Money Smart Week (April 22–29) is quickly approaching. Join PLA to prepare for the financial literacy programs and events at your library. PLA is partnering with the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy for a special webinar presentation, “Money Smart, Measure Smarter: Boost Your Financial Literacy Programs and Measure Their Impact,” on March 16. Registration is free but space is limited. The instructors will be Lori Schock and Emily Plagman.
Legislation (HB1834) that would prohibit any publicly supported schools in Arkansas “from including in its curriculum or course materials any books or other material authored by or concerning Howard Zinn” was submitted to the Arkansas General Assembly on March 2 by Rep. Kim Hendren (R–Benton County). Zinn, who died in 2010, was a historian and social activist who wrote the bestselling A People’s History of the United States. A version for young readers came out in 2007.
Right now, you can apply your brain power towards helping the Smithsonian transcribe the 52,000 jokes from Phyllis Diller’s gag file. Throughout her career, Diller used a gag file to organize her material. The file consists of a steel cabinet with 48 drawers (along with a three-drawer expansion) containing over 52,000 3-by-5–inch index cards, each holding a typewritten joke. The National Museum of American History is seeking your help to make these gags more easily discovered via search.
ALA Editions will host a new iteration of its four-week facilitated eCourse, “Dynamic One-Shot Library Instruction” with Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough as instructors, starting May 1. Buchanan and McDonough are the authors of One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide. The 2017 second edition offers suggestions of how to incorporate the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into one-shot sessions. Registration is available through the ALA Store.
The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic that addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science. The grant consists of a one-time $2,500 award for original research. The application deadline has been extended to midnight Central time on April 15.
ALA President Julie B. Todaro writes: “In my columns and interviews over the past eight months of my presidency, I have focused primarily on ALA’s values and the values of our profession. As a result, I invariably receive a myriad of emphatic emails from people who often tell me that I can’t tell them how to think or what to value. And they are correct. I can’t tell them what to believe in—nor would I want to. What I am doing is articulating that in this profession, we have shared core values.”
A new historical drama about Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë will air Sunday, March 26, on PBS Masterpiece at 9 p.m. Eastern time. (BBC has aired the film in the UK.) Viewers can get reacquainted with how, against all odds, the Brontës became recognized during their own lifetimes in a male-dominated 19th century world. Watch the trailer. Once the film airs, teaching resources that utilize clips from the show will be available online.
Helen Shenton, librarian and college archivist of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, will present “The Library of the Future; the Future of the Library” on March 2 at 7 p.m. Central time. This event will be livestreamed via the Harry Ransom Center’s Facebook page. Shenton will explore the seismic social and technological shifts underway in education, research, teaching, and learning that are transforming libraries. The free event is the Ransom Center’s Donald G. Davis, Jr. Lecture.
D. Wilson Ochoa writes: “Orchestral librarians often show up to work with a physical list of things they hope to complete. But on the days you plan to be the most productive, you inevitably spend time putting out fires. Librarians can go days, perhaps even weeks, without fires. You planned ahead; you’ve taken care of details; musicians have looked at their music in advance. But when the fires do come, it is almost never just one or two. And we know that what we do is as important as what the musicians are doing on stage.”
US regulators on March 1 blocked some Obama administration rules on the eve of implementation, regulations that would have subjected broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites face to protect customers’ private data. The reversal by the FCC was a victory for internet providers such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon. The rule would have subjected broadband ISPs to more stringent data security requirements than websites like Facebook.
Salvatore De Sando writes: “Since 1970 the Women in Libraries Newsletter (and Women Library Workers Journal, 1975–1993)have provided information resources for women working in libraries. Older issues are still information-rich. Following its establishment at the 1970 ALA Annual Conference in Detroit, the Social Responsibilities Round Table Task Force on the Status of Women in Librarianship started, in part, to collect information about equal opportunity and responsibility for women in the library field.”
Sara Stevenson writes: “As school librarians, we get accustomed to being the only one of our kind on campus and can feel isolated at times. We are teachers but aren’t always considered as such. In order to counter this singular position, reach out to the librarian down the street at your nearest public library branch. Public and school librarians can form a perfect partnership. Our shared goal is to create and encourage lifelong readers and lifelong library patrons.”
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