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WSJ: It’s Time to Get Rid of the IT Department

It’s Time to Get Rid of the IT Department

It made sense in a bygone era, when technology was separate from the business. Now it just hurts both.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/get-rid-of-the-it-department-11637605133

 

Posted on: November 28, 2021, 2:16 pm Category: Uncategorized

Oakville PL Meaningful Storywalk: Lighthouse art installation inspires conversation

Lighthouse art installation inspires conversation

Grief Unmasked installation by local artist Tazeen Qayyum symbolizes transformation, change, hope and life despite a child’s suffering upon losing someone dear to them.

https://oakvillenews.org/oakville-community-news/lighthouse-art-installation-inspires-conversation-tazeen-qayyum/

“The Oakville Public Library partnered with Lighthouse to create a book for the Story WalkHe’ll Always Be My Dad, was written by Chrissy Lilly and her daughters Regan and Jorga who are part of the Lighthouse family. Individual pages of the story are posted along a designated route from the art installation to Tannery Park telling a story, and creating awareness. The spire will be illuminated throughout the month of November, sending hope to surrounding cities.”

 

Posted on: November 28, 2021, 11:52 am Category: Uncategorized

PW: Librarians, Educators Warn of ‘Organized’ Book Banning Efforts

Librarians, Educators Warn of ‘Organized’ Book Banning Efforts

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/87920-librarians-educators-warn-of-organized-book-banning-efforts.html

 

Posted on: November 28, 2021, 6:55 am Category: Uncategorized

Wired: TikTok’s Next Big Move? To Become Facebook

TikTok’s Next Big Move? To Become Facebook

ByteDance, the Chinese company behind TikTok and Douyin, has global ambitions to challenge Meta’s universe.

Posted on: November 28, 2021, 6:47 am Category: Uncategorized

What is the metaverse? A (kind of) simple explainer

What is the metaverse? A (kind of) simple explainer

Confused about the metaverse?

Posted on: November 28, 2021, 6:08 am Category: Uncategorized

Sort Yourself: Children’s Library Worker Edition

Sort Yourself: Children’s Library Worker Edition

Sort Yourself: Children’s Library Worker Edition

 

Posted on: November 28, 2021, 6:06 am Category: Uncategorized

As Calls to Ban Books Intensify, Digital Librarians Offer Perspective

“As Calls to Ban Books Intensify, Digital Librarians Offer Perspective”

“From the Internet Archive:

From Texas to Virginia to Pennsylvania, there is a growing movement to challenge books in schools that some suggest are inappropriate for students. Concern goes beyond explicit content; it now includes opposition to LGBTQIA material, the history of racism, and material that may cause discomfort to readers.

While efforts to ban books are not new, the solutions to counter censorship are—thanks to technology that is used to create access for all.

The Internet Archive’s Open Library (https://openlibrary.org) does not face the same local pressures that many school districts or school libraries do.

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The new efforts to ban books are taking a much broader view of limiting access. Across the country, some objectors say books like Beloved by Toni Morrison, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988, should not be discussed or available in schools. As these lists are made public, Open Library’s volunteer team of Open Librarians take action to ensure that these books remain accessible to all.

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One reason books get banned is because political forces within an area become stronger than the populace, said Mek, who leads the Open Library team for the Internet Archive. “Open Library is trying to bridge these inequity gaps across geographies and social classes. We invite the populace to come together and participate in a digital sanctuary where our rich and diverse cultural heritage isn’t subject to censorship by the few with special interests.”

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At the most basic level, banning books is about restricting access to knowledge, said Lisa Petrides, chief executive officer and founder of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME).

“The impact of this on schools means that students are exposed to a limited set of world views, which is extremely detrimental to critical thinking, reflective analysis and discussion,” said Petrides. “Perhaps even more importantly as we are seeing today, this means that educators and librarians are increasingly put in difficult situations, having to face the threat of reprisal from administrators or school boards, who are themselves increasingly less willing to stand up for the First Amendment rights of their teachers and learners.”

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Posted on: November 27, 2021, 12:52 pm Category: Uncategorized