Over the course of 2013, I read about a gross of books (probably equally distributed among the platforms of published paper, yet-to-be-published paper galley, ebook [both Kindle and iBook], and with my ears). It was a relatively light reading year for me and I even had several opportunities to make selections based on purely personal grounds (It’s the “purely” in there that is unusual for me).
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Infopeople is happy to introduce a new podcast series that we will be posting on this blog and to our iTunes channel: In the library with a comic book. This new series actually comes out of the brains of Eureka! Fellows Jack Baur and Amanda Jacobs Foust. A bit about them and the podcast:
With the initial (but only initial, folks!) deadline for Covered California health insurance marketplace registration upon us next week, there has been much ado about information gathering, the Affordble Care Act, and public libraries. Thanks to the 82 who responded to Infopeople’s own survey of California public library activities related to the Affordable Care Act, we can see ourselves in the national context.
In this podcast, Infopeople’s book maven Michael Cart offers a tribute to the late Elmore Leonard, mystery writer nonpareil. He also celebrates Canadian short story author Alice Munro’s receipt of the Nobel Prize.
Earlier this week, I met with representatives of WebJunction and ZeroDivide to discuss how public libraries both in California and around the nation are responding to the element of the Affordable Care Act that legislates the initial enrollment period in health insurance marketplaces. Among the details we learned from each other is that the California library pattern, to date, mirrors the national one: there has been a clear tendency to leave the heavy lifting of informing communities about registration to non-library agencies.
Library community members recognize Joan Frye Williams as a deep and fluent source of observations and analyses of where and how library services are going, from nascent development through their stages of emerging best practices.
It’s been a while but it’s time for an all new Michael Cart podcast. In this edition, Michael takes a look at young adult literature and finds that the biz is booming! Also included is an affectionate look back at Kenneth Grahame’s The Reluctant Dragon.
Three announcements today from the state’s Affordable Care Act-mandated health insurance exchange, Covered California (coveredca.com) require the attention of all library staff providing accurate and authoritative information to their communities: 1. When the website for the exchange comes back online Monday morning, November 25 (It was previously announced and noted here that the site will be down for an upgrade from Friday night, November 22, until early Monday morning), the agency will also have a new phone hotline to help with complicated consumer questions.
In the past four or five days, a couple of pieces of information have developed around Covered California projects. The first is relatively easy to reference and encapsulate and certainly has the most immediate impact on public lbraries (as well as on anyone else seeking to access Covered California’s website):