American Library Association • April 7, 2015
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The Bohemian librarian

Virginia Sanchez, librarian at Yosemite National Park, poses with a flag from the University of Arizona, her alma mater

Ellyn Ruhlman writes: “Virginia Sanchez (right), librarian at Yosemite National Park, is among the growing group of MLIS grads using their degrees as passports to an array of fascinating jobs available outside the traditional library setting. They’re flying to exotic places like Beijing and Australia and presenting at conferences. They’re patenting new software, managing popular webzines, and developing curricula in response to a rapidly morphing profession.”...

American Libraries feature

ALA unveils Carnegie Medal shortlist

2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal shortlist

On April 6, ALA announced the six books shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the US. As part of an announcement and medal presentation event at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco in June, each winning author will receive $5,000, and the four finalists will each receive $1,500....

Booklist, Apr. 6
Recorded Books

ACRL 2015 conference proceedings available

ACRL 2015 conference proceedings

The complete proceedings of the ACRL 2015 conference held in Portland, Oregon, March 25–28, are now available online in an 828-page PDF file, edited by Dawn M. Mueller. The contributed papers featured in these proceedings were selected via blind, peer-review from more than 350 proposals, with an acceptance rate of 28%. The papers contained in these proceedings offer research results, new ideas, solutions, and complex issues for academic librarians to consider....

ACRL, Apr. 4

Reforma National Conference wraps up

Alberto Pulido, professor and chair of the department of ethnic studies at the University of San Diego, gives a tour of Chicano Park in San Diego’s Logan Heights community during the fifth Reforma conference

Miguel Ruiz writes: “Hundreds of participants attended the fifth national conference of Reforma: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking in San Diego, California, April 1–4. The theme, ‘Bibliotecas sin fronteras: Creando nuestro futuro’ (Libraries without Borders: Creating Our Future), provided the opportunity for sessions, posters, and activities that focused on diversity, community, and the future of libraries.”...

AL: The Scoop, Apr. 7

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon releases funds for libraries

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

Following an increase in Missouri state revenues, $43 million is now available for priorities, including $2.8 million for state aid to public libraries, $3.1 million for internet access to libraries, and other education, workforce training, and economic programs, Gov. Jay Nixon (right) announced April 3. However, Nixon noted that revenues remain below the levels necessary to fully fund the 2015 budget passed last year by the General Assembly....

Missouri Governor’s Office, Apr. 3

Mar Mattai monastery manuscripts saved from ISIS

Mar Mattai monastery, Iraq

As Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants advanced toward the Mar Mattai monastery perched on a mountain in northern Iraq, the monks rushed to protect a cherished piece of their heritage: their library of Bibles and biblical commentaries, mostly written in Syriac and dating back 400–500 years. Dozens of the handwritten volumes were spirited to safety in nearby Kurdish-ruled areas where they remain hidden....

Associated Press, Apr. 3

Relief needed for Vanuatu school libraries

Teachers at Central School in Vanuatu lay out books to dry in the sun after Cyclone Pam

On March 13, Cyclone Pam roared across the islands of the Republic of Vanuatu in the South Pacific causing major devastation and displacement. Though its National Library and Archives were little damaged, many school libraries were destroyed. ALA is partnering with the Australian Library and Information Association to collect monetary donations in North America....

ALA International Relations Office, Apr. 6

Streamlining access to scholarly resources

Cover of Meeting Researchers Where They Start

Jonathan Rochkind writes: “A March 15 Ithaka report, Meeting Researchers Where They Start: Streamlining Access to Scholarly Resources (PDF file), makes some observations about researcher behavior that many of us probably know, but that most of our organizations haven’t successfully responded to yet: Most researchers work off-campus and do not start from library web pages, but from Google, the open web, and occasionally licensed platform search pages.”...

Bibliographic Wilderness, Apr. 6

Ultrawide or dual monitors: Which is better?

Dell ultrawide monitor

Alan Henry writes: “We love multiple monitor workstations, but Ultrawide displays, packing resolutions that rival two or three panels side-by-side, are looking better and better these days. After all, having more than one monitor doesn’t automatically make you more productive. Here’s how these new ultrawide monitors differ from a dual-screen setup, and when you might consider buying one.”...

Lifehacker, Apr. 6

Hotspots and tethering explained

Tethering a laptop to a smartphone

Chris Hoffman writes: “Practically all smartphones can tether, sharing their data connection with your other devices. You can do this over Wi-Fi, a USB cable, or Bluetooth—if your carrier lets you. You might have to pay extra. You should be able to tether with your phone if it’s a smartphone with a mobile data connection. This includes iPhones, Android phones, Windows phone, BlackBerries, Firefox phones, and almost anything else. Here are several ways to tether.”...

How-To Geek, Apr. 4

Publishers need libraries

Book merchandising potential in New Library, Almere, Netherlands

David Vinjamuri writes: “Publishers are running out of space. Not in their headquarters, but in retail. The number of booksellers has been dwindling since the demise of Borders, and the largest book retailer today is Amazon, which has no physical space at all. So the question is, where can publishers showcase new books? That space exists in the 16,000 public library branches in America.”...

Publishers Weekly, Apr. 3

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