ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new multi-session event, “Library Programming Rehab” with Amy Alessio, that will take place on Mondays, April 8–29. Alessio will help you learn with and from your peers as you share your experience, concerns, and issues with one another. In your one-on-one consultation with her, you will have a chance to get direct feedback and advice on your programming. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, Feb. 15
Trevor Owens has received the 2019 ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award for his book The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation. The award honors the author of the year’s outstanding monograph, article, or original paper in the field of technical services, including acquisitions, cataloging, collection management, preservation, continuing resources, and related areas in the library field. Owens’s book serves as an introduction to digital preservation issues.
ALCTS, Feb. 15
ALCTS has selected Collaboration Across Borders: Opening Access to Holdings of the National Library of Cuba as the recipient of the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation for 2019. The effort is a collaboration among the University of Florida, the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí (Cuba’s national library), and OCLC intended to expose the rich resources of the BNJM to scholars around the globe. The citation recognizes and encourages collaborative problem-solving efforts in the areas of acquisition, access, management, preservation, or archiving of library materials.
ALCTS, Feb. 15
Jennifer K. Nelson, reference librarian at the Robbins Collection, University of California-Berkeley School of Law, has been selected to receive the 2019 ACRL European Studies Section’s De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant for her project “Iucundum mihi est reperiri typographum: A Case Study of an Early Modern Publishing Success Story.” Sponsored by the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research, the grant provides €2,500 to support a trip to Europe.
ACRL, Feb. 15
February 16–23 is National Entrepreneurship Week. As community hubs and incubators, libraries are perfectly positioned to help new businesses get off their feet and thrive—whether it’s by offering resources and books to spark ideas or hosting programs on the ins-and-outs of business management led by local business leaders. In Episode 35, Dewey Decibel looks at libraries that are leading the charge. The podcast features Amy Fisher, information readers services manager, and Morgan Perry, business outreach specialist, at Mid-Continent Public Library in Missouri; and Roosevelt Weeks, director of Austin (Tex.) Public Library.
AL: The Scoop, Feb. 15
Neil J. Rubenking writes: “Authentication via password is a system designed to protect your online accounts from misuse by others, but half the time it seems to protect against your own access. Was that password Tr0b4dor&3? Or Tr0m30nE#8? What’s that you say? You can’t afford to buy yet another security tool? In truth, you can’t afford not to. The potential hit, financial and otherwise, that could result from using weak passwords could cost you plenty. Never fear. Quite a few password managers cost precisely nothing, and some of them come close to the best paid password managers.”
PC Magazine, Feb. 15
The powerful connection between nutrition and education has been revealed by new research from the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin. Primary school children in India who attended a public free lunch program over an extended period were shown to have significantly better learning outcomes. According to the study, children with up to five years of midday meals had reading test scores that are 18% higher than those of students with less than a year of school lunches. They also showed an improvement of 9% for mathematics test scores.
Science Daily, Feb. 13
Barbara Fister writes: “We’re developing a seven-week course that we proposed after a history professor urged the library to teach a course on fake news that everyone should have to take. We’re not using the phrase ‘fake news,’ but it’s a great opportunity to think about what we mean when we say ‘information literacy.’ I’m beginning to think we’re entering a Third Wave of information literacy. We’re just beginning to respond to the commercialization and portability of networked information. Perhaps the negotiation among academic librarians to reformulate information literacy standards first adopted in 2000 marked the swelling of this new wave.”
Inside Higher Ed: Library Babel Fish, Feb. 14
YALSA has named Tilden Campus Library and the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library as the recipients of its annual Great Books Giveaway. Each library will receive a share of more than $30,000 in books, audiobooks, and other materials donated to YALSA from publishers and producers in 2018. The Tilden Campus Library located in Brooklyn, New York, serves three public high schools, while the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library serves the village of Susupe in Saipan, the Northern Mariana Islands.
YALSA, Feb. 15
YALSA has selected Elise Martinez and Meghan Salsbury as the winners of its 2019 Baker & Taylor Collection Development Grant. Martinez is teen services specialist at the Zion-Benton Public Library in Zion, Illinois, and Salsbury is youth services librarian at the Belgrade (Mont.) Community Library. Martinez and Salsbury will each receive a grant of $1,000 for collection development, generously provided by Baker & Taylor.
YALSA, Feb. 15
YALSA has awarded David Wang, general librarian at the Elmhurst branch of Queens (N.Y.) Library, its 2019 Frances Henne Research Grant. Wang will receive $1,000 to help fund his research project, which involves creating new teen spaces. The grant provides seed money for small-scale research or action research projects that respond to the YALSA Research Agenda.
YALSA, Feb. 15
Library workers at the Talladega (Ala.) Osborne-Armstrong Library say something spooky is happening in the stacks. They’re seeing floating orbs and moving objects. Some even say they’ve been touched. Jenni Jennings has worked at the library for just two years. At first, she was skeptical about the stories her coworkers were telling her. She says everyone who works there has a story: Doors opening inside the building, books moving or flying off shelves in front of multiple people, floating orbs, and a “shadow man” who waves goodbye as they leave the building.
WBMA-LD, Birmingham, Ala., Feb. 15