American Library Association • November 11, 2014
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Tell us what you think at virtual town hall meetings

Courtney Young

ALA members are invited help shape the future of the Association by joining in one, two, or all three virtual town hall meetings convened to discuss the Association’s new strategic directions. Hosted by ALA President Courtney Young (right) and ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, the sessions will focus on three initiatives that have been identified as strategic priorities for the next three to five years: Advocacy (November 19), Information Policy (November 20), and Professional and Leadership Development (December 11)....

Office for Library Advocacy, Nov. 7

Obama asks the FCC to implement real net neutrality

President Obama. Screenshot from his November 10 statement on net neutrality

Stacey Higginbotham writes: “President Obama is calling for the FCC to implement Title II rules from the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which is what the ISPs view as the nuclear option when it comes to network neutrality rules. Such rules would seek to prevent ISPs from blocking or slowing lawful content on both their last mile networks and at interconnection points. The president also called for network neutrality rules to apply to wireless networks.” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler quickly replied, seemingly asking for more time to proceed. The Washington Post offers some background....

GigaOM, July 24, Nov. 10; White House, Nov. 10; TechCrunch, Nov. 10; Washington Post, Nov. 11

Sponsored Content

Seth Cayley

Punch authors revealed for the first time

Seth Cayley, Head of Research Publishing, Cengage Learning EMEA

In 2014 Gale, part of Cengage Learning, published the online Punch Historical Archive, containing every issue of the magazine. Although best known for its superb cartoons, the biting wit of Punch’s articles deserves wider recognition; full-text searching in the archive will allow researchers and students to explore the magazine in new ways.

Gale logoFor much of its life, the magazine’s articles were written anonymously. The mocking figure of “Mr. Punch” was mainly the public identity of the magazine, not its contributors. However, in reality, Punch was put together by a tight brotherhood of writers....

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NYPL searches for renovation inspiration

New York Public Library's Fifth Avenue building

Jennifer Maloney writes: “Shana Kimball, who works for the New York Public Library, is part of the institution’s attempt to reboot the contentious renovation of its flagship Fifth Avenue building. After abandoning its original plan, which had sparked fierce public opposition, the library says it is doing things differently. This time, library staff are gathering ideas and inspiration on visits to bookstores, museums, and the Apple Store, among other spaces. They plan to solicit input early on from the public through surveys and focus groups, forums they said are more effective than the town-hall meetings in which the former plan was pilloried.”....

Wall Street Journal, May 7, Nov. 9
University of Alabama

California librarians celebrate military tattoos

Heather Hayes, USAF, Iraq/Afghanistan

Carmen George writes: “The stories that live within the tattoos of National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Larry Milam and 23 other veterans are being shared in a new multimedia exhibit, ‘War Ink,’ which has some unusual champions: Librarians. Chris Brown, senior manager at the Contra Costa County (Calif.) Library, created ‘War Ink’ with Jason Deitch, a former Army medic and military sociologist. Finding veterans for the project was largely the task of 20 librarians who are now helping promote the collection of videos and photos released online November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.”...

Fresno (Calif.) Bee, Nov. 11

Study: Video games are not making us more violent

The possibility of a link between real-life and screened violence has been a source of huge controversy since the 1970s. Photo: Isopress//Rex Features

Keith Stuart writes: “Major new research into the effects of violent movies and video games has found no long-term links with real-life violence. The methodology of previous laboratory studies, which have used spikes in short-term aggressive behavior to suggest a causal relationship between screened and real-life violence, have also been questioned in the report, published in the Journal of Communication. Christopher Ferguson, a psychologist at Stetson University in Florida, carried out two studies into media violence.”...

The Guardian, Nov. 10
ALA Midwinter Meeting

Trombone Shorty and Bryan Collier to wrap up Midwinter

Trombone Shorty

Internationally renowned, Grammy-nominated trombone and trumpet player Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews (right) will get attendees on their feet to Wrap Up 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago and Rev Up for Annual Conference in San Francisco. His energetic music at the performance on February 3 will be followed by a conversation with award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier. Andrews and Collier will discuss their collaboration on Trombone Shorty, a lively picture book autobiography that shows how Andrews followed his dream of becoming a musician and succeeded despite the odds....

Conference Services, Nov. 10

Hackers breach Wyoming State Library catalog

WYLDcat logo

The Wyoming State Library said its statewide online catalog, WYLDcat, was breached October 7 by unknown hackers, but no sensitive personal data was compromised. The breach was discovered after library security detected unusual activity, State Librarian Lesley Boughton said. She added that the breach was not disclosed until November 7 because of an ongoing investigation. The typical patron record includes a name, address, telephone number, and optional email address. The hackers may have been able to see what patrons checked out, officials said....

Associated Press, Nov. 8

Four tech trends librarians should know about

The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know

Kenneth J. Varnum writes: “Where is library technology heading in the next few years? What are the emerging tools and technologies that we should be paying attention to, in order to be ready when the time is right to adopt them? Those are the questions contributors to The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know (Facet, 2014) were asked to address. Read on to find out about some of the technologies addressed in the book—augmented reality, discovery, large-scale text, and open hardware.”...

CILIP Blog, Nov. 11

Collecting Marvel and DC comics for teens

Artwork for the cover of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man 1 (Sep 2011). Art by Sara Pichelli and Justin Ponsor

Kylie Peters writes: “This October, DC announced its movie lineup through 2020, and Marvel did the same through 2019. Both publishers also have TV shows both on the air and in development. I collect comics for teens in two public libraries, and I have found that building a solid set of Marvel and DC titles has not only provided patrons with reading materials they want, but has also drawn in some teens who might otherwise not be reading for fun at all. It takes a little time and research to become familiar enough with these comics to build a strong collection, but it’s well worth the investment. Here’s some info to get you started.”....

YALSABlog, Nov. 10; Den of Geek, Oct. 16; IGN News, Oct. 28

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