This short, exciting piece from Beckett Mufson, http://bit.ly/2r91htH at vice.com has put smiles on art lovers' lips at a time when we can all use a little bit more beauty and thoughtfulness in
"A veritable art history degree's worth of books digitized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are now available for free.", reports Mr. Mufson. How can we NOT take advantage?
Brigit Katz ( @brigitkatz ) for Smithsonianmag.com reported this story as well, fleshing out the offerings with links to other institutions that are digitizing their collections for on-line sharing.
Read Ms. Katz's piece here: http://bit.ly/2r98hXs
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@BBCTech Reports @fightfortheftr says Bots using dead people's names to support @FCC deep sixing Net Neutrality
So this report, while not surprising in these 'interesting' times, is disconcerting to way the least.
Click here to view the BBC short video piece on Net Neutrality.
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This is a very cool idea. See the splash page of the NYPL: The New York Public Library
Have you posted yours yet?
Add your post-it here: Support Public Libraries - #InvestInLibraries
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On May 18, 2017 the FCC voted 2 to 1 to start the process of eliminating net neutrality rules and the classification of home and mobile Internet service providers (ISPs) as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act.
Net neutrality is the equivalent of the First Amendment for the Internet.
Net neutrality is a phrase that is often misunderstood and elicits widely divergent reactions. Without net neutrality ISPs could establish a system of paid prioritization for the processing of data conveyed via the Internet. This approach would discriminate against libraries, schools, not for profits, and small and medium sized businesses which are unable to pay for "priority access." It would also hurt individuals who would be unable to pay the premium for this enhanced access.
Net neutrality is NOT another term for bandwidth. Bandwidth refers to the "volume of information per unit of time that a transmission medium (like an Internet connection) can handle. An Internet connection with a larger bandwidth can move a set amount of data (say, a video file) much faster than an Internet connection with a lower bandwidth." Bandwidth can be compared to plumbing, just as the size of a pipe determines the volume of water that can flow through it in a given time; the greater the bandwidth the more data can be processed. Maintaining net neutrality does not affect an ISPs ability to charge different rates for increased bandwidth. If you have a 75mbps account you will and currently do pay more than someone who has 25mbps account. Bandwidth refers to the "rate of data transfer," while net neutrality refers to the equality of all data transferred, that is, data is processed in the order it is sent.
Everything you do on the Internet involves packets. For example, every Web page that you receive comes as a series of packets, and every e-mail you send leaves as a series of packets. Net neutrality ensures packet equality, that is, all packets are treated equally and transmitted in the order that they were sent. Eliminating net neutrality will create an environment where the packets generated by companies or individuals who pay more will receive preferential transmission.
Imagine if you picked up the telephone to make a call and after dialing the number you heard the following message, "Your call is being processed and based on your account type it is estimated that your call is the 23rd call in line to be connected." This is what it would be like if net neutrality was eliminated.
The Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, served as Associate General Counsel at Verizon Communications Inc., between February 2001 and April 2003. Verizon is one of the telecoms that have lobbied for the elimination of net neutrality. Mr. Pai has made many statements recently that net neutrality under the Title II order has diminished broadband investment and stifled innovation. However, the Internet Association (IA) recently released a document titled Preliminary Net Neutrality Investment Findings, which challenges Mr. Pai’s claims. The IA is "the only trade association that exclusively represents leading global internet companies on matters of public policy. The association’s mission is to foster innovation, promote economic growth, and empower people through the free and open internet."
You can read the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - WC Docket No. 17-108 by downloading a PDF copy.
You can comment on the Proposed Rulemaking by using the Standard Filing Form, which allows you to upload a file with your comments, or you can use the Express Comment Form, which allows you leave a brief comment. In either case you must insert the correct Docket number 17-108 in the first field - Proceeding(s).
As of Sunday, May 21 there were over 1.6 million comments.
Please take the time to let the FCC know that net neutrality is essential for open access to the Internet. Net neutrality is the equivalent of the First Amendment for the Internet.
Here are some additional articles about the importance of net neutrality:
A May 18th article from Ars Technica, a publication founded in 1998 devoted to technology that caters to “alpha geeks” technologists and IT professionals.
The May 17th posting District Dispatch from the ALA Washington Office.
A March 29th posting to District Dispatch.
If you prefer to have your information delivered with a bit of satire here are three links to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:
1. his original net neutrality segment from June 1, 2014
2. his follow-up piece in response to the recent Proposed Rulemaking from May 7, 1017
3. his web only segment from May 14, 2017
"It’s been discussed on Twitter more than any other show in 2017—and has catalyzed much needed conversations about preventing teen suicide—but school districts across the nation continue to be uncomfortable talking with students about Netflix’s hit series 13 Reasons Why. And thanks to the popularity of the show, some folks are being reminded that they don’t want teenagers to read the book it’s based on, either." See the whole article at the GOOD site here: http://bit.ly/2rokpB8
In Colorado, reports the Day Sentinel http://bit.ly/2rovNgi , Grand Junction, CO, "A School District 51 official ordered school librarians to remove a controversial book from circulation last month, a move that circumvented the district’s traditional process for reviewing such materials and raised concerns about censorship."
