by Steve Zaluksy

Librarians striving to make a difference will descend upon Capitol Hill May 2 and 3 for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD).  They will receive training from an advocacy consultant at the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington office on May 1, before the action begins in earnest on May 2 with Briefing Day.

Briefing Day offers a whirlwind of sessions touching on the hot Congressional issues affecting libraries. Congressional staff, legal experts, lobbyists, ALA staff and others will participate.  The events culminate on May 3 with visits to Capitol Hill for meetings with legislators.

It promises to be an opportunity for both learning and advocacy for librarians making the trip, including two...


by Steve Zalusky

Libraries serve as a bridge connecting children with resources that foster literacy.

This is illustrated by a program known simply as Dia. Also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Día is a commitment by libraries to link children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures all year long, culminating annually on April 30.

This year, Dia is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is being commemorated across the nation through multicultural events for children and families, including bilingual story hours, book giveaways and other literacy programming.

A recent report by Pew Research Center shows that Hispanics and African Americans are more...


by Joey Ye, courtesy of Yale Daily News

Connecticut libraries no longer have to pay to borrow books from the University’s collection.

Utilized around the world, the Interlibrary Loan service allows libraries to borrow materials from each other. While Yale has offered this service in the past in conjunction with other libraries in Connecticut, the University previously charged a fee for materials that were lent out. However, following a pilot program last summer during which Yale began offering free interlibrary lending, the University library system made the change permanent at the end of February. University...


By Steve Zalusky

Christopher Shaffer has transformed the Troy University libraries by bringing in programs that have opened a window to a much larger world to the students living in this segment of rural southeastern Alabama.

During his tenure at Troy, most of which was spent at the helm of the Dothan Campus library, he has exposed them to ideas and topics that they were unlikely to learn about otherwise.

In 2014, as a result of a grant from through the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Muslim Journeys initiative, all three of Troy’s libraries received a set of 25 books on Islamic culture. The Dothan campus library also received funding for the Let’s Talk About It book discussion series relating to Muslim Journeys. ...


Review of the Day

White, Kiersten (author).
June 2016. 496p. Delacorte, hardcover, $18.99 (9780553522310); Delacorte, library edition, $21.99 (9780553522327); Delacorte, e-book, $18.99 (9780553522334). Grades 9-12.
REVIEW. First published May 1, 2016 (Booklist).

Lada and Radu, adolescent daughter and son of Wallachian Prince Vlad Dracul, are hostages held by the Ottoman Empire to assure their father’s cooperation with the Turks. Radu settles in and builds a life over time, while prickly Lada continues to dream of home. The Sultan’s son, Mehmed, soon claims them as companions, and the three grow up together planning for his time on the empire’s throne. This historical-romance trilogy opener is an...


National Library Legislative Day 2015

Because John Shank Knows That New Educational Resources Mean New Opportunities for Learners.

One of the best strategies that I have employed to create change, improve the perception of the library, and promote the library’s integration into the university's curriculum is to take advantage of existing institutional initiatives. By demonstrating how libraries can contribute, support, and enhance an existing initiative....READ MORE

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NAtional Readathon DAy, Saturday, May 21, 2016, #Readathon2016, Celebrate reading and help raise funds for early literacy
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