ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new 90-minute workshop, “Building Great Programs for Seniors” with Amy Alessio on May 24. Alessio will provide several programming ideas and tips on how to market these programs, so that you can build successful programs that attract more seniors into your library. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, Mar. 24
The second full day of the ACRL Conference in Baltimore featured more calls to action on library funding, discussions of technology trends, and a morning keynote address by author Roxane Gay. Gay said that lately she’s been asked to talk about the current political moment but finds it difficult because—due to race, gender, class, and other issues— “we’re not all experiencing the same moment.” The word “diversity” is meaningless, she said, because saying it does not contribute to change.
AL: The Scoop, Mar. 24
Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, AASL will offer the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant in support of public, middle, or high school libraries that have incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster, fire, or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. The grant also provides funding to schools affected by an increase in enrollment due to displaced or evacuated students. A total of $30,000 in funding will be available each year.
AASL, Mar. 24
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new 90-minute workshop, “Understanding Ebooks: A Guide to Current Challenges and Future Possibilities” with Mirela Roncevic on May 25. Roncevic will cover ebooks from every angle, giving a practical overview of the ebook landscape that’s easy to follow, no matter your experience. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, Mar. 24
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 2191 on March 23, which would have required schools to notify parents if their child is enrolled in a course in which the instructional materials include sexually explicit content. McAuliffe said that the Virginia Board of Education had determined that existing state policy regarding sensitive or controversial instruction material is sufficient and that additional action would be “unnecessarily burdensome on the instructional process.”
WSET-TV, Lynchburg, Va., Mar. 23
The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 was introduced late on March 23. The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and ranking member John Conyers (D-Mich), would make the position a presidential appointment, requiring confirmation by the Senate, and with a term limit of 10 years. Currently it is an appointment of the Librarian of Congress and has no term limit. The Library Copyright Alliance opposes the bill.
Broadcasting & Cable, Mar. 23
For the second time in less than a year, the Illinois attorney general’s office has found that the Aurora Public Library board violated the state Open Meetings Act. But in a letter written in mid-March, S. Piya Mukherjee, an assistant attorney general in the office’s Public Access Bureau, said the public access counselor “has determined that resolution of this matter does not require issuance of a binding opinion” and that the letter sent “serves to close this matter.”
Aurora (Ill.) Beacon-News, Mar. 23