Baltimore County Public Schools named National School Library Program of the Year

“Baltimore County Public Schools, serving all public schools in Baltimore County, Md., is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2017 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLPY Award annually recognizes a single school or district-wide school library program that meets the needs of the changing school and library environment and is fully integrated into the school’s curriculum. The recipient receives an obelisk – the symbol of school library excellence – and $10,000 toward its school library program.” (via AASL)

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New website brings 9 decades of University [of Chicago] history online 

“The newly launched University of Chicago Campus Publications website allows researchers to readily explore more than nine decades of University history, from 1892 to 1995.   At launch, the site provides digital access to four periodicals:  Cap and Gown, the College yearbook; the University of Chicago Magazine, the official alumni publication; Quarterly Calendar, an early omnibus publication; and the University Record, its successor.”
(via University of Chicago Library News)

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Embattled Evanston librarian questions timing of disciplinary actions

“Embattled Evanston librarian Lesley Williams on Wednesday said she wonders why she is facing disciplinary hearings now, when the infractions at issue happened months ago and did not draw attention at the time. “The real question is why these allegations are being made now, especially since one of the incidents occurred in September, and the others over the past several months. I was not disciplined for any of them at the time,” said Williams, in a statement. Her words came in response to a statement released Tuesday by trustees of the Evanston Public Library board in support of the library director and decrying Williams’ supporters, who have rallied around her and galvanized the community.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Internet Archive wins Webby Lifetime Achievement award

“We are honored to announce that the Internet Archive has been named as one of the 21st annual Webby Awards winners! Hailed as one of the Internet’s highest honors, we’re excited to receive a Webby Lifetime Achievement award and join the ranks of our friends like Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Lawrence Lessig, and Vint Cerf.” (via Internet Archive Blog)

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Turning the T into a mobile library

“Could your morning commute use a little fairy dust? A new program, Books on the T, hopes to sprinkle a daily dose of literature into Bostonians’ lives, relying on volunteer “book fairies” to place multiple free copies around the area’s railways and buses for lucky riders to take, read, and recirculate — essentially turning the transit system into a mobile lending library.” (via Boston Globe)

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