And librarians responded: "... cit(ing) the book’s value as the starter to conversations about the difficult topic, and how it helped teachers and students open a line of communication to discuss suicide."
“The novel itself was written as a suicide prevention awareness novel,” a librarian wrote, asking the district to reconsider censoring the award-winning novel."
Perhaps removing this book is a moot point considering this report from Variety: "Aside from its strong fanbase, “13 Reasons Why,” hailing from Paramount TV, is also a critical favorite. Variety‘s Maureen Ryan penned a column praising the series, titled “’13 Reasons Why’ Avoids TV’s Routine Exploitation of Dead Women by Forcing Us to Care.” In her review, she wrote that the show “is simply essential viewing.” http://bit.ly/2rotE46
More on banned books here: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/
Advocacy Alert: #SaveIMLSFour days left to help save federal library funding!Between LSTA and IAL, $213 million in current federal library funding is at risk.[FYI, this is 0.00006 % of the Federal Budget] Send an Email Make a Call Send a Tweet May 19th is the deadline for the Senate "Dear Appropriator" letters to support FY 2018 funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program.
Have your Senators signed yet? Find out quickly here: http://bit.ly/2rlZDC8If they haven't signed yet, call, Email or tweet to the links above.Cred: ALA Washington Office. Here's the link to their Legislative Action Center: http://bit.ly/2rm2M4U
Great news! National Library Legislative Day Registration Full Up. Washington DC- May 1st and 2nd 2017 @ALALibrary
The New York delegation has record numbers of concerned and outspoken
... from the ALA.org website:
"Due to increased interest in National Library Legislative Day 2017, we have reached capacity on registration. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com or
sign up to participate online.
2017 NLLD Schedule2017 NLLD Issue Briefs (as of 4/21/17) (pdf) "
And this additional news directly from the ALA.org site:
"If you can’t make it to D.C., you can still advocate for libraries by emailing, calling, or Tweeting your representatives as part of Virtual Library Legislative Day (VLLD) from May 1-5. Register now at www.ala.org/united/vlldregistration to
receive an email on May 1 reminding you to take action, along with a link to the livestream from National Library Legislative Day, so you can hear the keynote speaker and the issue briefings live.
The keynote speaker will be Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU National Security Project. Issue briefings will be provided by the staff of the ALA Washington Office."
Here is another way to link to the registration for ALA VLLD:
Library Advocates visiting their federal law makers who are elected to represent them in both Houses.
It's a start. Not since 1882 has the UK not used coal to generate electricity.
Energy systems are changing.
The UK is enthusiastically adopting low-carbon electricity production. Despite the current regime in Washington DC, this is a trend that has its own legs, is cost effective and won't stop growing just because someone doesn't 'believe in science'.
I sourced this from this short read in The Hub at Mitsubishi Electric: http://bit.ly/2oJah4H
There are links to BBC and Financial Times for those who subscribe.
Coal photo : Britannica.com
National Library Workers Day - Tuesday, 11 April 2017. Recognize your amazing library workers.@alaapa #NLWD17
Article directly quoted from Beatrice Calvin, CDF, Manager, Professional Development at American Library Association. American Library Association - LinkedIn
"... know any library workers who should be recognized for the great work they do, their positive outlook, or how the wonderful way they assist patrons? Let’s take the time to show our appreciation for those fantastic library stars!
Consider submitting their names to the ALA-APA Galaxy of Stars as part of National Library Workers Day celebration.
National Library Workers Day (NLWD) is Tuesday, April 11, 2017. It is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
The ALA-APA helps libraries and individuals prepare to celebrate by featuring a range of creative suggestions on its website. The National Library Workers Day web page encourages friends, patrons, employers and co-workers to “Submit a Star” by providing a brief testimonial about a favorite library employee. Each testimonial (listing first names, library type and city/state location only) will be posted on the NLWD’s Galaxy of Stars page. You may nominate as many library workers as you like.
Has your library celebrated National Library Workers Day in the past? Is your library planning to recognize and honor your library workers this year? Tell us about your plans. Please send your ideas and information to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be posted in Library Worklife, the official newsletter of the ALA-APA. Be sure to share your celebrations on Twitter, using #NLWD17 and/or post to the NLWD Facebook page.
There’s still time to plan your celebrations to recognize library workers everywhere.
For more information, visit the ALA-APA National Library Workers Day website at: http://ala-apa.org/nlwd/."
@MrsFridayNext), What Donald Trump Doesn't Understand About Libraries - His proposed budget would eliminate all federal funding for the Institute of Museums and Library Services, in cosmopolitan.com/politics ends with this:'s article (
"I wish I could say that Trump is attacking libraries because he knows that the information literacy we exist to create is exactly the skill our electorate needs to shut down his lying, cheating, hate-mongering administration. I wish I had confidence that he thought that hard, or strategically, about any of the terrible policies he’s spent the first 50 days of his presidency advancing. But I don’t."
"Take a look at this map — built by a librarian, naturally — and you will see how the Institute of Museums and Library Services’ grants have benefited communities all over the country, red state and blue alike." (map credit: Anna E. Kijas,@anna_kijas)
The percentage of federal funding for libraries is so infinitesimal within the total federal budget, it doesn't show up on a pie chart.
