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LAUSD Doubts that Seasoned Teacher-Librarians Can Teach

Outcomes-Based Futures

LINDA W. BRAUN is youth services manager at Seattle Public Library, an adjunct faculty member of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston, and a past president of ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association.

Publishers Weekly honors ALA for ebook advocacy

On December 1, Publishers Weekly lauded ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group former cochairs Sari Feldman and Bob Wolven in the publication’s annual “Publishing People of 2014” recognition for their role in advocating for fair library ebook lending practices.

New Mexico Supports Bond B and other Library Bonds

Library bond issues were successful statewide in the 2014 New Mexico general election on November 4. State General Obligation Bond B, providing $10.8 million for public, academic, public school, and tribal libraries passed by an unofficial margin of 115,211 votes. With 280,177 yes votes and 164,966 no votes, Bond B won with 62.9% in favor, 0.9% higher than attained by library Bond Issue B in 2012. This progress was accomplished through higher margins in all but 10 counties, with the greatest margin gains in Lincoln, Taos, Santa Fe, Mora, Valencia, and Los Alamos Counties.

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How Libraries Help Kids Stand Up to Bullying

Library Marks 75th Anniversary of First Sit-In

On August 21, children from a local recreation center in Alexandria, Virginia, helped commemorate the 75th anniversary of the earliest known civil rights sit-in at an American library.A photo from 1939 that shows several of the men who participated in the first sit-in at an American library. The demonstration pre-dated the civil rights movement by more than 15 years.</body></html>

Banned Books Week Celebrates Comics

Banned Books Week, running September 21–27, offers libraries everywhere an opportunity to celebrate challenging (and challenged) literature and let their communities exercise their freedom to read. This year is devoted to comics and graphic novels, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF)—a nonprofit organization devoted to free speech and defending comic book readers, retailers, publishers, and creators—has partnered with the American Library Association (ALA) to create and distribute tools and resources for libraries to use for Banned Books Week and beyond.

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