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Bill Furbee writes: “It’s been five years since librarianship’s largest event has taken place in Chicago, the hometown of the American Library Association (ALA). So much, both in the profession and the world around us, has changed since then. But so much of the 2023 Annual Conference and Exhibition will feel familiar—including top-tier authors, educational sessions, awards and celebrations, state-of-the-art exhibits, networking opportunities, and compelling speakers. The conference, which will be held June 22–27 at McCormick Place, promises to showcase conversations and innovations that will help to shape the future of libraries for years to come.”...

American Libraries feature, June

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Kate Silver writes: “Welcome to Chicago! We have no doubt ALA’s will provide plenty of food for thought—these conferences always do. We go home with our brains bursting with new ideas, but while you’re here, don’t forget about thought for food, as well. Chicago is an incredible dining town—home not just to local specialties like Italian beef sandwiches and pizza (both deep-dish and tavern-style thin crust) but also to critically acclaimed high-end restaurants and ethnically diverse eateries in any neighborhood you choose to explore.”...

American Libraries feature, June

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Want to get away from the hustle of conference and into the bustle of American Libraries’ home city? Here you’ll find staff members’ favorite jaunts—from neighborhoods gems to tourist attractions—just a bus, train, or bike ride away. Chicago’s grid system makes it an easy place to explore in between sessions, signings, and celebrations. Options to enjoy art, architecture, sports, history, and nature are readily available....

American Libraries feature, June

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Tracie D. Hall writes: “I recently had the opportunity to visit with a group of undergraduates to talk about how I’ve navigated my career. The professor who invited me noted that I had taken brave professional stances. When it was time for questions, one young woman asked earnestly, ‘Do you ever get scared that you’ll make a mistake?’ ‘All the time!’ I answered. ‘But mistakes are unavoidable. Part of being a leader is not letting the fear of making a mistake or taking a chance stop you from doing what you think is right or important.’”...

American Libraries column, June

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Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada writes: “As I look back on our year together, I remain inspired and encouraged by our brave communities. Despite the obstacles we face, libraries remain valued, trusted institutions. I know this because libraries are constantly evolving places, and our workers stand up to the test of constant change, ensuring our communities have access to information, the freedom to read, and a love of lifelong learning, now and for years to come.”...

American Libraries column, June

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ALA will hold its 2023 membership meeting and information session during Annual Conference on June 24 at 10 a.m. Central time. For the first time, the meeting will take place in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation options. The meeting is open to all ALA personal members, but participants must by June 17 in order to receive voting credentials. (Members who register after June 17 will be able to attend and speak during the meeting.) The meeting allows members to discuss issues and bring resolutions to the floor that, if passed, will be forwarded to ALA Council....

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The , the First Amendment legal defense arm of ALA, has joined a broad coalition of authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians, and readers in challenging Arkansas Act 372. The law would restrict access to books in bookstores and libraries located within the state, and in the process violate the First Amendment rights of the state’s reading public. The bill was signed by the Governor of Arkansas on March 30 and is slated to go into effect on August 1....

ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office, June 2

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The Freedom to Read Foundation filed an with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Leila Green Little, et al. v. Llano County, et al. The lawsuit challenges the Llano County (Tex.) government’s decision to remove a large number of books from Llano County Library System shelves because certain library users, residents, and county officials complained that the books' contents were objectionable. The plaintiffs argue that the removal of books from the library’s collection violates their First Amendment right to access those books in the library....

ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office, June 2

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Tara Murray Grove, Clara Drummond, J. Adam Clemons, and Autumn Johnson write: “Exhibitions draw people to libraries. They encourage visitors to engage with objects and media in a public space and provide opportunities for discovery within the library’s collection. Not every library has the resources to create original exhibitions, however. Traveling exhibitions, which arrive ready to set up in the library’s existing space, can alleviate some of the labor involved in creating exhibitions while providing the same benefits for the library.” This article shares three libraries’ experiences with, and tips for successfully hosting, a traveling exhibition....

College & Research Libraries News, vol. 84 no. 6, June

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Monica Westin writes: “While the popular history of the internet valorizes Silicon Valley coders, many of the original concepts for search emerged from library scientists focused on the accessibility of documents in time and space. Their advances can be seen everywhere in the current online information landscape, from general approaches to ingesting and indexing full-text documents, to free-text searching and a sophisticated algorithm utilizing previous saved searches of others. These and many other approaches developed by campus pioneers are still used by the multibillion-dollar businesses of web search and commercial library databases today.”...

Aeon, June 5

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Sammy Ekaran writes: “Getting the perfect 3D print is challenging, especially if the design is detailed. It is important to carefully adjust the 3D printer and the slicer settings to achieve the desired results. Making these adjustments manually is difficult until you use a test print like a 3D Benchy. This unique design can help you assess the capabilities of your machine, optimize the settings for your specific designs, and use the results to tweak your settings until you achieve the perfect results.”...

MakeUseOf, June 4

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Ross Johnson writes: “Thirty days hath Pride month, and even in a year that’s been particularly fraught from the perspective of LGBTQ+ rights, that means you should have plenty of time to watch a few movies when you’re not tossing bricks, getting harassed at a Target, or disassociating to the new Kylie Minogue single. Though queer onscreen representation has definitely increased in recent years, the movies remind us that queer people (and queer films) didn’t just arrive on the scene—they’ve been here since the beginning.”...

Lifehacker, June 1

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