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!


I’m very excited to see the film “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library” (dir. Frederick Wiseman, 2017) which premiered this week at the Venice Film Festival. So far, it is getting rave reviews and is currently the NYT Critic’s Pick. Clocking in at over 3 hours long, this documentary examines both the history and the current influence of the NYPL.


April Hathcock shares her thoughts on how the diversity pipeline into libraries is really a meat grinder. Meaning, people from marginalized backgrounds are put through diversity programs and trainings and are expected to lose their identities and backgrounds in the process. Individuals from marginalized backgrounds are being used so that organizations can look good, and we need to be better than that.


School Library Journal has documented how schools and libraries are responding to the uncertainty around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  The National Book Foundation also announced its 2017 National Book Award Longlists for Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.


Some may recall the May 2016 incident in which a Kansas City public librarian was charged with interfering with the arrest of a patron who was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest. The patron in question was removed by private security and off-duty police officer for asking a followup question during a library event. Steve Woolfolk, director of public programming for the library, was arrested for attempting to intervene on behalf of the patron.

While this incident is still deeply troubling, the good news is that Woolfolk was found not guilty of obstruction, interfering with an arrest, and assaulting a police officer in Kansas City Municipal Court on September 8.

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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