Monday, April 21, 2014

Preservation Week April 27- May 3

Preservation Week <> is a presentation of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), and will be held April 27–May 3, 2014.

Two free webinars will offered during that week: on April 29 affordable ways to preserve family keepsakes will be highlighted and on May 1, the session will cover the best ways to preserve scrapbooks. The webinars will each begin at 1 p.m. CDT and will last about one hour. Registration is required. To register and learn more go to ALCTS Events <>.

The webinars are:

Low-Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives <> (Tuesday, April 29). Presented by Karen E. K. Brown, preservation librarian for the University at Albany, SUNY University Libraries. What can we do to protect our collectables from damage even if we don’t think we have a perfect place to keep them? Learn about possible risks from handling and the environment, and practical, inexpensive ideas to keep collections safe to help ensure what you have can be shared for many years to come. ALCTS thanks Archival Products <> for sponsoring this webinar an supporting Preservation Week.<>

Preserving Scrapbooks
<> (Thursday, May 1).
Presented by Melissa Tedone, conservator at Iowa State University Library.
Scrapbooks can be challenging to preserve since they often contain a diversity of materials. Learn about common problems with long-term preservation of scrapbooks  and identify the most stable materials and bindings for new scrapbooks. ALCTS thanks Gaylord <> for sponsoring this webinar and supporting Preservation Week.

There’s still time to learn how to create a Preservation Week event at your library. The recording of the February 12, 2014 webinar, “How to Host a Preservation Week Event <> ” is available at no charge any time.

Simple ways to celebrate include:

* Invite your patrons to watch one of the two live webinar sessions or the webinar recording (which will be made available immediately after)

* Download and print bookmarks
and flyers from our online Event Toolkit.

Be sure to share the details about your event by posting to our Event Map <> and Speaker Locator.

Or pose your most commonly asked preservation question to a preservation professional in our Dear Donia preservation advice column.
<> Every question becomes an entry in our raffle for a free Document Preservation Kit from Hollinger Metal Edge.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.

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