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This week's headline quotes Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University in Philadelphia, on the growing popularity of community colleges among students from middle- and upper-middle-class families (The New York Times "Middle-class families increasingly look to community colleges").

Read more | 04/09/2018 - 18:07

This week’s headline quotes a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), “The public internet option: How local governments can provide network neutrality, privacy, and access for all,” which argues for the creation of municipally-owned ISPs as the best way to preserve net neutrality (Motherboard “ACLU: To protect democracy, cities should build their own ISPs”).

Read more | 04/02/2018 - 18:07

This week's headline quotes Video Vortex manager and “VHS Culture Captain” Josh Schafer on what he thinks makes Alamo Drafthouse’s new video rental store so special (Entertainment Weekly “Alamo Drafthouse video store to let you rent any movie for free”).

Read more | 03/26/2018 - 14:27

This week’s headline quotes Ryan Bradley’s article about pop-up restaurants - a familiar insight from another industry that speaks to the transformation of spaces (GQ “How pop-ups took over America’s restaurants”).

Read more | 03/19/2018 - 20:35

This week’s headline quotes Chris Moran, manager of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, which features tall tree houses, wobbly bridges, 20-foot climbing towers, and natural elements that introduce risk in order to help develop more self-reliant young people (The New York Times “In Britain’s playgrounds, ‘bringing in risk’ to build resilience”).

Read more | 03/12/2018 - 16:22

This week’s headline quotes Adam Neumann, chief executive and co-founder of WeWork, in a profile of the company’s bold ambitions to reinvent workplaces, residences, athletic clubs, and even education (The New York Times “The WeWork manifesto: First, office space. Next, the world.”). 

Read more | 02/26/2018 - 21:34

This week’s headline quotes Laura Norén, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Data Science at New York University, one of several professors and researchers developing ethics courses for data science, computer science, and engineering students at colleges and universities across the country (The New York Times “Tech’s ethical ‘dark side’: Harvard, Stanford and others want to address it”).

Read more | 02/19/2018 - 21:45

This week’s headline quotes edX CEO Anant Agarwal, at the U.S. Department of Education’s “Rethink School Summit,” discussing the online learning platform's MicroMasters and MicroBachelors programs (EdSurge “EdX quietly developing ‘MicroBachelors’ program”).

Read more | 02/13/2018 - 16:18

This week’s headline quotes Alannah Maynez, a Yale freshman enrolled in the overwhelmingly popular Psyc 157: Psychology and the Good Life, a course focused on teaching students how to lead a happier and more satisfying life (The New York Times “Yale’s most popular class ever: Happiness”).

Read more | 02/05/2018 - 15:28

This week’s headline quotes Ellie Wilson, executive director of the Autism Society of Minnesota, one of the consultants on the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board’s new Sense Tents project, which will provide a space at events where people with sensory processing disorders can go to either soothe or stimulate their senses when they’re overwhelmed (NextCity “Minneapolis parks thinking about inclusion for people with invisible disabilities”).

Read more | 01/29/2018 - 13:44

This week’s headline quotes Karim Boughida, dean of libraries at the University of Rhode Island, on the introduction of its Artificial Intelligence Lab, designed as a shared central place that brings awareness of AI to the wider community of faculty and students (Inside Higher Ed "A new home for AI: The library")

Read more | 01/22/2018 - 15:52

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, this week's headline quotes Dr. King's “I Have a Dream” speech. His inspiration and vision continues to drive so much of our work for the future. A quick note - if you are attending the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, please consider joining us for the Symposium on the Future of Libraries.

Read more | 01/15/2018 - 19:41

This week's headline quotes Jonas Nordling, president of the Swedish Union of Journalists, on the union's approach to new technologies like Rosalinda, a robot reporter that scans data about sporting events to yield news stories (The New York Times "The robots are coming, and Sweden is fine").

Read more | 01/08/2018 - 16:21

Read for Later - "Facial recognition is part of our broader provide the same kinds of benefits and conveniences in the built world that customers experience with retailers like Amazon in the digital world."

Read more | 01/02/2018 - 10:20

This week’s headline quotes Sarah Crowne, Arts Council England’s literature director, on the release of their new report, “Literature in the 21st Century: Understanding Models of Support for Literary Fiction,” which considers the future health of literary fiction in an age of cheap and easy entertainment on smartphones and mobile devices (

Read more | 12/18/2017 - 14:47