What is going on in the minds of men who take these actions? I refer you to the beginning of this post. Draw your own conclusions.
(Bar Chart maker Source: here)
House library champions release FY18 “Dear Appropriator” letters for LSTA and IAL @ALALibrary DistrictDispatch
Take five minutes to call, email, or Tweet at your Members of Congress help preserve over $210 million in library funding now at risk.
"Your limited-time-only chance to ask for your House Member’s backing for LSTA and IAL begins now.
Where does your Representative stand on supporting FY 2018 library funding? Against the backdrop of the President’s proposal last week to eliminate the Institute for Museum and Library Services and virtually all other library funding sources, their answer this year is more important than ever before.
Every Spring, library champions in Congress ask every Member of the House to sign two, separate “Dear Appropriator” letters directed to the Appropriations Committee: one urging full funding for LSTA (which benefits every kind of library),
... and the second asking the same for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program. This year, the LSTA support letter is being led by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ3). The IAL support letter is being jointly led by Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX30), Don Young (R-AK), and Jim McGovern (D-MA2).
The first “Dear Appropriator” letter asks the Committee to fully fund LSTA in FY 2018 and the second does the same for IAL. When large numbers of Members of Congress sign these letters, it sends a strong signal to the House Appropriations Committee to reject requests to eliminate IMLS, and to continue funding for LSTA and IAL at least at current levels.
Members of the House have only until April 3 to let our champions know that they will sign the separate LSTA and IAL “Dear Appropriator” letters now circulating, so there’s no time to lose. Use ALA’s Legislative Action Center today to ask your Member of Congress to sign both the LSTA and IAL letters. Many Members of Congress will only sign such a letter if their constituents ask them to. So it is up to you to help save LSTA and IAL from elimination or significant cuts that could dramatically affect hundreds of libraries and potentially millions of patrons.
Five minutes of your time could help preserve over $210 million in library funding now at risk.
Soon, we will also need you to ask both of your US Senators to sign similar letters not yet circulating in the Senate, but timing is key. In the meantime, today’s the day to ask your Representative in the House for their signature on both the LSTA and IAL “Dear Appropriator” letters that must be signed no later than April 3.
Whether you call, email, tweet or all of the above (which would be great), the message to the friendly office staff of your Senators and Representative is all laid out at the Legislative Action Center and it’s simple:
“Hello, I’m a constituent. Please ask Representative ________ to sign both the FY 2018 LSTA and IAL ‘Dear Appropriator’ letters circulating for signature before April 3.”
Please, take five minutes to call, email, or Tweet at your Members of Congress and watch this space throughout the year for more on how you can help preserve IMLS and federal library funding. We need your help this year like never before."
We are about to have our lives wrested from us and most internet users don't even know it is so dangerous or why this proposed reversal is so nefarious.
From The Guardian: "US House committee is set to vote today on whether to kill privacy rules that would prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from selling users’ web browsing histories and app usage histories to advertisers. Planned protections, proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would have forced ISPs to get people’s consent before hawking their data – are now at risk."
the article continues...
"The new rules – dubbed the Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal – would require broadband providers to get permission from subscribers before collecting and selling this data. Currently broadband providers can track users unless individuals opt out. The new rules were due to come into play as early as December 2017.
'Getting these rules was probably the biggest win in consumer privacy in years. If the repeal succeeds it would be pretty bad,' said Jeremy Gillula, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation."
The Guardian article (read the whole article here) ends with cautionary advice that we ignore at our privacy peril - and the 'fix' is clunky.
So how can users protect their browsing history?
You need to encrypt all your internet traffic. Some websites (like the Guardian) are already encrypted – marked out with HTTPS at the beginning of the URL – but ISPs would still be able to see which websites you have visited, just not the individual pages.
To mask all of your browsing behavior you can use a VPN service (which incurs a subscription cost) or try using Tor.
Good luck to us all.
ScrnGrbCred: the Guardian
“No one else is, (going to advocate for library funding) ”
"...the people who use our libraries -- our faculty, our students, our publics ... need
to also own support for libraries.”
The "Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association,
used last week’s biennial national conference to give the roughly 3,500 in attendance a crash course in advocacy..."
Speaking of the current WH budget proposal to slash funding to libraries, “The scary thing is that
this could actually happen if no one does anything,” Keith Michael Fiels, executive director of the ALA, said. “Only a small band of brave individuals stand between this insanity and reality. Who are these brave heroes? They’re us.”
These quotes are taken from this link insidehighered.com, by Carl
Straumsheim, March 27, 2017 To read the entire article click here :
Neal, university librarian emeritus at Columbia University, said. “That’s our responsibility.”
“We need to be vocal as a library community at this time,” Neal said. 'Public libraries, school
libraries and higher education libraries are in this together, and therefore if we lose IMLS, we lose LSTA, we lose the literacy funding, that’s a statement about the future of libraries. We need to own that problem collectively now. We will do the hard
work in the trenches when we’re working on funding for research and funding for work study, but
now is the time to really represent the library community and the things we care about collectively.'”
