Bright Idea: Improving diversity in libraries

Aaron Wolowiec

Hoping to introduce more diversity into library workforces, last year the Public Library Association kicked off its Inclusive Internship Initiative (III

Library Groups Say LinkedIn Policy Changes Could Violate Users’ Privacy

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Library patrons have long had access to resources from Lynda.com, now known as LinkedIn Learning. But library organizations warn that a platform policy change could violate both patrons’ privacy and librarians’ ethics code. The American Library Association is raising concerns about a policy change by a LinkedIn subsidiary, citing its potential impact on library patrons’ privacy.

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Fighting Homelessness: Libraries on the Front Lines

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When people think of libraries, they think of books. Here’s how the American Library Association has helped enable that mission around the country. Doors of libraries are open for all—including the homeless. For many, libraries have become a refuge. The American Library Association (ALA) has helped its members embrace this role in the community—guiding and helping libraries serve as welcoming spaces and resources for those without places to call home.

Conference Circuit: American Association of Law Libraries

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The American Association of Law Libraries’ 2019 Annual Meeting & Conference begins this weekend in Washington, DC. Organization: American Association of Law Libraries. Attendees have the chance to tour local library institutions during their time in DC. Among the options offered: visits to the American University Washington College of Law’s Pence Law Library, Law Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court Library. Rundown Attendees: 1,400.

New Program Awards Libraries With Gold Stars

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By handing out bronze, silver, and gold stars, the Pennsylvania Library Association is recognizing libraries implementing an initiative to improve the state and its residents. To help recognize libraries working to improve their communities, the Pennsylvania Library Association has introduced the Star Library Program as an outgrowth of its existing PA Forward initiative. The program began with a small pilot of 19 libraries last spring.

Is the Library’s Future Bookless?

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Digital Inclusion The American Library Association recently launched a Digital Inclusion Survey to better understand the role libraries play in providing the public with access to technology. Over 5,000 libraries responded to the survey , for an 88 percent response rate. Public library openings are not typically big news events, so what makes the BiblioTech in San Antonio so special? It’s the country’s first public library with no books.

Best Benefit Ever: Reading Library

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The post Best Benefit Ever: Reading Library appeared first on Associations Now The American Society of Radiologic Technologists has launched a new benefit that allows members to easily access continuing-education materials. What is it? The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) is a professional association for people working in medical imaging and radiation therapy.

A Library of Event Checklists

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Meetings & Conventions magazine has a great library of checklists that will help you in planning a wide range of events. The M&E library isn’t easy to find, but it includes 15 pages of lists including the following that I found very interesting: 1. Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel – Courtesy of Ritz Carlton. I’m just back from a successful and well-executed client meeting at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel in Dana Point, California.

Internet Archive Launches Program for Local Libraries

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With financial support from a federal agency, the Internet Archive is launching a program for libraries around the country to archive community websites in much the same way the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine does. Libraries selected by the group will receive $25,000 worth of web-archiving services from the group, the equivalent of 500 gigabytes of content, along with a $3,500-per-year fund to attend meetings related to the Community Webs project.

Google, American Library Association Team on Coding Initiative

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ALA is working with the tech giant to make resources available to librarians in an effort to make exploring code as easy for kids as exploring a book at the library. Libraries have always been important places to learn, especially for kids—and they’ve never been exclusively about books. It’s in that spirit that the American Library Association joined forces with Google to teach kids something new—about coding.

Scientific Society Opens Its Digital Library for Open Access Week

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To promote the importance of open access, the Electrochemical Society is allowing everyone to access its digital library. Providing open access to its digital library is not inexpensive, Yess told Associations Now , so in order to complete phase two of its plan and open all content, ECS is planning to launch a fundraising campaign in the near future. “We The post Scientific Society Opens Its Digital Library for Open Access Week appeared first on Associations Now

Library Group Aims to Reeducate Public on Its Profession

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As innovative maker spaces seem to be pushing out book stacks in school libraries, the American Association of School Librarians posits that there’s room for both—and that certified school librarians are the most qualified professionals to give students the best of both worlds. Job requirements include a teaching license and previous experience as an elementary school teacher; noticeably absent in the requirements are a library-related degree and certification. “As

Library Groups Seek to Support FCC in Net Neutrality Case

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A coalition of library organizations has stepped into the legal showdown between the Federal Communications Commission and the telecommunications industry over open internet rules. The groups warn that a ruling favoring broadband providers could harm library services. As the Federal Communications Commission defends its net neutrality ruling in the courts, it has some big-name supporters from the world of libraries.

