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This week’s headline quotes Lori Bush, a councilwoman from Cary, North Carolina, explaining the town’s interest in piloting an Amazon Alexa skillset that provides town service information and options for residents to open up case issues with the local government (Government Technology “7 state or local governments using Amazon Alexa”).

Read more | 10/02/2017 - 18:25

This week’s headline quotes Sloan Eddleston, Walmart’s VP of eCommerce strategy and business operations, describing a pilot program in which customers will have groceries delivered right to their refrigerator through a partnership with a same-day delivery service and a smart-lock and security system.

Read more | 09/25/2017 - 13:55

This week’s headline comes from Consumerist’s coverage of the new Nordstrom concept store, which will feature no merchandise but provides a space for customers to hangout, try on some of their online purchases, and take advantage of stylist services.

Read more | 09/18/2017 - 16:19

This week’s headline quotes Nichole Pinkard, founder of the Digital Youth Network, which helped build Chicago’s City of Learning platform. In a fascinating story in CityLab, Pinkard and others describe how they have used City of Learning and its resulting data to better understand the relationship between program offerings, access, participation, and educational outcomes for young people.     

Read more | 09/11/2017 - 16:17

Flipped learning is a phenomenon that has swept through the halls of academia and kindergarten through twelfth grade schools. When done well, it frees up classroom time for deeper exploration and application of instruction that is delivered in advance, often using current technology tools.

Read more | 09/09/2017 - 12:22

This week’s headline quotes Matt Hammersley, CEO and cofounder of Novel Effect, an app that uses voice-recognition technology to insert sound effects and music to books as you read them aloud.

Read more | 09/05/2017 - 18:22

This week’s headline quotes Peter Barbey, owner of the Village Voice, articulating the power of the publication even as it moves to end print publication and move entirely online. Another push for two upcoming events that may be of interest:

Read more | 08/28/2017 - 15:42

This week’s headline quotes James Surowiecki (whose The Wisdom of Crowds is among my favorite books) from his article “Chill: Robots won’t take all our jobs / Robopocalypse Not” in Wired. I wanted to highlight two upcoming events that may be of interest:

Read more | 08/21/2017 - 16:55

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.      

Read more | 08/14/2017 - 23:34

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:

Read more | 08/07/2017 - 13:32

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.

Read more | 07/31/2017 - 16:07

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.

Read more | 07/28/2017 - 12:32

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.

Read more | 07/27/2017 - 09:21

“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.

Read more | 07/17/2017 - 16:18

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.

Read more | 07/12/2017 - 13:19