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  1. Read for Later – “Pivotal places to fend off loneliness and build community around shared struggles”

    This week’s headline comes from an article about the Living Rooms Projects from nonprofit organization Camerados, which seeks to end social isolation by providing flexible spaces where people can gather together, engage in dialogue, seek support from comm ...

    MFIGUEROA - 11/08/2016 - 07:14 - Libraries Transform

  2. Read for Later- “A distortion of our perception…shrink[ing] our expanse of information”

    This week’s headline comes from a speech from German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressing her concern for the big internet platforms’ algorithms and their ability to limit the information provided to users and the resulting public discourse. We're con ...

    MFIGUEROA - 10/31/2016 - 21:37 - Libraries Transform

  3. Read for Later – “Mix uses as well as groups, lessening isolation…a natural convener of a full cross section of the community”

    Our headline is from an article about future co-location of Chicago Public Library branches in three new Chicago Housing Authority residences for senior and mixed-income residents. It’s an exciting vision for how libraries will be an important part of the ...

    MFIGUEROA - 10/24/2016 - 21:47 - Libraries Transform

  4. Read for Later – “It's about time this happened, though obviously not everyone was totally thrilled with the move”

    This week’s subject line comes from an article in GQ announcing the new male model for makeup brand Covergirl. GQ was alluding to some of the push-back the brand has received, but it’s an interesting turn of phrase for thinking about the future. For some ...

    MFIGUEROA - 10/17/2016 - 23:06 - Libraries Transform

  5. Read for Later — “Faster access to news, information…everything’s been accelerated…there’s been a compression in our desire for nostalgia”

    This week's opening line comes from an interesting article in LA Weekly about the rise in millennial’s nostalgia for music that came out just 10 years ago. For a brand that can sometimes be steeped in nostalgia, this seemed like a reminder that the w ...

    MFIGUEROA - 10/11/2016 - 03:54 - Libraries Transform

  6. Read for later- "[The] strength of the project was [its] collective brainpower"

    This week’s headline comes from Amita Kelly, a digital editor and producer on NPR's Washington desk, referring to their recent project fact-checking and annotating a transcript from the recent presidential debate. From a project that involved lines o ...

    MFIGUEROA - 10/03/2016 - 17:03 - Libraries Transform

  7. Read for Later- "In this day and age, representation is extremely important… People want to be acknowledged and recognized"

    I’m quoting an insightful young woman in this week’s subject line who sent a proposal to the Unicode Consortium for the inclusion of a headscarf emoji that would be reflective of her group of friends. That drive for acknowledgement and recognition can be ...

    MFIGUEROA - 09/26/2016 - 21:16 - Libraries Transform

  8. Read for Later – “Shift perspectives on a well-known public institution, encourage people to visit more often, and engage more deeply”

    That opening line is taken from a proposal submitted by the Sydney Opera House to make its spaces available for slumber parties for a limited number of guests several times a year. It was one of several reminders this week – including news of a new civic ...

    MFIGUEROA - 09/12/2016 - 15:32 - Libraries Transform

  9. Read for Later – “Developing skills such as discipline, persistence, and how to research, analyze, communicate clearly and think logically”

    This week’s subject line is excerpted from Steven Pearlstein’s article “ Meet the parents who won’t let their children study literature ” in The Washington Post. In it, Pearlstein states, “The idea was that after a period of broad intellectual exploration ...

    MFIGUEROA - 09/06/2016 - 10:54 - Libraries Transform

  10. Read for Later – “Be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement”

    This week’s subject line is excerpted from a letter sent to University of Chicago students by Dean of Students Jay Ellison, a letter whose blunt assertion of existing university policies refocused attention on the debate over trigger warnings, safe spaces ...

    MFIGUEROA - 08/29/2016 - 19:27 - Libraries Transform