Support and resources for Orlando.

American Library Association • June 17, 2016
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Support activities and resources for Orlando

ALA’s Pride flag

On June 15, ALA President Sari Feldman released a message regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion activities taking place during the ALA Annual Conference, June 23–28, in Orlando, Florida. “ALA will be making rainbow ribbons available to attendees to remember the victims of the nightclub shooting. We are also planning a memorial gathering on June 25, 8–8:30 a.m., in the OCCC Auditorium, and a special conference Read-Out cosponsored by GLBTRT and OIF.” Reforma and the Association of Research Libraries have also issued statements about the mass murder. Orange County (Fla.) Library System has created a resources page to support its community, and librarians and educators are collaborating to create the Orlando Syllabus, a list of resources for teaching tolerance....

AL: The Scoop, June 15; Reforma, June 15; Association of Research Libraries, June 14

Bringing local information to “news deserts”

Mentors and student reporters for Coal Cracker in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, gather for a journalism training session

Alison Marcotte writes: “For the past decade, Krista Gromalski wanted to start a civic engagement project in her hometown of Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, in the state’s coal region. So she went back to school, Goddard College in Vermont, to earn a master’s degree in sustainable business and communities in order to focus on the project. To re-create pride in the community, Gromalski created Coal Cracker, a community newspaper founded to give youth the opportunity to cover important stories.”...

American Libraries Trend, June

Pose with American Libraries

AL Bookend promotion

Want to join the ranks of these illustrious A-listers and get noticed holding an issue of American Libraries? Look for our magazine at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando (June 23–28), snap a photo, and share it on Facebook or Twitter with the tag #ALBookend, and you could be featured in our conference wrap-up coverage. Shown (clockwise from top left): Jason Segel, Boba Fett, Sonia Manzano, LeVar Burton, Ken Burns, Sue Monk Kidd, Nick Offerman, Octavia Spencer....

American Libraries Facebook, June 16

In Practice: Mentoring the next generation of librarians

In Practice, by Meredith Farkas

Meredith Farkas writes: “For most librarians, the first year working in a library is the biggest learning experience of their career. I remember coming into my first library job so clueless about everything and feeling a year later like a completely different person: a professional. But that time in between was filled with cringeworthy mistakes and much anxiety. Experienced librarians have a responsibility to support and mentor newer colleagues. We were all new once and can remember how hard it was to acclimate.”...

American Libraries column, June

Librarian’s Library: Libraries as social change agents

Ninth edition of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Manual

Karen Muller writes: “In 1999, ALA Council adopted the statement ‘Libraries: An American Value.’ The principles in that document, in the Library Bill of Rights, and in our mission all speak to the importance of libraries as agents of change and protectors of our heritage. The following books speak to those principles. For example, the Intellectual Freedom Manual is a guide to providing library service in support of First Amendment rights.”...

American Libraries column, June
Libraries Transform

ALA seeks the nation’s favorite librarians

2016 I Love My Librarian Award

ALA invites library users to nominate their favorite librarians for the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award. The award recognizes the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians who have transformed lives and communities. ALA is accepting nominations now through September 19. Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award and a travel stipend to attend the award ceremony in New York City on November 30....

ALA Public Awareness Office, June 16

Celebrating the Los Angeles Central Library’s 90th birthday

Cover of Los Angeles Central Library book

Liesl Bradner writes: “In July, the Los Angeles Central Library celebrates its 90th anniversary; but author Stephen Gee noted that some Angelenos don’t even know the landmark’s location. Even for those who have stepped inside, Los Angeles Central Library: A History of Its Art and Architecture (Angel City Press) holds some surprises—details of the paintings, sculptures, murals, gardens, and décor, captured in pictures by Gee’s coauthor, photographer Arnold Schwartzman.”...

Los Angeles Times, June 17

Arkansas okays funds for libraries, senior centers

Jonesboro (Ark.) Public Library

An Arkansas legislative panel signed off June 15 on distributing rainy-day funds—$1 million to public libraries and $1 million to senior citizen centers—in the next fiscal year in order to restore money cut by the 2015 legislature. The Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Subcommittee approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s requests for using the funds in fiscal 2017, which starts July 1. Hutchinson uses the rainy-day fund for emergencies and priorities that can’t wait until the next regular session....

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock), June 16
Latest Library Links

The Internet of Things needs a fix

The Internet of Things

David Pogue writes: “History shows us that convenience is a key driver in consumer acceptance of new technology. That was supposed to be the appeal of the Internet of Things. So far, though, the Internet of Things has turned out to be the Internet of Poor Sales. At this moment, it’s a good bet that you cannot control your washer and dryer from your phone. But if convenience always wins, why isn’t the public eating this stuff up? Ironically, it’s because today’s Internet of Things things just aren’t convenient.”...

Scientific American, July 1

Library ethics for nonlibrarians

Ethics of Librarianship

Doug Johnson writes: “Technology integrationists are replacing elementary media specialists in our school district. These experienced classroom teachers with a passion for using technology with kids will do a fine job working with both students and staff. Yet this role transformation concerns me as well. I worry that some fundamental skills that classically trained librarians use in their work will go undone. So I will review the ethics of librarianship, especially as they relate to technology.”...

The Blue Skunk Blog, June 16

Tips for a successful music and movement program

Music and movement program at ALA Annual Conference in Orlando

Katie Salo writes: “2016 marks my third year of running the incredibly popular music and movement program ‘Shake, Shimmy, and Dance’ during summer reading. This crowd-pleasing, high-energy program packs in 70–120 multigenerational participants each week. I’ve thought a lot this past week about what has made the program so successful. Here are my tips to pass on to other youth librarians looking to replicate this program.”...

ALSC Blog, June 17

World history through YA fiction

World history in YA fiction

Dawn Abron writes: “YA historical fiction has come a long way in recent years. Authors are blending historical fiction with the paranormal, science fiction, Shakespeare, and assassin nuns. Here is a list of historical fiction titles, arranged by era, that will not only make teens do their own research, they will make you a reader’s advisory superstar.”...

YALSA The Hub, June 17

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