Volume XXVI, Issue 8
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Call for Proposals: Lake Superior Libraries Symposium 2017: Beyond Neutral - By Jennifer Lund - The organizers of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) invite breakout session proposals for our sixth annual conference to be held on June 9, 2017 at the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library.
This year’s theme, Beyond Neutral, invites attendees to challenge the traditional stance of libraries as neutral spaces. In the current political climate, how do we navigate our institutional restrictions while upholding our professional values? At LSLS17, we will look outward to connect with our community, and inward to reflect on ourselves and our profession.
Possibilities for presentation topics include:

  • Breaking Barriers, Opening Doors: What steps have you taken to make your library welcoming and accessible to your community? How have you connected with community partners or altered the physical space of your library?
  • Reflecting Our Communities: How have you used programming, collection development, displays, or services to support diversity and inclusion? Within your library, how do your policies and practices work with, or against, these initiatives?
  • Starting the Dialogue: How can we best address challenging questions within our profession, like our lack of professional diversity, the pace of change, and the library’s purpose? How have you facilitated conversations about these issues both within your library and with your community?

Successful breakout session presentations will be applicable to many types of libraries and showcase effective and innovative practices. 60-minute breakout sessions should include 10-15 minutes of question and answer. Panel presentations, particularly those representing a diversity of library types, sizes, and/or locations, are strongly encouraged. All presenters will receive a discounted registration rate of $25. 
Breakout session presenters should submit proposals at All proposals should be submitted by March 17th. Presenters will be notified of acceptance in early April.  
LSLS allows library staff to share their expertise, learn from their colleagues, and network to develop a stronger community of information professionals. Staff from all types of libraries are encouraged to attend. The event is organized and supported by library staff and educators from Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin; for a full list of our supporters, see
For questions about proposals and submissions, please contact A complete listing of speakers, agenda, and costs will be released in April.
Job Posting: Librarian or Media Generalist/Specialist, Full Time at Fon Du Lac Ojibwe School - Website Position Qualifications:

  • Librarian/Media certification or such alternatives as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable is required.
  • One to two years’ media generalist specialty experience is required.
  • Experience working with American Indian children is required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing is required.
  • Ability to work independently and establish priorities is required.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy is required.
  • Ability to establish professional and harmonious working relationships on all projects and with all parties involved.
  • Ability to provide prompt resolution to problems and conflicts as they may occur is required.
  • Subject to pre-employment annual background checks, and annual reference checks.
  • Subject to testing in accordance with the Fond du Lac Employee Drug and Alcohol Policy.
  • Some travel may be required.
Honor rolls of WWI vets now available online - Hometown Focus (Released 2/3/2017) - County Honor Rolls of WWl veterans are now available online after a joint project between the Minnesota Military Museum, St. Cloud State University, and the Minnesota Digital Library. Article
Architect talks about Tiny Houses at Grand Rapids Library - By Bonnie Henriksen - Grand Rapids Area Library welcomes Twin Cities based architect, Daniel Yudchitz to speak about the Tiny House Movement  on Thursday, February 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Yudchitz will share prototypes of a new kind of house where building concepts and construction methods achieve maximum results through minimal means. 
Tiny houses economize cost and space while meeting unique homeowner needs. Daniel experienced this first-hand when he set out to build a home for himself in 2013.  He aspired to have a affordable, small house that took advantage of sustainable energy.  He ran into roadblocks when his bank was more concerned about future marketability and resale value requiring him to add a second bedroom and settle for a lower value because of his modern design.  The tiny house movement is gaining popularity among people who want less house to keep up and pay for.  Each project brings a unique set of requirements that have helped Yudchitz and his colleagues explore new ideas and solutions.
Yudchitz, a graduate of University of Wisconisn-Stout in Art and Industrial Design and the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, began drawing houses as a child.  He has worked for HGA in Minneapolis for nine years where he serves in the firm’s Arts, Culture and Education division doing everything from drafting to design to construction administration.
The library program is open to the public free of charge.
Information about Grand Rapids Area Library programs can be found on the library’s website at or by calling the library at 326-7640.
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Kids & Teens Broadcast

