Newsmaker Margaret Atwood.

American Library Association • June 7, 2016

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Newsmaker: Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

Award-winning author Margaret Atwood’s (right) recent projects involve both reimagining a 400-year-old classic and envisioning what literature itself might look like 100 years from now. Her latest novel, Hag-Seed, rewrites The Tempest as part of a new series for Hogarth Press in which celebrated novelists interpret Shakespeare’s plays. Atwood spoke with American Libraries about her new work and the future of libraries....

American Libraries Trend, June

Dispatches: Using HTTPS to protect patron privacy

Dispatches, by Marshall Breeding

Marshall Breeding writes: “Libraries value patron privacy. Yet a scan of current practices reveals uneven activation of the basic technology to secure web-based library systems. Encryption of data presented in online catalogs, discovery services, and other resources is essential to protect privacy. Without encryption, the content that patrons search for, view, or download is easily intercepted. The use of a secure communication protocol (HTTPS) provides the best approach available today.”...

American Libraries column, June

United for Libraries at ALA Annual Conference

Imbolo Mbue

United for Libraries will host the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, on June 27 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. Bestselling writers Shari Lapena, Lisa Fenn, Thomas Mullen, Susan Mallery, and Imbolo Mbue (right), along with audiobook narrator Jayne Entwhistle, will discuss their new books. Other United for Libraries events include “The Laugh’s On Us” and the “First Author, First Book” panel....

United for Libraries, Apr. 12, 19, June 6

Get your copyright questions answered

Copyright stamps

Have a question about copyright policies? Library copyright experts will be available during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando to respond to vexing copyright questions about licensing, fair use, electronic reserves, music, images, and video content. Join copyright leaders during the interactive session “Ask Us Anything: Copyright Open House” on June 26. The program will include a late-breaking copyright policy update from copyright leaders....

District Dispatch, June 6

Support Orlando’s minority and women-owned businesses

Orange County (Fla.) Library System logo

Looking for places in the Orlando area to grab a bite or do some shopping in between programs and meetings at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference? As you prepare for your trip, add this list of minority and women-owned businesses. The list was created by the Orange County (Fla.) Library System and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services....

Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services, June 3
Libraries Transform

2016 ALA Student Chapter of the Year


The ALA New Members Round Table and the Membership Committee have named the University of South Carolina Student Chapter the winner of the 2016 ALA Student Chapter of the Year Award and the Pratt Institute Student Chapter as this year’s runner up. The Student Chapter of the Year Award is presented in recognition of a chapter’s outstanding contributions to ALA, its school, and the profession....

Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment, June 6

Islamic State hacks Arkansas Library Association website

A screenshot of the hitlist release by the Islamic State militant group's cyber-wing on the privacy app Telegram

The Arkansas Library Association is at the center of an online attack by the Islamic State terrorist group, according to the FBI. The victims include at least 600 members of the association who work at libraries across the state. ISIS released the identities of library workers in May, as well as their addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers. The group’s cyber-wing has initiated a trend of hacking low-level sites and databases, releasing details in longer lists with increasing frequency....

Newsweek, June 6

Greenhouse sprouts at NYPL’s Mosholu branch

Information Assistant Nicole Celic stands next to the Mosholu branch greenhouse

The Mosholu branch of the New York Public Library is one of the rare public depositories in the Bronx with a singular amenity: a spacious backyard used for daily programming. It was only natural that the sleepy patio was ideal for a tiny greenhouse funded by a private grant. It debuted on May 24, capping several months of preparation by library staffers. It rests at a corner of the hooded yard, a translucent hut that traps heat used to nourish budding plants....

Norwood News (Bronx, N.Y.), June 4
Latest Library Links

UCLA to offer digital images of Sinai manuscripts

The fathers of St. Catherine’s Monastery have been careful stewards of the oldest continually operating library in the world for centuries. More than 1,000 of its rare manuscripts will be available digitally through the UCLA Library

Saint Catherine’s Monastery, located on rugged terrain at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt, houses the oldest continually operating library in the world, containing ancient and medieval manuscripts second only to those held by the Vatican. A grant from the Ahmanson Foundation to the UCLA Library will allow its Sinai Library Digitization Project to create digital copies of some 1,100 rare and unique Syriac and Arabic manuscripts dating from the 4th to the 17th centuries....

UCLA Newsroom, June 6

Separating the wheat from the chaff

NC Digital Learning & Media Inventory

Anne Akers writes: “At school year’s end everyone is involved in assessment. Everything stops for student testing, including the library. School library classes are suspended and circulation is closed as school libraries are used as test centers and school librarians proctor and in some cases take on the administration of school-wide testing. And when it comes to assessment, the school library is no exception.”...

Knowledge Quest blog, June 7

Women in comics: Stories of summer

Cover of Honor Girl, by Maggie Thrash

Carli Spina writes: “As summer begins, it is a perfect time to celebrate comics about all aspects of summer vacation, whether this means camp, family vacations, or lazy days with friends. Hopefully these books will make the ideal companion during your summer travels, reading on a beach, or at your local park. For example, Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash—camp is a classic summer activity and this book tells the story of a frequent visitor to one such camp.”...

YALSA The Hub, June 7

Parkour in the library

Screenshot from Linnaeus University's parkour video

The Livonia (Mich.) Library’s use of parkour (extreme running, jumping, and rolling) to promote its summer reading program (7:18) has been getting some major publicity, but two libraries in Sweden have already employed the same fun activity: Linnaeus University in Småland (1:08), and the Stockholm City Library (1:55)....

Peter Alsbjers Blogg, June 7; Detroit News, June 7; YouTube, May 11; Apr. 1, 2011; Sept. 24, 2014

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