Tuesday, January 15, 2019

LOC.gov: Today In History, Martin Luther King, January 15, 2019

Happy Birthday, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King!

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., twentieth-century America’s most compelling
and effective civil rights leader, was born on 
January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia.
After entering Morehouse College at age fifteen, King followed his father and grandfather into the Baptist ministry. He received a bachelor of divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary in 1951 and a Ph.D from Boston University in 1955.

Find more resources from the Library of Congress Digital Collections.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant: Deadline is January 31, 2019.

In 2019, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards will mark its 50th anniversary of celebrating “outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.”
Every year, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) of the American Library Association receives approximately 60-100 book titles for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards jury to review, including a full set of that year’s Coretta Scott King Award winning and honor book titles. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant brings these books into the lives of children and their communities. When an organization is selected to receive the grant, it is sent the books that EMIERT collected; those books are used to support innovative projects that foster community connections and children’s access to quality materials and reading opportunities.
Any agency or institution serving children who make these materials available to children is encouraged to apply for the grant. Last year, grant recipients included Art Aids Art in Khayelitsha, South Africa, the Uni Project in New York, NY, and a collaboration between the Athens Housing Authority, the University of Georgia College of Education, and Parkview Community in Athens, GA. You can read more about how these organizations are using the books they received in 2018 here.
Applications for the 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant are now open and will be accepted until January 31, 2019. Applications are accepted from any location, but note that grant recipients must pay for shipping and handling charges. Click here to apply and learn more about the criteria, guidelines, and past winners.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Milford History Society Program, January 21, 2019

Ebenezer Bassett

The story of "The Life and Times of a Quiet American Hero - Ebenezer Bassett" will be told
at the next meeting of the Milford Historical Society on Jan. 21, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist church on the Green. The program is free and the public is  invited.

ABOUT Ebenezer Bassett

More about Bassett's life may be found in the book "Hero of Hispaniola: American's First Black Diplomat" by Christopher Teal.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Job Opportunity: Law Librarian I

Law Librarian I

Locations: Two Primary Locations (two positions available): Putnam and Rockville (May be required to work in other locations up to two days a week.)
The State of Connecticut Judicial Branch is seeking qualified individuals to perform professional to advanced library duties, which include providing legal reference and research guidance, instruction in database searching, and catalog and collection maintenance. 
Minimum Qualifications: Knowledge of professional principles and practices of library science including:  Classification systems; reference sources and techniques; acquisitions;  cataloging and filing; bibliographic sources of information and library automation; knowledge of library administration principles and techniques; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; computer skills; ability to analyze and solve problems relating to library methods and procedures.
Experience and Training: A Master's degree in Library Science or Information Science from a graduate school accredited by the American Library Association. 

Starting Salary $62,080 plus benefits.
Applications must be received by December 17, 2018.  Applications should be submitted through the on-line application site at: www.jud.ct.gov/hronline/. Paper applications will not be accepted. Please select the location(s) you wish to work. 
Please reference posting number 18-1000-111

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

SAVE THE DATE: CT Library Association Conference 2019

 Connecticut Library Association 2019 Annual Conference


BCALA-CT Meeting - Nov. 20, 2018

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Time: 12:00 -2:00pm
 New Haven Public Library, Stetson Branch
Stetson Branch Library is located on 200 Dixwell Avenue in the Dixwell Plaza. Parking is available in front and behind the library

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

BCALA-CT Meet & Greet, October 25th, RSVP Soon!

Thursday, October 25, 2018 at
Lynons Restaurant, 2151 State Street, Hamden, CT 06517

RSVP: https://bcalact2018.eventbrite.com

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Boston Public Schools Desegregation Collection Announced

BOSTON, FEBRUARY 1, 2018—In an effort to spark informed, city-wide conversations about Boston’s struggle to integrate Boston Public Schools and the resulting court-ordered desegregation effort commonly known as “busing” (1954-1988), area archives have made a treasure trove of primary sources freely and publicly available for research.