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‘These Books Can Help’: Reading to Kids About Immigration and Refugees - New York Magazine By Jen Gann (Released 2/8/2017) - Soon after Donald Trump enacted his travel ban, the Upper West Side’s Bank Street Book Store posted a photo of front-facing titles to its Facebook page. “Don’t be at a loss for words when explaining to children that the heart and soul of America is to welcome others to our country who need a safe place to make a home,” the caption read. “Books like these help.” The photo’s titles include Coming to America (Bernard Wolf), If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island (Ellen Levine), and How My Family Lives in America (Susan Kuklin), each about topics frequently in the news and on the minds of America’s families as Trump’s ban has faced opposition, both in and out of court. Article
A School Librarian Caught In The Middle of Student Privacy Extremes - Electronic Frontier Foundation By Gennie Gebhart (Released 2/8/2017) - As a school librarian at a small K-12 district in Illinois, Angela K. is at the center of a battle of extremes in educational technology and student privacy.On one side, her district is careful and privacy-conscious when it comes to technology, with key administrators who take extreme caution with ID numbers, logins, and any other potentially identifying information required to use online services. On the other side, the district has enough technology “cheerleaders” driving adoption forward that now students as young as second grade are using Google’s G Suite for Education. In search of a middle ground that serves students, Angela is asking hard, fundamental questions. “We can use technology to do this, but should we? Is it giving us the same results as something non-technological?” Angela asked. “We need to see the big picture. How do we take advantage of these tools while keeping information private and being aware of what we might be giving away?” Article
YALSA’s New Teen Book Finder Database announced - ALA By Anna Lam (Released 2/3/2017) - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has launched its highly-anticipated Teen Book Finder Database. Consistent with its app counterpart, the database is comprised of titles and media from YALSA’s book awards and selected book and media lists.
The database, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, is a free resource that allows users to search by award, list name, year, author, genre, and more, as well as create personalized lists and locate titles in nearby libraries. Additionally, the database will also serve as the new, dedicated space for YALSA’s selected book and media lists. In the coming weeks, all book and media lists currently found on YALSA’s Book Awards & Book/Media Lists page will slowly be redirected to the database.
Similar to the Teen Book Finder app, the database will be updated every year following the announcements of the book awards and lists. With the launch of the new database, users are encouraged to explore the site and provide feedback for improvement via an online form. Learn more and start exploring the new database at Article
90-Second Newbery Film Fest - Founder & middle grade author James Kennedy has chosen his favorite entries from Minnesota. The films will be shown Sat, Feb 25, in Pohlad Hall, 3-4:30 p.m., at Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central. Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, will co-host the event. Reservations.
Digital Storytime: Kids, Apps, and Libraries - Free online tool designed for public library staff serving youth and other educators. From the Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Advocate for teens with postcards, briefs, videos - YALSA - Advocacy and activism is a goal in YALSA’s 2016–2018 Strategic Plan. Ongoing advocacy efforts can help ensure that all teens have access to great libraries. Help ensure that 100% of libraries have the staff, budget, and resources needed to serve the nation’s 42+ million teens. Mail a postcard to members of Congress, mail or email Issue Brief: Libraries Help Keep Teens Safe Online and Issue Brief: Teens Need Libraries, or share this video with school principals, elected officials, policymakers, and other local VIPs. Website
In Call for Early STEM Learning, Libraries Cited as Potential ‘Charging Stations’ - School Library Journal By Linda Jacobson (Released 2/9/2017) - Young children are surrounded by STEM learning opportunities both at home and in early childhood classrooms. But parents need support to help their children in these subject areas, and teachers require “more robust training and professional development” to weave STEM throughout the curriculum, states a new report supported by the National Science Foundation. 
Released last week by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and New America“STEM Starts Early” asserts that because of the technology revolution, it is just as important for children to learn STEM skills as it is for them to read. “To support the future of our nation, the seeds of STEM must be planted early, along with and in support of the seeds of literacy,” according to the report. Article
STEM U: Working Collaborations Between Schools and University Students - School Library Journal By Addie Matteson (Released 2/9/2017) - If you visit Mitchell Elementary School in Ann Arbor, MI, on the right afternoon, you might be greeted with an unusual sight: local University of Michigan (UM) graduate students and kids knee-deep in a “pop-up” maker space. The students might be immersed in 3-D printing, knitting a scarf, coding a video game, or creating something profound from the “junk box.” 
The maker space and university students who work there are part of a program called Michigan Makers, now in its fifth year, in which graduate students from the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) visit local schools armed with tools for a community making experience—including material for sewing and friendship bracelets, along with 3-D printer and coding supplies. Most important, they bring a passion for providing kids with opportunities to be creative and make choices. Article
Why Med School Students Tutor at My Library - School Library Journal By Lisa K. Brandenburg (Released 2/9/2017) - Tutor Time, our library partnership with students from the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), began in September 2013, when I was a youth services librarian at the Ferry Avenue Branch of the Camden County (NJ) Library. Brian McCauley, a CMSRU student, contacted me about having medical school students reading to kids as part of CMSRU’s curriculum of providing community service to Camden residents. It was particularly busy in our branch when McCauley arrived for our meeting. Kids were asking for help with algebra and geometry while I was answering the phone, assisting in the computer lab, and fielding requests for snacks. I asked Brian on the spot if he could help the kids with their math problems. He did, and the next day he proposed the tutoring initiative. Article

