2017 Week 40-44,45-48 & 49-52 : EveryLibrary To Build A National Base of Library Supporters, RedLink’s Library Dashboard Awarded, Europeana Publishes “Impact Playbook”,Google Refers Users to Library Ebooks from OverDrive, SJSU-Led Team Researches Blockchain in Libraries

How Libraries can Build Communities with Minecraft (YALSA blog)
“On Thursday afternoons, in the heart of the Beacon Hill Library in Seattle, you might find an animated group of youth on laptops designing parkour courses, rendering torch lit dungeons or co-constructing capture the flag arenas—all in Minecraft, the popular world-building game. To some, this scene might seem somewhat out of place in a library: Aren’t video games and lively teen banter fundamentally at odds with an institution whose core identity markers are books and silence? Not according to Juan Rubio, the Digital Media and Learning Program Manager for the Seattle Public Library (SPL).”

SJSU-Led Team Explores Blockchain in Libraries (Library Journal)
“A group led by San José State University iSchool (SJSU) Director Sandra Hirsh and SJSU lecturer Susan Alman is exploring how the library field could use blockchain, the open source, secure distributed database system originally developed to validate and record Bitcoin cryptocurrency transactions. Funded with a recent $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), SJSU is planning an online Library 2.0 conference on the topic on June 7, 2018, and a Blockchain National Forum gathering library leaders, blockchain innovators, and urban planners for mid-2018. This month, the project also launched Blockchains for the Information Profession, a new website that will serve as a landing spot for ideas, conversation, and education on the topic, as well as information about the upcoming conference and forum.”

Micromanaging Library Leaders Rarely Know the Damage They Do [Library Journal] (Library Link of the Day)
“It’s little coincidence that micromanaging bosses lack the basic self-awareness to know the damage they’re doing to staff morale, because they are often completely unaware of their own micromanaging behavior. The good news is that it may be possible for the habitual micromanager to do something about it, but recognizing it must the first step to change.”

Cultural Heritage: Assessment: Europeana Publishes “Impact Playbook: For Museums, Libraries, Archives and Galleries” (INFOdocket)
“Do you need to demonstrate the impact of your work? Are you curious to know what effect it has on people’s lives, and how the daily activities of your museum, library or archive contribute to create that change? Are you looking for tools to help you measure it? If you’ve found yourself asking these questions, we’ve got just the thing to help you out.

The State of Law Library eBooks 2017-18 Part One: The Landscape (LLRX)
Ellyssa Kroski is the Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute and an award-winning editor and author of 36 books. In Part One of a three part series for LLRX, she describes the current landscape of eBooks relevant to the law library field, the benefits and challenges of offering eBooks in law libraries, the different ways to purchase law-related eBooks, and how to get started choosing a solution.”

DPLA Welcomes Digital Maine (DPLA)
“As we prepare to ring in a new year, we are pleased to share the collections of Digital Maine, which joins Oklahoma, Florida, Montana, Maryland, Michigan, and Illinois, as the seventh new partner whose collections have been added to DPLA in 2017. With Maine State Library at the helm, Digital Maine contributes state documents and records, dating back to the Revolutionary War, as well as materials from local libraries and historical societies across the state.”

Demco Software Reinvents its Boopsie Library Mobile App with Demco DiscoverMobile? (E Content)
“Demco DiscoverMobile is the next generation of the Boopsie mobile app. The new app presents library information in the increasingly popular at-a-glance format, streamlining how patrons browse collections, check out titles, and register for upcoming events via their smartphones.”

Community Map of Canada Now Available ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
The Community Map of Canada is the first uniform, detailed and accessible digital basemap of Canada that’s free for everyone to use,” says Alex Miller, president, Esri Canada. “It’s built from data contributions as well as open data from local authorities across the country”

EveryLibrary Prepares To Build a National Base of Library Supporters (Library Journal)
“Marking its fifth anniversary on September 5, EveryLibrary, a nonprofit political action committee dedicated to building voter support for libraries, announced its One Million Americans For Libraries Campaign. The initiative, intended to promote the importance of libraries nationwide, aims to garner one million Likes on EveryLibrary’s Facebook page—allowing it to reach more than seven million Americans every week, inspiring them to sign petitions, attend rallies, and vote yes for library budgets and funding.”

Charleston Advisor Reader’s Choice Awards Names RedLink’s Library Dashboard Best New Product/Service for 2017 ( Library Technology Guides)
“RedLink’s Library Dashboard, which helps librarians and institutions by providing a complete, normalized overview of usage and turn-away statistics, has been named Best New Product/Service in the 2017 Charleston Advisor Readers’ Choice Awards.”

4 ways to extend the library’s presence into the community ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“Meeting patrons where they spend most of their time is a fantastic way to extend the library’s presence into the community and to make the public aware of all the great opportunities they can have at a library. Also, local citizens want libraries to be in places where people can combine the library service with other activities such as shopping or other leisure activities.”

Minnesota: Hennepin County Public Library Launches “MnSpin” Streaming Service Featuring a Curated Collection of Music by Local Artists and Groups (INFOdocket)
“Discover Minnesota musicians on MnSpin, Hennepin County Library’s new music streaming and download platform that will give music lovers and seekers access to 50-plus curated albums by local artists and groups.”

New York City Public Libraries Offer One-Time Fine Amnesty on Kids’ and Teens’ Library Cards ( INFOdocket)
New York, Brooklyn and Queens Library in NYC decided to forgive approximately $2.25 million in outstanding fines.

The Problems With Searching the Deep Web (Information Today)
“A variety of search engines are working to provide improved access to key information otherwise hidden inside of websites or behind paywalls. Methods to get to this deep web are currently still under development—and are not regulated to protect users from unethical practices. Deep web search engines are able to uncover more information and links and improve the results of a search to include an estimated 500% more information than traditional search engines.”

The Best Free Online File Converters for All Your Formatting Needs ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“Have you ever received a file or created one of your own that needed to be in a different format? Whether it’s from PDF to DOC, JPG to BMP, or MP3 to WAV, documents, images, audio and video files can be converted easier than you think.”

