A message from ALA President Julie B. Todaro.

American Library Association • November 22, 2016
McGraw Hill

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A message to members

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ALA President Julie B. Todaro and the ALA Executive Board write: “Thank you for your candid responses to our press releases re: ALA’s Libraries Bolster Opportunities. We are sorry that these communications created confusion and anger regarding our Association’s position on safeguarding and promoting its commitment to our core values including diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our intent was to highlight the invaluable role that librarians and library workers play within our communities as infrastructure for resources and services.”...

AL: The Scoop, Nov. 21

Shared spaces in libraries

The Salt Lake City Public Library's shared space includes a library store, art gallery, hair salon, florist, public radio station, and coffee shop

Kaitlin Throgmorton writes: “Imagine walking into a building and seeing a florist, a hair salon, and an art gallery. Would you guess you’re in a library? Probably not, but at the Salt Lake City Public Library, that’s exactly what you’ll encounter. ‘Having any of these within a flagship library is a unique arrangement,’ said Andrew Shaw, the library’s communications manager. In addition, a café, a coffee shop, a public radio station, a writing center, and a library store occupy the first floor, steps from the main library entrance.”...

American Libraries Trend, Nov./Dec.

Another Story: In the trenches

Another Story, by Joseph Janes

Joseph Janes writes: “I learned, as we all do eventually, that any library is an inherently political entity, beholden to a number of stakeholders, often with competing or at least different interests, often with higher priorities and bigger fish to fry than us, except when something very good or very bad happens; navigating all that while trying to keep the doors open, innovate, and not lose your mind can be a challenge, to say the least. This can come as a surprise, though, to people new to the field.”...

American Libraries column, Nov./Dec.

Libraries Transform now a registered trademark

Registered Libraries Transform logo

The ALA Libraries Transform campaign logo is now an officially registered trademark. In accordance with the trademark, the logo has been updated by replacing the TM with the registration mark. The Libraries Transform website is being updated to reflect this change. Libraries currently using the logo can replace the old logo with the updated version on any websites, social media, email signatures, or new materials that are being created. New logos can be downloaded from the website....

Public Awareness Office, Nov. 22
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Richard J. Neuman: A tribute

Richard J. Neuman

The 35-minute video “Richard J. Neuman: A Tribute” honors and recognizes the career of the director of the Salina (Kans.) Public Library. Neuman (right) died at the age of 91 in March and served as director from 1961 to 1989. Written and produced by McPherson (Kans.) Public Library Director Steve Read, a former SPL staff member, the documentary features commentary by Neuman’s spouse JoAnn and Paul Hawkins, director of the South Central Kansas Library System....

Vimeo, Nov. 16

Giving back to Afghanistan through books

Baale Parwaz Library, Kabul

Laurie Loisel writes: “Growing up in Afghanistan, Sajia Darwish found few places where she felt safe. But there was one refuge: books. Darwish would go on to study in the US at a boarding school and, currently, at Mount Holyoke College. At these institutions, she discovered libraries were much more than holders of books. Last summer, Darwish brought her love of libraries home. She organized a project to build the Baale Parwaz Library in her former school.”...

Boston Globe, Nov. 20

US children’s authors sign pledge to tackle racism

Jacqueline Woodson

Hundreds of American children’s authors and illustrators have put their names to a declaration citing their commitment to using literature “to help eliminate the fear that takes root in the human heart amid lack of familiarity and understanding of others.” The National Book Award–winning children’s author Jacqueline Woodson is one of more than 400 writers to sign the statement on the Brown Bookshelf website....

The Guardian (UK), Nov. 16; The Brown Bookshelf, Nov. 14
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MIT Libraries stand committed to diversity and inclusion

Libraries Respond

Chris Bourg writes: “MIT Libraries stand committed to diversity, inclusion, equity, social justice, and the pursuit of knowledge. This has been one of the most divisive elections in US history, and the results of our presidential election have left many members of marginalized communities angry, scared, and vulnerable. The MIT Libraries join ALA, the Association of Research Libraries, the Society of American Archivists, and many others in proudly reaffirming our longstanding commitments.”...

MIT Libraries News, Nov. 18; ALA Public Awareness Office, Nov. 15; ARL News, Nov. 16; Society of American Archivists, Nov. 16; ALA: Libraries Respond

New report on the reach of online harassment

Survey on Online Harassment, Digital Abuse, and Cyberstalking in America

A new report from the Data and Society Research Institute and the Center for Innovative Public Health Research offers the most comprehensive picture to date of Americans’ experiences with online harassment and abuse, finding that most US internet users have witnessed online harassment, and almost half have personally experienced it. The report, Online Harassment, Digital Abuse, and Cyberstalking in America, offers national data on the prevalence of many types of digital harassment....

Data and Society blog, Nov. 21
ALA Midwinter Meeting

Students cannot distinguish real news from fake

Sponsored content

Some 82% of middle-schoolers could not distinguish between an ad labeled “sponsored content” and a real news story on a website, according to a Stanford University study of 7,804 students from middle school through college. The study, released November 22, is the biggest so far on how teens evaluate information they find online. Many students judged the credibility of newsy tweets based on how much detail they contained or whether a large photo was attached, rather than on the source....

Wall Street Journal, Nov. 21

Tunisians turn taxis into libraries

Book-carrying taxi in Tunis

Sarah Souli writes: “Most of the yellow cabs racing through the capital of Tunisia are decorated with air fresheners, glittery pendulums, and framed baby pictures. Sometimes you’ll find a complimentary box of tissues. But taxi driver Ahmed Mzoughi, 49, has taken a more cerebral approach to his vehicle’s decor. Scattered on the seats and lining the dashboard are slim volumes of poetry, fat novels, and psychology books. Stuck on a side door is a decal that says, ‘Attention: This Taxi Contains a Book.’”...

Quartz Africa, Nov. 19

Books for Jenny Han fans

Suggestions for other books with sensational sisters

Emma Carbone writes: “Jenny Han’s heroine Lara Jean Song endeared herself to readers in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. In 2017, readers will get to read the highly anticipated last chapter in Lara Jean’s story, Always and Forever, Lara Jean. This booklist will help fill the Lara Jean–shaped hole in your heart during the wait until its April 2017 release.”...

YALSA The Hub, Nov. 21

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