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The Conference is Calling

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"Mini-ELM Expo" - Registration is open! Metronet & Minitex, in cooperation with Mounds View HS, will hold a mini-ELM Expo on Sat Mar 11. 8:30-3:00. Focus will be on databases Learning Express, Ebooks MN, & special features of the databases. Register here.
National Library Legislative Day is May 1-2. Join hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, & patrons in Washington, DC.& meet with members of Congress to rally support for libraries issues & policies. Website. If you are interested in going with a MN delegation, contact Jim Weikum, Arrrowhead Library System.
St. Kate's Library Invites the LIS Community  - A Good Time for the Truth Author Panel on Thu, Feb 23, 7-9pm, Recital Hall, Music Building (Building 6 on campus map) Contributing authors will read selections from A Good Time for the Truth, talk about what inspired their piece, & answer questions from the audience. Authors will be available to sign books. Copies will be available for purchase at the event. This event is free & open to the public. Parking is not enforced on campus after 5pm. 
Library 2.0 Conference - This year the Library 2.017 annual conference events will consist of three topic-specific mini-conferences: "Expertise, Competencies and Careers" (Mar 29), "Digital Literacy" (Jun), and "Makerspaces" (Oct). All the details here
Registration is open for the Minnesota E-Learning Summit - Held on August 2-3, 2017 at Normandale Community College. A special early-bird rate for K-12 educators is available for $175 - use coupon code: C117 when you register (only good through Jul 14). Website
DPLAfest 2017 - Travel Funding Available to attend - At DPLA, it is very important to us that DPLAfest bring together a broad array of professionals and advocates who care about access to culture to discuss everything from technology and open access to copyright, public engagement, and education. We celebrate the diversity of our DPLA community of partners and users and want to ensure that these perspectives are represented at DPLAfest, which is why we are thrilled to announce three fully funded travel awards to attend DPLAfest 2017. Our goal is to use this funding opportunity to promote the widest possible range of views represented at DPLAfest. Article

New Checklist Provides Practical Steps to Provide Patron Privacy

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ALA By Deborah Caldwell-Stone (Released 2/7/2017) - The American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) approved seven new "privacy checklists" at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia to help libraries of all types and capacities take practical steps to protect patron privacy. The checklists complement the Library Privacy Guidelines approved by the IFC in 2016. The checklists include:

