ALCTS has named Jeanne Drewes, chief of the Binding and Collections Care Division and the Deacidification Program at the Library of Congress, as the 2017 recipient of its Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. As one of her nominators stated, “Jeanne Drewes is, in my estimation, the most important figure in raising the profile of preservation in the last two decades. Her work at LC, ALA, and across the profession has made the field, and preservation professionals, continue to be relevant in today’s dynamic library environment.”
YALSA will host a Twitter takeover during Teen Tech Week, March 5–11, with the theme of “Be the Source of Change.” YALSA’s twitter account, @yalsa, will be turned over to different partners who will share out information, news, and resources of interest to those working to build digital literacy skills in teens. The takeover will allow partners to inform and engage YALSA’s Twitter followers about relevant issues from their perspectives.
ALSC has awarded its 2017 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant to the Nevada County (Calif.) Library system. The grant is designed to encourage outstanding summer reading programs by providing financial assistance, while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development. The library will use the grant funds to reinvent summer reading by creating an educational and engaging program that revolves around STEAM.
LLAMA is now accepting submissions for the 2017 John Cotton Dana Awards, which honor outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 awards are granted each year by the H. W. Wilson Foundation at an annual ceremony sponsored by ALA and EBSCO Information Services. Entries are submitted electronically and must be received by March 17; they may be submitted by any library, Friends group, consulting agency, or service provider.
Most people tend to think of speaking and writing when they hear the term communication skills. However, those are only two of the skills librarians need to effectively communicate. LLAMA will present a series of two new webinars: “Data Design Made Simple” on March 16, and “Slide Design Made Simple” on April 6, with Andy Spackman as instructor. This series will present basic design skills that will help participants increase their competency in communication skills.
Brian E. Coutts, head of the Department of Library Public Services at Western Kentucky University, was selected as the 2017 winner of the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, RUSA’s highest honor, for his distinguished contributions to reference services and librarianship. Sponsored by Credo Reference, the award consists of $5,000 and a citation, which will be presented to Coutts at the RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
Sarah Laskow writes: “Finding an anonymous text, if you don’t know which one, exactly, you’re looking for, can be difficult, if not impossible. When Emily Kopley, a scholar of British and American literature, was first researching anonymous texts, she would try searching in library catalogs for a variety of terms: ‘by anonymous’… ‘no author’… ‘by a lady.’ Few people signed ‘by anonymous.’ There’s no agreed-upon system, among libraries, about how to list anonymous or pseudonymous books.”
Tools are available to help you celebrate National Library Week, held each April by ALA and libraries across the US. Communities nationwide will celebrate the contributions of libraries and library workers during National Library Week, April 9–15. The Public Awareness Office is offering resources—including PSA scripts, a proclamation, and a sample press release in both English and Spanish—to assist in promoting the theme of “Libraries Transform” during National Library Week.
Miguel Figueroa writes: “For many futurists and trend spotters, ‘futuring’ is fundamentally about the study of change. We study change so we can prepare for the many futures that might happen. We start seeing what’s coming next. Collected below are highlights from a conversation with three librarians, each demonstrating how her commitment to library values has helped her pursue library futures in times of change. The interviewees are Emily Drabinski, Sarah Houghton, and Charlotte Roh.”
ALA Editions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information, will host a new advanced eCourse, “Project Management Fundamentals for Librarians” with Sean Gaffney as instructor, starting on April 17. The course covers management styles, institutional constraints, project life cycles, stakeholder management, risk assessment, and team management. Participants will receive an SJSU iSchool/ALA Publishing Advanced Certificate of Completion.
ALA Editions will host a new iteration of its four-week facilitated eCourse, “Using and Understanding Library of Congress Classification” with Robert Bothmann as instructor, starting on April 24. Bothmann offers a comprehensive grounding in Library of Congress Classification principles and practice. Registration is through the ALA Store.
YALSA has chosen 20 libraries to receive its 2017 Summer Learning Resources Grant. The grant’s purpose is to provide libraries with funds to purchase literacy resources that strengthen and expand the impact of the library’s summer learning program towards teens most vulnerable to summer learning loss, including teens who speak English as a second language, teens in socioeconomically challenged communities, and teens who are at risk of failing school. Each grant is worth $1,000.