September/October 2022 – American Libraries


Environmentally sound Fulton County (Ga.) Library System, Central Library in Atlanta The interior design of the renovated downtown Central Library prioritizes accessibility, flexibility, and transparency, with large windows, multipurpose collaboration spaces, and a two-story atrium wrapping around a central staircase. The building, which is LEED Gold–certified, also emphasizes sustainability. By renovating instead of building entirely … Continue reading 2022 Library Design Showcase
The following libraries are winners of the 2022 Library Building Awards, sponsored by Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures (a division of the American Library Association) and the American Institute of Architects. The awards recognize the best in library architecture and design and are open to any architect licensed in the United States. Projects may be located … Continue reading 2022 ALA/AIA Library Building Awards

Winners were honored at a ceremony and reception held June 26 at ALA’s 2022 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. This selection represents only some of those recognized in 2022; for a complete list, visit ala.org/awardsgrants.   Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award Lessa Kanani‘opua Pelayo-Lozada Pelayo-Lozada, who now serves as ALA president, has … Continue reading 2022 ALA Award Winners

Covers of Itza and FreshwaterLeticia Urieta writes: “I have always been drawn to the uncanny, to the strange that doesn’t feel strange, to the stories that can frighten us at the same time that they reveal the brutal truths of our realities. Stories that are considered strange or surreal, where fantastic, magical or even horrific things happen to disrupt accepted realities, often feel strange because they force people to experience the very real strangeness of everyday violences.
Electric Literature, Aug. 29

spectaclesMatthew Wallaker writes: “Screens and eyes – partners in the relationship between us and our computers. Yet they seem to be at war with each other sometimes, don’t they? Computers use a font that’s too small, your eyesight changes, you get headaches and stress, and you can’t stand staring at a screen anymore. If you often have to squint your eyes to read what’s on your screen or take breaks to rest your eyes constantly, you should adjust your computer accessibility settings.”
MakeUseOf, Aug. 30

The Catcher in the RyeIsle McElroy writes: “Last week, a debate erupted on Twitter over J. D. Salinger’s 1951 novel, The Catcher in the Rye. A person posted a video on Twitter calling Holden Caulfield a first-generation incel and proto–school shooter; defenders of Caulfield claimed he was a grieving abuse victim—a teenager!—who deserved our utmost sympathy. He’s part of an esteemed class of literary characters: troubled outsiders. He also isn’t real, a detail that both sides of the argument seemed to forget. Since he isn’t real, there’s nothing wrong with hating the guy. Nothing wrong with loving him, either.
Vulture, Aug. 23

Covers of The Man Who Could Move Clouds and The RavineKarin Greenberg writes: “Summer is a reading marathon for me. Each year, as I prepare to go back to my high school library, I take stock of titles I’ve read that might engage my students. I’m not always successful at motivating resistant teenage readers but with the right content (narrative nonfiction seems to be a favorite genre) I stand a better chance of creating interest. Here are four books I think high school students will enjoy.”
Knowledge Quest, Aug. 30

Hands together in solidarityDiana Castillo and Kelly McElroy write: “While unions have long existed for library workers in public, academic, and school workplaces, this is an unusual moment after decades of stagnant union membership. Several significant campaigns representing library workers occurred in 2021, including several that came out of shifts in institutional policy or state law making it easier to organize. Whether or not these positive trends continue, 2022 offers an opportunity to reflect on organized labor in libraries.”
In the Library With the Lead Pipe, Aug. 24

Hand typing at a keyboardPranay Parab writes: “Whether you use a PC, Mac, or iPad, keyboard shortcuts can save you a lot of time. While most of us know at least a few useful shortcuts, there are tons to learn, and each platform has so many it’s nearly impossible to remember them all anyway. Instead of missing out, use these excellent utilities to discover the best keyboard shortcuts for your needs, for every one of your devices and their apps.”
Lifehacker, Aug. 24

Armed Services Edition of The Great GatsbyAbby Yochelson writes: “The phrase “books are weapons in the war of ideas” was coined by the publisher W.W. Norton, but it was made popular by President Roosevelt during World War II to contrast with Nazis burning books. One of the best ideas was the distribution of a special series of Armed Services Editions to service personnel during the war. Booksellers, publishers, authors, librarians, and critics formed the Council on Books in Wartime to produce more than 122 million paperbacks for free distribution to U.S. Service Members from 1943–47. This program helped to transform the nature of publishing after the war.”


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