Loretta Gaffney writes: “I recently attended an Ally Training for faculty serving LGBTQ students. The facilitator looked around the (nearly) full room of teachers and librarians and said, simply, ‘my gay 15-year-old self thanks you.’ As a teenager, he would have given anything for even one visible teacher ally. It might seem that today’s educational climates have improved in terms of diversity and tolerance of gender diverse youth. However, the statistics continue to tell an alarming story.”
LIS instructors, students, and academic library practitioners will all find enrichment from Academic Library Management: Case Studies, published by ALA Neal-Schuman. Editors Tammy Nickelson Dearie, Michael Meth, and Elaine L. Westbrooks, all administrators at large research libraries, here present a selection of case studies from a range of practicing academic library managers. The book discusses such key issues as human resource planning, public relations, and financial management.
ALA wants to train a new generation of political advocates for libraries. The initiative, called Policy Corps, is being led by ALA President Jim Neal. Policy Corps aims to reinvigorate ALA’s library advocacy efforts by training a cohort of library workers on various policy issues and engagement strategies. The 2017–2018 pilot program will include a two- to three-day workshop in Washington, D.C., in early March and will include an overview of issues, engaging key decision makers, and navigating the legislative process. ALA is accepting applications through November 3 for about a dozen spots in the program.
Jessica Ormonde writes: “Picture books aren’t just for kids anymore. They can be for all ages. Even a graphic novel is a picture book if you think about it. Some titles, while packaged in the traditional picture book format, feature twisted humor or complex themes that will appeal to young adults. Ready to try out picture books with young adults? Here are some with YA appeal, along with some suggestions to incorporate them into your teen programming and collections.”
The Biloxi (Miss.) School District received complaints about the wording in To Kill A Mockingbird and pulled it from the 8th grade English Language Arts curriculum. It was an administrative decision and not an issue that the school board voted on. Kenny Holloway, vice president of the Biloxi School Board said, “It’s still in our library. But they’re going to use another book in the 8th grade course.” With Harper Lee’s book, 8th graders were set to learn that compassion and empathy are not dependent upon race or education.
ALA membership is open to individuals, organizations, nonprofits, and businesses interested in working together to change the world for the better through libraries and librarians. There are a variety of memberships and dues rates to meet the needs of anyone—along with opportunities to join divisions and round tables that focus on professional needs and interests. Find out here what ALA has to offer you.
The Boston Public Library has about 200,000 vinyl records in itsSound Archives Collections, sitting in the library basement, collecting dust rather than being listened to. But soon that’s all going to change. BPL is transferring the records to longtime partner the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library, so they can be cataloged and digitized for public access as part of its Great 78 Project. The BPL collection spans much of the 20th century, with genres ranging from opera to pop to jazz and spoken word.
Brewster Kahle writes: “The Internet Archive is leveraging a little-known provision of US copyright law, Section 108h, which allows libraries to scan and make available materials published 1923 to 1941 if they are not being actively sold. Elizabeth Townsend Gard, a copyright scholar at Tulane University, calls this ‘Library Public Domain.’ She and her students helped bring the first scanned books available online in a collection named for the author of the bill making this necessary: The Sonny Bono Memorial Collection.”
The author of a book about a transgender child that is at the center of a debate in local school libraries will visit Wichita, Kansas, on November 2. Alex Gino, whose novel George is a nominee for the William Allen White Children’s Book Award,announced on their website October 11 that they would appear at Wichita State University, courtesy of the WSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Wichita chapter of GLSEN. The library supervisor for the Wichita school district said George contains language and references that are inappropriate for young children.
OCLC and Internet Archive are working together to make the archive’s collection of 2.5 million digitized books easier to find and access online and through local libraries. OCLC will process metadata from the Internet Archive for its digital collection, matching to existing records in WorldCator adding a new record if one does not exist. The WorldCat record will include a link leading back to the archive.org record. From there, searchers can examine or potentially borrow the related digital item.
University of Pennsylvania students and faculty are contributing to on-the-ground relief for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico without leaving campus. During a five-hour “mapathon” on October 11, volunteers used satellite images from the website OpenStreetMap to locate landmarks. Mapathon coordinators displayed satellite images of the most devastated regions on a large screen so that volunteers could focus on those towns. Penn librarians Amanpreet Kaur, Girmay Misgna, and Coral Salomon organized the event.
With era-specific clothing and a historically accurate portrayal, Laura Keyes, head of adult services at the Freeport (Ill.) Public Library, was named the best Mary Todd Lincoln performer at a celebration in Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace. Keyes has been portraying Mary Todd since landing a role in a play at the Winneshiek Theater in 2008. On October 8, Keyes told stories from Mary Todd’s childhood while in character and earned a $125 grand prize in a lookalike contest at the annual Lincoln Days festival in Hodgenville, Kentucky.