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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

This week's headline comes from a new report from the Data & Society Research Institute and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, “How Youth Navigate the News Landscape.” It's a fascinating read, reminding us that young people are so often at the front lines of change and that they are redefining traditional ideas of news, authority, and trust.

Read more | 03/06/2017 - 16:13

This week’s headline comes from a TechCrunch article announcing the availability of a new smart cities report from the National League of Cities. The report frames smart cities as an investment in equity and justice – a welcome vision and motivation for libraries to continue their involvement in smart city initiatives and equitable access to technology and the internet.

Read more | 02/27/2017 - 16:01

This week’s headline comes from Mark Zuckerberg’s “Building Global Community” open letter, redefining the mission of the largest social network.

Read more | 02/20/2017 - 20:33

While closely linked to the millennial generation, the “fast casual” concept, in fact, has much broader reach: easily accessible and fresh ingredients are two of its hallmarks that have wide appeal; opportunities for social connection around eating further boost its popularity. Librarians have developed innovative ways to bring the fast casual experience into the library space.

Read more | 02/17/2017 - 15:23