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New Law Library of Congress Report on Laws Lifting Sovereign Immunity

The Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. has made public a new report on Laws Lifting Sovereign Immunity In Selected Countries (from May 2016):"This report provides a review of laws adopted in Cuba, Iran, Libya, Russia, Sudan, and Syria on lifting the sovereign immunity of foreign states. Show More Summary

Building and Operating a Digital Media Lab with Jeffrey Fisher – FYI Podcast, Episode 15

We talk with Jeffrey Fisher, author of the latest book in PLA’s ‘Quick Reads’ Series “Building and Operating a Digital Media Lab” about creating a vision for your media lab, selling the concept, budgets, staffing, programming, and m...

New University Libraries Encourage a More Social Experience

Universities across the country are changing the landscapes of their libraries.

Empathy as the Leader’s Path to Change | Leading From the Library

You’re the leader. You have a vision. It will require real organizational change. Now what? Empathic leaders may do better at gaining followers than encouraging resistors.

Interesting Tidbits from Internet Librarian 2016

I always have a great time at Internet Librarian – meeting up with friends, giving talks, and attending sessions to learn something new or different. That certainly happened this year! I have a longish list of things to explore in a bit more detail (websites, books, and ideas). Here’s what I found interesting as I […]

Open Access at the Crossroads

Discussions of open access to online journal content go back 20 or more years.  In 1995, James O’Donnell and I co-edited perhaps the first book — but by no means the last — on this theme.[i]  Based on a series of internet discussions about “self-archiving,” that book laid the foundations for what was later called […]

Library of the Future

Topic: Libraries Technology Book: Man and the Computer (1972) John G. Kemeny Man and the Computer is an expanded version of the widely acclaimed Man and Nature Lectures delivered at the American Museum of Natural History in the fall of 1971. Chapter 8 of the book is - Library of the Future Tweet

2016 Government Information Day at University of Toronto

On Friday, December 9th, 2016, the University of Toronto Libraries will host the 4th annual Government Information Day in Ontario: "This year’s Government Information Day will feature presentations from government librarians, academic librarians and scholars on topics relating to access of government information. Show More Summary

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Stephanie J. Coakley named Executive Director, Pequot Library, Southport, CT; Toyin Falola serve as Library of Congress Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South; Lisa Rosinsky chosen as Associates of Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the October 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Short-List Announced for Andrew Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books short-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, which are given for the previous year’s best adult fiction and nonfiction books published in the United States. The two medal winners will be revealed at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book […]

User-Designed Libraries | Design4Impact

These days, collecting deep public input before the design phase of a new construction or renovation of a library is de rigueur, with methods ranging from focus groups to community outreach to social media. But a few libraries are taking...Show More Summary

Libraries See Increase In Drug Overdoses

Public libraries are inviting public spaces which can offer both privacy and solitude. Unfortunately, this also makes them the perfect spot for those seeking a place to use illegal drugs. According to the Associated Press, the characteristics...Show More Summary

NYPL for the Performing Arts Acquires First Hip-Hop Collection

The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (LPA) is home to the archives and papers of such dance notables as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Isadora Duncan, and Merce Cunningham. In October, LPA acquired...Show More Summary

Time Lapse: Thousands of Books Get Reshelved Before the Rose Main Reading Room Reopens

Topic: Libraries In preparation for the reopening of the Rose Main Reading Room, watch 52,000 books being just two minutes: From Time Lapse: Thousands of Books Get Reshelved Before the Rose Main Reading Room Reopens - YouTube Tweet

Open Access: It’s All About People!

Everyone is talking about Open Access and Open Science. Scientists and organizations see it as a way to speed up, improve quality, and more effectively reward research activities, while funders and ministries see it as a means to optimize cost of science and leverage innovation. Open Access has been around for more than a decade, […]

Imbolo Mbue on Being A Reader Who Writes and Redefining the American Dream

Imbolo Mbue’s transfixing debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, details the lives of Jende and Neni, two Cameroonian immigrants who have moved to New York to pursue the American Dream. The story begins in 2007 when Jende takes a chauffeur job with Clark Edwards, an executive at Lehman Brothers. Show More Summary

Controversy Continues as Proposed IDPF/W3C Merger Comes to a Vote

The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the trade and standards organization responsible for the EPUB standard for ebooks, on October 14 asked members to begin voting on a proposed merger with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the international organization that oversees standards for the web. Show More Summary

Obituary: Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today Book Critic

It’s not every nationally known book critic that serves on the board of his local public library, but then Bob Minzesheimer, who died on October 15 after a battle with brain cancer, wasn’t just any book critic. USA Today‘s longtime book reviewer and writer, who was only 66 when he died, Bob earned a master’s […]

Great Resources for Election 2016

We the Voters debuted its second collection of 10 short films on October 12, doubling the number of free films available for educational and community use.

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