Jessica Olin writes: “One of the hardest things for a new boss to learn is how to give feedback to staff. If anyone tells you they had an easy time with it, either they are lying or they had a lot of coaching ahead of time. I didn’t have lots of coaching ahead of time, and I’m not going to lie to you. The truth is that I’ve had some missteps while talking to employees about their mistakes. And like I always try to do with my failures, I want to use it to help you avoid the same pitfalls.”
Letters to a Young Librarian, Feb. 28
Kelly Hincks writes: “Learning practical teaching tips and tricks is one of my favorite forms of professional development. I love when others share simple things that can be applied quickly and easily to my teaching and improve learning for my students. Here are 12 tricks that work in my library.”
Knowledge Quest blog, Feb. 28
There is confusion about the library’s ability to ban firearms under current Missouri statutes. This began an extremely large discussion about guns in the library. The Missourian received many comments on social media in response to our coverage. We decided to ask the community about the topic and received over 380 responses to an online survey. We specifically asked two questions: How does this make you feel about using the library, and will it prevent you from going to the library?
Columbia Missourian, Feb. 27
Thousands of South Carolina’s historic documents, from presidential papers to personal slave journals, are facing an issue apart from age—a preservation method that has backfired. For 20 years, beginning in the 1950s, the state laminated documents to protect them from aging. But the process has caused discoloration. The natural acids from the paper mix with the degrading laminate to create a noxious vinegar. Each passing year will further degrade the document until it’s gone.
NPR: All Things Considered, Feb. 21
David Kravets writes: “The Recording Industry Association of America and other rights holders are urging US copyright regulators to update the ‘antiquated’ DMCA takedown process. They want Internet Service Providers to filter out pirated content, because the process of granting legal immunity to ISPs who remove copyrighted content upon notice of the rights holder needs to be supplanted with fresh piracy controls. A system like this is bound to have problems, however, and these start with the rights holders.”
Ars Technica, Feb. 26
14-year-old Akira Underwood was a librarian for a day at Cincinnati’s Westwood branch library on February 25. She’s alphabetizing books and movies that have been placed on hold, but there are several photographers there to document her day at work. In a December newspaper article, Akira mentioned that she wants to be a librarian. So, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County set her up for a day at the branch. She also learned the computer system and got to explore behind the scenes.
Cincinnati Enquirer, Feb. 25
They have helped get Glasgow—both young and old—reading. And now Principal Librarians Margaret Houston and Dawn Vallance have been honored with the prestigious title of Librarian of the Year 2017. The pair, who work in Glasgow’s Mitchell Library, shared the award from the Publishers’ Publicity Circle. They were cited for their work bringing authors to Glasgow, through high-profile events including Book Week Scotland, World Book Day, and the Wee Write! festival.
Glasgow Evening Times, Feb. 27