Weekly Spotlight!

Each week, we reflect on the top articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits we’ve found interesting or useful. Check out what our writers have spotted this week in library news. Enjoy!


ALA President Jim Neal has responded to the shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library by offering support and condolences:

We mourn those who were killed, and we offer our thoughts and prayers for the wounded, the families of the victims, library staff, and the community. ALA offers its full support to Clovis-Carver Public Library, the New Mexico Library Association, and the New Mexico State Library as they deal with this senseless violence.

ALA has also provided links to resources on best practices for violence prevention and emergency preparedness in the library.

In the aftermath of Harvey, Library Journal highlights the ways in which the record-breaking storm has affected Houston’s public library system, and ways that libraries and individuals can provide support as the city begins a long road to recovery. Mariame Kaba also tweeted out a list of local grassroots organizations that are in need of support right now.

In youth services news, Storytime Underground hosted a preconference at ALA Annual this year “on diversity, inclusion, and social justice for youth services and libraries,” and recently published links to the resources they shared at the event. Jbrary also published a guest post by Katie O’Brian called All About Process Art.


Grace Morris of Michigan State University has written a piece detailing the ways in which public libraries transform into shelters during emergencies and natural disasters. To help more libraries take on this sort of role, Morris and a team of graduate students are creating a youth services toolkit to guide librarians in helping out during emergencies. The toolkit will be available soon at the Library of Michigan’s Youth Library Services website.

Cover photo from Alan Wu on Flickr Commons. Changes were made in adapting this image.  Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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