LLAMA will present its “Innovation Incubator” webinar series on December 4, December 11, and January 8. Each webinar is designed to be viewed on its own and will explore a separate part of the innovation process. Participants will learn exactly what innovation is, how to successfully implement new ideas or processes, and how to assess their success or failure. This series addresses several of LLAMA’s Foundational Leadership Competencies including forward thinking, evidence-based decision making, problem solving, and critical thinking. Register online.
LLAMA, Nov. 18
Alexander Street Press will collaborate with the ALA Film and Media Round Table and the Association of Moving Image Archivists in sponsoring a scholarship for future media librarians. The deg farrelly Memorial/Alexander Street Press Media Librarian Scholarship is to be given once a year to an LIS master’s degree candidate in an ALA-accredited school who intends to work professionally as a media librarian in an academic institution. Apply by March 1, 2020.
Film and Media Round Table, Nov. 18
The Awesome Libraries Chapter of the Awesome Foundation will host a live-pitch event January 25 at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting’s Symposium on the Future of Libraries in Philadelphia. The first live pitch event was held at the 2018 Midwinter Meeting and gave away $1,000 to an awesome library project. The 2020 event will once again invite participants to submit creative and inspiring library projects to the Awesome Foundation. Six finalists will be chosen to pitch their ideas live to a panel of judges and an audience of enthusiastic supporters. The selected winner will leave the pitch event with $1,000 to help implement their project.
Center for the Future of Libraries, Nov. 18
Marie Collins writes: “An updated version of PubMed is now available. The new PubMed will become the default in spring 2020 and will ultimately replace the legacy version. The new responsive layout offers better support for accessing PubMed content with small-screen devices such as mobile phones and tablets. You can find relevant articles more easily using the Best Match sort, now the default sort order in PubMed. The National Library of Medicine will continue adding features and improving the user experience, ensuring that PubMed remains a trusted and accessible source of biomedical literature.”
NLM Technical Bulletin, Nov./Dec.
Participatory Archives: Theory and Practice, published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, uses a selection of international case studies to explore copyright, access, and related issues, demonstrating that in order for personal and community-based documentation and artifacts to be preserved and included in social and collective histories, individuals and community groups need infrastructures of support that formal cultural institutions can provide. Edited by Edward Benoit III and Alexandra Eveleigh, this book explores such solutions as open access and APIs, digital postcards, and digital storytelling.
ALA Neal-Schuman, Nov. 18
Tom Bober writes: “Whether we organize the nonfiction in our library by Dewey, ditching Dewey, or some other method, our libraries are often organized by topic. In her AASL National Conference presentation, Melissa Stewart gave conference attendees another way to think about nonfiction collections. While it may not change how you organize your nonfiction, it may change how you look at your current collection, continue to build that collection, and talk to your students about nonfiction. Stewart described her concept of the five types of nonfiction, four of which are expository.”
Knowledge Quest blog, Nov. 15
Lisa Hoover writes: “I caught some snippets of Mark Zuckerberg’s October 23 testimony before Congress on the radio recently. Questions ranged from biases in Facebook’s advertising algorithms, the Cambridge Analytica breach, and fact checking of political advertising. Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) asked Zuckerberg about political advertising. While Zuckerberg said lying in advertising ‘is bad,’ he declined to agree to remove false advertising, saying that whether a post is removed ‘depends on the context.’ Similarly, Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) asked how Facebook plans to prevent election interference.”
Intellectual Freedom Blog. Nov. 18
Kelly Jensen writes: “In July, we all went wild for bookish stickers. Let’s go even deeper this time and get excited about library vinyl stickers and decals that are perfect for laptops, notebooks, and water bottles. Whether you’re a librarian, a future librarian, or just deeply appreciative of all things library, these library stickers are for you. For example, you can be ready when aliens come to Earth, because their first impulse would be to find the library (how else would they find out what Earth is all about?).”
Book Riot, Nov. 18
Tommaso Dorigo writes: “On November 12 the city of Venice, Italy, was flooded by the second-highest tide in recorded history. The sea level, pushed by 60 mph winds and intense rainfalls, surged to more than six feet above average, a mere three inches less than the disastrous event of November 4, 1966. I am especially sad for what happened to the library of the Venice Conservatory. The management of the conservatory decided to move to the ground floor the precious music manuscripts of its library. The result was irreparable damage and unique documents turned to goo, which students and volunteers are now trying to save.” Venice’s Libreria Acqua Alta bookstore, which tried to keep its wares waterproof, also has extensive damage.
Science 2.0, Nov. 15
Emily Temple writes: “It’s fairly common knowledge these days that everyone’s first favorite poet Emily Dickinson was also no slouch in the kitchen. Her creative and culinary works even seem to have influenced one another—or at least she worked on a number of poems in the kitchen, while she cooked. So it’s no surprise that the Dickinson family recipes—a few of which have survived—fascinate the faithful. So in case you’d like to impress everyone with a picnic basket full of Emily Dickinson-approved recipes, here are a few to choose from.”
Literary Hub, Dec. 8, 2017
The drag queen storytime event that was scheduled for November 16 at the Morgantown (W.Va.) Public Library was canceled after comments posted to Facebook made the presenters Paul Liller and Robin Hearts-Love feel that their safety and the safety of the event were threatened. One individual made multiple threatening comments and posts related to the event. Library Director Sarah Palfrey said Morgantown community members specifically requested a reading event involving drag queens after a similar event at Pride last spring “because it was so much fun.” Supporters rallied outside the library after the event was canceled.
Morgantown (W.Va.) Dominion Post, Nov. 17
Google said November 6 that it will open-source the software for Cardboard, the company’s low-cost phone-based VR experience. The move comes less than a month after Google said it would discontinue its Daydream VR program. The move will let developers continue to build virtual reality experiences and add Cardboard support for iOS and Android apps. The project’s tools provide APIs for head tracking, lens distortion rendering, and input handling, as well as an Android QR code library so developers aren’t dependent on the Cardboard app for viewer pairing.
CNET, Nov. 6