They gleefully give their review.
"I'm looking forward to (The Hay Festival) because I'm going to know what is outside of Bradford, going to a different place."
There is hope.
They gleefully give their review.
"I'm looking forward to (The Hay Festival) because I'm going to know what is outside of Bradford, going to a different place."
There is hope.
Advocacy really DOES makes a difference! Here's the link to the ALA Page.
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In case you haven't heard @DonorsChoose have teamed up with @StephenAtHome @GwynethPaltrow to help teachers all across the US teach our children with actual teaching materials like books and computers. The product descriptions alone are worth a look! (from @2plan22 on Twitter)
Ms. Paltrow's goop line slides in somewhere between complete hokum and wily marketing all the while targeting people who have more money than they know what to do with. I laugh every time I see her on The Late Show, never sure if it's all just a big spoof.
Stephen Colbert has a heart even larger than his sense of humour. We just watched his piece on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, advertising his partnership with DonorsChoose.org under the aegis of Covetton House - his fabulously produced send-up of Paltrows's GOOP site - to fund teachers all across the US to buy materials and equipment for their classes ("WHY is this even a thing!!???)
Here is the goop x Covetton blurb:
"The manifestation of Covetton House founder & CEO Stephen Colbert and goop founder & CEO Gwyneth Paltrow’s divine purpose on earth, this three-piece limited edition collection came to the duo during their weekly sacral-chakra steaming session. A study in subtle maximalism and real-world mysticism, it's intended for novice shamans, or really anyone with $$$ to spare. 52% of the purchase price (that's 100% of the proceeds) from the goop x Covetton House capsule collection will go to DonorsChoose.org."
If you make people laugh you can make them remember what you've told them and these two people are masters. Visit "goop x Covetton" link to read about their partnership and the percentage of the proceeds that go to donorschoose.org . We'll go directly to donorschoose so all the money will go to a cause we choose and forego ownership of the "Softbound Reincarnated Forest Notebook" and keep our "Incoherent Ramblings" quiet.
I can hear Stephen's 'voice' in this product description but maybe I'm projecting. At any rate, it makes me laugh and I remember the message and hey, we all need a laugh:
"Softbound Reincarnated Forest
This Softbound Reincarnated Forest is part of (and the sole item in) our elite Dreams2Paper Unity Collection. Use it to turn your deepest desires into words and your deepest words into lists or even paragraphs. This bespoke, mass-manufactured collection of sequential scrolls is designed by leading spiritual stationery artisans to gently coax the words from your heart, via your chakra or something."
Get your Library Advocacy ON!
Join us in Washington DC at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Tell your legislators what you really think.
National Library Legislative Day is a two-day advocacy event held in Washington, D.C. every year.
Day 1: Training:
Attendees spend one day learning effective advocacy techniques and learning about key library issues, like funding or net neutrality, and have the opportunity to attend a reception on Capitol Hill.
Day 2: Doing
Then ... Armed with talking points, attendees spend day two with their state delegations, meeting with elected officials and telling them about the importance of libraries in their communities.
Q.:Who goes to Washington for National Library Legislative Day?
A.: Everyone who cares about library funding.
This event is open to the public and anyone who wants to support libraries is welcome to attend. Whether you've been advocating for two days or twenty years, you have something important to contribute. But sign up soon - we have a limited amount of space each year and it fills up quickly!
Visit the event page to register online. Registration this year is $75 and includes a continental breakfast, entry into a reception held on Capitol Hill, and a folder full of briefing materials, talking points, and information.
To learn more about the event, check out our FAQ page or reach out to Lisa Lindle at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Chicago Housing Authority & Chicago Public Library Partner Up, Bring Mixed-Income Housing and Libraries Together
The City of Chicago is "beginning of construction on three innovative co-located housing and library developments being built across the city. (Beginning with the) Taylor Street Apartments and Roosevelt Branch Library, with construction also getting underway at two co-located developments in the West Ridge and Irving Park communities. Mayor Emanuel announced that plans will continue for two additional CPL branches using creative interagency partnerships — one in the CHA’s Altgeld Gardens community and a new branch in the West Loop to serve its rapidly growing community.
“Libraries serve as community anchors, making knowledge and learning accessible for everyone,” said CPL Commissioner Brian Bannon. “The new co-located libraries will help to sustain strong neighborhoods, and provide a place for all community residents to gather, share and succeed.”
