Evanston (Ill.) Public Library trustees issued a statement of support April 24 for the system’s director, nearly a week after dozens of protesters turned out to rally against disciplinary actions Adult Services Librarian Lesley Williams is facing for reasons that have not been disclosed. The statement announced that EPL Director Karen Danczak-Lyons’s contract has been renewed, but also decried some social media comments related to what has been called a personnel matter. Williams has been placed on a 15-day suspension without pay.
Evanston (Ill.) Review, Apr. 25
How fitting that the man often credited with saying “a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes” most likely did not invent the phrase. Commonly attributed to Mark Twain, that quotation instead appears to be a descendant of a line published centuries ago by the satirist Jonathan Swift. Variants emerged and mutated over time until a modern version of the saying was popularized by a Victorian-era preacher, according to Garson O’Toole, founder of Quote Investigator.
New York Times, Apr. 26
April 23–29 is Preservation Week, and librarians and library workers are offering their expertise on how to preserve family heirlooms and collectibles. This year’s theme is textile preservation, and participating libraries will celebrate by offering special programs to connect library users with preservation tools, promote the importance of preservation, and strive to enhance knowledge of preservation issues among the public. Preservation Week Honorary Chair is textile designer Franklin Habit.
Public Awareness Office, Apr. 25
ALA has awarded the 2017 Justin Winsor Prize to Alexander Ames for “The ‘Spirit of The Fatherland’: German-American Culture and Community in the Library and Archive of the German Society of Pennsylvania, 1817–2017.” The award is presented annually by the ALA Library History Round Table to recognize the best essay written in English on library history. The essay will be considered for publication in Information and Culture: A Journal of History.
Office of Research ane Evaluation, Apr. 25
ALA has awarded its 2017 Loleta D. Fyan Award to Broward County (Fla.) Library Foundation project “Project upLIFT: Libraries Inform Family Tolerance.” The program uses storytelling to increase tolerance and inclusion in its community toward LGBTQ persons as well as those vulnerable because of their race, physical appearance, or low self-esteem. The $5,000 grant supports a project that will develop and improve public library services.
Office of Research and Evaluation, Apr. 25
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new 90-minute workshop, “Bikes in Libraries: A Practical Guide” with Mana Tominaga and Emily Weak on June 21. Tominaga and Weak, both avid cyclists, will show you how bikes can enhance your library’s participation in your community’s vision for health and sustainability and help forge strong local connections. Registration is through the ALA Store.
For National Library Legislative Day, May 1–2, hundreds of library supporters will convene in Washington, D.C., where they meet with their members of Congress to rally support for library issues and policies. If you can’t make it to D.C., you can still advocate for libraries by emailing, calling, or tweeting your representatives as part of Virtual Library Legislative Day during May 1–5. Register to receive an email on May 1 reminding you to take action.
United for Libraries, Apr. 25
After many hours of deliberation, the judges for the 2017 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards competition announced eight winners. Each winning library will receive a $10,000 award from EBSCO and the H. W. Wilson Foundation, the sponsors of this annual award. The winners will be celebrated June 25 at an open reception during the AALA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago.
LLAMA, Apr. 25
Terra Dankowski writes: “While much of the programming at Day Two of DPLAfest 2017, held April 21 at Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago, continued conversations about outreach, collection development, and issues central to the Digital Public Library of America community, speakers seemed to place special emphasis on the details we often overlook—clean metadata, user-friendliness, personal narrative, and face-to-face interactions that grow sparser in the online age.”
AL: The Scoop, Apr. 25
Carrie Smith writes: “Access, diversity, and cooperation were central themes on the first day of DPLAFest 2017, held April 20–21 at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago. The first day began with the unveiling of the Digital Public Library of America’s new values statement, and sessions throughout the day examined issues of inclusion, community, and outreach, while exploring the various technologies that enable the growth of a national digital library for all.”
AL: The Scoop, Apr. 25
Posing with a statue of a giant grasshopper on April 23, former President Bill Clinton tweeted that his presidential library, the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, had been bugged. The statue is part of an exhibit called “Xtreme Bugs” at the facility. Clinton said he was inspired to hold the exhibit over Earth Day weekend after reading biologist Edward O. Wilson’s The Social Conquest of Earth, which concludes that some insects are the world’s most successful species “because they are the greatest cooperators.”
WPTZ-TV, Plattsburgh, New York, Apr. 23
Heather Terrell writes: “In 2016, my library decided to expand our blog from a repository of new titles lists and the occasional notice of a change in policy to a content-rich space for library users to get to know staff, learn more about services, find topical book reviews, read about recent developments, and, yes, also to find the new titles lists they love. To start the process of revamping our blog space as a virtual living room of ideas, we went through a process that took about a month in total.”
LITA Blog, Apr. 21