The man who made history as the first African-American president is set to make another groundbreaking move toward his legacy. Barack Obama’s presidential library will say “no thank you” to $65 million each year in federal money. Unlike 13 other libraries dedicated to presidents dating to Herbert Hoover, the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago will not be part of the National Archives and Records Administration and will not have to establish an endowment representing 60% of the cost of the library.
Chicago Tribune, May 15
Nova Scotia’s librarians are taking a page out of a political playbook and undertaking a campaign of their own this election cycle. They want Nova Scotians to use door-hangers to show candidates how much they care about libraries while the politicos are going door to door seeking votes. Then voters can tell them about how important libraries are when they answer the door. Ann-Marie Mathieu, head of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, said, “I had 1,000 door-knockers and have run out already. We’re going to get more.”
Halifax (N.S.) Chronicle Herald, May 14
Inside the big wood-paneled downtown library in Roseburg, Oregon, a sign spells out the future in four words. Come June 1, “All services will cease.” Last fall, Douglas County residents voted down a ballot measure that would have added about $6 a month to the tax bill on a median-priced home and saved the libraries from a funding crisis. So this spring, it has been lights out, one by one, for the system’s 11 branches. The Roseburg central library is the last to go.
New York Times, May 13
Dawn Sinclair writes: “For a company as old as HarperCollins, its archive its literally and historically part of its DNA. When HarperCollins unveiled its 200th anniversary website chronicling the 200 years since J. & J. Harper began and the 198 years since William Collins began, it demonstrated the importance of that shared past and the chronicling of its business activities. The HarperCollins archive is based in the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland. Our Bookfile room houses around 80,000 books, many of them incredibly rare.”
The Bookseller (UK), Apr. 24
Meredith Farkas writes: “Librarians in academic settings are often focused on outreach to disciplinary instructors. The dream many of us have is for information literacy instruction to be organically embedded into all academic curricula. Real curricular integration is rare, and most instruction happens in a single session requested by the faculty member. However, if information literacy instruction was embedded in all courses in which it made sense, we wouldn’t have enough librarians to teach it all.”
American Libraries column, May
Alex Hern writes: “Last week’s WannaCry ransomware outbreak, which used recently revealed weaknesses in the Windows operating system to spread further and faster than any before, has prompted Microsoft to break its own rules on software maintenance in an effort to keep users safe. Microsoft took the highly unusual step of releasing free security updates for out-of-support versions of Windows—Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 8—which can be downloaded from its website.”
The Guardian (UK), May 15
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced on May 15 the 10 recipients of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. The five library winners are: Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library; Long Beach (Calif.) Public Library; Richland Library, Columbia, South Carolina; University of Minnesota Libraries; and Waterville (Maine) Public Library.
Institute of Museum and Library Services, May 15
Philanthropist and New York Public Library Trustee Katharine J. Rayner has given the library a $15 million gift to strengthen and advance the institution’s internationally renowned research collections. The gift, announced at the board of trustees meeting on May 10, establishes the Katharine J. Rayner Fund for Special Collections, which will fund the acquisition of special collections material such as archives, manuscripts, rare books, and maps.
New York Public Library, May 11
Northbrook (Ill.) Public Library hosted its first naturalization ceremony on May 9, welcoming 72 new citizens from 29 countries to the US. Staff from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Chicago Field Office administered the service. The cohort of new citizens came from nearby Canada and Mexico as well as faraway Jordan, Kenya, and Mongolia. The library ceremony was part of a 2013 partnership between the USCIS and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences to reinforce the library as a welcoming place.
Highwood (Ill.) Daily North Shore, May 14
Updated to include the 2017 award and honor books, The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2017 edition, published by ALA Editions, gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children’s literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes. Librarians and teachers everywhere rely on this guidebook for quick reference and collection development and also as a resource for curriculum links and readers’ advisory.
ALA Editions, May 12
Scott Beck, head principal at Norman (Okla.) High School, will conclude the AASL Awards Ceremony and President’s Program taking place on June 24 as part of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The program is an annual event featuring prominent experts on issues relevant to school librarianship and is open to all registered conference attendees.
AASL, May 12
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new workshop, “Cataloging Video Resources with RDA” with Kelley McGrath. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions on July 13 and 20. McGrath will provide an overview of cataloging moving image materials using RDA with an emphasis on areas that can be problematic. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, May 12