The IFC's Privacy Subcommittee worked in partnership with the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) Patron Privacy Techonologies Interest Group to develop the checklists, which pair with each of the existing Privacy Guidelines
"The privacy checklists are a great resource for libraries of all types and sizes," said IFC Privacy Subcommittee Chair Michael Robinson, head of systems at the University of Alaska – Anchorage’s Consortium Library. "They take the theoretical principles around privacy and organize them as practical actions that libraries of any capacity can take to protect their patrons. The large group of volunteers that worked on the checklists exemplify what can be accomplished through collaboration across areas of expertise." The guidelines are now available online on the ALA website. Article

While Here in Minnesota

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Taylor Library director resigns, leaving board to ask why - Mankato Free Press By Trey Mewes (Released 2/6/2017) - Taylor Library Director Lucy Lowry suddenly resigned last month after 16 years in North Mankato. The Taylor Library Board wants to know why.
Former North Mankato Mayor Gary Zellmer asked the North Mankato City Council to provide the answers during a public meeting Monday night. "That lady is one of the best people I've ever worked with," said Zellmer, who serves on the board.
Lowry quit her job on Jan. 19. She told board members in an email her departure came under "not very good circumstances," according to Zellmer. He said he and other board members are upset over Lowry's decision to leave and want more information on why she quit. Article

Minnesota Center for Book Arts to rename its type library for Allan Kornblum - Star Tribune By Laurie Hertzel (Released 2/8/2017) - Allan Kornblum was a master of the letterpress, an expert on fonts and type, a scholar of the history of publishing. The founder of Coffee House Press, Kornblum, who died in November 2014, was known for his elegant hand-set broadsides, which he gave away by the hundreds, a labor of love. This month, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts will rename its typesetting library in honor of Kornblum. The type library at the center is stocked with all kinds of resources for writers, poets, artists and printers, including tens of thousands of pounds of antique type and more than 500 unique typefaces. Kornblum collaborated with the MCBA throughout his career in the Twin Cities, once donating a press and metal type to be used in the center's studios. Article
Winona library opens photo exhibit, 'When Home Won't Let You Stay', documenting refugees - Winona Daily News (Released 1/31/2017) - The Winona Public Library is hosting When Home Won’t Let You Stay, a poignant photography exhibition about refugees in Minnesota by documentary photographer James A. Bowey, now through Friday, Feb. 24, in the library’s Bell Art Room. Bowey and a special guest will be at the library’s book discussion at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 to discuss the book “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave. Article
Public Libraries Online By Paula Wilson (Released 2/7/2017) - In ‘Librarian Takes It Off in the Stacks; Goes Viral,’ I left some unanswered questions: How do public libraries teach information literacy? How do they incorporate it into their programming? In ‘Fighting Fake News,’ Marcus Banks spotlights an eight-week training course in community journalism for high school students hosted by the Dallas Public Library. Programs like this exist for college and high school students, but what about everyone else? How do public librarians reach the rest of the population?” Article

