Frank Scholze, library director at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and Michael Witt, associate professor of library science at Purdue University, have been selected as the 2017 recipients of the ACRL Science and Technology Section’s Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences for “re3data.org,” a registry of research data repositories.
ACRL, Mar. 29
Teacher, cartoonist, and author Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade and in 1997 received a Xeric Grant for his first comic, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks. As National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Yang will present a program on “Reading Without Walls” on June 24 at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, showing kids and teens that reading is a vital part of their lives.
Conference Services, Mar. 29
Andy Warner writes: “The Unicode Consortium is one of many nearly invisible systems of organization that underpin our modern lives, From its offices in Mountain View, California, the Unicode Consortium decides which emojis are allowed. Only about 260,000 Unicode numbers are in use so far, most of them for foreign-language characters. About 1,100 are dedicated to emoji. The consortium adds about 70 emoji a year, but the process for submitting a proposal is byzantine.”
The Nib, Mar. 29
Claudia Rankine has won the 2016 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry for her 2014 book Citizen: An American Lyric. The award is presented by the Library of Congress and comes with a prize of $10,000. Citizen explores race and violence in modern America. Nathaniel Mackey won the Bobbitt lifetime achievement prize. The pair will receive their awards and read selections from their work on April 20 at the Library of Congress.
Library of Congress, Mar. 27
Andrew Halls, headmaster of the prestigious King’s College School in Wimbledon, UK, announced that Irish authors Eoin Colfer and Derek Landy, American author Rick Riordan, and English author Anthony Horowitz were “so simplistic, brutal, or banal” that their books would no longer be available in the school’s library. Halls said that books such as Goodnight Mister Tom, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Sherlock Holmes stories were more suitable.
The Irish Times, Mar. 29
Judy Garland’s hit single “Over The Rainbow”; the original cast album of The Wiz; the rap group N.W.A’s seminal album, Straight Outta Compton; the Eagles’ 1976 greatest hits album; and the hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing” have been designated as aural treasures worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on March 29 named these recordings and 20 other titles to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural importance.
Library of Congress, Mar. 29
Em Claire Knowles, assistant dean for student and alumni affairs at Simmons College’s School of Library and Information Science, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the ALA Beta Phi Mu Award. This award is given in recognition of the achievement of a library school faculty member for distinguished service to education for librarianship. This annual award, which consists of $1,000 and a citation of achievement, is sponsored by the Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honor Society.
Office of ALA Governance, Mar. 28
The “13 Things in Blackboard: A Self-Paced Online Learning Professional Development Program” at George Mason University Libraries is the 2017 winner of the H. W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant, administered by ALA. The award is presented annually to a library organization whose application demonstrates greatest merit for a program of staff development designed to further the goals and objectives of the library organization.
Office of ALA Governance, Mar. 28
The House on March 28 voted in favor of blocking internet privacy rules passed by the FCC in 2016, sending the bill to President Trump, who is expected to sign it into law.The bill passed 215 to 205, with 15 Republicans joining 190 Democrats voting against it. The FCC rules would have given consumers greater control over what their internet service provider can do with their data by requiring those companies to get permission from customers before using their information to create targeted advertisements. The rules had not yet gone into effect.
The Hill, Mar. 28
United for Libraries will present a webinar on working with Friends of the Library groups, “With Friends Like These,” on April 25. Friends are wonderful assets to their libraries, unless they’re not. Sadly, some Friends groups fall into cliques, start demanding to determine how the money is spent, and even start wanting a say in the library’s governance. Moderator Sally Gardner Reed will discuss ways to work with Friends who go rogue, how to bring them back in line, and what to do when nothing works.
United for Libraries, Mar. 28
Brian Fung writes: “House Republicans are expected to vote March 28 to repeal a set of historic privacy protections for web users, in a sharp pivot away from the internet policies of the Obama administration. The vote is likely to lend momentum to a broader rollback of Obama-era policies, particularly in the technology sector. And it empowers internet providers to enter the $83 billion market for online advertising, where the ability to collect, store, share, and sell consumers’ behavioral information is directly linked to companies’ bottom line.”
Washington Post: The Switch, Mar. 28
Paul Jackson writes: “The phrase ‘toiling in obscurity’ is an interesting adage used by authors and writers. It is probably in the minds of many librarians—that they are engaged but obscured. Whether you are a new librarian or have been in the system for years and years, preparing books for the public in the back rooms or even at the top as directors and department heads, I suspect every one of you have had days of wondering, ‘Is this all there is?’”
Public Libraries Online, Mar. 27