Equipping First-Year Students for Remote Success

Equipping First-Year Students for Remote Success

As colleges and universities pivot to remote and hybrid models, their libraries must find new ways to welcome and orient new students.

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The Show Must Go On: Theater Performances to Stream Live and On Demand

Melanie Kletter, Sep 25, 2020
We have rounded up here a small selection of the many interesting theater productions now available for online viewing, including some on-demand options and some you can watch virtually as they are performed live.

Trans and Nonbinary Library People Are Everywhere | Trans + Script

Welcome to Trans + Script, a column dedicated to amplifying the voices of transgender, nonbinary (nb), and queer library people and highlighting topics related to their experience in libraries. We’re in big cities, small towns, rural communities, on military bases, in areas of wealth, and in areas of poverty. Why is that reality important enough to be the first topic in this column? Because even though there are a lot of us and we’re everywhere, representation still matters.

Two Books on Black Suffragists | Social Science Reviews

LJ Reviews, Sep 25, 2020

Jones writes an insightful book that shines light on Black suffragists underexplored in history. Cahill shows how women of color needed to continue to fight even after 1920 to earn the right to vote.

Board Barriers | Editorial

Meredith Schwartz, Sep 03, 2020
While exact demographics are hard to come by, the informal consensus seems to be that members of most public libraries’ board of trustees or directors are largely white, well-off, and older. Meanwhile, the communities they represent are often far more diverse.

Alexandra Chassanoff, Apr 12, 2018
During the week of March 19–23 MIT Libraries convened experts from across disciplines and domains to identify and address grand challenges in the scholarly communication and information science landscape.
Mirco Tonin, Jan 03, 2018
Suppose a librarian receives an email from a man named Greg Walsh, wanting to become a cardholder or simply inquiring about the open hours. Would the librarian reply? And, if so, would the reply be polite, including for instance some form of salutation, such as “Hello” or “Good morning”? Does your answer change if the guy is called Tyrone Washington? Is a librarian treating Jake Mueller differently from DeShawn Jackson?
LJ Reviews, Apr 11, 2018
A detailed look at pain management implementing the use of medical cannabis rather than opioids; A complex look at the issue of opioid abuse backed up with research and first hand stories; A valuable addition to the conversation about addiction filled with case studies illustrating the complexities of the disease
Mahnaz Dar, Jan 20, 2018
Editor Sarah Janssen discusses editing The World Almanac in an age where being attuned to "fake news" is especially vital.
Gary Price, Sep 28, 2020
From the Congressional Research Service (CRS): On September 26, 2020, President Donald J. Trump announced the nomination of Judge Amy V. Coney Barrett of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (“Seventh Circuit”) to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court caused by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on September 18, […]
Gary Price, Sep 28, 2020
From Pew Research: Most Americans use YouTube, the massive, Google-owned video-sharing website where users can find and watch content on almost anything, from dancing cats to popular music to instructions on how to build a house. YouTube also has become an important source of news for many Americans. About a quarter of all U.S. adults […]
Gary Price, Sep 28, 2020
From Open Preservation Foundation: We are pleased to announce the publication of the findings report and anonymised raw data from the OPF digital preservation community survey. With responses gathered from 98 organisations in 31 countries, the results provide an interesting snapshot of the digital preservation landscape today. Guidance notes, findings reports and raw data from […]
Gary Price, Sep 28, 2020
From Open Preservation Foundation: We are pleased to announce the publication of the findings report and anonymised raw data from the OPF digital preservation community survey.

Lisa Peet, Jul 28, 2020
On July 2, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) introduced the bipartisan Library Stabilization Fund Act in both chambers (S.4181 and H.R.7486, respectively). The legislation, introduced with 13 cosponsors on both sides of the aisle in the Senate and 27 in the House, would establish a dedicated $2 billion fund to be administered by IMLS that would address the financial losses incurred in the pandemic shutdown and bolster library services going forward, with priority given to the hardest-hit communities.

Erica Freudenberger, Jun 25, 2020
How do you reopen a library with no guidelines or best practices to work from? That’s the question public leaders and staff are considering as library buildings gradually open across the country.

Emily Joy Oomen, Jun 23, 2020
Most public libraries stopped distributing materials during the pandemic to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But that doesn’t mean they stopped distributing anything. Some leveraged their expertise at getting resources into the hands of patrons to help those suddenly struggling with the bare essentials of life: food, diapers, the means to clean up, or a place to sleep.

Lisa Peet, Jul 13, 2020
As they anticipate hits from lowered enrollment and decreased endowments, as well as declines in state funding for public universities and community colleges, and potential rollbacks of money that has already been authorized, academic institutions have begun hiring freezes and reductions, including furloughs, layoffs, and reduced hours for non-tenured faculty and staff. Many campus libraries are seeing reductions in workforce that threaten to affect their ability to serve students, faculty, and researchers.

Neal Wyatt,  Sep 28, 2020
The Return by Nicholas Sparks leads holds this week. People’s “Book of the Week” is The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Celebrate “The Women Who Shaped The Past 100 Years of American Literature.” ALA releases the top 100 most censored titles of the decade. CBS Sunday Morning has an overview of the fall book season. The film based on Nico Walker’s Cherry sells to Apple for over 40 million.

Welcome to Trans + Script, a column dedicated to amplifying the voices of transgender, nonbinary (nb), and queer library people and highlighting topics related to their experience in libraries. We’re in big cities, small towns, rural communities, on military bases, in areas of wealth, and in areas of poverty. Why is that reality important enough to be the first topic in this column? Because even though there are a lot of us and we’re everywhere, representation still matters.

Neal Wyatt,  Sep 28, 2020
For readers seeking a mental break from what seems like an endless stream of political books dominating the news cycle, this fall brings worthy poetry to the fore. Here are five collections to note.

Neal Wyatt,  Sep 25, 2020
LJ’s Day of Dialog is today. The Comey Rule debuts, as does a new biopic about Gloria Steinem and a documentary about some very fancy cakes. Author Mary Trump sues President Trump and other family members for fraud. Sir Harold Evans has died.

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