Podcast: Library architecture and design

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In Call Number with American Libraries looks at two libraries featured in the . First, Heather Hart, manager of Salt Lake City Public Library’s Sprague branch, talks about renovations that were made to the 93-year-old, English Tudor–style library after a flood destroyed much of the building in 2017. Next, Sean Ngo from architecture firm DLR Group discusses constructing the Cybrarium, a new technology-focused library in Homestead, Florida....

AL: The Scoop, Sept. 21; American Libraries feature, Sept./Oct.

Phil Morehart writes: “Most librarians don’t work with astronauts or watch space shuttle launches, but it’s all in a day’s work for Sheva Moore. A video librarian and researcher at Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Moore provides materials from the onsite video, photo, and audio collection to production companies, TV networks, advertisers, and private citizens with an interest in space and NASA. She also helps produce NASA’s social media content, segments for NASA TV, and science and mission briefings.”...

American Libraries Bookend, Sept./Oct.

Bill Furbee writes: “Libraries across the country are using the expanding prevalence of music streaming to connect with local artists, offering them a platform to share their music digitally and freely to music lovers around the world. And when done right, it can also set the stage for deeper community connections.”...

American Libraries Trend, Sept./Oct.

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Jarrod Bogucki writes: “As access remains limited and fewer staffers work onsite than before the pandemic, launching a digital repository via traditional, onsite hardware may be impractical or even impossible. Our world may be opening up again, but trends such as remote working and online education are likely to continue. To host cultural resource collections in a remote and distributed environment, consider creating a digital repository with cloud services.”...

American Libraries column, Sept./Oct.

The Association of Science and Technology Centers and the American Alliance of Museums announced the recipients of the first round of funding for Communities for Immunity September 22. Supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Communities for Immunity provides funding awards and support to museums and libraries engaging their communities to boost COVID-19 vaccine confidence. Applications for the second round of funding open October 4, and awards will range from $1,500-$100,000....

Association of Science and Technology Centers, Sept. 22

Hope Corrigan writes: “Book buyers, beware: New books will be in short supply for the rest of 2021. Publishers are warning sellers and consumers that supply chain issues have forced a major slowdown in book production and threaten a shortage of certain titles for the rest of the year. Supply chain problems have touched almost every aspect of book production, storage, and delivery, mostly as a result of COVID-related bottlenecks. Printer capacity issues plagued the publishing industry last year, too, though 2021 is expected to be worse.”...

Quartz, Sept. 16

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Jolanie Martinez writes: “Before entering a state library, people must show their vaccine card or a negative test result, which must be taken within 72 hours. However, public libraries are finding it a challenge trying to balance enforcing the new requirements and providing services to their guests. ‘Unfortunately, one of our managers’ cars was scratched with keys,’ said State Librarian Stacey Aldrich (left). Aldrich says since the went into effect September 13, some people have been verbally abusive toward librarians who are trying to enforce the rule.”...

Hawaii News Now, Sept. 18; Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sept. 10

Mike Argento writes: “Shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, about 200 people gathered in the grassy lot across the street from the Central York School District administration building to demand that the school board rescind its nearly year-long ban on a list of books intended to teach diversity. About three hours later, they had their answer. The board voted unanimously to rescind the ban and reinstate the books immediately.”...

York (Pa.) Daily Record, Sept. 20

Hannah Campbell writes: “A Craighead County Jonesboro (Ark.) Public Library board meeting September 13 ended with citizens voicing their concerns and a board member stepping down. Amanda Escue resigned from her position, stating she and her family had moved to Randolph County. Escue argues that sensitive content, including sexual or romantic attraction, topics of gender theory, and family planning, should first be approved by the board so that the library is ‘considerate of the parent’s role.’ Library Director David Eckert calls it censorship.”...

KAIT-TV (Jonesboro, Ark.), Sept. 13

ALA news and press releases

Pat Mueller writes: “Florida State University says its police department is investigating after nearly 5,000 rare items were taken from a special collection at Strozier Library. According to an FSU spokesperson, 4,996 items went missing from the Robert M. Ervin Jr. Collection between March 17, 2020, and February 10, 2021. The collection consists of comic books and serials about superheroes, science fiction, fantasy, and horror, including rare Marvel and DC comics.”...

WCTV-TV (Tallahassee), Sept. 20

Teachers are always looking for new ways to get kids inspired to read—and librarians in Kentucky say their solution is a four-legged friend. The Cynthiana-Harrison Public Library in Cynthia, Kentucky, has teamed up with a local farm to bring Hank the Horse (left, with owner Tammi Regan) to the library. It’s all part of the Pages for a Purpose program. Kids can check out books, take them back to farm where Hank lives, and read to him and nearly a dozen other rescue horses....

WZTV-TV (Nashville), Sept. 21

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson writes: “We’ve found ourselves endlessly impressed with the literature coming from authors like Elizabeth Acevedo and Elisabet Velasquez, and we’re so thankful that there’s a huge space in the genre for both established and up-and-coming Latinx authors. These stories not only have the power to help us feel seen, but they also have the power to expose individuals who aren’t Latinx to our unique perspectives from a young age, and that’s what representation is all about. So here, we’re sharing 13 must-read books by Latinx authors from the young adult genre that we think should be on every Latinx book nerd’s to-read list.”...

PopSugar, Sept. 15

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