LexisNexis Implements Critical Mention’s Broadcast Media Monitoring API
“Critical Mention is the world’s leading aggregator of real-time television and radio content. Every day, Critical Mention collects and indexes online news articles, social media posts, and broadcast programming so that communications and public relations professionals at corporations, non-profits, and marketing agencies can stay on top of their media coverage.”

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District implements Patron Point (Library Technology Guides)
“Patron Point is a totally new patron relationship management system that produces web-driven marketing programs. Combining user demographic and activity-based data with marketing automation technology, Patron Point delivers a new level of personalization to library marketing. ”

The Job Outlook: In 2030, Librarians Will Be in Demand | Editorial ( Library Journal)
“A fascinating new report takes a fresh look at what the workforce is going to look like in the future and which skills will be highly sought after. According to “The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030”, there will be an increased call for librarians, curators, and archivists, among other occupations.”

DPLA Exchange offers library-centered ebook marketplace ( Library Technology Guides)
“The launch of the Exchange represents a major milestone in the DPLA ebook pilot announced earlier this year. The goal of the program is to demonstrate how DPLA can help libraries maximize access to ebooks for their patrons”

Google Directs Users to Library Ebooks from OverDrive (Library Journal)
“OverDrive is enabling Google to display library ebooks prominently in open web search results. Announced in a tweet last month by Google, and reported by media outlets including Slate, Fortune.com, and TheVerge, the new feature displays a “Borrow ebook” option highlighting the searched for title and linking to libraries within a user’s geolocated range.”

A Visit to the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at the Minneapolis Central Library (via Minnesota Public Radio) (INFOdocket)
“The center is loaded with the latest technology, from virtual reality headsets to a green screen to a soundproof recording studio. A bank of computers on one end of the space features photo and video editing software. Nearby is a small music station housing guitars and a keyboard, while a row of printers — big and small and 3-D — churn out banners and photos and chess pieces. The center also includes what some could consider low-tech equipment, like a button maker, T-shirt press and sewing machines. But their purpose is the same as their high-tech cousins — to give members a chance to develop their know-how that could later come in handy.”

Gale and Texas Public Libraries deliver program to give residents access to accredited high school diplomas ( Library Technology Guides)
“Five Texas libraries have partnered with Gale, a leading provider of library resources and a Cengage company, to offer the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate at public libraries across the state. Qualifying Texas adults can enroll in the Career Online High School program starting today through the following public library systems: Houston, Dallas, Frisco, Grapevine and Sulphur Springs.”

Library Visits Have Gone Way Up Over the Last Two Decades. Here’s Why… ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“Possibly the biggest reason that library visits have grown so drastically in the last two decades is that libraries have become the go-to places for computer classes, help with devices like tablets and e-readers, and access to free ebooks and audiobooks. Over time, people have come to understand that the role of libraries is not on the bleeding-edge of technology, but focused rather on the needs of their communities”

NYPL Unveils Plans for Schwarzman Building  (Library Journal)
“At a November 15 board of trustees meeting, New York Public Library (NYPL) administration unveiled the master plan for renovations to its main branch, the Steven A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan. The work is part of NYPL’s Midtown Campus renovation, which includes the gut renovation of the Mid-Manhattan Library across Fifth Avenue, currently in progress.These represent the second round of plans for the Schwarzman Building, undertaken after NYPL’s original Central Library Plan (CLP), first announced in 2008, was abandoned in 2014.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations:

Thanks Ohio Library Council! Adopt or Adapt? (Tame The web)
Adopt or Adapt: Approaches to Emerging Tech and Trends
Presenter: Michael Stephens, San Jose State University
“There’s no doubt about it. Library Information Science has become a technology-driven field. Information technology is impacting every industry right now, and libraries are no different. Note the influx of job descriptions for emerging tech librarians, user experience specialists, and others who guide technology-focused projects and departments”

Instagram: Effective Use for Libraries ( Lone Wolf Librarian)
David Lee King on effective use of Instagram for libraries.

VIDEO: Recording of IMLS NDP (National Digital Platform) at Three Meeting
(INFOdocket)
“As IMLS concludes its third year of National Digital Platform funding through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, the agency takes a look back at what has been accomplished and explores future directions for increasing the digital capacity of libraries and museums.”

New Video Recording: OCLC’s Lorcan Dempsey Speaks at Washington University in St. Louis on “Libraries, Library Users, and Collections” (INFOdocket)
Lorcan Dempsey, vice president of membership and research, and chief strategist at the OCLC discusses “Libraries, Library Users, and Collections”.

TVO: Ontario Hubs: Our Changing Libraries ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“From 3D printers to mental health services, public libraries across the province are evolving to meet a changing society and a digital age. For Ontario Public Library Week, Ontario Hubs presents a round table on the changing role of libraries.”

Smart Spaces for Small Libraries ( Lone Wolf Librarian)
Presentation by Betha Gutsche and Pattie Mayfield

Sex, Drugs and the Public Library [NBC Southern California] ( Library Link of the Day)
“The NBC4 I-Team went undercover for three months to investigate and what we found has the LAPD taking a closer look. Joel Grover reports for the NBC4 News at 11”

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2017 Week 27-31,32-35 & 36-39 : More Toronto Public Library Branches Open On Sundays, Aspen Institute With New Action Guide, Libraries As Publishers JEP Special Issue, IFLA Releases Library Map of the World, Training Librarians as Evaluators to Show Library Value 

As Part of New City Strategy Six More Toronto Public Library Branches to Open Sundays Year-Round (INFOdocket)
“Six more Toronto Public Library branches will be open Sundays year-round thanks to a City of Toronto strategy. Mayor John Tory says the move means investing in people by bringing library access to neighborhoods which need it most.”

collectionHQ and SOLUS announce joint initiative  (Library Technology Guides) “collectionHQ, the world’s leading collection performance improvement solution and SOLUS, a global library technology provider, announced a new joint initiative to support collection management in public libraries. The joint initiative surrounds the launch of SOLUS’ Gizmo mobile device and the compatibility of collectionHQ Action Plans with the SOLUS Staff App. Gizmo, an Android-powered handheld tool, supports the SOLUS Staff App to allow librarians to deliver better customer service by responding to patron queries, searching the collection and placing hold requests all from the library floor.”

