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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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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 […]

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What I Learned at AASL

November 17, 2021 Jay Malone 0

Over the past 20 years, I have attended more than 100 professional conferences. These have included the History of Science Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Historical Association, and the American Council of Learned Societies, to name but a few. None of these prepared me […]