The University of Texas at Austin has received a grant of $700,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a project through LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections titled “Cultivating a Latin American Post-Custodial Archival Praxis.” The project focuses on building local capacity in Latin America to preserve vulnerable human rights documentation and making the resulting documents digitally accessible.
University of Texas at Austin Libraries, Apr. 13
The National Coalition Against Censorship and six other organizations are urging the Jerome (Idaho) Middle School to keep a popular Japanese manga novel in its library after complaints were lodged about the book’s content. The chair of the English Department issued a formal complaint against Sword Art Online: Aincrad’s inclusion in the school library after a student expressed concern about the book’s inappropriate language and suggestive artwork.
National Coalition Against Censorship, Apr. 24
A novel that “illustrates what it is to be human” has become the first translated book to win the Wellcome Book Prize for science writing. Maylis de Kerangal’s Mend the Living, which tracks the journey of a heart from donor to recipient over 24 hours, is the second novel ever to scoop the £30,000 ($38,367 US) prize, awarded to a work of fiction or nonfiction in the subject of health or medicine. De Kerangal’s novel was translated from French by Jessica Moore.
The Guardian (UK), Apr. 24
Ebook provider Total Boox and the Tocker Foundation, a nonprofit supporting the work of small libraries in Texas, are continuing their pilot project to make Total Boox’s collection of nearly 100,000 ebooks available to 20 small and rural libraries in Texas for another year. Danese Murray, librarian at the Menard (Tex.) Public Library, said that her small library was never able to afford ebooks before the project launched in 2016.
Total Boox, Apr. 21
Romance author Julia Quinn (Because of Miss Bridgerton, HarperCollins) is slated to speak at RUSA’s Literary Tastes event at the ALA Annual Conference on June 25. Book signings immediately follow the event and light refreshments will be served. This event is free for all conference attendees. Additional speakers include Gregg Hurwitz and Dion Graham.
RUSA, Apr. 24
Diana Rendina writes: “I recently had two very different airport experiences that got me thinking about the impact of flexible seating in learning environments. Imagine how your students feel when they walk into your learning space. Are there comfortable seating options available? Is there a good variety to support both groups and individuals? Or are all the chairs uncomfortable and crammed tightly together? Creating an environment with many different options for seating means that students can self-select what will work best for them.”
Knowledge Quest blog, Apr. 24
Kerry Maeve Sheehan writes: “Why are advocates for major media and entertainment companies pushing Congress to rush through a bill that would make the US top copyright official—the Register of Copyrights—a position appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate? Unfortunately, it is likely because the new appointment process will increase the ability of the incumbent copyright lobby to influence the Copyright Office, to the detriment of consumers, creators, and innovators.”
The Hill, Apr. 24