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Texas Institute of Letters Finalists 2014

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From the Texas Institute of Letters:

Finalists for the Texas Institute of Letters awards for 2014 have been announced by W.K. Stratton, President. The awards are for works appearing during calendar year 2013. The Institute was founded in 1936 to recognize literary achievement and to promote interest in Texas literature. Authors must have lived in Texas for at least two years or their works must relate to the state.

JESSE JONES AWARD FOR FICTION ($6,000)
Rick Bass, All the Land to Hold Us (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Philipp Meyer, The Son (Ecco Press); Tom Zigal, Many Rivers to Cross (TCU Press).

CARR P. COLLINS AWARD FOR NONFICTION ($5,000)
Jeff Guinn, Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson (Simon & Schuster); Nick Kotz, The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas (TCU Press);  John Taliaferro, All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt (Simon & Schuster); Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (Knopf).

STEVEN TURNER AWARD FOR FIRST FICTION ($1,000)
Nan Cuba, Body and Bread (Engine Books); Kelly Luce, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (A Strange Object); Mario Alberto Zambrano, Lotería (Harper).

RAMIREZ AWARD FOR SCHOLARLY BOOK ($2,500)
Raul Coronado, A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture (Harvard University Press).

HELEN C.SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD FOR POETRY ($1,200)
Bruce Bond, Choir of the Wells (Etruscan Press); Lance Larsen, Genius Loci (University of Tampa Press); Pattiann Rogers, Holy Heathen Rhapsody (Viking).

BOB BUSH MEMORIAL AWARD FOR FIRST BOOK OF POETRY ($1,000)
Frances Hatfield, Rudiments of Flight (Wings Press); Stacy R. Nigliazzo, Scissored Moon (Press 53); Sasha West, Failure and I Bury the Body (Harper Perennial).

H-E-B/JEAN FLYNN CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD ($500)
Sherry Garland, illustrated by Layne Johnson,Voices of Pearl Harbor (Pelican Publishing); Xavier Garza, Maximilian and the Mystery of the Bingo Rematch (Cinco Puntos Press); Patricia Vermillion and Kuleigh Smith,Texas Chili? Oh My!(TCU Press).

H-E-B AWARD, YOUNG ADULTS BOOK ($500)
Kathi Appelt,The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum Books)

EDWIN “BUD” SHRAKE AWARD FOR SHORT NONFICTION ($1,000)
John MacCormack, “Life on the Shale,” San Antonio Express-News; Jessica Wilbanks, “On the Far Side of the Fire,” Ninth Letter

KAY CATTARULLA AWARD FOR SHORT STORY ($1,000)
Bret Anthony Johnston, “To a Good Home,” Virginia Quarterly Review; Edward McPherson, “Reunion 1938”Epoch, Paul Christensen, “My Beautiful Life,” Agni.

FRED WHITEHEAD AWARD FOR DESIGN OF A TRADE BOOK ($750)
Bill Brammer for Hometown, Texas, by Karla K. Morton (TCU Press); Ann Giangiulio for Remember Dippy By Shirley Reva Vernick (Cinco Puntos Press); Lindsay Starr for Two Prospectors: The Letters of Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark, edited by Chad Hammett (University of Texas Press).

SOEURETTE DIEHL FRASER AWARD FOR BEST TRANSLATION OF A BOOK ($1,000)
David Bowles, Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry (Lamar University Press); Johnny Byrd, Luis Humberto Crosthwaite’s Out of Their Minds (Cinco Puntos).

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Americans appreciate libraries

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Pew reports: “Americans appreciate libraries, especially for the role they play in communities. 90% of Americans say the closing of their local public library would impact their community and 67% said it would affect them and their families.”

From the full report: “the vast majority of Americans ages 16 and older say that public libraries play an important role in their communities.”

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50% of adults own a tablet computer or ereader

Pew reports: “The rise of e-book reading is tied to the steady increase in ownership of tablet computers and e-readers. 50% of adults now own either a tablet computer or an e- reader. Ownership of both devices jumped this year during the holiday gift-giving season. But people also read e-books on their cell phones (32% of e-book readers did that in the past 12 months) and on desktop or laptop computers (29% of e-book readers did that in the past 12 months).”

From the full report: “Three in ten adults read an e-book last year; half own a tablet or e-reader.”

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IMLS Announces 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalists

From IMLS:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 30 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, is celebrating its 20th year of saluting institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.