“This project bringing together housing with a neighborhood library will be paramount for our community,” said Alderman Jason Ervin, 28th Ward. “This investment shows our residents that no matter what your income is or what neighborhood you live in, if you call Chicago home you should have a range of housing options to choose from.”
"Over the past six years, Chicago Public Library has witnessed one of the largest capital investments in recent history. Through City investment and innovative partnerships, the Library has seen over $200 million of new capital projects and investments in the people and programs that activate our community anchors. By the end of 2018, we will have 11 new library buildings and 14 additional locations with major renovations and expansions. Embedded in these locations and other locations citywide is our innovative way to serve children and teens. CPL will have added new early learning play spaces at 28 locations and new teen spaces at 19 locations."
If you are able, please join us for New York Library Association (NYLA) Library Advocacy Day in Albany on Wednesday, February 28. Here is the link to the flyer with all of the information you need about motorcoach pickup locations and departure times.
Here is the link to register to join our delegation.
If you are unable to attend in person contact your legislator using NYLA's Online Advocacy Center. It is easy use and an effective way to let your legislators know you care about libraries and want them to support State Aid for libraries and library systems.
May your year be peaceful
all your building projects successful!
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She and I share a passion for all things Eleanor Roosevelt and hold in high esteem E.R.'s life example. We also understand, more with each passing day, the import and effect of her words in the context of today's global political and cultural mileau.
Today, on her site, Joanne posted a 'A Clipping from Dear Miss Breed's Papers' - I agree, we need Eleanor and her fearless courage today.
This is a screen grab from Joanne's site of E.R.'s clipping, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 7 Dec., 1941, from My Day, a Syndicated newspaper column by Eleanor Roosevelt 1935 through 1962:
This is the text:
“… the great mass of our people, stemming from these various national ties, must not feel that they have suddenly ceased to be Americans.
“This is, perhaps, the greatest test this country has ever met. Perhaps it is the test which is going to show whether the United States can furnish a pattern for the rest of the world for the future. Our citizens come from all the nations of the world. Some of us have said from time to time, that we were the only proof that different nationalities could live together in peace and understanding, each bringing his own contribution, different though it may be, to the final unity which is the United States…Perhaps, on us today, lies the obligation to prove that such a vision may be a practical possibility.
“If we can not meet the challenge of fairness to our citizens of every nationality, of really believing in the Bill of Rights and making it a reality for all loyal American citizens, regardless of race, creed or color; if we can not keep in check anti-Semitism, anti-racial feelings as well as anti-religious feelings, then we shall have removed from the world, the one real hope for the future on which all humanity must now rely.” -E.R.
You can visit Ms. Oppenheim's site to read the post yourself here.
Librarians planning your new library or addition, take note.
You can do anything you want to do.
A story to inspire you.
Camila Silva reports in worldarchitecture.org about an exciting program "created by the architect Carina Guedes. Named Arquitetura na Periferia , the program teaches women (that they) can design their houses by themselves."
The idea was born from Carina's master's thesis in collaboration with her advisor and the research group MOM (Morar de Outras Maneiras).
This account is taken from this link at worldarchitecture.org
In a country where the most economically vulnerable population sees self-construction as the only alternative, the results of this initiative do more than increasing (sic) the housing quality: the project changes how these women envision life by itself.
Through a process where the groups of women are (introduced and taught) the practices/techniques of project design and planning, (with) technical assistance for the improvement of housing, (the women) ... (are) able to conduct the construction (of their homes) with autonomy and without waste."
According to an interview given to Catraca Livre, the participant Ana Paula affirms that her vision of the world has changed. "Today I look at things and people in a different way. For example, I look at people knowing that any of us can do anything we want". (my emphasis)
Here are further links to this encouraging story:
This excerpt is from a draft document - Net Neutrality - An Intellectual Freedom Issue being developed by the Net Neutrality Working Group under the auspices of the American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC). I am honored to be a member of this Working Group. I will keep tracking this issue and let you know when and how best to help us protect net neutrality.
"Net neutrality is the First Amendment of the digital realm. It guarantees the right to distribute and receive ideas without limitations via the Internet. It ensures that Internet providers make their services available to the public without discrimination. Without the protection of net neutrality, tiered access limits diversity, blocks ideas and opinions. Additionally, it creates an internet in which only the companies who can afford to pay more for prioritized access can get their content through to consumers.
