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!

Stefanie

It’s awards season for children’s literature! On Monday, February 12, the Youth Media Awards will be announced live from ALA Midwinter in Denver, Colorado. This is the day that youth services librarians wait for every year–winners will be revealed for the Coretta Scott King Book, Pura Belpré, Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Stonewall Book Awards, just to name a few.

In 2019, the American Library Association will also be highlighting winning titles selected by the American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian/Pacific American Library Association (APALA), and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL). ALA President Jim Neal describes why this is such an important development in the world of children’s literature:

A child’s lack of exposure to other cultures paves the way to bigotry and cultural invisibility. The addition of professional affiliate awards can only assist with our efforts to encourage understanding and abolish cultural invisibility.

If you have any predictions for this year’s Youth Media Awards, feel free to leave them in the comments!

Ian

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s budget proposal for fiscal years 2018-2020 would completely eliminate direct state aid to public libraries. February 15 marks Library Legislative Day in Kentucky, which will provide advocates for public libraries in the state the opportunity to speak to lawmakers on behalf of the public library system.

While it is troubling that a state governor would offer such a proposal, it is important to keep in mind that the cut are far from becoming law at this point. Nevertheless, this demonstrates the importance of political engagement in the world of libraries.


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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