[kids-lib] Tidbits from the Library World

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Thu Feb 10 08:34:57 PST 2011

Hello!  My colleague Jen Maurer just sent out an excellent recap of recent library-related news on the OASL listserv.  Much of it relates to public libraries as well so I thought I would forward it on this listserv.


Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

From: oasl-all at oema.memberclicks.net [mailto:oasl-all at oema.memberclicks.net] On Behalf Of Jennifer Maurer
Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2011 7:41 PM
To: Katie Anderson
Subject: [oasl-all] Tidbits from the Library World

Looking for a little variety in your library life?  Then how about browsing this collection of library-related news.  If you don’t have time to read everything, I encourage you to scan the headings for dates and deadlines and for topics that you deem most important.  Sources include American Libraries Direct, Library Hotline, AASL Hotlinks, ODE, newspapers, and more.  This edition has lots ‘o links to “best of” lists, always good for collection development ideas.  Also, you don’t want to miss the article from the writer who makes a living crafting essays for cheating students.
ALA News
YALSA’s Teen Tech Week Begins March 6th -- Order Promotional Materials by February 16th
Teen Tech Week “is a national initiative aimed at teens, librarians, educators, parents, and other concerned adults that highlights nonprint resources at the library. The 2011 theme — Mix and Mash @ your library — focuses on encouraging teens to use library resources to express their creativity by developing their own unique online content and safely sharing it by using online collaborative tools.”  If you want to order posters, bookmarks, and other promotional items for Teen Tech Week, orders must be received by February 16th.
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Intellectual Freedom // Copyright // Plagiarism
Removing the N-Word from Huckleberry Finn
A publisher plans to print an edition of Huckleberry Finn that does not include the n-word.  Lots of opinions have been expressed about that.
Copyright Advisory Network Might Have Answers to Your Copyright Questions
The Copyright Advisory Network (CAN) is a website designed to promote education about and discussion of copyright among librarians, copyright scholars, etc.  Among other resources, it has a wiki, blog, and Q&A forum.  According to the January 6th entry on AASL’s Advocacy Tip of the Day, you can post a query and get a response from a trained librarian or copyright expert within 48 hours.

Writer Who Works for a Custom-Essay Company Exposes Degree of Student Cheating
Ed Dante (pseudonym) describes his job this way: “I work at an online company that generates tens of thousands of dollars a month by creating original essays based on specific instructions provided by cheating students. I've worked there full time since 2004. On any day of the academic year, I am working on upward of 20 assignments.”  Read the Chronicle of Higher Education article for insights into his world.
Book Lists
YALSA Releases Newest “Best” Lists for YA Fiction, Film, and Audiobooks
Need some YA collection development ideas?  Try these recommendations from YALSA for readers aged 12 -18.
            Best Fiction for YA: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/bestficya/bfyahome.cfm
           Popular Paperbacks for YA: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/popularpaperback/popularpaperbacks.cfm
           Great Graphic Novels for Teens: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/greatgraphicnovelsforteens/gn.cfm
           Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/quickpicks/qphome.cfm
Fabulous Films for YA: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/fabfilms/fabfilms.cfm
           Amazing Audiobooks for YA: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/amazingaudiobooks/audiobooks.cfm

ALSC Releases Newest Notables Lists for Children’s Books, Videos, and Recordings
The Association for Library Service to Children released their annual “best of” lists.
           Notable Children’s Books: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb/index.cfm
Notable Children’s Videos: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncv/index.cfm
           Notable Children’s Recording: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncr/index.cfm

Book Links’ List of 30 Favorite Books for K-8 from 2010
Every January the editors at Book Links pick their favorite 30 books from the previous year for K-8 libraries and classrooms.  I learned about the list from Booklist’s newsletter, Quick Tips for Schools and Libraries.

Amelia Bloomer Project Creates Bibliography of Quality Books with Feminist Content
“The Amelia Bloomer Project, a product of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s (SRRT) Feminist Taskforce, announced the 2011 Amelia Bloomer List at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. The bibliography consists of well-written and illustrated books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers from birth to 18 years old. This year’s list includes 68 titles published between July 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010.”

11 Foreign Language Resources to Try
Richard Byrne of the Free Technology for Teachers blog highlighted eleven resources that can help someone learn a foreign language.  Several could be useful for ESL/EFL.

Library Girl Offers Tips for Securing Grants
Jennifer LaGarde is a school librarian who received over $30,000 in grants for her library in the last few years.  In a blog posting for the Georgia Library Media Association, she offers tips on getting grants.
Reminder: NEA’s Read Across America is March 2nd

Video Contest for Teens – Create Promo for Summer Reading Program
Please note that this is a project of participating public libraries.  If you want to tell students about this contest, first check with your local public library to make sure they are participating.  “Videos are to be original creations by teens ages 13-18, and should effectively convey the 2011 summer reading theme ‘You Are Here’ in a 30-60 second PSA.” The deadline for Oregon submissions is March 15th.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Library Development
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR  97301-3950
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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