Friday, April 18, 2014

Pulitzer Prize Winners 2014

The Pulitzer Prize Winners were announced this week. The winners in the Letters, Drama, and Music category are as follows:

Letters, Drama, and Music

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)
The Flick by Annie Baker
The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton)
Biography or Autobiography
Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri (Graywolf Press)
General Nonfiction
Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books)
Become Ocean by John Luther Adams (Taiga Press/Theodore Front Musical Literature)
Check the WVLC Catalog for title availability or check your local library for title availability.

Capitol Reads

April's Capitol Read is Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--And How it Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman's No. 1 bestseller The World Is Flat has helped millions of readers to see the world, and globalization, in a new way. With his latest book, Friedman brings a fresh and provocative outlook to another pressing issue: the interlinked crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy--both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to the 2008 presidential election--and to all of us who are concerned about the state of America and its role in the global future.

"Green is the new red, white, and blue," Friedman declares, and proposes that an ambitious national strategy--which he calls geo-greenism--is not only what we need to save the planet from overheating, it is what we need to make America healthier, richer, more innovative, more productive, and more secure in the coming E.C.E.--the Energy-Climate Era. Green-oriented practices and technologies, established at scale everywhere from Washington to Wal-Mart, are both the only way to mitigate climate change and the best way for America to "get its groove back"--to "reknit America at home, reconnect America abroad, retool America for the new century, and restore America to its natural place in the global order."

As in The World Is Flat and his previous bestseller The Lexus and the Olive Tree, he explains the future we are facing through an illuminating account of recent events. He explains how 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the flattening of the world by the Internet, which has brought three billion new consumers onto the world stage, have combined to bring the climate and energy issues to main street. But they have not really gone down main street yet. Indeed, it is Friedman's view that we are not really having the green revolution that the press keeps touting, or, if we are, "it is the only revolution in history," he says, "where no one got hurt." No, to the contrary, argues Friedman, we're actually having a "green party." We have not even begun to be serious yet about the speed and scale of change that is required.

With all that in mind, Friedman lays out his argument that if we are going to avoid the worst disruptions looming before us as we enter the Energy-Climate Era, we are going to need several disruptive breakthroughs in the clean-technology sphere--disruptive in the transformational sense. He explores what enabled the disruptive breakthroughs that created the IT (Information Technology) revolution that flattened the world in information terms and then shows how a similar set of disruptive breakthroughs could spark the ET--Energy Technology--revolution. Time and again, though, Friedman shows why it is both necessary and desirous for America to lead this revolution--with the first green president, a green New Deal, and spurred by the Greenest Generation--and why meeting the green challenge of the twenty-first century could transform America every bit as meeting the Red challenge, that of Communism, did in the twentieth century.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded is classic Thomas L. Friedman--fearless, incisive, forward-looking, and rich in surprising common sense about the world we live in today.

More information about Capitol Reads selections can be found on the WVLC website

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Newest Library Update Available to View

A new episode of Library Update is up on YouTube. This is part one of Episode 27, Library and Information Science Collections. Make sure to catch parts 2 and 3 of the episode as well.

The West Virginia Library Commission is committed to promoting, assisting, and supporting high quality library services and information resources to all West Virginia residents. This includes getting relevant information out to library directors, their staff, and patrons through various formats. Currently the Library Commission uses its website, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, e-bulletins and now YouTube to disseminate information. 
WVLC plans on bringing you current programs, topics, and trends. This broad spectrum includes partnerships, training, programming, and service. We want this program to be a useful, entertaining resource for you. If you ever have any questions or comments regarding topics on this show, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-642-9021. 
This program is not intended to act as a calendar of events, but as a vehicle of ideology and practical tips. Specific event information can always be found on our website and at your local libraries.
The video in this post is the first segment of the episode. Check it out, then view parts 2 and 3. Make sure you subscribe to the West Virginia Library Commission YouTube channel so you don't miss the newest episodes!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Public Hearing, "Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact"

On Thursday, April 17th at 9:30 a.m. EDT, the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will hold a public hearing, “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” to examine the need for high-speed broadband in America’s libraries. FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler will make opening remarks, and expert panelists from across the library, technology, and public policy spectrum will explore the issue of high-speed broadband in America’s libraries. The hearing, which takes place during National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014), will also explore ideas for streamlining and increasing the efficiency of the E-rate program and the potential of library programs, leveraging high-speed connections, to drive education, community and economic development. 

You can also tune into the live stream on YouTube or Google+.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Consumer Financial Protection panel archive available (Money Smart Week)

For those who may have missed the livestream of the  panel discussion that was part of the Consumer Financial Protection’s announcement of partnering with libraries, here is the archived link.   

Panel Discussion       
Moderator: Gerri Walsh, President, FINRA Investor Education Foundation
Carolyn Anthony, President, Public Library Association
Susan Hildreth, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Kerwin Pilgrim, Director, Adult Learning, Brooklyn Public Library
Dan Rutherford,  Senior Content Specialist, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Closing remarks
Keith Michael Fiels, Executive Director, American Library Association 

Monday, April 7, 2014

TODAY AT NOON: CFPB and Libraries Live Webcast (Money Smart Week)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will announce the launch of a partnership with public libraries on Monday, April 7th. The project will help public libraries provide free, unbiased financial information and referrals. The CFPB will work with libraries to help build local partnerships and to promote them as community resources.

The event will include a panel discussion with CFPB officials, library representatives, and financial education experts. 

Watch the livestream on Monday, April 7, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. ET:

Other speakers will include Charles Evans, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Keith Michael Fiels, Executive Director at the American Library Association. 

Opening Remarks
Charles Evans, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Keynote Address
Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Panel Discussion       
Moderator: Gerri Walsh, President, FINRA Investor Education Foundation
Carolyn Anthony, President, Public Library Association
Susan Hildreth, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Kerwin Pilgrim, Director, Adult Learning, Brooklyn Public Library
Dan Rutherford,  Senior Content Specialist, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Closing remarks
Keith Michael Fiels, Executive Director, American Library Association 
Watch the livestream on Monday, April 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET:

The event is hosted by CFPB’s Office of Financial Education as part of Money Smart Week.
About CFPB and the Office of Financial Education
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act) created the CFPB’s Office of Financial Education to develop and implement initiatives to educate and empower consumers to make better-informed financial decisions. To help do that, the CFPB has teamed up with local public libraries, library associations, state and federal agencies, and national financial education leaders to generate ongoing interest in financial education and develop bottom-up approaches to provide programs and build collections for libraries of all sizes and in all communities

Friday, April 4, 2014

Libraries: Schedule Snapshot Day during National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014

The West Virginia  Library Association in cooperation with the West Virginia Library Commission encourages libraries across the state to participate in West Virginia Library Snapshot Day.

Libraries are busier than ever, providing incredible service in these challenging economic times. What if libraries went away, even for a day? What would the impact be on our state and the people we serve? What would happen if there were no libraries?

Library Snapshot Day is a local, state and national initiative designed to dramatically answer these questions and illustrate the value of academic, public, and school libraries.