Ellyn Ruhlmann writes: “Across the country, mindfulness is helping workers relieve on-the-job stress and improve workplace relationships. But what is mindfulness, and what are its benefits for librarians? The American Psychological Association defines mindfulness as ‘moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment.’ Mindfulness practitioners use meditation and breathing exercises to pay attention to the present moment, without letting distractions, worries, and opinions creep in.”
American Libraries feature, June
ALCTS will host a new six-week web course on the introduction to fundamental concepts of metadata with Ivey Glendon and Jennifer Roper from the University of Virginia Library as instructors. Two sessions are available, one in the summer and another in the fall. It will examine similarities and differences between cataloging and metadata, metadata schema, content standards, controlled vocabularies, metadata creation and transformation, and project design. Register online using the online learning registration site.
ALCTS, June 14
Library Systems & Services has increased its sponsorship level of the 2017–2018 LITA Spectrum Scholarship in honor of the 20th anniversary of the ALA Spectrum Scholarship program. The LITA Spectrum Scholarship encourages interest in the library automation field among aspiring librarians with leadership potential. The $6,500 contribution of LS&S will be designated as part of the 2017–2018 cohort of 60 Spectrum Scholars announced June 14.
ALA Development Office, June 14
On June 14, the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services awarded 2017–2018 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies. Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,000. In the 2017 application cycle, the Spectrum Scholarship program received three times as many applications as there were available scholarships, and the majority of this year’s applicants were deemed highly fundable.
Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services, June 14
The Winnebago Reservation in northeastern Nebraska lies about 20 miles from the nearest drugstore. Long on farmland and short on commercial services, this rural area is a place where it’s easy for people who are elderly, homebound, or both to become isolated. Seven years ago, though, the local community college and public library created the position of tribal aide to elders. And the woman who fills it, Judi Bridge, does her best to keep the community connected.
American Libraries Spotlight, June
The University of Illinois iSchool seeks nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is October 1. Given annually, the award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Send letters of nomination to Associate Professor Terry Weech.
University of Illinois School of Information Sciences, June 13
Marcus Banks writes: “Librarians take pride in assisting all users who come through their doors, even as these doors have become increasingly virtual. Although many people still visit libraries in person, it is now commonplace for users to access databases and ebooks through a library’s website or through e-readers. Some of those patrons have visual impairments and require specific support to make full use of a library’s online resources.”
American Libraries Trend, June
The Library of Congress on June 13 announced two new born-digital collections are now available on its website: the Webcomics Web Archive and the Web Cultures Web Archive. The Webcomics Web Archive focuses on comics created specifically for the web and supplements the library’s extensive holdings in comic books, graphic novels, and original comic art. The Web Cultures Web Archive is a representative sampling of websites documenting the creation and sharing of emergent cultural traditions on the web such as GIFs, memes, and emoji.
Library of Congress, June 13
Going to the ALA Annual Conference next week? Check out the Chicago ArtsGuide, created by the ACRL Arts Section. Accessible via mobile devices and desktops, this Google Map is a selective guide to cultural attractions and events in or near Chicago. Each genre of art has its own layer and color, so you can easily identify whichever landmark you’re most interested in seeing. The conference center is also included on the map for convenient navigation.
ACRL Insider, June 13
Barbara Ray writes: “The start-up phase of any project is often the most heady—long hours, innovative breakthroughs, visionaries with big ideas. But it is often the next stage of maturing and growth that makes or breaks a new project or idea. Library makerspaces are no different. Libraries that launch a makerspace encounter a set of common start-up issues. But four or five years later, the libraries often encounter an entirely different set of issues and problems, and this ‘post-emergent’ stage is still new to many.”
Educator Innovator, June 13
David Laskin writes: “Why go to the library in Italy when all around you there is fantastic art, exalted architecture, deep history, and intensely passionate people? Because, as I discovered in the course of a rushed but illuminating week dashing from Venice to Rome, Florence, and Milan, the country’s historic libraries contain all of those without the crowds. I hit six libraries in a literary Giro d’Italia. Not once were we shushed or told not to touch.”
New York Times, June 13
Eric Griffith writes: “Dogs and cats are as prone to getting fat as us humans, especially older pets. PetMD says 17.6% of US dogs (13.9 million) are obese; 35.1% (29.9 million) are merely overweight. And according to the American Humane Association, over 10 million pets—cats and dogs—go missing every year, either lost or stolen. Technology can help play a pivotal role. We’ve tested plenty of pet trackers and GPS collars designed to trace your pet’s activity or location. Here’s what to look for, along with our favorites.”
PC Magazine, June 13