Attention LIS Students! – State/ALA Joint Student Memberships May be Available.

Thirty-four Chapters (aka state library associations) partner with ALA to offer students the opportunity to join them and ALA for one low price of $38, now through August 31, 2015. New program partners in 2015 are Arkansas Library Association (pending a bylaws vote), Delaware Library Association, Indiana Library Federation, Kentucky Library Association, Michigan Library Association, and Ohio Library Council.

via 34 State Library Associations Partner with ALA to Offer Joint Student Memberships | Membership.

If you’re in library school, you may be able to join your state library association AND the American Library Association (ALA) for the single price of $38. This is possible in 34 states and we in Alaska will be mulling it over at our next Executive Council meeting.

Trust me. This is an inexpensive way to find out if ALA is for you while supporting your state library association, which gets half the membership fee.

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Book Review – Lauren Ipsum : a story about computer science and other improbable things (Book, 2015) [WorldCat.org]

Lauren, a clever girl lost in Userland, applies logic and problem solving skills to find her way home, encountering along the way such concepts as timing attacks, algorithm design, and the traveling salesman problem.

via Lauren Ipsum : a story about computer science and other improbable things (Book, 2015) [WorldCat.org].

I’m not the target audience for this book. I thought it was great and I hope kids do too. What I really enjoyed aside from what seemed to be age appropriate writing, was the presentation of programming concepts as problems to solve. It is computer science divorced from math or any sort feeling that one needs special skills to solve programming problems. The message of the book seems to be “If you’re a problem solver, you’ve got this.”

There’s no real effort to deeply develop characters, but everyone is described well and their quirks are mostly charming. Concepts are laid out well in the main body of the book. There is also an appendix with more detailed explanations of ideas covered in the book.

If you’ve got students from late elementary through middle school, this book could be for them.

If you have used this books with students, I’d love to know how it was received.

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Help the Smithsonian by answering their 7 Day Review Challenge

Reviewing is an essential part of our process – it’s the step that catches mistakes or passes a page to Smithsonian staff for approval. The content of our pages can only be searched once it has passed review. We don’t want that to sound too ominous. We’ll also add something that may seem contradictory: pages don’t have to be perfect to be useful! Remember, our main goal is to create text that can be read, is useful, and is searchable. With that in mind, we ask you to join us in helping pages pass review.

via Spring into Review: 7 Day Review Challenge.

Thus begins a plea for assistance from the Smithsonian Institution. If you have time this week and an interest in historical or science materials why not lend a hand?

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4/15/2015 is National Library Workers Day: Libraries work because we do! (ALA-APA)

What is National Library Workers Day?

NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

via National Library Workers Day: Libraries work because we do!.

Looks like there is still time to Nominate your stellar colleagues as library stars: http://svy.mk/1LvdKYo.

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Federal Administrative Law: A Brief Overview (LLSDC)

A Brief Explanation of Federal Administrative Law

Federal administrative law primarily concerns the powers and procedures of Federal administering agencies in relation to the public (but usually not in criminal matters). It is Congress that grants general and specific powers to various Federal agencies through enabling legislation as well the general laws for their fair and orderly administration. These executive powers are often quasi-legislative in nature (via rules and regulations applicable to a class of persons or organizations) or quasi-judicial in nature (via orders, adjudications and decisions involving particular persons or organizations). The given powers are also subject to judicial review and interpretation.

via Federal Administrative Law: A Brief Overview.

Another excellent guide from the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington DC

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New Survey Finds Millennial Readers Clinging to Print | Digital Book World

A new study by Publishing Technology finds U.S. millennials—defined as people currently between the ages of 18 and 34—almost twice as likely to read a print book as an ebook.

via New Survey Finds Millennial Readers Clinging to Print | Digital Book World.

An important reminder not to judge people by age. Or to assume that print is a dinosaur. Wish we could get this article in front of all of our funders.

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American Library Association Celebrates June as GLBT Book Month™

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has designated June 2015 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. GLBT Book Month™ is an initiative of the American Library Association and is coordinated through its Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.

via June is GLBT Book Month™ | News & Press Center.

If you’d like to have some materials to help celebrate GLBT Book Month, check out ALA Graphics’ selection of posters and bookmarks.

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