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Virtual library lobbying ready to reverberate in Washington - District Dispatch

Virtual library lobbying ready to reverberate in Washington - District Dispatch | Libraries News and Social Media Articles | Scoop.it

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This week, while hundreds of librarians and library supporters are hitting the Hill, visit ALA’s Legislative Action Center to back them up. You’ll find everything you’ll need to call, email and/or tweet at your Representative and Senators.


The more messages Congressional offices get about ALA’s top 2016 Legislative Day Priorities all this week (May 3-6), the better!

Ask them to:

CONFIRM Dr. Carla Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress #Hayden4LOC

SUPPORT LSTA and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Funding

PASS Electronic Communications Privacy Act Reform

RATIFY the Marrakesh Treaty for the print-disabled ASAP

For more background information about these issues, take a look at the one-page issue briefs that NLLD participants will receive when they get to Washington and that they’ll be sharing with Congressional offices:  http://www.ala.org/advocacy/sites/ala.org.advocacy/files/content/04-25-16%20All%20Issue%20Briefs%20NLLD%202016.pdf

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Newsmaker: Misty Copeland - Dancer to chair National Library Week By Amy Carlton | February 1, 2018

Newsmaker: Misty Copeland - Dancer to chair National Library Week  By Amy Carlton | February 1, 2018 | Libraries News and Social Media Articles | Scoop.it
Misty Copeland, honorary chair of this year’s National Library Week (April 8–14), spoke with American Libraries about reading, writing, and—of course—ballet.

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Audiobook use is rising

Audiobook use is rising | Libraries News and Social Media Articles | Scoop.it
Pew Research Center survey on book reading, 2018


Andrew Perrin writes: “Americans are spreading their book consumption across several formats, and the use of audiobooks is rising. About three-quarters of Americans have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2012, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January. There has been a modest but statistically significant increase in the share of Americans who read audiobooks since 2016, from 14% to 18%.”


http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/03/08/nearly-one-in-five-americans-now-listen-to-audiobooks/

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Code4Lib 2018 Keynote: Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries at MIT - YouTube

Code4Lib
Streamed live on Feb 14, 2018
_For the love of baby unicorns: My Code4Lib 2018 Keynote_
https://chrisbourg.wordpress.com/2018...

Chris Bourg Keynote transcript https://osf.io/nj7mc/

http://2018.code4lib.org/

Music: http://www.bensound.com
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Reflections on Code4Lib 2018 – ACRL TechConnect

Reflections on Code4Lib 2018 – ACRL TechConnect | Libraries News and Social Media Articles | Scoop.it

Date Published: March 12, 2018 Written by: Eric Phetteplace, Bohyun Kim and Ashley Blewer


A few members of Tech Connect attended the recent Code4Lib 2018 conference in Washington, DC. If you missed it, the full livestream of the conference is on the Code4Lib YouTube channel. We wanted to  highlight some of our favorite talks and tie them into the work we’re doing.

Also, it’s worth pointing to the Code4Lib community’s Statement in Support of opening keynote speaker Chris Bourg. Chris offered some hard truths in her speech that angry men on the internet, predictably, were unhappy about, but it’s a great model that the conference organizers and attendees promptly stood in support.

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Print books still much more popular than e-books, audiobooks

Print books still much more popular than e-books, audiobooks | Libraries News and Social Media Articles | Scoop.it

Adrian Malone, left, helps Gerald Elston adjust the volume on his headphones as the two listen to audiobooks at school in Washington, D.C. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)


By Andrew Perrin

March 8, 2018


Though Americans increasingly listen to audiobooks, print books remain the most popular format for reading.

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Libraries Are a Space Where Everyone Belongs

Libraries Are a Space Where Everyone Belongs | Libraries News and Social Media Articles | Scoop.it

No wonder the Trump administration is gunning for them.


