The ALCTS Cataloging and Metadata Management Section has announced a new $1,000 award honoring the career and influence of Lois Mai Chan, distinguished leader, author, and mentor in the field of metadata creation and standards. The Lois Mai Chan Professional Development Grant is awarded to provide librarians and paraprofessionals from underrepresented groups new to the metadata field with the opportunity to attend an ALA Annual Conference. The first grant will be awarded in 2018.
The ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section has selected five winners and one honorable mention for its 2017 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Awards. The awards recognize outstanding printed exhibition catalogs, guides, and electronic exhibitions, produced by North American and Caribbean institutions. The winning catalogs will be on display at the 2017 RBMS Conference Booksellers’ Showcase in Iowa City.
Award-winning and “crazy about stories” author Jason Reynolds will present the Saturday general session during the AASL National Conference and Exhibition, November 9–11, in Phoenix, Arizona. Reynolds’s books have received numerous awards including the Coretta Scott King Honor, the Walter Dean Myers Award, and the Kirkus Award. The first book in his middle grade series Ghost was a 2016 National Book Award finalist.
The Ohio Educational Library Media Association has received the 2017 AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,750 grant is given to AASL-affiliated school library associations for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional, or local levels.
Mary Catherine Coleman, Sarah Beebe, Sarah Weitz, Bev Greenberg, and Tisha Johnson from Francis W. Parker School in Chicago are the recipients of the 2017 AASL Collaborative School Library Award for their project “Dot Day: How Do We Work Together as Collaborators to Make Our Mark?” Sponsored by Upstart, the $2,500 award recognizes school librarian and teacher collaboration during the development and implantation of a curriculum-supporting program using school library resources.
Julie Foudy is a retired professional soccer player, a reporter and analyst for ABC/ESPN, and director and founder of the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, a camp that teaches leadership skills. Foudy is serving as honorary chair of National Library Week this year. She recently spoke with American Libraries about her book Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously You, the importance of teaching leadership skills to girls, her advocacy work, and the importance of libraries.
Vindu Goel writes: “Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience. Full human fingerprints are difficult to falsify, but the finger scanners on phones are so small that they read only partial fingerprints. When a user sets up fingerprint security on smartphone software, the phone typically takes eight to 10 images of a finger to make it easier to make a match. But since a finger swipe has to match only one stored image to unlock the phone, the system is vulnerable to false matches.”
Eligible library staff, afterschool providers, and educators can now apply for the YALSA 2017 Teen Read Week Activity Grant.Ten grants worth $1,000 each will be awarded to help fund literacies-focused Teen Read Week programs and activities that are especially geared towards low-income youth. Applications are due by June 1.
Elizabeth Curry, dean of the University of North Florida’s Thomas G. Carpenter Library, has been selected for the 2017 Leadership and Professional Achievement Award administered by ASCLA. Curry was cited for her cutting-edge projects with the Southeast Florida Library Information Network. She will be honored at the ASCLA Achievement Awards Ceremony on June 24 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
Shawnda Hines writes: “On April 4, Capitol Hill was flooded with teenagers sporting black and white T-shirts bearing the capitol-domed logo of the Congressional App Challenge. Roughly 100 high school students from around the country came to Washington, D.C., to celebrate winning their congressional district’s competition for best original app and meet their representatives. The foyer of Rayburn House Office Building was transformed into the #HouseofCode with teams of bright and ambitious young people demonstrating their winning apps.”
Michael Crider writes: “Projects on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other crowdfunding platforms are mostly on the up-and-up, but there are those just trying to make a quick buck. Here’s how you can spot them. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. This especially applies to online crowdfunding. If a new gadget seems like it probably can’t be achieved with current technology, then it probably can’t. This is especially true for the kind of independent teams that seem to flock to Kickstarter for funding.”
The American Philosophical Society has launched PAL (People Also Liked), a circulation data–driven recommendation tool designed specifically for archives and manuscript repositories. PAL helps scholars discover relevant manuscript collections based on request history and user interests. Researchers at the APS use it to sift through the 13 million pages of manuscripts held at the APS Library, including the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, the Journals of Lewis and Clark, and the papers of seven Nobel laureates.