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!


Librarians continue to be at the forefront of preserving and protecting intellectual freedom. The Library Freedom Project recently received funding to expand their efforts to train librarians on digital privacy measures to protect patron privacy and educate the communities they serve.

November is Picture Book Month, an international literacy celebration of picture books! Aspiring youth librarians and/or storytime readers can find inspiration and programming ideas, and subscribe to daily blog posts throughout the month from picture book writers and illustrators.


Radical Reference is hosting a #critlib chat on Tuesday, November 14 about the intersections of activism and information work. Suggested readings and discussion questions can be found here.

One of my personal heroes, Sarah Park Dahlen, was interviewed for the blog Reading While White this week. She discusses her work as an associate professor in the Master of Library and Information Science program at St. Catherine University, her relationship with Debbie Reese, her involvement in the Lee & Low Diversity Baseline Survey, and so much more. If you’re interested in kidlit, I highly recommend checking out this amazing interview!

Speaking of interviews, I recently had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Julia Skinner for HLS about her work doing rare books outreach with incarcerated scholars. This week on her blog, she shared her experience teaching her first calligraphy class at the local prison.

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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