The Aspen Institute Publishes Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, Version 2.0

“To help library and community leaders use the report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, the Aspen Institute created the Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library, version 2.0 a set of resources for convening a community dialogue and helping communities take action to re-envision their own public library.”

360° Advocacy: Engage Stakeholders in What Libraries Really Deliver | Editorial  (Library Journal)
“For those not in the trenches, however, it can be difficult to know when and how to engage. LJ’s feature package “Be Heard: Advocacy in Action” gives a full update on efforts from several fronts and offers a time line to prepare your own activities and raise awareness in your circles for the key moments ahead.

What Happened to Google’s Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books? 
( Library Link of the Day)
“For Mike Furlough, HathiTrust’s executive director, it’s up to the library community to figure out where to go with what Google helped start. He points to an evolving national digital infrastructure, funded in part by entities like the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services as well as private groups like the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Sloan Foundation.”

Microsoft Plans Use of White Spaces to Bridge Digital Divide   ( Information Today)
“The New York Times reports that Microsoft is working to combat the digital divide. It plans to harness “the unused channels between television broadcasts, known as white spaces, to help get more of rural America online.
A rural broadband strategy: connecting rural America to new opportunities – Microsoft on the Issues from The Official Microsoft Blog – Microsoft ”

A New Special Issue of The Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) Devoted to Libraries as Publishers is Now Online ( INFOdocket)
A new issue (Summer 2017; Vol. 20, No.2) of The Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) was published online today and contains the proceedings of the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) 2016 Satellite Meeting, “Libraries as Publishers: Building a Global Community.”

This new tool could help you save on health care. ( Research Buzz)
The https://www.youcanplanforthis.org, “offers options for calculating costs in New York based on a single procedure or a full episode of care.”

Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research.  ( ACRL) ACRL announces the release of Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research. Developed for ACRL by OCLC Research, this valuable resource investigates how libraries can increase student learning and success and effectively communicate their value to higher education stakeholders. The full report is freely available for download on the ACRL website.

Training Librarians as Evaluators to Show Library Value   ( Library Journal)
In 2015, we launched a national training event for public librarians, the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL). During this three-day data boot camp, participants learn how to evaluate their programs and services and use data for management, strategic planning, and demonstrating their impact. After the first event, we received an Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant, and are using the funds to develop new models for expanding RIPL training, including regional events throughout the United States as well as an online Community of Practice, open to anyone interested in public library data and evaluation.”

IFLA Releases Library Map of the World ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
““In an effort to strengthen advocacy for libraries at the global, regional and national levels, IFLA officially launched the Library Map of the World project at IFLA’s WLIC 2017 in Wrocław. The purpose of the map is to provide basic information about the state of the libraries around the world.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations:

Annual Institute of Library as Place: Presentation – The Mindful Library: Developing Placemaking in Contemporary Libraries  ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)

Highly recommended presentation with abundance of  resources for community-led master planning process for public libraries.

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2017 Week 14-17,18-22 & 23-26 : ALA and ACRL Support Net Neutrality; Library Hours in NYC Still Lag Behind Other Big Cities, Fact Vs.Fake News Librarian Resources, New Technology Library Systems Report 2017, Nashville Public Library Named Library of the Year, Overdrive Starts Libby, AASL With 2017 List of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

A Queens Library Branch is Hosting 31-Hour Open House 
I am very proud to announce that our Corona Community Library will host a very cool 31-hour open house. The event is part of  the “Queens Library is for Everyone” campaign.

American Association of School Libraries  (AASL) Releases 2017 List of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning (INFOdocket)
“The apps recognized as Best Apps for Teaching & Learning are of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.”

OverDrive Rolls Out New App for Streamlined Reading Experience (Information Today)    “Libby, the new one-tap reading app built by OverDrive, is the quickest and easiest way to get started reading and discovering digital library content from anywhere in the world. Libby was designed based on guidance from librarians and the feedback of thousands of beta users to provide a reading experience perfect for all users. At the same time, Libby makes bringing new users to the library a snap through its intuitive and simple interface.”

Toronto Reference Library gets in on vinyl craze, buys 100 records ( Library Stuff)
“The Toronto Reference Library is kicking it old school, buying vinyl records for the first time in three decades. The library is adding 100 titles. You can’t take the albums home, but there are two record players on the fifth floor, free for anyone to use.”

Microsoft, Google, Baidu, and Paul Allen’s AI2 Form Open Academic Search Group (INFOdocket)
“Microsoft, Google and Baidu may be competitors in the business world, but when it comes to open-access academic resources, they’re all working together – thanks to a collaboration created by Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. The Open Academic Search working group, or OAS, was set up to unite a wide spectrum of researchers working on academic search tools.”

Nashville Public Library Named 2017 Library of the Year by Library Journal and Gale (Library Stuff)
“Great libraries find compelling solutions to the challenges in their communities. Nashville Public Library stands out for its range of services, innovation in partnerships, and commitment to evolving as its community does, while keeping a keen eye on what’s important from the past,” said Rebecca T. Miller, editorial director of Library Journal. “We are very excited to have Nashville join the stellar Library of the Year roster. Nashville Public Library has a strong partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to put public library materials and technology into students’ hands. The Limitless Libraries initiative has infused millions of dollars into school libraries and helped local schools meet or exceed state collection requirements.”

Winds of Change | ALA 2017 Preview (Library Journal)
Preview of the upcoming  American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Chicago from June 22–27.

UPDATE: Russian Court Convicts Ukrainian Library Chief Of Inciting Hatred, Receives 4 Year Suspended Sentence (INFOdocket)
“As IFLA’s Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom of 1999 underlines, ‘libraries contribute to the development and maintenance of intellectual freedom and help to safeguard basic democratic values and universal civil rights. […] To this end, libraries shall acquire, preserve and make available the widest variety of materials, reflecting the plurality and diversity of society’. The selection and availability of library materials and services should, therefore, be ‘governed by professional considerations and not by political, moral and religious views’.

‘Subway Library’ offers riders a read on their commute (Library Stuff)
““At least straphangers will have something to read while they’re stuck on a train.Modal TriggerThe “Subway Library” is a special promotion providing riders access to hundreds of free e-books, e-shorts and extensive excerpts. The MTA has remade a subway train to look like the inside of the New York Public Library’s Rose Main Reading Room — and is offering riders free e-books starting today.”

