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Tea Time With Katina And Leah

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3-22-24  

After careful evaluation and analysis of financial and other critical factors, the American Library Association Executive Board has decided that LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience will not be held in 2026.  As ALA looks ahead, efforts are underway to determine how best to present some of the most beloved celebratory events traditionally held at the January conference: the I Love My Librarian Awards; the RUSA Book & Media Awards, which features the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction; the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunrise Celebration; and the Youth Media Awards.  In the process of transitioning, the American Library Association will consult with the respective committees, round tables, and member leaders. Their valuable insights and perspectives will be integral in shaping the direction of these events. This collaborative approach underscores ALA’s commitment to inclusivity and responsiveness to the diverse voices within its membership and esteem for the history and impact of this work. The board is actively thinking about the experiences and value ALA provides to its members. Stay tuned for further updates as the board works to redefine and elevate members’ shared experiences for years to come. The Executive Board affirmed that LibLearnX will be held Jan. 24-27, 2025, in Phoenix as planned. Watch for more details and mark your calendars for next January.  ala.org

I just finished Charleston In Between –  two half days March 19 and 20 on Publishing Integrity. I registered for it, and I can say that it was worth the time and expense! It was run by the versatile Leah Hinds and moderated by the awesome Sven Fund. Mohammad Hosseini, a professor at Northwestern’s department of  preventive medicine set the stage about this important and growing topic. Nandita Quaderi SVP and Editor in chief of Clarvate’s Web of Science spoke about definition integrity standards, and Curtis Brundy, AUL for Scholarly Communications at Iowa State University focused on the role of institutions and their libraries. On the second day, we heard the small publisher’s perspective from  John Chen, Tech Science Press, and a large publisher’s perspective from  Michael Streeter, Wiley, as well as the human factor perspective from Martin Delahunty, Inspiriting STEM Consulting. There was a very provocative talk (Can Technology Help? Why Didn’t it So Far?) from Phill Jones of MoreBrains. To finish off, we were treated to four 10-minutePower Pitch/Lightning Rounds from Morressier (Neil Christensen), ReviewerCredits (Gareth Dyke), Public Knowledge Project (John Willinsky) and Signals  (Elliott Lumb). This is available to registered attendees now, but will be published publicly on YouTube in a month! Don’t miss it!

Here’s news from the IPG Spring Conference. Sir Chris Bryant MP, shadow minister for the creative industries and digital,  led the keynote speakers at the 2024 Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) Spring Conference, which took place at the Shaw Theatre in London and online on 27 and 28 February. Other keynotes were from six leaders of IPG members in various sectors: Sophy Thompson of Thames & Hudson, Rebecca Gray of Profile Books, Mandy Hill of Cambridge University Press, Sally Wilson of Emerald Publishing, Sarah Mears of EmpathyLabs, and Gilbert Jolly of Jolly Learning.The theme of the conference was sustainable growth. Other topics included Artificial Intelligence, with sessions on its impacts on copyright, marketing and data; the evolving face of social media, with guidance from experts David Schneider and Ella Higgins and TikTok’s Matthew Perry; and Open Access. 

Meanwhile, I have been fascinated by Sean Brock’s cooking shows! See chefseanbrock.com

Sean was the executive chef at Charleston, South Carolina’s Husk from its opening in 2010 until 2018, as well as a partner at McCrady’s Restaurant. The menu at Husk uses authentically Southern ingredients and also previously used food grown in Brock’s own garden. He is noted for preserving Southern foodways and heirloom ingredients, and collaborates with David Shields, the McClintock Professor of Southern Letters at University of South Carolina. He helped to promote Carolina Gold rice in recipes such as Hoppin’ John. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Brock

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