A major decision regarding the search for ALA’s new executive director is now in the hands of the membership. ALA members will decide on a resolution—to be included in the 2018 general election ballot, opening March 12 and closing April 4—determining whether the Association’s executive director should be required to hold an ALA-accredited master’s degree or a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation–accredited master’s degree with a specialty in school library media.
AL: The Scoop, Dec. 28
A federal judge on December 27 blocked the state of Arizona from enforcing a controversial law banning ethnic studies courses, bringing near a close a seven-year battle over teaching about Mexican Americans in Tucson public schools. Wallace Tashima, a federal appeals court judge sitting in the district court in Arizona, said in his injunction that state legislators who passed the ban in 2010 violated the Constitution. The decision came in a lawsuit brought by students in 2010 against the state’s board of education.
Los Angeles Times, Dec. 27
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new iteration of its 4-week facilitated eCourse, “Creating Early Literacy Programs: Connecting with Early Childhood Development” with R. Lynn Baker as the instructor, starting on February 26. Baker will guide you through the ins and outs of developing early childhood programs through discussion boards, pre- and post-tests, assignments, and readings. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, Dec. 28
Brian X. Chen writes: “If 2017 taught you anything about personal technology, it’s that the onus is on you to protect your personal data and devices. Tech companies aren’t going to do that for you. (In fact, they are generally the ones failing you.) So why not make protecting yourself your New Year’s resolution? Here are five recommendations for living a safer digital life this new year.”
New York Times, Dec. 27
Nearly $200,000 in one-time funding is being awarded by the California State Library to public libraries in 15 counties hit hardest by wildfires in 2017. The allotments, ranging from $5,000 to $30,000, can be used by the libraries to add materials and other resources that help Californians and their communities recover. Allotments of $30,000 are being given to Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and Ventura counties. Mariposa and Siskiyou are being awarded $15,000. Mendocino and Napa counties will each receive $12,000.
California State Library, Dec. 22
Aaron Tay writes: “One of the major issues with institutional repositories is that it is difficult to get researchers to self-deposit their works. Assuming one can solve that, institutional repositories still have another barrier to overcome—the discovery barrier. With content scattered across thousands of sites, one needs an aggregator site to provide a one-search across of all them. Fortunately, aggregators can be built to centralize all this work together using OAI-PMH. But it is not simple.”
Musings about Librarianship, Dec. 26
Tara Cheesman writes: “Beyond the Rice Fields has the distinction of being the first novel from Madagascar to be translated into English. On the surface this seems unbelievable; but it’s true, there still exist places with stories yet to be told. Which is part of what makes this book so special. Naivo, the pen name of Naivoharisoa Patrick Ramamonjisoa, has not just written a novel—he has provided an introduction to his homeland.”
Book Riot, Dec. 26
Jonathan Dolce writes: “2017 was a whirlwind year, with unprecedented changes, challenges, and fears. To help our youngest patrons, it is critical that we make them more socially aware, teach them new concepts, and make them more culturally competent. For 2018, I encourage you to explore the following terms through your youth programming. This will aid not only the children but their parents as well. After each term will be suggestions to help you deliver these important concepts.”
ALSC Blog, Dec. 27
Laura Miller writes: “Like most audiobook buffs, I multitask; listening to a great actor read a great book is one of the rare things that makes regular workouts endurable. Still, there are always a few releases so transfixing they make any additional activity impossible. They might leave me standing like a zombie in a grocery store aisle or prone on an exercise mat, staring at the tiny perforations in the dropped ceiling. A couple of these eight standouts also made me laugh out loud or gasp in dismay at inopportune moments.”
Slate, Dec. 18
Jenny Zbrizher writes: “At the beginning of this year we blogged about the newest translated YA titles of 2017 and the importance of reading across borders. As the year winds down, cultivating global appreciation and understanding remains more important than ever. Help your teens expand their personal borders by checking out the titles below, a roundup of translated YA titles from the remainder of 2017 hailing from far and wide, from China to Spain, France, and Sweden.”
YALSA The Hub, Dec. 27
In 2010, the Library of Congress announced an exciting and groundbreaking acquisition—a gift from Twitter of the entire archive of public tweet text beginning with the first tweets of 2006. LC now has a secure collection of tweet text, documenting the first 12 years (2006–2017) of this dynamic communications channel. Effective January 1, LC will acquire tweets on a selective basis—similar to its collections of websites. The Twitter collection will remain embargoed until access issues can be resolved.
Library of Congress Blog, Dec. 26
Marika Jeffery writes: “Fangirls and Fanboys: If you’ve been longing to do a fandom-based program at your library but don’t quite know where to begin, here’s a helpful guide to get you started. What is a fandom program? Answer: Any program that targets a specific pop culture topic and appeals to a dedicated community (the fans). Fandoms are often built around series books, comics, manga, anime, videogames, Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Disney, and TV shows (Stranger Things, Dr. Who).”
ALSC Blog, Dec. 25