Category Archives: National Library News

Guidelines to Plan Teen Read Week Programs

Teen Read Week is set for October 8-14 this year. Find tips to kick your TRW programs up a notch with  Teen Programming Guidelines, free from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

These guidelines are intended to guide library staff who design, host, and evaluate library programs with and for teens. Librarians are in a unique position to serve as connectors, bringing teens together with resources that inform and expand their interests. Effective teen programs foster peer-to-peer learning and positive developmental relationships, leverage community resources, and enable the acquisition of twenty-first century workforce skills.

Teen Programming Guidelines was created in 2014 -2015 by a task force of the YALSA with feedback from the library community. They were developed in alignment with YALSA’s report, The Future of Library Services For and With Teens: a Call to Action.

Library Resources for the Opioid Crisis

Reposted from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region

Though the severity of the current opioid crisis is shocking, it is not surprising to find public librarians supporting the needs of their communities. The National Library of Medicine has compiled resources to assist librarians and other first responders to ensure that they understand the complex legal and medical issues this crisis presents:

Discover other ways librarians respond to disasters and emergencies with the NLM Disaster Health bibliography, and stay tuned for more information later this summer about an NLM Disaster Health webinar on this topic.

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list
Submitted by Robin Taylor, MLIS
Contractor, ICF
Disaster Information Management Research Center

Nominations Open for Marketer of the Year

Library Journal will honor one library staffer or a library team with its first annual Marketer of the Year award in its October 1, 2017, issue. The award, sponsored by Library Ideas, comes with a $2,000 cash prize. The award recognizes the importance of innovative approaches to marketing of library services, the role of marketing in building library engagement, and the value of quality marketing collateral to help build a vibrant sense of the library and define its relevance in the community. The award places a special emphasis on an individual (or team) working for a library who has instituted or reinvigorated a marketing strategy in the past two years that has:

  • had measurable impact on some aspect of the library’s use,
  • created a new understanding of the community served via market research,
  • improved the prominence of the library in community, and/or
  • driven the marketing around a successful funding initiative that enables the library to reach new audiences or secures deeper sustainability.

Deadline is August 8, 2017. Learn more and see how to submit a nomination.

Supporting College and Career Readiness in Small Libraries

YALSA, in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), is implementing an innovative project that will build the capacity of small, rural and tribal libraries to provide college and career readiness (CCR) services for and with middle schoolers. The project is aimed at library staff in libraries with a service population of 15,000 or fewer, as well as libraries that are 25 miles or more from an urbanized area.

Library staff may apply to be a part of a cohort of learners who will be supported by coaches and mentors, and work together to develop CCR services and resources. Cohort members will meet and work both in-person and online.

Future Ready with the Library Goals

  • Library staff at rural, small, and tribal libraries will learn effective methods for planning and implementing , with a local partner, CCR initiatives for and with middle schoolers and their families
  • Middle schoolers and their families in rural, small, and tribal communities will gain valuable future ready information that will better prepare them for starting a career and/or focusing on academics related to a career after high school
  • Middle schoolers in rural, small, and tribal libraries will engage in valuable career exploration and workforce preparation experiences
  • Library staff in small, rural, and tribal libraries around the U.S. will develop a set of model programs and tools that can be used by a wide range of communities and libraries.

Schedule for Cohort 2 application process:

  • The application for cohort 2 is now open
  • July 13, 2017 at 5 p.m. MDT informational webinar for potential applicants — reserve a seat online
  • September 1, 2017, cohort 2 application period closes
  • October 15, 2017, cohort 2 application status notifications made

Those selected to participate in the second cohort of the Future Ready with the Library project will meet face-to-face for a two day orientation just before the ALA Midwinter meeting in Denver, Colorado.  For more information about the project, check out our FAQ.

You can see the list of Cohort 1 participants and read about their work on the YALSAblog.

