According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism spectrum disorder affects about 1 in every 68 children. In recognition of National Autism Awareness Month (April), ASCLA encourages you and your team to check out our updated free toolkit designed to help you create a more welcoming and accessible library environment for users who experience autism spectrum disorder.
ASCLA, Apr. 3
ALSC has awarded the 2018 Bookapalooza Program to three libraries: Chilton/Clanton (Ala.) Public Library; Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach, Florida; and Daviess County Library, Gallatin, Missouri. Bookapalooza includes a variety of materials from books to DVDs and audiobooks that have been sent to the ALSC office by publishers for selection committees to evaluate for awards and notables consideration.
ALSC, Apr. 3
On April 11, the US celebrates National Bookmobile Day. For more than 100 years, bookmobiles have delivered information, technology, and resources for life-long learning to Americans in all walks of life. Since 2010, National Bookmobile Day has been celebrated in conjunction with National Library Week (held this year April 8–14) and honors mobile delivery outreach as an integral and vital part of library service. National Bookmobile Day is sponsored by ALA.
ALA Public Awareness Office, Apr. 3
ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups, and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Program proposals will be submitted via a centralized submission site for all ALA divisions, round tables, committees, and offices. ACRL members must choose “ACRL” on the first screen of the submission form in order to have the program included in the ACRL pool of programs to be reviewed.
ACRL, Apr. 3
Richard Byrne writes: “Google’s advanced search tools can help students find useful information that doesn’t necessarily appear at the top of search results pages. Unfortunately, students often forget about the advanced search options or don’t even know where to find them. Fast Advanced Google Search is a Chrome extension that puts a shortcut to the advanced search tools right next to the URL field in Chrome.”
Free Technology for Teachers, Apr. 2
Nominate a stellar worker for National Library Workers Day, April 10. NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators, and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Nominations may come from library users, students, children, colleagues, faculty, or management. Visit the Galaxy of Stars to see your nomination.
ALA-Allied Professional Association
Joe Barnhart writes: “Subject: Never run with nitroglycerin or a bucket of camel snot. Seriously, using humorous subject lines just might be a way to engage students being taught with technology; more specifically, students in online courses. Humor doesn’t always mean jokes that start, ‘A priest, mountain goat, and ballerina enter a bar.’ It can be a subtle way of looking for a student’s funny bone and tickling it enough to spark motivation to finish a course.”
Campus Technology, Mar. 28
Cameron Summerson writes: “The Galaxy S9 is here, and it’s better than the S8 (even if only marginally). It’s not perfect, though, and there are a handful of things you can do right out of the box to make it better. Real talk: Bixby isn’t good. Google Assistant is a far more powerful assistant, and it’s a core part of Android. That means it’s already part of the S9, whether Samsung likes it or not. To make matters even worse, Samsung insists on pushing Bixby with a dedicated hardware button. Here’s how to turn it off.”
How-To Geek, Apr. 2
Nick Douglas writes: “If you ever tried to get into tabletop role-playing games—the kind where you sit around with character sheets, describing your actions, and rolling dice—it was probably through Dungeons & Dragons. And if you’re sick of medieval fantasy or you don’t care about fighting monsters or you hate looking up stats on different charts, you might have walked away thinking ‘I guess I don’t like RPGs.’ Which is a shame, because there are thousands of other RPGs. Here’s a guide to searching for something better.”
Lifehacker, Apr. 3
Carli Spina writes: “Fables and fairytales are some of the oldest types of stories around and they continue to be an important part of the literary world. With their combination of art and story, comics and graphic novels are a particularly great medium for this sort of storytelling. These are just a few of the multitude of great options that are out there for fans of fables and fairytales.”
YALSA The Hub, Apr. 3
A new advisory board has been formed by Follett to help K–12 school libraries make the transition from the Dewey Decimal System to a more student friendly, bookstore-like layout based on genres. The Genrefication Advisory Board, comprised of nearly 20 national and international librarians and media specialists, will meet for the first time at the 2018 Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Dallas, April 3–6, to help establish a set of genre standards.
Follett, Apr. 3
ALCTS is launching a new ALCTS News website on WordPress, moving from the previous content management system Drupal. With this migration, ALCTS News will make content easier to find and to allow readers to engage with important information. ALCTS News article pages are more streamlined and a mobile-responsive interface has been adopted. In the coming weeks, the ALCTS office staff will work to move the rest of the ALCTS News Drupal pages over to the new site.
ALCTS, Apr. 2