American Library Association • August 25, 2015
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Ten years after Katrina

Damage sustained to the Hancock County (Miss.) Library System's Waveland branch from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Photo: Hancock County Library System

Terra Dankowski writes: “August 29 marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast and became the costliest—and one of the deadliest—natural disasters in US history. Over recent weeks, stories have been recounting the damage to structures, institutions, families, and communities; offering tribute to the people lost; and showing how far we’ve come and how far we have left to go toward recovering local economies and populations, improving government services, and healing.”...

AL: The Scoop, Aug. 25

Millions in damage to Jefferson Parish (La.) Library

Jefferson Parish (La.) Library staff stands near a bookmobile from Waukegan (Ill.) Public Library and cybermobile from Muncie (Ind.) Public Library outside of the destroyed Grand Isle branch post-Katrina.Photo: Jefferson Parish Library

Terra Dankowski writes: “Librarian Marylyn Haddican wrote the American Library Association (ALA) a letter in 2011. It was the year ALA hosted its Annual Conference in New Orleans for the second time since Hurricane Katrina, but it was actually a belated thank-you note to express gratitude to ALA for being the first major group to hold a conference in New Orleans in 2006, following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It was a time when the city’s future was uncertain and other professional organizations were canceling their commitments in the area.”...

AL: The Scoop, Aug. 25
Recorded Books

Business and continuity over collections

Jefferson Parish (La.) Library's (JPL) Grand Isle branch (left) destroyed after Hurricane Katrina. JPL was one of the library systems the State Library of Louisiana communicated with following the storm. Photos: Jefferson Parish Library

Terra Dankowski writes: “When Louisiana State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton was appointed to her position in July 2005, she became the youngest member of Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA). She entered an agency that hadn’t updated job descriptions in 20 years and kept its backup server on the Gulf Coast, in a more vulnerable location than inland Baton Rouge. She had big ideas for improving operations starting in the fall. And then, less than two months on the job, Katrina happened.”...

AL: The Scoop, Aug. 25

Coloring book clubs cross the line into libraries

Woods Hole (Mass.) Public Library holds monthly coloring book clubs. The event attracts 15–20 people per month, ranging from tweens to 70 year olds.

Alison Marcotte writes: “When a group of community members gather every month at Woods Hole (Mass.) Public Library, they try to stay within the lines—quite literally. ‘We purchase a couple of coloring books and I print out some free coloring pages that are available online, and we just get together and color,’ says librarian Kellie Porter, who started the library’s Coloring Club in May. The club has seen about 15–20 members a month, ranging from tweens to 70 year olds.”...

AL: The Scoop, Aug. 24

Columbus (Wis.) Public Library gets benched

Columbus (Wis.) Public Library created a pilot art bench project in which local artists were asked to paint seven benches that were later distributed throughout town. The project received funding from the Libraries Transforming Communities initiative.

Alison Marcotte writes: “Almost a year after Columbus (Wis.) Public Library developed its “Root for Columbus” campaign in October 2014, the city is sitting on the bench—art benches, that is. Stemming from a Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative, the library began a pilot art bench project, buying seven benches and distributing them to local artists, who painted them to either reflect Columbus in general or to reflect a bench’s location (such as a pool-themed bench near a community pool).”...

AL: The Scoop, Aug. 24

Transitioning tips for the new librarian

New on the Job e-course cover

Are you new on the job? Going from completing classwork to being on the job is a big shift. Much of what is expected and the politics of schools are not covered in library school. Moving from one school to another means you need to start from scratch to build your reputation. This ALA publishing e-course gives you the tools and techniques to be successful from day one—and continue to build on that success. School librarians are often alone in their buildings and assumed to know everything about the job; yet as noted earlier, much of it is not covered in library school. This course with Hilda Weisburg will cover all topics in her popular book New on the Job 2nd edition, allowing you to interact with the text, each other, and Weisburg....

ALA Publishing

Madison (Wis.) honored by Little Free Libraries

Little Free Library in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo by Mike DeVries.

Laurel White writes: “According to the founder of the Little Free Libraries movement, Madison (Wis.) is the city that made it all possible—and, this weekend, Madison will receive the organization’s first ‘City of Distinction’ award in recognition of that. ‘When I started this, I thought to myself, ‘Where in this country would you test this to see if it’s viable?’ said Todd Bol, creator of the movement that now spans the globe. ‘I thought it had to be a fairly innovative, progressive place that would embrace literacy and family and community and I thought: ‘Madison.’’”...

The Capital Times, Aug. 22

Fighting homelessness: Libraries on the frontline

Fighting homelessness

Patrick Dehahn writes: “When people think of libraries, they think of books. But for homeless individuals, they’re often a place of refuge. Here’s how the American Library Association has helped enable that mission around the country.”...

Associations Now, Aug. 21

The Digital Ozark Folksong Collection opens

Mary C. Parler (left) tape recording musicians in Oriole barbershop, Bentonville, Arkansas, ca. 1950s. From the Mary C. Parler Photographs Collection (MC896) at the University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections.

The University of Arkansas University Libraries and Special Collections Department have opened the digital Ozark Folksong Collection. Collected between 1949 and 1965, it is the largest and most complete collection of traditional music and associated materials from Arkansas and the Ozarks in the nation. Now available online, the collection contains recordings of songs, tales, instrumentals, and conversations from over 700 performers....

The University of Arkansas, Aug. 24

MIT Glass Lab 3D prints with molten glass

MIT Glass Lab has created a process for 3D printing with molten glass.

Glen Tickle writes: “MIT’s Glass Lab has created a process for 3D printing with molten glass. They call the process G3DP for ‘Glass 3D Printing,’ and it operates with 1900° fahrenheit ‘kiln cartridges’ as it prints the glass into computer-controlled shapes.”...

Liquid Squid, Aug. 24

What do librarians do?

What do librarians do?From answering reference questions to planning programs, working with 3D printers to dancing with Stormtroopers, librarians have their fingers in a lot of pies. In a new video on the ALA YouTube channel, ALA asked librarians “What do you do at your library?” and got some fabulous answers!...

YouTube, Aug. 18

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