News in Brief

Feb 15, 2024

Here is this month’s second roundup of news and articles regarding libraries and library professionals.  Check back at the beginning of next month for an updated list of news and resources!

Librarian Hides Phones in Books to Help Victims of Domestic Violence 
Molly Riportella started BiblioUnderground – an organization to get burner phones and other resources to people who are struggling to get out of violent relationships.

Public Library Association Holds Virtual Conference
Registration is open for the PLA 2024 Virtual Conference. Offered as an alternative opportunity for public library workers unable to attend the in-person conference in Columbus, Ohio, the PLA 2024 Virtual Conference will coincide with the in-person event, April 3-5, 2024.

ALA Extends Deadline for Medal of Excellence Award
The deadline to apply for the ALA Medal of Excellence Award has been extended to March 1.  Click the link for registration materials and information.

Easy as ABCD: Using Asset-Based Community Development as a Lens for Authentic Relationship-Building
Asset-based community development (ABCD) is an approach to planning based in the recognition that all people and communities have strengths, gifts, and capacities. Its focus is on engaging and building from these strengths.

Protecting Library Workers : The Ongoing Battle for the Health and Safety of Library Staff
This article offers a summary of the latest reports on current causes of negative incidents, which protective measures are working to reduce incidents and which are not, and what new procedures and initiatives can be adopted to improve the lives of library staff and patrons.

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