Before a book is published and released, it passes through the hands of many people: an author’s friends and family, an agent, and an editor. But these days a book might get an additional check from an unusual source: a sensitivity reader, a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist, or otherwise offensive content. These readers give feedback based on such areas of expertise as “dealing with terminal illness,” “racial dynamics in Muslim communities within families,” or “transgender issues.”
Washington Post, Feb. 10
At Seattle’s Northgate Elementary School, about one in every four students is homeless. For one girl, that means going to the nearby Mary’s Place Family Center for a few hours after school, and then to a tent city. The girl told her story to Northgate Elementary Librarian Kate Eads, who decided she needed to figure out a way to ensure students experiencing homelessness could get books when they wanted one. So Eads decided to help boost the collection at Mary’s Place.
Seattle Times, Feb. 21
The ALCTS Exchange has extended the call for virtual poster proposals to March 17. The virtual poster session offers the opportunity to share and promote work, research, and ideas across the ALCTS Exchange’s topical themes: new roles and workflows, creative problem solving, creating connections with user communities, and building skills to prepare for the future.
ALCTS, Feb. 22
James Hennelly writes: “ALA Publishing will roll out a new RDA Toolkit website on February 28. The goal is to make the site easier to navigate. The updated site will include a more dynamic home page with images and headlines that will make information more accessible. We intend to blog more often with news, announcements, articles, posts, and publications and events that will be of interest to Toolkit users.”
RDA Toolkit blog, Feb. 21
Michelle Osborne writes: “North Carolinians faced significant life challenges in October 2016 from Hurricane Matthew. Many students enrolled in East Carolina University’s MLS program were personally affected, as were their neighbors, schools, and libraries. For these reasons, the ALA Student Chapter’s annual Holiday Book Drive was even more motivated to bring “the gift of literacy” to communities in dire need. Library students focused on shoring up school libraries that were especially hard hit, and donated 1,512 books.”
ALA Student Member Blog, Feb. 22
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new 90-minute workshop, “Dealing with Challenging Patrons” with Steve Albrecht, on April 12. Albrecht will show you how to deal with troublesome groups of teenagers, loud patrons, and angry or dangerous persons effectively, efficiently, and without creating major disruptions in your library environment. Registration is available through the ALA Store.
ALA eLearning Solutions, Feb. 22
Ann K. Symons was elected to honorary membership in action taken by the ALA Council on January 22 during the Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta. Honorary membership, ALA’s highest honor, is conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions of lasting importance to libraries and librarianship. Symons was cited for her contributions to advocacy, access, intellectual freedom, and services to the LGBTQ community.
Office of ALA Governance, Feb. 22