ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new 90-minute workshop, “Building Great Programs for Patrons in their 20s and 30s” with Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci on May 10. LaMantia and Vinci will present strategies and resources for reaching the 20s and 30s demographic. Using the insight they’ve gained throughout their careers, they’ll also share ideas and examples of effective programs and marketing approaches. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, Mar. 10
Cathy Collins writes: “Legislation just proposed in Arkansas would ban books by or about Howard Zinn from all public schools in the state. Zinn is best known for his 1980 book, A People’s History of the United States, which reinterpreted American history by shedding light on those who faced class struggle and exploitation. In response, the Zinn Education Project is offering to send a book by Howard Zinn and A People’s History for the Classroom to any Arkansas teacher who requests them.”
Intellectual Freedom Blog, Mar. 9
Marcus Banks writes: “To libraries, wine is much more than a bunch of grapes. It’s about preserving and presenting a record of winemaking traditions and personal histories, the ephemera of labels and bottles, research that helps enologists understand wine on a molecular level, and manuscripts from viticulture experts who could easily detect the fluctuating terroir in each glass. Academic and public libraries are growing their collections of wine materials in wine libraries and in food and beverage archives.”
American Libraries feature, Mar./Apr.
Staff at the Invercargill City Library and Archives in New Zealand have fun reading mean tweets about librarians.
Invercargill Library on Twitter, Mar. 9
JSTOR offers a growing list of Open Access ebooks from respected presses, such as University of California Press, University of Michigan Press, and Australian National University Press. More than 500 titles are now available at no cost to libraries or users. Each ebook carries one of six Creative Commons licenses determined by the publisher. The titles are easy to use, with no DRM restrictions and no limits on chapter PDF downloads or printing. Users will not need to register or log in to JSTOR.
Merryl H. Tisch, former chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, and her husband, James S. Tisch, president and chief executive of Loews Corporation, are giving $20 million to the New York Public Library to expand and strengthen its education programming, from early literacy classes to technology training. The Tisches’ gift will create a position for a director of education, reporting to NYPL president Tony Marx.
New York Times, Mar. 10
ACRL-Choice webinars connect academic and research librarians with content and service providers, publishers, authors, and other experts. These free interactive webinars discuss topics including using social media, building library communities, the latest reference databases, and open access. This spring, webinars will take place from March 16 to May 2. Check out the complete library of ACRL-Choice webinars on the Choice Media Channel.
Choice, Mar. 9
Brian X. Chen writes: “WikiLeaks this week published a trove of documents that appears to detail how the Central Intelligence Agency successfully hacked a wide variety of tech products, including iPhones, Android devices, Wi-Fi routers, and Samsung televisions. So what does that mean for you if you own one or several of these gadgets? Even if you aren’t worried about what WikiLeaks revealed about the CIA right now, here are some tips for protecting your cellphones, TVs, and routers.”
New York Times, Mar. 8
Playing games in your twilight years can have a positive effect on your mental health and help to fend off conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, a study has suggested. The study by US researchers at the Mayo Clinic was published in JAMA Neurology and examined the potential link between “mentally stimulating activities” and the “outcome of incident Mild Cognitive Impairment.” The study found that those who played games at least once a week were 22% less likely to suffer from MCI.
Tabletop Gaming: Board Games news, Feb. 6
Rhianon Anderson writes: “Many libraries have already implemented programs to teach coding skills to the community. The US House of Representatives has also launched an effort to address the shortage of technical literacy: the Congressional App Challenge. Established in 2015, the challenge is a national effort to encourage students to learn how to code. This year, from July 26 to November 1, eligible students will be invited to code and submit their own original apps.”
District Dispatch, Mar. 9
Originally meant just for storing scrolls, with time libraries assumed the role of vaults protecting invaluable volumes. Nowadays, they also aspire to be public-oriented culture-promoting centers. Culture.pl presents the 10 most ingenious and boldest examples of library design in contemporary Poland.
Culture.pl, Dec. 13, 2016
Meredith Farkas writes: “Just before I began attending library school, I took a job as a library assistant in circulation at a public library in a small but affluent city. I loved the work, but my tenure did not last as long as I would have liked because of my opposition to a new technology policy. When I started working at the library, we handed out time-limited computer access passes to anyone who wanted them. Six months into my job, my supervisor told me that we would now provide free computer access only to cardholders.”
American Libraries column, Mar./Apr.