Webinar Control Center

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Creating Inclusive Storytimes for ALL Children - ALA February 23, 1:30pm Central - Fee $60.00 - Creating an inclusive storytime is as important as creating an engaging one. And in this workshop, you’ll learn how to do both! Child development expert Carol Morrone will tie child development into storytelling, offering insight on working with children with special needs, including children affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and intellectual challenges. Useful for both school and public libraries, this workshop will provide you with the tools needed to build inclusive story hours that apply solid child development theory into practice. Examples will be offered using classic children's books and authors, and final suggestions will be given on how you can extend these techniques to foster an ongoing relationship with the library and learning. This workshop will empower you to transform traditional children's storytimes into vibrant and engaging experiences for the present generation of young learners. Register
Using WebDewey and Understanding Dewey Decimal Classifications - ALA April 3, continuing for 4 weeks - Fee $175.00 - With the expert cataloging instruction of Violet Fox, you will gain a comprehensive grounding in Dewey Decimal Classification® principles and practice. Starting with the basics, this eCourse will teach you how to assign DDC® numbers with correct meaning in hierarchy, build numbers using tables, and apply numbers that help patrons browse your library. Register
STAR_Net Webinars About Hands On Activities - Library staff, camp programmers, and other out-of-school time facilitators are invited to join STAR_Net and the Lunar and Planetary Institute on March 1 for two FREE professional development webinars on the Playful Building activities. Register to receive connection information and directions to help you better participate in the activities during the webinar (the password is "star"). 
Playful Building: Simple Machines: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 2pm Eastern/1pm Central/12 Mountain/11am Pacific - This 30-minute webinar will model Team Machine, Water Wedges, and Levers at Play as examples of simple machines that children can plan, design, test, and revise. Elements of the engineering design process will be explored in each.
Playful Building II: Design Challenges: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 3 pm Eastern/2 pm Central/1 pm Mountain/12 pm Pacific - This 90-minute webinar will explore the engineering design process through open-ended activities to design a park, a water filter, and a wind turbine. Participants will discuss various options for implementation, and share ideas in how to best conduct these programs.
Registration for our December and January webinars on this topic quickly filled; we hope that you will be able to join us for even more building activities to incorporate into your programs this summer!
Series Nonfiction Must-Haves for the School Library - Cisco March 7, 1:00pm Central - Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where attendees will get an overview of must haves and what's new for Spring 2017 from series nonfiction publishing stars: Cavendish Square Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Gareth Stevens Publishing, and Rosen Publishing. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor Julia Smith.  Register
Libraries in the Jim Crow South and A Conversation with One of the Tougaloo Nine - ALA February 23, 1:00pm - In celebration of Black History Month, join author Cheryl Knott (“Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow”) and Civil Rights activist Geraldine Hollis (author of “Back to Mississippi”), along with artists Michael Crowell and Chapel Hill Library Director Susan Brown, for an engaging and educational conversation on the history of libraries and life in the Jim Crow South. This striking portrait of Ms. Hollis was a submission to the Chapel Hill Public Library's 2016 Banned Books Trading Card project by artist Michael Crowell.  Crowell's piece speaks to the power of memory, history, art, libraries, archives - and to Ms. Hollis' bravery.  Hollis, Crowell, and Brown will share the powerful connections they have made because of this project.
