As the news spread that the White House budget office had included the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities on a list of programs it was considering trying to eliminate, arts leaders at large and small organizations reacted with alarm—and began making plans to fight for their survival. Even if the arts get only crumbs, they are crumbs worth fighting for: much-needed money that supports community projects, new works, and making the arts accessible.
New York Times, Feb. 19
Sarah Larson writes: “The new Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, is highly motivated to make this library, and all libraries, a favorite object of the people. The week after the presidential inauguration, hoping for some perspective on things, I visited the Library of Congress for the first time and met with Hayden in her expansive office in the Madison Building. In her office, Hayden picked up the Jefferson candy bowl and offered me some butterscotch. ‘This is my secret sauce,’ she said.”
The New Yorker, Feb. 19
Heather Terrell writes: “Over the course of the last decade, we’ve seen a steady rise in the use of portable personal computing devices. In their Evolution of Technology survey results, Pew Research Center reports that 51% of Americans own a tablet, and 77% own smartphones. Library patrons seem to be doing less browsing and more computing, and user-supplied technology has become ubiquitous. Here are a few considerations that may support independent computers and e-commuters in library spaces.”
LITA Blog, Feb. 17
PLA and ALSC have released a new Every Child Ready to Read @ your library Toolkit for Serving Early Childhood Educators. This digital toolkit is aimed at public library staff as a how-to manual to train early childhood educators and other child care professionals. It contains customizable PowerPoint presentations, instructions, planning worksheets, handouts, booklists, evaluation forms, and resource lists.
PLA, Feb. 17
Heather Blicher, online learning librarian at Northern Virginia Community College, has been named the 2017 recipient of the ACRL Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award. The award honors an ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to, the success of distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.
ACRL, Feb. 17
Jennifer Hunter and Christina Riehman-Murphy, reference and instruction librarians at Penn State-Abington, have been named the 2017 recipients of the ACRL College Libraries Section’s Innovation in College Librarianship Award for their work on the Research Parties and TED Talk as Research Inspiration programs. The award honors ALA members who have demonstrated a capacity for innovation in their work with undergraduates, instructors, or the library community.
ACRL, Feb. 17
The ALA Committee on Accreditation announced its actions on LIS programs taken at the 2016 Fall Meeting and the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Precandidacy status was granted to the University College London. Continued Accreditation status was granted to McGill University, North Carolina Central University, Wayne State University, University of British Columbia, and Pratt Institute. Initial Accreditation status was granted to University of Southern California.
Office for Accreditation, Feb. 17