Garcia-Febo will be 2018–2019 ALA president.

American Library Association • April 14, 2017
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Loida Garcia-Febo wins ALA presidency

Loida Garcia-Febo

Loida Garcia-Febo (right), international library consultant and president of Information New Wave in Brooklyn, New York, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association. Garcia-Febo received 3,278 votes. Scott Walter, university librarian at DePaul University in Chicago, received 3,209 votes, and Terri Grief, school librarian at McCracken County High School in Paducah, Kentucky, received 2,636 votes. Garcia-Febo will step into her role as president at the close of the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Also, 33 ALA members have been elected as councilors-at-large on the ALA Council for three-year terms....

AL: The Scoop, Apr. 12; Office of ALA Governance, Apr. 12

Ivanka Trump’s tweet about libraries elicits a response

Ivanka Trump

It’s National Library Week. To celebrate, first daughter Ivanka Trump (right) tweeted this message: “This #National Library Week, we honor our libraries and librarians for opening our eyes to the world of knowledge, learning and reading!” But her father’s 2018 budget eliminates federal funding to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, something that many library supporters and ALA President Julie Todaro have pointed out. The final budgeting decisions reside in Congress, not the White House....

Attn:, Apr. 14; The Hill, Apr. 10
ALA News

IFLA seeks global vision for libraries

Attendees at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Global Vision Workshop, April 4–5, in Athens, Greece. Photo by Evgeni Hristov

Larra Clark writes: “Librarians from around the world gathered in Athens, Greece, April 4–5 to kickstart a global vision for libraries. The meeting was part of a series convened by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions that continues with regional workshops in May and June. The two-day Global Vision Workshop followed the IFLA President’s Meeting, which featured diverse speakers who outlined societal, global, and technological trends.”...

AL: The Scoop, Apr. 13

A tribute to Emily Sheketoff

Emily Sheketoff

Emily Sheketoff (right), executive director of the ALA Washington Office, will be retiring May 2 after 17 years of service. We look back at her career with ALA and her contributions to the success of our profession’s legislative agenda. We invite you to share your memories of working with her in the comments section. These comments will be compiled into a special booklet to be presented to her at National Library Legislative Day. To have your remarks considered for inclusion, please post them by noon on April 23....

AL: The Scoop, Apr. 12
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Kansas school raises money to support Haiti’s libraries

Students at Wanamaker Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas

Alison Marcotte writes: “Throughout February, students at Wanamaker Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas, brought pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars to class for the school’s annual Bucks for Books fundraiser, now in its fifth year. At the end of the three-week fundraiser, students raised a little more than $1,600, and they decided to donate $2,000 to the ALA Haiti Library Relief Fund. That money includes $1,000 from this year’s fundraiser and $1,000 from last year’s, which hadn’t yet been disbursed.”...

AL: The Scoop, Apr. 13

Librarians march for science

March for Science

On Earth Day, April 22, researchers, educators, students, and citizen scientists all over the world will take to the streets in celebration of science. The March for Science is an international, nonpartisan event organized to “champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.” The ACRL board of directors voted to partner with the March for Science and encourages ACRL members to attend. The main event will be held in Washington, D.C., at 10 a.m....

ACRL Insider, Apr. 13

2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominees

Screenshot from Teens’ Top Ten video, with Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson

YALSA has officially announced its 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominees. This year’s list of nominees features 26 titles that were published between January 1 and December 31, 2016. A video announcing the nominees and featuring actors Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson (right) from the upcoming movie adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, a 2016 Teens’ Top Ten winner, can be found on the Teens’ Top Ten website. An annotated list of the nominees is also available. YALSA encourages libraries to connect with teens around the theme “Unleash Your Story” during Teen Read Week, October 8–14....

YALSA, Apr. 12–13
ALA Annual Conference

AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

East Boston branch of the Boston Public Library

LLAMA and the American Institute of Architects announced on April 12 the eight recipients of the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. The LLAMA Buildings and Equipment Community of Practice and the AIA developed this award program to encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries. One of the winners is the East Boston branch (right) of the Boston Public Library, designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects....

LLAMA, Apr. 12

Montana State Library could see large funding cut

Montana State Librarian Jennie Stapp

The Montana State Library has concerns after it was told it could see a 20% decrease in one of its primary sources of funding. The loss could also affect local libraries. Montana State Librarian Jennie Stapp (right) said the library received more than $1 million from an LSTA grant. This year, she was told it would receive less than $850,000. The money pays for Montana Library-to-go (used to download ebooks), audiobooks for the vision-impaired, and the Montana shared catalog....

KTVH-DT, Helena, Mont., Apr. 12

If it ain’t broke

Example of a MARC record

Karen Coyle writes: “The pushback against proposed post-MARC data formats is often seen as a blanket rejection of change. Undoubtedly this is at times the case. However, given that there have now been multiple generations of catalogers who worked and continue to work with the MARC record, we must assume that members of the cataloging community have in-depth knowledge of how that format serves the cataloging function. We should tap that knowledge. I asked on Twitter for input on what catalogers like about MARC.”...

Coyle’s InFormation, Apr. 12
Fight for Libraries

Preparing MLS students for a digital world

Students attending an ArchivesSpace lecture by Adam Kriesberg outside of normal coursework

Mary Kendig writes: “The trend to not hire librarians and archivists for libraries and archives is not limited to information infrastructure. Upper management and project leader positions are filled with business majors and project management institute certificate holders, regardless of their experience with libraries or MLS education. I correlate this trend to the current education offered in MLS programs. MLS programs have been slow to add courses that will train students for the future.”...

Library of Congress: The Signal, Apr. 14

10 books for library lovers

Cover of Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library, by Wayne A. Wiegand

Jessica Pryde writes: “I’ve selected 10 books you will find interesting if you love libraries, all because it’s National Library Week. Bask in their glory, speculate about their potential, look into their past, and explore that amazing connection that we as humans make with them and each other in their wake.”...

Book Riot, Apr. 14

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