How the Little Free Library Became Hugely Influential

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Seven years after the first tiny schoolhouse went up on a post, Little Free Libraries are everywhere. In an era where there’s always something new to read on a smartphone or laptop, the Little Free Library concept seems kind of antiquated. When I saw how people responded to the Little Free Library, my next question was: Would more people respond to it? The post How the Little Free Library Became Hugely Influential appeared first on Associations Now

Libraries like associations facing challenges of generational differences

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A story about the “controversial” make-over at the New York Public Library caught my eye. As you read the story, you’ll see a “divide” between those wanting a traditional library and those wanting a “wired library.”. Key quote from the story: For libraries in general, "this is a moment of transformation," library President Anthony Marx said in an interview. SCD Group association management associations AP libraries association executives ASAE

Inked: Librarians Show Off Tattoos to Raise Library Awareness

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The Rhode Island Library Association is getting people talking with its new 2014 calendar featuring librarians and their tats. Try challenging a stereotype like the Rhode Island Library Association, which recently released a calendar of tattooed librarians. “It The 2014 “ Tattooed Librarians of the Ocean State ” calendar is also a fun way to raise awareness about libraries and librarians, Mehrer said: “It was something to do to try to get people talking about libraries again.”.

Association Aims to Make Libraries Cooler to Teens

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The Young Adult Library Services Association hopes to attract more teens to their local libraries with an approach deeply rooted in social media and digital content. There once was a time when libraries frowned upon people using their mobile devices there. These conversations took place on a number of social media outlets, including Twitter, Google+, and Livestream, reports the tech- and library-centric site The Digital Shift.

American Library Association Embraces GLBT Book Month

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For the first time, the American Library Association is offering its main stage to GLBT Book Month, a long-running event that highlights the best in literature that reflects the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender culture. The celebration, which was launched in the early 1990s as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month, is now underway with the backing of the American Library Association, the first time the group has represented the annual event.

Helping hand: Virginia HOA sets up little food pantry to help neighbors

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neighborhood started its Little Free Library with books as “food” for the mind. Homeowner Jessica Bell founded and maintained the library in Briarwood Homeowners Association, a community of 202 single-family homes, by regularly stocking it with books. A Charlottesville, Va.,

American Library Association’s Ferguson Memorial Damaged

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Over the weekend, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) planted a tree and placed a stone with it to honor the memory of Michael Brown, the teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson. Watson said they were “saddened that such a heartfelt gift from the library community was not met with acceptance.” The post American Library Association’s Ferguson Memorial Damaged appeared first on Associations Now

Tech, Trade, and Library Groups Form Copyright Mega-Coalition

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The Re:Create Coalition brings together various groups from the technology, trade, and library industries. A group of library, technology, and trade organizations have joined together to advocate for simpler and more transparent copyright laws. The post Tech, Trade, and Library Groups Form Copyright Mega-Coalition appeared first on Associations Now The alliance will advocate for less-stifling copyright laws that foster innovation.

Planned Nonprofit Would Spread Obama Presidential Library’s Benefits

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The Obama Center, planned for Chicago’s South Side, could have a positive impact on the surrounding community—and a coalition aims to create a nonprofit to ensure the neighborhood gets an economic boost from the presidential library. Former President Barack Obama’s presidential library isn’t just going to be about honoring the nation’s first black president, though that’s part of it.

Library Association Partners With Sarah Jessica Parker on Online Book Club Platform

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The American Library Association’s Book Club Central aims to centralize resources for book clubs, encourage reading, and highlight libraries’ role in their communities. The American Library Association is creating an online platform called Book Club Central that provides reading resources for book clubs to use, including discussion questions and author bios. It is a great honor and privilege to partner with the American Library Association and Book Club Central.

Association Survey Aims to Show Libraries’ Role in “Digital Inclusion”

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The American Library Association is launching a new Digital Inclusion Survey to better demonstrate the role libraries play in providing public access to technology. Documenting the impact of libraries in the digital age is more important than ever as government officials make difficult funding decisions with increasingly tightened public funds. I believe we all will be better equipped to make the case for libraries with data from this vital new study.”.

Library Group Takes Aim at Adobe Over Privacy Issues

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The American Library Association has been outspoken in criticizing the latest version of Adobe’s electronic reader software, which tracks the reading habits of its users—a major no-no in the library world. The American Library Association (ALA) wants to make sure that patrons’ reading choices stay private. Recently, ALA spoke up when privacy concerns were raised about a popular e-book reader used by thousands of libraries worldwide.

With Association Help, First President Finally Gets His Library

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This new library will help us to maintain and advance George Washington’s timeless relevance in our fast-changing world. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, originally founded to help save and preserve the estate of George Washington, worked for more than 150 years to open a library in honor of America’s first president. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, making it the only presidential library funded by private contributions.

