Library Link Roundup: Oct. 30, 2020

Published 10/30/2020 7:40 PM CT

Library Link RoundupWe've crawled the web for the most useful library links, curated for the librarians of Illinois and published on Fridays 

  • Library on Topic: Dia De Los Muertos (Arlington [Texas] Public Library, 10/28/2020) About the annual celebration of ancestors plus a list of movies and books 

  • Gallery: Día De Los Muertos Student Artwork 2020 (Silver City [New Mexico] Public Library, 10/23/2020) The library’s annual student art exhibit has gone virtual this year 

  • Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Virtual Exhibit (White Plains [New York] Public Library, 10/29/2020) a summary of the holiday and a photo display of local offrendas; in English y en espanol 

  • CDC Guidelines for Halloween and Dia de los Muertes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Includes lists of low-risk and moderate-risk activities plus the high-risk activities to avoid 

  • Halloween: A Fun Guide to Learn More About Halloween, WV Cryptids, Dia de los Muertos, and How to Stay Safe this Holiday Season (West Virginia University Libraries, last updated 10/12/2020) Includes tips for staying safe, including lists of low, moderate, and high-risk Halloween activities; considerations for costumes and cultural appropriation vs. Cultural exchange; looks at horror in movies, art, and films streaming on Kanopy; and more 

  • VIDEO: Chicago mayor dresses in costume for Halloween safety message (Belleville News Democrat, 10/26/2020) “Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot got into the spirit of things in a Halloween safety message published on October 25, 2020, donning a costume as she set out several steps to be taken to ensure a COVID-19 safe holiday.” 

  • The Ins and Outs of Buying Ebooks: How To Bolster Virtual Collections During the Pandemic (School Library Journal, 10/22/2020) “With its noteworthy benefits and significant drawbacks, acquiring and distributing ebooks can be a flawed and complicated business. . . . However, librarians are seeing this moment as a time to learn about the market and shape a digital collection that meets the needs of communities that may otherwise go without learning materials.” 

  • In My Mailbox: Questions I Get About Collection Diversity Audits (Teen Library Journal, School Library Journal, 10/26/2020) “In a nutshell: A collection diversity audit is kind of like doing an inventory and using the data that you get to determine how diverse your library collections are. The goal is to get some baseline data to help those who need to know what the collection looks like and what collection development librarians can do differently to curate the most diverse and inclusive collections possible.” 

  • Coding Is a Literacy (School Library Journal, 9/1/2020) “I’m about to be controversial. Brace yourself, you guys, because I think coding is a language, and because it’s a language, we should be promoting it, teaching it, and advocating for it, as we do for all of the rest of the literacies we support.” 

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