May 25
Individuals with innovative summer learning programs are invited to submit them to YALSA’s Teen Programming HQ in a contest to identify the “top ten” summer learning programs. Programs with a focus on STEM/STEAM, digital literacy, college and career readiness, service learning, or aimed at underserved or underrepresented populations in your community are of particular interest. Submit a program outline now through June 1. All 10 winners will receive a gift pack full of great YALSA resources and swag.
YALSA, May 25