Fact vs Fake: Resources to Help Librarians Navigate Digital Literacy ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Stephen Abram has compiled 5 must see resources to identify the accuracy of news resources and recognize ” fake news”.

The Chatty Librarians: Podcasting | Field Reports ( Library Journal)
“The podcasts highlighted here target two different audiences. Sachem Public Library’s (SPL) Chris DeCristofaro’s “The Library Pros” features talks with librarians, for librarians. And Ellen Druda’s “In the Stacks,” produced with Half Hollow Hills Community Library’s (HHHCL) assistant director Charlene Muhr, features book talks for patrons. In this column, they explain how and why they podcast. Also, check out a special edition of The Library Pros podcast in which DeCristofaro, Druda, Chris Kretz of The Long Island History Project podcast, and LJ‘s Matt Enis discuss the ideas in this column, and more.”

State of America’s Libraries Report 2017  (ALA News)
“Our 9,082 public libraries play a vital role in such community services as early childhood literacy, computer training, and workforce development. In addition, they provide a safe place for everyone, reflecting and serving the diversity of their communities in their collections, programs, and services. The thousands of public libraries in towns and neighborhoods across the United States invite community conversations and actions that further understanding and address local needs.”

Directory of 120-Plus Free Business Resources Available From BestBizWeb (Information Today)
The Best of The Best of the Business Web 2015-2016, a directory of more than 120 free business information sources, “including advertising, Big Data, financial information, market research, statistical information, venture capital information”, is essential for business librarians and corporate research centers.


Valuing Library Services Calculator What is your library worth to your healthcare institution?
 (New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“The calculator uses a “replacement value” methodology, where the retail cost to replace the librarian and the materials in your library, including print and electronic journals and monographs, reference services, instruction, etc. You can also define your own service or resource to calculate the value.”

MARKETING LIBRARY SERVICES: TECH TOOLS AND HACKS: Finding Free Stock Video Footage and Music (Information Today)
“Techie and tool lover Jennifer E. Burke reveals four sites that offer free stock video and six sites where you can download stock music and even sound effects. These tools will allow you to enhance your videos without using “legally questionable” clips.”

The pilot program, supported by Mobile Beacon, “an organization focused on providing broadband to nonprofit entities throughout the country” allows customers  to check out a mobile WiFi hot spot device.

Report: Florida Governor Signs School Censorship Bill into Law (INFOdocket)
“Florida governor Rick Scott yesterday approved legislation that will facilitate challenges to classroom materials, allowing any county resident to lodge a challenge against textbooks or supplemental materials that they claim fail to present “a noninflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues.” Intellectual freedom advocates are bracing for challenges on multiple topics of public contention, from evolution and climate change to fictional works featuring Muslim or LGBTQIA characters.”

Community Led Libraries Toolkit ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
An excellent Community Led Libraries Toolkit, developed by Canadian Libraries that explores “the application of community development techniques in developing more inclusive public library services”  with the awareness that ” public libraries need to find new and better ways of understanding and serving socially excluded community members”  if libraries are “to play the important social and economic roles we aspire to fulfill.”

Library Systems Report 2017 ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Marshall Breeding annual Library Systems Report published by American Libraries reveals a new trend :” the library technology industry has entered a new phase: business consolidation and technology innovation. Development of products and services to support the increasingly complex work of libraries remains in an ever-decreasing number of hands. Not only have technology-focused companies consolidated themselves, they have become subsumed within higher-level organizations with broad portfolios of diverse business activities.”

More Time in the Stacks: Library Hours in NYC Still Lag Behind Other Big Cities (Library Stuff)
Public Libraries in NYC are open ” more hours per week than at any point in the past decade”. A study by  Center for an Urban Future,  found out that ” New York City’s libraries are still open fewer hours than most of the largest library systems in the nation—including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas—and most of the large counties in New York State.”

Public Partners | Collaboration ( Library Journal)
An interesting overview of the most successful collaborations between schools and public libraries.

Prison Libraries Network: Right to Read” position statement ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“This Right to Read statement clearly asserts the value of libraries and access to information resources in correctional institutions, echoing recommendations set out in the most recent report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator. In the report, the Office recommends that Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) “update and renew inmate libraries so that they are compliant with policy and comparable to the services, materials, and technologies available in the communities.”

““All aspects of library outreach are on the rise as part of a larger discussion on how libraries can remain relevant,” says Ann Plazek, president of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Association of Bookmobiles and Outreach (ABOS). In 2014, 690 bookmobiles were operating across the United States, according to a study from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. ”

ALA and ACRL join higher education, library groups to urge FCC and Congress to uphold net neutrality ( ALA News)

“Network neutrality is essential to ensuring open and nondiscriminatory access to information for all.  The American Library Association is proud to stand with other education and learning organizations in outlining core principles for preserving the open Internet as a vital platform for free speech, innovation, and civic engagement.”

We Need Librarians Today More Than Ever – How an ancient profession stays on top of the digital age (LLRX)
“Journalist and librarian Marcus Banks discusses the role, relevancy and impact of librarians in all sectors as we are increasingly overwhelmed with information and yet access to actionable resources is often blocked by fees and paywalls, and the goal of knowledge sharing is subsumed and often ill served by conflicting agendas. Librarians remain critical advocates for open access, teachers of digital literacy skills, proponents of services to all Americans, and touchstones for identifying truth in an increasingly growing sphere of fake news and information that fails to serve democracy, education, and commerce.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations:

David Lee King on videos in libraries at Computers in Libraries 2017  (David Lee King)

Emerging Technology Trends in Libraries for 2017 presented by David Lee King at  Computers in Libraries 2017 (Lone Wolf Librarian)

How to design a library that makes kids want to read TED presentation by Michael Bierut

Eulogy for the Information Age: The Future is Impact Not Access (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Presentation by David Lankes at University of South Carolina.

International Image Interoperability Framework – IIIF  (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Presentation by Tom Cramer, Chief Technology Strategist, Stanford University Libraries.

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2017 Week 10,11,12 & 13 : Best Free Reference Websites & Apps,Trump’s Budget Eliminates Funding For IMLS, Cheatsheet to Live Video, NYC with new page for the NYC Open Data web portal,At U Chicago You Can Checkout Materials With Camera on Your Phone

Best Free Reference Websites & Apps ( Library Journal)
Gary Price editor INFOdocket highlights the best free reference websites and apps.

