A preview of ALA programs at SXSW.

American Library Association • March 8, 2016
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ALA at SXSW: A preview of events in Austin

SXSW conference

Larra Clark writes: “The marathon South by Southwest conference—two weeks of education, technology, film, and music, March 7–20—starts this week in Austin, Texas, and the ALA and librarians will be on hand. SXSW provides a vibrant space to look at many of the emerging technology trends coming to our campuses and communities, as well as raise the visibility of how libraries are transforming to meet new demands. It also is a place to connect and consider new collaborations.”...

AL: The Scoop, Mar. 8

Newsmaker: Nathalia Holt

Nathalia Holt

Nathalia Holt (right) gives a voice to the seldom-recognized female mathematicians and scientists who shaped NASA in its earliest years and beyond, in her new book, Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars (Little, Brown, April 2016). American Libraries recently spoke with Holt, herself a microbiologist and former fellow at the Ragon Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, about the inspiration, science, and libraries behind her book....

American Libraries column, Mar./Apr.
AL Direct 10th anniversary

Meet the 2016 Class of Emerging Leaders

2016 Class of Emerging Leaders

Phil Morehart writes: “They’re the new faces greeting you at the reference desk, recommending books in the stacks, and experimenting with fresh ideas behind the scenes. These are the library world’s rising stars, the generation that will move, shape, and influence the present and future of the Association and the library profession. These are the American Library Association’s Emerging Leaders of 2016.”...

American Libraries feature, Mar./Apr.

Your guide to the 2016 ALA elections

Guide to the 2016 ALA Elections

As ALA gears up for its 2016 elections, an electronic election guide is once again available to help inform members about the candidates and the election process. Your Guide to the 2016 ALA Elections contains general information about the ALA presidency, recent ALA presidential initiatives, and biographical information about the three presidential candidates. The guide is available as a flipbook or in PDF format. Other information about ALA elections can be found on the ALA election page....

Office of ALA Governance, Mar. 7
Libraries Transform

Choose Privacy Week webinar

Choose privacy

Is your library preparing to observe Choose Privacy Week 2016 on May 1–7? Join the ALA IFC Privacy Subcommittee and the Office for Intellectual Freedom for a free webinar that will offer solid guidance on developing privacy programming that will educate and engage your library users and provide an update on current privacy issues confronting libraries. The webinar will take place on March 24 and will feature Erin Berman, Michael Zimmer, and Jamie LaRue....

Office for Intellectual Freedom, Mar. 7

Free webinar on IFLA in Columbus

IFLA congress logo

Are you interested in attending an international library conference at home? This year’s IFLA World Library and Information Congress offers you the chance to interact with the global library community in Columbus, Ohio, August 13–19. This March 24 webinar will provide you with an introduction to IFLA, details about the Congress, and all the opportunities that colleagues in Columbus have put in place for you and the other 3,500 delegates from 120 countries....

ALA International Relations Office, Mar. 4

J. K. Rowling settles Scottish library feud

Shetland Library appears as a location on the BBC series Shetland

Shetland Library and Orkney Library in Scotland love nothing more than a bit of back-and-forth. The most recent example came on March 4, when Shetland started bragging on Twitter about its appearance in the BBC crime drama Shetland. Undeterred, Orkney hit back that night when Shetland aired. The whole back-and-forth carried on for a while, BBC Scotland got involved, and then author J. K. Rowling showed up in Orkney for a book reading (after being tempted with lemon drizzle cake)....

Mashable, Mar. 7
Latest Library Links

International Women’s Day: Pledge for gender parity

Naomi Korn's Pledge for Parity

International Women’s Day has been celebrated on March 8 every year since 1909. Women have made huge strides toward equality in that time, but there is still much work to be done. The UK’s CILIP has made a Pledge for Parity and is celebrating the inspiring and successful women leaders in the library and information sector. Take a #PledgeforParity and share what leadership means to you. Visit International Women’s Day for research reports and more ways you can support....

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Mar. 8

Books I wish I’d read as an LGBTQ teenager

Cover of Am I a Woman?: A Skeptic’s Guide to Gender, by Cynthia Eller

Amy Gall writes: “We asked some of today’s most powerful voices in LGBTQ literature to create a list of books they wanted to read as teens. While there are some recurring titles—who hasn’t had their world rocked by Audre Lorde?—most of the books are quite different from one another. LGBTQ people are not a homogeneous group, and what we find funny, sexy, boring, or heartbreaking varies greatly. Thankfully, the pool of stories we get to choose from keeps widening and deepening.”...

Literary Hub, Mar. 7

Who would want to become a librarian now?

A working-class male taking a degree to be a what?

An anonymous UK library student writes: “I’m training to be a professional librarian, having just finished a lecture on semantic web ontologies and linked data, and sat dumbstruck in front of a Dewey Decimal assembler without a clue as to what I’m looking at. The course is challenging—it’s a three-year master’s degree that bites eye-watering chunks out of my wages. Why am I doing it to myself? The fact is, I can’t not. It’s a sort of calling—like becoming a priest, only with warmer business premises.”...

The Guardian (UK), Mar. 5

20 cost questions for digital preservation

20 Cost Questions for Digital Preservation

The MetaArchive Cooperative has worked with inquiring libraries and archives, as well as with its own members, for more than a decade to respond transparently to many of the questions they have about the cost of doing digital preservation. The cooperative has made available these 20 Cost Questions (PDF file) to assist institutions with their comparative analyses of digital preservation solutions. Features and functionality are important, but those are often the easiest pieces of information to learn about....

MetaArchive Cooperative

18 hidden Firefox functions

Search better with keywords

Evan Dashevsky writes: “After a brief hiatus, Firefox nabbed a PCMag Editors’ Choice award for best browser in 2015. We were impressed inside and out; Mozilla’s under-the-hood upgrades shined through in our lab tests, and we were positively smitten with the browser’s stylish new layout. You may be familiar with the many third-party extensions and add-ons that can amplify Firefox’ s functionality; however, there are many little tricks already baked into the software that you may not be using.”...

PC Magazine, Mar. 4; Nov. 4, 2015

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