JSTOR offers a growing list of Open Access ebooks from respected presses, such as University of California Press, University of Michigan Press, and Australian National University Press. More than 500 titles are now available at no cost to libraries or users. Each ebook carries one of six Creative Commons licenses determined by the publisher. The titles are easy to use, with no DRM restrictions and no limits on chapter PDF downloads or printing. Users will not need to register or log in to JSTOR.
Merryl H. Tisch, former chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, and her husband, James S. Tisch, president and chief executive of Loews Corporation, are giving $20 million to the New York Public Library to expand and strengthen its education programming, from early literacy classes to technology training. The Tisches’ gift will create a position for a director of education, reporting to NYPL president Tony Marx.
New York Times, Mar. 10
ACRL-Choice webinars connect academic and research librarians with content and service providers, publishers, authors, and other experts. These free interactive webinars discuss topics including using social media, building library communities, the latest reference databases, and open access. This spring, webinars will take place from March 16 to May 2. Check out the complete library of ACRL-Choice webinars on the Choice Media Channel.
Choice, Mar. 9
Brian X. Chen writes: “WikiLeaks this week published a trove of documents that appears to detail how the Central Intelligence Agency successfully hacked a wide variety of tech products, including iPhones, Android devices, Wi-Fi routers, and Samsung televisions. So what does that mean for you if you own one or several of these gadgets? Even if you aren’t worried about what WikiLeaks revealed about the CIA right now, here are some tips for protecting your cellphones, TVs, and routers.”
New York Times, Mar. 8
Playing games in your twilight years can have a positive effect on your mental health and help to fend off conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, a study has suggested. The study by US researchers at the Mayo Clinic was published in JAMA Neurology and examined the potential link between “mentally stimulating activities” and the “outcome of incident Mild Cognitive Impairment.” The study found that those who played games at least once a week were 22% less likely to suffer from MCI.
Tabletop Gaming: Board Games news, Feb. 6
Rhianon Anderson writes: “Many libraries have already implemented programs to teach coding skills to the community. The US House of Representatives has also launched an effort to address the shortage of technical literacy: the Congressional App Challenge. Established in 2015, the challenge is a national effort to encourage students to learn how to code. This year, from July 26 to November 1, eligible students will be invited to code and submit their own original apps.”
District Dispatch, Mar. 9
Originally meant just for storing scrolls, with time libraries assumed the role of vaults protecting invaluable volumes. Nowadays, they also aspire to be public-oriented culture-promoting centers. Culture.pl presents the 10 most ingenious and boldest examples of library design in contemporary Poland.
Culture.pl, Dec. 13, 2016
Meredith Farkas writes: “Just before I began attending library school, I took a job as a library assistant in circulation at a public library in a small but affluent city. I loved the work, but my tenure did not last as long as I would have liked because of my opposition to a new technology policy. When I started working at the library, we handed out time-limited computer access passes to anyone who wanted them. Six months into my job, my supervisor told me that we would now provide free computer access only to cardholders.”
American Libraries column, Mar./Apr.
ALA and NAACP are among several groups threatening to yank their conventions from San Antonio if Texas lawmakers pass Senate Bill 6, the so-called transgender bathroom bill introduced in February—costing local hotels, restaurants, and attractions millions of dollars. “Because this bill contradicts our fundamental values, and it is in distinct opposition to the principles upon which libraries are founded, ALA would have no choice but to move” its 2022 Midwinter Meeting from San Antonio to another state, ALA President Julie Todaro said in a February 16 letter to Visit San Antonio.
San Antonio (Tex.) Express-News, Mar. 8
The antiquities museum in the Iraqi city of Mosul has been left in ruins by retreating Islamic State (or ISIS) forces. Piles of rubble fill exhibition halls and a massive fire in the building’s basement has reduced hundreds of rare books and manuscripts to ankle-deep drifts of ash. Associated Press reporters were granted rare access to the museum on March 8 after Iraqi forces retook it from the Islamic State the day before. The Mosul University Library was also destroyed on January 30 in the battle to regain control of the city.
CBS News, Mar. 8
National Library Week, April 9–15, is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries and library workers for transforming lives through free access to technology, information literacy, diverse collections, and opportunities for community engagement. This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform,” and Olympic soccer gold medalist and World Cup champion Julie Foudy is lending her support as Honorary Chair. National Library Week artwork is available for downloading.
Public Awareness Office, Mar. 9
Maeve Dodds writes: “Spring Break from school means the library is always busy at my location. We have a lot of teens that come to our branch and stay all day during Spring Break because their parents drop them off while they are working. It is an excellent time to get teens active in programming at the library because they need something to do and are more willing to participate. Recently we have been doing more passive programs for teens, programs led by teens for teens, or self-directives.”
YALSA Blog, Mar. 8