The 2017 Cheatsheet to Live Video  (Research Buzz)
““Live video continues to be popular for other platforms too – Instagram Stories, Twitter Periscope, YouTube Live, and others. So how do you know how to experiment for each platform? We put together this cheatsheet to help”

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Announces Four Changes to PubMed Records (INFodocket)
In short: records will now include Conflict of Interest Statements (COIS) When Supplied by the Publisher, Change to Editorial Expressions of Concern, Change to Results Display and Change to Status Tag.

NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Higher Ed Edition (14th ed.) Released ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“What is on the five-year horizon for higher education institutions? Which trends and technology developments will drive educational change? What are the critical challenges and how can we strategize solutions? These questions regarding technology adoption and educational change steered the discussions of 78 experts to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition”

Google site search is on the way out. Now what? ( Search Engine Land)
If search is a problem for your library website, here are some alternative solutions for small and medium sized libraries.

De Blasio Administration Unveils New Open Data Homepage As New York City Celebrates 5 Years Of Open Data (Research Buzz)
“The de Blasio Administration today celebrated the 5-year anniversary of the Open Data Law by launching a new homepage for the NYC Open Data web portal. To date, the City has published more than 1,600 free municipal datasets, ranging from 311 complaints to crime incidents by neighborhood to the location of every street tree in the city. The new home for the Open Data Portal provides more support to data novices on how to get started with City data, empowering more New Yorkers to understand how their city works through the information it produces.”

Texas: A Third “Bibliotech” All-Digital Public Library Location (Largest One Yet) to Open in San Antonio ( INFOdocket)
Kudos to Bexar County in Texas for opening a third all-digital location . Checkout the video here.

Trump’s Budget Proposal Eliminates Funding For IMLS, NEA, NEH, CPB, and More
(INFOdocket)
“The President’s proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget just released, and with it effectively all federal funding for libraries of all kinds, is counterproductive and short-sighted.
America’s more than 120,000 public, school, college and university and many other libraries aren’t piles of archived books. They’re trusted centers for technology, job counseling, retraining, veterans services, entrepreneurship, education, teaching and learning and free inquiry at the cores of communities in every state in the country – and in every congressional district.”

Local libraries are true immigrant sanctuaries (Library Stuff)
“There is a powerful, effective and meaningful way to uplift and protect immigrant New Yorkers right now: support public libraries, institutions that proudly wear the sign of “everyone is welcome here” each and every day. These sanctuaries within our sanctuary city need our investment now more than ever.”

Ontario: A Staff-Less Public Library Pilot Project to Take Place in Toronto ( INFOdocket)
Toronoto Public Library is planning to open Swansea Memorial Public Library iand Todmorden Public Library as a staff-less public libraries.

edX Adds More MicroMasters Programs (Information Today)
Want to advance your career? Enroll in a MicroMaster at edX.

UXF: Where’s the Friction at Your Library (Designing Better Libraries)
Stephen Bell is revewing the concept of User Experience Friction and offering  solutions.

New app lets users check out Library materials with their phones ( Library Stuff)
“Checkout UChicago lets UChicago students, faculty, staff, and others with borrowing privileges check out material from the University of Chicago Library using the camera on their phones.
To enable the app once downloaded, scan or enter your library barcode (on the back of your UChicago ID) and enter your last name. In the checkout screen, use the “+” button to check out library items. Touch the “Finish” button when done. No further action is needed if you wish to store your loans in a locker or faculty study within the library. If you want to leave the library with your items, deactivate your materials at the Deactivation Station at the Regenstein circulation desk. ”

7 amazing technologies we’ll see by 2030 ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
A thought provoking short video by Business Insider on the development of technologies in the next 15 years.

Libraries are a safe haven for homeless people – but locals seek to exclude them [The Guardian] ( Library Link of the Day)
“Of all the places associated in the popular imagination with homelessness – park benches, skid rows, the undersides of freeways – libraries are probably low on the list. Yet the Castro branch, like others across California and elsewhere in the western US, is treated by many homeless people as a sanctuary from streets that can be cold, wet and dangerous. Some residents, however, have urged making libraries or their environs less attractive to homeless visitors.”

Douglas County Libraries Face Closure ( Library Journal)
“The 11-branch Douglas County Library System (DCLS), OR, is facing closure later this spring after a ballot measure to create an independent tax district was defeated in the November 2016 election.”

Minnesota: Sound Recording Booth Opens Inside Rochester Public Library (INFOdocket)
“It’s a sound booth now installed on the library’s main floor for use in recording, first and foremost, oral histories. But the booth can also be used in the future to record podcasts, poetry, readings and music. Or maybe you could just go in there and vent.”

Protecting Patron Privacy ( Library Journal)
“The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives have both voted to repeal restrictions on the sale of customer data by internet service providers (ISPs). President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law. The restrictions were short-lived, enacted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in October 2016, days before the election. Still, as Gary Price, editor of LJ infoDOCKET notes, “This troubling event is an opportunity for the library community to become a clearinghouse of awareness, education, and knowledge about digital privacy to those we serve.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations:  Jason Griffey, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Matthew Bollerman, David Lankes

Blockchain for Libraries (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Jason Griffey highlights the pros and cons of blockchain for libraries.

What happens to libraries and librarians when machines can read all the books?
 (Library Blogs Buzz) Presentation of Chris Bourg at Harvard Library Leadership in a Digital Age program

Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and Matthew Bollerman webinar offers tools for librarians through the NYLA Sustainability Initiative.

The Future of VR, AR and Self-Driving Cars – Study Results (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Inetresting study results from LinkedIn about wearabales, VR and self-driving cars.

Lankes: Creating Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World – USC ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
A must see presentation by David Lankes at University of South Carolina.

Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Laura Solomon reviews emerging tech trends in libraries.

