Recent News & Notes
- Re:Create, a new coalition dedicated to promoting balanced copyright laws in the United States.
- (Un)Written Tips for New LIS Students (Or, What I Learned In Grad School) by Sarah Crissinger
- Tell Us What You Do at Your Library – ALA is looking for your help to show off the diversity of the profession.
- How Libraries Engage Local Advocates by Apryl Motley
- National Library Week: “For a Better-Read, Better-Informed America” by Lydia Tang
- ALA’s State of America’s Libraries Report 2015, released during National Library Week, April 12–18.
- Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough on the importance of librarians.
- All hail the pop-up library – Sarah Glazer introduces Libraries Without Borders, which is having a huge impact on learning in the developing world.
- Take a look at the new edition of ALA’s Privacy Tool Kit.
- On May 1 – 7, librarians, library users, and privacy advocates come together to observe Choose Privacy Week.
Past News & Notes
- Reaching out to politicians about LIS issues – tips and advice.
Diversity, Literacy, and Intellectual Freedom
- Targeting Autism: Serving Library Patrons on the Spectrum by Renee Grassi
- Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access By Libraries Everywhere) recently launched a web site that provides librarians a broad scope of information on an array of disabilities topics.
- Radical Librarians aim to promote digital privacy.
- Censorship doesn’t only affect the titles that are banned, it shapes literature that comes after it.
- Information Literacy In the Wild – by Barbara Fister
- The Bohemian Librarian – Library school grads veer off the well-trodden career path and discover rewarding vocations.
- Welcome to the Future—at Your Library: Innovation, libraries, and the future – By Keith Michael Fiels.
- Forecasting the Future of Libraries 2015 – Trends in culture, community, and education point to increased potential for expanding the role of libraries of all types.
- The near and far future of libraries – As archives become digital and machines become smarter, what function will libraries serve ten years and ten thousand years from now?
- What is a Librarian? – Bryan Brown addresses the question of what librarianship is and brings up the theme of “Traditional Librarianship” vs. “What We Do”.
- Reuse, Recycle, Share: Let’s stop reinventing the wheel – By Meredith Farkas
- The Evolving Library and Librarian – By Laura Lintz, Adult Services Librarian, Newark Public Library
- Pew Research study (2014) reports that under-30 patrons are changing the way that libraries are getting used.
- Digital Neglect at the Library of Congress.
- eBooks Are Forever wants to solve the library ebook problem.
- Libraries Explore Mobile Options – While there are vendors who offer apps that libraries can customize to their needs, some libraries have taken the step of developing mobile apps in-house.
- How Geolocation Could Lead to a Book Renaissance – By Michael del Castillo, Literary Manhattan
- Read about how LSU Library is attempting to offer students savings with its free E-textbooks initiative.
- The College Art Association (CAA) has published the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts.
- Get Cracking on Code by Kate Silver – Public libraries offering communities coding courses.
- The Salt Lake County Library System has partnered with the Utah Food Bank to help feed hungry children.
- A graduate student in library sciences sent a Freedom of Information Act request to Chicago Public Schools seeking information on why officials decided to pull the acclaimed graphic novel Persepolis from classrooms.
- Using Graphic Novels In Education – Comic Book Legal Defense Fund