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CLIR: The Third Library and the Commons

The Third Library and the Commons

“The idea of the “commons” is often invoked in discussions of the academic library’s future, but these references are usually vague and rhetorical. What exactly does it mean for the library to be organized as a commons, and what might such a library look like? Does the concept of the commons offer a useful lens for identifying the library’s injustices or shortcomings? How might we draw on the concept of the commons to see beyond the horizon of the contemporary library, toward a “Third Library” that truly advances decolonial and democratic ends?

This essay engages with such questions and explores how the constituent elements of the academic library—its knowledge assets, its workers, and its physical spaces—might be reoriented toward the commons. It argues that such an orientation might facilitate the emergence of a Third Library that is able to organize resistance to contemporary capitalism’s impetus toward the privatization and enclosure of knowledge, and to help recover a democratic conception of knowledge as a public good.”

Section One: The Library and the Knowledge Commons

Section Two: The Library as a Workplace Commons

Section Three: Space, and The Library as a Physical Commons

A word cloud that summarizes frequently recurring words occuring in R1 Library strategic plans; the word "library" is the largest word at the center. Other keywords are arrayed around it, in different colors

Posted on: January 28, 2022, 6:45 am Category: Uncategorized

The coolest place to hang out? Libraries

The coolest place to hang out? Libraries

Posted on: January 28, 2022, 6:39 am Category: Uncategorized

Another Othering: Challenging ageism: A guide to talking about ageing and older age

Challenging ageism: A guide to talking about ageing and older age #nomorewrinklyhands

A useful guide for avoiding ageism when writing, using images etc. was published by the Centre for Ageing Better a month ago:
Centre for Ageing Better. (2021). Challenging ageism: A guide to talking about ageing and older age. The press release is here and this is the guide https://ageing-better.org.uk/sites/default/files/2022-01/Challenging-ageism-guide-talking-ageing-older-age.pdf

Guide launched to help comms professionals talk about ageing

We’ve launched a new guide to support communications professionals and charities to represent ageing in a more positive and realistic way.

Our previous research has found that language and imagery in public life commonly reinforces negative stereotypes and misconceptions about ageing and older people.

Posted on: January 28, 2022, 6:26 am Category: Uncategorized

CFLA Position Statement on Intellectual Freedom

As you may be aware, there has been much in the news as of late, especially in the USA, regarding censorship in schools. It appears as though there have been some regressions here by way of intellectual freedom. The Canadian Federation of Library Associations has published an official statement, developed by the Intellectual Freedom Committee and approved by the CFLA/FCAB Board of Directors on January 7, 2022. It provides valuable guidance by interpreting our Statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries as it pertains to the question of the right to protest and dissent regarding library materials and other forms of expression.

https://fopl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2022-01-18-Position-on-Protest-and-Disagreement-EN.docx.pdf

La FCAB-CFLA est ravie de partager avec vous notre énoncé de position le plus récent, développé par la Comité sur la liberté intellectuelle et approuvé par le Conseil d’administration le 7 janvier. Cet énoncé fournit de précieux conseils en interprétant notre Énoncé sur la liberté intellectuelle et les bibliothèques en ce qui a trait au droits de protestations et de désaccords concernant les collections et autres formes d’expression dans les bibliothèques.

https://fopl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2022-01-18-Position-on-Protest-and-Disagreement_FR.pdf

Posted on: January 27, 2022, 6:40 am Category: Uncategorized

Why your local library might be hiring a social worker

Why your local library might be hiring a social worker

https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/58892/why-your-local-library-might-be-hiring-a-social-worker

Posted on: January 27, 2022, 6:39 am Category: Uncategorized

A Decade of MOOCs: A Review of Stats and Trends for Large-Scale Online Courses in 2021

A Decade of MOOCs: A Review of Stats and Trends for Large-Scale Online Courses in 2021

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2021-12-28-a-decade-of-moocs-a-review-of-stats-and-trends-for-large-scale-online-courses-in-2021

 

Posted on: January 27, 2022, 6:27 am Category: Uncategorized

AAP Releases December 2021 Statshot Report: “Publishing Industry Up 2.8% for Month, and 12.2% Calendar 2021”

Association of American Publishers (AAP) Releases December 2021 Statshot Report: “Publishing Industry Up 2.8% for Month, and 12.2% Calendar 2021”

https://www.infodocket.com/2022/01/26/association-of-american-publishers-aap-releases-december-2021-statshot-report-publishing-industry-up-2-8-for-month-and-12-2-calendar-2021/

“From the AAP:

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for December 2021 reflecting reported revenue for all tracked categories, including Trade (Consumer Books), K-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, and Professional Publishing.