A democracy requires an informed citizenry with access to information from many points of view and the opportunity exchange ideas with others through civic engagement. Publicly supported institutions such as libraries, universities, and K-12 schools provide equal access to the members of their communities. If a portion of library users have limited or lesser access, their rights to participate in democracy are diminished; and the foundation of the nation’s democracy is undermined."
Yesterday, 21 November 2017, the American Library Association (ALA) released a statement about the FCC proposed order to end net neutrality:
Here is a link to an article from the November 21st Guardian - America is about to kill the open internet - and towns like this will pay the price
and another link to the November 21 New York Times - F.C.C. Plans Net Neutrality Repeal in a Victory for Telecoms
This is an interesting article from the November 21 Washington Examiner - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange warns Trump that full net neutrality repeal could inhibit tweets
and finally this insightful link to a November 21 ABC News article - FCC looks to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules
We urge you to inform yourself as much as you can about all the factors in this issue. Our future as a vibrant, open democracy with unfettered access to information is at stake.
The acts of looking and seeing are not the same.
Look around your library space today.
See anything you like or wish were different?
Can you say why?
Are you trying to figure out how to optimize your library space; plan an addition or a
One of the first activities you need to do and one you will enjoy is how well your spaces function. Start
with small things and work up to more complex issues.
Small but important thing:
Today, watch how the sunlight moves through your spaces and how your staff and patrons
react (or not!) to the heat of the sun. You also want to note how people use different types of artificial lighting.
Take photos or videos, of the lighting in your library spaces at different times of the day
and night. Take notes. Keep them, you will need them later.
We are thrilled to report that we will be presenting our program Communicate Effectively with Your Library Building Design Professionals – Achieve the Library You Need in June at ALA18 in New Orleans.
Whether you are preparing the ground work for an addition or new library building project, our program will help you clarify and document the needs of your community users and library staff so that you can direct your designer to provide you with the library design you need.
The Schedule of Sessions will be announced 8 November, 2017. Follow ALA Annual on Twitter
We will be posting to our social media sites throughout the NOLA convention. PLAN22 Archibrarians on Linkedin | PLAN22Archibrians on Tumblr | PLAN22 (plan22) on Pinterest | @2PLAN22 on Twitter | plan22archibrarians on Instagram | PLAN22 Archibrarians on Wordpress
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
We couldn't be more happy for Joanne who in real life embodies the sage advice, "never give up"
and "if you want something done, do it yourself."! CONGRATULATIONS!
From The New York Times' 'Front Burner'
by Florence Farbicant: "Children’s
Book Details the Knish War of 1916"
“ 'The Knish War on Rivington Street' is an illustrated book that tells the story of two rival knish sellers on the Lower East Side."
Bet ya can't wait to see who wins!
Read Ms. Fabricant's summary here:
Mazel tov Joanne!
Link to the author's FB page here: http://joanneoppenheim.com/
Jan Holmquist - (Global librarian: Because libraries make communities smarter.) Shares this report by Julia Chandler - Libraries Taskforce highlighting the exciting news and great visuals from the second week in October during the UK's Libraries Week
ScrnGrbCred: Jan Holmquist Newsletter
The following text is taken directly from today's Email from DistrictDispatch@alawash.org
It bears repeating.
In 2016, libraries requested more than $50 million for C2 through the E-rate program
At the end of September (2017),
the FCC launched a Public Notice asking for input about Category 2 (C2) funding.
Specifically, they want to know whether libraries are using their allotted budgets and if it meets their needs. While we know there are many reasons why libraries do or do not request funding for C2, what we want to make crystal clear to the FCC is that having funds available is critical for libraries, ensuring they can maintain and upgrade their WiFi connectivity.
The deadline to submit comments is October 23, 2017 and we're calling on you to tell the FCC libraries need secure funding for E-rate.
Tell the FCC how much your patrons depend on the library to connect.
How to submit a comment:
Not sure what to write? Use this template (pdf) to tell the FCC how your patrons depend on the library to connect to the internet. We encourage you to edit the template to add specifics that are important to your library and your community. Does your library offer special programs that depend in WiFi? Do you know a patron comes in to use your WiFi to look for jobs or have you seen a student doing homework on a tablet? These stories and examples are critical for the FCC to know about!
The reader is fabulous.
Her skills remarkable.
Her performance abilities ripe for training
her voice... well, make sure you go all the way to the end.
Click on the video insert below to view a reading for Banned Books Week; impressed and delighted will you be!
