Emelina Minero writes: “Representation matters: Girls do better on science tests when their textbooks include images of female scientists. A 2017 survey by Microsoft found that girls in Europe begin to show interest in STEM fields at 11 years old but lose it at around 15—and a lack of female role models is one reason for the drop in interest. That’s why we’ve created this list of books showing girls and women who are passionate about STEM fields.”
Edutopia, May 15
Tom Ratliff was searching the internet to learn more about his deceased grandfather when he discovered an oral history of his military service—all thanks to the participation of the Mary L. Cook Public Library in Waynesville, Ohio, in a national project more than a decade ago. For 45 minutes, Richard L. Levering details his military experiences as part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project, which seeks to collect and preserve oral histories of veterans to share with future generations.
Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, Apr. 24
Anne Akers writes: “In teaching this summer the final class students take in our program, I invited students to submit draft cover letters they might write to potential employers for critique. Well written, I believe the cover letter is the most important part of the application. So I was surprised by the bland and nondescript language that some students used in their letters and dismayed at what I was reading between the lines.”
Knowledge Quest blog, June 15
Amy Diegelman writes: “For years, science fiction and fantasy magazines have provided readers with a wealth of work that falls outside the novel format. Today, some of the best new writers are being published in science fiction and fantasy magazines, which take chances on women, authors of color, and genre innovators who have more trouble breaking into large-scale publishing. Try these five science fiction and fantasy magazines to take your reading to the next level.”
Book Riot, June 15
Drawn from books published by ALA Editions and ALA Neal-Schuman, four programs sponsored by ALA Publishing at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago will provide firsthand perspectives on some of today’s most important issues. The programs cover fake news, fandom programming, community outreach, and library instruction.
ALA Publishing, June 15
The latest edition of Keeping Up With…, ACRL’s online current awareness publication featuring concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education, is now available. This month’s issue features a discussion of Statistical Literacy by Lindsay Davis and Lynda Kellam.
ACRL Insider, June 15
Gary Shaffer writes: “Triple bottom line (TBL) sustainability is a framework that expands the realm of sustainability beyond the environmental to incorporate economic and social aspects. Let’s face it—a library that is doing everything right by the environment but cannot afford to keep the doors open or pay its staff is not exactly sustainable. ALA has a rich history when it comes to TBL sustainability. While not using the term specifically, ALA arrived at this place organically in 1969 with the founding of its Social Responsibilities Round Table.”
AL: The Scoop, June 15
David Grossman’s “ambitious high-wire act of a novel,” A Horse Walks into a Bar, set around a standup comic’s rambling and confessional routine in an Israeli comedy club, has won the Man Booker International Prize for the year’s best fiction in translation. Grossman, a bestselling writer of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books who has been translated into 36 languages, will share the £50,000 prize with his English translator, Jessica Cohen.
The Guardian (UK), June 14
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new iteration of its four-week facilitated eCourse, “Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games” with Kelly Czarnecki as instructor, starting on August 14. Noted library gamer Czarnecki will be your guide in this eCourse loaded with activities for both novices and experienced participants, and generously illustrated with numerous video examples. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, June 15
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, starting on August 14. Zavalina will cover such topics as the building blocks of metadata schema (structure, syntax, and semantics), how metadata schema are implemented in database records, and the application of several metadata schema that are most widely used in digital libraries. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, June 15
Jake Rossen writes: “With its simplistic volleying of a tiny pixel between two vertical paddles, 1972’s Pong has come to represent the first generation of video game play. It was simple, it was low-tech, and it was addictive. But it wasn’t the first video game. That honor goes to a game that debuted back in 1958, the same year the hula hoop debuted and Leave It to Beaver was still on television. Its inventor? A nuclear physicist. And it was called Tennis for Two.”
Tom Brant writes: “The cloud is a vast place, limited only by how much you’re willing to pay to store your backups, photos, and other essential files. But once you find the perfect cloud storage solution, you still have to solve the problem of how to upload all your stuff. Google aims to make that process more straightforward with an imminent rebranding of its Google DriveFree at Google app for Macs and PCs. The app’s new straightforward name is Backup and Sync, and it will launch on June 28.”
PC Magazine, June 14