I Love My Librarian Awards.

American Library Association • December 2, 2016
McGraw Hill

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2016 I Love My Librarian Award winners

2016 winners, I Love My Librarian Award

On November 29, ten librarians from across the country were honored with the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award. The winners were recognized for their exceptional contributions to transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. They were selected from nearly 1,100 nominations submitted by the public detailing how their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college, or university libraries connected them to information, opportunities, and critical technology....

AL: The Scoop, Nov. 30; I Love Libraries, Nov. 30

Dewey Decibel podcast: Presidential libraries

Dewey Decibel podcast on presidential libraries

In this special post-election episode of the Dewey Decibel podcast, American Libraries associate editor and host Phil Morehart examines presidential libraries and presidential history with Meredith Evans, director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum; Jodi Kanter, associate professor of theater at George Washington University; and Ken Burns, director of numerous documentaries....

AL: The Scoop, Dec. 1

Partnering with tech

Panelists (left to right): Ali Breland (moderator), The Hill; Chris Hooton, Internet Association; Jim Neal, ALA; Laurent Crenshaw, Yelp

Alan S. Inouye writes: “‘What proposals and partnerships should libraries and the internet industry initiate to enable opportunity for everybody?’ This question was posed to three panelists at a policy hackathon, cohosted by ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy and the Internet Association on November 17 at Google’s Washington, D.C., office. Panelists discussed the internet’s increasing role as a catalyst for economic growth, how it affects the future workforce, and what libraries are doing to support individuals and communities.”...

AL: The Scoop, Dec. 2

Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women

Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women

ALA invites Midwinter attendees and Atlanta-area library workers wishing to participate in the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women to gather in Hall A3 of the Georgia World Congress Center for poster making on the morning of January 21. The march will be a peaceful demonstration of solidarity bringing together members of underrepresented communities, women, and their allies in Georgia and nationally....

ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services, Dec. 1
ALA news

A message from the Freedom to Read Foundation

Library Bill of Rights pamphlet

James LaRue writes: “As I’ve been exploring the landscape of intellectual freedom this year, I think the Library Bill of Rights is worth another and closer look. To that end, I’m pleased to offer this free download to a handy pocket version of the Library Bill of Rights, and the Freedom to Read Statement. Print out as many copies as you like, and hand it out to as many people as you can. I’m also excited to announce an upcoming new product: the Library Bill of Rights poster, available from the ALA Store in late December.”...

FTRF Blog, Nov. 29

Celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights

The original Joint Resolution passed by Congress on September 25, 1789, proposing 12 amendments to the Constitution

December 15 is designated as Bill of Rights Day to commemorate the ratification of the document on December 15, 1791. This year marks the 225th anniversary. Learn more about the Bill of Rights through public programs, family activities, and online resources of the US National Archives....

US National Archives

William & Mary acquires James Monroe letters

Letter from James Monroe to William Crawford

William & Mary Libraries has acquired more than two dozen letters handwritten by James Monroe, the fifth president of the US and an alumnus of the university. The letters, which have never before been published, document communications between Monroe and his Secretary of the Treasury, William Crawford. A selection of letters will be publicly displayed for the first time in an exhibit in the Muscarelle Museum, opening to the public on February 11....

College of William & Mary, Dec. 1
ALA Midwinter meeting

LC to collaborate with DPLA

A map of the most inhabited part of New England; containing the provinces of Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire, with the colonies of Konektikut and Rhode Island, by Thomas Jeffreys, 1755

The Library of Congress on November 29 signed a memorandum of understanding with the Digital Public Library of America to become a “content hub partner” and will ultimately share a significant portion of its rich digital resources with DPLA’s database of digital content records. The first batch of records will include 5,000 items from three major Library of Congress maps collections—the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and panoramic maps collections....

Library of Congress, Nov. 29

Kalamazoo Public Library receives $2.5 million gift

Irving Schensul

The Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Library has received a $2.5 million gift from a former patron. The bequest came from the Irving Schensul estate that was divided between the Congregation of Moses and the library after Schensul’s nephew, Eugene Colef, passed away in July 2016. Irving Schensul (right) was a devoted library patron who would visit Central Library daily. There, he arrived every morning to read the newspapers and chat with the librarians about literature, finance, and investments....

Kalamazoo (Mich.) Gazette, Dec. 1
ALA Midwinter Meeting

Harvesting government history

End of Term Presidential Harvest form

Jim Dwyer writes: “With the arrival of any new president, vast troves of information on government websites are at risk of vanishing within days. The fragility of digital federal records, reports, and research is astounding. No law protects much of it, no automated machine records it for history, and the National Archives announced in 2008 that it would not take on the job. Enter the End of Term Presidential Harvest 2016—a volunteer, collaborative effort by a small group of university, government, and nonprofit libraries to find and save valuable pages now on federal websites.”...

New York Times, Dec. 1; US National Archives, Apr. 15, 2008

15 libraries chosen for OCLC Small Libraries project

Glenns Ferry (Idaho) Public Library, population served 1,100, was one of the selected libraries

Fifteen small US public libraries have been selected to participate in the “Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces” project led by OCLC in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries. The libraries are located in 12 different states and serve communities ranging in size from 1,000 to 21,000 people. Participants will be trained to reimagine and reconfigure library space to support socially engaging and active learning programming that addresses a defined community need....

OCLC, Dec. 1

The librarian on the teaching team

Librarians and research instruction at Dartmouth

Joshua Kim writes: “Teaching is changing. What was once a solo pursuit has increasingly become a team sport. I’m not talking about co-faculty taught courses. Rather, the team that I’m thinking about includes a mix of faculty and nonfaculty educators. I’m here to make the case that a librarian is a key member of a course development and teaching team. There are three immediate reasons that a librarian should be included on every faculty/nonfaculty educator course development and teaching team.”...

Inside Higher Ed: Technology and Learning, Nov. 30

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