Total revenues across all categories for December were up 2.8% as compared to December 2020, coming in at $1.1 billion. Year-to-date revenues were up 12.2%, at $15.4 billion for the calendar year.

Trade (Consumer Books) Revenues

Calendar 2021

Trade (Consumer) revenues were up 11.8%, at $9.5 billion for the calendar year. Hardback revenues were up 11.3%, coming in at $3.7 billion; Paperbacks were up 18.8%, with $3.1 billion in revenue; Mass Market was up 5.5% to $240.9 million; and Board Books were up 9.7%, with $212.1 million in revenue.

eBook revenues were down 4.7% as compared to calendar 2020 for a total of $1.1 billion. The Downloaded Audio format was up 13.4%, coming in at $766.2 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 16.4% coming in at $21.6 million.

December 2021

Trade (Consumer Books) sales were up 0.6% in December, coming in at $792.9 million.

In terms of physical paper format revenues during the month of December, in the Trade (Consumer Books) category, Hardback revenues were down 3.7%, coming in at $298.4 million; Paperbacks were up 8.8%, with $266.2 million in revenue; Mass Market was down 26.2% to $19.1 million; and Board Books were up 20.3%, with $20.2 million in revenue.

eBook revenues were down 5.4% for the month as compared to December of 2020 for a total of $83.9 million. The Downloaded Audio format was down 0.1% for December, coming in at $66.0 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 27.6% coming in at $1.4 million.

Religious Presses

Calendar 2021

On a year-to date basis, religious press revenues were up 11.2%, reaching $705.1 million. Hardback revenues were up 13.1% at $435.7 million in revenue, Paperback revenues were up 4.9% to $102.7 million, eBook revenues were down 8.0% at $49.2 million, and Downloaded Audio revenues were up 9.4% at $39.7 million.

December 2021

Religious press revenues were 3.3% in December, coming in at $54.2 million. Hardback revenues were up 0.5% to $33.1 million in revenue, Paperback revenues were up 0.2% to $8.7 million, eBook revenues were down 5.2% coming in at $3.3 million, and Downloaded Audio revenues were up 10.0% at $2.7 million.

Education

Calendar 2021

Year-to-date education revenues were $5.4 billion, up 13.8% as compared to the twelve months of 2020. Year-to-date Higher Education was up 2.5%, at $3.1 billion.  Year-to-date PreK-12 revenues were up 34.6%, coming in at $2.2 billion. More in-depth information on PreK-12 Books and Materials Monthly is included in AAP’s PreK-12 monthly report.

December 2021

During December education revenues were $275.9 million, up 9.5% compared with December 2020.

Revenues from Higher Education Course Materials were up 6.5% for the month, as compared to 2020, coming in at $216.3 million.

PreK-12 Instructional Materials revenues were up 21.9% for December 2021, at $59.5 million.

Professional Books

Calendar 2021

Year-to-date Professional Books, including business, medical, law, technical and scientific, revenues were $381.9 million, up 4.1% as compared to calendar 2020.

December 2021

Professional Books were down 5.1% during the month, coming in at $35.5 million.

 

AAP StatShot reports the monthly and yearly net revenue of publishing houses from U.S. sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, and other channels.  StatShot draws revenue data from approximately 1,360 publishers, although participation may fluctuate slightly from report to report.

StatShot reports are designed to give ongoing revenue snapshots across publishing sectors using the best data currently available. The reports reflect participants’ most recent reported revenue for current and previous periods, enabling readers to compare revenue on both a month-to-month and year-to-year basis within a given StatShot report.

Monthly and yearly StatShot reports may not align completely across reporting periods, because: a) The pool of StatShot participants may fluctuate from report to report; and b) Like any business, it is common accounting practice for publishing houses to update and restate their previously reported revenue data. If, for example, a business learns that its revenues were greater in a given year than its reports first indicated, it will restate the revenues in subsequent reports to AAP, permitting AAP in turn to report information that is more accurate than before.”

Posted on: January 27, 2022, 6:04 am Category: Uncategorized