2022 ALA Annual recap

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Luvvie Ayaji Jones

Luvvie Ayaji Jones, author of Rising Troublemaker: A Fear-Fighter Manual for Teens (Philomel Books, May), was the Closing General Session speaker of ALA’s 2022 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. on June 28. Jones discussed the difference being nice and being kind: “‘Nice’ is weaponized, especially against women…. They use it to reduce us, dismiss us, to say that we don’t belong in the room for whatever reason,” said Jones, who noted that men are never tone-policed for not being nice. Kindness, on the other hand, is action-oriented. “It’s thinking about how my decisions affect you.”...

AL: The Scoop, June 28

Maria Hinojosa

ALA’s 2022 Annual Conference and Exhibition concluded June 28 in Washington, D.C. For the first time since the pandemic, ALA speakers took the stage to present new books and ideas in person. Opening General Session speaker and FCC Chair opened the conference June 24 with a discussion on the digital divide. Other conference speakers included debut authors and actors and on how their respective upbringings have influenced their work, children’s horror writer on balancing humor and horror, on how her new novel parallels today’s world, journalist (pictured) on the profound responsibility of being messengers of information, and cocreator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series on discovering comics as a form of storytelling. Catch up on all of this year’s conference coverage at ....

AL: The Scoop, June 24–28

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Presenters at ALA’s 2022 Annual Conference covered a wide range of educational topics affecting libraries and library workers, including for new or renovated facilities, teaching through the library, trends and , the role of , the ethics of , and how to . of American Libraries’ coverage from the 2022 conference in Washington, D.C....

AL: The Scoop, June 24–28

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In its three meetings at the recent ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., ALA Council voted to rescind ALA’s constitution in favor of creating a single set of revised bylaws; the vote was the first of three required by the body to approve the measure. Council Forum, a series of informal meetings outside of regular Council sessions, was dissolved effective immediately. And a proposed resolution to bar ALA from hosting conferences in states with restrictive reproductive health policies was defeated by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. Read more highlights from , , and ....

AL: The Scoop, June 25–27

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On June 24, ALA released a in the nation’s libraries. The Association called for community leaders and policymakers to stand with libraries to address threats of violence, violence, and other acts of intimidation. The statement reads, “ALA stands with our members, all library workers, and those who govern libraries who courageously face down threats to their personal and professional well-being because of their efforts to celebrate diversity and foster inclusion in their communities, in the belief that every human being deserves respect and dignity.” Libraries in Canada are also reporting a ....

ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office, June 24; CBC, June 27

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Deanna Schwartz writes: “Authors are protesting Amazon’s ebook return policy, a system they say allows readers to ‘steal’ from self-published authors. Amazon’s current return policy for ebooks allows customers to ‘cancel an accidental book order within seven days.’ But, for some readers, seven days is more than enough time to finish a book and return it after reading, effectively treating Amazon like a library.… Those suggesting the read-and-return practice think they’re ‘sticking it to Amazon’ but in reality are only harming the authors, said Eva Creel, a fantasy writer who publishes under the name E. G. Creel. ‘I have my book available at the library. If somebody wants to read it for free, they can,’ Creel said.”...

NPR, June 27

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Brett Zongker writes: “Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that historian George Chauncey will receive the 2022 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity. Chauncey is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History at Columbia University. He directs the Columbia Research Institute on the Global History of Sexualities. ‘Professor Chauncey’s trailblazing career gave us all better insight into, and understanding of, the LGBTQ+ community and history,’ Hayden said. ‘His work that helped transform our nation’s attitudes and laws epitomizes the Kluge Center’s mission to support research at the intersection of the humanities and public policy.’ Chauncey is the first scholar in LGBTQ+ studies to receive the prize.”...

Library of Congress Blog, June 22

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Alisha Ebrahimji writes: “A library board in New York reversed its decision to remove all LGBTQ-related displays from its children’s section in four of its libraries during Pride Month after the removal was criticized. On [June 21], four out of seven Smithtown Library Board of Trustees had voted to remove all Pride material displays from the children’s section in its Commack, Kings Park, Nesconset, and Smithtown locations on Long Island.… On [June 23], however, the board met once again for an emergency meeting to talk about the ban, resulting in a reversal on a 4–2 vote. The Pride Month material will remain on display through July 15 and be removed afterward at the supervisory librarian’s discretion.”...

CNN, June 24

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Madeleine List writes: “Parents who attended an LGBTQ-themed storytime at a Wilmington, North Carolina, public library say members of the Proud Boys protested outside and entered the building during the event to antagonize them.… ‘I was starkly nervous that they were in the building,’ one parent said. ‘I definitely felt unsafe at that point. I never imagined that the police would allow them to go into the library.’”...

Qnotes Carolinas, June 25

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Laura Sackton writes: “These days I cannot get short stories into my bloodstream fast enough. There are so many! More come out every month! There’s absolutely nothing wrong with non-queer short story collections, but as someone who grew up hungering for queer lit, this current abundance is especially satisfying.”...

Book Riot, June 28

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Liz Mineo: “Collections at Schlesinger Library at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute document the abortion dispute in the US, providing rich historical and political context and offering insights into the evolution of one of the nation’s most stubbornly polarizing issues. The holdings of Schlesinger, a research library on the history of women in America, include archival materials that chronicle the dispute from both the abortion rights and the anti-abortion movements, said Jenny Gotwals, Johanna-Maria Fraenkel Curator for Gender and Society there. Among them are photographs, records of abortion-rights organizations, posters of anti-abortion advocates, and personal letters of women asking for help to terminate their pregnancies, as well as personal papers and documents of anti-abortion activists.”...

Harvard Gazette, June 28

Tressie McMillan Cottom

Emily Temple writes: “As you might have heard, on [June 24], the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, eliminating Americans’ constitutional right to an abortion and dragging the country back in time almost 50 years. If you’re looking for help making sense of it all, here are just a few recent pieces we recommend.” The list includes a recent New York Times (pictured)....

LitHub, June 28; The New York Times, June 28

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