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How Libraries Are Helping to Spot Fake News

There are two very important stories today in my news feed about how to spot fake news.One is on the site LLRX.com (reprinted from the July/August 2017 issue of AALL Spectrum): Spotting Fake – Best Practices for Authenticating Trustworthy News Sources. Show More Summary

Favourite TV and Movie Judges

The ABA Journal asked a group of real judges and a law professor to choose their favourite fictitious judges from TV or cinema and to explain their choices:"In the movies and on television, judges have played key roles in dramas, comedies and legal thrillers. Show More Summary

Senior Fitness Programs at the Library

A recent NPR story highlights an emerging trend in public libraries, providing opportunities for older adults to exercise and have fun together at the library.

Summer Wellness Challenge

The challenge is a pilot program; the goal is to see if the library should try something similar on a larger scale to raise wellness awareness and motivation in the community.

Neutrality is anything but

“We watch people dragged away and sucker-punched at rallies as they clumsily try to be an early-warning system for what they fear lies ahead.” — Unwittingly prophetic me, March, 2016. Sometime after last November, I realized something very strange was happening with my clothes. My slacks had suddenly shrunk, even if I hadn’t washed them. After […]

Get Your Library In On the Eclipse Action

Public libraries have a tremendous opportunity to supplement STEM programming with the event -- before and after.

Libraries Across America To Celebrate Solar Eclipse on August 21

On Monday, August 21, all eyes—or at least, all those with adequate protection—will be on the first total solar eclipse to cross the country from ocean to ocean since 1918. The path of totality will cross the entire United States from west to east starting at 10:15 a.m. Show More Summary

Phoenix Central Library Closed Until June 2018

Topic: Libraries Public Libraries After suffering major damage during a monsoon storm, Burton Barr Library, the main library of the Phoenix Public Library will remain closed until June 2018. On July 15, 2017, high winds lifted the roof of the library causing the rupture of a fire-sprinkler pipe on the top floor. Show More Summary

2017 Annotated Quebec Civil Code Available for Free on CAIJ Quebec Legal Info Portal

The 20th edition (2017) of the Code civil du Québec annoté by Jean-Louis Baudouin & Yvon Renaud is now available on the website of the CAIJ.CAIJ is the Centre d'accès à l'information juridique, the network of courthouse law libraries...Show More Summary

Association of Research Libraries Condemns Inflammatory Speech and Violence after Charlottesville Tragedy

This is a follow-up to yesterday's post entitled Library Association Statements About Racist Violence in Charlottesville.The Association of Research Libraries has also come out with a statement concerning the Neo-Nazi and white supremacist...Show More Summary

UVA Libraries Regroup After Weekend of Violence

Over the weekend of August 11–13, violent confrontations in Charlottesville, VA, between white nationalists and counterprotesters left many injured and three dead. Now Tyler Magill, a University of Virginia (UVA) library employee, is...Show More Summary

Smartphone Microphone Comparison

I recently purchased a RØDE VideoMic Me – a small shotgun microphone that plugs directly into a mobile device. I wanted to compare it to some other microphones … So here’s a video I made, comparing some mics! In this video, I compare three microphones for smartphones: the iPhone’s internal microphone RØDE SmartLav+ RØDE VideoMic Me […]

Library Association Statements About Racist Violence in Charlottesville

In the wake of the racist marches by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, American library associations have issued important anti-racist statements.American Library Association: "The ALA expresses...Show More Summary

Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from August 1 st to 15 th, 2017 is now available on the Court website. It is possible to subscribe via e-mail to receive the list.

16 Books About Race That Every White Person Should Read

Topic: Books The first five books are: 1) The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, by Jeff Hobbs 2) The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness 3) The Fire Next Time 4) Between the World and Me 5) To Kill A Mockingbird See the full list here.

UW Librarian’s Book Reveals Business Icon’s Impact on Rural America

Topic: Books Librarians A University of Wyoming faculty member’s new book about James Cash Penney explores how the department store icon and his company shaped rural America throughout the 20th century. “I wanted to wrap my mind around...Show More Summary

Charlottesville Libraries Weather Violent Protests, Offer Unity

Public and college libraries alike faced challenges and tough choices this weekend in Charlottesville, VA, when clashes between white nationalist demonstrators and counterprotesters from social justice, civil rights, and anti-fascist groups took place on the campus of the University of Virginia and across the city, leaving three dead and 34 injured.

360° Advocacy: Engage Stakeholders in What Libraries Really Deliver | Editorial

Do your stakeholders know what your library does for them? In the United States, libraries are under unprecedented threat, and the response from advocates has been tremendous. As the 2018 federal budget, with its dark promise to shut...Show More Summary

What’s Next for Federal Funding | Federal Advocacy

With FY17 and FY18 and presidential and congressional budgets all jumbled together in the news cycle, it can be tough to keep track of what’s still on the table and when it needs attention. At right is a time line of what to expect in the fight for federal funding for libraries. Show More Summary

Be Heard: Advocacy in Action | Federal Advocacy

U.S. library advocates battle unprecedented challenges to federal support; you can help.

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