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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

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.

Read more | 07/10/2017 - 15:57

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.

Read more | 07/03/2017 - 19:24

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.

Read more | 06/28/2017 - 16:36

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. 

Read more | 06/19/2017 - 17:12

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.

Read more | 06/12/2017 - 17:51

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