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Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Ready, Set, Library! National Library Week, April 7-13, 2024

A Brief History of ALA for National Library Week 2024
by Patti Gibbons
The American Library Association (ALA) has been advancing library science and safeguarding information since the 19th century. Today, nearly 150 years after its official incorporation, ALA is the largest library association in the world, with around 50,000 members. But its conception and beginnings came after initial attempts to launch failed.

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ALA Starts National Library Week With a Focus on the Most Challenged Books
"The Top 10 [Most Challenged] Books are featured in Unite Against Book Bans' Book Resume resource. Launched in February, these resumes support librarians, educators, parents, students, and other community advocates when they defend books from censorship," ALA notes.
DPLA Is Seeking a New Steward of America's Digital Heritage
Dominic Byrd-McDevitt, interim director of community engagement at the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), announced, "Following up on what we shared last week—that DPLA is launching a search for the next home of our cultural heritage aggregation program—I am excited to announce that we are now accepting expressions of interest. ..."
ByWater Solutions Celebrates Its 15th Birthday
ByWater Solutions turned 15 in March 2024, marking the milestone with a special episode of the podcast The Library Is Open.
Sora Unveils Its First Annual Report Sharing Worldwide Student Reading Data
"The State of K-12 Digital Reading," which is available to download for free after registering, "reveals compelling regional differences, double digit growth in Comics and Graphic Novels and a surprising insight on which months tracked the most time spent reading."
Digital Science Creates Campaign to Study Research Transformation in Response to AI
"A new campaign entitled 'Research Transformation' is being launched by Digital Science to celebrate the art of change within the research sector."

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Librarians After Hours, Part 3
by Thomas Pack
Thomas Pack writes the After Hours column for Information Today newsmagazine, which features a quick look at sites info pros might not know about, but should. It reflects when readers would typically have a chance to dig into the sites covered—that is, after work hours. This article features excerpts from Pack's columns from January/February 2023 to November/December 2023.

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