2022 Library Design Showcase, social-emotional learning, representation

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2022 Library Design Showcase

Sallyann Price writes: “This year’s slate of new and renovated libraries that address user needs in inventive, interesting, and effective ways features building projects completed during the ongoing pandemic. Despite continued challenges and shifting trends, like the rise in popularity of outdoor programming and convertible features that can adapt to any reality, beautiful new facilities and updated spaces have continued to open to the public. Overhauls and expansions again take center stage, highlighting the innovative ways that communities are honoring existing structures while moving them into the future.”...

American Libraries feature, Sept./Oct.

2022 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

The 2022 Library Building Awards, sponsored by Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures (a division of the American Library Association) and the American Institute of Architects, recognize the best in library architecture and design and are open to any architect licensed in the United States. Projects may be located anywhere in the world. This year’s awardees include entries from New York, Kansas, and Idaho....

American Libraries feature, Sept./Oct.

2022 ALA Award Winners

Each year, ALA recognizes the achievements of more than 200 individuals and institutions with an array of awards. This year’s winners, chosen by juries of their colleagues and peers, embody the best of the profession’s leadership, vision, and service as well as a continued commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and outreach. Winners were honored at a ceremony and reception held June 26 at ALA’s 2022 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C....

American Libraries feature, Sept./Oct.

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Tracie D. Hall

Tracie D. Hall writes: “Writing in the 1st to 2nd centuries AD, Roman poet Juvenal asked a haunting question: ‘Who will watch the watchers?’ In other words, who will regulate those who seek the authority to regulate others? In the present age of neo-censorship—which journalist Rohan Jayasekera describes as ‘a kind of control on opinion that moves beyond the traditional model’ to now include ‘big business, courtrooms, schools, newsrooms [that] block ideas out of habit, or prejudice, or fear’—the contemporary answer to Juvenal’s question would be librarians.”...

American Libraries column, Sept./Oct.

Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada

Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada writes: “Fall is my favorite time of the year. The air turns crisp; holy days and holidays—both religious and secular—come in quick succession; hope for the school year abounds; and heritage, awareness, and history months are in full swing. Embracing these celebrations, identities, and hopes is foundational to our shared core values of diversity, lifelong learning, and social responsibility. The importance of representation resonates across these values. Helping people feel seen and heard—and assisting them in solidifying their place in our society’s fabric—are roles that libraries play in building community.”...

American Libraries column, Sept./Oct.

singer-songwriter, and philanthropist Idina Menzel and her sister, author and educator Cara Mentzel

Since 1987, has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, ALA and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card. This year, Tony Award–winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist Idina Menzel and her sister, author and educator Cara Mentzel, serve as honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month. Events at libraries nationwide have included the from an animal rescue and a ....

ALA, Sept. 1; WWBT-TV (Richmond, Va.), Sept. 1; Heart of Illinois ABC, Sept. 1

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Tracie D. Hall

On September 7, the National Book Foundation announced that ALA President Tracie D. Hall has been recognized as the 2022 recipient of its Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. Hall spent two decades in positions at libraries across the country before being appointed executive director of ALA in 2020. She is a librarian, curator, arts and culture administrator, and an advocate for digital literacy skills and ensuring equitable access to information for all. Hall will be honored at the 73rd National Book Awards Ceremony on November 16....

National Book Foundation, Sept. 7

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Jennifer Jarson writes: “A few weeks ago, I attended the faculty development series my campus offers just before the start of each semester. My colleague led a session about strategies that instructors can use to support neurodivergent students. Her recommendations included providing explicit and intentional directions about academic and behavioral expectations and providing options for student participation to give students some control. Her suggestions made sense to me—I could imagine how such clarity, as well as choice, might support neurodivergent students’ engagement, and neurotypical students’ engagement, too.”...

ACRLog, Sept. 2

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Jessica Fitzpatrick writes: “School libraries are often a refuge for learners who feel overwhelmed, need a safe space, or just want somewhere to go. By having social-emotional learning (SEL) activities readily available in makerspaces, passive programming, active programming, or even lessons in collaboration with counselors or teachers, the culture of the school library will grow. These are a few of my favorite SEL activities to do with learners to build school library culture. All of the activities that I do are cost-effective and easy to administer in any setting.”...

Knowledge Quest blog, Aug. 31

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Kelly Jensen writes: “As students go back to school, a will change the access they have to books in their classrooms and libraries. Several school districts in Florida have implemented new systems that require parental opt-out or parental opt-in to access material in schools—including the ability to borrow materials from school libraries.” But according to data collected by the Florida Freedom to Read Project, very few parents have opted out of library book access for their children, even in districts where “parents’ rights” groups have been most active....

Book Riot, Aug. 31, Aug. 26

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Pia Ceres writes: “This week, the California legislature voted unanimously to pass the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act (ADCA). If enacted, the law would also impose stricter rules around what companies can and can’t do with kids’ personal information. Under the legislation, companies wouldn’t be able to collect or share data beyond what’s strictly necessary for the site to function. But some of the bill’s critics argue that the ADCA’s scope is overinclusive.”...

Wired, Sept. 1

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Sandy Writtenhouse writes: “Most people know of Microsoft PowerPoint. It’s one of the most popular and widely used slideshow applications. But Microsoft has another application for creating presentations called . In PowerPoint, you build slides and move through each slide in order to present your show. PowerPoint is true slideshow software. In Sway, you have one continuous page, so to speak. Although you use building blocks (cards) to create the presentation, it appears as one flowing piece when complete.”...

How-To Geek, Feb. 5, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2022

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