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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