That work began with postcards. Throughout the conference, attendees were encouraged to fill out postcards
reading “Libraries are a smart investment” in big, bold letters on the front and send them to their representatives. The postcards included a prewritten message on the back:
“Dear [blank]. I’m an academic librarian from the state of [blank]. I’m concerned by President Trump’s
budget proposal to eliminate all of the small but critical federal support for libraries and our users in every community in our state. Here’s why: [Blank]. Today, I am asking you to: [Blank].”
By the end of Thursday, the first full day of the conference, attendees had already filled out the
1,000 postcards that ACRL had provided, forcing a staffer to make a late-night FedEx run to print an additional 1,500.
But avoiding cuts to library funding will take more than postcards, speakers said.
“A bunch of librarians writing postcards to Washington is necessary, but it’s insufficient,” Neal said.
“It’s the people who use our libraries -- our faculty, our students, our publics -- who need to also own support for libraries.”
Here is the link to ALA's info for 2016 National Library Legislative Day, May 1 and 2.
This is straight out of the press release from District Dispatch, @ALALibrary Blog:
"This morning, President Trump released his budget proposal for FY2018. The Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS) is included in the list of independent agencies whose budgets the proposal recommends eliminating. Library funding that comes through other sources such as the Department of Education, the Department of Labor and the National Endowment for the Humanities is also affected. Just how deeply overall federal library funding is impacted is unclear at this point. The Washington Office is working closely with our contacts in the federal government to gather detailed information. We will provide the analysis of the total impact when it is complete and as quickly as possible.
One thing we all know for certain: Real people will be impacted if these budget proposals are carried through.
While we are deeply concerned about the president’s budget proposal, it is not a done deal. As I said in a statement issued this morning,
'The American Library Association will mobilize its members, congressional library champions and the millions upon millions of people we serve in every zip code to keep those ill-advised proposed cuts from becoming a congressional reality.'
There are several actions we can take right now:
- Call your Members of Congress – ask them to publicly oppose wiping out IMLS, and ask them to commit to fighting for federal library funding. (You can find talking points and an email template on the Action Center.)
- Share your library’s IMLS story using the #SaveIMLS tag – tell us how IMLS funding supports your local community. If you aren’t sure which IMLS grants your library as received, you can check the searchable database available on the IMLS website.
- Sign up to receive our action alerts – we will let you know when and how to take action, and send you talking points and background information.
- Register to participate in National Library Legislative Day on May 1-2, either in Washington, D.C., or online.
Timing is key to the Federal budget/appropriations process. More information – along with talking points and scripts – will be forthcoming from the ALA Washington Office, particularly as it pertains to the upcoming advocacy campaign around “Dear Appropriator” letters. Meanwhile, please take the time to subscribe to action alerts and District Dispatch to ensure you receive the latest updates on the budget process.
The president’s budget has made clear that his funding agenda is not ours. It’s time for library professionals and supporters to make our priorities clear to Congress."
Thank you ALA for all you do.
Click here:Virtual Library Legislative Day Form
Educational Attainment in America is an interactive dot-density map designed by these clever folks at the Center for Urban Studies at Texas Christian University showing the US population aged 25 and over by educational attainment.Click on the map anywhere - scroll out or in to focus on y our area of interest.
Data are summarized into five categories organised along the colour spectrum, representing the highest education attained: RED-less than high school; ORANGE-high school or equivalent; YELLOW-some college or associate's degree; GREEN-bachelor's degree; and BLUE-graduate degree.
According to Kyle Walker, Assistant Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Urban Studies at Texas Christian University. "Data are from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey Table B15003, distributed by NHGIS. Dot locations are approximate and do not represent the locations of individuals. Also, as the ACS is a survey of the US population, its estimates are subject to a margin of error.
I originally saw this article on line at: BoingBoing
I think it is instructive to compare and contrast the visual representation of the data on the two coasts (I have taken screen shots) compared to the center of the continent. Zoom around this map to find your own areas of interest.
According to the OECD-The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the US remains in the middle rankings for Science. (click on the images -they pop up larger)
You can see for yourself the ranking for Maths: Cred and ScrnGbs: GitHub - walkerke/education_map: Educational Attainment in America and PISA - PISA
Librarians, parents and teachers, "Get the latest teaching activities (for Web Literacy), tips, and news in your inbox every month. Sign up for the Mozilla Learning Newsletter"...here: https://mzl.la/2mXAhew
Mozilla devotes a great proportion of it's collective intelligence to keeping the Web open, secure and true to its original intent. Its position outlined in 'Web Literacy 2.0' is worth a read: http://bit.ly/29zXspt "This paper captures the evolution of the Mozilla Web Literacy Map to reach and meet the growing number of diverse audiences using the web. The paper represents the thinking, research findings, and next iteration of the Web Literacy Map that embraces 21st Century Skills (21C Skills) as key to leadership development."
NLLD is an opportunity for us to learn more about the Administration and its policy related to support for the Library Services and Technology Act ( LSTA), intellectual freedom, privacy, copyright, net neutrality and many other issues that are important to librarians, library users and the general public.