The Boston Public Schools Desegregation Collection documents the experience of politicians, parents, students, community members, and school staff beginning with the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954 through to the Morgan v. Hennigan case in 1974 and the resulting citywide response.

Nearly 4,500 items from Boston’s school desegregation history are now available via a portal to the collection created by project lead Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections, and have been made available nationally via the Digital Public Library of America, and Massachusetts’ partner hub, Digital Commonwealth.

The Boston Public Schools Desegregation Collection will continue to grow as archival material from participating institutions is continuously being scanned and made available. Project partners would also like to acknowledge that this project received financial and administrative support from the Boston Library Consortium.

The current 4,500 items have been selected, scanned and carefully cataloged from partnering institutions’ archival collections.  Partners include University Archives and Special Collections at UMass Boston, the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections, the State Library of Massachusetts’ Special Collections, Boston College Libraries, the Moakley Archive and Institute at Suffolk University, the Boston City Archives, WGBH Media Library and Archives, and the National Archives and Records Administration in Boston.

The idea to create this collection was sparked by the Boston Public Schools History and Social Studies Department’s decision to create a curriculum that marked the 40th anniversary of the Morgan v. Hennigan decision (1974).  Through this curriculum, the Boston Public Schools seeks to ensure that every student learns about this troubling but important chapter in our city’s history. The creation of these units made it easier to include primary source materials describing school desegregation in Boston, which were not always easily accessible for teachers and students before these units were created.

About the Northeastern University Archives

The Archives and Special Collections at the Northeastern University Libraries houses and carefully curates a diverse and growing collection of historical records relating to Boston’s fight for social justice. Our charge is to preserve the history of Boston’s social movements, including civil and political rights, immigrant rights, homelessness, and urban and environmental justice. We focus on the history of Boston’s African American, Chinese, LGBTQ, Latino and other communities, as well as Boston’s public infrastructure, neighborhoods, and natural environments. The primary source materials we collect and make available are used by community members, students, faculty, scholars, journalists, and others from across the world as the evidence on which stories, histories, and biographies are built. The use of these records will lead to a deeper understanding of the past. An understanding of the past can help our society by inspiring the next generation of leaders to continue the fight for equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.

About the Boston Public Schools History and Social Studies Department
The Department of History and Social Studies aims to provide guidance and curated resources to support best practices in history and social studies instruction incorporating rich content, historical thinking skills, and place-based learning in classrooms across the district.

About the Boston Library Consortium

The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) supports collaboration across academic and research libraries in New England.  Member libraries benefit from a partnership that provides proactive, innovative, and cost-effective access to shared information resources, services, and expertise.  The BLC is focused on ensuring its member libraries best serve the teaching, research, and scholarship needs of their parent institutions.  With 17 Full Members from New Hampshire to Rhode Island, the BLC fosters collaboration and connection. and advocates for its members on issues of importance to the transformation of academic and research libraries in the 21st century.  More information is available at www.blc.org.

Materials available on the Digital Public Library of American from the Boston Public Schools Desegregation Collection can be found through this link: http://tinyurl.com/y9zhf264

Curricula on desegregation in Boston created by the Boston Public Schools can be found here: https://sites.google.com/a/bostonpublicschools.org/desegregation/home

Source: BLC Announce Listserv, 2/1/18 Press Release

Blazing Trails: Pioneering African-American Librarians share their Stories

American Libraries spoke with five leading African-American librarians about their careers, the changes they have witnessed over the decades, and the current issues in librarianship. While no two people have the same story, all five interviewees note inclusivity as an important theme. They discuss libraries as safe havens, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the history and future of the Association, as well as their legacies within the profession. More....

  • Satia Orange
  • Robert Wedgeworth
  • Alma Dawson
  • Gladys Smiley Bell
  • Jessie Carney Smith


Jessie Carney Smith in 1965, her first year as a university Librarian at Fisk University in Nashville

source: American Libraries Magazine