The West Chicago (Ill.) Public Library board of trustees voted 6–1 on August 28 to retain the children’s book This Day in June—both in the library and in the children’s section—after some patrons asked that the book be removed. At the meeting, Michaela Jaros, the parent who said she filed the initial complaint, said during public comments that the book was too readily available to her toddler-aged children. The picture book, depicting an LGBT Pride celebration, was written by Gayle E. Pittman and illustrated by Kristyna Litten.
Windy City Times, Aug. 29
Just five months after the city council forced out two trustees, exacerbating the turmoil at the Berkeley (Calif.) Public Library, Director Heidi Dolamore has resigned. Dolamore, who has not been in her position for a year, will step down on September 22. No reason was given for the resignation. Her departure makes two library directors in a row who resigned after political turmoil.
Berkeleyside, Aug. 28
Candice Benjes-Small and Alyssa Archer write: “Learning style theories propose that there are certain methods that will enable students to improve their learning. Individual students have innate learning styles that can be discovered and categorized, and when these styles are properly matched with specific pedagogical techniques, academic achievement will increase. There are many learning style theories that have developed independently of each other but have some basic similarities.”
ACRLog, Aug. 29
Magistrates opened an inquiry into the causes of a fire that gutted an aristocrat’s library in Cosenza, Italy, on August 19, killing three people living in an adjacent apartment and destroying priceless works by the Renaissance philosopher Bernardino Telesio and letters to Galileo Galilei. The private museum housing the collection of the Bilotti Ruggi D’aragona family was one of the most important libraries in southern Italy. The fire was blamed on three squatters living in an apartment below the museum.
The Telegraph (UK), Aug. 20
The Library of Congress has put the papers of Alexander Hamilton online for the first time in their original format. LC holds the world’s largest collection of Hamilton papers—approximately 12,000 items concentrated from 1777 until Hamilton’s death in 1804, including letters, legal papers, and drafts of speeches and writings. Now these original documents—many in Hamilton’s own hand—will be available for researchers and students anywhere in the world to explore and read.
Library of Congress, Aug. 28
A man opened fire in the Clovis-Carver (N.Mex.) Public Library on August 28, killing two people and leaving four more injured. Police declined to name the suspect, who is in custody, but early reports identified him as a student at a local high school. Kristina M. Carter and Wanda B. Walters, both library employees, were killed. Lisa Baird, a witness, said that she was talking with a library patron at the library reference desk when she heard a “very loud bang.” After taking cover, she heard the man moving around the library and firing multiple shots.
Clovis Eastern New Mexico News, Aug. 29
In the wake of historic flooding fueled by Tropical Storm Harvey, ALA and the library community continue their commitment to disaster relief efforts within the Gulf Coast Region. ALA members are welcome to assist their colleagues in Texas with recovery efforts by participating in local fundraising efforts. ALA offers a list of resources for dealing with natural disasters at Libraries Respond.
ALA Public Awareness Office, Aug. 28
A 27-year-old man is under arrest in connection with the death of an assistant football coach who also worked as a school librarian in Odenville, Alabama. D’kota Chance Griffin, of Lineville, is charged with the murder of Michael Collins and is being held without bond at the St. Clair County Jail. Collins’s body, found in his home in Springville on August 21, was stabbed over 70 times, according to Assistant Sheriff Billy Murray.
KABB-TV, San Antonio, Tex., Aug. 25
As Tropical Storm Harvey took hold at the start of the weekend, cell carriers including Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint offered affected customers free calls, text messages, and data. But, as TechCrunch notes, call volumes and a lack of options for recharging cell phones meant that the offer wasn’t a whole lot of use. In fact, many people couldn’t get through to the US Coast Guard to report their need for help, and emergency services declined to take calls via social media.
MIT Technology Review: The Download, Aug. 28
Gavin Baker writes: “The Committee on House Administration this year began examining Title 44 of the US Code, which is the authority for the Federal Depository Library Program and the Government Publishing Office. This process is an important opportunity for librarians to advocate for FDLP improvements. The Depository Library Council has invited suggestions from the library community and, in response, ALA submitted comments to the FDLP on August 23.”
District Dispatch, Aug. 25
The University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library is undertaking an inventory—the first in 40 years—which aims to go through many of the library’s 800,000 books in two weeks. Home to the rarest books in Canada, the library is closed for this period, and librarians and archivists are gently removing books and manuscripts off the shelves, organizing and looking for items that may have been misplaced, lost, or stolen.
Toronto Globe and Mail, Aug. 25
Tropical Storm Harvey continued to pummel southeast Texas on August 27 after downgrading from hurricane status. Colleges in the area, from Corpus Christi to Beaumont, experienced delays and evacuations, although they seemed to largely escape any serious damage. Photos posted to social media by those on the ground showed flooding at the University of Houston. The public library reportedly sustained damage at Rockport. ALA has a list of resources for dealing with natural disasters at Libraries Respond. The Texas Library Association also offers some help.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 28