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The newest episode of the Call Number with American Libraries podcast is full of tips for those attending ALA’s 2022 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. American Libraries editors speak with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden about her favorite dining spots and museums in the area, and with Andy Shallal, founder of the D.C.-based restaurant and community gathering place Busboys and Poets, about creating a space where art, culture, and politics intersect. ALA staffers also offer expert advice to help you thrive at Annual....

AL: The Scoop, June 13

People stand around tables full of plants

Bill Furbee writes: “Swapping plants can cultivate a community of garden-loving patrons at the library, while also inviting beginning gardeners—or patrons who have never gardened before—to join in. Lancaster (Wis.) Public Library’s Bring Your Own Plant program kicked off last year, and Manager of Library Services Jennifer Wolfe reports her staff has been thrilled with its popularity. ‘It was low cost; we bought some soil and plastic cups, and it was easy to put together, which was ideal since we were also short-staffed,’ she says.”...

American Libraries Trend, June

Children play instruments in a green space

Bailey Brewer writes: “As Tony Howard explored the exhibit hall at ALA’s 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C., his head was still in his home state of Ohio. Howard, director of Pickerington Public Library, was wrestling with how to make use of a neglected outdoor area on his library’s property. That’s when he came across a display for a company that manufactures and installs musical instruments in outdoor spaces at schools, libraries, and city parks, creating music gardens.”...

American Libraries Trend, June



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Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson writes: “While I was working the youth services desk one evening in 2018, a girl shyly told me she wanted to be a librarian when she grew up. When I asked why, she credited a library class at school. That short exchange planted a seed in my mind: Could public libraries find ways to give kids hands-on library experience in a real-life work environment? If we are to foster learning in innovative ways, shouldn’t we offer opportunities for children who have an interest in libraries? Is this feasible on a library-wide scale?”...

American Libraries column, June

Colorful mural

Joan Beaudoin writes: “Detroit’s murals are incredible cultural resources that speak to the vibrant artistic spirit of the city and its people. When I was first driving around the city as a newcomer, I’d see murals and public art installations and look for information about them online. Some websites and apps included notes about the murals, but they often lacked key information like artist names and street addresses. I felt like my community of students at Wayne State University’s School of Information Sciences should be leading efforts to document these artworks through photography and cataloging.”...

American Libraries Trend, June

Washington, D.C., map

The 2022 New Members Round Table Local Information Committee has created a Google Map for members to find restaurants and points of interest during ALA’s Annual Conference in D.C. You can click on a blue point/circle to learn information about each point of interest....

NMRT Notes, June 10

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Unite Against Book Bans stat--71% of voters oppose book bans in public libraries

David Sye writes: “Scrolling through the past several months of posts on the Intellectual Freedom Blog, you can see book challenges and removal of materials are rampant throughout the United States. Unfortunately, it does not look like this trend will slow down anytime soon. So, in the case of materials being removed from your library, how can you continue to exercise your freedom to read? This question may be easy to answer for us librarians, but many people may not be aware of other methods to access such materials and exercise their rights without purchasing materials themselves.”...

Intellectual Freedom Blog, June 7

Young person in a wizard robe holding a wand

Lucas Maxwell writes: “I recently ran another ComiCon in my school library. I was very excited to see it become a huge success. I was exhausted, as I ran it entirely on my own, but the students had a lot of fun and I was very pleased with how smoothly it all came together. When I was in high school, we had nothing like this, so my goal was to create something that 13-year-old me would have wanted to attend. In case you are deciding on running one, here are the things that helped me the most.”...

Book Riot, June 10

Beach with a pier and palm trees

Becky Spratford writes: “It should come as no surprise that I think any read can be a ‘beach read.’ It does not depend on the book, but rather the person. Most often, when people mention they want a beach read, what they are looking for is a book that will hold their interest, a title that will take them ‘away’ in some way, and something they want to have fun reading. Of course, those appeal factors are all highly personal and you cannot use them in a vacuum to match books with readers.”...

RA for All, June 8

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Google Scholar search page

Omega Fumba writes: “You’re probably aware of Google Scholar and its effectiveness in helping you discover academic material. But did you know that you could enhance your experience even further? One of the ways to do that is by creating a library in Google Scholar that includes articles you want to read later on. In this article, we’ll show you exactly how to make one.”...

MakeUseOf, June 8

Google search on a smartphone

Vivek Raghunathan and Asim Shankar write: “Today, one company—Google—controls nearly all of the world’s access to information on the internet. Their monopoly in search means for billions of people, their gateway to knowledge, to products, and their exploration of the web is in the hands of one company. Most agree, this lack of competition in search is bad for individuals, communities, and democracy. Unbeknownst to many, one of the biggest obstacles to competing in search is a lack of crawl neutrality.”...

Fast Company, June 10

Nina Simone picture book images

Maureen Schlosser writes: “President Joe Biden proclaimed June 2022 as Black Music Appreciation Month: ‘I call upon public officials, educators, and all the people of the United States to observe this month by honoring Black musicians and raising awareness and appreciation of Black music.’ Learn how Black musicians influenced American music by reading these wonderful titles. Tie these books with an inquiry lesson to meet the AASL Standards Framework for Learners. Begin each story by asking learners what questions they have about Black music. Research any lingering questions.”...

KnowledgeQuest blog, June 6

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