D. Wilson Ochoa writes: “Orchestral librarians often show up to work with a physical list of things they hope to complete. But on the days you plan to be the most productive, you inevitably spend time putting out fires. Librarians can go days, perhaps even weeks, without fires. You planned ahead; you’ve taken care of details; musicians have looked at their music in advance. But when the fires do come, it is almost never just one or two. And we know that what we do is as important as what the musicians are doing on stage.”
Adaptistration, Mar. 2
US regulators on March 1 blocked some Obama administration rules on the eve of implementation, regulations that would have subjected broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites face to protect customers’ private data. The reversal by the FCC was a victory for internet providers such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon. The rule would have subjected broadband ISPs to more stringent data security requirements than websites like Facebook.
Reuters, Mar. 1
Salvatore De Sando writes: “Since 1970 the Women in Libraries Newsletter (and Women Library Workers Journal, 1975–1993) have provided information resources for women working in libraries. Older issues are still information-rich. Following its establishment at the 1970 ALA Annual Conference in Detroit, the Social Responsibilities Round Table Task Force on the Status of Women in Librarianship started, in part, to collect information about equal opportunity and responsibility for women in the library field.”
Sara Stevenson writes: “As school librarians, we get accustomed to being the only one of our kind on campus and can feel isolated at times. We are teachers but aren’t always considered as such. In order to counter this singular position, reach out to the librarian down the street at your nearest public library branch. Public and school librarians can form a perfect partnership. Our shared goal is to create and encourage lifelong readers and lifelong library patrons.”
They’re the new faces greeting you at the reference desk, recommending books in the stacks, and experimenting with fresh ideas behind the scenes. These are the library world’s rising stars, the generation that will move, shape, and influence the present and future of the Association and the library profession. These are the ALA’s Emerging Leaders of 2017. We joined them at the 2017 Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, and asked them for their thoughts on the future of the library profession.
Mary Kay Magistad writes: “In a gleaming white former church with Greek-style pillars, under the shade of cypress trees in San Francisco, an effort to preserve much of what’s online, and to scan books, and save video streams from around the world, is now underway. This is the Internet Archive, the brainchild of Brewster Kahle, an MIT-educated computer engineer, internet entrepreneur and digital librarian. Since it started in 1996, its staff has digitized almost 3 million books, and are aiming for 10 million.”
Television networks will have a new way to reach viewers in the era of digital video, via YouTube. The Google-owned company on February 28 unveiled its new streaming service, dubbed YouTube TV. Set to launch in the next few months, YouTube TV subscription packages will allow users to live stream as many as 40 channels online. The program underscores the effort to bridge the gap between traditional TV offerings and streaming content, as audiences shift away from traditional programming.
On March 1, the US Copyright Office launched its updated website, redesigned to be more organized, more responsive, and easier to digest. It now features a new header with global navigation and search, and expanded width in all sections to maximize screen usage. Several individual pages have been consolidated for improved navigation. A new page, history and education, includes a wealth of information such as the history of copyright law, past reports and publications, and past announcements.
The North East Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is helping the Coca-Cola archives preserve a photo album from 1914 that features images of vintage murals from across the country. Watch the video (2:52).
Ensuring its continued usefulness as a tool for both RA and collection development, Francisca Goldsmith’s The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels, published by ALA Editions, has been updated to encompass a bounty of new titles, authors, and styles. Suitable for newbies and hardcore fans alike, the new second edition sketches in the history of graphic novels, tracing their evolution and showing what makes them unique.
Here are some facts about female achievers who improved and advocated for our libraries. The 135th Street branch of New York Public Library was where librarian Sadie Peterson Delaney pioneered the technique of bibliotherapy, the therapeutic use of reading materials, to help immigrants and troubled children in the 1920s. Also, in 1857 Jane Wadden Turner was hired as a library clerk by the Smithsonian. She was the first woman to secure a paid position at the institution.
During the entire month of March, the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship will recognize and celebrate women’s achievements with National Women’s History Month. This year the committee is putting the spotlight on librarians who participated in the Women’s March—a grassroots effort to send the message that women’s rights are human rights. It was a worldwide protest held on January 21–22. Visit the highlights page to look photos and stories.