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.
To help libraries meet the information needs of their communities during these challenging times, the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services has created Libraries Respond, a comprehensive online resource that aims to keep current events in conversation with libraries’ ongoing work in and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The site now has a page on protections for our nation’s transgender students.
Science educator, mechanical engineer, television host and New York Times bestselling author Bill Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, will be joined in an Auditorium Speaker session on June 26 at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago by coauthor Gregory Mone, a novelist, science journalist, speaker, and children’s book author. The first book in their new middle-grade series from Abrams, Jack and the Geniuses, will be released this spring.
Luren Dickinson writes: “Public libraries across the country, both large and small, have struggled with reduced revenue and keeping up with technology. But one small library has shown that where there is a will, there is a way. Beaumont (Calif.) Library District is the ‘little library district that could.’ Perhaps the biggest recent changes at Beaumont have been in the area of expanded technology.”