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New Issue of Information Technology and Libraries

Read the June 2021 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL). In his Letter from the Editor, Ken Varnum provides an update on the expansion of ITAL’s editorial review process, as announced in the March issue. This issue inaugurates what we plan to be an occasional feature, the “Core Leadership Column,” to which we invite contributions from members of Core leadership. In the first of these columns, incoming Core president Margaret Heller writes about “Making Room for Change through Rest,” in which she highlights the need for each of us to recharge after a collectively challenging year. It is joined by two other regular items, our Editorial Board Thoughts essay by Michael P. Sauers, “Do Space’s Virtual Interview Lab: Using Simple Technology to Serve the Public in a Time of Crisis” and William Yarbrough’s Public Libraries Leading the Way column, “Service Barometers: Using Lending Kiosks to Locate Patrons.” If you…Continue Reading

Creating Inclusive Libraries by Applying Universal Design

Cover of the Creating Inclusive Libraries by Applying Universal Design book

This guide covers both Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning and includes real examples of how libraries have used these principles to create more welcoming environments and programming. Featuring a mix of examples, case studies, and checklists, Creating Inclusive Libraries by Applying Universal Design is for those who are new to accessibility and inclusion work. Examples discussed cover a range of types of projects for all budgets, from major renovations to in-house signage design projects. It offers a thorough and engaging introduction to with concrete examples of how these principles can be applied at libraries of all sizes, types, and budgets. It will leave readers confident of steps that they can take at their library to improve inclusion at any price point. Available now, Core members receive a 20% discount when purchasing this title using the code RLLITA20. [This] would be an excellent choice for either an undergraduate and…Continue Reading

Rachael Kowalski Awarded 2021 Core Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship

Rachael Kowalski has been selected to receive the 2021 Core Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) sponsored by Baker & Taylor. This scholarship is for master’s level study, with an emphasis on library technology and/or automation, at a library school program accredited by the American Library Association. Criteria for the Scholarship includes previous academic excellence, evidence of leadership potential, and a commitment to a career in library automation and information technology. The Larew Scholarship Subcommittee remarked on Kowalski’s interest in art and technology, especially how she blended the two together in her library experience and vocation. Kowalski, in her current position, implements STEAM and makerspace programming, collaborating with community partners and developing system-wide program guides. She integrates her experience with 3D design, animation and motion capture, film and audio production, digital illustration, coding, and video game development to engage and diversify programs for all ages. In her statement, Kowalaski stated her intent…Continue Reading