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Kathleen Hughes Author Archive


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FYI 020– Brendan Dowling Talks with Author Michael Callahan

PL Assistant Editor Brendan Dowling talks with author Michael Callahan, author of 2015’s “Searching for Grace Kelly.” Michael is also a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a former deputy editor at Town and Country and Marie Claire. His new book, “The Night She Became Miss America” was released in April, 2017.

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FYI 019 — A Conversation with Author Yoojin Grace Wuertz

PL’s Brendan Dowling talks with author Yoojin Grace Wuertz about her recently released novel “Everything Belongs to Us.”

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FYI Podcast 18 — Project Outcome

PLA’s Project Outcome (PO) is a free online toolkit consisting of surveys, a survey portal, and an interactive data dashboard that helps librarians measure the outcomes of their programs and services. Join us as we discuss this project with Emily Plagman, PO’s Project Manager and Samantha Lopez, Project Coordinator.

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ALA Office Seeks Research Grant Proposals

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science. The application deadline has been extended to midnight central time on April 15, 2017.

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FYI Podcast 17 – Libraries Ready to Code

Larra Clark Deputy Director for the Public Library Association and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), talks with Marijke Visser, Associate Director at OITP, about ‘Ready to Code” a new ALA initiative in partnership with Google, that aims to investigate the current nature of coding activities in public and school libraries for youth and broaden the reach and scope of this work.

FEATURE | Civil Rights Training at Nashville Public Library

In light of recent and continuing conflicts between citizens and police across the nation, the Nashville (TN) Public Li­brary (NPL) has partnered with the Nashville Police Depart­ment on a groundbreaking diversity education initiative that aims to improve understanding and communication between police forces and citizens. The program, Civil Rights and a Civil Society, uses NPL’s […]

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Teen Social Justice Symposium with Erin Hoopes – FYI Podcast 016

In the latest episode of PLA’s FYI Podcast, we talk with Erin Hoopes. Erin is head of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Philadelphia City Institute Branch. Here we discuss an initiative she spearheaded at the Free Library, a Teen Social Justice Symposium.

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Sure Bet Bests: Matching Readers With Their “Best” Reads

The end of each year brings a deluge of lists with everyone and their neighbor weighing in on what are the “best” books. But are this year’s “best” titles a sure bet to recommend to your readers? And what happens in a few months? What lists can we fall back on as we work with readers no matter the season?

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Building and Operating a Digital Media Lab with Jeffrey Fisher – FYI Podcast, Episode 15

We talk with Jeffrey P. Fisher, author of the latest book in PLA’s ‘Quick Reads’ Series “Building and Operating a Digital Media Lab,” about planning your media lab–including creating a vision, selling the concept, budgets, staffing, programming, and more. Resources For This Podcast: The Fountaindale Public Library’s Studio 300 Quick Reads for Busy Librarians Store […]

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Great Resources for Election 2016

We the Voters debuted its second collection of 10 short films on October 12, doubling the number of free films available for educational and community use.

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Pew Research Center Report: Digital Readiness Gaps – FYI Podcast, Episode 14

PLA Deputy Executive Director Larra Clark talks with John B. Horrigan of the Pew Research Center about his report, “Digital Readiness Gaps,” which finds that just over half of American adults have low levels of readiness to use digital tools as they pursue lifelong learning.

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Building and Operating A Digital Media Lab – Free to PLA Members!

Building and Operating a Digital Media Lab by Jeffrey P. Fisher 64 pages ISBN: 978-0-8389-8829-9 Published 2016 by PLA, division of ALA This “Quick Read” is a succinct road map to the key components of building and operating a digital media lab (DML). Jeffrey Fisher, Studio Services Manager at Fountaindale Public Library’s Studio 300 (Bolingbrook, […]

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There’s Got to Be a Great Story – An Interview with Karen Blumenthal

After more than twenty years as a financial journalist for the Wall Street Journal, and authoring three books for adults, Karen Blumenthal turned to writing biographies and retellings of pivotal events in American history for young people. Her titles include Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929 (2002); Let Me Play: The […]

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Prosthetic Device Created at Library’s Innovation Lab

Five-year-old Katelyn Vincik was born without a fully developed left hand and is on a waiting list for a professional prosthetic device. Her parents, however, had heard about the e-NABLE Community, an organization of volunteers who develop and share designs for 3-D-printable prosthetics. Kimberly Vincik (Katelyn’s mother) contacted Harris County (Houston, Texas) Public Library to see what options were available for 3-D printing the required parts. Harris County libraries are home to the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab, and fortunately for Katelyn, the Innovation Lab is home to a fantastic community of volunteers eager to help.

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FYI Podcast – A Social Ignition

Kathleen Hughes, PL Editor, talks to Sonja Skvarla, the founder of A Social Ignition. Founded in 2012, A Social Ignition was conceived while Sonja was helping various groups fulfill their missions in the field of post-prison reentry. She developed a curriculum of entrepreneurship and professional development and offered it to the Oregon Department of Corrections.