Use this quick online form to sign up to receive email notifications about the project, including an announcement when the next round of applications opens.  To access an existing compilation of college and career readiness resources, visit YALSA’s wiki.

This project is funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services.  For more information, read the full grant proposal (.pdf) or the press release.

Registration Open for Outside the Lines

Outside the Lines returns September 10-16, 2017. It’s a week-long celebration demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Whether your organization is large or small, a school library or a public library, you can participate by hosting at least one event or campaign that:

  1. Gets people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a different way.
  2. Showcases the library out in the community as well as in the library.
  3. Highlights how your library is relevant to people’s lives.
  4. Represents your local community.
  5. Is active versus passive – gets people engaged.
  6. Is extraordinary and unexpected.
  7. Most importantly, is fun!

Registration is officially open. If your organization participated in 2016, you can simply log in, update your existing profile and check the 2017 box to be included in this year’s festivities.

ALSC Releases 2017 Summer Reading Lists

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released its 2017 Summer Reading Lists. With titles organized into four age ranges, young booklovers are sure to find some great reads to beat the heat. Each list is available to download for free; birth-preschool, K-2nd grade, 3rd – 5th grade, and 6th– 8th grade.

The four 2017 Summer Reading brochures can be customized to include library information. Libraries are encouraged to include contact information, summer hours and details about summer reading and learning programs for children on each brochure before making copies available to patrons, students and neighborhood partners.

Titles on the 2017 Summer Reading List were compiled and annotated by ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee.

Few First-Year Students Prepared for College-Level Research

Reposted with permission from Library Research Service

In January & February of 2017, Library Journal surveyed college and university libraries about their services for first-year students. The survey was sent to 12,000 academic libraries. In total, 543 schools participated: 399 four-year schools, and 144 two-year schools. The results were initially shared at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2017 conference.

Respondents reported that, in their opinion, only 28% of first-year students are prepared for college-level research. Four-year and two-year academic librarians agreed that evaluating resources for reliability is a major challenge for first-year students.

The majority of participating libraries (97%) reported that they offer information literacy instruction for first-year students. Most of the time information literacy instruction is optional. It was mandated at 22% of four-year institutions and 7% of two-year schools. Librarians embedded within courses is more rare, with 35% of four-year schools and 23% of two-year schools offering that option. While information literacy instruction is offered widely, only 23% of respondents have a specific information literacy or first-year experience librarian.  When asked about the ACRL Information Literacy Framework, Respondents most frequently used the “Research as Inquiry” and “Searching as Strategic Exploration” areas in their instruction, and least frequently used “Information Creation as a Process.”

Most respondents’ schools (90%) measure first-year student success. This takes a variety of forms, for example student retention rates, student satisfaction, and GPA. Not all academic libraries, however, have attempted to correlate information literacy or library experiences for first-year students with indicators of student success.  While the importance of information literacy is clear to librarians, what types of data could show a quantifiable connection between student success and information literacy?  Separately from the Library Journal study, librarians at the University of Minnesota have been researching this connection. Check out their studies for more information.

Note: This post is part of the Library Research Service’s series, “The LRS Number.” In this series, they highlight statistics that help tell the story of the 21st-century library.

2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2017 Teens Top Ten Nominees. This year’s list of nominees features 26 titles that were published between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016:

