I’m struggling with this week’s news. So I’m taking an easy way out with this week’s headline, quoting the opening line of Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s note to employees following a contentious internal memo about gender and diversity in the company. The negative trends in our world, evidenced by the events in Charlottesville, may not be what we want to focus on for our futures, but they clearly require our attention and response.
Library of the Future Blog
This week’s headline quotes Dr. William B. Jeffries, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine, from an interview on NPR's All Things Considered about the school’s move from lectures to more active learning instruction. Two quick items to note:
This week’s headline quotes Natalie Cole, library programs consultant for the California State Library, in the New York Times’ article, “Free Lunch at the Library.” I love how clearly Natalie connects libraries’ response to a community need to our commitment to the values of education and literacy.
At one time or another, most communities face the challenge of reestablishing stability after periods of disruption—whether human-created, natural, or some combination thereof. As civic anchors, libraries have played a critical role in meeting that challenge.
This week’s headline quotes Sian Berry, leader of the Green party in the London Assembly, in a fascinating article from The Guardian documenting the rise of pseudo-public spaces, privately-owned public spaces governed by restrictions drawn up by the landowner and usually enforced by private security companies.
“Need extra help?” and a link to Google. That's the response you get when you stump the DoNotPay chatbot lawyer, which has expanded its legal counsel across the United States to help address parking tickets and other minor infractions. Most of us would probably see how having a chatbot point you back to a blank Google search wouldn’t be the most helpful of referrals.
Confronting inequality is integral to the history of libraries and remains at the heart of library service today. The same materials, programs and services are available to anyone who walks through the library’s doors, no matter the size (or existence) of their wallet.
This week’s headline quotes Anthony Dukes, associate professor of marketing at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, in an article from Advertising Age about the demise of retail flagship locations. Several recent articles about retail’s pivot to the experiential (instead of just transactional sales) reminds us of the power of our instruction, programming, and civic engagement to activate library spaces and make our work about more than just things.
This week’s headline quotes Zoë Baird, chief executive of the Markle Foundation, from a New York Times article on skills-oriented hiring, training, and education that helps individuals find a career pathway even if they do not pursue a traditional four-year degree.
This week’s headline comes from Ed Hess, Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, writing about the cognitive and emotional skills that will be needed in the age of artificial intelligence.
This week’s headline quotes Hakan Kostepen, executive director for strategy and innovation at Panasonic’s automotive systems unit, from a New York Times article about the future interiors of driverless cars.
This week’s headline quotes Cindy Ball, Oculus' education program manager, from a statement announcing a new program that will place 100 Oculus Rift headsets and VR-ready PC systems in 90 libraries throughout California.
The exponential growth of data in our hyper-connected world raises a number of questions, starting with: what do we do with all of it? In response, librarians innovate and collaborate to serve their communities as they endeavor to locate, gather, analyze, and make meaning of information.
This week’s headline borrows from the conclusion to the National League of Cities' 2017 State of the Cities report as the nation’s mayors contend with changing political and technological landscapes. A quick note that there will not be a version of this post next week, but we'll roll that content into the following week.
This week’s headline is Farhad Manjoo’s conclusion to his article, “Google, not the government, is building the future,” a look at how the five technology giants – Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft – are working on world-changing ideas while government investment in research, technology, and infrastructure wanes.