Written by Robin Rice and John Southall, two data librarians with more than 30 years’ combined experience, The Data Librarian’s Handbook, published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, unpicks the everyday role of the data librarian. It offers practical guidance on how to collect, curate, and crunch data for economic, social, and scientific purposes. The book shows how to develop an effective institutional research data management policy and infrastructure.
ALA Neal-Schuman, Mar. 27
Conor Dougherty writes: “The federal government is poised to roll back regulations limiting access to consumers’ online data. States have other ideas. As on climate change, immigration, and a host of other issues, some state legislatures may prove to be a counterweight to Washington by enacting new regulations to increase consumers’ privacy rights. Illinois legislators are considering a ‘right to know’ bill that would let consumers find out what information about them is collected by Google and Facebook.”
New York Times, Mar. 26
K. Thor Jensen writes: “The big boys—Chrome, Firefox, and IE/Edge—aren’t the only browsers out there. If you dig deep, you’ll find a whole world of unusual web-surfing tools that are designed to fill different needs. From intense privacy to media streaming, torrent tracking to text-only displays, there’s a browser for just about everything.”
PC Magazine, Mar. 25
Elizabeth Watts Pope writes: “The American Antiquarian Society has only a small manuscript collection of George Washington Papers, and two of the most interesting items were actually not written by George Washington. They are forgeries, created by the most famous forger of Washington’s handwriting, Robert Spring. Even without being able to closely examine the paper and ink, there are ways to tell that these two purported Washington documents are fake once you know where to look.”
Past Is Present, Feb. 22, 2011
Fantasy lovers—are you tired of waiting two, three, four, sometimes half a decade for one story to end? Fantasy newbies—does the idea of reading fantasy intrigue you, but when you look at how many books are in most fantasy series, you despair? It’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy one (or all) of these fantasy standalones—no sequels, no waiting, just one epic story. Here you will find a handy list of 25 fantasy standalones.
Epic Reads, Mar. 13
On March 29, more than 250 representatives from Ohio’s public libraries will travel to Columbus for the Ohio Library Council’s Legislative Day. Library directors, fiscal officers, trustees, and supporters will meet with members of the Ohio General Assembly to share how their libraries are transforming local communities with essential services such as workforce development and early literacy programs.
Ohio Library Council, Mar. 27
A university in western Japan will open a library on April 6 that has an unusually large proportion of manga in its collection. The two-story Biblio Theater library at Kindai University in Osaka Prefecture is expected to have around 70,000 books, with about 22,000 volumes of manga. The university hopes to draw the attention of manga lovers to more academic works that will be displayed alongside the comic books.
Japan Times, Mar. 23
At the third day of the ACRL Conference in Baltimore, the national political climate again featured prominently, with attendees filling a town hall meeting on strategies for working with members of Congress. The town hall, hosted by ACRL President Irene Herold, was arranged after the announcement of President Trump’s budget blueprint proposal. Other big topics for the day included technology, the ACRL Framework, and social justice issues.
AL: The Scoop, Mar. 25
On terminals in Anchorage’s public library system, adults explore all the corners of the internet—including pornographic websites. But in the middle of a rewrite of internet-use policies, library officials say they are wrestling with ways to balance the intellectual freedom of porn-searching adults with making the city’s public libraries safe and welcoming for everyone.
Anchorage Alaska Dispatch News, Mar. 26
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new 90-minute workshop, “Building Great Programs for Seniors” with Amy Alessio on May 24. Alessio will provide several programming ideas and tips on how to market these programs, so that you can build successful programs that attract more seniors into your library. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, Mar. 24
The second full day of the ACRL Conference in Baltimore featured more calls to action on library funding, discussions of technology trends, and a morning keynote address by author Roxane Gay. Gay said that lately she’s been asked to talk about the current political moment but finds it difficult because—due to race, gender, class, and other issues— “we’re not all experiencing the same moment.” The word “diversity” is meaningless, she said, because saying it does not contribute to change.
AL: The Scoop, Mar. 24
Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, AASL will offer the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant in support of public, middle, or high school libraries that have incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster, fire, or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. The grant also provides funding to schools affected by an increase in enrollment due to displaced or evacuated students. A total of $30,000 in funding will be available each year.
AASL, Mar. 24