American Library Association • December 1, 2015
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Join ALA for #GivingTuesday

ALA Giving Tuesday

The ALA Scholarship Program has again joined #GivingTuesday, an effort that harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses, and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. Taking place December 1, GivingTuesday provides a collective opportunity for people to give to the causes they believe in and support. To join, visit the ALA donor page....

ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment, Nov. 24

AASL, ALA applaud the addition of school libraries to ESSA

House and Senate negotiators released the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference Report, which includes language on school library programs. The House is currently expected to vote on the bill later this week, and the Senate will follow soon after. AASL President Leslie Preddy and ALA President Sari Feldman encourage members to contact their representatives to support the bill....

AL: The Scoop, Nov. 30
Recorded Books

Apps and games for academic libraries


The latest Solutions and Services column highlights tools for the academic library, including Toolwire's games to improve college-level writing, the Boopsie mobile app, and Library Quest's “choose your own adventure”-style game designed to engage students with the library....

American Libraries, Nov./Dec.

“Right to be forgotten” discussion at Midwinter

Delete button, detail (Photo by Ervins Strauhmanis)

ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) will examine the “right to be forgotten” during a panel discussion on January 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m., at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. Speakers include Gail Slater, vice president, legal and regulatory policy, Internet Association; and James G. Neal, university librarian emeritus, Columbia University, member of the board of trustees, Freedom to Read Foundation, and a member of ALA’s executive board. The session will be moderated by Alan S. Inouye, director of OITP....

ALA, Nov. 30; ALA Washington Office, Nov. 30
Libraries Transform

Academic libraries rethink focus as materials go digital

Sari Feldman

ALA President Sari Feldman sees a coming transformation of academic libraries thanks to technology. She says they are taking on greater roles in creating teaching materials and scholarship—and preserving tweets as well as books....

Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 25

Do Space community technology library opens in Omaha

Visitor creates a live animation of herself on the Do Space video wall.

Bill Kelly writes: “In November, the doors opened at Do Space in central Omaha. The self-described ‘community technology library’ comes equipped with high-end computers loaded with professional software, gaming and electronic gizmos for kids, and regularly scheduled classes and workshops.” Donors say the facility was created to address the digital divide in the city....

NETNebraska, Nov. 30

The future of academic print books

Stack of books (Photo: Horla Varlan, Flickr)

Donald Barclay writes about the decline of academic print book sales and its effect on libraries: “A root cause for this market collapse is the loss of buying power among academic libraries, traditionally the biggest customer for printed scholarly books. Libraries have been hit by a double economic whammy of beyond-inflationary increases in the cost of journal subscriptions and an ongoing drop in governmental support for higher education in the past few decades.”...

Bridger-Jones, Nov. 29
2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting

An a-maze-ing library experience

Finished mazeAmy Seto Forrester writes: “Sometimes you get a big idea. And sometimes you get to make that idea a reality. This year my department was given funds to create big family programming, and I got the chance to build my idea: a giant cardboard maze that would encourage caregiver-child interaction and create a memorable library experience for customers of all ages.”...

ALSC Blog, Nov. 26

Documentaries for teens: Feminism

Screenshot from Girl Rising documentary

Emily Childress-Campbell writes: “Though feminism has been around, arguably, since the Suffragette Movement, and though girls and young women have benefited hugely from the accomplishments of Second Wave Feminism, many teens are still hesitant to self-identify as feminists or feminist allies. The library can serve as an excellent place for consciousness raising whether through book clubs, service projects, or topic-specific forums. Documentaries can serve as a jumping off point for these discussions. Here are a few to get you started.”...

YALSA The Hub, Nov. 27

Comics gift guide for tweens

Cover of Awkward, by Svetlana Chmakova

Ally Watkins writes: “Does the tween in your life or your library love comics? Here are a few that need to be on your radar and will make your kids go absolutely nuts. For example, Awkward, by Svetlana Chmakova: Peppi Torres is just trying to survive her first days in middle school. Suddenly she finds herself being both the teased and the teaser, and in the middle of a club war! Can she figure out how to make middle school bearable for both herself and those around her?”...

ALSC Blog, Nov. 29

Church libraries offer spiritual books

Jeannie Kay, left, and the Rev. Carla Friedrich look over a volume in the library of the New Church of the Southwest Desert.

Shannon Seyler writes: “Church libraries have long played an important role in the American religious scene. Many church libraries, including several in Silver City, New Mexico, are open not only to congregants, but to the general public. Some of these libraries offer hidden treasures in the form of rare or out-of-print books, pamphlets, and other documents. Most church libraries are relatively small in comparison to public libraries, and librarians often go unpaid.”...

Silver City (N.Mex.) Sun-News, Nov. 25

OMG! The hyperbole of internet-speak

Fight internet cliches. From an infographic by Sarah Lazarovic

Jessica Bennett writes: “R.I.P. to the understatement. Welcome to death by internet hyperbole, the latest example of the overly dramatic, forcibly emotive, truncated, simplistic, and frequently absurd ways chosen to express emotion in the internet age (or sometimes feign it). Other examples: THIS (for when a thing is so awesome you are at a loss for how to describe it); feeeeeels (for something that gives you multiple feelings); and I can’t even, for when something leaves you so emotive that you simply cannot even explain yourself.”...

New York Times: Fashion and Style, Nov. 29

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