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Supporters of ousted Chelmsford school librarian want position reinstated

CHELMSFORD -- Emotions are still running high in Chelmsford over the layoffs of three school administrators in September, with many still calling for their reinstatement.

During the public-comment session of Tuesday night's School Committee meeting, a group of supporters of ousted district library-services coordinator and high-school librarian Valerie Diggs voiced their concerns about the state of information-literacy education in her absence and a perceived lack of knowledge about the function of librarians.  Read more...


Budget cuts may imperil minorities from checking out public librariesStudents from Minoa Elementary School with RV bookmobile

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Between the rise of digital media, changing social landscapes, and decreased funding, the nation’s 8,956 public library systems are at a crisis stage. And underserved communities and people of color stand to lose more than other communities.

Public libraries stand in the gap for many Black Americans and their households. In a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, 47 percent of African-American respondents 16 years and older had visited a library within the past year. Blacks and Latinos were more likely to consider their public library’s services “very important to their lives.”

This is particularly true in the case of Internet access, as Black people are less likely than their White counterparts to have high-speed Internet access at home. In addition to being left behind in a digital age, much of the job market has gone online; many employers no longer offer an in-person application option.

The library is often the only place in a community where a person can receive free technical assistance and help with applying for jobs online. Read more...


Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Coretta Scott King Book Awards

When a loved one is threatened, people spring into action, doing things they don’t normally do, be it jumping on grenade, running into a burning building ­— or casting a vote.

Dorothy Bitner, 87, made a point of voting Tuesday, but the draw was not the candidates.

The avid reader and library patron wanted to cast her vote in favor of the levy that would restore operating funds for the county library system.

- See more at: http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141104/DM01/141109692/1296#sthash.dD9rR2Aj.dpuf

When a loved one is threatened, people spring into action, doing things they don’t normally do, be it jumping on grenade, running into a burning building ­— or casting a vote.

Dorothy Bitner, 87, made a point of voting Tuesday, but the draw was not the candidates.

The avid reader and library patron wanted to cast her vote in favor of the levy that would restore operating funds for the county library system.

- See more at: http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141104/DM01/141109692/1296#sthash.dD9rR2Aj.dpuf

On Monday, Jan. 19, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That day, our nation reflects on his life and legacy.

Dr. King’s life and work will also be commemorated two weeks later during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, when the ALA honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens during its Youth Media Awards (YMA) ceremony on Monday, Feb. 2.

Sponsored by the ALA's Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT), the Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. King and honors Mrs. King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.  Read more...

When a loved one is threatened, people spring into action, doing things they don’t normally do, be it jumping on grenade, running into a burning building ­— or casting a vote.

Dorothy Bitner, 87, made a point of voting Tuesday, but the draw was not the candidates.

The avid reader and library patron wanted to cast her vote in favor of the levy that would restore operating funds for the county library system.

- See more at: http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141104/DM01/141109692#sthash.GkH865l4.dpuf

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The American Library Association's Legislative Action Center

Who can be a library advocate?  Anyone who cares about America's libraries!  Library advocates play a key role in educating our communities about why libraries and librarians are essential in an information society.  Read more...


Mobile Commons

Mobile Commons allows ALA to send text messages to a mobile list.  From there, advocates can connect directly to their legislators simply by responding to the text.  Mobile Commons also enables ALA to post click-to-call alerts on our webpages.  The alert connects advocates, whether they're on the mobile list or not, to their legislator's office simply by entering their phone number on our page and clicking "call."  Read more...

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I Love my Librarian Award Winner Kevin Ray: Reaching beyond the walls

With his visits to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center, Kevin Ray, children’s librarian at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, reaches beyond the walls of his library to provide valuable outreach to the population detained within its walls.

Ray makes sure the center is well stocked with books, bringing approximately 250 books on each visit to the detention center.

His ability to give back to the community is just one of the reasons why Ray was chosen as one of 10 librarians to receive the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.  Read more...

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Salem Library to auction off art treasure 'Figure in White'

She’s an extraordinary part of Salem’s heritage, but not only have few people ever seen her — she has abruptly left town, quite possibly never to return...

Salemnews.com, Jan. 13


New computers added at Sonoma County Library to aid childhood learning

The Sonoma County Library has added a dozen new touch-screen computers at its branches to facilitate learning through technology. Each computer station is programmed with more than 70 educational games spanning seven curricular areas for children ages 2-8...

The Press Democrat, Jan. 13


Little free library loans new way to share books

The Montgomery County Library System soon will add a new offering to its usual items for check-out. Instead of just borrowing a book, selected county residents will be able to take a "Little Free Library" out on loan - and set it up in their neighborhood or in front of a business...

chron.com, Jan. 13


University of Chicago to pitch Obama Library plan to neighbors

The University of Chicago is trying to convince its neighbors that building the Obama Presidential Library in their backyard is a good idea. On Monday night, school officials will make a presentation to the Jackson Park Advisory Council...

ABC7chicago, Jan. 12


New York City’s Municipal ID Will Do Double Duty as a Library Card

On Monday, January 12, New York City began taking applications for its long-awaited municipal identification card (IDNYC). Not only will this be the first photo ID card ever issued by the city, it will also serve as a library card at all three New York City library systems...

Library Journal, Jan. 12


This Ferguson Library Twitter Hashtag Just Might Make You Feel Better About the World

Back toward the end of last year, the Ferguson Municipal Public Library came suddenly into the national consciousness. As the unrest and police response sometimes turned violent in the late fall, the library emerged as a vital community center...

citylab.com, Jan. 12


Boston Public Library helps suburban institutions put historic images online

With the help of the Boston Public Library, the staff photographer at the US Army’s Natick Soldier Systems Center is hoping scholars, space enthusiasts, and curious kids have a chance to see that meal and around 40,000 of the military research facility’s other images either posted or slated for publication online...

Boston Globe, Jan. 11