Leanna Barcelona writes: “During the course of US involvement in World War I, ALA collected $5 million in donations for the ALA Library War Service that accumulated 10 million publications and established 36 camp libraries across the United States and Europe. It was the ALA Library War Service’s mission to provide ‘a book for every man.’ It accomplished a great deal in a short time. According to the June 1918 War Library Bulletin, there were 385,310 books shipped overseas.”
ALA Archives blog, Mar. 20
Applications are open for the Freedom to Read Foundation Banned Books Week Grants, offered through the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund. Each year, FTRF distributes grants to non-profits to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Weeks celebration (September 24–30, 2017). Libraries, schools, universities, and community organizations are encouraged to apply for grants at two levels: $1,000 and $2,500. The deadline to apply is May 12.
Freedom to Read Foundation, Mar. 29
The Library Services and Technology Act administered by IMLS provides critically important funding for our nation’s libraries. LSTA Grants to States appropriations are distributed directly to each state and territory through a population-based formula. Each state identifies the most appropriate uses of these funds for library services and activities to meet their state’s economic, educational, civic, and demographic needs. The return on investment for this program is substantial and is enhanced by each state’s matching contribution.
Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, Mar. 16
The Art Libraries Society of North America has released the State of Art Museum Libraries 2016 white paper. The report demonstrates the current roles, issues, and challenges faced by art museum libraries in the United States. Art museum libraries provide authoritative, relevant, and timely research service to their museum constituents and the general public, and act as fundamental partners in the art museum’s educational mission.
Art Libraries Society of North America, Mar. 29
The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association staunchly stands against the proposed elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services in the Trump administration’s 2018 budget blueprint. IMLS is a core funding source for hundreds of libraries around the country and supports the library and museum professions in advancing the values of a democratic society. Without IMLS, many projects that support our members and our organizations would not have been possible.
Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, Mar. 30
On March 30, the North Carolina Senate voted in favor of a bill that repealed the controversial law affecting transgender bathroom use in public buildings, part of a compromise worked out earlier in the week between Republican legislative leaders and the Democratic governor. However, it was unclear whether eventual passage of the new bill into law would extricate the state from the roiling national controversy over the proper levels of legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. And the replacement seems just as bad for LGBTQ rights as the original.
New York Times, Mar. 30
The President has proposed eliminating virtually all federal library funding and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the agency that distributes most of it to every state in the nation. Now budget-cutters in Congress are considering whether to follow his lead. Here you will find what you need to contact your representatives to ask them to sign the two important letters, addressed to the Appropriations Committee, that are now making the rounds, one supporting LSTA and the other IAL.
ALA Office of Government Relations
ALA and ACRL continue the fight for an open internet for all, joining eight other organizations representing over 100,000 colleges, universities, and libraries nationwide in sending a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael O’Rielly, Sens. John Thune (R-S.Dak.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and Reps. Greg Walden (R-Oreg.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) articulating Net Neutrality Principles that should form the basis of any review of the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.
ALA Washington Office, Mar. 30
Regina Sierra Carter writes: “If you ask a group of children what they would like to become, you will receive an array of answers. However, few may say that they aspire to become librarians. Truth be told, I did not initially aspire to become one either. It was simply meant to be. I am a Black female scholar, researcher, educator, and librarian. As I was nearing the end of my doctoral studies, I was faced with a seemingly insurmountable question: what was I going to do with my life? As weeks turned to months, I had to decide.”
Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 29
An agreement to repeal North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill” has passed its first test, clearing the state’s Senate Rules Committee by a voice vote that appeared to fall along party lines, according to CNN affiliates and local media. It now moves on to the Senate floor, where it must survive two additional votes before moving to the House for a final vote. Critics of the repeal bill say it doesn’t go far enough.
CNN Politics, Mar. 30
Lori Ayotte writes and Cathy Collins writes: “We have used digital videos both to analyze poetry and to teach writing strategies, including tone, imagery, and economy of language. However, we have discovered many uses for digital video technology: presenting outside reading through book trailers, highlighting the history of a time period, modifying an assignment for ELL and special education students, accompanying a personal narrative or a memoir, presenting a research project, advertising for a club, and even to celebrate friends and colleagues.”
Knowledge Quest blog, Mar. 30
Sam Weller writes: “While visiting high schools across the country in recent months to speak about author Ray Bradbury and his work, I have become aware of a troubling trend that greatly disadvantages young readers, particularly those in lower-income communities. Earlier this fall, I spoke with a group of kids in poverty-stricken, rural Shawnee, Oklahoma, and learned that their library had received zero dollars for book acquisitions in 2016. The librarian in this tiny athenaeum was unable to purchase a single book for her students.”