 

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2017 Week 6,7,8 & 9: First Cyber Library To Be Build By A Theme Park Company In Florida?,”Anythink Libraries Develops The One Kind Word Project, Best Reference Titles of 2016, Measuring the True Impact of Public Libraries, ProQuest Starts Displaced Researchers Program, Artificial Intelligence And The Future Of Work

Toronto Public Library shedding light on Seasonal Affective Disorder (Library Stuff)
Kudos to Toronto Public Library for their innovative approach to improve customer experience by introducing “light therapy lamps, designed to mimic the sun and treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that some people experience during the dark winter months.

Big Read in the Big Apple: NYC Launches Reading initiative ( Library Journal)
“At the end of January, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment announced One Book, One New York, a reading program that urges residents of all five boroughs to read the same book, starting in early March. If successful, this will form the largest reading community in the country. But can New Yorkers agree on the same book?  Fifteen years ago, as the New York Times reported, a similar initiative collapsed because the organizers were unable to pick a title. This year, city officials asked an advisory panel of public library heads, publishers, and academics to suggest possible candidates, which they then winnowed down to five books. The public have until February 28 to vote online for the winner.”

A Theme Park Company and City of Homestead, Florida are Building the World’s First “Cybrary” (Library of the Future) ? ( INFOdocket)
“Virtual reality simulations, talking robots and a magic school bus — this is what happens when a theme park company designs a library.Landmark Entertainment Group — the company responsible for the Spider-Man and Jurassic Park rides at Universal Orlando and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas — has partnered with the city of Homestead to create the world’s first “Cybrary,” or cyber library.”

AR, VR Lead Top Tech Trends Discussion | ALA Midwinter 2017 ( Library Journal)
“Augmented reality (AR) technology is not new, but the growing ubiquity of smartphones is making it possible for libraries and other cultural institutions to create new applications that allow patrons to explore collections in new and exciting ways, Cynthia Hart, emerging technologies librarian, Virginia Beach Public Library, explained during the Library Information Technology Association’s (LITA) Top Tech Trends at the American Library Association’s Annual Midwinter conference in Atlanta”.

The State of Ebooks 2017 ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“According to the Association of American Publishers, in January 2016, ebooks sales were down 6.7% from the year before.
With the exception of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service, subscription ebook services continued to struggle in 2016. Oyster shut down operations early in the year. And, in a move designed to compete with Amazon, Scribd introduced Scribd Selects, in which members now get unlimited access to selected titles plus three books of their choice per month.”

Anythink Libraries Spreads Kindness (Information Today)
Anythink Libraries developed the One Kind Word Project, which is running from Feb. 6 to Feb. 11, 2017, to “help spread kindness and compassion throughout the community,” It was inspired by the Japanese proverb, “One kind word can warm three winter months.” As part of the project, each Anythink location is providing materials for creating custom cards with kind messages that will be distributed to organizations in the community who have people in need of cheering up. ”

ProQuest launches Displaced Researchers Program ( Library Technology Guides)
“ProQuest has launched a program to provide no-cost access to its databases for students and researchers who have been separated from their universities and libraries because of travel bans or other immigration changes. The company has an email hotline ContinueMyResearch@proquest.com where these displaced researchers can arrange for access to the materials they need to continue their work.”

Roundup: 20 New or Recently Updated Reports From the Congressional Research Service (CRS) (INFOdocket)
Gary Price from INFOdocket has always highlighted the latest Congressional Research Service Reports, which are an excellent reasearch tool for library customers.

Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources 2017 (LLRX)
Marcus Zillman has compiled an excellent guide of  academic and scholar search engines and sources with the goal  “to be able to find the important academic and scholarly information both in the visible and invisible world wide web.”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art makes 375,000 images of public art freely available under Creative Commons Zero (Library Stuff)
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, known by many as the Met, announced that it is placing more than 375,000 images of public-domain works in the museum’s collection under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) dedication. The release, which covers images of the great majority of the museum’s holdings, is part of the Met’s Open Access initiative and will enable anyone, anywhere to freely access, use, and remix photos of some of the world’s most well-known works of art.

Digital Library Federation Introduces New and Improved Digitization Cost Calculator (INFOdocket)
“The DLF Assessment Interest Group’s Cost Assessment working group unveiled the new and improved version of the Digitization Cost Calculator at the recent DLF conference. The calculator is a tool that runs on community-contributed data and provides estimates of time and cost to those planning digitization projects.”

Best Reference Titles of 2016 ( Library Journal)
“This year’s list, compiled by a group of LJ’s top reference reviewers and editors, spans a wide range of subject areas, from a dictionary of Shakespearean vocabulary and a journey through classic sf films to an encyclopedia of cheese and a collection of the year’s best infographics. While some selections are more relevant for scholars working in colleges and universities, several works also bring great appeal for more casual browsers and public library users.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Samantha Lopez, David Lankes, Megan Lotts,Volker Hirsch

Measuring the True Impact of Public Libraries ( Lone Wolf Librarian)
A must see presentation by Samantha Lopez, PLA Project Coordinator and Beth Anderson, Director at Burnsville Public Library for anyone interested in data driven programs and library services.  ““

A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts by David Lankes ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Presentation by David Lankes during  Sarasota County Public Library Staff Development Day in Sarasota, Florida.

AI & The Future of Work (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Volker Hirsch at TEDx in Manchester about the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the future of work.

Hands-On Learning and Makerspaces: How to Implement a Culture of Creativity in Your Library ( Lone Wolf Librarian)
Presentation by Megan Lotts, Art Librarian at Rutgers State University.

 

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2017 Week 1,2,3,4 & 5 : Americans Are Reading Books At Nearly The Same Rate As 15 Years Ago, Free Public Databases, ALA Midwinter 2017: Not Business as Usual, ALA and Google Launch “Ready to Code University” Pilot Program, How to Fix the Internet

Gallup Releases Survey Findings on Americans and Book Reading (Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Did you know that Americans are reading books at nearly the same rate as 15 years ago ? “More than one in three (35%) appear to be heavy readers, reading 11 or more books in the past year, while close to half (48%) read between one and 10 and just 16% read none.”

Not Business as Usual | ALA Midwinter 2017 ( Library Journal)
“While looking forward has been a common theme throughout ALA’s conferences, the Symposium on the Future of Libraries, organized by the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries, convened nearly 40 sessions devoted to the subject. Three plenary sessions featured local civic leaders, educators, innovators, and library leaders; breakout sessions covered subjects ranging from library labor to sustainability, building civic engagement to library ethics.”

