Chris Harris writes: “The ALA Libraries Ready to Code program created a working definition of computational thinking. For libraries, computational thinking refers to a set of problem-solving and automation skills foundational to computer science but also transferable to many other fields. So how do you infuse computational thinking into your library programs? Start by breaking down and analyzing problems, finding ways to solve them, and thinking about how to create a computational solution.”
District Dispatch, Mar. 6
On March 7, ALA joined a diverse group of consumer, media, technology, library, and other advocates urging federal lawmakers to oppose legislation and regulatory actions that would threaten net neutrality and roll back the important protections put in place by the FCC in 2015, and to continue to enforce the Open Internet Order as it stands. In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the groups emphasized that continued economic, social, and political growth and innovation is dependent on an open and accessible internet.
District Dispatch, Mar. 7
Anti-Semitic fliers were removed from Texas State University’s San Marcos campus on March 3, marking the fourth time university officials have had to address racially charged handouts found at the university since November. University police found four or five fliers outside of the Albert B. Alkek Library. TSU spokesman Matt Flores said an investigation has been opened to find who posted the fliers.
San Antonio (Tex.) Express-News, Mar. 6
Reports that the administration is proposing deep budget cuts for government agencies including NOAA and EPA have fueled new fears of databases being axed, if only as a cost-saving measure. It is illegal to destroy government data, but agencies can make it more difficult to find by revising websites and creating other barriers. Much of the data collected over the decades remains held only by the government, scattered on thousands of servers in hundreds of departments where it may not be backed up and could be impossible to find.
New York Times, Mar. 6
The East Side Freedom Library in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was selected as the 2017 winner of the RUSA John Sessions Memorial Award. The award, sponsored by the Department for Professional Employees AFL-CIO, recognizes a library or library system that has made a significant effort to work with the labor community. The library has successfully built relationships with organized labor and community groups that facilitate the empowerment, learning, and engagement of working people.
RUSA, Mar. 6
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new workshop, “How to Hire a New Library Employee” with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will last consist of two 90-minute sessions that will take place on May 4 and 11. This two-part series will help you prepare and implement a hiring plan, so you can grow your team with precision and purpose.
ALA eLearning Solutions, Mar. 6
Seangill “Peter” Bae, circulation services director of the Firestone Library at Princeton University, was selected as the 2017 winner of the Virginia Boucher–OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award, administered by the RUSA Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section. Bae was selected for outstanding and sustained contributions to the resource sharing community regionally, nationally, and internationally.
RUSA, Mar. 6
The Choice Reviews database marked the publication of its 200,000th review on March 3, some 28 years after its launch. The 200,000th review, written by Carol Jamison of Armstrong Atlantic State University, is of An Old English History of the World, edited and translated by Malcolm Godden and published by Harvard. The premier source for reviews of academic books, digital media, andinternet resources in higher education, Choice Reviews is an ACRL publication.
Choice, Mar. 6
Randy Kennedy writes: “Over the past year, a Columbia University preservation expert and a curator at the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan have been engaged in an unusual poetic-scientific experiment—trying to pin down the powerful connection between smell and memory. Over the last year, Jorge Otero-Pailos and seven graduate students have been conducting an olfactory project in collaboration with Christine Nelson, curator of literary and historical manuscripts at the Morgan Library.”
New York Times, Mar. 3
Megan Mall writes: “In my previous position, I worked as a librarian in a university career center. In short, I helped students research companies and industries to prepare for interviews. The idea that a librarian could help students with their career pursuits was initially something of a mystery to them. But once they saw the caliber of information available through subscription databases and the librarian’s expertise at work, they were converts. Here is how you can launch a career resource center.”
Meredith Mann writes: “Publishers’ cloth bindings flourished during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Bibliographers generally consider the height of publishers’ cloth design to begin around 1880. At this time, bindings were increasingly designed by artists, rather than the craftsmen who performed the physical task of binding and decoration. These artists often ‘signed’ their work by including a monogram or small identifying icon within the overall design. And many of these designers were women.”
New York Public Library blogs, Mar. 24, 2016
Peter Kafka writes: “That bogus story about Donald Trump your uncle posted on Facebook? It’s still staying on Facebook. But now it’s going to get a warning label. Eventually. Sometimes. Facebook has started pinning a ‘disputed’ tag on fake news, as it promised it would back in December, as part of its ‘we’re going to fight fake news but there’s only so much we can do’ campaign. Here’s an example we can see in the wild.”
Recode, Mar. 4