Registration for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is open.You can find out more about NLLD by clicking here. For information about the schedule of events click here.
NLLD Briefings take place at The Liaison, you can register here. Here is a link to hotels that are either in Washington DC or in nearby Virginia with ready access to the Metro which comes into Union Station, not far from The Liaison and the legislative office buildings.
As a result of the changes in the Administration, many of the legislative issues are still unknown, however, based on President Trump's Executive Budget, released earlier this week, we know that he has eliminated funding for the IMLS Institute of Museum and Library Services. This is the only federal funding for America's libraries and is critical to New York State. Funding from IMLS supports the NOVELny program, which makes databases available to all New Yorkers. In addition, IMLS funding supports the operation of the Division of Library Development (DLD). We also have indications that the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai intends to end support for net neutrality. Net neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.
Libraries are our primary source of unbiased and full access to information.
Librarians help you learn how to make up your own mind about what is true and what is not!
Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of NYLA, urges us all to contact your legislators to support full funding of NYS State Aid for libraries and library systems.
"WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DEFEND LIBRARY FUNDING - NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT! We are counting on you to ensure the legislature fights for libraries as negotiations take shape."
Even if you have already written to your representative, please follow this link to NYLA's Online Advocacy Center -The Voice of the Library Community, to send this NEW message to your legislators that library funding is NOT NEGOTIABLE.
Our entire presentation and all the notes that accompany our work with you in Toronto are now on the OLA, OLASC17 web site here: PLAN22Archibrarians OLASC17 Presentation NOTES PDF
Contact us directly if you have any questions. We are here to help.
THANK YOU to the organisers, staff and volunteers at OLASC, and especially to Michelle Arbuckle @and Pamela Sweet who took the time to stay with us after her introduction - we appreciate all the work you do.
In a press release sent out yesterday the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) announced a resolution adopted on January 24th by the American Library Association (ALA) Council. The resolution prepared by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) - Resolution on Access to Accurate Information - addresses the "problems of fake news, personalized news-feeds, web search algorithms and the delay of Freedom of Information Act requests."
The Resolution outlines the role of librarians and library workers in helping to raise awareness of these issues and "supports the critical role of librarians and library works in all types of libraries in teaching information literacy skills that enable users to locate information and evaluate its accuracy."
Excited to present our Sesssion and Workshop @ONLibraryAssoc #OLASC in Toronto this Friday 3 February
We are look forward to meeting librarians and trustees at the @ Ontario Library Association Super Conference #OLASC in Toronto this Friday, 3 February.
Our Session and Workshop - "Communicate Effectively with Design Professionals" - will introduce and develop the concept of the the Library Building Program Document as a comprehensive method for organizing your library’s requirements and communicating them to library users, board, city or municipal councils and the architect.
We believe that the librarian is the person who should lead the Library Building Project and we do everything we can to support you with tools to help you systematically navigate your Library Building Project. There is no need to reinvent the wheel or feel unsupported.
We help librarians lead the pre-planning phase of the library building project and offer and explain the use of methods and strategies to use throughout the design development phase that help you retain control of your design into the acceptance of construction drawings.
So that you are familiar with the visual language that designers use, we will introduce you to adjacency charts; bubble diagrams; construction drawing schedules and Room Data Sheets . We will workshop three of these with exercises so that all our attendees can get hands on experience of the work involved and gain some experience for when you begin the design conversation with your architect.
Pick up a communication device and ask your community's Librarian to source that news you just read on line. You're tax dollars have already paid for the service.
Librarians are uniquely positioned to help every person in America check the source of the information they read on line or ... anywhere!
Librarians must be more proactive and vocal in educating their service area citizens about what Librarians really do and to what they devote their lives.
Communities must be more informed, made aware, reminded, of the pivotal role their local librarian plays in teaching Information Literacy, what it is and now more than ever, why it is an absolutely essential component of a functioning Democracy.
This article from Forbes.com by K. Leetaru, 11Dec.'16, is a good starting point to energize you and your library staff... "...fake news exists because as a society we have failed to teach our citizens data and information literacy... to truly solve the issue of “fake news” we must blend technological assistance with teaching our citizens to be data literate consumers of the world around them."
Read the entire Forbes article here :
ScrnGrbCrd: google images
ScrnGrbCred: newyorktimes.cim 7Dec'16
We are all diminished as a society when even one of us is attacked for the simple act of reading .
Librarians are and always have been defenders of the right to read, intellectual freedom and privacy as the foundation of a functioning Democracy.
These unprecedented attacks on people inside libraries is profoundly disturbing. What happens to us and our precious, hard won freedom when we no longer feel safe in our library?
Libraries fear that the feds will go after your data/ @internetarchive suggests duplicating the Internet.|@McClatchyDC #in
Think you don't need to worry about your on-line security because you "have nothing to hide", you are just a 'normal person' who hasn't done anything 'wrong'?
Then, consider this...
"... San Francisco-based Internet Archive ... http://bit.ly/2gVI2wC ... announced a drive to raise $5 million to set up a mirror repository of the entire internet and place it in Canada for safety."
Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article118566728.html?utm_campaign=newsletter_subscription&utm_medium=email&utm_source=app#storylink=cpy
Here is the McClatchy.org link to the story
Mozilla's NYC 'Glass Room' Reveals Internet's Dark Side |@fastcompany, @mozilla theglassroomnyc.org #in
IoT linked devices pose real and consequential risks to personal privacy.
Mozilla's mission has consistently been to safeguard our information and privacy in the interconnected on-line world and to educate users so we can make informed choices about what we purchase and use.
Their NOLITA pop-up 'shop' "Glass Room" (201 Mulberry St., NYC, open 'til 14 Dec.] shines a very hands-on light on the murky and intentionally shifting world of data mining, the erosion of personal information and our right to privacy. It may look like an Apple Store from the street but once inside you will learn just how some of the products offered to keep you 'connected' will, in fact, erode your privacy and could, in the wrong hands, take away some of that freedom you seek by joining connected communities.
Give it a look. See what the company who sells you that device sees, knows and can sell about you!
Librarians, especially those who have joined the profession in the Internet Age, understand the importance of being well informed about what personal information devices and applications collect and sell (it's called 'monetization' in the data harvesting industry). However we still meet many people who do not know the risks associated with their apps and devices and how companies collect and share very personal, extremely private information. Kudos to Mozilla for taking this seriously important issue to the streets.
ScrnGrbCred: of disturbing info from article (link above) - fastcodesign.com & Mozilla.org
England is getting Her Library on!
UK neighbours follow suit.
We could take a page from the experiences these struggling libraries have been enduring for years and what they propose to do about the public's
No words can politely express how we feel about this story.
Perhaps the lawyers for Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder and Gov. Snyder himself really are hoping that there will be no one who is even able to read this article:
Ontario's government is trying something different. So should we.
Architects have always honored and celebrated those in their ranks who successfully land Big Splashy Projects bringing awards and lots of money into their firms. This is a necessary part of 'the business'; payrolls have to be met.
Dependence on these sexy, press-grabbing jobs cannot remain the only impetus we have to seek out projects and make a good living to support our employees and families.
Our knowledge and passions can focus on projects that lift up and sustain our society - our democracy. And our cities and towns must support our efforts to offer good, solid and beautiful designs to 'ordinary people'.
Libraries are only one of the cornerstones of this fragile, mutable social concept we call democracy. Affordable, well designed, truly livable housing is another.
Here is Inhabitat's reporting on Ontario's proposal:
Architects and those who pay them play an essential role in developing beautiful, sustainable, mutable solutions to challenges that accompany Ontario's forward thinking plan.
Ontario Government's Discussion Paper brought forward by Hugo Segal, here:
Let us hope that in this newly minted world of protectionism, fear of 'the other' and blatant celebration of greed that kudos, recognition and good money can come to those architects who work for the pure pleasure of knowing they have pushed the boundaries of civil discourse through delightful, use able and thoughtful housing design.
The two groups of executors, the estate and the Rosenbaum Museum, who have overlapping responsibilities to settle Maurice Sendak's estate are unable to reach an agreement two and a half years after his death.
Mr. Sendak had a long standing relationship with the Rosenbach Museum and Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, loaning them books in his collection and the museum featured over 70 exhibitions of his work over decades.
Mr. Sendak's estate claims that the collection he had loaned to the Rosenbach is just that, a loan. The Museum disagrees.
The courts became involved and "...after years of bickering, the probate court ordered that most of the books be returned to the estate...88 of the contested books, including the Potter (Beatrix) books, will stay at the Rosenbach, while 252 will go to the foundation and the estate." (http://bit.ly/2fAKkmA)
Read more here at the Philly.com: http://bit.ly/2fCoN9M
However this unfolds, it's certainly going to be a Wild story to add to Mr. Sendak's legacy.
Explore the Rosenbach site: https://www.rosenbach.org/
ScrnGrbCrd: Smithsonian.com; Philly.com
This time it's the Fort Washington branch of the NYPublicLibrary that has the attention of writer, Sarah Laskow at Atlas Obscura and Brent Bambury at CBC Radio.
These forgotten apartments where people lived with their families and in most cases, took care of the fabulous libraries, have come back into focus. Librarians are beginning to imagine a new purpose for these neglected spaces.
ScrnGrbCred: AltasObscura.com, CBC.ca/radio
Confirmation by digital enhancement: Henry Vlll's lavishly illustrated Aberdeen Bestiary was a teaching text|University of Aberdeen
You have got to see this!
Complete folio, full text, digitized photos of 800 year old The Aberdeen Bestiary - now on line. http://linkis.com/www.abdn.ac.uk/news/taYRx
Examine it to your heart's content, up close and closer!
ScrnGrbCred: University of Aberdeen News
I have no idea why 'Geography ' is resonating with me lately. But when I read items like this, I don't care why, I just delight in how much sense it all makes.
I love how everything fits together; how world scale events affect change in ways none of us could ever foresee.
This is so cool.
ScreenGrabCred: Geographical.co.uk/ Mapping. By Chris Fitch.
This is happening: Ukrainian Library Director on Trial in Moscow for Collection Choices|@RadioFreeEurop
Or lose it.