List of Free Public Databases ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
City Colleges of Chicago assembled a comprehensive list of free public databases.

Essential voice search strategies for 2017 ( Search Engine Land)
Voice search is becoming more and more popular and if your library has a mobile friendly website the next step is to optimize it for voice search and discoverability.

Pew Research Releases New Data About Americans and Cybersecurity ( INFOdocket)
“A majority of Americans (64%) have personally experienced a major data breach, and relatively large shares of the public lack trust in key institutions – especially the federal government and social media sites – to protect their personal information.”

App Provides Federal Regulatory Information – InfoToday.com (Information Today)
The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) “released RegInfo Mobile, a new app for iOS and Android phones that helps the public research current and past regulatory information, view public meeting logs (as well as the Executive Office Meetings Calendar), check the status of federal information collection, read agencies’ mission statements, and more. OIRA plans to make updates to the app in the future.”

IMLS: REPORT DESCRIBES NEW FRAMEWORKS FOR MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES TO STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT (Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“Across the country, changing community needs and priorities along with new modes of engagement have created an imperative to connect with and serve the public in ways that extend beyond traditional institutional formats and settings. Museums and libraries have begun to respond to this imperative. In so doing, they are connecting with the public in new and deeper ways, strengthening the social and institutional networks that support community wellbeing, and even acting as catalysts to spark positive change.”

ALA and Google Launch “Ready to Code University” Pilot Program (Phase Two) (INFOdocket)
“Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc., announced a call for Library and Information Science (LIS) faculty to participate in Phase Two of the Libraries Ready to Code project. This work will culminate in graduate level course models that equip MLIS students to deliver coding programs through public and school libraries and foster computational thinking skills among the nation’s youth.”

Winners of the Library Awards for Innovation Announced ( Library Journal)
Kay Marner , project coordinator, Ames Public Library, IA. Marner was chosen  as a winner for “Small Talk Story County”. Runners-up include Janet Brown, library services representative, Windsor Public Library, Ont., for “Library Live! Teen Leader/Mentor Program”; Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, head of teen services, Uniondale Public Library, NY, and a 2016 LJ Mover & Shaker, for “UPL Empowerment Academy for Teens”; Jessica Link, volunteer coordinator, Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA, for “Summer Dare Everywhere”; Keenon McCloy, director, Memphis Public Library & Information Center, for “CLOUD 901 Teen Learning Lab”; Linda Osuna, CEO manager, Hillsboro Public Library, OR, for “Community Engagement & Outreach”; and Tracy Green, director of development, Louisville Free Public Library, KY, for “Innovative, Inclusive and Impactful Partnerships.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Cindy Fesemyer, David Lee King,Dr. Steve Albrecht,Walter Isaacson

Engaged Planning: Ask What You Can Do For Your Rural Community  ( Library Blogs Buzz Weekly)
Cindy Fesemyer, Director, Columbus (WI) Public Library highlights the  library’s journey to assess community needs and implement new community engagement ideas.

Web Trends to Watch in 2017  (Lone Wolf Librarian)
David Lee King introduces the web trends in 2017 at the Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference .

How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library  (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Expert advice from workplace violence prevention specialist Dr. Steve Albrecht on how to respond to a security incidents in your library .

How to Fix the Internet – Walter Isaacson’s big idea for 2017  (Lone Wolf Librarian)
5 simple ideas from Walter Isaacson on how to fix the Internet.

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Week 49,50,51 & 52: Why Public Libraries Must Use Customer Experience To Improve Services for Their Communities, Deep Web Research and Discovery Resources 2017, Texas A&M University Opens Virtual Learning Lab With zSpace Virtual Reality (VR) Technology, How Employees Shaped Strategy At The New York Public Library, Becoming an Open Library Leader?

Why Public Libraries Must Use Customer Experience To Improve Services for Their Communities ( Library Blogs Buzz Weekly)

Customer Experience is often defined as “the product of an interaction between an organization and a customer over the duration of their relationship.” This interaction consists of three parts: the customer journey, the library service touchpoints the customer interacts with, and the environments the customer experiences, (including the user experience with specific products like the library website ) during their overall experience. In order for the customer experience to be effective, customer experience must be managed and library customers must be actively involved and engaged in the development of  new library services. To better understand customer experience and why libraries must use it to improve services for their communities, take a look at this presentation on “Fourteen Reasons Why Federal Agencies Must Improve Their Customer Experience” by Rick Parrish, Senior Analyst at Forrester Research.

Harvard Business Review on “How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library” (INFOdocket)
Kudos to NYPL on engaging staff with strategic initatives. The library’s management team created three innovation communities with each one focusing on a core library function: circulation, collections, and reference. Each community was structured as three embedded circles. The smallest was the “core team” consisting of five to seven staff members from each of the three boroughs served (the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan). Their expectation was to spend about a day a week for the next six months  on the identification, design, and testing of a business model innovation.The next larger circle was made up of “testers,” approximately fifty staff members who piloted the solutions. Finally, all staff were invited to be “conversationalists” and participate by providing their ideas, critiques, expertise, and encouragement.”

COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES: Texas A&M University-Commerce Libraries: Check Out Our State-of-the-Art Virtual Learning Lab ( Computers in Libraries)
“The Virtual Learning Lab was created with the needs of an academic library in mind, but given the educational applications of the zSpace K–12 STEM pack—which is perfect for use in public schools—and the popularity of makerspaces and similar creative services across all types of libraries, almost any library could find that a Virtual Learning Lab, or similar endeavor, is applicable to their situation. There is no doubt that 3D and VR technology is increasingly mainstream, and the quicker libraries accept that, the sooner patrons of all backgrounds and situations can have access to this incredible tech that will be impacting the way in which we live on a daily basis, in our schools and in our homes. As any early adopter knows, the price of catching technology as it hits the market is not cheap. But consider the fact that libraries are preparing patrons for the future and introducing them to technologies that they may have no other way of accessing. That impact is priceless.”

