Carl Straumsheim writes: “Months after an academic librarian deleted lists of ‘predatory’ journals and publishers from his blog, a website with derogatory comments about his academic qualifications and mental health remains online. Jeffrey Beall, scholarly communications librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, for years maintained lists of scholarly journals and publishers he deemed ‘predatory’—meaning they abused open-access publishing practices for their own monetary gain.”
Inside Higher Ed, June 2
Kate Silver writes: “From the flaming cheese of Greektown (it’s called saganaki, and it was invented in Chicago) to the dumplings of Chinatown to the intercontinental flavors of the Loop, food is serious business in Chicago. A few years ago, I was given one of the best assignments a writer could hope for: to eat my way around Chicago and share the best restaurants in the Frommer’s Easy Guide to Chicago. American Libraries asked me to take some of my favorites and create a guide just for you.”
Mary Burkey writes: “The winners of the 2017 Audie Awards have arrived. On June 1—just in time for June is Audiobook Month—the Audio Publishers Association doled out the Oscars of audiobooks at the Alliance Française in New York City in a ceremony hosted by comedian Paula Poundstone. (You can watch a video of the event on Facebook.) The winner of Audiobook of the Year is Hamilton: The Revolution, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, narrated by Mariska Hargitay with the authors, published by Hachette Audio.”
The Booklist Reader, June 1
Farhad Manjoo writes: “The biggest problem with Twitter’s place in the news is its role in the production and dissemination of propaganda and misinformation. It keeps pushing conspiracy theories—and because lots of people in the media, not to mention many news consumers, don’t quite understand how it works, the precise mechanism is worth digging into. One way to think of today’s disinformation ecosystem is to picture it as a kind of gastrointestinal tract.”
New York Times, May 31
An effort by Worcester historians to put faces to the names on the city’s World War I memorial recently encountered an expensive hurdle from the Massachusetts State Library. The issue, concerning usage fees for images in the library’s collection, appeared on its way to being resolved in early June, ending what had been a potentially costly predicament. The library wanted to charge $100 for each image from its collection used in a commemorative book being compiled to honor Worcester’s World War I fallen.
Worcester (Mass.) Telegram, June 1
The W. R. Saffold Community Resource Center in Brittons Neck, South Carolina; the Mayagüez Children’s Library in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico; and the Lawrence Memorial Library in Windsor, North Carolina, have been selected to receive books as part of the 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant program. The program donates books originally submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards to organizations and schools in need across the country.
Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services, June 1
Four tours will showcase Phoenix’s unique architecture, geography, and culture ahead of the AASL National Conference and Exhibition this November 9–11. Attendees arriving prior to the official start of conference festivities will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and learn more about the conference host city. Tours include art and architecture in the American Southwest, native people in the Southwest, gardens of the desert, and a trolley tour.
AASL, June 1
ALA President Julie B. Todaro writes: “The past year has been—to say the least—the most interesting of my career. And I can say both humorously and truthfully that I did not know how hard it would be to be president. We continue to communicate and educate stakeholders about our work, its value, and the very need for our existence. Many libraries face similar challenges more regularly, and I have a newfound appreciation and respect for what you do every day.”
American Libraries column, June
James LaRue writes: “Lately, a number of libraries have offered programs in which drag queens read to children (from San Francisco to New York), or share makeup and fashion tips. Predictably, some among us see this as a sign of the Apocalypse, a sure sign that America’s moral center is collapsing. Therefore, of course, libraries get challenges. And if your library receives complaints or if your programs get censored, please report it. Censoring any library resource, including programs, just like books, needs to be resisted.”
Intellectual Freedom Blog, June 1
Seattle Public Library has an array of tech initiatives underway, including its portable Wi-Fi hotspots and a new website scheduled to launch at the end of the year—one of the insights City Librarian Marcellus Turner shares in this podcast. GeekWire Editor Todd Bishop and Education Technology Analyst Frank Catalano sit down with Turner to talk about how new tech initiatives are changing libraries. Turner also gives us tips on using existing technology resources, including the library’s extensive online databases and journals.
GeekWire, May 31
The new book 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults, published by ALA Editions, will help public libraries give fans who are passionate about genres, characters, games, and book series plenty of reasons to return to the library again and again. Authors Amy J. Alessio, Katie LaMantia, and Emily Vinci make it easy to stay organized every step of way, with events broken down into components that streamline planning and facilitate coordination.
ALA Editions, June 1
Going to ALA Annual Conference in Chicago? Don’t miss an exciting full day of engagement by attending the LITA AvramCamp, an AdaCamp–inspired event, on June 23 in Wieboldt Hall on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus. The preconference will allow female-identifying individuals employed in various technological industries an opportunity to network with others in the field and to collectively examine common barriers.
LITA, June 1