Library of Congress, RAILS, University of MI Clements Library, and more News Briefs

Library of Congress announces its Librarians-in-Residence program, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) wins a $750,000 Census 2020: It Counts! grant, University of Michigan's William L. Clements Library acquires more than 1,000 rare Native American photographs, and more News Briefs.

book presentation at E. Orange Public Library with six people standing around display
Wade and Cheryl Hudson joined by East Orange Mayor Ted Green; Jimmy Smalls, President of Library Board; Director Carolyn Ryan Reed; and Lisa O'Shaughnessy, children's librarian, for the December 16 book presentation at the library.

Children’s book publisher Just Us Books, founded by Wade and Cheryl Hudson of East Orange, NJ, ended 2019 with a special gift to its founders’ local library. On December 16, the indie press donated a collection of children’s and young adult books valued at $4,000 to the East Orange Public Library. The donation includes books from Just Us Books’ publishing list, and from generous donations by publishing collaborator Crown Books for Young Readers and the Children’s Book Council, which selected Just Us Books as one of its 2019 Diversity Outstanding Achievement Award winners.

Anythink Libraries, CO, has been named as a 2020 Business for the Arts Award honoree by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA). The award honors outstanding business and arts partnerships from across the state; Anythink receives the CBCA award for inspiring and facilitating creativity through The Studio, interactive public art, and cultural programming.

For the third year, the Library of Congress is announcing a Librarians-in-Residence program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding, and sharing the institution’s national collections. Applications will be accepted through January 17, 2020. The Library will select up to nine applicants for a six-month residency beginning in July 2020.

On December 10, NewsGuard and the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) announcing a partnership to expand NewsGuard's pro-bono media literacy program to more public libraries throughout Europe. The program is currently used by more than 600 public libraries in the U.S. and Europe.

The Pritzker Administration and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) awarded the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) with a $750,000 Census 2020: It Counts! grant to encourage full participation in Census 2020 throughout the state.

The University of Michigan William L. Clements Library has acquired a collection of more than 1,000 rare Native American photographs, taken between 1860 and 1920, by more than 150 photographs and featuring more than 70 different First Nations, from collector Richard Pohrt Jr.

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