Four tours will showcase Phoenix’s unique architecture, geography, and culture ahead of the AASL National Conference and Exhibition this November 9–11. Attendees arriving prior to the official start of conference festivities will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and learn more about the conference host city. Tours include art and architecture in the American Southwest, native people in the Southwest, gardens of the desert, and a trolley tour.
AASL, June 1
ALA President Julie B. Todaro writes: “The past year has been—to say the least—the most interesting of my career. And I can say both humorously and truthfully that I did not know how hard it would be to be president. We continue to communicate and educate stakeholders about our work, its value, and the very need for our existence. Many libraries face similar challenges more regularly, and I have a newfound appreciation and respect for what you do every day.”
American Libraries column, June
James LaRue writes: “Lately, a number of libraries have offered programs in which drag queens read to children (from San Francisco to New York), or share makeup and fashion tips. Predictably, some among us see this as a sign of the Apocalypse, a sure sign that America’s moral center is collapsing. Therefore, of course, libraries get challenges. And if your library receives complaints or if your programs get censored, please report it. Censoring any library resource, including programs, just like books, needs to be resisted.”
Intellectual Freedom Blog, June 1
Seattle Public Library has an array of tech initiatives underway, including its portable Wi-Fi hotspots and a new website scheduled to launch at the end of the year—one of the insights City Librarian Marcellus Turner shares in this podcast. GeekWire Editor Todd Bishop and Education Technology Analyst Frank Catalano sit down with Turner to talk about how new tech initiatives are changing libraries. Turner also gives us tips on using existing technology resources, including the library’s extensive online databases and journals.
GeekWire, May 31
The new book 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults, published by ALA Editions, will help public libraries give fans who are passionate about genres, characters, games, and book series plenty of reasons to return to the library again and again. Authors Amy J. Alessio, Katie LaMantia, and Emily Vinci make it easy to stay organized every step of way, with events broken down into components that streamline planning and facilitate coordination.
ALA Editions, June 1
Going to ALA Annual Conference in Chicago? Don’t miss an exciting full day of engagement by attending the LITA AvramCamp, an AdaCamp–inspired event, on June 23 in Wieboldt Hall on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus. The preconference will allow female-identifying individuals employed in various technological industries an opportunity to network with others in the field and to collectively examine common barriers.
LITA, June 1
Yael Fishman admits she never uses bookmarks to keep her place in a book, so “half the time I forget where I am.” But the 6th grader hopes that the kids who use the bookmark she has designed for Montgomery County (Md.) Public Libraries “will grow up to like reading” as much as she does. Eleven of her fellow students at Mario Loiederman Middle School and 12 students at Wheaton High School also created original bookmarks, most of them bilingual, that have been printed and distributed to all the library branches.
Artivate, May 12
After a nationwide search, ALA has announced Kathi Kromer as the new associate executive director of the ALA Washington Office on June 1. She will start on June 5. Kromer was vice president of strategy and outreach for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association from 2005 to 2016. She was one of the key architects responsible for legislation that created the National ALS Registry and the US Department of Veterans Affairs ruling that ALS is a service-connected disease.
AL: The Scoop, June 1
RUSA is offering five online learning opportunities this summer: four webinars and one eCourse. The topics include social media assessment, working with veterans, Google Drive, outreach and marketing, and humanizing virtual reference.
RUSA, June 1
Peyton Stafford writes: “To begin looking at Indie Author Day (October 14), let’s examine some of the library issues that the event addresses, so we understand why libraries participated in it last year, and how it benefited them and their patrons, as well as why it is worth beginning or continuing in libraries. Indie Author Day is a package that addresses a constellation of indie author issues. There is now a trend toward more readers reading more indie authors; likewise, more readers are shifting from print to digital.”
No Shelf Required, June 1
In the new episode of the Dewey Decibel podcast, American Libraries examines a multifaceted issue: privacy, both inside and outside the library. Guests include Office for Intellectual Freedom Deputy Director Deborah Caldwell-Stone, ALA President-Elect Jim Neal, and Library Freedom Project Director Alison Macrina.
AL: The Scoop, May 31
While the World Series championship comes to the Chicago Cubs only once every 108 years, the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition is a far more common Chicago event, if not more exciting. Returning to McCormick Place after four years, the conference will offer a host of professional development opportunities, new ideas to help shape the future of libraries, a full slate of author programs and fascinating speakers, and a variety of special events and other activities. Here is a taste.
American Libraries feature, June