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Each issue includes wide-ranging reviews of books, periodicals, AV materials and professional reading, plus worldwide library news. Subscriptions come with FREE access to 1000s of exclusive online reviews. BREAKING NEWS FOR LIBRARY AND INFORMATION DECISION MAKERS NEWS & INSIGHTS FOR LIBRARY DIRECTORS AND TRUSTEES The Weekly Newsletter from Library Journal and School Library Journal December 12, 2016 Volume 45, No. 49 ISSN 0740-736X The Association of College & Research Libraries, American Library Associa- tion, and Association of Research Li- braries have extended the joint advisory task force to continue efforts to bring the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System Academic Libraries Com- ponent up-to-date and in line with cur- rent library practices by August 2019. On behalf of the Center for Research Libraries and its Middle East Materials Project, Backstage Library Works re- cently microfilmed ten years of the Pales- tinian newspaper al-Hadaf (TheTarget). The Library of Congress signed a mem- orandum of understanding with the Dig- ital Public Library of America (DPLA) to become a “content hub partner” and will share a portion of its digital resourc- es with DPLA’s database. PEN America, the American chapter of the international freedom of expression organi- zation,andPenguin Random House(PRH) announced a partnership offering U.S. PRH writers and employees 2017 membership in PEN America for half the normal annual rate through December 31,with PRH com- mitting to matching all contributions to meet the full cost of membership. NEWS IN BRIEF Interview: Kwame Alexander..............2 OU, Software Carpentry Skills.............4 Take Action!.......................................4 Testing Chronicle’s History Platform ...5 Engineering, Inspired by Kid Lit..........6 Parent Objects to Islam in Textbook....6 Branching Out....................................7 INSIdE ies of existing conditions, the Board of Trustees approved the idea of a ren- ovation to Neilson and in 2014 began the process of selecting an architect. Shepley Bulfinch principals had noticed Lin’s work integrating build- ings with natural sites and felt she seemed like a good fit for Neilson, so the two presented their qualifications as a partnership. Shepley Bulfinch has a large portfolio of higher educa- tion design projects; although Lin has not worked on an academic library project before, she has designed sev- eral cultural heritage building proj- ects. Lin also has deep ties to Smith: her mother, Julia Chang Lin, gradu- ated from Smith in 1951 after escap- ing from Communist China two years earlier, and Lin received an honorary degree from the college in 1993. Following the selection of the team, Smith’s 25-member Library Program Committee designed an en- gagement project that would involve nearly 2,000 students, faculty, staff, Smith Library Engages Lin, Shepley Bulfinch Architect Maya Lin has unveiled plans for the new William Allan Neilson Library at Smith College, Northamp- ton, MA (see Hotline Branching Out 10/31/16). The team of Maya Lin Studio and design firm Shepley Bulfinch was selected in April 2015 to head the project, which could cost in ex- cess of $100 million. The renovation will break ground in sum- mer 2017 and is pro- jected to be complete for the fall semester of 2020. Since its construction in 1909, the original Neilson Library building has served as an important hub for the college. Two long brick additions, built in 1962 and 1982, enlarged the library’s physical space but effective- ly bisected the campus. The library is situated on a hillside with a 16-foot elevation change from east to west, and much of the interior lacks natu- ral light. Studies showed that the li- brary’s configuration doesn’t meet the current needs of students or faculty. Administration began thinking se- riously about the need for a new li- brary in 2010. After conducting stud- Paralibrarian of the Year The 2016 Paralibrarian of theYear is Brown Biggers. Library Journal will honor one support staffer with the 18th annual Paralibrarian of theYear award, sponsored by DEMCO, in its March 1, 2017, issue. 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