November 19, 2017

Archives for January 2017

Racial Justice at Your Library hosted by Libraries4BlackLives | ALA Midwinter 2017

After the July 2016 shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, respectively, the #librariesrespond hashtag was a safe place for librarians on twitter to share everything from programs to resources to self-care tips. During this time, Amita Lonial, Learning Experiences Manager at Skokie Public Library (IL), wondered if libraries […]

Report: FCC’s New Chairman Introduces Plan to Scale Back Net Neutrality Transparency Rules

From The Verge: In an early move as head of the agency, the new chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, circulated a plan to close the door on some net neutrality transparency requirements. [Clip] Pai has made no secret of his hostility to the net neutrality rules, saying recently that the rules’ “days are numbered.” […]

Report: FCC’s New Chairman Introduces Plan to Scale Back Net Neutrality Transparency Rules

From The Verge: In an early move as head of the agency, the new chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, circulated a plan to close the door on some net neutrality transparency requirements. [Clip] Pai has made no secret of his hostility to the net neutrality rules, saying recently that the rules’ “days are numbered.” […]

Placemaking and the Public Library | ALA Midwinter 2017

“People crave community. Community needs space. Space can create community. If you are not creating community, you are probably not creating places,” explained Michelle Jeske, City Librarian at Denver Public Library (DPL) and a 2005 LJ Mover & Shaker, to an eager crowd gathered for Placemaking and the Public Library on Sunday, January 22. What […]

UMass Boston Library Cuts Squeeze Resources

Faculty and students returning to the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston campus for the Spring 2017 semester will encounter a library with resources noticeably reduced thanks to dramatic budget cuts. On November 10, 2016, an email notified the UMass Boston community of budget cuts for Fiscal Year 2017, including roughly 20 percent of the Healey Library’s general operating fund, amounting to approximately $700,000.

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ALA Goes Looking for a Leader | Leading From the Library

There’s no debate that it will be hard to replace the American Library Association (ALA)’s current Executive Director (ED). But there’s plenty of debate over the next ED’s qualifications. Should the MLS be required? Or do we look for the best association leader we can find?

Not Business as Usual | ALA Midwinter 2017

In spite of intermittent rain, the mild temperatures of Atlanta, GA, made it a welcome destination for the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, held January 20–24. Current events—notably the inauguration on Friday of Donald Trump as the 45th president—drove a series of offerings that were definitely not business as usual.

Roundup: “Trump Silences Government Scientists with Gag Orders”

UPDATED 6:30 PM “Information Lockdown Hits Trump’s Federal Agencies” (via Politico) Approx. 2000 word article. Federal agencies are clamping down on public information and social media in the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency, limiting employees’ ability to issue news releases, tweet or otherwise communicate with the outside world, according to memos and sources from […]

Celebrating Mystery’s Best | Edgar Award Nominees 2017

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) celebrated Edgar Allan Poe’s 208th birthday on January 19 by releasing the nominees for the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2016.