Sascha Segan writes: “Kids want tablets. But tablets are fragile, expensive gadgets with potentially unlimited access to the internet. A good kid tablet is different from a good adult tablet: While you want a grown-up tablet to be slim, light, and fast, you want a tablet for kids to be cheap, rugged, and protected. Here are some of our favorite tablets for children, chosen for a balance of affordability, durability, and kid-friendly features. And whatever tablet you get, buy a case. With kids, it’ll pay for itself.”
Anjuli Singh writes: “America has long been home to enthusiastic movie fans. Even back in the 1910s and 1920s, Americans poured into theaters across the country to catch the latest films starring their favorite actors and actresses. The National Museum of American History boasts a robust collection of merchandise and ephemera that sheds light on the importance of movies to the lives of everyday Americans in the early 20th century. Here are four examples in the museum’s collection.”
Barbara Fister writes: “Another day, another article with the man-bites-dog lede ‘libraries, threatened with irrelevance, now care about students instead of dusty old books.’ I won’t bother linking; they are legion. Libraries aren’t threatened with irrelevance and we don’t face a Sophie’s choice between books and students. In the 40-plus years I’ve been working in academic libraries, there was never a point where books lost out and services for students won.”
Julia Lipscomb writes: “The first time I walked into the Zine Archive and Publishing Project in Seattle was overwhelming. Eight bookcases were stacked with zines that, at first glance, appeared to be multicolored papers folded too small for me to read the bindings without taking them out, one by one, from the repurposed cereal boxes they lived in. At ZAPP, a designer seeking inspiration could choose to read the afternoon away sitting on a comfy blue couch or to sit in front of ZAPP’s vintage manual typewriters and write her own zine.”
Hannah Byrd Little writes: “During the school year, I focus my time almost completely on curriculum, collaboration with faculty, and working directly with students. But during the summer I turn my focus on the immediate future of my library space and the library collection. I tend to be more of a big-picture person. Many librarians are detail-oriented, but details are not my strength. My big-picture side automatically thinks about library use and function over the next 10, 20, or even 30 years.”
In Getting Started in Service Design: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, published by ALA Neal-Schuman, authors Joe J. Marquez and Annie Downey use an action-oriented assortment of exercises, templates, and tools to make service design more accessible to all types of libraries. Escorting readers through all the fundamentals, this manual describes the four necessary phases for any service design project.
Whether you were unable to attend Annual Conference this year, or you just want to get a good run-down of what you may have missed, AL Live has you covered. Expert panelists Marshall Breeding and Mirela Roncevic will discuss what they learned and what trends stood out at the conference. Join us on July 7 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time for this free, one-hour event.
Denver’s main public library is increasing security and considering plans to remodel in an effort to clear out drug use after a KUSA-TV investigation revealed a drastic increase in overdoses, assaults, and complaints in and outside the library. Officers have made at least 19 arrests since the first news report on May 16, most of which were related to drug use or trespassing. The library is also hiring four more security guards and two more peer navigators whose jobs will be to help connect those who have an addiction or need help with housing.
The Kokomo–Howard County (Ind.) Public Library will become what is thought to be the first library in the world to host a piece of art by the street artist Banksy. The well-known, stealthy Banksy has created coveted political and social commentary street art around the world. The KHCPL will display a piece Banksy created in San Francisco on the side of a bed and breakfast, titled “Haight Street Rat,” beginning August 4. The piece features a rat sporting a cap reminiscent of Che Guevara.
Embattled librarian Lesley Williams announced June 29 that she had resigned from her position as head of adult services at the Evanston (Ill.) Public Library. The announcement follows controversy over a 15-day suspension and a termination hearing earlier this month after the 20-plus-year veteran librarian wrote a public Facebook post criticizing the library’s diversity. Williams said she and the library “came to a mutual agreement on what was best for everyone.”
Trisha Shively writes: “‘13 Reasons Why You Matter’ was a May program at the Kokomo–Howard County (Ind.) Public Library aimed toward young adults to talk about bullying and to help raise self-esteem. It was inspired by the popular Netflix Original Series 13 Reasons Why, based on the book of the same name by Jay Asher. Teens talked with experts from Mental Health America and wrote reasons ‘Why You Matter’ on large paper cassettes, while parents met with a school representation to talk about bullying.”
The American Philatelic Research Library is a postage-lover’s treasure. Located in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, the library serves the needs of members of the American Philatelic Society, the largest association of stamp collectors in the world. Overseeing the 85,000-volume facility since 2010, APRL Librarian Tara Murray says “the most frequently consulted book is probably the Scott Catalogue, a six-volume set listing the postage stamps of the world.”