University of Texas at San Antonio: UTSA’s virtual conference will share best practices and current trends in STEM librarianship

University of Texas at San Antonio: UTSA’s virtual conference will share best practices and current trends in STEM librarianship. “This summer, UTSA Libraries will host the annual STEM Librarians South Conference from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on July 28 and from noon to 5 p.m. on July 29. The conference will feature a series of online presentations and will bring together information professionals and academics from across the United States to discuss current research, ideas, insights and best practices that advance STEM research and education.” Registration is required but the conference is free to attend.

Birthing a Capstone: A Prenatal and Postpartum Health Toolkit for Public Librarians (National Library of Medicine)

National Library of Medicine: Birthing a Capstone: A Prenatal and Postpartum Health Toolkit for Public Librarians. “Using PubMed and MedlinePlus as well as curating more online resources, this new toolkit gives librarians a ready-made, customizable bank of resources so that they can distribute pre-prepared resources or customize our resources templates to suit their specific library’s needs and ensures that librarians have access to high-quality, evidence-based information about prenatal, expecting, and postpartum needs to distribute to patrons, with the option to tailor it to suit their patrons’ needs.”

The Guardian: ABC to abolish 58 librarian and archivist jobs with journalists to do archival work

The Guardian: ABC to abolish 58 librarian and archivist jobs with journalists to do archival work . This is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, not the American network. “Archivists and librarians at the ABC are in shock after management unveiled plans to abolish 58 positions and make journalists research and archive their own stories. Reporters and producers working on breaking news, news programs and daily programs like 7.30 will have to search for archival material themselves and will be expected to log the metadata of any new material into the system.”

CBC: The pandemic showed us that we still need libraries, even with Google

CBC: The pandemic showed us that we still need libraries, even with Google. “As an academic librarian and a life-long library card holder, I paid little heed to those who predicted library buildings would close and everything would go online. ‘It won’t happen,’ I said, never imagining that a global pandemic would close library buildings for months on end. For the first time ever, I saw glimpses of what a world without libraries might be like.”

Boston Globe: As the war unfolds, this Boston Public Library curator is helping preserve Ukraine’s cultural treasures

Boston Globe: As the war unfolds, this Boston Public Library curator is helping preserve Ukraine’s cultural treasures. “Deliberately destroying cultural heritage sites or property is much more than collateral damage: It constitutes a war crime. ‘Erasing people’s identity, you’re able to control them further, and to control the narrative,’ said Kristin Parker, Boston Public Library’s lead curator and manager of the arts. ‘In times of war, it’s a tactic.’ Parker is a lead trainer in an international volunteer network of what she calls ‘cultural heritage first responders’ organized by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative.”

Library of Congress: Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden’s Statement on Ukraine

Library of Congress: Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden’s Statement on Ukraine. “Librarians across Ukraine are still working, when possible, to carry out their daily tasks of providing information, supporting community events, and providing children with books and programs. But they are also using their valued public spaces for life-saving bomb shelters. For first-aid training classes. For refugee meeting points. For protection of cultural treasures. By their courage and commitment, Ukrainian librarians are proving their role as part of the national backbone. No nation exists without its culture, and no culture can long survive without keepers of that heritage. Those cultural attendants are often in libraries, they are the librarians.”

Christian Science Monitor: From lawsuits to giveaway drives, a push against book bans

Christian Science Monitor: From lawsuits to giveaway drives, a push against book bans. “As school boards across the United States increasingly vote to remove books from library shelves and classroom curricula, community members are countering by amplifying awareness of those very books. These grassroots efforts – from free book drives to book clubs to lawsuits – differ in method but share a common mission to keep the world of books open for exploration.”

Route Fifty: Librarians Now Frontline Workers in Combating Covid-19

Route Fifty: Librarians Now Frontline Workers in Combating Covid-19. “As public libraries across the nation begin handing out Covid-19 testing kits and N95 masks, librarians have become the latest frontline workers. Melanie Huggins, president of the Public Library Association, said libraries and librarians are essential to combating the virus seeing as they are vital to their communities and have accessible hours of operation.”

Librarians To The Rescue: Scheduling Vaccines, Providing Tests (Patch Virginia)

Patch Virginia: Librarians To The Rescue: Scheduling Vaccines, Providing Tests. “In many jurisdictions, libraries shuttered their doors at the onset of the pandemic. Since March 2020, libraries have adjusted and employees have operated COVID-19 call centers, provided at-home test kits, provided free mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, and offered curbside pick-up for traditional library services like book distribution.”

University of Hawaii: $350K to research redescribing archives for social change, justice

University of Hawaii: $350K to research redescribing archives for social change, justice . “Library and Information Science (LIS) Program Assistant Professor Tonia Sutherland is the recipient of the Institute of Museum and Library Services’s Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian award. Sutherland will receive $357,536 over three years for her research proposal ‘Premised on Care: Redescription as Restorative Justice in American Archives.’ Sutherland will identify existing—and make recommendations for future—professional practices for culturally responsive decision-making about archival redescription.”

The Michigan Daily: UMich librarians, archivists and curators reach formal bargaining recognition

From The Michigan Daily, which is a paper I recently discovered and I’m enjoying a lot: UMich librarians, archivists and curators reach formal bargaining recognition . “On July 18, librarians, archivists and curators (LACs) on all three University of Michigan campuses were formally recognized as a bargaining unit within the Lecturers Employee Organization, the union of non-tenure-track faculty on all three campuses at the University. The LEO communications committee wrote that this new unit will be called LEO-GLAM, which stands for galleries, libraries, archives and museums, to reflect the heritage and environments in which most LACs work.”

NOLA: Two library workers sue New Orleans, alleging social media policy stifles criticism

NOLA: Two library workers sue New Orleans, alleging social media policy stifles criticism. “Two New Orleans public library workers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the municipal government, Mayor LaToya Cantrell and her top deputy, alleging that a June 2020 policy infringes on their free speech rights and threatens to punish them for any criticism they might express, even in their private lives.”

Go San Angelo: Nominations for national ‘I love my librarian award’ now open

Go San Angelo: Nominations for national ‘I love my librarian award’ now open. “Has a librarian made a difference in your life? You can nominate them for the national ‘I Love My Librarian Award,’ which honors librarians across the country who are changing lives and improving communities. Each year, ten librarians are selected to receive a $5,000 cash award and $750 for their library in recognition of their public service.”

Organizing the Books in Your Home, Part 1: How to Shelve Like a Librarian (Library Journal)

Library Journal: Organizing the Books in Your Home, Part 1: How to Shelve Like a Librarian . “The following is the first of a multipart weekly series designed to help readers make the most of their home collections. This week, we look at the traditional Dewey Decimal Classification system and how it might work for you. Future installments will tackle the pros and cons of ‘genrefying’ fiction (separating distinct genres like romance, horror, sf/fantasy, etc.); how to ‘weed’ your collection, including when to throw away or recycle outdated information; and how to best organize books for young children.”

“Beyond the Performative”: Social Justice and Archives, Part 2 (Terrapin Tales)

Terrapin Tales: “Beyond the Performative”: Social Justice and Archives, Part 2. “In our post “Challenging the Status Quo”: Social Justice and Archives we explored the role of libraries and archives in working toward social justice and asked three University of Maryland Libraries and SCUA staff members to reflect on what social justice means to them. We’re continuing this series by exploring the perspectives of three more staff members! We asked these questions: 1) what do you do and what are some of your daily responsibilities? and 2) in your position, what does social justice in the archive or library mean to you?”