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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

This week’s headline comes from a piece in Wired that considers the benefit of open public spaces in times of peace and protest. As many of us know, these public spaces are key to the economic and social health of communities. You can always check out the Center's trend collection to see how this scanning comes together to identify trends relevant to our future work.

Read more | 02/13/2017 - 16:05

This week's headline comes from Wired's description of the new Lego Life social network, a space built for kids to share and collaborate around their Lego creations. Such spaces, all of us know, have value in today's society and require careful design, maintenance, and care.  I'm a day late this week - apologies for a travel schedule and some technical issues that kept me from getting this out on time.

Read more | 02/07/2017 - 21:35

This week’s headline comes from The New York Times’s new “Journalism That Stands Apart” report – and it’s a refrain that ALA Past President Sari Feldman told me has been in her mind since she saw a short article about the report just a few weeks ago. Across industries, experts are looking at the changes in their world and recognizing the need to adapt their work, even while staying true to their guiding principles. 

Read more | 01/31/2017 - 10:28

Day 3 of the Symposium on the Future of Libraries This article was originally published by American Libraries Magazine. 

Read more | 01/26/2017 - 14:05

Day 2 of the Symposium on the Future of Libraries considers libraries as civic innovators This article was originally published by American Libraries Magazine. 

Read more | 01/23/2017 - 11:22

Day 1 of the Symposium on the Future of Libraries focuses on positive power This article was originally published by American Libraries Magazine. 

Read more | 01/21/2017 - 10:49

In the U.S. today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In honor of Dr. King, this week’s headline comes from his “I Have a Dream” speech. His inspiration and vision continues to drive so much of our work for the future. Two quick notes:

Read more | 01/16/2017 - 17:03

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