The Jim Crow laws were in effect in the U.S. South from 1890-1965. During that time, libraries were one of many segregated institutions. Geraldine Hollis (then Edwards), a student at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, was one of nine students arrested at the white public library in Jackson for attempting to read books that were not available at the colored library. The recent movie “Hidden Figures” highlighted several heroines from the Civil Rights era and numerous unsung heroes who contributed to the progress we’ve seen; Geraldine Hollis is one of those heroes. Register
How Schools in the Big Apple Built a PD Program to Cross the District Divide – And You Can, Too! - Library Journal February 28, 3:00pm Eastern - Does the thought of building out a Professional Development (PD) program across an entire school district seem like an insurmountable task to you? Where do you start? How do you overcome obstacles such as distance or diverse needs? Learn from someone who has been there. In this webinar, Melissa Jacobs of the NYC Department of Education shares how they were able to roll out a comprehensive city-wide PD program using ASCD eBooks to improve teacher practice and evaluations modeled after Charlotte Danielson’s rubric. Register
Improve your Library: Using the 5 Phases of Project Management Workshop - ALA February 22, 1:30pm Central - Fee $60.00 - Project management is a familiar term to many librarians and one that can be applied to overall improving your library. In this workshop, Robin Hastings will not just be teaching project management skills, she will be teaching how the five phases of project management can be applied to librarianship, even to areas that are not project oriented. Most of the workshop will target the first couple of phases with a focus on the planning phases. You will learn how to plan like a project manager; how to break down a large project into smaller, workable components; how to produce plans and planning documents that will help any project run more smoothly while increasing the odds of finishing the project successfully; and how to launch a new service. Register
The 5 Essentials for Creating Community-Center Libraries - Library Journal - April 19–May 10, 2017Live Sessions on Wednesdays at 11:00 AM ET: April 19, 26, May 3 & 10 - Fee $349.00 - Join peers from the U.S. and beyond to hear from leading library directors doing innovative work to learn why and how librarians are taking advantage of powerful community engagement tools and—more important—applying what they learn to create highly collaborative, people-centered libraries and communities. This deep dive online course is designed to impact all staff and stakeholders from front line staff to the director’s chair. We’ll provide a step-by-step guide to turn your community engagement ideas into a powerful roadmap for setting direction, measuring outcomes, and leading your community. Register
The Future of Library Space - SirsiDynix February 22, 1:00pm Eastern - The challenge of keeping your library current isn’t just about the collection, but also the space. Libraries of all types are making changes big and small to make their space more functional, friendly, and to provide important learning environments. Join academic librarian and Associate Dean for Public Services Kathryn Crowe to learn how you can enrich your library’s spaces. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in an academic library and research for her many publications, including her recent book The Future of Library Space, Crowe is an expert in how to build a better library. Register
Open Science: Beyond Open Access - Library Journal February 21, 3:00pm - Collaboration can be a major driver for success. When data is shared among researchers, analysts and stakeholders, the opportunities for innovation and development increase exponentially, particularly in the medical and science fields. To be most effective, the Open Science framework demands more than simply sharing data--it requires dedication, transparency and responsible publishing. Register
MaryLei’s Links That Have No Place To Go
-The History of American Conspiracy Theories Holds Some Lessons for Fake News Debunkers
-Librarians in the 21st Century
-The How Does a Librarian Work? Edition
-Visualizing Funding for Libraries
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-Long Overdue
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-Social Science Research Tools: metaBus (One Million Quantitative Findings Across 25 Years of Research, 20+ Journals)
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-NoveList Book Squad

