Veteran Emerging Leaders Audrey Barbakoff (right) and Pauline Stacchini present “Some Things to Keep in Mind: Lessons about Leadership” at the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibitions June 22, 2019.

Leadership 101

June 22, 2019

Barbakoff, who is community engagement and economic development manager of the King County (Wash.) Library System, is a 2013 ALA Emerging Leader (EL). Stacchini, who is managing librarian at Austin Public Library, is a 2016 EL.  As co-chairs of the EL program, they welcomed back the 2019 EL cohort with a thought-provoking conversation titled “Some Things to … Continue reading Leadership 101


Jacqueline Woodson and Christopher Myers

Changing the Narrative

June 22, 2019

“I didn’t see any reflections of girls like me,” she told attendees at “50 Years of the Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Awards,” a live taping of the Dewey Decibel podcast at the American Library Association’s 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., June 22. “I think the first book that I read about an African-American … Continue reading Changing the Narrative




Authors Gennifer Choldenko and Varian Johnson

The Urgency of History

June 22, 2019

All six panelists admitted that they had not read history when they were kids. But they were inspired to write historical fiction or nonfiction when they encountered something special—comic books, family oral histories, or primary sources in college. Varian Johnson, author of the Coretta Scott King honor book The Parker Inheritance (2018), said that the common … Continue reading The Urgency of History


Clockwise from top left, logos for Sora, PBS Kids Scratch Jr., iCell, Chatterpix Kids, Mixerpiece, and iCivics Suite.

2019 Best Apps and Websites for Teaching and Learning

June 22, 2019

Recognized apps and websites foster innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They were also evaluated for their support of AASL’s “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.” The apps recognized in 2019 are: Chatterpix Kids EarthViewer Equity Maps Figment AR Green Screen by Do Ink iCell iCivics – Suite Khan Academy … Continue reading 2019 Best Apps and Websites for Teaching and Learning


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Annual 2019 Top Ten Tweets – Day 0

June 22, 2019

First, it’s the hard step of your pets saying goodbye to you. Then when you get to the airport you’re certain you’re missing something you had. And you automatically get stereotyped when you walk out the airport with said missing item. But then you get close to D.C. and the excitement finally hits. https://twitter.com/JeffersonPinata/status/1141888376645279750 In … Continue reading Annual 2019 Top Ten Tweets – Day 0


Jason Reynolds speaking at the Opening General Session of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference

Jason Reynolds Calls for Architects of Understanding

June 22, 2019

Reynolds’s talk—by turns musical, comical, and richly lyrical—echoed the style and structure of Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks (forthcoming in October), drawn from his experience growing up in Washington, D.C. He also touches on lessons from ancient history, renaissance architecture, and his mother’s first family funeral in Jim Crow-era South Carolina, … Continue reading Jason Reynolds Calls for Architects of Understanding



Books Abound at Book Buzz

June 21, 2019

Book Buzz led off with a focus on children’s/teen literature. The children’s titles presented spoke to current social, political, and economical themes, such as the #MeToo movement, diversity, equity, inclusion, and climate change, while the afternoon focused on books for adults, such as historical fiction, murder mysteries, graphic novels, and cookbooks. After listening to 17 publisher … Continue reading Books Abound at Book Buzz


ACRL's new research agenda, "Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future."

‘A More Inclusive Future’

June 20, 2019

These themes and others are addressed in the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) new scholarly communications research agenda, “Open and Equitable Scholarly Communcations: Creating a More Inclusive Future,” released last week. The agenda was developed over the course of a year by ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC) with a high degree … Continue reading ‘A More Inclusive Future’


Rod Hersberger

Strengthening the ALA Endowment

June 18, 2019

The first is the endowment’s investment in private equity. While it is illiquid, private equity generally outperforms most other investment categories. We did not venture into this area lightly. The trustees conducted an extraordinary level of discussion, review, and due diligence before we made our first investment. In July 2015, we invested $2 million in … Continue reading Strengthening the ALA Endowment