ALA’s 40 and 50 East Huron properties go on the market.

American Library Association • September 7, 2018
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ALA to list its Chicago headquarters properties

ALA’s 50 East Huron Street building in 1963

On September 5, ALA announced its plan to explore Chicago’s commercial real estate market with the listing of its headquarters buildings at 40 and 50 East Huron Street. Efforts to examine the value of its headquarters are fueled by its goals to enhance operational excellence, grow membership, and acquire a workplace environment that supports the development of innovative programs and member services. For more than a year, ALA’s Executive Board and management have been reviewing how to utilize the real estate strategically. In 1946, ALA moved into the Cyrus McCormick mansion at 50 East Huron Street, which it had purchased for $175,000. A new building was completed at the location in 1963 (shown), and the 40 East Huron site was dedicated on October 27, 1981. For more history, see the Library History Buff website....

AL: The Scoop, Sept. 5; American Libraries feature, May 2016; Library History Buff

2018 ALA award winners

2018 ALA award winners

ALA recognizes the achievements of more than 200 individuals and institutions each year with a variety of awards. This year’s award winners, chosen by juries of their colleagues and peers, exemplify leadership, vision, and service as well as a continued commitment to diversity, equality, education, and outreach. This selection represents only a portion of those honored in 2018; see more award winners online....

American Libraries feature, Sept./Oct.

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Virtual and augmented reality

Dispatches, by Hannah Pope

Hannah Pope writes: “Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are important technologies that continue to evolve, grow, and integrate into the lives of our library users. VR is the immersion of a user into a completely simulated environment, while AR overlays digital information on the user’s real-world environment. Many libraries have adopted both as educational and exploratory tools. Budget-friendly VR and AR devices are available that can reach a broad spectrum of library users.”...

American Libraries column, Sept./Oct.

The power of primary sources

Youth Matters, by Tom Bober

Tom Bober writes: “When students learn from primary sources, they have an opportunity to connect with the past. But such interactions with primary sources—items connected to a topic of study and time period—shouldn’t be limited to high school research papers. My 1st-grade students recently prepared for a trip to the National Museum of Transportation in St. Louis by analyzing photographs and films of streetcars to better understand the part they played in our city.”...

American Libraries column, Sept./Oct.
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Evolution in the library ebook market

Penguin Random House logo

Alan S. Inouye writes: “This week’s news from Penguin Random House (PRH) represents a new and major development in the library ebook market. Unlike the terrible shift in lending policy announced in July by Tor and Macmillan Publishers, PRH’s change is neutral or even a bit positive for US libraries, although the impact on any specific library will depend on its circumstances. What are ALA’s next steps? At the heart of the conflict is controversy over the effect of library ebook lending on the publishing ecosystem.”...

AL: The Scoop, Sept. 6; Publishers Weekly, Sept. 4; ALA Communications and Marketing Office, July 19

ALA study to explore services to new Americans

New Americans at Lakewood (Ohio) Public Library

More than 55% of new Americans use their public library at least once a week, seeking English language learning, valuable resources, and a support network. A new six-month ALA study will explore how public libraries are meeting new Americans’ needs and how the library field can expand those services. The New Americans Library Project will convene a team of public librarians and partner organizations experienced in providing services to new Americans, such as literacy and civic engagement programming....

ALA Public Programn Office, Sept. 5; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Multnomah County (Oreg.) Library; Queens (N.Y.) Library
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September is Deaf Awareness Month

Deaf Awareness Month

The purpose of Deaf Awareness Month in September is to increase awareness of deaf issues, people, and culture. ASGCLA encourages librarians to consult its free online toolkit designed to help you create a more welcoming and accessible library environment for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing....

ASGCLA, Sept. 6

A letter to first-year school librarians

Sundance (Wyo.) Elementary School library

Colleen R. Lee writes: “Dear First-Year Elementary Librarians, congratulations on your new job. I want to give you some advice to ease you into your first year. Always remember that being a librarian is about service. Students and teachers come first. Displays are great, new books attract readers, but if students and teachers don’t feel welcome, they won’t come back. Remember to promote your program. Most people have no idea what you do in the library.”...

Knowledge Quest blog, Sept. 6
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Ohio library opens Sensory Strategies Space

Balance beam in the Louisville (Ohio) Public Library’s Sensory Strategies Space

The Louisville (Ohio) Public Library officially opened a new Sensory Strategies Space on August 8, with help from an IMLS grant. The free space is dedicated to the special needs community and offers such programming as teen sensory relaxation sessions, adult sensory exploration, sensory storytimes, and activities for patrons on the autism spectrum. One of the first US public libraries to offer a free sensory space for those with special needs or disabilities, the space is housed in the library’s Discovery Center....

Louisville (Ohio) Public Library

Rural Oregon libraries turn to private sector for funding

Supporters of Douglas County (Oreg.) Library System failed to pass a measure in November 2017 that would have created a special funding district

Caleb Diehl writes: “Many rural public libraries in Oregon are seeking creative ways to serve communities that don’t want to pay for their services. Sue Ludington, a librarian who advocates for rural law libraries, says these critical, but often overlooked, reservoirs of public legal information suffer from declining appropriations from county judicial departments. Yet rather than throw up their hands, library administrators have found ways to survive. In the process, they repainted the traditional picture of the public library.”...

Oregon Business, Sept. 6

The EU’s looming internet catastrophe

EU copyright postcard

Cory Doctorow writes: “In one week, the European Parliament will hold a crucial debate and vote on a proposal so terrible, it can only be called an extinction-level event for the internet as we know it. At issue is the text of the new EU Copyright Directive, which updates the 17-year-old copyright regulations for the 28 member-states. It makes a vast array of technical changes to EU copyright law, each of which has stakeholders rooting for it, guaranteeing that whatever the final text says will become the law of the land across Europe.” IFLA is urging European librarians to write their EU representatives about how it affects libraries....

Electronic Frontier Foundation, June 7, July 16, Sept. 5; IFLA, Sept. 7

New Google search platform locates datasets

Google Dataset search for daily weather records

Google has launched a new search engine that has the potential to help scientists, data journalists, policymakers, and others find useful datasets. The Dataset Search platform, launched September 5, trawls millions of open data repositories. It looks at publisher sites, digital libraries, and on authors’ web pages, relying on publishers to correctly label their sets with appropriate metadata. For example, if you wanted to analyze daily weather records, you might try a “daily weather” query in Dataset Search....

Forbes, Sept. 6; Google: The Keyword, Sept. 5

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