Late-Fee Debate Puts Spotlight on Library Association Policies

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The American Library Association supports eliminating overdue charges, calling them a “barrier to library services.” ” Meanwhile, its state counterpart in Wisconsin has endorsed legislation empowering libraries to use collection agencies to gather up unpaid late fees. This month, the city council of San Jose is expected to consider a proposal to change the way it handles late fees at its libraries. It is a detriment to people using the library.

Library Association Celebrates Diversity on Children’s Day

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A division of the American Library Association is helping promote the importance of multicultural resources for kids in U.S. libraries to help mark Children’s Day/Book Day today. children’s books feature nonwhite individuals, according to data compiled by the American Library Association [PDF]. The post Library Association Celebrates Diversity on Children’s Day appeared first on Associations Now

Libraries to Help Get Word Out About Health Exchanges

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With the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges set to come online in a few months, the American Library Association is teaming up with the federal government to help provide information about them to the public. The Affordable Care Act is a complex law, but libraries across the country will be helping people make sense of it later this year. More details: Why libraries? The library initiative will begin on Oct.

Tennessee Education Groups Create Digital Library for High Schoolers

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With the development of a new digital library, Tennessee high school students will be switching from print textbooks to online learning materials this school year. The post Tennessee Education Groups Create Digital Library for High Schoolers appeared first on Associations Now

Bonus Content – Event Garde e-news – August edition

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Heidi Letzmann, education and programs manager, American Association of Law Libraries. Q & A with Heidi Letzmann, education and programs manager, American Association of Law Libraries. Filed under: Best Practices , Young Professionals Tagged: American Association of Law Libraries , Event Gardeian of the Month , Heidi Letzmann. Best Practices Young Professionals American Association of Law Libraries Event Gardeian of the Month Heidi Letzmann

Association Study: Libraries Help Close the Digital Gap

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Reporting on its first Digital Inclusion Survey, the American Library Association highlights how libraries are remaining relevant in the digital age—and how hard it is for them to keep up with technology’s quickening pace. If your local library doesn’t have working WiFi, it’s probably because the power’s out. Free wireless internet access is so common at libraries these days that just 2.5

Religion, Gender Top Issues in Library Group’s List of Challenged Books

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The release of the latest edition of the American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books list coincides with political attention being paid to censorship. The American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged books, a part of the ALA’s State of America’s Libraries Report , is always interesting to dive into. Usually, though, it’s all about the context—particularly at a given school or library.

Executive Connections: FORO 2007: The Transborder Library Forum

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FORO 2007: The Transborder Library Forum. The Transborder Library Forum (FORO) began in 1989 at a local Arizona library conference where librarians from United States and Mexico recognized the need to create a network and events where they could meet and discuss issues of common interest while exchanging information and resources across borders. Listed below are links to weblogs that reference FORO 2007: The Transborder Library Forum : Comments. Executive Connections.

Religion, Gender Top Issues in Library Group’s List of Challenged Books

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The release of the latest edition of the American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books list coincides with political attention being paid to censorship. The American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged books, a part of the ALA’s State of America’s Libraries Report , is always interesting to dive into. Usually, though, it’s all about the context—particularly at a given school or library.

Private-Public Collaborative Group Advocates for Library Funding

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Through the Corporate Committee for Library Investment, organizations and businesses are banding together to help protect and secure federal funding for America’s libraries. Under the leadership of the American Library Association (ALA) and educational publishing company Gale, trade organizations, publishers, and other business have created the Corporate Committee for Library Investment to promote the value of American libraries.

Executive Connections: Are You Involved in Corporate e-Learning?

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Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, has asked me to speak at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) )/CLIR (Council of Library and Information Resources) International Roundtable for Library and Information Science in Japan this June. This is the fifteenth annual roundtable where Japanese, European, and American experts share views on the educational role of the research library in the age of information technology.

Make a Difference for DC’s Kids

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In fact, $25 will pay for one family’s subscription to the extensive online library of diverse and inclusive children’s books Reading Partners staff has hand-selected for our young scholars, since we can’t provide physical books for them to take home as their own right now. I’m participating in a fundraiser for my favorite nonprofit organization, Reading Partners (where I’m both a tutor and a board member), and ?I’m I’m asking for your financial support.?.

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Beekeeper Service Day

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Memorial Library. The experience made … Continue reading → Service applications cover letter jobs MLK library public service resumeBeekeeper Group celebrated its two-year anniversary last Thursday by participating in a day of service at Martin Luther King Jr. Staffers and Partners worked with job-seekers crafting resumes, writing cover letters, and filling out applications.

Merry Christmas!

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photo source: New York Public Library Digital Gallery. Merry Christmas to all, see you in January!