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The Aging Library Staff

These career library workers are part of a small but growing segment of Americans who remain in the workforce into their 70s, 80s and 90s.

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

Grant Harris appointed Chief of the European Division at the Library of Congress; Amber Mathewson is Library Director at Pima County Public Library, AZ; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the April 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

News Briefs for April 1, 2017

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia's papers to go to Harvard Law School Library; IMLS issues National Leadership Grant to to help fund Mukurtu CMS; University of Texas (UT) Libraries launches Texas Data Repository; and more News in Brief from the April 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Checking Out Securely: The Challenge of Staffless Libraries

Without physical staff, some questions are raised: Who monitors the cameras? Who responds to such emergencies? What will the blind spots in the cameras be (like restrooms), and how will they be dealt with? The prevention of theft is a significant concern as well. Show More Summary

The most important part of Facebook's disinformation strategy is what it leaves out

Topic: Internet But what we’re left with is the real prospect of foreign powers manipulating public discourse, and no clear way to fix it. As with false reporting, Facebook has laid out a plan for more aggressive action against fake accounts, but it’s running up against more serious limits. Show More Summary

UK Book sales hit a record as children's fiction gains in popularity

Topic: Books Children's fiction helped drive UK book sales to a record £3.5bn last year, the Publishers Association (PA) has said. The 6% rise came despite the waning popularity of ebooks, which saw sales fall by 3% to £538m last year. Sales...Show More Summary

New Round Of Layoffs May All But Decimate San Diego School Libraries

Topic: School Libraries The proposed cuts are on top of pink slips that went out in March to more than half of the aides who staff elementary school libraries. The remaining aides had their schedules reduced to as little as two hours...Show More Summary

That Wasn’t Mark Twain: How a Misquotation Is Born

Topic: Internet “When I started off, it was mysterious exactly where these misquotations were coming from, and it was interesting that sometimes you could find these clues that pointed to how they may have originated,” said Mr. O’Toole, an alias for Gregory F. Show More Summary

Origins of ‘Peace, Order and Good Government’ in the Canadian Constitution

The Library of Parliament blog HillNotes has published a post about The Origins of ‘Peace, Order and Good Government’, an expression from the Constitution Act, 1867 that should be well-known to Canadian law librarians. But where does...Show More Summary

The rise of reading analytics and the emerging calculus of reader privacy in the digital world

Topic: Libraries This paper studies emerging technologies for tracking reading behaviors (“reading analytics”) and their implications for reader privacy, attempting to place them in a historical context. It discusses what data is being collected, to whom it is available, and how it might be used by various interested parties (including authors). Show More Summary

Joy Doan and Ahmed Alwan: Examining Status Microaggressions and Academic Libraries

Ahmed Alwan and Joy Doan are research, instruction, and outreach librarians at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). A discussion of Jaena Alabi’s work on racial microaggressions in academic libraries led them to consider other...Show More Summary

The secret lives of Google raters

Topic: Google Few people realize how much these raters contribute to the smooth functioning act we call “Googling.” Even Google engineers who work with rater data don't know who these people are. But some raters would now like that to change. Show More Summary

Leading a Difficult Conversation: There is Help | Leading from the Library

A tough skill for leaders to master is the art of the difficult conversation. Good leaders know how to manage the conversation to achieve a positive resolution. Here’s a new source of guidance for those who want to improve.

Most Popular Operating System?

Guess what the most popular OS (Operating System) is right now? Windows? Mac? Nope. It’s Android. Check out this article from Techcrunch for the details. Ok – if you read the article, the stats are really counting usage instead of users, but still. After you read the article, think about this – are your staff […]

Internet Archive Wins Webby Lifetime Achievement Award

The non-profit Internet Archive, that has harvested and preserved billions of web pages and made them available for free, has been awarded a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.The Award was given to the Internet Archive in recognition of:"... Show More Summary

A Little Light Reading | One Cool Thing

Depending on where they live, up to ten percent of Americans suffer from some form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). In their role as community spaces, some libraries are helping by providing light therapy lamps, the standard treatment for SAD.

Granta: Best of Young American Novelists, Third Edition

  On Wednesday, April 26, Granta magazine announced its third list of Best of Young American Novelists, comprising the country’s most outstanding writers under age 40. The list, released every ten years, was chosen this year by a panel that included Man Booker short-listed Patrick deWitt, Baileys Prize winner A.M. Homes, Pulitzer Prize finalist Kelly […]

Disciplinary Hearing for Evanston Librarian

Topic: Employment & Work Stories Librarians Dozens rally for Evanston's only African-American librarian in work dispute according to the The Chicago Tribune. Lesley Williams, head of Adult Services at the library, said she is on paid...Show More Summary

Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan Final Reports on Intestate Succession Act and Homesteads Act

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan recently published two (2) final reports.They are: The Final Report on Reform of The Intestate Succession Act, 1996 : "The Intestate Succession Act, 1996 determines how an estate is divided when...Show More Summary

A Cuban Book Trip: Reading Flourishes at the Havana Book Fair

The captivating country of Cuba has welcomed readers, authors, publishers, and librarians to the Havana International Book Fair since 1982. Organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Cuban Book Institute, this standout cultural extravaganza,...Show More Summary

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