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SLA 2017 Project – Books for Kids!

SLA 2017 Project – Books for Kids!

Shared from SLA Connect

Colleagues,   Here is an opportunity to go to a kids bookstore, or I guess any bookstore you can find and pick up a couple or three Children’s Books to bring to SLA 2017 in Phoenix.  Think of it as “reserving space” in your luggage, so you can do some shopping on your trip home!  A kind of exchange system!!  I understand the AZ Chapter would like to have the books in hand by the close of Exhibits on Tuesday, Jun 20th.  Earlier is better.


SLA is proud to be teaming up with Kids Need to Read , an organization based in Mesa, AZ, and will be collecting donated children’s books at the Annual Conference in Phoenix next month. Pack a children’s book with you on your trip to Phoenix, and drop it off in the registration area. Your donation will benefit this organization whose mission is to provide “inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children.”
Donate one of your favorite children’s books, or get suggestions from the organization’s list of recommended books: 

Please email for details or if you have any questions, and thank you in advance for your generosity!
Sharon Lenius
[Federal Librarian – Retired]

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A Strategy to Protect Our Children — from Government BookTalk

“Every day, four to eight children in the United States die from abuse or neglect at the hands of their parents or caretakers. No one knows the exact number, and there has been little progress in preventing these tragic deaths. Most of the children who die are infants or toddlers.”

—from “Within Our Reach A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities”

In 2013, Congress took notice of those concerning stats like ones above. It passed the Protect Our Kids Act and assembled the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF). Over a two-year period, a team of a dozen commissioners put their public and private sector expertise to task. Their nationwide review of practices and programs revealed that no state has a “sufficiently comprehensive plan to eliminate” child abuse and maltreatment fatalities. So, the commission used what it learned to judiciously recommend a foresighted national strategy.

In time for National Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, GPO makes available the commission’s final report in both digital and print formats.

In “Within Our Reach A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities,” Chairman David Sanders writes, “If we as a nation do nothing different to prevent child abuse and neglect fatalities, somewhere between 1,500 and 3,000 U.S. children will die from maltreatment.” He calls for a proactive, not reactive, approach to eliminate child abuse and neglect fatalities. That’s exactly what this policy guidance document aims to do—fundamentally reform old practices and make prevention standard practice.

Several of the chapters dig into the complex conditions that make children vulnerable, especially in disproportionately affected minority communities. Until quality services are made equitably available, opportunities to decrease child fatalities will be missed. Another focus is the “disparity between federal legislation on child safety and the impact at the local level.” Proposed solutions include more multi-disciplinary, real-time data sharing and accountable leadership. Notably, the commission recommends the Children’s Bureau be elevated as a direct report to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Image excerpt from CECANF Report.

The commission acknowledges that without a way forward, its final report is dead on arrival. So, it recommends that the U.S. government critically review child maltreatment deaths going back five years. The report concludes that “an immediate safety analysis of children who died in the past…will create a national learning community to better protect children and prevent fatalities” in the future.

The commission’s strategy lays out a lot of reasonable action steps. Grounded in practicable research, it’s an earnest effort to produce evidence-based results. Results “within our reach” that will manifestly save children’s lives.


Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at

 Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Our guest blogger is Chelsea Milko, Public Relations Specialist in GPO’s Public Relations Office.

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“Advice about E-Books” by Tiffany Konczey, Librarian, Combined Arms Research Library (CARL), Ft. Leavenworth

“Advice about E-Books” by Tiffany Konczey, Librarian, Combined Arms Research Library (CARL), Ft. Leavenworth


Image: Electronic Frontier Foundation ( graphic created by EFF Senior Designer Hugh D’Andrade to illustrate digital books /

Ebooks are an amazing thing; just like magic.  You want a new book and boom! It is there, you don’t even have to get dressed.  And many might think eBooks from libraries would be even better because, you know… FREE!  But, unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.  Publishers and digital rights management (DRM) have made eBooks in libraries a confusing and complicated matter.  In order to access library eBooks, patrons need this app or this browser, or one book needs this log on, and another book needs a different log on, and so on and so forth.  So when trying to explain it to anyone, staff and patrons alike, your head can start to swim.  But, once you learn all the tricks and tips, and ins and outs, it is true that library eBooks can be the cat’s meow.

At the Combined Arms Research Library (CARL), we have both academic and recreational patrons. Our patrons are eligible for eBooks provided by us, the state of Kansas, and the FMWRC program from a variety of platforms including:  Overdrive, 3M, Ebrary, EBSCO, ABC-CLIO, and many more.  It can get really confusing.  I’ve found that the only way to make it less confusing is to be a patron yourself and practice.  I have my own preferences, but I try to access all the different models and platforms available to our patrons at least a couple times a year.  I ask for comments and tips from the rest of the staff and patrons that are using the platforms.  CARL has a really simple handout for our main platforms Ebrary and EBSCO.   We’ve found that it’s better to send patrons to the help systems on each individual platform as they are the experts on themselves.

As far as devices go, some of our staff prefer Android and some prefer IOS, some that have a Nook and some that have a Kindle.  So, we have almost a little of everything, which really helps when patrons need help. It would be really great if we were able to get a bunch of the devices in the library for staff to practice with.  Unfortunately, the reality is that they change so fast and by the time you get one there is already a new one out there.  The truth of the matter is that you don’t need to be an expert.  You just have to have a general idea and be comfortable clicking around or searching the help area of the models yourself.

Hopefully, the future of ebooks will be less confusing, but in the meantime, have fun playing!  Because while practice won’t make you perfect, it will be fun.

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