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Libraries as Gardens, Part 1

February 16, 2023 Jay Malone 0

Attending ALA’s first-ever in-person LibLearnX meeting in New Orleans has me anticipating the upcoming ACRL 2023 Conference more than ever. We will be gathering in Pittsburgh in March for our first in-person meeting since 2019. If you have not been to Pittsburgh in a while (or ever) you are in […]

Mark Cummings, Publisher of Choice, Announces Retirement

March 31, 2022 Jay Malone 0

Mark Cummings, editor and publisher at Choice, a publishing unit of ACRL, has announced his retirement, effective April 2, 2022. Cummings has led Choice since 2013, coming to ACRL from a long and distinguished career in academic and educational publishing. He began his professional life in the reference and professional […]

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

March 16, 2022 Jay Malone 0

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join together each March to commemorate and celebrate the vital role of women in American History through the celebration of Women’s […]

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ALA, ACRL Issue Joint Statement in Support of HBCUs After Recent Bomb Threats

February 10, 2022 Jay Malone 0

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of ALA, have issued the following joint statement in response to incidents of bomb threats against Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): “The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) […]

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Remembering Black History Month: Reflecting On Our Past

February 1, 2022 Jay Malone 0

Since 1970, the U.S. has celebrated Black History Month. The singular importance of February for this special month arises, in part, from the birth dates of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass (observed on February 14), dates that have been memorialized since the 19th century. It is this month […]

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A Message for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 14, 2022 Jay Malone 0

As we approach the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I urge you to read his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” He penned this moving appeal, including the powerful phrase “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” under frightful conditions, drawing heavily on his faith for comfort. The letter, […]

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Working Together for an Inclusive 2022

January 4, 2022 Jay Malone 0

As 2021 limped to a merciful end, I was reminded of our libraries as places of hope and found a renewed appreciation for those who preserve and enhance these spaces. In my town of South Bend, Indiana, our main library recently reopened after a major renovation. As I strolled through […]

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Professional Values, Jefferson’s Bible, and Censorship

December 3, 2021 Jay Malone 0

Those of us in the academic and research library community look at censorship efforts in school libraries and public libraries with a range of emotions, from distaste to horror. Indeed, ACRL’s Standards for Libraries in Higher Education cites intellectual freedom as a professional value, noting that “The library resists all […]