Krissy Wick writes: “Like 84 other cities across the country, the city of Madison, Wisconsin (and the Madison Public Library), has been taking part in a project called What Works Cities. It’s funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and helps cities become more data-driven. The big question we kept asking ourselves, though, was, ‘Is anyone better off because of the library?’ How do we actually use data to tell our story? Her are a few important lessons we’ve learned so far.”
ALSC Blog, Sept. 21
Mental Floss relates 26 interesting facts about libraries, presented by John Green, who worked in ALA’s Booklist for six years. This is Episode 518 of the List Show.
Mental Floss YouTube channel, Sept. 20
Lauren Hays and Melissa Mallon write: “At present, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is experiencing growth in higher education as more institutions become focused on student learning. The primary aims of SoTL are to study teaching in order to understand what is happening in the classroom, to improve student learning, and to share findings publicly with the teaching community. SoTL has its roots in Ernest Boyer’s Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate (1990).”
ACRL Keeping Up With, Sept.
Will Greenwald writes: “The TV market has been changing a lot recently, both in terms of technology and price. New types of screens with organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels and ultra high definition (UHD, or 4K) are replacing the 1080p standard we’ve become used to. If you want a new television, you now have more options than ever. But which one should you buy? Here are the main points to consider when shopping for a new set, as well as the best TVs we’ve tested.”
PC Magazine, Sept. 19
Casey Stepaniuk writes: “In the LGBTQ acronym the B is often underrepresented or subsumed under the L or G, which is why I wanted to make this list of 100 must-read bisexual books. Want to see more non-monosexual experiences reflected in the fiction and nonfiction you read? These works cover a wide variety of genres and formats: YA, memoir, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, realism, graphic novels, anthologies, and classics.”
Book Riot, Sept. 21
ALA President Jim Neal writes: “ALA members have been working tirelessly to defend federal library funding since March, when the president announced his intention to eliminate IMLS. At this point in the decision-making process, it looks like our efforts are paying off. On September 14, the full House of Representatives voted as part of a large spending package (H.R. 3354) not to make any cuts in federal funding for IMLS.”
AL: The Scoop, Sept. 20
Written by Faye Phillips, an archivist and librarian with hands-on experience in multiple repositories, Creating a Local History Archive at Your Public Library, published by ALA Editions, presents best practices for the acquisition, access, and care of local history materials in public libraries. Providing guidance on creating a new archive as well as reinvigorating an existing one, it addresses policies, planning, procedures, and day-to-day work involved with archival collections.
ALA Editions, Sept. 21
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new 90-minute workshop, “Cataloging Judaica Resources” with Sheryl Stahl on November 16. The workshop is a collaboration between ALA Publishing and the Association of Jewish Libraries. This session covers anonymous sacred works (such as the Bible, Talmud, and liturgy) and discusses how to construct the appropriate uniform titles and assign other access points, subject headings, and LC classification numbers.
eLearning Solutions, Sept. 21
The PLA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force began its work in earnest at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Task Force members participated in a day-long workshop facilitated by Mia Henry, director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo (Mich.) College. the task force agreed on some core assumptions about its work and participated in group exercises and discussions.
PLA, Sept. 20
Nominate yourself, colleagues, or your library for these 2018 ALA recognition awards and grants. The deadlines are generally February 1, 2018. For general information about ALA awards, visit the ALA website.
Office of ALA Governance, Sept. 20
ALA and the library community are supporting response and recovery efforts for libraries damaged by Hurricane Maria and the recent earthquake in Mexico through the ALA Disaster Relief Fund. ALA will accept donations to support library relief efforts in the Caribbean islands, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Additional information regarding local funds established for Florida and Texas libraries is available online.
Public Awareness Office, Sept. 20
Many academic libraries selectively add textbooks to their collections, and the practice is gaining momentum. In the new monograph Textbooks in Academic Libraries: Selection, Circulation, and Assessment published by ALA Editions, ALCTS and editor Chris Diaz gather case studies that pull together creative approaches and best practices for print textbook reserve programs. The book discusses the results of a detailed survey of one state university’s core-course textbook reserve program.
ALA Editions, Sept. 20