Thinking Outside Minnesota

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Senate panel OKs bill to block pornography on library Wi-Fi - Kansas City Star By Michelle Price (Released 1/31/2017) - A group of Utah senators signed off Tuesday on the first of two proposals this year continuing a lawmaker's campaign against pornography. Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, led an effort last year for Utah to declare pornography a public health crisis, contending that pornography is addictive and distorts children's thinking about sex, threatens marriages and contributes to sexual violence. Weiler has introduced a bill this year that would require public libraries in Utah to install blockers on their wireless networks to prevent people from viewing obscene content in libraries. "As a parent of teenagers myself, I would think that a library is a safe place from pornography," Weiler said. "Sure, they have books on the human reproductive system, but I'm not talking about that — I'm talking about hardcore pornography and sex videos." Article
Voices of Black Chicago Pioneers to Echo On With Help From Public Libraries - DNA Info By Andrea Watson (Released 2/2/2017) - The rich oral history of hundreds of black Chicagoans will now be available for the entire city thanks to a new partnership between The HistoryMakers and the Chicago Public Library. The collaboration was announced Thursday at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. by library Commissioner Brian Bannon and Julieanna Richardson, founder and  executive director of The HistoryMakers, a Chicago-based organization that records oral histories of African Americans. Article
One Judge’s Order For Hate Crime Committers: Read More Books - Huffington Post By Maddie Crum (Released 2/7/2017) - Earlier this week, WUSA9, a local news site in Ashburn, Virginia, reported that a group of teenage boys was given an “unusual sentence” after spray-painting a historically black school with racist and anti-Semitic language and symbols.  
Judge Alex Rueda ― who has librarians in her family ― saw the act as a “teachable moment,” and assigned the young men book and movie reports in lieu of community service or jail time. They will also have to do a research paper on swastikas and attend a Holocaust Museum with their parents.
The assigned films include “Twelve Years a Slave” and “Lincoln”; the books include The Handmaid’s TaleThe Bluest EyeTo Kill a Mockingbird and Native Son. Newer classics including Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son and Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, the latter of which won last year’s National Book Award, were featured on the list, too. Article
Doris Lessing's Library: A Life in 4,000 Books - The Guardian By Nick Holdstock (Released 2/7/2017) - hen Doris Lessing was eight she was sent to a convent school where the nuns stopped her reading the classics. They thought Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Rudyard Kipling unsuitable for a girl her age. Though many children would have been cowed by this stipulation, Lessing was undeterred. She wrote to her parents, asking them to tell the nuns she had their permission. As she later explained in her autobiography, “What was my own, where I belonged, was the world of books, but I had to fight for it.”
Four months after Lessing’s death in November 2013, I was asked to come to her house in West Hampstead, London, because the executors of her estate had a problem. Her house contained more than 4,000 books that had to be inventoried in order for the estate to be settled. I agreed to help – I wanted to know what sort of reader Lessing had been, whether she folded page corners, highlighted passages, wrote in the margins or on blank pages. I thought that learning what she read, and how, would shed light on her work. Article
Ukrainian librarian under Russian house arrest takes case to court of human rights - The Guardian By Danuta Kean (Released 2/9/2017) - Natalya Sharina, a Ukrainian librarian held under house arrest in Russia since October 2015, has taken her case to the European court of human rights in Strasbourg. Since her arrest in 2015, the Russian authorities have extended the order for Sharina, director of the Ukrainian Literature Library in Moscow, to be detained at home repeatedly, despite calls for her release.In a move roundly condemned by human rights groups, Sharina went on trial in November 2016 for incitement by stocking books banned in Russia and labelled extremist and “anti-Russian propaganda”. Three weeks after the trial began, embezzlement was added to the list of charges. If found guilty, she faces up to 10 years in prison. Article
Why these librarians are protesting Trump’s executive orders - PBS News Hour By Elizabeth Flock (Released 2/13/2017) Article Submitted by Brian Minor, ALS Graphic Artist - “Libraries Are For Everyone.” That’s the message of a series of images created by Rebecca McCorkindale in the days after President Donald Trump announced the temporary travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. She never expected her signs of inclusion to go further than a handful of libraries.
But by the time she’d woken up the following day, she had received messages from librarians across the world wanting their languages represented. And libraries across the country — in Illinois, Minnesota, California, Virginia — had begun putting up the images as posters, along with displays about books on Islam, empathy and being a good neighbor. Article
Libraries Resist: A Round-Up of Tolerance, Social Justice, & Resistance in US Libraries - Book Riot By Kelly Jensen (Released 2/10/2017) - Libraries are not, nor have they ever been, neutral spaces. They are political. Every decision made in a library, from books to be included in the collection, to displays created, to special populations to reach, is political. Many believe that libraries and librarians are apolitical, but it’s simply not true. It’s impossible to be a neutral space with the goal of reaching a community, be it the public or the academic or the special population the library serves. By inviting all in a community to be in a shared space, libraries embrace the idea of encouraging education, encouraging acceptance and tolerance, and on a much smaller scale, they create policies that ensure these very things happen in their spaces. No act in the library is too small to foster tolerance and acceptance.
