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  1. Read for Later- “What people find is that the city offers a high quality of life at the income extremes, [but] the city is a difficult place for the average working family.”

    This week’s headline quotes Chicago-area real-estate executive Charles Lamphere, reflecting on employers’ movement away from urban centers and into suburban office parks.   You can always check out the  Center's trend collection  to see how this scan ...

    MFIGUEROA - 10/16/2017 - 19:24 - Professional Tools

  2. Read for Later – “It is imperative we start questioning how much of our virtual public space we are willing to give to companies”

    This week’s headline quotes artist Sebastian Errazuriz from his response to a new project from Snapchat that overlays augmented reality art installations in locations around the world – a strong reminder that trends and changes need to be questioned and c ...

    MFIGUEROA - 10/11/2017 - 00:20 - Professional Tools

  3. Read for Later- “This gives us a way to connect with citizens where they are.”

    This week’s headline quotes Lori Bush, a councilwoman from Cary, North Carolina, explaining the town’s interest in piloting an Amazon Alexa skillset that provides town service information and options for residents to open up case issues with the local gov ...

    MFIGUEROA - 10/02/2017 - 21:13 - Professional Tools

  4. LTC: Conversation Cafe

    Wednesday, 5/23/2018 2:00 PM (Eastern) 1:00 PM (Central) 12:00 PM (Mountain) 11:00 AM (Pacific) Join us for a free, 90-minute webinar to learn how libraries can lead dialogue with Conversation Café, a simple, open-source method for small group dialogues o ...

    SOAKLEY - 09/18/2017 - 16:28 - Professional Tools

  5. LTC: Future Search

    Wednesday, 4/25/2018 2:00 PM (Eastern) 1:00 PM (Central) 12:00 PM (Mountain) 11:00 AM (Pacific) Join us for a free, 90-minute webinar to learn how public libraries can lead dialogue using Future Search, a method for strategic planning that can help commun ...

    SOAKLEY - 09/18/2017 - 16:19 - Professional Tools

  6. LTC: Introduction to Dialogue & Deliberation for Public Libraries Serving Small, Mid-sized and/or Rural Communities

    Wednesday, 2/28/2018 2:00 PM (Eastern) 1:00 PM (Central) 12:00 PM (Mountain) 11:00 AM (Pacific) In small, mid-sized and/or rural communities, the public library often becomes a de facto town hall. Through this important social position, libraries have the ...

    SOAKLEY - 09/18/2017 - 09:29 - Professional Tools

  7. Read for Later- "We want to offer customers the opportunity to participate in tests today and help us shape what commerce will look like in the future"

    This week’s headline quotes Sloan Eddleston, Walmart’s VP of eCommerce strategy and business operations, describing a pilot program in which customers will have groceries delivered right to their refrigerator through a partnership with a same-day delivery ...

    MFIGUEROA - 09/25/2017 - 22:53 - Professional Tools

  8. Read for Later- "The idea here is service, not inventory."

    This week’s headline comes from Consumerist ’s coverage of the new Nordstrom concept store, which will feature no merchandise but provides a space for customers to hangout, try on some of their online purchases, and take advantage of stylist services. A r ...

    MFIGUEROA - 09/18/2017 - 20:19 - Professional Tools

  9. Media Literacy @ Your Library

    Media Literacy @ Your Library is a learning and prototyping project of the American Library Association (ALA). The goal of this project is to train library workers to better equip their adult patrons to be discerning news consumers. Starting in fall 2017, ...

    SOSTMAN - 10/02/2017 - 15:20 - Professional Tools

  10. Read for Later- “We need to begin to get smart about the out-of-school ecosystem”

    This week’s headline quotes Nichole Pinkard, founder of the Digital Youth Network, which helped build Chicago’s City of Learning platform. In a fascinating story in CityLab, Pinkard and others describe how they have used City of Learning and its resulting ...

    MFIGUEROA - 09/11/2017 - 17:11 - Professional Tools