The American Civil Liberties Union on March 8 filed a motion to quash a warrant issued to police in Whatcom County, Washington, to search a Facebook community page for a broad range of information about the Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition engaged in protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. The warrant seeks private, sensitive information about people’s political views and opinions, images of political actions, and personal information, including locations.
Jon Brodkin writes: “Republican senators introduced legislation on March 8 that would overturn new privacy rules for internet service providers. If the FCC rules are eliminated, ISPs would not have to get consumers’ explicit consent before selling or sharing web browsing data and other private information with advertisers. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and 23 Republican cosponsors introduced the resolution. The measure would use the Congressional Review Act to ensure that the FCC rulemaking ‘shall have no force or effect.’”
Jenna Grodzicki writes: “We are living in a golden age of children’s literature. Some of these books provide much needed entertainment and laughs; some let your imagination soar; still others will literally give you goosebumps. It is, however, the books that fearlessly tackle many of the harsh issues children face that really call to me. These are the books that stay with me long after I’ve read the last words. And these books are a necessary part of a school library’s collection.”
Gwen Glazer writes: “For over a century, International Women’s Day has been observed on March 8—and this year, we’ve compiled 365 books by women authors from across the globe to keep the celebration going all year long. This list includes a vast range of women authors, and we hope you find some old favorites and some new discoveries. And we hope that readers can draw strength and inspiration from these 365 books—and the women who wrote them—in the year ahead.”
Described by The New York Times as “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years,” W. Kamau Bell is busy. A stand-up comic and writer, he also hosts a CNN docuseries and several podcasts, performs a one-man show across the country, and has written a book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell.American Libraries spoke with him at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting before he took the stage as opening speaker.
Amie Wright writes: “For four days during the 15th Annual Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), held March 2–5 in Seattle, a new space emerged for book-hungry genre fans, weary attendees, excited families, and all-around curious con-goers—the ECCC Collaborative Pop-Up Library. The pop-up library brought together children’s librarians, teen librarians, academic librarians, and adult services librarians for the common purpose of bringing the library outside its physical space and into a new realm.”
Build relationships with your community and patrons using the READ Design Studio. In the next episode of American Libraries Live, ALA Graphics staff will teach you how to create your own READ posters. You’ll learn how to create professional-looking posters using layered design templates, plus ways to use the READ Design Studio to personalize your library’s promotions, highlight collections, and make fun giveaways. Tune in to this free 60-minute webcast on March 24.
The 2018 committee is starting work on selecting titles for the longlist for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, now in their seventh year. The committee includes the following experts who work closely with adult readers: Victoria Caplinger (chair), Annie Bostrom, Neil Hollands, Sarah Jaffa, Elizabeth Joseph, Donna Seaman, and Mark LaFramboise.
Spanish speakers will now have access to digital literacy training resources thanks to recent efforts by PLA to make all learning content on its DigitalLearn.org website available in Spanish. The site offers a collection of self-directed tutorials for learners to increase their digital literacy on critical topics such as navigating the web, using email, searching online for employment, and creating a résumé. Visitors can access the site in Spanish by simply clicking the link marked “Español” at the top of any page.
LLAMA will present “Learning and Leading Together Toward the Future of Libraries,” on March 29. This free webinar, featuring Miguel Figueroa, is part of an ongoing series highlighting thought leaders from a wide variety of libraries. Figueroa is director of the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries. Register online.