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American Library Association • June 28, 2016

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2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando

ALA members in the ALA Lounge at ALA Annual Conference in Orlando

With an emphasis on the future of libraries, on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and on library transformation driven by community aspirations, 16,597 librarians, library workers, and library supporters (including 4,995 exhibitors) from across the world gathered in Orlando, Florida, for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, June 23–28. The conference marked ALA’s 140th anniversary. Introducing a special memorial event on June 25 for the Pulse shooting victims, ALA President Sari Feldman set the tone for the entire conference. For more coverage, see the American Libraries website....

ALA Marketing, June 28

Dyson delivers an energetic Opening Session

Michael Eric Dyson delivers the keynote address during the Opening General Session

Terra Dankowski writes: “‘Literacy is critical to sustaining an intelligent citizenry,’ declared author, professor, and political commentator Michael Eric Dyson (right) before a packed auditorium at the Opening General Session on Friday. Dyson dazzled the crowd with his punchy, poetic style, tackling social issues and recent events, and expressing his love for libraries and books. ‘I’m a Luddite—I like the feel of the papyrus,’ Dyson said. ‘I like the smell of the page, the decaying fragmented text that immediates intelligence. I am a fan of books.’”...

AL: The Scoop, June 24

We can be heroes

Brad Meltzer talks about your life legacy during his Auditorium Speaker Series presentation

Phil Morehart writes: “‘There’s no more subversive or awesome group than librarians.’ Brad Meltzer (right) opened his Auditorium talk on Sunday with praise for his audience and a story. The best-selling author of thrillers The Inner Circle and The Fifth Assassin and host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on the History Channel detailed how he was invited to Bulgaria for a press tour—only to arrive in the Eastern European country to discover that they were under the erroneous assumption that he was the best-selling author in the United States.”...

AL: The Scoop, June 26

Unpacking ESSA

From left: Marci Merola of ALA's Office for Library Advocacy, and Leslie Preddy, president of the American Association of School Librarians

Amy Carlton writes: “The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers new ways for public, school, and academic libraries to work together. At the Friday program ‘Unpacking ESSA for the Ecosystem,’ sponsored by AASL, attendees received helpful background on the law and real-life examples on forming coalitions and involving community stakeholders to make the most of the new law’s funding opportunities.”...

AL: The Scoop, June 26

Bringing special collections into today

Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, designed by Gensler architects

Phil Morehart writes: “The days when special collections and archives were hidden away from the public in antiquated rooms or sections of the library are gone. Special collections now require special architectural design. And many libraries are rethinking how they present these collections to create vibrant spaces that engage patrons and allow for full appreciation of the works. Representatives from three university libraries gathered Saturday for the LLAMA–sponsored panel discussion, ‘Front and Center: Designing for Special Collections and Archives in the Library.’”...

AL: The Scoop, June 26

LITA’s Top Tech Trends

Three panelists from Sunday’s Top Tech Trends program. From left: Lauren Comito, Laura Costello, and Nick Grove

George M. Eberhart writes: “The panel assembled by LITA for its Top Tech Trends predictions on Sunday afternoon had its work cut out for it. Not only was it the division’s 50th anniversary, but moderator Maurice Coleman, tech trainer at Harford County (Md.) Library, put panelists through a lightning pace with questions worthy of the McLaughlin Group. The panelists were Blake Carver, LYRASIS; Lauren Comito, Queens (N.Y.) Library; Laura Costello, Stony Brook (N.Y.) University; Carolyn Coulter, PrairieCat Library Consortium; and Nick Grove, Meridian (Idaho) Library District.”...

AL: The Scoop, June 27

Academic libraries in Palestine

Randa Kamal (left) and Diana Sayej-Naser

George M. Eberhart writes: “The directors of two university libraries in the West Bank—located within Palestinian territory—were the speakers at a Sunday morning program hosted by the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table and Libraries and Archivists with Palestine. Randa Kamal, director of the library at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, said one of the biggest challenges for her library is acquiring research materials. Diana Sayej-Naser, director of the library at Birzeit University and coordinator of the Palestinian Library and Information Consortium, said PALICO is focusing on establishing academic libraries as educational centers and developing the professional status of librarians.”...

AL: The Scoop, June 27
Libraries Transform

Storytime Live!

Amy Steinbauer and Bobby

Meredith Myers writes: “‘This is Bobby.’ The woman at the podium had just pulled out a hand puppet. Had she not been a children’s librarian, I might have been concerned. But everyone knows children’s librarians are a little silly. And right now, Amy Steinbauer, children’s librarian at the District of Columbia Public Library, was taking it to the next level with her tiny friend. Steinbauer, who trained with an improv comedy troupe, has incorporated those acting techniques into her library storytimes and sharing them at her Storytime Live! Improv Techniques That Work! session.”...

AL: The Scoop, June 25
Latest Library Links

ALA Council actions

Group shot with names, ALA Council

At Council III on Tuesday, Pamela R. Klipsch, chair of ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, presented her report with privacy guidelines for K–12 students, for library management systems, for data exchange between networked devices and services, and for public access computers. She asked that Council defer a resolution on gun violence affecting libraries, library workers, and library patrons. She said that IFC and the Committee on Legislation unanimously determined that this resolution would benefit from further discussion and revision after the conference. After much discussion, the Council voted to defer. See also the actions at Council I and Council II.”...

AL: The Scoop, June 26–28

Valhalla: A safe space for women who love comics

Panelists (from left) Marcela Peres, Lizzy Walker, and Ivy Noelle Weir

Kara Pauley writes: “On Saturday, Marcela Peres from Lewiston (Maine) Public Library, Lizzy Walker from Wichita (Kans.) State University Library, and Ivy Noelle Weir of Kennett (Pa.) Public Library led a panel with moderator Eva Volin of Alameda (Calif.) Public Library to introduce other librarians to Valhalla, an online community for women who love comics and do comics-driven work in libraries and other organizations.”...

AL: The Scoop, June 25

RBMS: Open access in special collections

At the 2016 Rare Books and Manuscripts conference, three panelists discuss outreach with special collections. From left: Christoph Irmscher, Pellom McDaniels III, and Sarah Werner

Erika L. Jenns writes: “On June 23, during the second plenary at the 2016 Rare Books and Manuscripts conference in Coral Gables, Florida, each of the three speakers focused on outreach in special collections. Sarah Werner discussed access to special collections both in person and digitally. Pellom McDaniels III highlighted myriad exhibitions, both physical and digital, that he has worked on. And Christoph Irmscher and George F. Getz Jr. shared their experiences with developing a creative reading room.”...

AL: The Scoop, June 25

Clendenin branch library destroyed in flood

Damage to the Clendenin branch of the Kanawha County (W.Va.) Public Library

The Clendenin branch of the Kanawha County (W.Va.) Public Library was severely damaged after Elk River flood waters rose to record levels on June 23–24. Library Director Alan Engelbert said his staff thinks the Clendenin branch is a total loss. Windows burst from the force of water that rose above the ceiling, and books and DVDs are now lodged up there. “Most of the ceiling is gone,” Engelbert said. “The floor is a really nasty mixture of books and ceiling tile and 3, 4, 5 inches of mud, so it’s hard to imagine that there’s anything useful that’s left in there.” Kanawha’s Elk Valley branch and the public library in Rainelle also suffered damage. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has pledged assistance to the afflicted communities....

Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail, June 27; West Virginia Governor, June 27

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