National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.This year’s theme, Libraries = Strong Communities, illustrates how today’s libraries are at the heart of our cities, towns, schools and campuses, providing critical resources, programs and expertise. They also provide a public space where all community members, regardless of age, culture or income level, can come together to connect and learn. READ MORE
On February 1, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments about whether the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was arbitrary and capricious in reversing its 2015 order, which included rules against blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization of internet access. In the case—Mozilla et al v. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)—consumer groups and some companies are trying to restore the net neutrality protections policy that is needed to keep the internet open to all users. How will the upcoming decision affect libraries?The American Library Association (ALA), which filed an amicus brief in 2018 with other groups seeking to defend net neutrality in Mozilla, asserts net neutrality is essential for a library to meet its public mission of increasing access to information. In 2015, the FCC adopted strong net neutrality policies to require all internet traffic to be treated equally. But the agency did an about-face and eliminated those policies in 2017.ALA has been on the front lines of the net neutrality battle with the FCC, Congress, and the federal courts for more than a decade, working in coalition with other library and higher education organizations as well as broader coalitions of net neutrality advocates. READ MORE
Redwood City’s (CA) downtown library is buzzing with activity.Its roof has been home to two honeybee hives since summer, and a hands-on educational display about bees in the children’s section will be unveiled at the “Bee Jubilee."   The event features bee-themed live music by local band “Corner Laughters” and honey-flavored snacks will be offered.The “Bee Wall Interpretive Center” will educate children about the various types of bees, their life cycles and how they collect pollen. The center also includes a cabinet full of books on bees, beekeeping tools, samples of dead bees and a screen will live stream footage from the inside of the rooftop hives.“Bees are important to our society because one of every three bites of food we eat is produced by honeybees,” said beekeeper Kendal Sager, who manages the library’s bee colonies. Humans also rely on honey and beeswax for various household products, including lotions, lip balm, soaps and furniture polish, Sager said.Bees typically don’t generate much honey within the first year, said beekeeper Kendal Sager, but she did manage to harvest a modest 40 pounds of honey in September — one hive can produce up to 150 pounds in an especially productive year, she said. The honey from the rooftop hives will be for sale starting Feb. 5 in the library’s store — 6 ounces are priced at $10. READ MORE
Penn's (PA) First Generation Low Income Textbook Library helps students save hundreds of dollars on textbooks and allows them to donate old books each semester. But a recent surge in demand has left students and faculty calling for more space and funding to sustain the library."It’s reached the point where in order for it to be sustainable and be a helpful program, it needs more staff, organization, and tools like a library catalogue,” Penn First Finance and Operations Chair and College junior Melissa Perez said.The FGLI library, formally created in 2017, lets students borrow more than 4,000 books free of cost and is housed on the third floor and attic space of the Greenfield Intercultural Center. Greenfield Intercultural Academic and Library Resource Coordinator Afuah Frimpong, who oversees the program, is the only official staff member of the library.During the FGLI library's first few months, it had about 250 students participate in the program. In fall 2018, the library received more than 600 requests. This spring semester alone, it received more than 760 textbook requests from nearly 700 students using the library's resources. READ MORE
Librarian and IB Extended Essay CoordinatorJoseph Meyerhoff Library, Baltimore City CollegeBaltimore, MarylandJennifer’s an unwavering belief in students gives them the confidence to achieveThe first I Love My Librarian Award recipient from Maryland, Jennifer plays an instrumental role in prepping students for the Extended Essay portion of the high school’s International Baccalaureate Diploma program, a rigorous process of research and writing.She inspires students, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds, to rise to the challenge. If students need extra help, she meets them at coffee shops in the evenings, on weekends and school breaks. She even provides rides for students who have transportation challenges getting to school. READ MORE
It’s hard to say where in the Dewey Decimal System the story of the Warren County Public Library’s (KY) recent history would fall.  Maybe the public finance section, where a narrative about how forming a local taxing district has allowed the library to improve its financial position.Or perhaps it belongs in the political science section alongside examples of how local governments respond to demands from constituents.No doubt, Lisa Rice would like to see it in the literature section as a feel-good story suitable for reading by the fireplace or viewing on the Hallmark Channel.“Becoming a taxing district made the line item on our budget secure,” said Rice, who became library director in 2008. “It has allowed us to expand and do some work on roofing and HVAC projects and also modernize our elevator.”Rice was the library’s assistant director when the taxing district was established in 2008 with a property tax rate of 4.3 cents per $100 of valuation.That action, which passed Warren County Fiscal Court by a 4-3 vote (with Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon casting the tie-breaking vote), meant the library would no longer operate as Bowling Green Public Library. READ MORE
The sesquicentennial of the driving of the Golden Spike is still more than four months out, but folks from the Utah State University library are getting a jumpstart on the momentous anniversary.Staffers from USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library and the Utah Division of State History will soon open a new transcontinental railroad exhibit on the fourth floor of the Utah State Capitol building in Salt lake City.Titled, “A World Transformed: The Transcontinental Railroad and Utah,” the exhibit opened this month and remain on display through June 2019.  The exhibit highlights the impact of the first transcontinental railroad across the United States, which was completed in Northern Utah on May 10, 1869.Built between 1863 and 1869, the line connected the Pacific Coast at San Francisco Bay with the existing Eastern U.S. railway. The railroad revolutionized the American West with a dependable transportation system that brought Western states economic prosperity through the relatively inexpensive and speedy movement of both goods and people. READ MORE
Those who want to give their eyes a rest from printed material in books, or the screens of a computer, can gaze upon the soft, blue glow of a new aquarium at the Olean Public Library (PA) on North Second Street.Sheryl Soborowski, outreach librarian, said aquariums have been a part of the library the past 20 to 25 years, with the most recent ones in need of replacement.  “It’s a brand new fish tank that Olean Coral Reef just purchased and gave it to us for cost,” Soborowski said of the North Union Street business. “They donated their time to set it up and helped us get rid of our old fish tanks that were breaking down, and rehomed some of our larger fish. But a few that are in (the new tank) are some of our original fish.”Soborowski said the previous tanks were located in different places around the library and were taken care of by the library’s former arts coordinator, the late Robert Taylor.  “He used to have his turtles in one of the aquariums,” she said of Taylor. “There are lots of adults who come into the library and reminisce about loving the turtles through their childhood.” READ MORE
Nancy’s dedication and compassion are felt all over campusNancy has broadened the college library’s reach and impact on students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community.Her talent for teaching makes her an invaluable partner in the academic learning process. Through her fun and engaging orientations and classes, she teaches students how to find accurate and reliable data and write citations for papers. She assists faculty and staff by ensuring new resources with the latest research and teaching strategies are available to be used in classrooms. READ MORE
The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington.A list of all the 2019 award winners follows:John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:“Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” written by Meg Medina, is the 2019 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.Two Newbery Honor Books also were named: “The Night Diary,” written by Veera Hiranandani and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC; and “The Book of Boy,” written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. READ MORE