News in Brief

Oct 6, 2022

Graphic of a "Wyoming State Library" newspaper with "News in Brief" headlineGovernment Resources for National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes Hispanic American contributions to US society and culture. Designated in 1968 when Congress passed Pub. L. 90-498 authorizing and requesting the President to issue an annual proclamation of National Hispanic Heritage during mid- September. September 15 marks the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16. Find online exhibits, audio and video, teacher resources and more at

Celebrate TeenTober in October with YALSA
TeenTober™ is a nationwide celebration from the ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association. It’s hosted by libraries every October with the aims of celebrating teens, promoting year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services help teens learn new skills, and fueling their passions in and outside the library. A toolkit and web graphics are available to promote this event.

Free Online Event Explores Digital Citizenship for Kids
Want to help kids be their best selves online? Register now for a free, virtual event on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MDT. DigCit Connect will empower educators and parents to create a healthy digital culture at school and home and refocus conversations around digital citizenship towards practical approaches that help educators and parents support young people in a highly digital world.

New Playbook for Libraries in Public Health Emergencies
Public libraries have been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic on many levels. Navigating the sea of decision-making related to communicating during a crisis, managing staff needs, and maintaining our facilities have been major tasks. The newly released Public Health Crisis Management Playbook for Archives, Libraries, and Museums offers a set of guiding processes, resources, and tools to aid cultural heritage institutions when planning for, navigating through, and recovering from a significant public health emergency.

Big Talk From Small Libraries 2023 Call for Speakers
The call for speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2023 is now open. This free one-day online conference is tailored for librarians from small libraries. They’re looking for seven 50-minute presentations and four 10-minute “lightning round” presentations. Submit your proposal by Friday, December 16, 2022. This event will be held on Friday, February 24, 2023 between 7:45 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (MST).

NNLM Virtual Health Misinformation Symposium Call for Proposals
The Network of the National Library of Medicine invites proposals for a virtual National Health Misinformation Symposium, April 4-7, 2023. This free, virtual symposium will explore both the research behind health misinformation movements and provide practical and evidence-based solutions to support librarians, health educators, and direct care providers in combating the spread of all types of health misinformation. The deadline to submit proposals is October 31 at 9:59 p.m. MDT.

ALA Releases Free Women’s Suffrage Programming Guide for Libraries
With funding from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program, the American Library Association (ALA) has published “Programming with Primary Sources: Women’s Suffrage,” a resource guide to inspire and help library workers bring primary source inquiry into their book clubs, crafts and other library programs. The 31-page guide is free and available to all on the ALA website.

Chronicling America Reaches All 50 States
Chronicling America, the searchable online database of historic American newspapers, will soon include digitized newspapers from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and housed and maintained online at the Library of Congress, Chronicling America offers free online access to 19.9 million pages of newspapers published in the United States between 1777 and 1963. NEH recently awarded its first grant award to a National Digital Newspaper Program partner for the state of New Hampshire.


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