Prescott Valley (Ariz.) Police Chief Bryan Jarrell left his service weapon in a restroom at Prescott Valley Public Library on Thursday, November 9. He reported it missing several days later. “As chief of police, I take full responsibility for my negligent actions that resulted in the misplacing of my service weapon,” Jarrell said in a statement on the police department’s Facebook page. The weapon still has not been found.
Prescott Valley (Ariz.) Tribune, Nov. 21
Rachel Wagner writes: “A common complaint I hear about reading from my students, who are mostly freshman in college, is that being forced to read in school turned them off from reading altogether. Many say that they used to like reading when it was fun and for their own pleasure, but once their teachers started assigning readings and books and papers they got turned off from doing any reading at all. Some wouldn’t even do those assigned readings out of spite, leading them to not reading anything extra either.”
Book Riot, Nov. 20
Dawn Finch, immediate past president of CILIP, the professional association for UK librarians, sent an open letter to Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening, demanding that her department stop closing school libraries. The letter, cosigned by more than 150 authors, illustrators, and poets, states in part “we must act now to counter the loss of school and college libraries before we consign a generation to a lifetime of low attainment and mobility.”
BoingBoing, Nov. 24
Literary jeweler Jeremy May transforms dense layers of books into jewelry that carries the words within each individual, wearable form. Littlefly—his line of laminated paper rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings—includes the book that each piece was originally extracted from.
Colossal, Nov. 14
British artist Mark Vessey celebrates the joy of personal, physical collections of books, records, and magazines—ranging from Penguin paperback editions of Shakespeare plays to first-edition hardcovers of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels to a complete set of Kate Moss Vogue covers—in a photo gallery for The Guardian.
The Guardian (UK), Nov. 25
Bill Estep writes: “Kaylee Lay, who is 5, was so happy to see the bookmobile pull up in front of her house in McCreary County recently that she ran outside with no shoes, then reached up for her mother to carry her over the rough ground. That kind of enthusiasm that has helped keep the largest fleet of bookmobiles in the nation operating in rural Kentucky, delivering books to people who often can’t get to county-seat libraries.”
Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, Nov. 24
ALA President Jim Neal released a statement November 21 regarding the proposed repeal of net neutrality rules announced by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. It reads, in part: “Libraries, our patrons, and America’s communities will be at risk if the FCC repeals all protections contained in its 2015 Open Internet Order with no plans to replace with any enforceable rules. We strenuously disagree with the FCC’s actions and will continue to advocate for essential net neutrality protections.”
ALA Washington Office, Nov. 21
Federal regulators unveiled a plan November 21 that would give internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers can see and use. The move sets the stage for a crucial FCC vote in December that could reshape the entire digital ecosystem. The agency’s chairman, Ajit Pai, has made undoing the government’s net neutrality rules one of his top priorities, and this move hands a win to broadband companies such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast.
Washington Post, Nov. 21
Jordan Erica Webber writes: “Gadgets are only as good as their content, and though 2017 has been a difficult year for the world, it’s been a great one for video games. As gaming elbows its way to the center stage of mainstream culture, the titles and their themes are increasingly reflecting the wide variety of players and their concerns. Here are the best games and consoles, and the most exciting trends of 2017 (including recognition of LGBT games and gamers with disabilities).”
The Guardian (UK), Nov. 21
The Library of Congress has acquired the Codex Quetzalecatzin, one of the very few Mesoamerican manuscripts to survive from the 16th century. After being in private collections for more than 100 years, the codex has been digitally preserved and made available online for the first time to the general public. The manuscript dates from 1593, a time when many cartographic histories were being produced as part of a Spanish royal investigation into the human and community resources in the American colonies.
Library of Congress, Nov. 21
Ellen Satterwhite writes: “Millions of internet users have weighed in—including hundreds of libraries and information professionals—to tell FCC Chairman Ajit Pai not to roll back 2015’s Net Neutrality Order. So what happens now? Flying in the face of this widespread and deep public support for strong net neutrality rules, the FCC has signaled it will gut these protections. Here’s what we expect in coming weeks and months.”
District Dispatch, Nov. 21
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new 90-minute workshop, “Blend It 2018: Blended Learning in Our Library Learning Landscape” with Paul Signorelli, on January 18. Blended communication is multidirectional, as prospective participants join us informally on Twitter and other social media platforms and formally through live, well-facilitated tweet chats, Hangouts, and other synchronous and asynchronous learning tools. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, Nov. 20