The 2018 committee is starting work on selecting titles for the longlist for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, now in their seventh year. The committee includes the following experts who work closely with adult readers: Victoria Caplinger (chair), Annie Bostrom, Neil Hollands, Sarah Jaffa, Elizabeth Joseph, Donna Seaman, and Mark LaFramboise.
Booklist, Mar. 7
Spanish speakers will now have access to digital literacy training resources thanks to recent efforts by PLA to make all learning content on its DigitalLearn.org website available in Spanish. The site offers a collection of self-directed tutorials for learners to increase their digital literacy on critical topics such as navigating the web, using email, searching online for employment, and creating a résumé. Visitors can access the site in Spanish by simply clicking the link marked “Español” at the top of any page.
PLA, Mar. 7
LLAMA will present “Learning and Leading Together Toward the Future of Libraries,” on March 29. This free webinar, featuring Miguel Figueroa, is part of an ongoing series highlighting thought leaders from a wide variety of libraries. Figueroa is director of the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries. Register online.
LLAMA, Mar. 7
ASCLA offers convenient, year-round online learning opportunities to further knowledge and career skills. The spring eCourses and webinars in April and May include such topics as community partnerships, outreach, services to people with dementia, publishing, consulting, and ebooks.
ASCLA, May 7
The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment is offering a six-week course on “Fundraising and Grantsmanship.” The online asynchronous sessions will be available on six sequential Mondays from March 6 to April 16. Course instructor Jason Kovac, dean of academic foundations at Linn-Benton (Oreg.) Community College, has over 16 years of public sector experience, including leadership roles in public libraries, academic libraries, and community colleges.
Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment, Mar. 7
Charlie Lovett writes: “The chained library in Hereford Cathedral dates from 1611, though many of the books are much older than that. Prior to the invention of the printing press, when book collections were relatively small, books were generally stored on their sides. But with the advent of printed books and the rapid expansion of collections, stacks of books became tall, and accessing the books at the bottom of the pile difficult. In a chained library, however, books were stored upright—in some cases for the first time.”
Signature, Feb. 28
Collaborating with Strangers: Facilitating Workshops in Libraries, Classes, and Nonprofits, published by ALA Neal-Schuman, leads readers through a unique framework that breaks down barriers to collaboration while also kindling long-lasting enthusiasm. Enter CoLAB, developed and presented by Bess G. de Farber at workshops across the country, and used by coauthors April Hines and Barbara J. Hood to successfully spur collaboration at the University of Florida.
ALA Neal-Schuman, Mar. 7
Bradley J. Kuykendall, reference and instruction librarian at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, has been selected for the 2017 Global Financial Data Academic Business Librarianship Travel Award, administered by the RUSA Business Reference and Services Section. The award, sponsored by Global Financial Data, consists of $1,250 to support attendance to the ALA Annual Conference.
RUSA, Mar. 7
In honor of YALSA’s Teen Tech Week 2017, the Institute of Museum and Library Services is spotlighting five recent projects it has supported that demonstrate how libraries leverage technology in service of teens. These libraries serve a range of diverse communities and experimented with a variety of tools and approaches, including Minecraft, digital credentialing, making, and robotics. IMLS has supported each of these projects, which are getting highlighted in a series of guest blog posts.
UpNext Blog, Mar. 6
Carli Spina writes: “A truly great mystery that can keep you guessing until the last page is tough to create but very satisfying to read. While this genre isn’t particularly common in recent comics, there are some excellent examples of mystery stories and a biography of one of the most famous authors in this genre that will appeal to mystery fans who also love comics. If you are fan of mysteries, hopefully this short list will help you to find a new favorite.”
Nate Gass, emerging technology librarian at Cook Memorial Public Library District in Libertyville, Illinois, said he’s a little nervous about hosting a program at the library in April about how to spot fake news because he fears the event could raise partisan hackles among attendees. Prior to the last presidential campaign, Gass said he never could have predicted sorting fact from fiction in the news cycle “would become a politicized thing.” Cook is one of several Chicago-area libraries hosting programs focused on media literacy.
Chicago Tribune, Mar. 6
Kaitlin Throgmorton writes: “Though many library staffers receive physical first aid and CPR training as part of their jobs, mental health first aid training happens far less often. For libraries, however, mental health training can defuse tense situations, provide needed resources, and most importantly, help patrons through crises. Mental health training is offered through various providers, including Mental Health First Aid USA, operated by the National Council for Behavioral Health.”
American Libraries Trend, Mar./Apr.