Richard Byrne writes: “In yesterday’s Practical Ed Tech Live episode I answered a question about where to find old maps to layer in Google Earth. One of the resources that I suggested was Old Maps Online. Old Maps Online is a map that you can browse and search to find historical maps to view online, to download, and to print. You can search the map by entering a location or you can just pan and zoom around the world to find historical maps.”
Free Technology for Teachers, May 12
After 15 years of service, ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels will pack up his office, send his papers off to the ALA Archives, and embark on adventures in retirement at the end of July. Help us give him a heartfelt send-off by posting memories, stories, and good wishes in the comments section. All comments received by May 31 will be compiled into a special booklet and presented to Keith at a June 25 reception during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
AL: The Scoop, May 12
Kate Macmillan writes: “Yesterday was the last early morning library meeting of the year. We drank our coffee and ate our scones while we shared our successes and congratulated the retirees. We commiserated and cried with the library techs who had their hours cut and the teacher librarians who were being reassigned and sent back to the classroom. Yes, once again, California schools are facing budget cuts. In Napa Valley USD, we have declining enrollment—a double fiscal whammy.”
Knowledge Quest blog, May 12
Liz Granger writes: “Jody Gray witnessed a ‘barrage of tragedy’ within her first year as director of the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services—from the Pulse nightclub murders in Orlando, Florida, to the Dallas police shootings. That’s why Gray’s office launched the Twitter hashtag #LibrariesRespond last summer. ODLOS wanted to foster a grassroots conversation in which library professionals could share ideas and responses to current events. The tag caught on.”
American Libraries Trend, May
The new seventh edition of Successful Enquiry Answering Every Time: Thinking Your Way from Problem to Solution, published by Facet Publishing, is designed to guide information professionals through all the stages of reference, from finding out what a patron really wants, to providing a polished, value-added answer. Tim Buckley Owen shows how technology can be the enabler of the thought processes that information professionals need to engage in when answering questions.
ALA Neal-Schuman, May 11
PLA will offer a full-day preconference on June 23, as part of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference programming. Titled “The Librarian’s Disaster Preparedness and Community Resiliency Toolkit: Librarians Fulfilling Their Role as Information First Responders” will show you how to develop a strategy for providing services to the public during and after a disaster. Speakers include Michele Stricker and Don Byrne. The deadline to register (event code PLA2) is May 19.
PLA, May 11
A rare Inverted Jenny stamp sold May 11 for $295,000 at an auction conducted by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries in New York City. The iconic 1918 stamp that shows a biplane flying upside down was one of two owned by the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, and the proceeds will go to the library’s new facility. The stamp that sold at auction was recovered in June 2016 after being stolen from a national stamp show in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1955.
Philatelic Literature and Research, May 11
OCLC and the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Library are working together to make it easy for editors to link citations in Wikipedia to millions of library materials represented in WorldCat. Wikimedia’s cite tool, a companion to its visual editing interface, allows editors to generate a full citation from a single identifier. Integrating OCLC’s WorldCat Search API into the cite tool will help editors add citations that link back to resources represented in WorldCat.
OCLC, May 11
The Washington-based Office of American Spaces is part of the US Department of State. The office provides oversight, strategic direction, funding, and training for nearly 700 library collections abroad offered by US embassies and consulates to foster connections between the US and foreign audiences. In recent years, the office has transformed American Spaces into a new model of active, high-tech, programmatic platforms for engaging foreign citizens, in line with the best practices of modern American libraries. This is its annual report for 2016.
Office of American Spaces, Apr.
Peyton Stafford writes: “There are four kinds of ebook business models that K–12 librarians need to know about: one user/one copy, subscription, demand driven acquisition, and unlimited perpetual simultaneous access. I will not attempt to compare product offerings in depth, but I will mention an example or two of each model. Because ebook technology is still in its early stages, the platforms and feature sets of each offering change rapidly, so any comparison is bound to be a snapshot at best.”
No Shelf Required, May 11
Eight leading companies have sent a message to the offices of all US senators who have not already endorsed both the Senate LSTA and IAL “Dear Appropriator” letters urging them to do so. Baker & Taylor, Follett, Gale Cengage, OverDrive, Peachtree Publishers, Penguin Random House, ProQuest, and Rosen Publishing took such action because: “[L]ibrary funding may be among the very best yielding and most leverageable investment that Congress makes across the entire federal budget. Libraries are thus very much critical national infrastructure: ubiquitous, indispensable, and economically essential.”
District Dispatch, May 11
ACRL’s newest workshop, “Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices,” is now available for scheduling beginning in July. The workshop joins the slate of ACRL’s other workshops that can be brought to your campus, chapter, or consortia upon request throughout the year. This one-day immersive workshop supports librarians in engaging more deeply with the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
ACRL, May 11