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Little House, Big Problem: What To Do with “Classic” Books That Are Also Racist (SLJ)

By Marva Hinton, May 28, 2020, School Library Journal. Figuring out to how to handle classics that critics say haven’t aged well can be tough for librarians charged with putting together school collections. Students have been reading To Kill a Mockingbird, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , and the “Little House” series for generations, and for many years, having these “classics” available in school libraries was a given. But today, some media specialists are questioning the proper place for...

Pop-up libraries find new ways to promote services, improve outreach (NACo)

By Rachel Looker, June 8, 2020, NACo - county news. When looking to find new ways to promote library services to the public, staff from Orange County, Calif. Public Libraries knew they would need to go beyond the typical promotional items to bring awareness of what libraries can offer to the community. Regional Services Manager Matthew Patsel and his team launched the Pop-Up Libraries Program in 2018 to raise public awareness of the services that are available at Orange County libraries. The...

I'm a coronavirus contact tracer. Asking vulnerable people to stay home isn't always easy.

By Shawna Sherman, June 3, 2020, USA Today. I may not be a medical professional but I am a member of this community. The work of contact tracers can help ease distress and even save lives. Just three months ago, I worked as a librarian at the San Francisco Public Library's Main Branch, where I answered questions on a reference desk. Now, I spend my days calling strangers to ask: Have you had any novel coronavirus symptoms in the last three days? Are you able to stay at home? Can we monitor...

Public Libraries Innovate to Serve Vulnerable Populations on the Front Lines of COVID-19 (Urban Libraries Council)

Press Release may 26, 2020, Urban Libraries Council. Public libraries across the U.S. and Canada are taking bold and innovative measures to mitigate the inequitable impact of COVID-19 on children, low-income families, communities of color, people experiencing homelessness and other high-risk populations. Through dynamic partnerships with local government, new digital service models, reimagined library spaces and other innovative approaches, these new efforts reflect a rapid evolution of the...

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