Library News in Brief

Apr 13, 2018

Registration Open for YALSA Symposium
Registration is now open for the 2018 YALSA Symposium, which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from November 2-4. Programs will cover the entire spectrum of topics related to providing services for and with young adults.

ARSL Conference Registration Opens
Early bird registration has opened for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) 2018 annual conference that will be held September 13-15 at the Bank of Springfield Center in historic Springfield, IL. Register now to join over 500 library professionals who will be Linking Libraries in the Land of Lincoln. Early bird conference rates starting at $275 for ARSL members.

Need Help With Conference Fees?
If you’re thinking of going to YALSA or ARSL or any other library training or professional development event, but could use a little financial assistance to make it happen, be sure to look into the Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for continuing education. Individuals with 12 months employment or volunteer work at a Wyoming library may be eligible.

CRS Reports in Scope of the FDLP
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 includes a provision titled, “Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports,” which directs the Congressional Research Service (CRS) to make non-confidential CRS Reports freely-available to the public. The Librarian of Congress, in consultation with the CRS Director, shall establish and maintain a public website containing CRS Reports and an index of all CRS Reports contained on the website. Historically, distribution of CRS Reports was limited to Members of Congress.

A Decade of Studies Reviewed in School Library Research
Volume 21 of School Library Research (SLR), the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, opens with a new article, “Still Polishing the Diamond: School Library Research over the Last Decade,” providing a review of a decades worth of studies in school librarianship. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs. Access SLR articles for free.

ASCLA Makes Library Accessibility Toolkits Available
The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association, has Library Accessibility Toolkits available to help library professionals understand the challenges and opportunities presented by issues of equitable access for library users. These issues include 1) users with mental health issues  2) users with learning and/or attention issues 3) users with developmental disabilities 4) users with sensory disabilities 5) users with service animals 6) users who need assistive technology and 7) users with physical disabilities. Each guide provides an overview, recommended hardware and software solutions, tips and resources to guide library professionals in providing great library experiences for everyone.

Libraries and Money Smart Week® April 21-28
Knowing how to spend, save and invest money wisely can be a challenge. During Money Smart Week®, April 21-28, many libraries are helping their patrons make sound fiscal choices by providing unbiased sources of information. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. The American Library Association (ALA) is among several partnering organizations.

2016 End of Term Presidential Web Archive Now Available
Between fall 2016 and spring 2017, End of Term (EOT) Web Archive partners conducted outreach and archiving efforts to preserve and document the U.S. Government web presence at the end of the Obama Presidential term. The 2016 EOT crawl contains over 200 Terabytes of websites and data, which includes over 350 URLs/files. Access to this content is available through the EOT Web Archive project page, which contains over 50,000 records available for searching and browsing, or through the Internet Archive Collection page.

Congressional Pictorial Directory Available on GPO’s govinfo
The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) makes available the Congressional Pictorial Directory: 115th Congress on GPO’s govinfo. GPO employees designed and produced the Pictorial Directory, which features a color photograph of each Member of the House of Representatives and Senate. It also details each Member’s length of service, political party affiliation, and congressional district. The Pictorial Directory also contains pictures of the President, Vice President, and House and Senate officers and officials. In addition to the digital version, the print edition is available on GPO’s online bookstore.


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