RUSA offers multiple online professional development opportunities year round that are open to the public. The spring lineup in March and April offers seven webinars and two eCourses on finding primary sources, job search, open data, and other topics.
RUSA, Mar. 6
Kathryn Schulz writes: “There are a great many ways to petition the government, including with actual petitions, but, short of showing up in person, the one reputed to be the most effective is picking up the phone and calling your congressional representatives. The Stop Online Piracy Act is a good example of this. Before it failed, lawmakers were most likely to think about its impact on copyright holders. Today, no one can contemplate a copyright bill without remembering other constituents, from librarians to the tech community.”
The New Yorker, Mar. 6
Novato Public Library, located in a small town in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, has become a meeting place for military veterans. That’s thanks to a four-year-old California public library program called Veterans Connect @ the Library, which helps put veterans in touch with benefits and services. At Novato, for example, one retired Air Force officer who volunteers at the library has become someone whom vets can not only get information from but can also communicate with.
American Libraries Trend, Mar./Apr.
In the summer of 1926, the County Library Committee of the Iowa Library Association rolled out what would become Iowa’s first bookmobile. Every county in Iowa could secure the use of this library on wheels for a week at a cost of $50, to help stimulate interest in the levy of a tax so that each county might have its own library and caravan. The Book Caravan traveled to rural communities in the state, and Lydia Barrette (1881–1963), city librarian at Mason City, came up with the idea for it.
Davenport (Iowa) Public Library: Primary Selections from Special Collections, Apr. 15, 2015
Erin Cavell, small business librarian at Minneapolis Central Library / Hennepin County Library, has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award, administered by the RUSA Business Reference and Services Section. Cavell was selected for “proactive approach to establishing multiple partnerships within the Minneapolis and business and nonprofit community.”
RUSA, Mar. 3
Raymond Pun, first-year student success librarian at California State University, Fresno, was named the 2017 winner of the Emerald Research Grant, administered by the RUSA Business and Reference Services Section. Pun was selected for his project, “Mapping Collaborations between Business Librarians and Career Counselors,” an exploratory study of how academic business librarians collaborate with career centers to support student success.
RUSA. Mar. 3
ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels writes: “Over the past two months, there’s been a lot of discussion about advocacy in the new federal environment. Much of this discussion has centered on our core values and how our positions and efforts need to focus on what promises to be a challenging period ahead. As an Association, we advocate for a wide range of federal legislation and policy issues, from intellectual freedom and privacy to access to government information to preservation to copyright.”
American Libraries column, Mar./Apr.
Chris Hoffman writes: “Screencasting can seem a bit daunting at first, but there are a few good free ways to do it. The Game DVR feature in Windows 10 can create a video of your desktop. Technically it was just designed for capturing gameplay, and other software does a much better job—but it’ll work in a pinch if you need it. If you want something more powerful, Open Broadcaster Software is a good free program that will do everything you need, but you’ll need a few minutes to learn its interface.”
How-To Geek, Mar. 3
Nicholas Parker writes: “New York Public Library has just announced the acquisition of the Lou Reed Archive, and we are celebrating the life and legacy of this rock icon with a series of displays, programs, and performances at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and the Library for the Performing Arts. Reed’s incredible music career, both as a solo artist and as a member of the Velvet Underground, spanned over 50 years and influenced generations. Here are 10 books to find out more about him.”
New York Public Library blogs, Mar. 2
For four years, ALA’s Leadership Institute has offered midcareer librarians the opportunity to take part in a four-day immersive leadership development program. The goal, says former ALA President Maureen Sullivan, is to introduce theories, concepts, and practices for effective leadership and “help people develop self-awareness of their strengths and areas for development.” This year, the class had a a new exercise: an opportunity to imagine how current trends might be reflected in library services of the future.
American Libraries feature, Mar./Apr.
Participatory Heritage, published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, demonstrates that in order for personal and community-based documentation and artifacts to be preserved and included in social and collective histories, individuals and community groups need the technical and knowledge infrastructures of support that formal cultural institutions can provide. Edited by Henriette Roued-Cunliffe and Andrea Copeland, this book examines potential models for cooperation.
ALA Neal-Schuman, Mar. 3
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) is the 2017 recipient of the ALA James Madison Award. Presented annually near the anniversary of President Madison’s birth, the award honors individuals or groups who have championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know. The award will be presented by ALA Past President Sari Feldman in a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on March 15.
District Dispatch, Mar. 2