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Day 2 of the Symposium on the Future of Libraries considers libraries as civic innovators This article was originally published by American Libraries Magazine. 

Read more | 01/23/2017 - 11:22

Day 1 of the Symposium on the Future of Libraries focuses on positive power This article was originally published by American Libraries Magazine. 

Read more | 01/21/2017 - 10:49

In the U.S. today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In honor of Dr. King, this week’s headline comes from his “I Have a Dream” speech. His inspiration and vision continues to drive so much of our work for the future. Two quick notes:

Read more | 01/16/2017 - 17:03

This week’s headline comes from danah boyd’s insightful essay, “Did media literacy backfire?”, one of several articles that really piqued my interest this week.  

Read more | 01/09/2017 - 15:59

Happy New Year! This week’s quote could be a good resolution for 2017 - it comes from Rob Austin, a professor at Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario and an advocate for recruiting neurodiverse employees, as shared in The Atlantic’s article on companies that are trying to hire more people on the autism spectrum.

Read more | 01/03/2017 - 08:46

This week’s headline is from Adam Mosseri, Facebook Vice President for News Feed, announcing some of the platform's new strategies for addressing hoaxes and fake news. I believe in giving people a voice, but I also believe that there is verifiable information (truth), so I'm a little confused by Mosseri's line.

Read more | 12/19/2016 - 22:12

This week’s headline comes from Martin Moore, director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication, and Power at King’s College, London, as quoted in The Guardian’s fascinating article, “Google, democracy and the truth about internet search.”

Read more | 12/12/2016 - 16:35

This week’s headline quotes Carrie Budoff Brown, editor of Politico, from a New York Times article about media coverage for US President-elect Donald Trump’s tweets. The article provides an interesting look at information access and coverage in a complex political environment, while the quote serves as a sort of tag line for the trend scanning we try to do here. Two pieces of news from the Center:

Read more | 12/05/2016 - 18:05

This week’s head line is excerpted from President Obama’s remarks a few weeks ago regarding fake news and its effects on democracy. It’s a powerful reminder that trends and societal changes force us to consider our values and the values we seek to promote in our communities and proceed with those values in mind.

Read more | 11/28/2016 - 16:19

Well, we know one of the big pieces of news from this week. This week’s headline quote comes from Mark Zuckerberg, responding to concerns that Facebook helped spread misinformation and fake news stories that influenced how Americans voted. Authenticity can be interpreted in a lot of ways – library professionals help people better understand that every day.

Read more | 11/14/2016 - 22:43

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 community members, or do nothing at all. If it sounds a lot like a library, that’s probably by design as the project started in a public library in England. It’s another sign of the many ways that traditional library models and services can be revived and repurposed as new innovations.

Read more | 11/08/2016 - 07:14

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 continuing with a slightly new format for the articles below. Thanks for your patience and understanding as we test things out.

Read more | 10/31/2016 - 21:37

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 future of cities by integrating themselves into a host of new directions. Please note, I’m trying a slightly new format with the articles below – see, I’m reading that survey feedback – to help improve this newsletter over the next few weeks. Thanks for your patience and understanding as we test things out.

Read more | 10/24/2016 - 18:30

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 the future seems obvious or even overdue, while for others it’s a proposition that is less than welcome. Finding that connecting signal that helps make the future more apparent and necessary can help all of us work toward what's next. 

Read more | 10/17/2016 - 23:06

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 windows for building lasting memories might be getting shorter.

Read more | 10/11/2016 - 03:53