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  1. Read for Later- "I wished that I had a book club where basically there was no assigned reading but you could just show up"

    This week’s headline quotes Guinevere de la Mare, co-founder with Laura Gluhanich of the Silent Book Club, which invites members to meet up at a bar, library, bookstore, or other venue to silently read whatever they would like and talk about anything, bef ...

    MFIGUEROA - 08/20/2019 - 01:29 - Professional Tools

  2. Read for Later- “Our goal was to really hear from residents and how they cope with heat”

    This week’s headline quotes Christine Knapp, director of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability, on the city’s new plan for dealing with the impact of climate change on its neighborhoods, especially those that experience a heat-island effect from a lack ...

    MFIGUEROA - 08/12/2019 - 18:45 - Professional Tools

  3. Read for Later- “The best thing you can do for your community is find what you love to do.”

    This week’s headline quotes rural entrepreneur Matt Brugger, recounting the advice of Tom Field, director of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a program that sees a large portion of its alumni returnin ...

    MFIGUEROA - 08/12/2019 - 18:45 - Professional Tools

  4. Read for Later- “YouTube doesn’t care how many videos you watch, they just want you to stay on YouTube”

    This week's headline quotes Lindsay Ellis, whose YouTube channel features her video essays about popular films. While Ellis has always made longer videos that work for her style, a growing number of YouTube creators are now shifting to longer videos, ...

    MFIGUEROA - 07/29/2019 - 16:01 - Professional Tools

  5. Read for Later- “We are now over the digital tipping point"

    This week’s headline quotes John Fallon, CEO of Pearson, on that company’s decision to move more students to its e-textbooks instead of traditional print books- while Fallon’s talking points speak to generational rent versus own preferences and the opport ...

    MFIGUEROA - 07/22/2019 - 20:04 - Professional Tools

  6. Read for Later- “People can have so much more impact if 50% of your day is freed up to do more with your creativity and all of the things that you love about your job”

    This week’s headline quotes Andrea Thomaz, co-founder of  Diligent Robotics, the creator of the Moxi robot piloted in Texas hospitals to help nurses with the approximately 30% of tasks that do not involve patient interaction, like running errands around t ...

    MFIGUEROA - 07/15/2019 - 18:27 - Professional Tools

  7. "Anonymity is as important for librarians to understand, support, and promote as privacy": an interview with Alison Macrina and Talya Cooper

    This post is reproduced from the ALAStore  in recognition of the publication of the latest title in the Library Futures series.  Will the rise of anonymity and the vulnerabilities it exposes, especially for governments and businesses, lead to a movement a ...

    MFIGUEROA - 07/15/2019 - 14:44 - Professional Tools

  8. Read for Later- "Income inequality is at the bottom of this. We need to target and attack [it] aggressively."

    This week’s headline quotes Dr. Jesus Ramirez-Valles, director of the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University, responding to new research that points to substantial declines in the self-reported health of Americans in the lowest income g ...

    MFIGUEROA - 07/08/2019 - 15:34 - Professional Tools

  9. Read for Later- “This is the next wave of climate denial — denying the costs that we’re all facing.”

    This week’s headline quotes Richard Wiles, executive director of the environmental advocacy group the Center for Climate Integrity, whose new report estimates the need for at least $42 billion by 2040 to provide basic storm-surge protection in the form of ...

    MFIGUEROA - 07/01/2019 - 19:45 - Professional Tools

  10. Read for Later- “People at the local level in many places don’t feel that their life is improving, given the work they’re putting in and the investment they’re putting in.”

    This week’s headline quotes Andre M. Perry, a fellow at the Brookings Institution who researches race and structural inequality, on the changing focus in cities from downtown redevelopment to neighborhood investments to address growing income disparities ...

    MFIGUEROA - 06/25/2019 - 20:19 - Professional Tools