ALA statement on libraries and inclusion.

American Library Association • November 15, 2016

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Statement on libraries, ALA, diversity, and inclusion

ALA President Julie B. Todaro

ALA President Julie B. Todaro writes: “After a contentious campaign season filled with divisive rhetoric, we are now hearing from our members and the news media about incidents of bigotry and harassment within our communities. From children acting out in schools to adults participating in violent acts, it is clear that our nation is struggling in the wake of this election. During times like these, our nation’s 120,000 public, academic, school, and special libraries are invaluable allies inspiring understanding and community healing.”...

AL: The Scoop, Nov. 15

Becoming a media mentor

Media mentors Claudia Haines and Cen Campbell

Claudia Haines and Cen Campbell write: “Media mentorship is a new term referring to an old role that librarians have been playing for a long time. But it also reflects a new way of thinking. No longer are librarians the experts on a single format—books. They are now the connectors, the link between patrons and information in multiple formats. Today those formats may be books, audiobooks, and apps, but what will be the best of the new media or latest technologies a year from now?” Haines and Campbell answer some questions about media mentorship in an exclusive American Libraries interview....

American Libraries feature, Nov./Dec.
2017 Midwinter Meeting

The view from Sharjah 2016

Volunteers who helped organize and manage the 2016 conference pose for a selfie with ALA Marketing Director Mary Mackay and ALA President Julie B. Todaro (back row center)

Mary Mackay writes: “Librarians from across the Persian Gulf, Middle East, and North Africa gathered at the Sharjah International Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates November 8–10 for the third annual SIBF/ALA Library Conference. The international professional development event supports ALA’s global theme, ‘Partnering to build stronger libraries worldwide.’ Approximately 350 librarians took part in programs, training, and networking in both Arabic and English, with translation provided.”...

AL: The Scoop, Nov. 15

Library to farm to table

Claudia Alstrom, president of the Adult Library Garden Club at Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library’s Rancho Cordova branch, teaches children about vegetables in the Read and Feed garden

Timothy Inklebarger writes: “Patrons are rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty with the offerings cropping up at public libraries across the country—farms, gardens, orchards, and food-literacy classes, to name a few—and librarians say the grow-it-yourself movement is only expanding. For some libraries serving vulnerable populations, food-producing gardens and nutrition initiatives are born out of necessity. Others have launched programs to advance the causes of sustainability and education.”...

American Libraries Trend, Nov./Dec.
ALA news

Unity. Kindness. Peace: A new ALSC booklist

Unity. Kindness. Peace. booklist

ALSC has released a new booklist to share the message of creating unity, acting with kindness toward others, and promoting peace. ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee developed this list for librarians, parents, caregivers, teachers, and other caring adults faced with children asking tough questions about the 2016 election and looking at positive ways to take action. The Unity. Kindness. Peace. booklist is available for free download on the ALSC website....

ALSC, Nov. 11

Facebook and Google: No ads on fake news sites

Snopes: Fake news invasion

Kaveh Waddell writes: “It just got harder for fake-news websites to make money from ads. Within hours of each other on November 14, Facebook and Google both announced that sites that intentionally deceive or mislead visitors won’t be allowed to use the internet giants’ advertising platforms. Google said it will no longer allow websites access to its ad network if they ‘misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher’s content, or the primary purpose.’”...

The Atlantic, Nov. 15

Cross-cultural dialogue builds critical thinking, empathy

Generation Global offers a program focused around the skills of dialogue for adolescents ages 12–17

Katrina Schwartz writes: “The world and the people who live in it have become ever more connected as the internet becomes more accessible. Yet despite the ability to connect and learn about happenings on the other side of the globe, many communities have become polarized and entrenched in a particular worldview. As these trends emerge, teachers are looking for ways to foster productive dialogue skills in today’s students—the generation that will have to deal with complex, increasingly global problems.”...

KQED News: Mind/Shift, Nov. 10
Latest Library Links

Promoting health and fitness literacy at the library

Sonoma County (Calif.) Library’s Healthy Living program

Julia Pyatetsky writes: “Public libraries already promote information literacy, digital literacy, experiential learning. What if promoting a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness were added to this list? For Sonoma County Library in Santa Rosa, California, that is exactly what is happening. Armed with a $30,000 federal grant, 12 branches will offer physical fitness classes like cardio kickboxing, different types of yoga and meditation, classes on healthy cooking, and other programs that target all age groups.”...

Public Libraries Online, Nov. 1

Bullying survey by YouthTruth

Reasons for bullying

Kate Stringer writes: “In conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month this October, a nonprofit called YouthTruth released data gathered from 80,000 students in 21 states between fall 2012 and spring 2015. Nationwide, YouthTruth found that 25% of students reported having been bullied, echoing the results of other national studies. But far more important for teachers and administrators is that the organization reports specific findings back to each individual school, including students’ comments.”...

The 74, Oct. 16; YouthTruth student survey; National Center for Education Statistics: Fast Facts

Is Open Access enough?

Open access

Dylan Burns writes: “For a long time, librarians have championed Open Access in the light of the greater good that access will provide. We very often cite the evidence that OA increases impact factor and citation counts for our faculty, while librarians like Char Booth show the ways in which OA empowers students to publish and contribute to larger scholarly conversations. Unfortunately, in the recent past we’ve seen high-profile rejections of the OA model, such as the American Historical Association’s recommendation against OA.”...

ACRLog, Nov. 12; AHA Today, July 22, 2013

How to disable your webcam

C-Slide webcam cover

Jason Fitzpatrick writes: “Webcam spying is a real threat. When everyone from the spooks at the NSA to the kid next door has access to tools that can turn a webcam against its owner, then the threat is legitimate. You should, no questions asked, disable or obscure your computer’s webcam. There is no good reason to leave an insecure recording device permanently accessible on your computer. It’s so easy to do that there’s no reason not to. Here’s what you should consider.”...

How-To Geek, Nov. 14

MIT demos wireless connection for VR headsets

The cable for tethered VR headsets limits mobility and is a tripping hazard

Tom Brant writes: “The same technology that powers full-body scanners in airport security checkpoints could one day untether virtual reality headsets. MIT announced November 14 that its researchers have devised a way to wirelessly connect VR headsets to the PCs that power them using using millimeter wave transmissions. In addition to powering TSA scanners, these high-frequency radio waves also show promise for detecting cancer and delivering fast internet.” Meanwhile, Google has just released a soft, flexible, fabric-covered, comfortable headset called Daydream View that is a big step up from Google Cardboard....

PC Magazine, Jan. 30, Nov. 14; MIT HotNets, Nov. 9–10; TechCrunch, Nov. 10

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