That said, some libraries can and do, thanks to their own policies, embrace their non-neutrality in much louder ways than others. Here’s a look at some of the recent actions taken by libraries of all shapes and sizes and specialties around the USA. The selection of libraries here were submitted by librarians and friends of libraries; in these instances, I’ve included some of the comments received, too, about the ways their communities or administrations have or have not criticized their efforts. Article
Here's what happens when a theme park company designs a library - Miami Herald By Monique Madan (Released 2/8/2017) - Virtual reality simulations, talking robots and a magic school bus — this is what happens when a theme park company designs a library. Landmark Entertainment Group — the company responsible for the Spider-Man and Jurassic Park rides at Universal Orlando and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas — has partnered with the city of Homestead to create the world’s first “Cybrary,” or cyber library.
“We are redefining what the library is,” said George Gretsas, Homestead’s city manager. “When you think about bettering this thing called a library, which has been around since before 300 B.C, do you turn to the library scientists — the librarians — to create a fresh and new thing, or do you turn to people who have expertise in the areas of entertainment and attraction?” Article
Job Posting: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame LibrarianLibrarian – Job No. 1702 - The Librarian reports to the Senior Director of Library and Archives and performs descriptive cataloging of library resources; assists in providing instruction and reference service and engaging users through outreach activities; assists in the collection development of library resources; and supervises the work of the Library Assistant, interns, and volunteers. Career Website
Passport seekers keep Bel Air Library staff busy - The Baltimore Sun By David Anderson (Released 2/13/2017) - Bel Air Library staffers were kept hopping Saturday as one group of people after another came into the branch to get their paperwork processed for a U.S. passport. While the majority of those applying for passports have been native-born Americans seeking passports for pleasure travel or studying abroad, there has been a segment of applicants who were not born in the U.S., but want to ensure citizenship documents for them or their children are in order under a new president who has pledged to crack down on immigration. Article
Diehard Coders Just Rescued NASA's Earth Science Data - Wired By Megan Molteni (Released 2/13/2017) - the white stone buildings on UC Berkeley’s campus radiated with unfiltered sunshine. The sky was blue, the campanile was chiming. But instead of enjoying the beautiful day, 200 adults had willingly sardined themselves into a fluorescent-lit room in the bowels of Doe Library to rescue federal climate data. Like similar groups across the country—in more than 20 cities—they believe that the Trump administration might want to disappear this data down a memory hole. So these hackers, scientists, and students are collecting it to save outside government servers. Article
Hi-Tech Library Project in UK Spawns Book Promoting ‘New Ways To Work With Readers’ - InfoDocket By Gary Price (Filed 2/13/2017) - A project to reimagine libraries involving zombies, young people, a group of tech-savvy artists and a nine-hour interactive broadcast beamed around the world, has sparked a book that organisers hope will inspire library authorities.The book, A Place Free of Judgement, is a collaboration between the performance art group Blast Theory and the writer Tony White, who put together a series of events under the same title in local libraries in Worcestershire and Staffordshire last year. Groups of young people were trained over six months in presentational, audiovisual and writing skills before taking control of their local library for a broadcast to a worldwide audience via an interactive live stream. Article
Days May Be Numbered for CFPB’s Consumer Complaint Database - InfoDocket By Gary Price (Filed 2/11/2017) - According to individuals familiar with its workings, the Consumer Complaint Database, sponsored by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), has provided useful information and assistance not only to consumers, but to businesses as well. The fate of the database was first mentioned yesterday when Bloomberg reported on a memo by Hensarling, an outspoken critic of the CFPB. The memo outlined a new version of the Financial CHOICE Act (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs), a bill originally advanced by the House Financial Services Committee in September. The new bill would lead to the repeal of the Consumer Complaint Database. It would also eliminate the CFPB’s authority to punish unfair, deceptive or abusive practices among banks and other lenders, and it would allow the President to handpick—and fire—the bureau’s director at will. Article

Move Over, Wikipedia. Dictionaries Are Hot Again. - New York Times By Katherine Rossman (Released 211/2017) - Article

Tantalizing Tidbits
Mental Floss Magazine
January 2015 Issue: Following the Arab Revolt of 1916 to 1918, “Lawrence of Arabia” decided to put his experiences abroad to paper. But after nearly one year of work, he accidentally misplaced the suitcase containing the 250,000-word draft at Reading Station. Lawrence started all over again, calling the second version we read today “hopelessly bad.”
Elvis was a natural blonde who started dying his hair in high school. He bought Franklin Roosevelt’s presidential yacht. He never performed outside North America.
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