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LeVar Burton Delights

LeVar Burton (with American Libraries)LeVar Burton may be known for many things—playing Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Kunta Kinte on the Roots miniseries, and longtime host of the children’s show Reading Rainbow—but on February 1 at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, Burton played a librarian by beginning his talk with storytime.

Top Ten (plus!) Tweets – Sunday (Day 3)

Sunday put the winter in Midwinter, showing #alamw15 attendees just how strong a punch Chicago winters can pack.

Thousands of dedicated librarians are braving a foot of snow today in order to better serve our patrons. #frozebrarians #libcicles #alamw15

 

ARCs can serve multiple purposes it seems...

Performance Measures for Public Libraries

The Public Library Association (PLA) appointed a task force in July 2013 to develop standardized measures of effectiveness for public library programs that go beyond traditional circulation numbers and gate counts. Its goal was to develop a simple survey that libraries could use to collect meaningful outcome measures that would be useful to improve their programs and use in advocacy efforts.

A Field Guide to Makerspaces

During her Masters Series talk on Sunday morning, Mita Williams, user experience librarian at the University of Windsor (Ont.) Leddy Library, offered an introduction to the many new types of creative spaces that libraries and communities are adopting.

Teaching Adults to Read

One in six American adults struggles with basic English literacy. That translates into 36 million people between the ages of 16 and 65 who grapple with reading on a daily basis, according to a 2013 study called Program for the International Assessment for Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

Low and Slow: What’s Cooking @ ALA

In a town known for deep dish pizza and hot dogs, Chicago can seem barren of good barbecue. But chef and author Gary Wiviott, who demonstrated how to saute and grind your own chili spices at the What’s Cooking @ ALA stage today, had the crowd hungering for the closest barbecue spot for dinner. (Wiviott is the pitmaster at Barn & Company at 950 W. Wrightwood Ave. in Chicago, so there are options.)

ALA Council meets at Midwinter

Courtney YoungThe ALA Council met for its first session Sunday morning. After a brief introduction and announcements, ALA President Courtney Young established a quorum. Council then adopted the rules and the day’s agenda (CD #8.1rev_12815_act). Councilors also approved minutes from the 2014 ALA Annual Conference (CD #2).

Cece Bell on El Deafo

At the ERT/Booklist Author Forum, Cece Bell talks about how the format of comics and graphic novels help her convey the experience of hearing loss—for both children and adults.

ERT/Booklist Author Forum: Early influences

In this video from the ERT/Booklist Author Forum, Cece Bell, Jeff Smith, Françoise Mouly, and Gene Luen Yang talk about the first cartoons and comics they read, as well as the two comic books every library should own.

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