By Steve ZaluskyLibraries are central to civic engagement, something that is especially apparent during the inevitable election cycle.  On Feb. 1, the voting cycle in the American Presidential election officially began with the Iowa caucuses, as Republican and Democrat voters flocked to have the first word on the candidates. READ MORE
by Conor Kennedy, courtesy of The TechnicianNCSU (North Carolina State University) Libraries have recently collected more than 1.2 million tweets from more than 380,000 Twitter accounts as part of its “New Voices and Fresh Perspectives: Collecting Social Media” initiative. READ MORE Essex County (N.J.) libraries—Bloomfield, Montclair, and South Orange—have joined together to provide literacy assistance to all county residents.Located just outside Newark and New York City, the county’s libraries serve a population diverse in background, ethnicity, economic status, and education. Roughly one-third of its population speaks a language other than English. In recent years, South Orange has seen an influx of Haitian immigrants actively seeking English-language learning opportunities. Working with Literacy Volunteers of America, the public libraries of Essex County provided publicity and space for volunteer training, instruction, conversation groups, and individual and small group tutoring. “With the American Dream Starts @ your library funds, we were able to add much more to the English as a second language (ESL) materials than we had before,” says Lin-dita Cani, head of reference and library services for the South Orange Public Library. These materials included DVDs and CD-ROMs. READ MORE
by Steve ZaluskyShugana Williams is the ideal community college librarian, because of what community means to her.As, Deanne Nuwer, her nominator for the 2015 I Love Librarian Award, wrote, Williams, who heads the library at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Perkinston Campus, is a people person who understands the importance of “bridging student/community involvement with the broader definition of a library that includes resources and personnel in an ever-changing world.” READ MORE
Members of the U.S. armed forces, Coast Guard, veterans, and their families face financial challenges often not adequately addressed by resources designed for the general public. Two leading nonprofit organizations are now working together to deliver financial education solutions to members of the military and their families in libraries across the country. READ MORE
The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Boston.A list of all the 2016 award winners follows:John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: READ MORE
The American Library Association selects “The Sympathizer,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen, published by Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, as the winner of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and “Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs,” by Sally Mann, published by Little, Brown, and Company, Hachette Book Group, as the winner of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. READ MORE
by Laszlo B. Herwitz and Leah S. Yared, courtesty of The Harvard CrimsonThousands of essays, journals, and other archival documents from the 17th and 18th centuries are now available online, after a group of Harvard libraries launched the Colonial North American Project website. READ MORE
During Children’s Book Week, 2015, The Hamilton Lane Library dedicated a Literary Landmark in honor of author Robert McCloskey. Visiting Author Peter Roop read Lentil to a gathering of children and their parents. Copies of Lentil were distributed after the dedication. READ MORE
The Youth Media Awards is an event as eagerly anticipated by parents, authors, illustrators and publishers as the NFL draft is by football fanatics.  And just as the draft impacts the upcoming football season, the influence of the YMAs is felt by library patrons perusing the shelves for the best of the best in children’s and youth literature.The American Library Association (ALA) will announce 19 awards at 8 a.m. ET on Jan. 11, 2016 from the Boston Convention Center during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits.  The awards honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards. READ MORE