Keith Michael Fiels writes: “So here’s the scenario: The newly elected president has proposed the elimination of all federal library funding. The money will be used to increase military spending. If no one does anything, this could actually happen. Only a band of brave individuals stands between us and this scenario becoming a reality. Who are these heroes? They are us.”
AL Column, May
Earlier this year, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden added the first episode of NPR’s All Things Considered (aired May 3, 1971) to the National Recording Registry. That broadcast, along with thousands of other hours of news and cultural programming in the NPR archives, had been preserved by generations of librarians and data strategists in NPR’s Research, Archives, and Data Strategy team.
Current, May 3
Matt Beckstrom writes: “Most of us offer some kind of public computers for our patrons, and obviously privacy is a concern. What should we be doing for our patrons when it comes to privacy on public computers? What steps can we take? First of all, we have to remember that we have to work around the fact that privacy is difficult. Especially when we introduce the variable of the patrons. No matter what we do, their behavior on the computer can expose them in ways we cannot stop.”
Choose Privacy Week, May 4
The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association has awarded the 2017 Innovation in Instruction Award to Brigham Young University’s (BYU) Harold B. Lee Library. Created to recognize a library that demonstrates innovation in support of information literacy and instruction, this year’s award specifically recognizes the Y-Search Tutorial created by BYU instruction librarians.
ALA Professional Development, May 4
The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association has chosen Jo Angela Oehrli, learning librarian at the University of Michigan’s Shapiro Undergraduate Library, as the 2017 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award. The award was created to recognize an individual’s contribution to the development, advancement, and support of information literacy and instruction.
ALA Professional Development, May 4
The Association for Library Service to Children’s Quicklists Consulting Committee has updated its Summer Reading Lists for 2017. The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Four Summer Reading booklists are available for birth–preschool, K–2nd, 3rd–5th, and 6th–8th grade students. Each list is available to download for free and can be customized to include library information, summer hours, and summer reading programs for children before making copies available to schools and patrons.
Association for Library Service to Children
Hannah Byrd Little writes: “With 46% of our students receiving financial aid, there is a great deal more socioeconomic diversity at my private school than at many public schools. Many of my students’ parents are making sacrifices for what they consider an investment in a high-quality education. I want to deliver service worthy of the investment they are making. And in my mind, a high-quality education always includes a school library and a school librarian.”
AASL Knowledge Quest, May 4
Carli Spina writes: “The beginning of next month will see the premier of the new Wonder Woman movie, so now is the perfect time to take a dive into the many different comics that have featured Wonder Woman over the years. Though her creation is credited to a man, it is not surprising that over the years many female comics creators have been inspired to tell stories about this character. Each one offers their own take on her, but any of these books would be a great place to start (or continue) your reading about this fantastic character.”
Alison Marcotte writes: “From virtual reality to gamification to security techniques, libraries are using the latest technology to engage patrons, increase privacy, and help staffers do their jobs. American Libraries spoke to library tech leaders—members of the Library and Information Technology Association’s popular Top Tech Trends panel from the 2017 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits—to get the apps, devices, software, and best practices that you can adopt for your library right now and in the near future.”
AL Feature, May
Former First Couple Barack and Michelle Obama unveiled the proposed design of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago on May 3. The three-building campus is anchored by a striking, geometric museum flanked by a forum building—which will include an auditorium, restaurant, and public garden—and the library. The design is by New York architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and the project is seeking LEED v4 Platinum certification.
Chicago Tribune, May 3
Ernest Ingles, who recently retired from his position as chief librarian, vice provost, and director of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, is the American Library Association 2017 Ken Haycock Award recipient. The award seeks to acknowledge exceptional contributions to promoting the field of library science and reflects Ingles’s accomplishments and service to the profession.
Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and lasting importance to the whole field of library service. Honorary members are elected for life by vote of the ALA Council upon recommendation of the ALA Executive Board. Members who wish to forward nominations must complete the online ALA Honorary Member nomination form. The completed nomination packet, with all attachments, must be received no later than September 1, 2017.
Office of ALA Governance, May 2