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‘Captain Underpants’ doesn’t sit well with some

“The potty humor of “Captain Underpants” children’s books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison in “The Bluest Eye” would seem to have little in common. But among some parents, educators and other members of the general public who worry about what books are stocked at their local libraries, the works fall into the same category — they’re just too offensive and should be restricted or removed from the shelves. The American Library Association published its annual “State of the Libraries” report Sunday, which included its list of works most frequently “challenged” last year at schools and libraries.” (via AP)

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Four local libraries honored for offering cutting-edge services

“Today, the American Library Association (ALA) recognized four libraries for offering cutting-edge technologies in library services, honoring programs in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Bridgewater, New Jersey; Raleigh, North Carolina; and University Park, Pennsylvania. The recognition, which is presented by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), showcases libraries that are serving their communities using novel and innovative methods. Libraries or library service areas selected will be highlighted through various ALA publications and featured in a program at the ALA Annual Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, June 26-July 1, 2014.” (via ALA)

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ALA receives IMLS grant to assess impact of library public programs

“The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced today that it received a National Leadership Grant of $99,996, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funds will support a one-year project, entitled the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA), for the development of a comprehensive research agenda to document the characteristics, audiences, outcomes, and value of public programming in libraries at a national level.” (via ALA)

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ALA Midwinter 2014: On E-books, Librarians Urged to Think Bigger (and Smaller)

“Last year was a year of progress for libraries on the e-book issue. But at an engaging ALA Midwinter 2014 session hosted by the Digital Content Working Group, librarians were urged not to be satisfied by recent developments, or complacent, but rather to look more deeply at their digital future.

The session kicked off with remarks from Sari Feldman, co-chair, ALA Digital Content Working Group, and executive director of the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library. Feldman ran down the advances of the last year.” (via PW)

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ALA Midwinter 2014: A Cold, Quiet Start in Philadelphia

“The ALA Midwinter Meeting has posted fairly strong attendance in recent years, but this year’s meeting in Philadelphia was off to a noticeably quiet start, largely due to Mother Nature. Fresh on the heels of a major snowstorm and with temperatures lingering in the teens, travel snarls contributed to a lightly attended opening night reception on the exhibit floor Friday. Travel woes aside, the show goes on, with a full slate today of meetings and sessions, following Friday’s opening general session. The opening session featured five acclaimed children’s book creators, who chatted with Booklist senior editor Ilene Cooper “about creating great nonfiction for youth.” (via PW)

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ALA creates institutional repository

“The American Library Association in collaboration with the University of Illinois is creating its own institutional repository ALAIR.  An institutional repository by definition is a digital repository for collecting, preserving and disseminating the informational, some say intellectual, some research, output of an organization.  The University of Illinois was chosen because of the expertise of its archives and IR staff and that the University currently houses the ALA print archives.” (via ALA)

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FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association Announce $1.19 million in grants to public libraries to support financial literacy

“The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association (ALA) have announced $1.19 million in grants to 17 recipients as part of the Smart investing@your library® initiative. Smart investing@your library® is administered jointly by the Reference and User Services Association — a division of ALA — and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. The program funds library efforts to provide patrons with effective, unbiased educational resources about personal finance and investing. Now in its seventh year, the program has awarded a total of $8.2 million to public libraries, community college libraries and library networks nationwide.” (via ALA)

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ALA receives grant to advance library-led community engagement

“The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that it has received a grant of $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund a two-year project, Libraries Transforming Communities. The Libraries Transforming Communities project addresses a critical need of the field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways; strengthens librarians as community leaders and change agents; and strengthens ALA’s capacity as a lead library support entity. The two-year project includes in-person training and coaching of librarians and ALA staff and member leaders to support the transformation of library services and the expanding role of libraries as community conveners. ALA will also offer conference-based and distance-learning opportunities…” (via ALA)

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Libraries fear ‘ravenous’ NSA

“The nation’s libraries are backing legislation that would curb the powers of the National Security Agency. Revelations about NSA surveillance have created a “climate of concern” for libraries, which are seeking to defend the freedom to read and research away from the government’s prying eyes. “You need to have some freedom to learn about what you think is important without worrying about whether it ends up in some FBI file,” said Alan Inouye, director of the Office for Information Technology Policy at the American Library Association (ALA).” (via TheHill)

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Freedom to Read Foundation and ALA file brief in lawsuit challenging Arizona ethnic studies ban

“The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) yesterday joined with the American Library Association and several other library, education and free speech organizations in filing an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Arce v. Huppenthal, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona Revised Statute § 15-112(A). The brief argues that the statute, which led to the disbanding of Tucson’s Mexican American Studies (MAS) program, violates Arizona students’ First Amendment rights to receive information and is unconstitutionally overbroad.” (via ALA)

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