Becoming an Open Library Leader | Leading from the Library ( Library Journal)
“The basic premise is that open leaders are authentic and transparent. Their work is guided by those two primary qualities, yet they retain the organizational control necessary to avoid dysfunction. What does that mean in practice? Leaders are open about their vision, the roadmap to get there, and what defines success. Staff participate to shape the outcome and share responsibility to achieve it. The democratic leadership style is the primary vehicle for giving staff more ownership of organizational decision making”

Maine State Library study finds that Librarian is one of the most trusted professions
(Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“A recent survey by the Maine State Library shows that librarians are the second most trusted professionals out of the 22 professions studied. The purpose of this research was to determine the perceived trustworthiness of librarians compared to other professions and to assess perceptions of librarians across demographic groups.The only profession viewed as more trustworthy is nursing”

Ohio: Columbus Metropolitan Library Will End Overdue Fines Beginning on January 1, 2017
(INFOdocket)
“The Columbus Metropolitan Library is the most recent library system to stop fines as a way to get patrons to return overdue books and other materials.The library board approved the measure, which will take effect on Jan. 1, on Thursday.”

LJ’s Best Books of 2016 ( Library Journal)
“A jury of our peers discussed, debated, disagreed, and finally declared LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles”

Making the Library an Asset for Your Local Elected Officials ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
A must see article from Library Journal for every library administrator who wants to find out how to nurture their relationship with elected officials by offering library research services, calculating taxpayer return on investment (ROI) and creating effective infohraphics and marketing campaigns.

Iowa startup Terva wants to be Zillow for farmland ( Reserach Buzz)
“When you’re looking to buy residential property, it’s easy to use a site like Zillow to find out almost everything you would want to know about a home. If you’re a farmer looking to expand your acreage, the process isn’t quite as simple. The Ames startup Terva is hoping to simplify the process and to become the destination site for agricultural real estate.”

Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021 ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“Nearly 60% of the population holds a current library card; in the financial year 2014 to 2015, libraries in England received 224.6 million physical visits, more than visits to Premier League football games, the cinema, and the top 10 UK tourist attractions combined.  This report challenges both central and local government to think and act differently to transform library services. Libraries should be integral to all public service strategies. They must demonstrate their value to service commissioners – promoting themselves as an asset not a cost. In turn, we are urging commissioners to consider a ‘libraries first’ approach when planning services for their communities.

Deep Web Research and Discovery Resources 2017 ( LLRX)
“The Deep Web covers trillions of pages of information in various files and formats that the current search engines on the internet either cannot find or have difficulty indexing in their respective search results. This report and guide by internet guru Marcus P. Zillman provides researchers with a comprehensive and wide ranging bibliography of “deep web” data, information, documents, code, papers, applications and cutting edge tools. They may be used individually, in groups and in combination, as key drivers to build approaches and queries to harness knowledge and information services that create strategic, actionable results for your clients, users and customers, across all communities of best practice.”

Why do Customers Unfollow You? ( David Lee King)
“It’s a really good article – click through and give it a read. Some highlights include:

  • People are turned off by too many promotional posts
  • People like it when you show personality
  • People don’t like it when you’re too quiet!
  • They’ll follow you if they are interested in what you’re doing (well … duh)

Big reminder – don’t use social media as a broadcast medium where you primarily post promotions. Social media channels are used to start conversations – not post billboards.”

ChaCha closes its doors ( Phil Bradley’s weblog)
“A human moderated search engine is one where you can ask your question, and it will be passed onto a real live person to give you an answer. In total ChaCha answered about 2.25 billion questions, had 100,000 guides and employed about 440 people. At its peak it had about 370 million page views in August 2012, and this had dropped to 6 million in November 2016. It really does seem that this type of engine doesn’t work. Mahalo tried and failed, as did TrueKnowledge and we’re currently left with AskJelly and Answerbag with probably the best being WikiAnswers.”

LexisNexis to Retire lexis.com Service, Upgrade Customers to Lexis Advance Legal Information Solution Over Next 12 Months ( Library Stuff)
““LexisNexis®announced today that it will retire its legacy online legal research service, lexis.com® and upgrade U.S. legal professionals to the company’s Lexis Advance® solution.Lexis Advance is an innovative legal information solution offering with an impressive array of content, current awareness, analytics and decision tools. The time is right to retire lexis.com and open up the significant advantages of Lexis Advance to all of our customers.”

Online Learning:  Coursera’s Most Popular Courses and Specializations of 2016
( INFOdocket)
The free online learning platform Coursera offers 1,800 courses and specializations Take a look at 2016  most popular courses and specializations  .

Say Hello to Hoaxy: “Indiana University Researchers Launch Tool to Understand Spread of Fake News” (INFOdocket)
“The tool, called Hoaxy, visualizes how claims in the news — and fact checks of those claims — spread online through social networks. The tool is built upon earlier work at IU led by Filippo Menczer, a professor and director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research in the IU School of Informatics and Computing.”

Brand new, $32.4 million Elmhurst Community Library opens (Times Ledger)
I am very proud with the opening of our new 32,000 square feet Elmhurst Community Library with additional  “13,000 square feet of outdoor space with two green roofs, a learning garden and features a sleek and modern glass cube reading room. Construction of the new terraclad structure began in 2011 and it replaces the smaller library built in 1906.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Library of Congress, Arnold Hirshon, Tara Radniecki, Chrissy Klenke, Sue Mehrer, Andy Priestner

VIDEO of “BIBFRAME on the Move” Event at Library of Congress ( Library Journal)
Video presentation from Library of Congress on the  BIBFRAME linked data initative.

Key trends in academic libraries (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost and University Librarian at Case Western Reserve University  identifies key trends in academic libraries.

Beyond Books: How Libraries of the Digital Age Can Foster Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Chrissy Klenke and Tara Radniecki from University of Nevada on how their academic library is fostering innovation.

From industry to academia: user-centred design driving library service innovation (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Sue Mehrer, Deputy Librarian and Andy Priestner Futurelib Programme Manager at Cambridge University Library highlight the development of Spacefinder  web service using
customer experience and user design techniques.

TED Talks: How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Kevin Kelly, executive editor of Wired magazine on how Artificial intelligence (AI) can bring on a second Industrial Revolution.

An Introduction to the Digital Public Library of America (dp.la) (Lone Wolf Librarian)
A webinar introducing the Digital Library of America (DPLA) organized by the Arizona Library Association.

 

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