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This week’s headline quotes Karim Boughida, dean of libraries at the University of Rhode Island, on the introduction of its Artificial Intelligence Lab, designed as a shared central place that brings awareness of AI to the wider community of faculty and students (Inside Higher Ed "A new home for AI: The library")

Read more | 01/22/2018 - 15:52

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, this week's headline quotes Dr. King's “I Have a Dream” speech. His inspiration and vision continues to drive so much of our work for the future. A quick note - if you are attending the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, please consider joining us for the Symposium on the Future of Libraries.

Read more | 01/15/2018 - 19:41

This week's headline quotes Jonas Nordling, president of the Swedish Union of Journalists, on the union's approach to new technologies like Rosalinda, a robot reporter that scans data about sporting events to yield news stories (The New York Times "The robots are coming, and Sweden is fine").

Read more | 01/08/2018 - 16:21

Read for Later - "Facial recognition is part of our broader provide the same kinds of benefits and conveniences in the built world that customers experience with retailers like Amazon in the digital world."

Read more | 01/02/2018 - 10:20

This week’s headline quotes Sarah Crowne, Arts Council England’s literature director, on the release of their new report, “Literature in the 21st Century: Understanding Models of Support for Literary Fiction,” which considers the future health of literary fiction in an age of cheap and easy entertainment on smartphones and mobile devices (

Read more | 12/18/2017 - 14:47

This week’s headline quotes Parker Thompson, a father of three children between 6 months to 8 years old, responding to the announcement of the new Messenger Kids app from Facebook (The New York Times “New Facebook app for children ignites debate among families”).

Read more | 12/11/2017 - 16:05

This week’s headline quotes the Digital News Project 2017 report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism – the report analyzed thousands of open-ended responses from news consumers in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Australia, France, and Greece about their reasons for low trust in the news media and social media (

Read more | 12/04/2017 - 14:21

This week’s headline quotes 32-year-old farmer Liz Whitehurst, the owner of Owl’s Nest Farm, on her decision to join a growing movement of highly educated, ex-urban, first-time farmers (The Washington Post “A growing number of young Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm”).

Read more | 11/27/2017 - 16:41

This week’s headline quotes Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Jon Weinstein as the MTA makes a series of changes, including a switch from gender-specific terms like "ladies and gentlemen" to more inclusive language like "passengers," “riders,” and "everyone" in automated announcements (Mashable "New York's subway systems are switching to gender inclusive announcements").

Read more | 11/20/2017 - 15:48

This week’s headline quotes Josh Golin, Executive Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, noting the proliferation of inappropriate videos on YouTube Kids, where algorithms lead the curation of content (The New York Times “On YouTube Kids, startling videos slip past filters”).

Read more | 11/13/2017 - 21:17

This week’s headline quotes Maja Pantic, Professor of Affective and Behavioural Computing at Imperial College London, expressing the reasons for her concern over technology firms’ aggressive recruitment of talented computer scientists away from academia and into the private sector (The Guardian “'We can't compete': Why universities are losing their best AI scientists”).

Read more | 11/07/2017 - 14:25

This week’s headline quotes Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer at Mozilla, about The Glass House, a new pop-up store in London that uses interactive art exhibits to demonstrate the implications of sharing personal data with big technology firms (Mashable “This cheeky 'store' can help you take control of your online life”).  

Read more | 10/30/2017 - 22:52

This week’s headline quotes David Watson, a 38-year-old managing director at Deutsche Bank, about the value of his conversations with his junior mentor Fernando Hernandez, a 29-year-old engineer in the bank’s global markets technology division (The New York Times “Executive mentors wanted. Only millennials need apply.”).   

Read more | 10/23/2017 - 13:59

This week’s headline quotes Chicago-area real-estate executive Charles Lamphere, reflecting on employers’ movement away from urban centers and into suburban office parks.  

Read more | 10/16/2017 - 16:40

This week’s headline quotes artist Sebastian Errazuriz from his response to a new project from Snapchat that overlays augmented reality art installations in locations around the world – a strong reminder that trends and changes need to be questioned and carefully considered. I’m trying something new with this week’s round-up, highlighting five articles that were particularly interesting and might deserve some additional attention.

Read more | 10/10/2017 - 17:57