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  1. Read for Later- "It's like any other tool and can be used for good or bad; it depends on how you use it.”

    This week’s headline quotes Rebecca Spang, a historian and professor at Indiana University Bloomington, on the uses and benefits of machine learning in the humanities (ArsTechnica “Machine learning can offer new tools, fresh insights for the humanities”). ...

    MFIGUEROA - 01/07/2019 - 22:03 - Professional Tools

  2. Self-care Across the Plains

    By: Conrrado Saldivar, Adult Services Specialist at the Natrona County Library and MLIS Student at the University of Washington For many library workers in smaller communities, helping someone download an eBook while waiting in line at the grocery is norm ...

    AHAYES - 02/14/2019 - 09:20 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  3. Read for Later- “This robot won’t do any of your work. In fact, it might just get in the way.”

    This week’s headline quotes Kaname Hayashi, designer and developer of the Lovot, a robot designed to hack human emotions by functioning more like a pet or buddy, like R2-D2, roaming around the house, making noises that sound like meows and chirps mixed to ...

    MFIGUEROA - 12/31/2018 - 12:16 - Professional Tools

  4. Read for Later- “The lobby is the new public square”

    This week’s headline quotes Aytan Litwin, founder and chief executive officer of White Space, a company that manages the manufacturing of custom interiors for hospitality and commercial spaces, on the rise of hotel lobbies and common spaces designed as a ...

    MFIGUEROA - 12/26/2018 - 19:36 - Professional Tools

  5. Scheduling as a Means of Self-Care

      By: Michelle McKinney, Reference & Web Services Librarian, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College Library Discovering Self-Care I never gave much thought to the concept of self-care until I became a mother and found myself being pulled in all dir ...

    AHAYES - 01/30/2019 - 14:46 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  6. Self-Care for Librarians: Journaling

      By: Bill Sannwald, Principal Librarian, San Diego County Library When people find out journaling is one of my passions, two things often happen. First, they seem a little surprised because, based on my physical appearance, I’m usually mistaken for someo ...

    AHAYES - 01/18/2019 - 09:21 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  7. Read for Later- “As the pervasiveness, complexity, and scale of these systems grow, the lack of meaningful accountability and oversight is an increasingly urgent concern.”

    This week’s headline quotes the AI Now Institute’s new report exploring how artificial intelligence-based tools are being deployed with little regard for potential ill effects in places where they can deeply affect thousands or millions of people (TechCru ...

    MFIGUEROA - 12/17/2018 - 23:20 - Professional Tools

  8. Social Workers and Librarians— A Case for Why We are BFFs

    By: Amy Schofield, Community Outreach Manager, Richland Library I’m fortunate to work in a library system that values innovation in many forms-- including supporting an entire department of library social workers. In 2014, Lee Patterson, LMSW, was hired w ...

    AHAYES - 12/28/2018 - 08:50 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  9. Serving the Underserved

    By: Mallory Pillard, Library Director, Trinidad Carnegie Public Library After the Association of Rural and Small Libraries Conference, I returned to my library in Trinidad, Colorado to learn of the suicide of one of our patrons experiencing homelessness. ...

    AHAYES - 12/21/2018 - 08:56 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  10. Families Together: Reading Enrichment for Social/Emotional Learning Lisle Library District- Literacy/English Language Development (ELD) Project

                          By: Jean Demas, Literacy Librarian, Lisle Library District, Lisle, IL Families Together: Reading Enrichment for Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) is a project designed to build social and emotional learning for birth to 5-year-old chil ...

    AHAYES - 12/14/2018 - 09:17 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues