It’s not hard to find interesting or useful facts when you crack open a book in the library. Let’s see what fun facts Kit found when she browsed through the reference related materials.
In 1921, Pura Belpré became New York City’s first Latina librarian. The puppet shows and bilingual events she put on turned her East Harlem branch into a cultural hotspot, and her translations of Puerto Rican folktales helped create a more inclusive community. She received the NYC Mayor’s Award in 1982 for all that she did.
A study of online censorship in China found that despite the general belief that censors primarily target text, multimedia context (such as images, videos, and audio) are more likely to be censored.
FROM: More Than Plain Text: Censorship Deletion in the Chinese Social Media, (2021), p. 18-31, EBSCOhost Business Source Ultimate.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the central banks temporarily deviated from conventional monetary policy to alleviate the economic fallout of pandemic-era restrictions. Although it remains controversial, this illustrates that monetary policy innovation can be used as an effective tool to address income inequality in the long-term.
FROM: Central Banking, Monetary Policy and Social Responsibility, (2022), p. 88-111.
Age bias in full-time library hiring practices affects women—especially women of color—more often and earlier in life than men; however, steps can be taken to counter these biases. Implicit bias testing, rewriting hiring policies, and offering educational resources about avoiding ageism can all help hiring committees create a more inclusive working environment.
FROM: Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, (2022), p. 69-96.
Australia is one of only a few countries to oversee the regulation, custody, and preservation of cultural artifacts found in historic shipwrecks, even those which are privately held. As of 2022, the number of such artifacts was approximately 500,000!
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 27 No. 1, Winter 2023.