Dawn Sinclair writes: “For a company as old as HarperCollins, its archive its literally and historically part of its DNA. When HarperCollins unveiled its 200th anniversary website chronicling the 200 years since J. & J. Harper began and the 198 years since William Collins began, it demonstrated the importance of that shared past and the chronicling of its business activities. The HarperCollins archive is based in the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland. Our Bookfile room houses around 80,000 books, many of them incredibly rare.”
The Bookseller (UK), Apr. 24
Meredith Farkas writes: “Librarians in academic settings are often focused on outreach to disciplinary instructors. The dream many of us have is for information literacy instruction to be organically embedded into all academic curricula. Real curricular integration is rare, and most instruction happens in a single session requested by the faculty member. However, if information literacy instruction was embedded in all courses in which it made sense, we wouldn’t have enough librarians to teach it all.”
American Libraries column, May
Alex Hern writes: “Last week’s WannaCry ransomware outbreak, which used recently revealed weaknesses in the Windows operating system to spread further and faster than any before, has prompted Microsoft to break its own rules on software maintenance in an effort to keep users safe. Microsoft took the highly unusual step of releasing free security updates for out-of-support versions of Windows—Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 8—which can be downloaded from its website.”
The Guardian (UK), May 15
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced on May 15 the 10 recipients of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. The five library winners are: Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library; Long Beach (Calif.) Public Library; Richland Library, Columbia, South Carolina; University of Minnesota Libraries; and Waterville (Maine) Public Library.
Institute of Museum and Library Services, May 15
Philanthropist and New York Public Library Trustee Katharine J. Rayner has given the library a $15 million gift to strengthen and advance the institution’s internationally renowned research collections. The gift, announced at the board of trustees meeting on May 10, establishes the Katharine J. Rayner Fund for Special Collections, which will fund the acquisition of special collections material such as archives, manuscripts, rare books, and maps.
New York Public Library, May 11
Northbrook (Ill.) Public Library hosted its first naturalization ceremony on May 9, welcoming 72 new citizens from 29 countries to the US. Staff from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Chicago Field Office administered the service. The cohort of new citizens came from nearby Canada and Mexico as well as faraway Jordan, Kenya, and Mongolia. The library ceremony was part of a 2013 partnership between the USCIS and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences to reinforce the library as a welcoming place.
Highwood (Ill.) Daily North Shore, May 14
Updated to include the 2017 award and honor books, The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2017 edition, published by ALA Editions, gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children’s literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes. Librarians and teachers everywhere rely on this guidebook for quick reference and collection development and also as a resource for curriculum links and readers’ advisory.
ALA Editions, May 12
Scott Beck, head principal at Norman (Okla.) High School, will conclude the AASL Awards Ceremony and President’s Program taking place on June 24 as part of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The program is an annual event featuring prominent experts on issues relevant to school librarianship and is open to all registered conference attendees.
AASL, May 12
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new workshop, “Cataloging Video Resources with RDA” with Kelley McGrath. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions on July 13 and 20. McGrath will provide an overview of cataloging moving image materials using RDA with an emphasis on areas that can be problematic. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, May 12
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new 90-minute workshop, “Effective Library Signage: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices with Mark Aaron Polger and Amy F. Stempler, on July 12. Polger and Stempler will discuss what constitutes “bad” and “good” signage and the importance of developing a signage policy to ensure consistency in design and overall language. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, May 12
Karen Muller writes: “Last year, the ALA library acquired a display case to highlight books in our collection. To mark the 125th anniversary of the opening of Ellis Island, we showcased books on the immigrant experience. The oldest is Aids in Library Work with Foreigners, published by ALA in 1912. Its tone is different from anything the Association would publish today, but it demonstrates how ALA has been actively working on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion for most of its existence.”
American Libraries column, May
Jane Carlin writes: “It’s that time of year when academic libraries across the country see a startling increase in the number of users—final exam time. Reflecting on exam week, after a lifelong career in libraries, I wonder, can’t we do better? Students come to us with panic written all over their faces. They often have three to four final research papers to complete, and they worry about how to approach this. Are final papers and exams truly beneficial?”
Collins Unbound, May 12