Austin Tichenor writes: “There are book clubs—and then there are Shakespeare book clubs. In the late 19th century, Shakespeare clubs sprouted up all over America, giving their members (who were primarily women) the opportunity to read and discuss Shakespeare and pursue a life of the mind not always available to them in a traditional educational setting. Today it’s not unusual to see theaters sponsoring monthly or semi-regular meetings devoted to reading and talking about Shakespeare’s plays: Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Nashville Shakespeare Festival are two examples.”
Folger Library: Shakespeare and Beyond, Feb. 19
Stefanie R. Bluemle, research and instruction librarian and instruction coordinator at Augustana College, has been chosen as the winner of the ACRL Instruction Section’s Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award for her article “Post-Facts: Information Literacy and Authority after the 2016 Election,” published in 2018 by portal: Libraries & the Academy. The award recognizes an outstanding publication related to library instruction published in the past two years. The award, donated by Carrick Enterprises, consists of a plaque and a cash prize of $1,000.
ACRL, Feb. 20
The ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section has selected Shelby Strommer, preservation processing coordinator librarian at the University of Iowa Libraries, to receive the 2019 Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant. The $1,250 grant supports an early-career staff member’s travel to the ALA Annual Conference. Strommer was cited for her professional commitment to preservation as a field with a deliberate focus on student mentorship.
ALCTS, Feb. 20
ALCTS has selected Casey Mullin, head of cataloging and metadata services at Western Washington University, as the recipient of the 2019 Esther J. Piercy Award. The award recognizes the contributions by a librarian with no more than 10 years of professional experience who has shown outstanding promise in library collections and technical services. Mullin was cited for his passion for music cataloging. He will receive a $1,500 grant donated by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO and a citation in recognition of his accomplishments.
ALCTS, Feb. 20
Eboni Henry and Karen Schneider have been elected to serve on the ALA Executive Board. The new board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting held January 25–29 in Seattle. Henry and Schneider will each serve three-year terms beginning in July 2019 and concluding in June 2022. Henry is a school media specialist at the District of Columbia Public School in Washington, D.C., and Schneider is dean of the library at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California.
Office of ALA Governance, Feb. 20
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new iteration of its five-week facilitated eCourse, “Solutions for Challenging Workplace Relationships: Working through Incivility and Conflict with Emotional Intelligence” with Richard Moniz and Jo Henry as instructors, starting on April 8. The eCourse addresses lack of civility, bullying, mobbing, dysfunctional culture, emotional intelligence shortcomings, and challenges associated with conflict management. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, Feb. 20
Kelly Marie Blanchat writes: “Altmetrics or alternative metrics measure user engagement with scholarly works at the article level in real time using counts outside of traditional scholarship. These counts range from downloads and views, social media engagement, and references in news and blogs to shared citation manager lists. Though neither traditional metrics nor altmetrics provide a complete picture on their own, altmetrics allow for a broader picture of engagement that is more accessible and relatable for students.”
ACRL Tips and Trends, Winter