Poet Elizabeth Acevedo will be the Arthur Curley Lecture speaker at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver on February 10. Raised in New York City, her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. Her passion for poetry has manifested in an increasing body of popular poetry videos, most of which have gone viral.
The ALA Information Technology and Telecommunication Services department will conduct server maintenance beginning at 5 p.m. Central on September 8. The ALA website will experience a brief outage, while staff install a new Uninterruptable Power Supply system. Some cloud resources, such as email, will be available. The website will be offline for most of the evening.
Science educator and author Bill Nye and his coauthor Gregory Mone will close the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver. The session will take place on February 13. In Jack and the Geniuses, Nye and Mone take middle-grade readers on a scientific adventure that features real-world science along with action and a mystery that will leave kids guessing until the end. As creator of the syndicated TV show Bill Nye the Science Guy,Nye introduced the Millennial generation to science and engineering.
Nick Tanzi writes: “Libraries have long provided specific services to their senior populations, from Music & Memory programs to homebound access. Increasingly, libraries are adopting virtual reality technology into their service model. A recent article escribed the work of Bett>R With Age, which created a series of cinematic virtual reality experiences intended to be used with seniors experiencing impairment to mobility and/or cognition. These films were largely focused on entertainment: museums, concerts, and travel.”
Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast as a Category 4 storm near Rockport the night of August 25. Although soon downgraded to a tropical storm the following afternoon, Harvey was responsible for more than 60 deathsand up to $180 billion in damage, according to the latest estimates by the governor’s office. Depending on their location, some libraries sustained significant damage from the ensuing flood waters, while others escaped with only a little cleanup required. The flood also affected many librarians and other library workers due to the damage to their homes.
Kaitlin Throgmorton writes: “As more schools across the nation use open educational resources (OERs), school librarians find that their roles as digital content curators are expanding or even being redefined. Their curation abilities make librarians invaluable for implementing OERs, which can be overwhelming for first-time users browsing a seemingly endless catalog of online resources. Because librarians also work with teachers throughout a school, they are in a position to be OER evangelists.”
Choice and the Charleston Company have launched ccAdvisor, an online review source for information databases and digital resources. Itself a database, ccAdvisor draws upon the traditions of objectivity and scholarly excellence that characterize both Choice and The Charleston Advisor. ccAdvisor currently contains 300 reviews and will see at least 200 new reviews added in the first year.
This winter, library management experts Kathy Parker and Kate Hall will be offering a special three-part workshop that will teach you what you need to know to become an effective manager. Join them on October 2 for a free preview of the Library Director Bootcamp program. Parker and Hall will be there to talk about their approach and to answer your questions. Register online.
Join ALA on another seven-day tour of Cuba, March 3–10, 2018. The tour includes visits to UNESCO historical sites in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad, along with interactions with Cuban artists, musicians, and writers. There will also be several opportunities to visit Cuban libraries in different cities. The tour is limited to 30 people. Register by October 27.
United for Libraries, in partnership with Empire State Center for the Book and the Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, will designate the Grant Cottage State Historic Site in Wilton, New York, a Literary Landmark on September 16. The ceremony will feature keynote speaker David S. Nolen, assistant editor at Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and contributor to the annotated edition of The Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Grant spent the last six weeks of his life at the cottage, completing his memoirs.
LLAMA will present a webinar on “21st Century Library Ethics” on September 13 with presenter Sarah Houghton. The webinar will explore what the current political climate means for library ethics and how librarians can shape the future and be a force for positive change in their communities. Register online.