In a continuing series of engaging panel discussions hosted by American Libraries, AL Live, the episode presented last Thursday offered a rich mix of observations, insights, and big questions about how library staff–most particularly reference staff–out-Google Google’s popular reputation as the resource par excellance.
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In this podcast, Michael Cart says goodbye to some well known literary giants. Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, probably best known for the classic novel 100 Years of Solitude, passed away on April 17. Peter Matthiessen, the American author of The Snow Leopard and At Play in the Fields of the Lord, passed away in early April.
The third in a series of IMLS Focus events took place June 5 at the Chicago Public Library and brought together a diverse group of library stakeholders to consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Learning in Libraries.
In this edition of In the Library with a Comic Book, Jack Baur and Amanda Jacobs Foust chat about faves and answer reader questions.
June, we have been celebrating across nearly two decades now, is Audiobook Month. In many parts of California, the audiobook experience is tied to car-based commuting, and, in agricultural areas, tractor driver companionship. California is also the birthplace of Earphone English secondary school programming targetting English Language Learners in a long-running public/school library collaboration.
One of this year’s recurring topics at Book Expo revolves around the current book industry reconsideration of DRM (the digital rights management coding that essentially keeps ebooks and eaudio locked from the user’s attempt to copy–and, too often, from accessing a rightfully owned file due to technical incompatibilities between file and player or other downloading snafus).
A week ago, during a multi-organization meeting about how public libraries play a role in connecting federal and state policy information to the community members in need of the real scoop, the topic of broadband access was teased out in a couple salient directions. One I found particularly wanting further discussion is how disconnected a community can become from changing government directions (think the Covered California insurance marketplace as an example) when its online access is limited to public computers?
The Electronic Frontier Foundation released yesterday its 2014 report on Who Has Your Back –a quick, clean way to see which online company platforms protect user privacy to what degree. It’s essential reading and a good guiding document for discussing privacy issues, advocacy, concerns, and practices with your library community, including students, the general public, and library boards.