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!


Librarian Meredith Farkas wrote in the American Libraries Magazine about changing the narrative around resilience and emotional work in libraries in a post called Less Is Not More.  This thought-provoking article focuses on starting new conversations about how to support the library’s most important assets: their workers.

The American Psychological Association (APA) completes an annual survey of stress in the United States of America and this year’s survey released on November 1.  The sources of American stress may not surprise you, but the findings are still fascinating. Take particular note of the similarities in opinions about current stresses among the different generations on page 3.


This week, Brittney McNamara of Teen Vogue published an article called “Why Having Books Behind Bars is So Important,” as part of their Kids Incarcerated series for National Youth Justice Awareness Month. McNamara discusses how crucial and necessary it is for incarcerated young people to have access to books and literacy instruction, and highlights the unPrison Project, an organization that provides books for women in prison to read to their children on visiting day.


I recently saw an amazing documentary about archiving film called Saving Brinton. From 1895-1909, Frank and Indiana Brinton of Washington (Iowa) traveled from Minnesota to Texas with some of the first films ever created, including several films by Georges Melies previously thought to have been lost. People started taking interest in this collection after Mike Zahs (also of Washington IA) found them in his house and brought them to the University of Iowa Special Collections, and later to the Library of Congress. This movie is full of the serendipitous moments of working in an archive. Saving Brinton is currently touring, so check it out if it comes to your city! You will definitely cry happy tears.

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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