KPIX: San Francisco Library Receives $2M To Expand Services For Incarcerated

KPIX: San Francisco Library Receives $2M To Expand Services For Incarcerated. “The San Francisco Public Library received a $2 million grant to expand services for people incarcerated locally and nationally from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation last week. The grant will support a collaboration between the library and the American Library Association, according to a news release shared Thursday by the office of San Francisco Mayor London Breed.”

American Library Association: Booklist launches Booklist Reader for library patrons and the public

American Library Association: Booklist launches Booklist Reader for library patrons and the public. “Booklist, the review publication of the American Library Association, proudly announces the launch of Booklist Reader, a new digital library patron–facing magazine featuring diverse readers’ advisory recommendations for readers of all ages. Each month, Booklist Reader will showcase top-10 lists, must reads, interviews with (and articles by) top authors and illustrators, and adult, youth, and audio recommendations for all communities and all who love to read.” The announcement further notes that “Booklist Reader will be freely available to all from now through the December 2021 issue.”

Institute of Museum and Library Services: Museums and Libraries Join Forces to Boost Vaccine Confidence

Institute of Museum and Library Services: Museums and Libraries Join Forces to Boost Vaccine Confidence. “The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the American Library Association (ALA), and the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) today announced the launch of Communities for Immunity, an unprecedented partnership to boost COVID-19 vaccine confidence in communities across the United States.”

Publishers Weekly: ALA Releases 2020 Most Challenged Books List

Publishers Weekly: ALA Releases 2020 Most Challenged Books List. “For a third year in a row, Alex Gino’s George has topped the American Library Association’s list of most challenged book in American libraries. The ALA’s Most Challenged Books list, released annually in conjunction with National Library Week, which runs April 4-10 this year, tracks attempts to ban or restrict access to books across the United States and raises awareness of censorship efforts in our libraries and schools.”

American Library Association: Public libraries launch, expand services during COVID-19 pandemic

American Library Association: Public libraries launch, expand services during COVID-19 pandemic. “As public libraries close their buildings to the public, staff continue to serve their communities in innovative ways. Those are among the chief findings the Public Library Association (PLA) announced today in the broadest survey of public libraries’ response to the pandemic to date, with 2,545 unique responses nationwide. Most respondents (98%) reported their buildings were closed to the public but, in many cases, staff continued to expand access to digital resources, launch virtual programs and coordinate services with local government agencies.”

ALA: ALA receives $2 million Google. org grant to develop library entrepreneurship centers

ALA: ALA receives $2 million Google. org grant to develop library entrepreneurship centers. “Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the funding for ALA as part of a $10 million pledge to help entrepreneurs from low-income and underrepresented groups start new businesses via access to training and capital. The $2 million grant builds on Google’s ongoing support of ALA and libraries, including the Libraries Lead with Digital Skills collaboration funded by Grow with Google, which gave ALA $1 million to help libraries provide digital skills training to their patrons.That initiative, announced earlier this year, has already supported 130 libraries across 18 states and will continue to all 50 states in 2020.”

Google Blog: Grow with Google is coming to a library near you

Google Blog: Grow with Google is coming to a library near you. “To support the amazing work of libraries throughout the country, Google and the American Library Association are launching the Libraries Ready to Code website, an online resource for libraries to teach coding and computational thinking to youth. Since we kicked off this collaboration last June, thirty libraries across the U.S. have piloted programs and contributed best practices for a ‘by libraries, for libraries’ hub. Now, the 120,000 libraries across the country can choose the most relevant programs for their communities.”

ALA: New intellectual freedom resources for libraries on social media and controversial programs

ALA: New intellectual freedom resources for libraries on social media and controversial programs. “In response to program cancellations and rising concerns about social media access and privacy, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee published new guidelines and a Q&A for library workers. ‘Social Media Guidelines for Public and Academic Libraries’ provides a policy framework for public and academic libraries that use social media. Topics range from staff responsibilities and acceptable behavior, to privacy and reconsideration forms.”

ALA News: AASL announces 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

ALA News: AASL announces 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning. “The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. The annual lists honor 25 apps and 25 websites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. These technology resources are chosen for their ability to foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation and collaboration and for their support of AASL’s ‘National School Library Standards.’”