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There’s little time left to apply for the Library of Congress Librarian-in-Residence program, and more in this edition of NewsBites.

There’s only week left to apply for the Library of Congress Librarian-in-Residence Program; a manga book is pulled from a school library’s shelves after parental complaint; Penguin Teen’s latest Creator IRL video, and more.


Apply Now for Library of Congress Librarian-in-Residence Program

Time is running out to apply for the Library of Congress Librarians-in-Residence program, which offers early career librarians “the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s vast collections.” The application period ends Feb. 22.

The program is open to students who will have completed their master’s degrees in an American Library Association-accredited library/information science program between Dec. 2017 and June 2019. Up to six applicants will be chosen for a six-month residency that begins in July. Selected librarians will get hands-on experience working with the scale and variety of the national collections, side-by-side with top innovators on the Library’s staff.


Assassination Classroom Pulled From School

Popular manga comic Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui was removed from library shelves at Markham Intermediate School in Staten Island, NY, after a parent complained about the book’s title and fictional superhero themes.

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) has issued a statement urging the superintendent to return Assassination Classroom to library shelves and to follow district procedures for the review of challenged materials.

It appears that the objection to Assassination Classroom takes the book’s title and themes out of context and disregards the book’s value as a whole, NCAC said

According to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, “the title for the comic sci-fi manga series is unfortunately misunderstood by many unwilling to delve into its pages. Assassination Classroom is not about the real-life violence that plagues schools, but rather a class of misfit students pledged with saving the world by killing their alien super-villain teacher (who has already blown up a decent chunk of the moon).”

Manga like Assassination Classroom have earned substantial international readership by addressing the social and developmental concerns of audiences with research and specificity,” the NCAC said in a statement. “For educators, manga can be a valuable tool for making life-long readers, engaging reluctant readers, and assisting struggling students. For new and reluctant readers, manga are less daunting than prose and more likely to be read. For advanced readers, they offer a novel and expansive reading experience.”


New Creator IRL Video Released

creators IRL On identityThe Penguin Teen video series “Creators IRL” released its third video, “On Identity” with authors Atia Abawi, Renée Ahdieh, Pablo Cartaya, Veera Hiranandani, and Tochi Onyebuchi. The series was created out of the “ need for representation, diversity, inclusion, and productive conversation in the book community” and is meant to give authors a way to speak to their readers about their lives and bigger issues.

Two other videos previously released were What It Means To Be An American ” with Abawi, Ahdieh, Onyebuchi, Chelsea Clinton, and Adib Khorram, and; and “On Traditions” with Onyebuchi, Clinton, Abawi, Ahdieh, and Hiranandani.


Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Awards Announced

The Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Awards honor authors and illustrators “who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience.” The 2019 winners were Dreamers by Yuyi Morales and They Call Me Guero by David Bowles. 

Texas State University College of Education developed the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award in 1995.


United States Joins Marrakesh Treaty

The United States has joined the Marrakesh Treaty as its 50th member, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced. The United States is now partnering with 78 countries, including the 28-member European Union, to increase the worldwide availability of books and other reading materials in accessible formats to people who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled.

In addition to requiring its members to have copyright exceptions to make accessible format copies of published works, the treaty enables libraries that are authorized entities to make accessible copies of textual materials and books for people with print disabilities, including those who live outside the United States, according to IMLS.

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