International Librarians Network wants you to send the world a postcard!
Share with your users and fellow librarians of the world just one thing what makes your library a special place. The world is waiting...
Here are some examples of postcards swirling around the globe as I write:
A little controversial topic to start our week.
School librarians exploring self- censorship in school libraries.
http://bit.ly/2bZiL0H "Terahertz frequency profiles distinguish between ink and blank paper."
Scanning an unopened book with a camera that emits ultra short bursts of radiation allows one to 'read' it's contents. This application is particularly useful for researchers like those who reference books at the Metropolitan Museum in NY who want to read books that are so rare or fragile that curators are hesitant to allow the books to be touched.
Soon the developers will have enhanced this technology to scan more than 9 pages and one day, whole books will be 'read' this way.
There is a nice vid in the article too.
ScrnGrbCrd: pewinternet | npr.org
Expectations are running high with the american public. We want more from our libraries and we use them for increasingly different reasons.
Since last year's Pew survey there has been a 13 point increase in the
Number of Americans who think libraries can help them find information that they can trust.
The findings in this report are encouraging, both for librarians who work daily in our communities and for the american public who are realising the relevance and essential nature of their library resource. The statistics for young adult readers are especially exciting for our new generation of Library and Information Professionals.
Playhouses For Charity: @bobborson 's Design Competition Raises Money For Neglected Children | ArchDaily
Here's the link to Bob Borson's Blog:
I want one.
I want to design one.
I want to help CASA.
“...'architects have a skill set that lends itself to charity.' More than just conceiving a fun playhouse, this project is about giving time to help children in need, with all funds raised from the raffle going to Dallas CASA. If you are interested in designing a playhouse for charity or want to learn more about Bob Borson’s action within the Dallas community, check out his blog The Life of an Architect. The raffle ticket-winners have just been announced and playhouses should make it to their new homes soon, meaning more photos and interviews from this year’s winners to come."
At Northpark Mall the 'Parade of Playhouses' sells $5 raffle tickets to support Dallas' CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). https://www.dallascasa.org/
"This year’s winning projects “Lookout” and “Continous Window” also combine elegant design and possible pragmatic use with playfulness – a criteria that designers surprisingly often forget."
ScrnGrabCred: archdaily / B&W logo, draughtsman, from Borson's Blog
Librarians and their Libraries have shifted and morphed with us since we had papyri and charcoal, flint and bone. It is our contention that, as our world becomes ever more connected and the individual in contrast senses a growing seclusion and remove, libraries will provide a Commons, a safe Place to be together, and a repository of our past, present and future musings - be they on tape, in a book, in bytes in the Cloud or on a Holodeck.
Leave it to the brilliant and out-of-the-Box-Aussies to publish this piece "Libraries of the Future are going to change in some unexpected way", in a Business/Tech section.
Chris Weller in Business Insider Australia reports from an interview with David Pescovitz, (who has not Tweeted yet has 758 followers on Twitter!) , co-editor @BoingBoing and research director at the Institute for the Future , that the Libraries of your Future are going to be there with you.
They might not look like today's libraries but they will fulfill our deep societal need that will expand beyond our imaginings with information we haven't yet dreamed of and provide access to technologies not yet invented.
We change, Libraries change and, because we are libraries, they will keep pace and stay with us no matter where we go.
In a Giant Step forward for all Men and Women this #WomensEqualityDay, @NASA has announced that “(they) are celebrating this opportunity to extend access to our extensive portfolio of scientific and technical publications,” NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman says in a press release. “Through open access and innovation we invite the global community to join us in exploring Earth, air, and space.”
Research funded by NASA from 2016 onward will be available on line to the public through PubMed Central at PubSpace NASA. The only exclusions will be for "patents, publications that contain material governed by personal privacy, export control, proprietary restrictions, or national security law or regulations."
May the #STEM support prosper!
ScrenGrabCred: Library Journal / IDEO
"Creative leadership isn’t about leaders simply becoming more creative. It’s about individuals leading for creativity." (https://designthinking.ideo.com/?p=1474)
IDEO U has an online course "Leading for Creativity" to tempt you librarians out there on the creative edge. http://www.ideou.com/products/leading-for-creativity
Why does 'Work' = No One Has Fun?
The idea of a workplace that is actually fun to go to and in which I can be creative has long been my special interest. Working in 'the Cubical Culture' of late 80's Government Offices will have that effect.
I like Messrs Brown and Bell's take in their articles because they address tangentially another one of my special areas of curiosity: How can a library be designed to encourage creativity and a culture of acceptance and fun? While their articles gets to the core of how the Librarian leads the library and how that special leadership is crucial to expanding staff's feeling of freedom to be their true creative selves for the betterment of their library. I need to figure out how I will coach the librarians I work with to see how physical spaces affect our behaviours allowing their amazing creative juices to flow.
Once we truly grasp the principle that the buildings we go to each day can influence our interactions and moods, we understand how design decisions become reality: for the positive or the negative.
How can I translate these roles of good 'leadership from out front' into touchstones that inspire exciting library design? I'll find my way.
