Illinois Library Association Executive Director Robert P. Doyle has received the 2017 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award administered by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table. The award recognizes Doyle’s defense of intellectual freedom in a library career spanning more than 30 years. Doyle has been the editor of the ALA banned books resource guides and its supplemental field reports of banned and challenged bookssince 1982.
Michael Muchmore writes: “Digital video tools get more powerful and easier to use every year. There are always new formats, new techniques, and new capabilities that trickle down from professional-level software. That’s a good thing, because higher-quality video content produced by nonprofessionals is exploding in volume, thanks to phones that record in 4K, DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, drones, and action cams that can capture motion picture–quality video. Here is a roundup of the best video editing software available.”
Karen Muller writes: “Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in the basement of UCLA’s Powell Library in a famously short period of time. Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique over a two-year period in the New York Public Library’s Frederick Lewis Allen Room. Katherine Hall Page dedicated The Body in the Sleigh to librarians who helped her be sure of her details. This roundup gathers titles on the ways libraries support writers, who in turn are among the heaviest library users.”
When the ACLU of Illinois held its annual luncheon at the Hilton Chicago on March 17, Freedom to Read Foundation and other staffers from ALA headquarters joined some 2,000 other like-minded individuals for its program on “Fighting for a More Perfect Union.” Although the topics addressed did not touch on libraries per se, two major themes involved the increasing anti-immigrant sentiment in the US and resistance to the civil rights of transgender individuals. The keynote speaker was journalist and historian Jelani Cobb.
Staff at the Denver Public Library are receiving training on how to administer Narcan after six people overdosed at the library since January 1. The library ordered 12 Narcan kits, which were delivered on February 28. It used one of the kits to treat an overdose that very day. “It’s a frightening thing,” said DPL Central Library Administrator Rachel Fewell. “And it can be scary. But I’m feeling less scared now that we have a tool that can help keep people alive.” The library received another shipment of 36 kits in mid-March.
Alanna Aiko Moore, academic liaison coordinator and librarian for sociology, ethnic studies, and gender studies at the University of California–San Diego, has been chosen to receive the 2017 ACRL University Libraries Section Outstanding Professional Development Award. The $1,000 award and plaque, donated by Library Juice Academy, will be presented to Moore at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
ALA eLearning Solutions will host a new 90-minute workshop, “Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library” with Ellyssa Kroski on May 17. Kroski will cover the tools and techniques used by cosplayers, the many different types of events you can host (library comic cons, anime cons, cosplay events, themed library lock-ins), and how to reach out to your cosplay community to get them involved. Registration is through the ALA Store.
Marcy Bidney, curator of the American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has been selected to receive the 2017 ACRL Western European Studies Section / Slavic and East European Section De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant for her project, “Where the Water Flows: Documenting Collections of Late 19th and Early 20th Century Nautical Charts.” Sponsored by the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research, the grant provides €2,500 to support a trip to Europe.
Brian Herzog writes: “One of the things I truly hate is clickbait. I find myself specifically not clicking on things that sound clickbaity, just because I feel insulted by something thinking I can be manipulated. But if it is truly effective, maybe libraries ought to pay attention. So, just as a ‘funny thing to think about but I would never do for real’ project, here are a few of our library programs retitled as clickbait. First, ‘If your baby isn’t doing this, it may never learn to walk!’”
A bookstore in Dallas has found an excusable use for clickbait. As Adweek reports, Wild Detectives is posting headlines to its Facebook page that spin classic works of literature as trashy viral content. When followers click the links, they’re led to full texts of public domain pieces posted on Medium. Dubbed Litbaits, the campaign uses the questionable strategy for a worthwhile purpose. This illustration leads to Gulliver’s Travels.
Jamie Condliffe writes: “The Trump administration has published its first detailed budget, and as expected, it signals bad news for the planet. The proposed cuts to discretionary spending in FY2018 would totally shut down the clean-energy investment arm of the Department of Energy, halt payments to UN climate-change programs, close down many of the EPA’s climate programs, and terminate climate-focused initiatives at NASA and NOAA.”
Nevada Democrats are moving forward a proposal to give library managers clear authority to enforce weapons bans at their facilities. State senators on a judicial panel voted 4–3 along party lines March 16 to advance Senate Bill 115. The proposal would prohibit firearms, explosive devices, knives, clubs, and paint guns from public libraries unless the governing board gives someone written permission to carry one of those weapons. Gun advocates call the measure a vindictive move.