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Valerie Hawkins

Valerie Hawkins

Library Reference Specialist at the Library of the American Library Association
RT @Cinedigm: Unfortunately #Generalissimo @TheRealStanLee is unable to attend #SDCC14 due to being under the weather. Tweet him your well wishes!
RT @American_Heart: Nerd Fact: Darth Vadar's theme song, the Imperial March, is 103 beats/min. Good for keeping rhythm during #CPR. #sdcc
New ALA Report Examines Licensing Model for Ebooks in School Libraries | School Library Journal -
By Lauren Barack on July 18, 2014 - Valerie Hawkins
What is the future of library interiors? - Interior Design News, Events, Jobs, EditorTV, LookBooks | The Editor at Large -
Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Based on the winners of the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Library Interior Design Awards, the answer seems to be incredible, boundary pushing design. This year, the IIDA and the American Library Association (ALA) have awarded Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership along with 1100 Architect, the Best of Competition winner of the 2014 Library Interior Design Awards for the Queens Library project in Jamaica, New York. The award was presented and celebrated at the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 29. - Valerie Hawkins
Grants and Technical Assistance Available for Cities to Expand Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs -
July 21, 2014 By Jamie Nash NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute) invites cities to apply for grant awards of up to $50,000 to raise awareness of and increase participation in the federal Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs. Through the Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meals (CHAMPS) initiative, mayors and other city officials can ensure that children in their communities have access to nutritious meals by promoting and supporting these vital federal nutrition programs. With a $1.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, and in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), NLC will provide grant funding and in-depth technical assistance and training to 6 to 8 cities. Since 2012, NLC has provided grants and technical assistance to 26 cities to help expand participation in these nutrition programs. - Valerie Hawkins
LSE Review of Books – Editor’s Column: 5 ways libraries are using Instagram -
April 12 2014 --- Alongside universities, libraries and librarians are now using social media platforms to connect with users in a range of exciting and innovating ways. The latest platform that libraries are experimenting with is Instagram, which allows users to take photos on their smart phones, apply exciting filters and add hashtags, and then share these images online with their followers. Amy Mollett and Anthony McDonnell investigate how libraries are making the most of this visually-engaging platform. - Valerie Hawkins
The Wildest Children’s Books of 2014 — @100scopenotes 100 Scope Notes -
July 14 2014: The amount of cleverness in children’s literature never ceases to amaze me. While some decry the sameness of picture books, I believe that there are plenty of bold and unique books coming out, once you start looking around. What follows are a few 2014 books that made me and Salvador Dali double take – in a good way. - Valerie Hawkins
RT @davidgura: @NPRinskeep, "If you see something, tweet something."
RT @alyankovic: Happy 25th Birthday, UHF!
RT @ColonelTribune: Shame on them. Vandals target 'The Watch,' Chicago statues celebrating Tuskegee Airmen.
The Varied Life of an Academic Librarian | ACRLog -
July 20, 2014 - Valerie Hawkins
WebJunction Course Catalog: Beginning on July 1, access to WebJunction’s library-specific courses is available for free to all library workers and volunteers across the nation. -
Welcome to the learning management site for WebJunction's continuing education opportunities. Beginning on July 1, access to WebJunction’s library-specific courses is available for free to all library workers and volunteers across the nation. Through the generous support of OCLC, the Gates Foundation, and many state library agencies across the U.S., WebJunction will continue to provide timely and relevant learning content for you to access anytime, from anywhere. All learners will need to create a new account. Begin by selecting Log in at the top right of this page, and then Create new account. Once you’ve created your new account, explore the catalog of library-focused self-paced courses and webinars. Certificates of completion will be available to you after you have completed any course or webinar that you enroll in from the catalog. - Valerie Hawkins
Using Graphic Novels in Book Clubs, by Jesse Karp | Booklist Online -
How graphic novels became the hottest section in the library -
RT @redeyeeatdrink: No Pitchfork tickets? No problem. Plenty of other fests this weekend:
21 Books You Should Finally Finish Reading This Summer | BuzzFeed -
It’s the middle of July guys. That means not only is summer really, actually happening, it is HALFWAY DONE. We asked our followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Tumblr to take serious stock of what they are doing with their lives (what books they are reading) and tell us which ones they will finally finish this summer. What follows is a sampling of their answers. posted on July 17, 2014, at 11:23 a.m. - Valerie Hawkins
Books out, 3D printers in for reinvented US libraries - 16 July 2014 - New Scientist -
