With FREEDOM, MADCO Takes Inspiration From the Civil Rights Movement

After protests erupted in Ferguson in 2014, Stacy West, artistic director of the St. Louis-based modern dance company MADCO, looked for a way to respond to the situation. But the timing didn't seem right.

"I felt that there were other artists that could come in more quickly than MADCO with a response to what was going on in Ferguson. Due to the nature of dance and hiring choreographers and booking venues, I didn't feel we were the people to do something quickly," West explains. She found herself thinking about a way to tackle the topic ever since.

 

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Tulsa City-County Library named finalist for National Medal for Museum and Library Service

The Tulsa City-County Library is among the finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

The library system was one of 30 finalists named by the Institute of Museum and Library Service on Monday.

 

“We are extremely proud of our staff and volunteers for achieving this great recognition,” said Kim Johnson, library CEO.

The award honors institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and positively affecting individuals, families and communities.

Gardeners, rejoice; the Heirloom Seed Library is open again

Spring must be near — the Heirloom Seed Library is open for business.

This is the third year that gardeners can grow their own vegetables, herbs and flowers by checking out seed packets on display at two branches — the Library Station and the Midtown Carnegie Branch. Gardeners can check out up to four packets of heirloom seeds with a valid library card. We especially love to hear from teachers and parents, including one Library Facebook follower who commented, “We need to go to the library for our school garden!”

Stephens appointed University Librarian at Washington University

Denise Stephens, university librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), has been appointed vice provost and university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, effective July 1, according to Provost Holden Thorp. Stephens succeeds Jeffrey G. Trzeciak, who left the university last July.

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Fontbonne Librarians Keeping Pace with the Information Landscape

Fontbonne librarians Peggy Ridlen and Jane Theissen explore the evolution of Fontbonne University’s online General Education Information Literacy course, LIB199 Information Literacy in Higher Education in a new book.  Their chapter, “Adapting to the Evolving Information Landscape: A Case Study” was recently released in a new monograph in the Chandos Information Professional Series entitled Distributed Learning: Pedagogy and Technology in Online Information Literacy Instruction edited by Tasha Maddison and Maha Kumaran.

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MRRL Board Talks Strategy

Missouri River Regional Library Director Claudia Schoonover wants patrons of both branches to know their voice matters.

Last year, both library users, non-users and staff participated in a survey and attended monthly community meetings to voice their opinions on what they would like to see in their local library. In turn, that feedback was used as a guide in Saturday's MRRL strategic planning session.

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