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Information illiterate: Challenges libraries face in this fake news era

Information illiterate: Challenges libraries face in this fake news era

In today’s unpredictable information environment, how might librarians rethink their role?


Posted on: January 20, 2017, 6:10 am Category: Uncategorized

Snapchat: Still Growing Strong (Infographic)

Snapchat: Still Growing Strong (Infographic)


Posted on: January 19, 2017, 6:44 am Category: Uncategorized

The TVs at CES are so thin, they’re barely there

The TVs at CES are so thin, they’re barely there

LAS VEGAS — Where’s TV tech going next? If there’s one place to find out, it’s CES, the yearly Las Vegas show where nearly all the electronics manufacturers bring their wares. But for the last couple of years, TV manufacturers have looked a bit aimless, jumping from one new tech to another, but never quite managing to extend their enthusiasm about that new tech to consumers.

“There is a clear trend, though, one that reached new heights this year: the TV itself is getting out of the way. The TVs we’ve seen have gotten so thin, the bezels so small, that it’s possible to turn some TVs into wallpaper — an almost-floating image that sits a few millimeters from the wall. ”


Posted on: January 19, 2017, 6:06 am Category: Uncategorized

Electronic Frontier Foundation Guide to taking to Politicians

Lots of transferable advice to Canada here too:

EFF’s guide to talking to your Congresscritter

“EFF Legislative Counsel Ernesto Falcon has posted an excellent, practical guide to talking to your member of Congress — how to do it, how to maximize your efficiency, and why you should.

Lastly, one of the most powerful ways to talk to a member of Congress is to attend their townhall meetings and speak to them directly. These are usually hosted when Congress is not in session (see the calendar for 2017 here) and are announced through the member’s online newsletter, which you can subscribe to by visiting their website. Townhalls are typically announced 1 to 3 days before they are hosted, so you need to be vigilant. Meeting with staff at the district office or in Washington, D.C., is valuable in conveying public opinion. Those can be set up at any time simply by calling the office (every office line is listed on their congressional website) and asking for a meeting. Just make sure you are calling the right office (go here to look up your House representatives. and go here for your senators) because, again, they will only want to hear from their constituents. For more information on how to set up and prepare for a meeting with a congressional staffer, see our page on contacting Congress.

How to Talk to Congress [Ernesto Falcon/EFF]”


Posted on: January 18, 2017, 6:07 am Category: Uncategorized

Gallup Releases Survey Findings on Americans and Book Reading

Gallup Releases Survey Findings on Americans and Book Reading

“From The Gallup Poll:

Despite the abundance of digital diversions vying for their time and attention, most Americans are still reading books. In fact, they are consuming books at nearly the same rate that they were when Gallup last asked this question in 2002 — before smartphones, Facebook or Twitter became ubiquitous. More than one in three (35%) appear to be heavy readers, reading 11 or more books in the past year, while close to half (48%) read between one and 10 and just 16% read none.


The number of Americans who say they read no books in the past year has doubled since the first time Gallup asked this in 1978, from 8% then to 16% now, but has been fairly steady near the current level since 1990.


Roughly nine in 10 adults aged 18 to 29 (91%) report reading at least one book in the past year — possibly related to the required reading among college students within this age group. The percentage among those aged 65 and older is 85%. Nearly four in 10 respondents in both age groups say they read more than 10 books.

Ebooks v. Print

Among those who say they read at least one book last year, the vast majority say they most often read printed books, at 73%. About one in five most often read electronic books, while only 6% mostly experienced books in audio form.

Direct to Full Report Charts, and Survey Methods

See Also: Pew Releases Survey Findings on Book Reading by U.S. Adults, Print Books Continue to Dominate (September 1, 2016)


Posted on: January 18, 2017, 6:02 am Category: Uncategorized

Streaming Now Officially the Number One Way We Listen to Music in America

Streaming Now Officially the Number One Way We Listen to Music in America

Streaming consumption beat digital sales for the first time in history, according to new Nielsen report

“It’s official: according to a new year-end report released by Nielsen, over the course of 2016, streaming became the primary mode of music consumption in the U.S. Overall on-demand audio streams surpassed 251 billion in 2016–a 76 percent increase that accounts for 38 percent of the entire music consumption market. Plus, “the on-demand audio streaming share [of total music consumption] has now surpassed total digital sales (digital albums + digital track equivalents) for the first time in history.”

As previously reported by BuzzAngle, there were more streams on an average day in 2016 than song downloads for the entire year. (An average of 1.2 billion streams per day versus 734 million downloads for all of 2016.)

Part of streaming’s increased success, Nielsen finds, is that it’s the preferred platform for hip-hop and R&B fans. The genres make up 22 percent of all audio consumption, but 28 percent of on-demand streams. Rock, in contrast, is the most popular genre in general, with 29 percent of consumption, but accounts for only 20 percent of the streaming market.

 Hip-hop’s streaming success, of course, comes from popular albums by Drake, Rihanna, Kanye West, the Weeknd, J. Cole, and more. Drake placed as Nielsen’s top artist of 2016, earning over 5.4 billion on-demand audio streams. Views—the most consumed album of 2016—had over 3 billion streams. The No. 2 album—Adele’s 25—had only 457 million streams but outperformed in sales with 1.731 million, including 58,000 on vinyl (the third most in 2016– behind Twenty One Pilots and David Bowie).

Read “The Year in Streaming 2016.”


Posted on: January 17, 2017, 6:56 am Category: Uncategorized

Recent Ontario Public Library Economic Impact Studies

Newmarket Public Library creates over $20 million in total economic impact for the Town of Newmarket

In December 2016, Newmarket Public Library (NPL) adopted the methodology developed by the Martin Prosperity Institute for the Toronto Public Library to conduct their own economic impact study. The study indicates that NPL creates over $20 million in total economic impact, equating to $231 per resident or $717 per household. In addition, for every $1 invested in Newmarket Public Library, residents receive $7.85 in benefits, and the value of a Newmarket Public Library membership is $870/year.

Access: Newmarket Public Library’s report to the Newmarket Public Library Board

Stratford Public Library generates $14.91 million in total economic impact

Stratford Public Library published the results of their economic impact study in the February 2015 issue of their newsletter, Under the Umbrella.

Using the economic impact model designed for Toronto Public Library, Stratford PL calculated a total economic impact of $14.91 million.

Read the article in The Stratford Beacon Herald: Economic impact of Stratford Public Library estimated at nearly $15 million

Access: Under the Umbrella: Stratford Public Library’s Economic Impact

Pickering Public Library creates over $32 million in total economic impact

In 2014, Pickering Public Library (PPL) completed a detailed analysis of its economic impact using a methodology first used by the Toronto Public Library and developed by the Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto.

Key findings from the analysis indicate that PPL creates over $32 million in total economic impact (which equates to $1,073 per household, and $350 per capita). Investing in PPL results in a return on investment of 485% for the City of Pickering.

Access: The Economic Impact of the Pickering Public Library on the City of Pickering 


Posted on: January 17, 2017, 6:46 am Category: Uncategorized