Chang Liu, director of the Loudoun County (Va.) Public Library, has been named the 2018 winner of ALA’s Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession. The award recognizes a public librarian who demonstrates leadership in anticipating emerging trends in services, products, and technologies that will enhance the library’s position in its community. Liu was cited for empowering her staff to undertake thoughtful risk, daring innovation, and meaningful change.
Office of ALA Governance, May 22
Waco (Tex.) High School librarian Carri Nowak was weeding old books from the stacks on May 17 when she paused at an autobiography of Harry S. Truman. She opened to the title page of Mr. Citizen and saw the publication date: 1960. And under the title was an autograph that appeared to be from the former president himself. The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri, confirmed that the signature was written by hand, not mass-produced. Truman did visit Waco in October 1960.
Waco (Tex.) Tribune-Herald, May 21
Lance Whitney writes: “Have your browser bookmarks turned into a disorganized mess? The more webpages you save as bookmarks, the more unmanageable your bookmark list can become, especially if you don’t store the pages in folders. But fear not. You can work with your current bookmarks to reorganize them and store each one in a logical spot. Whether you use Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Edge, you can get a handle on your bookmarks so they’re quicker and easier to access.”
PC Magazine, May 21
David Funke writes: “In mid-March, a European Commission group published its final report on misinformation, drawing upon the input of experts from around the world who gathered to help the EU figure out what to do about fake news. The report, while imperfect, explicitly recommends not regulating against misinformation—but the EU is only one of many governing bodies that have sought to stem the flow of online misinformation. Here is a guide to existing attempts worldwide to legislate against what can broadly be referred to as online misinformation.”
Poynter, May 22
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe writes: “We don’t have to look too hard to find someone arguing that a particular subscription database is a good value because it has a lower than average cost per use. However, is it always that case low cost-per-use is an indicator of good value? If the true value is of a subscription is being obscured by overutilization, should libraries seek to dampen such excess in order to have more appropriate measures of the real value? By doing so, could a library then negotiate for better prices on some resources?”
The Scholarly Kitchen, May 22
Brad Chacos writes: “Buying a processor for a gaming rig isn’t as hard as it used to be. Now that AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s 8th-gen CPUs debuted with more performance and cores than ever before, it’s hard to buy a stinker these days—especially since most games favor graphics firepower over CPU oomph. But all that said, there are specific chips that stand out from the horde as the best gaming CPUs due to their price, performance, or nifty extras.”
PC World, May 18
Chris Hoffman writes: “All your computer hardware, from the motherboard to the webcam, needs drivers to function properly. Here’s how to download the official device drivers for your hardware, whether you’re using Windows 10 or 7. When you install Windows on a computer or connect a peripheral to your PC, Windows automatically downloads and installs the appropriate drivers. However, to manually download a driver for a piece of hardware, you’ll need to know the manufacturer of the hardware, as well as its model number.”
How-To Geek, May 22