ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new 90-minute workshop, “Cyber Security and Privacy: Protecting Yourself and Your Users” with Nicole Hennig, on July 6. Hennig will contrast media hype with expert opinions to show you how prevalent certain security concerns are compared to the hype that surrounds them. Registration is through the ALA Store.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus begins its final performances this weekend, so this issue’s Bookend profiles Maureen Brunsdale, special collections and rare books librarian at Illinois State University’s Milner Library in Bloomington-Normal. She is in charge of the Circus and Allied Arts Collection, one of the nation’s top collections of circus-related books, photographs, posters, programs, correspondence, and other ephemera.
AL Bookend, May; Ringling Bros. Circus
Children in New York City lose library privileges if they amass more than $15 in late fees. According to 2015 tax returns, that means that more than 225,000 young people—one in five city children—had their library cards blocked. Leaders of New York Public Library, Queens Library, and Brooklyn Public Library are trying to find a solution to the issue.
New York Times, May 4
The Public Library Association will introduce library consultants to its performance-measurement program, Project Outcome, through a dedicated webinar. Project Outcome is a free, online toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of their programs and services. The webinar, Project Outcome for Library Consultants, is designed to introduce consultants to the Project Outcome framework to help inform their work with public libraries. It will be held will be from 1–2 p.m. Central on Thursday, May 18. Registration costs $50 and space is limited.
Public Library Association, May 4
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.”