Ashley Bowen-Murphy writes: “A search on the LC Prints and Photographs’ online catalog brought me to a series of images of Farm Security Administration libraries in the 1940s. These were working libraries that served Americans displaced by the Dust Bowl, moving to work in war industries, or following the crop season. The libraries were plain but amazing architecturally: They popped up in tents, repurposed buildings, and modular buildings. They were designed to move with America’s laborers.”
Book Riot, June 20
Derek Walter writes: “No matter how good you may be with Google search, there’s always something new to learn given Google’s constant tweaks. This perpetual state of change is most noticeable in Chrome, where Google can integrate search capabilities with its own browser. To advance your search game, or just discover hidden tips, check out these 10 master tips.”
PC World, June 20
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced on June 20 that Tony Bennett is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Bennett has had new albums charting in seven consecutive decades, beginning in the 1950s through the 2010s. Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday on August 3, and the milestone was highlighted with the broadcast of a TV special, the release of a new CD and book, and the lighting of the Empire State Building honoring his musical legacy.
Library of Congress, June 20
As libraries expand their services and adjust collections to current demands, flexible and adaptable spaces become increasingly important. While capacity and storage problems are most often addressed during remodeling, there are ways to distinguish your floor plan and highlight your collections on a smaller scale. These products can help expand and diversify your usable space and improve the overall feel of your library.
American Libraries column, June
Connie Williams writes: “One of the end-of-the-school year things we tend to do is to go through files to toss those items that need to go, review others, and create a semblance of organization for a new year. This activity is especially poignant when one is not returning to a school site. Getting things cleaned out for a new person to come in means that those standby files need special scrutiny for usefulness by someone else. Three items specifically stood out in this file that I’d like to share.”
Knowledge Quest blog, June 20
Karen Muller writes: “There are several moments in the year when many of us feel an urge to reflect on personal goals, assess skills, and make resolutions toward professional growth. For me, the ALA Annual Conference has always been among my restarting points. Presentations are inspiring. New products shine in the exhibit hall, and conversations with colleagues spark ideas for new ways to address old challenges. Here, then, are some recent titles to encourage professional reassessment.”
American Libraries column, June
Ed Madison writes: “Research in 2016 out of Stanford University revealed that students—from middle schoolers to undergraduates—are easily duped by false information they find online. The study goes on to describe this as ‘dismaying,’ ‘bleak,’ and a ‘threat to democracy.’ These same students are the primary consumers of social media, and many of them will be eligible to vote in 2020. How are we to prepare them to become informed citizens in an era where anyone can publish?”
The Conversation, June 15
Keisha N. Blain and Ibram X. Kendi write: “Fraudulent news allegations circulate, the ‘alternative facts’ of politicians have become commonplace, and funding for the arts and humanities faces the threat of decline. In the age of Trump, scholars must step out of the shadows of their libraries, their labs, and their classrooms—or risk the day when those libraries, labs, and classes will not be able to cast shadows. Today more than ever, scholars must produce scholarship for the public.”
Chronicle Review: Chronicle of Higher Education, June 18
Forty mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in “Leading to the Future,” ALA’s fifth four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders. Led again by ALA Past President Maureen Sullivan and library and leadership consultant Kathryn Deiss, the institute is designed to help participants develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead.
Office of ALA Governance, June 19
In the August episode of American Libraries Live, you’ll join the School Outfitters team and Sycamore Community (Ohio) School District leaders to discuss tips for creating a modern media center. Angela Webb, Doug Mader, and Chad Lewis will show you how they’ve converted Sycamore High School’s library from an outdated, underused space to a modern media center that engages students. Tune in to this free 60-minute webcast at 1 p.m. Eastern on August 4. You can register for the event here.
American Libraries, June 19
The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment has published a comprehensive Career Development Resource Guide. It is intended to assist library staff at all levels—new graduates, mid- or senior-level career—in their job search and career journeys. The guide includes sections on job search strategies, self-marketing, résumés and CVs, cover letters, interviewing strategies, and tips on negotiating and accepting job offers.
Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment, June 19
Public libraries are invited to apply to receive a programming kit for The Vietnam War, a 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS stations beginning September 17. Fifty public libraries will be selected through a competitive application process to receive the kit, which will include a programming guide and a copy of the full series on DVD, with public performance rights. Applications must be received by August 1.
Public Programs Office, June 16