Podcast: Nikole Hannah-Jones

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Call Number: A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones

In this special , Call Number with American Libraries celebrates (April 25–May 1) by looking at the , a collection of historical records, essays, photos, and audio that aims to reframe the consequences of slavery in the US and highlight the contributions of Black people to the American experience. American Libraries Senior Editor and Call Number host Phil Morehart speaks with New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the 1619 Project and honorary chair of Preservation Week, about the project’s origins, her team’s research, and why community archives are vital to preserving history....

AL: The Scoop, Apr. 28

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The Nominating Committee for the 2022 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2022 spring ballot for the offices of ALA president-elect, treasurer, and councilor-at-large. All potential nominees must complete the . Nominations and forms must be received no later than July 1. The ALA Executive Board is also to fill two ALA endowment trustees committee vacancies. ALA members interested in submitting their candidacy for a three-year term are welcome to complete an and provide three professional letters of reference before June 5....

ALA Governance Office, Apr. 21; ALA Finance Dept., Apr. 22

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finds that editorial standards and journalistic practices may be less important for trust in news than audience impressions about brand reputations and the look and feel of how information is presented. Researchers held a series of open-ended online conversations with 132 people in four countries—Brazil, India, the UK, and the US....

Nieman Lab, Apr. 23; Reuters Institute, April 22

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Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago have examining the returns on public investment in libraries. The report finds that library capital investment increases children’s attendance at library events by 18%, children’s checkouts of items by 21%, and total library visits by 21%. Increases in library use also translate into improved children’s test scores in nearby school districts....

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, April

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Colin Wood writes: “No one wants to pay $200 for a textbook, and soon no one will have to, because the $200 textbook may be disappearing. Like other technological trends that were plodding along before COVID-19, the use of digital resources and freely licensed learning materials—known as open educational resources, or OER—exploded in 2020. And that growth comes with an added bonus for students: For the first time in decades, textbook prices are dropping.”...

EdScoop, Apr. 15

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In recent weeks,  to bar the teaching of “divisive concepts” in school, specifically targeting teaching about social justice and systemic racism. These bills reflect a trend seen in the  list. Several bills call out the teaching of the 1619 Project, a curriculum based on a New York Times series that frames US history through the lens of slavery and structural racism....

National Coalition against Censorship, Apr. 13

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Romy Natalia Goldberg writes: “The , established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latinx writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. for those who want to learn more about the life and legacy of this Puerto Rican icon.”...

Latinxs in Kid Lit, Apr. 22

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Viviane Fairbank writes: “Overwhelmingly, results from social science are telling us that fake news is not only a problem of false or misleading information but also one of social bonding. With this in mind, it’s reasonable to fear that aggressive fact-checking may be both ineffective in changing false beliefs and a contributor to the very kind of polarization that perpetuates disinformation.”...

The Walrus, Apr. 7

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Alexandra Alter and Jennifer Schuessler write: "W. W. Norton said in a memo to its staff on Tuesday that it will permanently take Blake Bailey’s biography of Philip Roth out of print, following allegations that Bailey sexually assaulted multiple women and behaved inappropriately toward his students when he was an 8th-grade English teacher. The publisher also said it would make a donation to sexual abuse organizations equal to the advance it paid him."...

New York Times, Apr. 27

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(TEAM II) is for two opportunities, including the new Community Anchor Awards for TEAM II to support institutions in establishing themselves as a local NASA STEM informal education and community resource. Selected parties will offer NASA education directly aligned with space exploration, aeronautics, space science, earth science, or microgravity. Eligible proposers include US nonprofit science museums, planetariums, youth-serving organizations, and libraries. Proposals are due June 17 and July 19....

NASA, Apr. 22

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Richard Byrne writes: “Google Workspaces (formerly known as G Suite, Google Apps, and just plain Google Drive) has a lot of great features for teachers and students. Some of them are obvious while others might be considered ‘hidden’ features. Those hidden features are often little things that make using Google Workspaces a little easier than faster. In this video I highlight 10 of my favorite Google Workspaces features that are often overlooked.”...

Free Technology for Teachers, Apr. 26

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Sadie Gennis writes: “If you’re anything like us, you couldn’t wait to watch Netflix’s latest fantasy series, Shadow and Bone. An , the magical drama is filled with incredible world-building, complex heroes, rakish heists, and enticing villains. But if bingeing the eight-episode first season only left you wanting more, we have you covered.”...

Vulture, Apr. 26, Apr. 22

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