Michael Muchmore writes: “If you want an internet presence that truly represents you or your organization, you also need a website that sets you apart from the crowd. A real website, as opposed to a social media page, gives you complete control over design and content. This lends credibility to your organization or personal brand. On your own website, you can realize a brand image, offer services, and integrate third-party web services. Prominent site builders such as Squarespace, Weebly, and Wix are constantly improving, and newer competitors are popping up all the time. Here are some of the best.”
PC Magazine, Nov. 9
Abby Johnson writes: “I don’t have to convince librarians that the public library should be an integral part of its community, but it may take some outreach to get members of the community thinking that way. Your youth services staffers may already be doing this outreach. For instance, your library might bring storytimes to local day cares or crafts to after-school programs. But what about reaching the adults in your community as a means of reaching the kids? This outside-the-box approach to youth services outreach can reap results beyond what you might imagine.”
American Libraries column, Nov./Dec.
Zoë McLaughlin writes: “During my search for an academic library position, I relied heavily on others for support. Navigating internships, phone interviews, and job talks can be tricky, but having a variety of sources that I could turn to for advice greatly helped. Here are some people and resources to consider when building connections for your job search.”
American Libraries column, Nov./Dec.
The concept of peritextual analysis teaches readers how to evaluate information using elements that precede or follow the body of the text. A book’s preface, afterword, index, dust jacket, promotional blurbs, and bibliography are only some of the elements that can be used to help readers connect with and understand the main text. Published by ALA Editions in partnership with National Council of Teachers of English, Literacy Engagement through Peritextual Analysis by Shelbie Witte, Don Latham, and Melissa Gross speaks directly to librarians and educators working with K–16 students.
ALA Neal-Schuman, Nov. 12
Rah Froemming-Carter writes: “On November 11, much of the world observed Veterans Day or Remembrance Sunday, a day set aside every year to remember and mourn those members of the armed forces who died in battle. This year, the day marked 100 years since the end of the First World War. In the UK, almost every town and village, no matter how small, has a memorial to those lost in that war, dozens of names inscribed in stone. In honor of those who desperately hoped that the Great War would end all wars, here is a collection of books that share that vision of a demilitarized future.”
Book Riot, Nov. 12
Karen Pundsack writes: “It is not a matter of if, but when, your computers or library will see a cyberattack. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts all the files on a server or computer. It can spread through a network in a very short time once executed. The encrypted files are then unable to be opened without the encryption key. The attacker demands payment to unlock the files. Ransomware can find its way into a network through email or website access. Email phishing is a common way for it to spread. This attack method is on the rise. Impersonation attacks are also on the increase.”
Public Libraries Online, Nov. 9
Jane Holt writes: “‘If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,’ was the advice given to me by my mother and repeated by other well-meaning women throughout my life. And yet being nice and speaking nicely robbed me of the ability to be self-piloting and strong in the face of challenges, specifically when confronted by unwanted sexual advances. I have come to recognize that niceness can not only be crippling to the person being nice, but it also leads to inauthentic interactions.”
Public Libraries Online, Nov. 9
Emily Schneider writes: “Like many Americans, but especially Jewish Americans, I am still in a state of shock following the slaughter of 11 people, with six more injured, while worshiping in a Pittsburgh synagogue. When I logged on to my computer and turned on cable news, I saw thorough and even passionate coverage of this latest atrocity, and witnessed the sincere and heartfelt empathy of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, people of color, neighbors of the victims, or simply fellow citizens. Yet the response of the community in which I am active, advocates and professionals in children’s literature, has been relatively silent.”
Intellectual Freedom Blog, Nov. 12
Patri O’Gan writes: “In 1922, four years after her American son was killed in action in World War I, Sallie Maxwell Bennett received a letter from Emil Merkelbach, a German officer who had fought against her son, Louis Bennett Jr., in the battle that ended his life. Bennett had the British Royal Flying Corps in October 1917 with the hope of fighting on the front as soon as possible. Mrs. Bennett spent the rest of her life honoring her son’s memory. In 1922, she donated the family’s mansion and extensive collection of books to Lewis County as a war memorial and public library. The Louis Bennett Public Library opened in 1923 and is still in operation today in Weston, West Virginia.”
O Say Can You See?, Apr. 20, 2015
Journalist and author Isha Sesay will be the Closing Session speaker at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle on January 28. Sesay was born in England and at the age of seven moved with her family to her parents’ homeland of Sierra Leone. In 2005, she joined CNN International as an anchor and correspondent covering major breaking news stories and global events. In August 2018, Sesay left CNN to pursue other projects, including her book Beneath the Tamarind Tree, available in July 2019. The book is the first definitive account of Boko Haram’s abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls.
ALA Conference Services, Nov. 9
James C. Scott, Sarah LeMire, and Tom Adamich write: “This Veterans Day marks the centennial of the end of hostilities in World War I, and libraries across the US are commemorating the anniversary through programming, events, and displays that highlight the impact that the Great War had on the service members who fought, the family members who remained at home, and society as a whole. The WWI centennial provides more than an opportunity to remember an important historical moment. It also offers a chance to consider how the effects of that war both parallel and diverge from those associated with contemporary military conflicts.”
American Libraries feature, Nov. 9
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new iteration of its six-week facilitated eCourse, “Introduction to Metadata and Linked Data” with Oksana L. Zavalina as instructor, starting on January 7. Zavalina will cover topics such as the building blocks of metadata schema (structure, syntax, and semantics); how metadata schemas are implemented in database records; and application of several metadata schemas that are most widely used in digital libraries. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, Nov. 9