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July 24, 2014

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University of Illinois and Freedom to Read Foundation Offer Intellectual Freedom Course

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The Freedom to Read Foundation and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are joining forces to offer an online graduate-level course “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” for library and information science students around the country held August 26–October 10.

Library and Education Groups File Net Neutrality Comments with FCC

Concern over net neutrality rules prompted a joint filing by a coalition that includes ALA and EDUCAUSE, with suggestions to ensure the preservation of “an open Internet for libraries, higher education and the communities we serve.”

Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited Ebook Subscription Service

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Upon the announcement of Amazon’s ebook subscription program Kindle Unlimited, Gary Price, INFOdocket editor, writes “Are libraries ready to compete with these services?”

FCC Approves E-Rate Plan to Inject $2 Billion into WiFi for Schools and Libraries

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On July 11, the FCC narrowly passed the “Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” for the Program to Modernize E-Rate which translates into $2 billion over the next two years towards WiFi funding in schools and libraries.

The FCC To Vote on $2 Billion E-Rate Proposal, Librarians Are Speaking Out

Common Core Will Stress Already Inadequate E-rate Funding

On July 11, a big E-Rate vote for Wi-Fi funding for schools and libraries is coming up. The latest FCC proposal states that libraries’ Wi-Fi funding be determined by a space’s square footage—$1 per square foot. With $2 billion at stake, librarians across the country are objecting to this funding formula with claims that it doesn’t serve high-need urban libraries where square footage does not represent the number of visitors.

Libraries Needed to Host Summer Meal Programs. Here’s How to Help.

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Summer is a tough time for many kids—when they don’t get enough to eat. Summer meal programs are critical and public libraries are uniquely suited to host them. While outside of traditional library services, providing food to hungry citizens is “another way we can serve the community,” says Susan Maldonado, teen services librarian at Oakland Public Library.

Scenes from the ‘Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off’ | ALA 2014

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“The rules are: I get to make up the rules for this thing.” And with that, Master of Ceremonies Jon Scieszka opened the first “Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off,” held June 29 at ALA Annual and featuring ‘contestants’ Anna Dewdney, Judy Schachner, Loren Long, and Oliver Jeffers.

Walter Dean Myers, Award-Winning Author and Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Passes at 76

Press Release: Obituary – Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014)

Walter Dean Myers, beloved and deeply respected children’s author, whose books include Sunrise Over Fallujah and Monster, died on July 1 following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.

What’s Your Online Persona?

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Are you an online adventurer, curator, amplifier, or something else? Learn about the 12 online personas, and tell us who you are in an online poll.

ALA Announces First Ever Winner of the Lemony Snicket Prize

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On June 9, the ALA announced the winner of the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity—say that three times quickly—which will go to New Orleans Youth Outreach Librarian Laurence Copel who overcame unrelenting adversity to get the children of the Ninth Ward their much-needed books.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks: Not a Trend, But Here to Stay | BEA 2014

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Over 300 people attended the #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel on May 31 held at New York City’s Jacob Javits Center as part of BookExpo America’s consumer-focused BookCon event; the session was added late to the program after the grassroot campaign’s hashtag went viral following its launch, eliciting more than 162 million tweets since May 1.

Audio and Video: Maya Angelou, Appearances and Interviews

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Selected interviews and appearances by Maya Angelou, who passed away on May 28, 2014.

Gates Foundation Ending Global Libraries Program Over Next 3-5 Years

On May 7, the director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries Program, Deborah Jacobs, posted a blog on the Gates Foundation website announcing the conclusion of the foundation’s work in the Global Libraries Program over the next 3 – 5 years. To date, the program has reached more than 13,000 public libraries in nearly 20 countries, many developing and transitioning.

What Public Librarians Need to Know about Common Core State Standards

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From programming to collection development, common core state standards can impact the work of the public librarian. With implementation in the schools, where do you fit in? Join Deborah B. Ford in this webcast designed to debunk the myths, inspire you with programming ideas, and guide you in the demand for rigorous fiction and nonfiction.
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Eliza T. Dresang, Author and Noted Professor of Library Science, Dies at 72

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Dresang, the Beverly Cleary Professor in Children and Youth Services at the University of Washington Information School, was known for her influential book about children’s literature, ‘Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age.’

Wanted: Presentations for LJ/SLJ October 1 Virtual Event “The Digital Shift”

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If you have a compelling story to share about innovation in libraries—from new takes on curation and content creation, to great examples of collaboration and programs that enhance learning—we’d like to hear from you. But hurry, proposals are due by May 2.

ALA Responds to Rep. Paul Ryan’s Proposed Elimination of IMLS

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) has urged cutting federal support for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In Ryan’s own state of Wisconsin, more than 65 percent of libraries report that they are the only free access point to Internet in their communities, stated American Library Asssociation president Barbara Stripling in her response to Ryan’s proposed budget, released April 1.

Findaway World Launches AudioEngine Audiobook Distribution Platform

Findaway World Launches AudioEngine Audiobook Distribution Platform

We mentioned Ohio-based Findaway World about one month ago on infoDOCKET when 3M announced that 40,000 audiobooks were now available to Cloud Library partners. Findaway World powers the 3M Cloud Library audiobook service. Now, Findaway World is announcing that their AudioEngine audiobook distribution platform (what 3M, MackinVia Follett, and Baker & Taylor already utilize) is […]

SLJ’s Average Book Prices 2014

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The numbers you put to work every year are here. See the list of average book prices for 2013 and 2014 to date, produced in partnership with Baker & Taylor.

Launching a Dialogue About Sexual Violence in YA Lit—and in Real Life

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Librarian and “Teen Librarian Toolbox” website creator Karen Jensen is empowering librarians to talk about sexual violence (SV) in books, and more significantly, to help teens who’ve experienced SV themselves.