Thank you Bria! (apologies if I spelled your beautiful name incorrectly)
Frank Yerby wrote The Treasure of Pleasant Valley.
Mr. Yerby was "born in Augusta, Georgia to Rufus Garvin Yerby, an African American, and Wilhelmina Smythe, who was caucasian. He graduated from Haines Normal Institute in Augusta and graduated from Paine College in 1937. Thereafter, Yerby enrolled in Fisk University where he received his Master's degree in 1938. In 1939, Yerby entered the University of Chicago to work toward his doctorate but later left the university. Yerby taught briefly at Florida A&M University and at Southern University in Baton Rouge.
Frank Yerby rose to fame as a writer of popular fiction tinged with a distinctive southern flavor. In 1946 he became the first African-American to publish a best-seller with The Foxes of Harrow. That same year he also became the first African-American to have a book purchased for screen adaptation by a Hollywood studio, when 20th Century Fox optioned Foxes. Ultimately the book became a 1947 Oscar-nominated film starring Rex Harrison and Maureen O'Hara. Yerby was originally noted for writing romance novels set in the Antebellum South. In mid-century he embarked on a series of best-selling novels ranging from the Athens of Pericles to Europe in the Dark Ages. Yerby took considerable pains in research, and often footnoted his historical novels. In all he wrote 33 novels." (goodreads.com)
Why am I telling you this? Because The Treasure of Pleasant Valley changed at least one American's life; because he stole it from his school library.
Then he returned it. On the shelf beside his book, he saw another Yerby novel. He was struck by the reading bug and unbeknownst to him, his school's librarian, Mildred Grady, was his first supporter. He went on to attend law school, became a judge and retired as an appellate judge of the Arkansas Court of Appeals. His name is Olly Neal of Little rock, Arkansas.
The story Boy Lifts Book; Librarian Changes Boy's Life (NPR: Story Corps. October 2, 2009, broadcast on the Morning Edition) is a small story about one boy and his first book. It is simple and profound. It is as large as the history of the written word and those that guard it and it makes clear the power of the book and the integral role librarians occupy in our culture.
Restore your belief that books have power and librarians are the superheros of our society.
Read the Transcript here. (it will open in a new window)
We've heard this in various versions especially this past half year when Federal Funding for libraries in America is under attack. This article (click on the graphic above) articulates 4 core concerns of library users that are well worth reviewing.
I note that Libby, the Overdrive App is referenced in this Danish article. @OverdriveLibs
Part Two of the princh.com article, "5 other services users wish to find in a library (and how libraries offer them)" can be read here: http://bit.ly/2ujOQOv
Public libraries are dedicated to protecting intellectual freedom and providing access to all to the record of human creation. Our democracy is founded on the principle of "Government by the people, for the people . . ." which requires an educated electorate. All people must have open and unfettered access to information. We are fortunate in this nation to have this right protected in the Constitution - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Net Neutrality is the First Amendment of the digital realm. Any action that would abridge digital access would disenfranchise the people of the United States. I do not want ISPs to have the power to block websites, slow them down, give some sites an advantage over others, or split the Internet into "fast lanes" for those who can afford to pay and "slow lanes" for those who unable to pay. Public Libraries, schools and not-for-profits depend on open and equitable access to the Internet.
Imagine a world where you pick up the telephone to make a call and get a recording stating "based on your account type your call is the 17th call in line to be connected." Eliminating Net Neutrality or if you prefer "packet equality" would setup just such a system for digital content access.
The Internet is a telecommunication system no different than the telephone system in place today; as such it should be regulated in the same way.
Help us protect innovation and our democratic way of life protect Net Neutrality!"
AND ...For those of you following along, you can go to GOFCCYOURSELF.COM it TAKES YOU DIRECTLY TO THE ECFS Proceedings Results Page - hover over and click on 17-108 - for the comments on the Bill cynically titled as follows-
|Restoring Internet Freedom|
|Released Date: 05/23/2017|
|"Description: Proposes to restore the Internet to a light-touch regulatory framework by classifying broadband Internet access service as an information service and seeks comment on the existing rules governing Internet service providers' practices"|
See 6,831,286 comments in ECFS Proceedings Results
ALSO: Here are some numbers for you:
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554
Cred: Change.org, battleforthenet.com,fightforthefuture.org, Thank you John Oliver
Tags: Battle for the Net #battleforthenet #netneutrality, Federal Communications Commission, Libraries and Free Internet Access, Net Neutrality, Open Internet
Related: Boston Public Library Foundation Announces a New Executive Director
Great news for the citizens of Boston.
