The theme of inclusion was pervasive on the second day of the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Wrocław, Poland, with presenters sharing research and case studies framing ways that library professionals can improve access to information, services, and safe spaces—especially for marginalized users, including indigenous populations, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community.
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide that occurred in Springville, Alabama. Authorities have identified the victim as 46-year-old Michael Collins, a librarian at Odenville Middle School and area assistant football coach. The school website states that Collins has worked at Odenville for 10 years, the first four teaching 7th-grade reading, before spending the past six as the school librarian.
The field of paranormal research continues to grow in south Texas; so much so, that a local high school librarian was asked to share his knowledge on a national TV show. For McAllen High School librarian Noe Torres, his interest in UFOs began decades ago as a kid. His many years of research prompted him to write several books on the subject. His books caught the attention of the producers of the Travel Channel show Mysteries of the Outdoors, who gave him a call to make an appearance in the show.
Eileen Bien Calabro writes: “Earlier this year, YouTube took another step into television streaming with the launch of YouTube TV, shortly after the introduction of YouTube Red, a slightly tweaked, ad-free YouTube experience. YouTube proper, of course, is the ad-filled, people’s video service, providing endless cat videos, fan commentaries, and legit creative programming. YouTube TV competes with Hulu and Netflix, while YouTube Red simply enhances the experience you’re used to. Are either of them worth your money?”
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new two-session workshop, “The Smart Way to Acquire New Technology: Creating a Successful RFP” with Timothy J. Dickey, to take place on October 19 and 26. Dickey will walk through the complete process for acquiring new library technologies, from the internal assessment of user needs to the writing and evaluation of a Request for Proposal. Registration is through the ALA Store.
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new four-week facilitated eCourse, “Genealogical Research for Librarians” with June Power as instructor, starting on October 9. Power begins with the basics to offer an understanding of how to use both free and proprietary resources, how to use public records, and how to serve communities of diverse national and ethnic backgrounds. Registration is through the ALA Store.
The Educopia Institute is helping the Digital Public Library of America develop two digital directories on African American and LGBT newspapers and periodicals. This is a field-wide collaborative effort to track and record crucial information about existing copies of these newspapers and periodicals. The institute is asking for participation from all types of libraries by filling out surveys on African American and LGBT holdings. The surveys will be available through September 30.
NA Publishing announced a new digital collection, Left of Liberalism: Marxist-Socialist Newspapers, 1900–2015. In creating this resource, the publisher upgraded access to the 141 Marxist and Socialist newspapers originally hosted by the Marxist Internet Archive and made it searchable. Approximately 25% of the collection will be complete in November 2017, with the final titles added in the first half of 2018.
Becky Lawton and Clarck Drieshen write: “Since antiquity, astronomers and astrologers have had a clear understanding of how and why eclipses occur, and they were able to predict their arrival using diagrams and tables. Eclipses were also described by medieval chroniclers, who often interpreted them as omens. A special kind of folding almanac, favored by medical practitioners, could be hung from its owner’s belt. This folding almanac, produced in the 15th century, contains a series of diagrams of the solar eclipse, based on the Kalendarium of John Somer.”
Dave Saltmarsh writes: “Summer vacation is the perfect time to introduce kids to a variety of mobile apps that can continuously promote creativity and critical thinking. From kindergarten to grade 12, the vast assortment of digital offerings can meet any student’s interests, all while providing valuable lessons that will appropriately challenge each user. Here are 15 great options for rainy days, road trips, or any time in between.”
Valerie Nye writes: “ACRL adopted the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in 2016. The document provides six frames (concepts) that help librarians develop outcomes for student learning. While several of the frames could include a deep discussion of intellectual freedom issues, ‘Authority is Constructed and Contextual’ integrates judgment and academic freedom into a research concept. It is the frame that allows individuals and groups to privilege the information within their context of valued knowledge.”
Julie Artman writes: “Mindfulness has become de rigueur everywhere you look, including academic libraries. At its core and quite simply, mindfulness is being present and aware moment to moment with ease. What does it mean for librarians and why should we consider its positive transformative potential? As meditation and mindfulness practice are integrated into your day-to-day activities, a ‘settling of the mind’ occurs which, in turn, increases your ability to center yourself and maintain calmness.”