Louisiana State University Libraries’ Hayley Johnson and Sarah Simms have been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Projects for the Public Discovery grant for $30,000. The grant supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content. The grant will help fund their project, “Louisiana’s Hidden History of Japanese Internment,” which will explore the creation of a curated digital archive of materials relating to Japanese internment in Louisiana during World War II, including both Camp Livingston and Camp Algiers.
As a major figure in the literary world, Jason Reynolds—who is currently working on his 14th book—unapologetically creates for young Black readers. From a teen reeling after witnessing his brother’s murder to two citified brothers spending a summer with their blind grandfather in Virginia, Reynolds’s characters speak directly to the community. He’s even added a Marvel comic novel to his canon with Miles Morales: Spider-Man. “Who else is there to write for, as far as I’m concerned,” he says of his commitment to telling stories of Black youth.
A system created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers could be used to automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles, reducing time spent by human editors who now do the task manually. In a paper being presented at the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the researchers describe a text-generating system that replaces specific information in relevant Wikipedia sentences, while keeping the language similar to how humans write and edit. In the future, a fully automated system could use information from around the web to produce rewritten sentences in corresponding Wikipedia articles.
A Pocatello, Idaho, man says he no longer plans to lead an organized campaign against a voluntary monthly program at the Marshall Public Library that involves drag queens reading books to children. Ted King, a carpenter and founder of the group Citizen Patriots United, said he’s changed his mind about lobbying against Reading Time with the Queens based on its overwhelming public support on social media. Although his beliefs have not changed, King said interactions with people made it clear to him the reading program has more widespread support than he initially believed.
In January, after asbestos particles were found on surfaces in Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo, the college closed the building for remediation work that was expected to last through the spring semester. On February 11, however, President Denise Battles announced that the library will remain closed for the next four years—meaning that students who enroll this fall could earn their degrees without ever setting foot inside Milne. The college will start a massive modernization project immediately after asbestos removal is finished. Until Milne reopens in 2024, Fraser Hall, which previously housed the library, will be used.
The Library of Congress will receive a $10 million donation from local philanthropist David Rubenstein to help fund a five-year renovation project to better engage visitors to its flagship Jefferson Building, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said February 12. The project, which will cost $60 million overall, got underway in September and envisions a modern orientation center where visitors will be able to see, among other things, Thomas Jefferson’s famous library books in a new setting. Designers also plan to cut a hole in the ground floor ceiling and install a 25-foot-wide glass oculus through which visitors can see the building’s ornate dome.
Pack your bags for this seven-night, grand literary and historical tour of southern Scotland and northern England, May 9-16, 2020 with ASGCLA. The tour focuses on some of the great writers to come from the region, including William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, the Brontës, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Contact Debra Burman-Gisby at 847-579-9898.
ALCTS has selected the University of Toronto Libraries and the French Institute of Pondicherry Tamil Studies Programme as recipients of the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation for 2020. The institutions were chosen for their “From Private Treasures to Global Public Access” initiative, which provides access to the collection of Tamil scholar François Édouard Stéphane Gros. The citation recognizes collaborative problem-solving efforts in the areas of acquisition, access, management, preservation, or archiving.
Michael Christie writes: “As our real-world ecosystem further devolves, we’ll soon move into the pining-for-our-ex-phase of the relationship—watching the BBC’s Planet Earth documentaries like old wedding videos after a nasty divorce. But books can reconfigure our conception of nature for the better. My new novel, Greenwood, begins in 2038 on a remote island off the Pacific coast of British Columbia, where wealthy tourists flock from all corners of the dust-choked globe to visit the Greenwood Arboreal Cathedral. Here are 10 other novels that have taken on the climate crisis.”
Jennifer Allen-Williams writes: “If you love all things scary, the new filmGretel and Hansel, written by Rob Hayes and directed by Oz Perkins, may be something you are looking forward to seeing. This film is based on the classic Hansel and Gretel story, formally introduced to the world in the 19th century by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (also known as the Brothers Grimm). Why would such a grim tale be told and retold throughout the centuries to children? If you look beyond the graphic and morose nature of the tale, you will find that children can learn quite a bit from the story’s young protagonists.”
The library at Ella G. Clarke Elementary School in Lakewood Township, New Jersey, will be dedicated to its librarian Sara Trahey, who died in a fire at her home February 7. Trahey, 33, was a librarian and media specialist at the school. She is being remembered as a devoted mother who cared deeply about her students. The decision to name the library after her was announced February 12 by Lakewood school board attorney Michael Inzelbuch, who also announced that he and his family are dedicating an annual $1,000 scholarship that will be granted to a graduating Lakewood senior who plans on pursuing a degree in library science.
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, dedicated to supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries across the country, is encouraging qualifying educators to apply for an Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant. The deadline for submissions is March 31. Approximately 70 grants, up to $500 each, will be awarded to teachers and librarians in public schools and libraries whose proposals reflect an imaginative approach to experiential learning. The Foundation welcomes mini-grant proposals focusing on any subject.