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.
Julie A. Leuzinger, head of library learning services at the University of North Texas, has been awarded the 2017 ACRL Politics, Policy, and International Relations Section’s Marta Lange/Sage–CQ Press Award. The award honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.
Yale University on March 1 announced the 2017 recipients of its Windham-Campbell Prizes. The eight recipients, honored for their literary achievement or promise, will receive a $165,000 individual prize to support their writing. The winners are; in fiction, André Alexis and Erna Brodber; in nonfiction, Maya Jasanoff and Ashleigh Young; in poetry, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Carolyn Forché; and in drama, Marina Carr and Ike Holter.
Deborah L. Schaeffer, instruction and reference librarian and liaison librarian to the School of Social Work (retired) at California State University, Los Angeles, is the recipient of the 2017 ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award. A plaque will be presented to Schaeffer during an EBSS event at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
“The Jacket from Dachau: One Survivor’s Search for Justice, Identity, and Home” LibGuide was selected as the 2017 winner of the RUSA ReferenceUSA Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services for its well-organized and accessible presentation of information about the Holocaust. Spearheaded by Leslie Ward and Christine (Mi Seon) Kim of the Kurt R. Schmeller Library, Queensborough (N.Y.) Community College, the LibGuide was developed to accompany an exhibition.
Andrew E. Kramer writes: “In other parts of the world, viewers might suspect the evening news is just a bunch of lies, but watching the weekly broadcast in Ukraine of StopFake News, they can be certain of it. The group is highly respected in journalistic circles in Kiev for its specialty of debunking fake news. Kiev, with its running battle with Moscow, was plagued by fake news long before concern spiked in Western Europe and the US.” And its website features an IFLA infographic that explains how to spot fake news.