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  1. Read for Later- Autonomous Vehicles, Privacy at What Cost, and New Visions for Cities

    Happy Martin Luther King Day!   And thanks for sticking around after the week off for Midwinter. That makes this something of a double issue, but I don’t think there’s an overwhelming amount here. Something for everyone, maybe. Especially if you are inter ...

    MFIGUEROA - 01/18/2016 - 22:09 - Libraries Transform

  2. Read for Later- How We Read Now, Used Bookstores Make a Comeback, and Alternate App Futures

    It’s that quiet week between the holidays and the New Year (Happy 2016, by the way!) so there’s a little less news in the mix. But I found that left space for some more thoughtful pieces, like how the internet is changing our reading habits, how used book ...

    MFIGUEROA - 01/04/2016 - 11:44 - Libraries Transform

  3. Read for Later- Kindergarten is Serious, Office Parks Must Change, and Cutting the Cord

    And back to the regular work schedule – and an icy and snowy Chicago. For those who are traveling over the next few days, I hope travels are easy and safe.    It seemed like a lighter news week, but some really interesting reads, especially under educatio ...

    MFIGUEROA - 12/28/2015 - 20:53 - Libraries Transform

  4. Read for Later- Register Your Drone, Rise of Podcasts, and Robot Friends

    Greetings from Phoenix. Yes, that is code for “I’m on vacation and should have let you know there would be no newsletter this week, but I did not and so here it is."  Actually though, some good stuff, including new drone registration guidelines, lots ...

    MFIGUEROA - 12/21/2015 - 22:00 - Libraries Transform

  5. Because Andy Plemmons Sees Learning in a Global, Connected Context

    Over the next several months, we'll be sharing a series of profiles featured on  ALA's new Libraries Transform site. These profiles highlight libraries and library professionals that are adopting innovative strategies to help libraries transform ...

    MFIGUEROA - 12/17/2015 - 11:23 - Libraries Transform

  6. Read for Later- The Year Past and Ahead, Internet Things That Make Me Feel Old, and the Future of Work

    Forewarned is forearmed. There’s a lot of stuff in this week’s newsletter. I suggest scanning, picking what’s interesting, and maybe forwarding the rest to a co-worker to tackle together.   But there’s interesting stuff – including some year-end looks ahe ...

    MFIGUEROA - 12/14/2015 - 17:11 - Libraries Transform

  7. Viewing the Future- Wired's "9 MIT Media Lab Innovations that Changed the Future"

    In just a few weeks, ALA's 2016 Midwinter Meeting is taking us to Boston, a city that has built a reputation for innovation. This video from Wired reminds us that some of the most innovative work in Boston has been housed at the MIT Media Lab. Recoun ...

    MFIGUEROA - 12/13/2015 - 20:56 - Libraries Transform

  8. Read for Later- Big Philanthropy, Investing in Our Environment, and How to Start and Stop Innovation

    This was one of those weeks where a few stories- The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, The Breakthrough Energy Coalition, and a new tease for Amazon Prime Air- infiltrated almost every news source. In between, there were some interesting stories about ultra-fas ...

    MFIGUEROA - 12/07/2015 - 15:51 - Libraries Transform

  9. Read for Later- Robots in the Airport, The Right to Be Forgotten, and Smart and Porous Cities

    Hopefully many of us are returning to the office today after  a long weekend of gratitude  for our family, friends, health, and the comforts we enjoy. Now, back in the office, we continue our path ahead by looking at some of what will shape the future of ...

    MFIGUEROA - 11/30/2015 - 13:05 - Libraries Transform

  10. Viewing the Future- "The Clock of the Long Now" from Public Record

    At the 2015 ALA Annual Conference, Danielle Engelman and Catherine Borgeson from The Long Now Foundation talked with us about several of the Foundation's projects, including the Manual for Civilization, Rosetta Project language library, and 10,000 Ye ...

    MFIGUEROA - 11/27/2015 - 12:14 - Libraries Transform