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IMLS is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page, www.facebook.com/USIMLS. Visit the IMLS Facebook page to learn more about how these institutions make an impact. Ten National Medal winners will be announced this spring and will participate in the National Medal ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The 2014 finalists of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:

Libraries

  • Pima County Public Library (Tucson, Ariz.)
  • Los Angeles Public Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Sacramento Public Library (Sacramento, Calif.)
  • Hartford Public Library (Hartford, Conn.)
  • Otis Library (Norwich, Conn.)
  • Athens-Clarke County Library (Athens, Ga.)
  • Chicago Public Library (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Booth Library (Eastern Illinois University) (Charleston, Ill.)
  • Cecil County Public Library (Elkton, Md.)
  • Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, Mass.)
  • Mid-Continent Public Library (Independence, Mo.)
  • Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (Las Vegas, Nev.)
  • Octavia Fellin Public Library (Gallup, N.M.)
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library (New York, N.Y.)
  • Bertha Voyer Memorial Library (Honey Grove, Texas)

Museums

  • The Children’s Museum at La Habra (La Habra, Calif.)
  • Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury, Conn.)
  • Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, Conn.)
  • National Veterans Art Museum (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Chicago, Ill.)
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (Norman, Okla.)
  • Carnegie Science Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Amazement Square (Lynchburg, Va.)
  • Children’s Museum of Tacoma (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (Seattle, Wash.)

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More info on IMLS.gov.

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69% read printed books

Pew reports: “E-book reading is growing, but printed books still dominate the reading world. 28% of American adults ages 18 and older read an e-book in the past year, up from 17% in 2011. Still, 69% read a printed book, about the same as last year. Only 4% of readers are “e-book only” readers. The vast majority of e-book readers also read a printed book.”

However, it’s important to note that “print remains the foundation of Americans’ reading habits.”

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Judy Blume named Honorary Chair, National Library Week 2014

Via ALA News:

2013.12 ala_newsJudy Blume has been named the 2014 Honorary Chair of National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014).

This year, National Library Week will be celebrated with the theme Lives change @ your library.

As Honorary Chair, Blume will appear in print public service announcements (PSAs) promoting National Library Week. The PSAs, developed by the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries, will be placed in magazines and online throughout the spring. ALA will also offer free customization of the PSAs for libraries. Visit ala.org/NLW to learn more.

Source: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/02/judy-blume-named-honorary-chair-national-library-week-2014

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Yale University Library lends Google Glasses

2014.02 google-256-blackVia Yale University Library News:

In cooperation with the Instructional Technology Group (ITG) and the Student Technology Collaborative (STC), the Yale University Library has added the futuristic eyewear, Google Glass—unofficially dubbed “Yale Bass Glass” – to its collection of media devices at the Bass Library. The device will be loaned to faculty and student groups during the spring semester who can use it to explore the potential of Google Glass in enhancing classroom instruction and the research experience.

What a great idea!

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Libraries Will Survive (video)

Another use of a faux music video, by Central Rappahannock Public Library, as a marketing tool.

Inspired by the 1978 disco hit “I Will Survive”, the lyrics were rewritten to proclaim support for libraries, particularly under the stress of tight budgets. Another version of this video is available, which begins with a send-up of a typically hectic day in the life of a professional librarian.

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YALSA partners with Best Buy for Teen Tech Week

2013.12 ala_newsFrom ALAnews:

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced a partnership with Best Buy to support YALSA’s annual celebration of digital literacy and technology via the library, Teen Tech Week.

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Teen Tech Week (TTW) is March 9-15, 2014, with a theme of DIY @ your library, and is a chance to demonstrate the value libraries give to the community. Participating libraries use the week to raise awareness about how they create a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content. From maker spaces, to coding classes to online clubs, libraries can leverage the DIY (Do It Yourself) theme to show how libraries provide meaningful contributions to the educational and social development of the teens in their community. To learn more or to sign up for the online community, please visit www.ala.org/teentechweek.[snip]

SOURCE: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/02/yalsa-partners-best-buy-teen-tech-week-2014

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YALSA seeks member manager for YALSAblog; applications due by March 1, 2014

From ALAn2013.12 ala_newsews:

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member manager for its acclaimed YALSAblog. The YALSAblog provides a virtual space to publish timely information about emerging and new practices for library services for and with teens, to explore practices in related fields relevant to teen services, to raise awareness about appropriate YALSA tools to facilitate innovation in teen services and to provide resources for members and the library community to support their efforts to continuously improve their overall teen services program.

The member manager will lead an advisory board that oversees the preparation of content for the blog and solicits content from the YALSA community. Full details, including qualifications, duties and honoraria, are available online. YALSA membership is required for this position. Applicants must provide a cover letter and a resume that includes project management, editing and Web publishing experience. Applications are due March 1, 2014 to yalsa@ala.org. Questions may be directed to Jaclyn Finneke at jfinneke@ala.org.

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SOURCE: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/02/yalsa-seeks-member-manager-yalsablog

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