Lucas Maxwell writes: “What’s a Ninja Librarian, you ask? Slow down! I’ll tell you! I recently attended an awesome librarian’s conference in Harrogate, UK, where I met current School Librarian of the Year Amy McKay. Amy ran a brilliant session on using creative ways to get teens reading and using the library in general. She’s sneaky in that many of her programs combine fun and learning. Therefore she is a true Ninja Librarian.”
Book Riot, Aug. 3
On August 3, John Lewis-Stempel’s Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature, The Great War (Weidenfeld and Nicolson) was announced the winner of the 2017 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize. The £5,000 prize is awarded to books that celebrate the diversity of the natural world. The author suggests that during World War I the relationship that British soldiers had to nature was profoundly important and helps explain why they fought and how they found the will to go on.
The Bookseller (UK), Aug. 3
Eileen M. Palmer writes: “Effective advocacy is about building relationships. Building strong relationships is more than the occasional call to an elected official’s office requesting support for a bill or funding. Learning who your officials are and understanding their concerns is at the heart of building that relationship and should be ongoing. The New Jersey Library Association has developed strong relationships with our congressional delegation through training for advocates.”
District Dispatch, Aug. 1
Ashley Cooksey writes: “I’ve had the privilege to work in various styles of school libraries, none of which had wall space for book displays or advertisements. Drawing students into the library at the beginning of the year is one of the easiest ways to increase student traffic through the library. But how will student interest increase without bulletin boards or wall space to advertise your collection? Here are five creative suggestions.”
Knowledge Quest blog, Aug. 3
Choice magazine launched The Authority File, a new sponsored podcast featuring conversations about academic libraries and librarianship, on July 31. The podcast will feature weekly episodes in formats to include conversations about new books and products, thought-leadership interviews and discussions, and technology and product case studies. Hosted by Choice Editorial Director Bill Mickey, The Authority File is part of a suite of new content marketing options Choice is offering.
Choice, Aug. 2
ALA Connect, the online space where ALA groups collaborate, is being upgraded to a new and more flexible system that will be powered by Higher Logic. The launch is scheduled for August 31. As part of the upgrade, a gray-out period will take place, beginning August 10 and ending on August 31. During this time, users will not be able to make any edits or new posts to the system, although they will be able to view public content. Watch the video (2:58).
ALA Information Technology and Telecommunication Services, Aug. 2
Cultural collections and exhibitions are expanding to all corners of the world while, at the same time, lenders are becoming more risk-averse. Valuing Your Collection: A Practical Guide for Museums, Libraries and Archives, published by Facet Publishing and written by Freda Matassa, addresses the issues and offers some solutions, ranging from high-value to low or no-value collections and discussing a range of collections including fine art, archives, science, and photography.
ALA Neal-Schuman, Aug. 1
ALSC is now accepting online applications for the 2018 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award. This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group and Random House Children’s books, provides a $600 stipend for up to four children’s librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference. The award also includes an invitation to the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder banquet. Apply by October 1.
ALSC, Aug. 1
ALA, in collaboration with the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, invites public libraries to apply for “Media Literacy @ your library,” a pilot program that will train library workers to help their adult patrons become better news consumers. Teams from five public libraries will adapt existing media literacy training materials to serve the needs of public librarians and the communities they serve. Apply online by September 11.
Public Programs Office, Aug. 1
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new 90-minute workshop, “Rethinking Library Programming: Transforming Your Approach” with Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci, on September 28. LaMantia and Vinci will provide ideas and plans for nontraditional library programs and discuss how to combat the fear of getting out of library comfort zones. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, July 28
Barbara Fister writes: “According to a new study uploaded in preprint form to PeerJ and profiled in Science, subscription-based publishing is a doomed business. Scientists have flocked to Sci-Hub because it’s easy to use. But libraries have to subscribe to these journals in the first place for them to end up in Sci-Hub, which relies on borrowed (or phished) library login credentials. What Sci-Hub has demonstrated is that the limited access libraries have to offer is less efficient than what can happen in a less copyright-hobbled world.”
Inside Higher Ed: Library Babel Fish, Aug. 1
Larra Clark writes: “A new report from the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy focuses attention on the capacity of rural public libraries to deploy computing technologies and other resources to meet the needs of their residents. Rural Libraries in the United States: Recent Strides, Future Possibilities, and Meeting Community Needs details the challenges rural libraries face in maximizing their impact and describes how collaborative efforts help rural libraries and their communities.”
District Dispatch, July 31