By Sue Halpern 

FEBRUARY 23, 2018

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Bias already exists in search engine results, and it’s only going to get worse

Bias already exists in search engine results, and it’s only going to get worse | Libraries News and Social Media Articles | Scoop.it
The way search engines work is far from unprejudiced, a new book argues.
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In Praise of the Small Town Library | Literary Hub

In Praise of the Small Town Library | Literary Hub | Libraries News and Social Media Articles | Scoop.it

IN RURAL PENNSYLVANIA, FOUR BOOKSHELVES ARE A PASSPORT TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD 


February 6, 2018 By Steven Kurutz 


The Renovo Public Library, in North-Central Pennsylvania, isn’t a handsome wood or brick building on the town square. It certainly isn’t anything like the New York Public Library’s main branch, on Fifth Avenue, with its marble lion guards outside and palatial rooms and hallways. Instead, it’s a small, squat former auto garage built with concrete blocks painted white. The building was remodeled and opened in 1968, in a campaign led by a group of schoolteachers and local residents to obtain, for our remote end of the county, a branch library. It sits on a rise overlooking the Susquehanna river, at the end of a dead-end street, all but hidden from the currents of town life.


Frequently, I was the only person in the building, other than our librarian, Viv. I lingered there on drowsy after-school afternoons because I loved the sweet damp smell of paper and glue slowly decaying, because I loved pulling some forgotten old hardcover from the shelves, and because, simply, I loved being in a room filled with books. Two rooms, actually. There was a small-town stillness, an atmosphere of benign neglect inside our little library that suggested the great works of Western lit were mine alone to discover. A translation of the Greek epic poem the Odyssey had, according to its date-stamped card, an equally epic lending history: checked out twice in 1968, once in 1980, and again in 1992, before I came along, in March of 1994, when I was 17, and removed Homer’s masterpiece from its place for the fifth time in more than a quarter century.

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Letters to a Young Librarian: 10 Things I Didn’t Learn in Library School as a Then-Future Cataloger, by Jessica Schomberg

Letters to a Young Librarian: 10 Things I Didn’t Learn in Library School as a Then-Future Cataloger, by Jessica Schomberg | Libraries News and Social Media Articles | Scoop.it
Thursday, March 15, 2018
10 Things I Didn’t Learn in Library School as a Then-Future Cataloger, by Jessica Schomberg
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I went to library school to be a cataloger. There wasn’t an official cataloging track, but it was pretty easy to design your own. I also went to library school almost 20 years ago, in the midst of a massive shift in how library schools were structured – my first year I attended a Graduate School of Library and Information Science, my second year it was an iSchool! This is a mix of things I wish I’d learned in library school… and some things that I’m glad I learned later.
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OCLC introduces Wise for public libraries

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OCLC has introduced Wise, a community engagement system for US public libraries. A proven solution used by more than 75% of public libraries in the Netherlands, Wise integrates tools for increasing community engagement with the functions of library management. A marketing component simplifies the creation and distribution of more personalized and targeted communications—helping improve current customer relationships and build new connections with the wider community.

https://www.oclc.org/en/news/releases/2018/20180319-new-oclc-wise-community-engagement-system-public-libraries.html
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How to get the most out of your local library

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Ever since moving, I've been fully trying to integrate more into the community. I started by meeting all my neighbors and frequenting the corner stores. Then I moved on to scoping out the subway and finding my way to a few new neighborhoods. However, it wasn’t until I got my city library card that I truly felt at home. Not only was I able to check out all the books I wanted, but I also suddenly had access to more of the city than I ever could have imagined. 
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Algorithms of Oppression: Faculty Focus: Safiya Umoja Noble - YouTube

USC Annenberg
Published on Feb 28, 2018

Back in 2009, when Safiya Noble conducted a Google search using keywords "black girls," "latina girls," and "asian girls," the first page of results were invariably linked to pornography.

In her book, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, Noble delves into the ways search engines misrepresent a variety of people, concepts, types of information and knowledge. Her aim: to get people thinking and talking about the prominent role technology plays in shaping our lives and our future.

This video explores her journey into researching this topic and what it means to us.

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