Major funding for BPLibrary infrastructure supports the community well through the 21st Century. Boston Librarians
know about the role the Library Commons plays to foster strong community ties in an increasingly polarized America and their user numbers are proof.
“Users are really embracing (library) spaces that have a higher focus on gathering space,” (BPLF Pres.)
Leonard said. “We know many of our branches are the thriving civic heart of the community.
Many of the changes are geared at turning the libraries into community hubs offering programming such as yoga, workshops
and book clubs."
"(Boston) Mayor Martin J. Walsh pointed out the upgrades come as more people than ever are visiting local libraries,
saying: “We’ve seen the number of library users increase both in the district branches and in the main library over the last couple of years. There is a resurgence of people using our local libraries again.”
Here's the link to the full story:
Here's the link to Documenta 14:
This has just got to be the coolest piece of art this year and timely - as we enter a perilous time when democratic freedoms are under outright
"Argentinian conceptual artist Marta
Minujín has just installed The Parthenon of Books in Kassel, Germany as part of
the Documenta 14 art festival. Created from 100,000 banned books, this architectural
replica of the Parthenon in Athens is a work in progress, with the public being asked to continue bringing volumes with them when visiting the exhibition."
"The Parthenon of Books sits on a space where 2,000 books were burned by the Nazis
as part of the so-called Action against the Un-German Spirit. It's a stark reminder that the written word has consistently been used in actions of censorship throughout history."
News from Ontario, Canada: WE SUPPORT PUBLIC LIBRARIES The people of Canada's most heavily populated province are living up to these words, "Investing in Ontario's public libraries is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives."
"Ontario is investing $3 million through the Improving Library Digital Services fund and will support up to 307 libraries and library organizations across the province. This includes $1 million for rural, remote and First Nation public libraries through Budget Talks."
This is the press release from the office of the Hon. Eleanor McMahon Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport , MPP (Member of the Provincial Parliament) for Burlington (Ontario): http://bit.ly/2tTA1Of
The initiative will support funding for "access to technology, digital services and training opportunities at public libraries in towns, cities and Indigenous communities across the province."
Ontario is the most populated province in Canada with 38.3% of the country's people mainly gathered along the border with the United States. Canada has only 11.2% of the population of the United States of America but it is clear that Canadians' 'Community Intelligence Factor' is more in tune with their citizen's needs.
Living south of the 49th, we have this year witnessed the erosion of trust in the Media; shortsighted slashes to funding for libraries at the Federal level (see this article in ALA News,23May'17); imprudent stagnation of funding to libraries at State levels and ignorance of the essential role of Information Literacy. We are proud that the people in Ontario gave voice to their needs so that they can take their place as leaders in our world economy and participate in global stewardship.
The Ministry site also provides a complete list, with live links, to all the libraries in Ontario, check them out there are some fantastic things going on in Ontario and Canada-wide in Your Library.
Join the movement to STOP FCC enabling the destruction of net neutrality by giving big cable companies control over what we see and do online. This proposed legislation will reverse hard-won and current provisions and allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees.
On July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop the 'FCC Net Neutrality Reversers'.
The Ramapo Catskill Library System, just north of New York City @goRCLS has registered - you can add your voices at this link: CLICK HERE TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY. RCLS has informed Fight for the Future and Battle for the Net about the extent of RCLS Library System fiber optics linked network and its connection to the statewide library organization, the services it provides over the net and the interdependence of the libraries and their users.
The American Library Association (ALA) condemns in the strongest possible language the FCC vote to undermine net neutrality protections and vows to defend open internet. READ THE ALA Press Release HERE.
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
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.
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
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
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:
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
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/."
The American Federal Government funding of libraries is 0.00006 % of the total Federal Budget.
Libraries are the bearers of, the repositories for, the collective knowledge of a culture.
Libraries are at the core of a healthy democracy.
This WH will eliminate federal funding for libraries.
Connect the dots.
Margaret H. Willison's article (@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:
"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)
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.
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 :
This is straight out of the press release from District Dispatch, @ALALibrary Blog:
"This morning, President Trump released his budget proposal (now in 2021 - taken down from the WH Site and replaced with a ridiculously titled report: A New Foundation For American GreatnessFiscal Year 2018, that I will not bother to reference now - ('old news' and all.) 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:
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."
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.
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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