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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.

Read more | 06/06/2017 - 12:58

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.

Read more | 05/30/2017 - 19:40

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. 

Read more | 05/22/2017 - 22:40

This week’s headline features a quote from Mindy Thomas, co-host of NPR’s first-ever children’s podcast Wow in the World, explaining how the new show will take narrative lessons from adult shows like Invisibilia and S-Town to allow listeners of all ages feel more included in the process of discovery.

Read more | 05/15/2017 - 21:51

The Internet of Things, or IoT, has caused an explosion in the number of everyday devices that are able to collect and transmit data. Librarians recognize the balancing act required to implement IoT technologies in accordance with core principles of librarianship.

Read more | 05/12/2017 - 08:44

This week's headline quotes Susan B. Neuman, professor of childhood and literacy education at New York University’s department of teaching and learning, part of a team of researchers whose study explored the educational value of stories delivered entirely via a digital device. Their findings - based on observations of 38 children in a Head Start preschool program - reaffrim the importance of quality content, even as they challenge traditional concerns for childrens' "screen time." 

Read more | 05/08/2017 - 17:40

This week's headline is a quote from Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s head of retail, describing her goals for the future of Apple stores. Pieces of Ahrendts's vision include more educational programs at stores and a more inlcusive "genius bar." Apple joins other retail and restaurant spaces (Starbuck's Reserve Roastery locations) quietly moving in on traditional third spaces.

Read more | 05/01/2017 - 18:10

This week’s headline is excerpted from a Guardian News and Media spokesperson confirming the publication’s removal from Facebook’s Instant Articles platform and Apple News. It’s the latest in a string of news stories detailing newspapers’ growing concern with tech companies’ push to absorb content into their popular mobile services.

Read more | 04/26/2017 - 09:30

This week’s headline comes from a long read about the Norwegian teen drama Skam, an innovative approach to storytelling that weaves together real-time clips, social media, and very human experiences to help teenagers better understand their changing world. A quick note promoting a call for review of IFLA’s Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness, an issue that many of us continue to be concerned for.

Read more | 04/20/2017 - 21:43

This week’s headline comes from NextCity’s recent article highlighting public libraries in Australia. It seems like an appropriate banner as we start National Library Week – a reminder of the connection libraries broker between the physical and the digital.

Read more | 04/10/2017 - 18:09

This week’s headline comes from New Republic’s “Voices of America” feature exploring the rising popularity of podcasts as highbrow, intellectual content that can just as easily lend themselves to binge-able entertainment or even background soundtracks of information. The line seems to ring true in a world of overwhelming information – and of overwhelming trends and innovations with varying degrees of application for the future of libraries.

Read more | 04/03/2017 - 18:08

This week’s headline is excerpted from Women’s Media Center president Julie Burton's introduction to the new "Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2017" report showing that the majority of news coverage in the United States is still written or produced by men. Burton's clarity and determination is applicable to many futures, whether libraries or the power structures of journalism. Two news items of particular interest:

Read more | 03/27/2017 - 23:25

From local practices to national policies, there is growing acknowledgement that becoming an adult is a process, not just a date on a calendar.

Read more | 03/17/2017 - 13:13

This week’s headline is from Harvard psychologist Daniel Schacter quoted in a fascinating article from Nature exploring the ways that social networks may be changing how we form and perpetuate memories as individuals and as groups. A quick note that there will not be a post next week as I will be out of the office. Expect a new post – with double the info, maybe – the week of March 27th.  

Read more | 03/13/2017 - 15:45