After weeks of collaborative lobbying by the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) and the Virginia Library Association (VLA), the state senate’s education committee narrowly defeated a bill that would have relaxed requirements for librarians at the middle and high school level. The Virginia House Education Committee defeated Senate Bill 261 in a 12-10 vote on March 5.

The bill would have lessened current regulations that stipulate that “a local school board is required to employ two full-time librarians for any middle school or high school,” creating a loophole where non-librarian staff could be hired in place of librarians.

Audrey Church, president of VAASL and past-president of the American Association of School...


On March 16, we celebrate the anniversary of former President James Madison. But that day, we also celebrate the legacy he and the founders of this country left us – open government.

Madison, known as the Father of the United States Constitution, once wrote that a “popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps, both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."

It is only natural that libraries, which promote open access to information for all, join in the celebration.

Each year, the American Library Association presents the James Madison...


by Gordon Ho, courtesy of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Penn Libraries received a grant to preserve Muslim manuscripts and make them more accessible to the students, scholars, and the public.  

Penn will collaborate with Columbia University and the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation in the next three years to digitize Arabic, Persian, and Turkish texts through a full-time cataloger.

“This is basically a project to digitize all of the early manuscripts relating to the Muslim world held in Philadelphia as well as those at Columbia University in New York,” said Mitch Fraas,...


by Amie Wright, courtesy of American Libraries

Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), held March 1–4 in Seattle, expanded its programming this year to include a full day of professional development for librarians and educators, cosponsored by the American Library Association and several publishers at Seattle Public Library’s (SPL) Central Library.

Creating a community of practice for librarians and educators around comics collection, education, and advocacy was a major theme of the...


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June 2017. 224p. Scribner, hardcover, $25 (9781501111389).
REVIEW. First published May 15, 2017 (Booklist). Accomplished short story writer Beattie (
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