Call Number podcast’s Halloween episode

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Halloween is nearly here. And leading up to the holiday, many of us do all sorts of things to put ourselves in a spooky mood—take haunted hayrides, watch horror movies, carve pumpkins. In Episode 76 of we examine what it is about the horror genre that fascinates us, sometimes repulses us, and yet keeps us coming back for more. This episode includes interviews with Goosebumps author R. L. Stine and RA for All blogger Becky Spratford....

AL: The Scoop, Oct. 17

Core keynote speaker professor C. Thi Nguyen

Brooke Morris-Chott writes: “The picturesque Wasatch and Oquirrh mountains surrounding Salt Lake City set the stage for the first in-person Core Forum, held October 13–15. The three-day event was the inaugural conference for the American Library Association’s newest division, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. It featured programs designed around six different education tracks: access and equity, assessment, buildings and operations, leadership and management, metadata and collections, and technology.” Keynote speakers included C. Thi Nguyen (game enthusiast and philosophy professor at University of Utah) and Jonathan Moody (president and CEO of architecture firm Moody Nolan)....

AL: The Scoop, Oct. 18

Melanie Welch, Angela Gwizdala, and Rebecca Headrick

There are some new faces—and familiar faces taking on new roles—at ALA. On September 26, joined ALA as chief information technology officer, a newly created position. was promoted to publisher of ALA Editions/ALA Neal-Schuman on September 1. And on May 2, was promoted to director of the Public Programs Office. They each answered our 11 Questions to introduce themselves to ALA members....

AL: The Scoop, Oct. 14, Oct. 17–18

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The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has opened the program proposal submission site for its 2023 national conference, to be held October 19–21, 2023, in Tampa Bay, Florida. AASL seeks proposals for 60-minute educational sessions that align with the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries and Research Empowering Practice sessions that present two or three research papers or an in-depth presentation of research, application, and implications. Proposals are due March 1, 2023. See the for more details....

American Association of School Librarians, Oct. 11

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The Public Library Association (PLA) seeks responses to the . This national survey focuses on current and emerging programs, services, partnerships, and facilities in public libraries and how these meet community needs and foster resilience. The survey is open now through December 10. Every US public library, including all tribal libraries, is invited to participate in the survey at . All participants will be entered into a drawing to win PLA 2024 Conference registration....

Public Library Association, Oct. 10

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Chandra Fleming writes: “At a time when books are dividing a growing number of communities in Michigan and beyond, they did just the opposite Saturday in Superior Township, where hundreds gathered together to form a human chain to fill the shelves of their new library. More than 200 volunteers showed up at the old library on MacArthur Boulevard to form a human chain to transfer the library’s book collection to the newly constructed library building nearby.” Check out of the move....

Detroit Free Press, Oct. 9; mlive, Oct. 11

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National Library of France

Elaine Sciolino writes: “King Dagobert’s bronze throne. Charlemagne’s ivory chess pieces. Mozart’s handwritten score of ‘Don Giovanni.’ A 16th-century globe—the first to use the word America. In a library? Yes, but not just any library. These works belong to the National Library of France. After 12 years and 261 million euros (more than $256 million) of renovations, the country’s national library in the heart of Paris has reopened and is showing off more than 900 of its treasures.”...

The New York Times, Oct. 14

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Jessica Hilbun Schwartz writes: “I know a lot of us librarians are audiobook fans, and while we are experts in what makes a good story, it can be hard to say what exactly makes an audiobook good. Most of us have no problem evaluating books in print, but few have had training in critiquing an audiobook. We can often easily spot a bad one but pinpointing the problem is harder to do! Here are some key criteria to consider when evaluating an audiobook.”...

Teen Services Underground, Oct. 14

Screenshot from COVID-19 Web Archive

Lori Donovan writes: “We are pleased to announce that the COVID-19 Web Archive is now available. As the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in early 2020, librarians, archivists, and others with an interest in preserving cultural heritage began documenting the personal, cultural, and societal impact of the global pandemic on their communities. The builds on this curatorial work to gather together more than 160 web archive collections created by more than 125 libraries, archives, and cultural heritage organizations into a shared access portal built and maintained by the Internet Archive.”...

Internet Archive, Oct. 11

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Tracy Mitrano writes: “On October 7, the Biden administration released a new executive order: . Long awaited, this order sets some rules around government surveillance and consumer privacy between the US and the European Union. It implicates critical issues such as legal standards for terrorist investigations globally and carves out another ‘privacy shield’ for the United States, which has unique privacy laws by comparison to developed countries around the world. This order, while an important start, raises more issues than it answers, however.”...

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 13; White House, Oct. 7

Screenshot of a Windows search

Mark Hachman writes: “Let’s face it: Searching your PC for files within Windows has always been mildly confusing, especially with several options for searching right within Windows 10 and 11. But if you’re convinced that a particular file is hidden somewhere on your PC, try these tips to find it and get back to work. We can’t guarantee that finding a file will be as easy as using a search engine like Google. But realizing what Windows is searching, when it’s doing it, and how to interpret results should make life much easier.”...

PCWorld, Oct. 10

Book covers of chilling graphic novels

Christine Frascarelli writes: “Do you have a favorite horror graphic novel? We have so many, it was hard to choose just a few. Plus, there is certainly no shortage of horror manga and manhwa, which could be their own lists. Below, unearth just a few of the best horror graphic novels for adults and teens set around the world. Travel to places like Japan, California, and Nigeria—and into mysterious forests. Some of these scary graphic novels will give you nightmares while others are a bit less spooky. Find haunted houses, monsters, witches, ghosts, and werewolves.”...

The Uncorked Librarian, Oct. 13

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