On the internet, where space is vast, there’s beauty in the brevity of Sommer Browning’s work. The poet, author, comic artist, and head of resource management at the University of Colorado Denver’s Auraria Library has just released two new works, Want Me to Tell You About This Dream I Had, a collection of her dreams, and Everything but Sex, a book of comics. Westword chatted with Browning about the process of taking the dream world to waking life and what it’s like to be a librarian in the current political climate.
Westword, Mar. 2
Next semester, a new one-credit class titled “Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda: How to Sort Fact from Fiction” will be offered to undergraduate students by the University of Michigan library system. The class will be aimed at dispelling biases about the news and teaching students how to look at media with a critical eye. Doreen Bradley, the library’s director of learning programs and initiatives and one of the four designers of the course—said the the library system is the perfect place for the new course.
Michigan Daily, Mar. 5
Poet, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni will headline a special reception to benefit the ALA Cultural Communities Fund at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The event, “An Evening with Nikki Giovanni at the American Writers Museum,” will be held on June 23 at the new American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Avenue, in downtown Chicago. Tickets are $75 for ALA members and $90 for nonmembers. Individuals must be registered for the Annual Conference to attend.
ALA Public Programs Office, Mar. 6
Alana Verminski and Kelly Marie Blanchat share what they have learned about electronic resources management in Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Management, published by ALA Neal-Schuman. This hands-on guide offers to-the-point advice on methods and tools that will help readers stay on top of things, including coverage of such key topics as purchasing options, questions to ask vendors, and licensing agreements.
ALA Neal-Schuman, Mar. 6
RUSA offers multiple online professional development opportunities year round that are open to the public. The spring lineup in March and April offers seven webinars and two eCourses on finding primary sources, job search, open data, and other topics.
RUSA, Mar. 6
Kathryn Schulz writes: “There are a great many ways to petition the government, including with actual petitions, but, short of showing up in person, the one reputed to be the most effective is picking up the phone and calling your congressional representatives. The Stop Online Piracy Act is a good example of this. Before it failed, lawmakers were most likely to think about its impact on copyright holders. Today, no one can contemplate a copyright bill without remembering other constituents, from librarians to the tech community.”
The New Yorker, Mar. 6
Novato Public Library, located in a small town in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, has become a meeting place for military veterans. That’s thanks to a four-year-old California public library program called Veterans Connect @ the Library, which helps put veterans in touch with benefits and services. At Novato, for example, one retired Air Force officer who volunteers at the library has become someone whom vets can not only get information from but can also communicate with.
American Libraries Trend, Mar./Apr.
In the summer of 1926, the County Library Committee of the Iowa Library Association rolled out what would become Iowa’s first bookmobile. Every county in Iowa could secure the use of this library on wheels for a week at a cost of $50, to help stimulate interest in the levy of a tax so that each county might have its own library and caravan. The Book Caravan traveled to rural communities in the state, and Lydia Barrette (1881–1963), city librarian at Mason City, came up with the idea for it.
Davenport (Iowa) Public Library: Primary Selections from Special Collections, Apr. 15, 2015
Erin Cavell, small business librarian at Minneapolis Central Library / Hennepin County Library, has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award, administered by the RUSA Business Reference and Services Section. Cavell was selected for “proactive approach to establishing multiple partnerships within the Minneapolis and business and nonprofit community.”
RUSA, Mar. 3
Raymond Pun, first-year student success librarian at California State University, Fresno, was named the 2017 winner of the Emerald Research Grant, administered by the RUSA Business and Reference Services Section. Pun was selected for his project, “Mapping Collaborations between Business Librarians and Career Counselors,” an exploratory study of how academic business librarians collaborate with career centers to support student success.
RUSA. Mar. 3
ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels writes: “Over the past two months, there’s been a lot of discussion about advocacy in the new federal environment. Much of this discussion has centered on our core values and how our positions and efforts need to focus on what promises to be a challenging period ahead. As an Association, we advocate for a wide range of federal legislation and policy issues, from intellectual freedom and privacy to access to government information to preservation to copyright.”
American Libraries column, Mar./Apr.
Chris Hoffman writes: “Screencasting can seem a bit daunting at first, but there are a few good free ways to do it. The Game DVR feature in Windows 10 can create a video of your desktop. Technically it was just designed for capturing gameplay, and other software does a much better job—but it’ll work in a pinch if you need it. If you want something more powerful, Open Broadcaster Software is a good free program that will do everything you need, but you’ll need a few minutes to learn its interface.”
How-To Geek, Mar. 3