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Call Number with American Libraries is back from hiatus with its first new episode of 2022 and a brand-new host. , “Making Financial Sense,” marks the podcast’s six-year anniversary and the first installment helmed by American Libraries Associate Editor Diana Panuncial. In this episode, we celebrate Financial Literacy Month and wrap up Money Smart Week (April 9–16). The podcast team talks with library workers about some big questions around money: How do we raise it? How can we save it? And how do we spend it responsibly?...

AL: The Scoop, Apr. 18

Satia Marshall Orange

For more than 25 years, Satia Marshall Orange guided what is now ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services, working on behalf of underserved populations and promoting diversity within the field of librarianship. For her 80th birthday, her work is being honored with the establishment of the Satia Marshall Orange Spectrum Scholarship Endowment Fund. The endowment was created through a planned gift from William Michael Havener, former dean of University of Rhode Island. Dollars raised through the fund will benefit ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship program....

ALA, Apr. 17

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ALA has partnered with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ to share trusted information about COVID-19 vaccines. The partnership will focus on information for parents and caregivers of children younger than 12 years old. The We Can Do This campaign provides a range of expert-verified outreach tools and shareable resources that libraries can use to inform their communities, including resources about COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 and older....

ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office, Apr. 11

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The ALA Working Group on Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice will host three online sessions for members and library workers that will provide opportunities to learn more about potential alternatives to neutrality, including radical empathy, trauma-informed response, and cultural humility. While the sessions are open to all, each session will focus on specific library types. Meetings will be held via Zoom (public libraries), (school libraries), and (academic libraries). Registration is limited....

ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, Apr. 12

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In February 2022, ALA’s Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table launched a new committee focused on preparing for and addressing bans, challenges, and other forms of censorship of comics in libraries. One of the committee’s first actions is a survey about respondents’ backgrounds in dealing with challenges, the context around comics challenges they have experienced, and the support they would like to address challenges. Educators, students, administrators, and library workers of all types are encouraged to . Responses must be received by May 31....

ALA’s Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table, Apr. 15

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In an effort to counter the increase in book bans, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library’s program is offering a free, out-of-state e-card to anyone ages 13–21. The card, which normally costs $50, gives students access to about half a million audiobooks and ebooks. The program is designed to build connections between students in districts with banned books and participating Brooklyn teenagers. Additionally, New York Public Library is with publishers to make a selection of frequently challenged books available to any reader via its SimplyE e-reader app, through the end of May....

NPR, Apr. 13; New York Public Library Blog, Apr. 13

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Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden named 25 recordings as audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time in the , based on their cultural, historical, or aesthetic importance in the nation’s recorded sound heritage. Recordings selected include Alicia Keys’s debut album Songs in A Minor, Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” the complete presidential speeches of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and public radio station WNYC’s broadcasts from September 11, 2001....

Library of Congress, Apr. 13

Mark Oshiro and Kyle Lukoff

Karis Rogerson writes: “It seems like every day there’s a new slate of bad news for the queer community in the United States. From anti-trans legislation in Texas to the Florida governor signing the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill to books being pulled off shelves—nationwide—for no reason other than who their writers are: queer authors, authors of color, and queer authors of color. I spoke with two kidlit authors, Mark Oshiro and Kyle Lukoff, about what it’s like to have a book challenged and/or banned.”...

Electric Lit, Apr. 13

Miriam Matthews

Ben Alkaly writes: “Is it possible to know somebody without ever having met them? A decade ago, Claudia Horning attempted to answer this riddle while conducting research for her master’s thesis in information studies in what was then the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information. The person Horning was forging a relationship with was Miriam Matthews, who in 1927 became the first certified Black librarian in California and went to work for Los Angeles Public Library.” Alkaly interviewed Horning about Matthews’s career and impact, as documented in her papers, photos, and interviews held at UCLA....

UCLA, Apr. 15

ALA news and press releases

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Jill Hurst-Wahl writes: “It is important that the images of people we use in presentations—and on our websites—show the diversity that exists in our communities and among those that we serve. When I can, I rely on photographs that I’ve taken, which means I can use them as I want. However, that is a limited set of images. Thankfully, some groups are making diverse images available using various Creative Commons licenses.”...

Digitization 101, Apr. 11


Andrew Liszewski writes: “As one of the internet’s most meme-friendly file formats, there’s an endless number of tools and websites that can turn short video clips into animated GIFs. When it comes to animating your own doodles and drawings, makes it as easy as printing a template, expressing yourself creatively, and then uploading a digital photo of your animation frames.”...

Gizmodo, Apr. 14

Zayaan Khan

Mary Fawzy writes: “Zayaan Khan’s work as a seed librarian and horticulturist often seems fun and playful. As she talks to insects, sticks her hands in the dirt, and puts strange plants in her mouth at her workshops, it’s obvious she finds joy in what she does. But much of her practice revolves around the confrontation of a traumatic past. In South Africa, colonization and genocide have erased millennia of local food knowledge, leaving the country with a food system at odds with what the land can actually provide. Through sharing seeds and teaching food preservation, Khan hopes to create a more equitable food system.”...

Atlas Obscura, Apr. 7

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