Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sonoma County Library has difficulty filling MLIS-required jobs

At the Berkeley Public Library, “Progressively responsible related experience” is accepted as a substitute, on a year-to-year basis, for college coursework toward a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Might this not be an approach worth trying at Sonoma County Library, where a planned start of additional library hours has had to be pushed back? Library Commissioner Randall Neff, during a Windsor Town Council meeting, said the delay was due to difficulties in finding qualified applicants for positions that required an MLIS degree (as reported by Heather Bailey for Sonoma West Times & News).

Monday, March 20, 2017

ALA resists cuts to federal library funding

At “District Dispatch,” American Library Association President Julie Todaro shares ways that library professionals can fight U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts in federal funding. Todaro states that while it is unclear at this time how deeply federal library funding will be impacted, “One thing we all know for certain: Real people will be impacted if these budget proposals are carried through.”

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Animal photographs illustrate ‘fake news’

Cover, April 2017 issue of National Geographic Kids. Image depicts lemur standing on hind legs, arms upraised. Caption reads, 'Real or Fake: Is this Lemur Dancing?' Additional text next to insert-photo of elephant sitting on top of car, reads: 'Plus: Animal Fake-Outs, Tricky Photos, and More'

With fake news the subject of enormous concern in education/information communities, I want to highlight a new arrival in Bellview library that broaches the subject with young readers. The April 2017 issue of National Geographic Kids presents outrageous animal photos and asks if they are “real or fake.” It also presents guidelines to help readers separate “real-life headlines" from “phony-baloney stories.” This is a very timely subject, and I think the animal pictures make it especially accessible, something that children can relate to.

Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award

Patricia Gallagher Book Award nominated titles, arranged on library counter-top

In Bellview library, I’m drawing staff attention to the Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award. This year’s nominated titles are available in Bellview library, with voting open until April 30.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

‘Se requieren habilidades bilingües en español’

(In Spanish)
Leyendo un anuncio para trabajar en una biblioteca: “Se requieren habilidades bilingües en español.” Quiero hablar con los usuarios de la biblioteca en el idioma que entienden. Por ahora, hablo y entiendo sólo un poco de español, pero estoy estudiando. Las entradas de mi blog escritas en español son parte de mi práctica regular. Busco palabras que no conozco.

(En inglés)
Reading an advertisement for work in a library: “Spanish bilingual skills are required.” I want to talk with library patrons in the language they understand. For now, I speak and understand only a little Spanish, but I am studying. Blog entries written in Spanish are part of my regular practice. I look up words I don’t know.