Connecting with veterans through WWI programming.

American Library Association • November 9, 2018
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Bridging past and present

Detail from program flier for Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library’s World War I programming

James C. Scott, Sarah LeMire, and Tom Adamich write: “This Veterans Day marks the centennial of the end of hostilities in World War I, and libraries across the US are commemorating the anniversary through programming, events, and displays that highlight the impact that the Great War had on the service members who fought, the family members who remained at home, and society as a whole. The WWI centennial provides more than an opportunity to remember an important historical moment. It also offers a chance to consider how the effects of that war both parallel and diverge from those associated with contemporary military conflicts.” Here are some resources to help students understand the origins and meaning of Veterans Day....

American Libraries feature, Nov. 9; Free Technology for Teachers, Nov. 9

Referenda Roundup

Referenda Roundup

This national roundup of library referenda, tax levies, and bond measures decided by voters in the November election will be updated frequently in the coming days as final tallies roll in. Other measures voted on earlier in the year will also be added in. A summary will appear in the January/February 2019 issue of American Libraries....

American Libraries feature, Nov.

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Library unions, networking, and job search tips

An interview panel

Job-seeking: It’s not for the faint of heart. No matter how well you polish your résumé, press your interview outfit, and practice your handshake, there’s something about looking for a new position that sets the nerves fluttering. In this special career section, American Libraries covers advice on career growth, how to network, what unions do, and inside tips from employers....

American Libraries features, Nov./Dec.

Anti-LGBTQ groups step up protests

Pickle reads Jacob’s New Dress at West Hollywood (Calif.) Library at an event by the national organization Drag Queen Story Hour. Photo by Jon Viscott

Greg Landgraf writes: “Drag queen story hours have gained popularity in libraries in recent years, blending literary realness, strong queer role models, and positive exploration of differences. But while queens have proven their ability to bring the party with fantastic fashions and tales of individuality and acceptance, pockets of resistance remain. Many programs held in libraries still draw protests, as organized opposition groups insist that these storytimes aren’t appropriate for children.”...

American Libraries feature, Nov./Dec.

Emerging Leaders Class of 2019

ALA Emerging Leaders

ALA has selected 50 people for its 2019 class of Emerging Leaders. The program enables library staff and information workers to participate in project planning work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. See the full list of participants. The Emerging Leaders program will kick off with a day-long session facilitated by Maureen Sullivan during the ALA 2019 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle....

Office of Human Resource Development and Recruitment, Nov. 8

2018 Sharjah International Book Fair

2018 Sharjah International Book Fair

The fifth annual Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference was held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, November 6–8. The professional development event hosted 300 library experts from 18 countries who discussed the strategic shifts that will define the next generation of library services. The ALA conference was one of the main highlights of the book fair. ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo’s keynote remarks, “Libraries: Strong Communities,” highlighted libraries as pillars of education and how they are at the intersection of supporting human rights and universal access to information....

The Gulf Today, Nov. 8
ALA news

Be part of Small Business Saturday

Make a big impact: Shop small

Small Business Saturday is an annual holiday shopping tradition founded by American Express in 2010 that gets communities everywhere out celebrating their local small businesses. This year, it will take place on Saturday, November 24—but it’s not too late to get involved. In 2017, an estimated 108 million consumers reported shopping or dining at local, independently owned businesses on Small Business Saturday. There are several ways your library can get involved between now and November 24....

Programming Librarian, Nov. 8

Calgary’s new public library opens in style

The New Calgary (Alberta) Public Library in the East Village

Tim Querengesser writes: “On November 1, the new Calgary (Alberta) Public Library building debuted to effervescent praise. The building has four floors, 240,000 square feet of internal space, a podcast and YouTube production studio, a performance hall, a grand reading room, a children’s library, a digital commons, heated handrails, and an interior blending hyper-modern touches with traditional wood. The building is about giving people living in the East Village a pleasing space to use for free. The Central Library is also helping the neighboring Salvation Army create a garden outside for its clients.”...

CityLab, Nov. 7
Latest Library Links

How can school librarians teach media literacy?

Lower segment of Vanessa Otero’s Media Bias Chart 4.0

Len Bryan writes: “We must equip our students to deal with media messages and to learn from them. So what is a well-meaning school librarian to do? How can we keep ourselves engaged in this challenging media landscape, while guiding our students toward responsible consumption, sharing, and production of media? How do we approach this often emotionally charged, contentious subject of media literacy in our libraries and classrooms? Finally, how do we take control of our emotional responses to the media we are bombarded with? I have a few ideas.”...

Knowledge Quest blog, Nov. 8

The way health misinformation spreads

Not exercising

Mary Chris Jaklevic writes: “Effective health misinformation doesn’t just happen. It’s carefully crafted. Take this wildly misleading article from CNN. It’s one example—among many generated daily by various news outlets—of how a mundane observational study can be transformed into viral internet gold. In the days after it was published, this story was liked and shared hundreds of times and sparked dozens of copycat articles. We’ve dissected the methodology behind this story to create a step-by-step guide to making health care clickbait. Please note that this is intended for educational purposes only.”...

KevinMD, Nov. 9; CNN, Oct. 20; Health News Review
Dewey Decibel podcast

13 free apps for mobile ebook reading

FB Reader display

Emily Wenstrom writes: “If you are a voracious reader, you often need to figure out how to take your books with you. Luckily, there’s an app for that. Many apps. Whether you’re Android or iOS, smartphone or tablet, keep your charger close and take your pick of these 13 free reading apps. You will never be without something to read again.”...

Book Riot, Nov. 8

What happens when you destroy a library book

Library book–eating dog

Kristen Arnett writes: “It’s happened to all of us. After a hellish week, you decided to take your book in the bathtub to relax and whoops! You reached for your beer and accidentally dipped the book in the bath water like you were dunking a biscotti in your morning coffee. Or maybe you left it on the floor and like the much-fabled homework devourer, your dog ate it. Perhaps you left it on an airplane, in a rental car, or at that ex-girlfriend’s house that you’re never ever speaking to again because you’ve faked your own death to avoid them at all costs. What happens when it’s a library book?”...

Literary Hub, Nov. 7

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