Avid readers take on big job of building little libraries

“Teens from Burbank and surrounding communities have come together this summer to build three Little Free Libraries in a project run by the Burbank Public Library. Once completed, each will be placed in locations throughout the city and filled with books to be shared by those passing by them.The wooden boxes will be installed by city employees at three locations — the Downtown MetroLink Station, the rose garden median at Scott Road and Glenoaks Boulevard and the Chandler Bikeway. The teens will choose the books to be placed in each and it is hoped that people taking a free book will leave one off in its place.” (via LA Times)

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Librarians in the 21st Century: It Is Becoming Impossible to Remain Neutral

“I love working the reference desk. Like most people, it was my first introduction to librarians as a little kid: the smiling person behind a desk, asking me if I needed help finding anything. In my last semester of graduate school, I took a job working the access services desk at a medical library, where I could meet new people and help them the way that I had been helped in libraries throughout my life. Even as I gained more experience in archives, I continued to look for opportunities to assist at a reference or access point of service. Working in such a visible position, over the years, I have been constantly reminded that my interactions with patrons are a reflection of my body: my black, female-presenting body. In ways small and large, I have been reminded that nothing about libraries is neutral.” (via Literary Hub)

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Gale Launches Second Installment of the Archives of Sexuality and Gender Series

“Gale, a Cengage company and leading provider of library resources, has released the second part of the award-winning LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 collection, which documents a broad range of LGBTQ experiences and the fight for equal rights.   “Gale is committed to meeting the growing demand for diverse and timely content, like this new installment of the Archives of Sexuality & Gender series, which we are pleased to release during Pride Month,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale. “Students, educators, and researchers can explore a vast array of materials and uncover important connections across the development of LGBTQ culture and activism, linking history to the issues facing us today.” (via Cengage)

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Transgender man files complaint against Seattle library over private restroom

“A transgender man filed a complaint with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights on Monday afternoon against the Seattle Public Library for refusing to allow him to use the only private restroom in its downtown building, which is reserved for families.After Ryan “Comet” Alley refused to stop filming his encounter this past Wednesday with a library security officer, he was asked to leave. When he didn’t, the officer banned him from the library for three days. Alley posted the video to Facebook, attracting thousands of views.” (via The Seattle Times)

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Digital Maryland Collections Now Discoverable in DPLA

“Our collections and our partner network are growing! The collections of our newest hub, Digital Maryland, are now searchable in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) alongside millions of resources from partners across the country. The new Maryland Service Hub represents a collaborative effort between Digital Maryland, a statewide digitization program, and University System of Maryland & Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), a consortium of seventeen public colleges and universities across the state. Through the efforts of Digital Maryland and USMAI, over 83,000 new resources from public libraries, museums, historical societies, and college libraries are now available via DPLA” (via Digital Public Library of America)

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