ACRL 2023 speakers announced

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Rebecca Nagle and Heather McGhee

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has announced keynote speakers for the , “Forging the Future,” to be held March 15–18, 2023, in Pittsburgh. Award-winning advocate, writer, and citizen of the Cherokee Nation Rebecca Nagle will deliver the opening keynote, and public policy activist and author Heather McGhee will present the closing keynote. Conference registration will open in September, while proposals for lightning talks, poster sessions, roundtable discussions, or virtual conference presentations are due October 13....

Association of College and Research Libraries, July 26

YALSA 2022 Symposium

for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) , with the theme “Rediscovering Our Charm: Supporting Teens and Each Other in Our Libraries,” is now open. The symposium will be held November 4–6 in Baltimore. The conference will include four panels, with appearances from authors Lamar Giles, Jas Hammonds, Rex Ogle, Francesca Padilla, Nic Stone, Aiden Thomas, and Vincent Tirado. A preconference day on November 4 will include sessions on transforming teen services, manga, and anime. Early bird registration rates are available through September 15....

Young Adult Library Services Association, July 7

George M. Johnson

George M. Johnson, bestselling author of All Boys Aren’t Blue and We Are Not Broken, will serve as honorary chair for Banned Books Week 2022, which will be held September 18–24 with the theme “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” All Boys Aren’t Blue ranked third on ALA’s . Like most books on the list, it was challenged for LGBTQ+ content, which is disproportionately targeted for censorship alongside works that deal with racism and racial identity....

Banned Books Week, June 16; Office for Intellectual Freedom

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In support of the “” COVID-19 public education campaign, ALA will hold a pediatric vaccination clinic and media event in partnership with Prince George’s County (Md.) Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) and Dr. Cameron Webb, senior advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response. The event will take place at PGCMLS’s Hyattsville branch on August 4. The event will highlight public libraries’ roles in providing trusted information about COVID-19 vaccines to parents and families, particularly those with younger children—the age group with the lowest vaccination rates....

Prince George’s County (Md.) Memorial Library System, Aug. 1; We Can Do This

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Maeve Higgins writes: “The censorship frequently pushed by conservative groups is even as they masquerade as grassroots efforts, with names like Moms for Liberty and Parents Defending Education. Republican legislators, who loudly claim they are all for freedom of speech, are working to change how library board members are appointed and challenging laws that protect librarians and teachers from prosecution should they be accused of sharing something someone could find offensive.”...

The Guardian (UK), July 27, Jan. 24

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Kirsten Caldwell writes: “When the COVID numbers lessened in our area and I was able to put things out in the children’s area for them to play with, I realized that we didn’t have much. Play is one of the . Knowing just how important it is for kids to play, I spent some time coming up with ideas on things I could do on a budget to make my children’s area more inviting and interactive.”...

ALSC Blog, July 27; Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy

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Karin Greenberg writes: “Over the past few years, I’ve kept a few book carts at the front of my high school library for students’ convenience. Avid readers and curious students take note of the colorful displays as they enter the school library. Though I separate the carts into categories such as young adult, adult, and nonfiction, I sometimes struggle to find specific books I’m looking for. This year, I began to wonder how genrefication would impact my students. At the end of the school year, I decided to take on the project.”...

Knowledge Quest blog, July 27

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David Nield writes: “As you might well know, websites can track you . It’s the reason why a single search for furniture can lead to months and months of online ads for chairs, tables, and shelving units. What you might not know is that third parties can track you using the address or URL of the website you’re visiting: those bits of extra seemingly random numbers and characters attached to otherwise simple addresses. But as with other various types of trackers, there are ways of blocking URL-based ones and protecting your privacy online....

Popular Science, July 28, Apr. 21

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Jack Wallen writes: “I depend on Google Drive. I use it every day and am in and out of it from morning till night. Because I spend so much time working within the cloud storage system, I've come up with a few tricks for making my experience more effective and efficient. Before I get to these helpful tips, know that these aren’t about the individual apps within Google Drive, but Drive itself and getting the most out of the platform. If you want to improve your daily Drive work, you’re in the right place.”...

ZDNet, July 28

ALA news and press releases

Library computer corridor

Keith Roysdon writes: “Libraries do a lot of the heavy lifting for society. They not only circulate books, but also provide crucial internet access for job seekers and students and entertain with videos and music. They offer a place where people can find shelter from the weather and while away lonely hours. The work of libraries is doubly important in small towns and rural areas, where miles of distance and the lack of reliable internet connections can make learning hard and make life seem very isolated.”...

Daily Yonder, July 27

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Sharon on Goodreads writes: “Podcast junkies will know this already, but the audio format is a surprisingly great way to discover more about nearly any topic that catches your interest. There’s something about having a voice in your head—quite literally, if you use earbuds—that seems to facilitate the learning process. To that end, we’ve gathered together a collection of new and old nonfiction audiobooks in the realm of popular science writing. It’s good to have smart people whispering in your ear, as a general life strategy.”...

Goodreads, July 25

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Cara Bertram writes: “Clara W. Hunt, chair of the Children’s Librarian Section [of ALA], noted that the Newbery Medal provided children’s literature with ‘publicity of the best kind.’ But ALA did not always rely on the Newbery’s popularity to capture the public’s attention. In 1949, Marguerite Henry received the Newbery for her book, King of the Wind: the Story of the Godolphin Arabian, but it was the subject of her Newbery runner-up book, Misty of Chincoteague, that ended up on display. Misty the Horse made a visit to the [Midwest Regional ALA Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan]. It would stand to reason that Misty’s invitation and appearance at the conference was cleared by the Children’s Librarians Association, the ALA unit that awarded the Newbery Medal. However, this was apparently not the case.”...

American Library Association Archives, July 29

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