If the primary challenge before academic librarians is to change how they’re perceived within their institutions, as Michelle Reale proposes in her new book, the key lies in becoming a proactive teacher and collaborator. The Indispensable Academic Librarian: Teaching and Collaborating for Change, published by ALA Editions, offers strategies applicable to many different areas, showing how the academic librarian can be an educator in both structured and unstructured spaces on campuses.
ALA Editions, Mar. 30
Amilcar Perez, adult services librarian at Forest Park (Ill.) Public Library, was selected as the 2018 winner of the BRASS Public Librarian Support Award sponsored by Morningstar. The award consists of $1,250 to assist with travel expenses to ALA Annual Conference for a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service. Perez was cited for his efforts to increase visibility to the business community, build digital literacy, promote job and career development, and design assessment methods.
RUSA, Mar. 29
Daniel Funke writes: “On April Fools’ Day, real news organizations used to publish fake news. The Madison Capital Times reported in 1933 that the dome had toppled off the Wisconsin statehouse. In 1977, The Guardian published a lengthy travel feature story on the fictional San Serriffe islands. PC Magazine covered a fake bill banning the use of the internet while drunk in 1994. But in 2018, April Fools’ Day feels different. With that in mind, what could this year’s biggest April Fools’ Day hoax possibly be?”
Poynter, Mar. 30
Carol Rosenberg writes: “The US military took more than four years to process a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the Guantánamo guidelines for censoring prison library material—and censored the guidelines when it processed the request. The paperwork the military released appeared to leave out three pages of the prison’s procedure for handling the Quran. The Miami Herald sought the November 27, 2013, document in a December 10, 2013, FOIA request. The US Southern Command apparently released the document, with redactions, on March 21 but didn’t put it in the mail for five more days.”
Miami Herald, Mar. 28
Lee Rainie writes: “Pew Research Center has studied the spread and impact of social media since 2005, when just 5% of American adults used the platforms. The trends tracked by our data tell a complex story that is full of conflicting pressures. On one hand, the rapid growth of the platforms is testimony to their appeal to online Americans. On the other, this widespread use has been accompanied by rising user concerns about privacy and social media firms’ capacity to protect their data. Here are some of the dynamics.”
FactTank, Mar. 27
Asma, a Somali-born mother living in the Minneapolis community of Cedar Riverside, made typical use of her local Hennepin County library: checking out books for her children. However, like many of her fellow residents, Asma didn’t see herself as a recipient of library services, even avoiding spending long periods of time at the library because she felt it was necessary to keep her children quiet. But in December, she opened herself to services the library had for supporting higher education and career growth.
Institute of Museum and Library Services, Mar. 30
Brian Barrett writes: “The modern web contains no shortage of horrors, from ubiquitous ad trackers to all-consuming platforms to YouTube comments, generally. Unfortunately, there’s no panacea for what ails this internet we’ve built. But anyone weary of black-box algorithms controlling what you see online at least has a respite, one that’s been there all along but has often gone ignored. Tired of Twitter? Facebook fatigued? It’s time to head back to RSS.”
Wired, Mar. 30
Gary Shaffer, USC Marshall School of Business professor and former Tulsa City-County Library CEO, will present findings from his recently published book Creating the Sustainable Public Library: The Triple Bottom Line Approach, on June 22. This half-day LLAMA Career Institute is presented in conjunction with the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. The preconference will help participants enhance their professional knowledge, expertise, and skills in 12 of the 14 LLAMA foundational competencies.
LLAMA, Mar. 29
LLAMA is launching a new series of four-week online courses that will train librarians to become better leaders. The first course, “Evidence-Based Decision Making,” will be offered April 16–May 11. Registrants will learn what evidence-based decision making is and why it has become a popular method for decision-making in libraries. Instructors will be Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Beth S. Woodard. Upcoming topics include conflict resolution (May 14–June 8) and change management (July 9–August 6).
LLAMA, Mar. 29
Richard P. Smiraglia has received the 2018 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC and administered by LITA. Smiraglia is a professor in the Knowledge Organization Research Group of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee iSchool and editor-in-chief of Knowledge Organization. The award honors research relevant to the development of information technologies.
LITA, Mar. 29
The Washington Library Association is celebrating Gov. Jay Inslee’s signing of SB 6362 on March 21, which added a line item to the bill with an allocation of $20 per student statewide specifically for library materials. The line item is being heralded as an important addition to the McCleary school funding order that the legislature passed in January that allocated another $1.2 billion for K–12 education. WLA Executive Director Kate Laughlin said this means “school libraries now have a place from which to negotiate in the future.”
I Love Libraries, Mar. 29
Three times since 2013, members in both houses of Congress have introduced the Affordable College Textbook Act, which would create a federal program to fund the creation of open educational resources on a nationwide scale. Each time, that bill has faltered in committee. Meanwhile, advocates tried for a one-time appropriation for OER funding in the annual federal budget. Last week’s omnibus appropriations bill included $5 million for a pilot program of creating and expanding OER textbooks that will save students money.
Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 28