News in Brief

Jan 10, 2019

A ‘Lonely Planet’ for Libraries
Library Planet is a guide to the world of libraries. Think of it as a crowdsourced Lonely Planet for libraries of the world meant to inspire library travelers to open the awesome book that is our world of libraries, cities and countries. Take a tour of library buildings worldwide, and contribute stories about the libraries you love. Library Planet is founded and edited by Christian Lauersen of Roskilde Libraries and Marie Engberg Eiriksson of Gladsaxe Libraries, Denmark.

Introducing the new FDLP Academy Training Repository
GPO is pleased to bring you the new FDLP Academy Training Repository. Features include subject and agency tags to find training by subject or presentations by Federal agencies, recordings in MP4 format so they no longer require a plugin to view, sorting options by date and title, a search box, and conference recordings and webinar recordings in one location

PLA Symposium on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice to be Held in Denver
The Public Library Association (PLA) will hold a symposium on equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice (EDISJ). Social Justice and Public Libraries: Equity Starts with Us will be offered three times in 2019, including in Denver, Colorado. The Denver event will be held at the Denver Public Library on February 25-26. Participants will hear from libraries putting equity into practice, developing regional connections, and creating local action plans to advance equity and social justice in their organizations and communities.

RIPL Regional Event in SLC March 6-7
The next Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) Regional event will occur March 6-7, 2019, in Salt Lake City, Utah. What is a RIPL Regional? It’s a scaled-down version of the national data boot camp – 2 days, 4 instructors, and up to 70 public library participants from Utah and beyond – that provides the training necessary to begin using data and evaluation for managing, planning, and communicating impact. Registration will open Tuesday, January 15, 2019at 10:00 AM Mountain at

Become a National Entrepreneurship Week 2019 Library
EveryLibrary invites you to be a local library partner in National Entrepreneurship Week, February 18 – 22, 2019, the annual Congressionally-chartered week dedicated to showcasing and supporting entrepreneurship throughout the United States. If your library supports entrepreneurs, starters, co-working, and the ecosystem of small businesses in your community, join hundreds of other libraries as a #NatlEshipWeek 2019 site.

Application Period Open for Library Freedom Institute
Library Freedom Institute (LFI) is a privacy-focused six-month program for librarians to teach them the skills necessary to thrive as privacy advocates; from educating community members to influencing public policy.

2019 YA Services Symposium Program Proposals Open
YALSA has opened the program proposals for its 2019 Young Adult Services Symposium. The theme of the symposium is “Show Up and Advocate: Supporting Teens in the Face of Adversity,” and is to be held November 1-3, 2019, in Memphis, Tennessee. Submit a program proposal by February 1.

Digital Civics Toolkit for Educators
The Digital Civics Toolkit is a collection of resources for educators to support youth to explore, recognize, and take seriously the civic potentials of digital life. The Toolkit draws on the research and work of the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP).  The Toolkit explores a range of civic opportunities and dilemmas via 5 modules focused on: Exploring Community Issues, Investigation, Dialogue, Voice, and Action.

Library of Congress Summer Institutes and Library Media Specialist Workshop
Apply to participate in a Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute or Library Media Specialist Multi-Day Workshop if you want to learn effective strategies to incorporate primary sources into your teaching; develop an activity plan using primary sources from the Library of Congress; explore the Library’s rich collections and work with experts from around the institution; and meet the LOC’s education specialists. These professional development opportunities are free but participants must pay for travel to Washington, D.C., and for lodging and food while attending the workshop or institute.

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