16 July 2014 by Aviva Rutkin Magazine issue 2978. Subscribe and save For similar stories, visit the Innovation and US national issues Topic Guides Across the US, libraries are setting up maker labs as they turn themselves into hubs for high-tech innovation and training - Valerie Hawkins
Summer reading ideas by middle school students from Bookup - Best of BookUp Selections 2014, Sponsored by Bloomberg, The National Book Foundation -
12 Hot Summer Reads from BookUp Students School’s out. Summer reading is in. Middle school students and instructors from BookUp, our after-school reading program, present their favorite books from the year. - Valerie Hawkins
A Defense of the NYPL's Summer Reading List For Kids | BOOK RIOT -
By Rita Meade, Jul 17, 2014 --- Librarian soapbox alert! Librarian soapbox alert! And here I was thinking I’d make it through a whole summer without getting up on it. What is the source of my frustration this time? Why, it’s the NY Post! Specifically, it’s an opinion piece by Naomi Schaefer Riley that was recently published in the Post (which, let’s be honest, is known for its often-inflammatory pieces). The piece is called “The New York Public Library’s Pathetic Summer Reading List for Kids.” Yeah, I took the bait. Did you really think I was going to stay quiet about something with THAT headline? - Valerie Hawkins
RT @archiecomics: RT @CBLDF: Singapore expands crusade against LGBTQ lit to @archiecomics:
3D Printers and Libraries in the News | David Lee King -
July 10 2014 -- The Chicago Tribune recently interviewed me about 3D printers in libraries (they interviewed a bunch of other cool people too). - Valerie Hawkins
Current Requests for Proposals (RFP) | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) -
Programming at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference Programming at the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition - Valerie Hawkins
WIPO Considers Changes to Broadcasting Copyrights -
Posted on July 15, 2014 -- From June 30 to July 4, the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) met in order to discuss its Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations, which could be enforced by 2015. The agenda and working documents for this 28th session of the SCCR can be found on WIPO’s website. - Valerie Hawkins
Other Books to Prisoners Programs | Prison Book Program -
Other Books to Prisoners Programs Prison Book Program sends books to prisoners in all states except California, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, and Texas. Other books-to-prisoners programs may be able to send books to those states. These are the programs we are aware of and their areas of service. If you would like to donate books but live outside the Boston area, we encourage you to find another books-to-prisoners program near you. Be sure to check out the group’s website for further information before dropping off your book donations. To the best of our knowledge, the information below is up to date as of May 2014. - Valerie Hawkins
Request Books | Prison Book Program -
Request Books -- To request books for a loved one in prison, please fill out our Request Form (Adobe Acrobat required) and mail it to us. We accept requests for books by mail only. We do not accept requests by email or phone. Mail your request to: Prison Book Program – Website Request c/o Lucy Parsons Bookstore 1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100 Quincy, MA 02169 Prisons We Do Not Serve -- We do not serve prisons in California, Texas, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada or Texas. In addition, we are not able to send to many individual prisons due to prison restrictions. Please check our “Prisons We Do Not Serve” list before sending in your request to ensure that we can send books to your loved one: - Valerie Hawkins
Prisons We Do Not Serve | Prison Book Program -
Because of state regulations and our limited capacity, we can not send books to prisoners in the following states: California * Illinois * Maryland (except for the prisons in Hagerstown, Cumberland & Jessup) * Michigan * Nevada * Texas Click here for a list of other “books to prisoners” programs, as other programs may serve these locations: - Valerie Hawkins
National Prisoner Resource List (PDF) - Includes list of prison book donation programs along with other programs, resources -
6-page ready-to-print PDF includes list of Free Books to Prisoners Programs, with mailing address information and to what states that particular program sends books - shortcut PDF URL - Valerie Hawkins
What Are Your Favorite Authors Reading This Summer? | Parade, Conde Nast -
Beloved authors Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Doris Kearns Goodwin and more share their summer reading picks. - Valerie Hawkins
The Illinois No Kid Hungry campaign is a partnership between Share Our Strength, the nation’s leading child anti-hunger organisation, the Commission to End Hunger and partner organisations throughout Illinois. The campaign aims to end childhood hunger by using proven strategies, including increasing access to federally-funded child nutrition programs including school breakfast and summer meal programs. - Valerie Hawkins
Hammer, lumber, 3-D printer? Home Depot sells it all | -
by Tracey Samuelson - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Starting this week, you can walk into one of twelve Home Depot stores and buy a MakerBot 3-D printer, a desk-top machine that can create small items from melted plastic. They’re heralded as the next big thing in everything from medicine to manufacturing, but this pilot is a step toward mainstream consumers. - Valerie Hawkins
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