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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