  • Black, Jenna. Nightstruck. Tor Teen.
  • Bosworth, Jennifer. The Killing Jar. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux.
  • Bracken, Alexandra. Passenger. Disney-Hyperion.
  • Braswell, Liz. Once Upon a Dream. Disney Press.
  • Buxbaum, Julie. Tell Me Three Things. Random House.
  • Clare, Cassandra. Lady Midnight. Margaret K. McElderry.
  • Dennard, Susan. Truthwitch. Tor Teen.
  • Dinan, Kurt. Don’t Get Caught. Sourcebooks Fire.
  • Federle, Tim. The Great American Whatever. Simon & Schuster.
  • Freedman, Russell. We Will Not Be Silent. Clarion Books.
  • Glasgow, Kathleen. Girl in Pieces. Delacorte Press.
  • Gout, Leopoldo. Genius: The Game. Feiwel & Friends.
  • Hamilton, Alwyn. Rebel of the Sands. Viking Books.
  • Kincaid, S. J. The Diabolic. Simon & Schuster.
  • Landers, Melissa. Starflight. Disney-Hyperion.
  • Martin, Emily. The Year We Fell Apart. Simon & Schuster.
  • McIntosh, Will. Burning Midnight. Random House.
  • Meyer, Marissa. Heartless. Feiwel & Friends.
  • Mills, Wendy. All We Have Left. Bloomsbury.
  • Nijkamp, Marieke. This is Where It Ends. Sourcebooks Fire.
  • Russo, Meredith. If I Was Your Girl. Flatiron Books.
  • Shusterman, Neal. Scythe. Simon & Schuster.
  • Welch, Jenna Evans. Love & Gelato. Simon & Schuster.
  • West, Kasie. P.S. I Like You. Scholastic.
  • Williamson, Lisa. The Art of Being Normal. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux.
  • Yoon, Nicola. The Sun is Also a Star. Delacorte Press.

YALSA is calling on libraries to encourage teens to read the nominees throughout the summer so they are ready for the national Teens’ Top Ten vote, which will take place August 15 through Teen Read Week (October 8-14). The ten nominees that receive the most votes will be named the official 2017 Teens’ Top Ten. Learn more and access a free Teens’ Top Ten Toolkit.

YALSA will award 50 sets of the nominated books through its 2017 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Application deadline is May 1, 2017.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.

Announcing the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition

From the New Media Consortium

What is on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries? Which trends and technology developments will drive transformation? What are the critical challenges and how can we strategize solutions?

These questions regarding technology adoption and educational change steered the discussions of 77 experts to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition.

Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in technology profiled in this report are poised to impact library strategies, operations, and services with regards to learning, creative inquiry, research, and information management. The three sections of this report constitute a reference and technology planning guide for librarians, library leaders, library staff, policymakers, and technologists.

The NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition is published under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution. The New Media Consortium (NMC), University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), ETH Library, and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) jointly released the report at the ACRL 2017 Conference.

ALA Releases State of America’s Libraries Report

From the American Library Association

Today the American Library Association (ALA) released the State of America’s Libraries 2017, an annual report that captures usage trends within all types of libraries. The report finds that library workers’ expertise continues to play a key role in the transformation of communities through access to services that empower users to navigate our ever-changing digital, social, economic, and political society.

Librarians provide users with expertise and the training needed to evaluate the quality of information in all formats. With the massive increase in the amount of digital content, libraries are ramping up efforts to make sure that children and teens are well-equipped to evaluate the sources, content and intended message of all types of media.

Libraries of all types play a vital role in supporting early childhood literacy, computer training and workforce development. In addition, they provide a safe place for everyone, reflecting and serving the diversity of their communities in their collections, programs, and services. Libraries continue to face challenges of censorship to books and resources.

Other 2017 State of America’s Libraries report findings include:

  • Academic librarians are embracing new responsibilities in such areas as scholarly communication, digital archives, data curation, digital humanities, visualization, and born-digital objects. Other emerging areas include bibliometrics and altmetrics, e-learning, custom information solutions, and research data management.
  • Public libraries nationwide are taking action, using signs and social media to proclaim “everyone is welcome;” creating reading lists on demographics, voting, social justice, and other hot topics; partnering with community organizations to combat Islamophobia and racism and to connect with disenfranchised populations; and developing programs to help community members spot “fake news” and evaluate information online.
  • There is some evidence that school library budgets may be increasing, after five years of reductions, and there is hope that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will be used in support of school libraries. The law includes language that allows schools to budget funds for school libraries and acknowledges school librarians as specialized instructional support personnel.

Read the full report for more library trends of the past year.