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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

This week’s headline comes from Amita Kelly, a digital editor and producer on NPR's Washington desk, referring to their recent project fact-checking and annotating a transcript from the recent presidential debate. From a project that involved lines of code, speech to text transcription, and a group editing platform, it was the collective intelligence of diverse journalists that created real value in the final product. That’s a line of thinking I hear again and again – the real value and future of libraries resides in the collective intelligence of library professionals.  

Read more | 10/03/2016 - 16:25

I’m quoting an insightful young woman in this week’s subject line who sent a proposal to the Unicode Consortium for the inclusion of a headscarf emoji that would be reflective of her group of friends. That drive for acknowledgement and recognition can be seen in several trends this week, including the introduction of Snapchat’s new Spectacles product, or the broadening of election information via streaming platforms, or even the growing niche segments in ride hailing services.   Three reminders:

Read more | 09/26/2016 - 17:54

That opening line is taken from a proposal submitted by the Sydney Opera House to make its spaces available for slumber parties for a limited number of guests several times a year. It was one of several reminders this week – including news of a new civic commons initiative supported by four major foundations – that physical spaces are still important to our futures.

Read more | 09/12/2016 - 14:59