I've signed up for my download of the Tool Kit: 'Design Thinking for Libraries'.
@WLIC2016 @amlibraries and @ IFLA have news for those of us who think we have insurmountable problems getting our new library building projects off the ground and running.
This is the 'formula' the people of Germinalia A.C., San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico used for their sustainable new library project.
For their brilliant needs assessment; commitment to sustainability; community orgainisation and willingness to do the work - this community has received 1st Place: for “a project where sustainability was in the soul of the project from the first starting of the idea until to the new library”
The design is clear cut and simple in its inception and brilliant in its execution:
Wall construction: Recyclable containers carefully washed out and stockpiled by families fill cast-off wooden packing pallets, parged by hand;
and a roof of sturdy metal tops off this structure built with love and intelligent design.
But it is the manner in which this library was constructed, by hand and with total community commitment, that impresses anyone who watches this beautifully put together video: El Pequeño Sol ecological library (The Little Sun Ecological Library
See the full details in the Press release from IFLA [English – PDF].
Screen Grab Credit: YouTube Video
'A revolution has been happening (in Somaliland) in publishing books, reading, writing and literature,' says Musa...."
Somaliland is a self declared state (some sources say 'republic') and an autonomous region of Somalia.
It is also a region of Africa whose roots go back to the Neolithic Period. On the outskirts of the Capital, Hargeisa are the Laas Geel complex cave paintings "containing stratified archaeological infills capable of documenting the period when production economy appeared in this part of Somalia (circa 5th and 2nd millennium BCE)".(Wikipedia)
And here's a fascinating fact ... for centuries until recent history (the end of the 1800's) when European Imperialist interests turned their attention to the region, splitting it up, negotiating treaties to alternately divide or reunite it and eventually leaving it to handle its own particular brand of civil war ... this country's people passed on their ancient legacy of stories in the Oral Tradition.
That's all changed now for a number of reasons, the need to join the community of nations being one of them. Books and their authors represent the renewed hope of these people who are widely spread across our globe as a diaspora - a country as an idea. Since 1972 the swelling initiative to support books written in Somali has been chiefly lead by the desire to gather together in a literary and a real way, the hundreds of thousands of Somalis that have fled this ancient land during its fight for independence and have not returned.
Somaliland has no passport agency and is not 'officially recognised' by the international community. It has no support from international aid agencies nor funds flowing to it from the World Bank. It does have a Book Fair, (site text not it English) and that's where librarian Hamdi Ali Musa enters this story. "The (Book Fair is the) biggest annual event in Somaliland, drawing 11,000 attendees this year, (is) an advertisement for a republic that showcases itself as a kind of "anti-Somalia."
I can not find any details about Hamdi Ali Musa other than what is reported by NPR (and republished by the online 'Samliland Informer'.) I am encouraged as should we all be, that a young woman is the stewart of this growing body of Somali literature, taking her country with her into her future.
Here is the link to the Hargeisa Library on Twitter. @HargeisaLibrary. Somliland skipped right over the 1900's and scooted right into the 21st with its communications and social media!
Credit: NPR, Wikipedia, Twitter
This is the link to the VIDEOS on PLA YouTube Page.
"As the nation considers our vision for the future this election year and begins to plot actionable steps to achieve that vision, (ALA) offer(s)...
The E’s of Libraries® as part of the solution.
Entrepreneurship, Empowerment and Engagement...
hallmarks of America’s libraries, (these ideas) may not be... obvious to decision makers, influencers, and potential partners."
To this end ALA has made available a whole series of videos to help libraries and library boards get the word out to Americans.
Read the whole dispatch here:
Ms. Clark in the ALA Washington office is particularly interested in receiving news about videos you have made too! Contact her at: email@example.com
ScrnGrbCrd: ALA WashDsptch
So many questions.
Where do we go together as a family?
How do we teach our children the values we want them to take with them throughout their lives?
How do we talk to each other so we can learn new things together ?
How do we pass on our family stories to our grandchildren ?
In what space can we learn new things from our children ?
The first answer might be: Sit around the table together when you share food and talk about everything including topics that bore children to tears.
The second response is more nuanced and perhaps news for some families. Libraries are constantly reinventing their spaces to accommodate the shifting patterns of our society right down to the changing needs of modern families.
http://www.hfrp.org/content/download/4911/128059/file/Public Libraries-A Vital Space for Family Engagement_HFRP PLA_ August-2-2016.pdf
Go to your library together and talk about the books you look at; the recorded books you listen to; the cool videos you make in the Maker Space; the new coding skills you learned together in the Coding Workshop; or just read in the Café or common room.
Just go to your Library.
As a Family.
The miracle existence of the beloved @highlinenyc has injected fabulous energy into the district. This forward leaning proposal by Weston Baker/Koolhaas could be a breakthrough for integrated 'green' / residential design.
It isn't a done deal...yet. It deserves a good look and close consideration. Our only worry is that the High-Line, the sparking idea behind all this inspiration, will literally be over shadowed by development and exclusivity. We will watch the progress of this particular concept with interest.
ScrnGrbCrd: Inhabitat.com. Weston Baker Creative Group.