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Library Futures Institute Launches; Coalition Includes EveryLibrary, Internet Archive, PublicKnowledge, Readers First, and SPARC, and Others

Library Futures Institute Launches; Coalition Includes EveryLibrary, Internet Archive, PublicKnowledge, Readers First, and SPARC, and Others

“From the Launch Announcement:

Library Futures Institute, a new 501(c)(3) focused on equitable access to knowledge, launched this week with a social media campaign celebrating a technology-positive future for libraries.

Library Futures will enable libraries to fulfill their mission, providing non-discriminatory open access to culture for the public good. Through advocacy, grant making, education, and community, the organization will respond to 21st century needs, operate at the speed of change, and level the playing field between publishers and the public.

In coalition with organizations including Authors Alliance, Creative Commons, EveryLibrary, Fight for the Future, Internet Archive, Public Knowledge, Readers First, SPARC, and the Special Library Association, this public interest alliance seeks to enable collective action while building power through an innovative advocacy organization. “We need Library Futures now more than ever to organize the voices of librarians to fight for the role of libraries as a public resource for information in the digital age,” says Chris Lewis, President and CEO of Public Knowledge.

“I am very excited to be a part of Library Futures. This organization is poised to make real change at issues I care about deeply – issues that are challenging libraries today – access and equity,” says Kyle K. Courtney, Copyright Advisor and Program Manager at the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication and Chair of the Library Futures Board. “Digital library books—when loaned correctly—can be a pivotal tool libraries use to preserve great works, provide patrons with access to books, and defend patron privacy. I hope the community will join us in standing up for the future of libraries.”

“I am honored to be leading this organization, which will take on major issues in libraries and help usher in a more inclusive digital future for teachers, learners, and researchers from every walk of life,” says Jennie Rose Halperin, Executive Director.

The campaign can be reshared from the Library Futures social media accounts: TwitterFacebook, and Instagram, and inquiries regarding press, coalition partners, donations, or volunteer opportunities can be directed to info@libraryfutures.net.

Please visit the Library Futures website at https://libraryfutures.netsign up for the mailing list, and stay tuned for future developments and opportunities.”

Posted on: January 25, 2021, 5:46 pm Category: Uncategorized

WSJ: Video Chatting Became Popular in 2020, and Improved Along the Way

Video Chatting Became Popular in 2020, and Improved Along the Way

Software innovations made the medium more lively and easier to use as the pandemic pressed on

https://www.wsj.com/articles/video-chatting-became-popular-in-2020-and-improved-along-the-way-11609426800

 

 

 

Posted on: January 25, 2021, 6:48 am Category: Uncategorized

2021: Top 5 Disruptive Trends in the Library Management Software Market

2021: Top 5 Disruptive Trends in the Library Management Software Market by Innovative Interfaces Inc., Insight Informatics Pty Ltd, Sirsi Corporation and ProQuest LLC.

2021: Top 5 Disruptive Trends in the Library Management Software Market by Innovative Interfaces Inc., Insight Informatics Pty Ltd, Sirsi Corporation and ProQuest LLC.

 

 

Posted on: January 25, 2021, 6:47 am Category: Uncategorized

LEARNING FROM KIDS, OUR FUTURE CUSTOMERS!

LEARNING FROM KIDS, OUR FUTURE CUSTOMERS!

12 Things We Can Learn from Children, which suggests:

1. Get excited

2. Don’t be afraid of new things

3. Have fun

4. Be curious — this relates to an earlier post on neoteny and my D&J title, Curator of Curiosity

5. Express yourself sincerely

6. Take advantage of each moment (we’ve certainly learned more about this during the past year)

7. Love fearlessly

8. Adapt to change (always renews and enriches our lives)

9. Don’t be afraid of failing; you’ll get up eventually (its our minds that limit us)

10. Don’t worry about what others think

11. Ask questions without being afraid or embarrassed (shows humility and a desire to learn)

12. Relax; don’t force things

Another interesting article along the same lines, 15 Things a Child Can Teach an Adult”

Posted on: January 25, 2021, 6:47 am Category: Uncategorized

Taking on Fake News: What to Say When Patrons Repeat Things That Just Aren’t True

Taking on Fake News: What to Say When Patrons Repeat Things That Just Aren’t True

https://programminglibrarian.org/articles/taking-fake-news-what-say-when-patrons-repeat-things-just-arent-true

“Here are a few examples of how you might respond to patron questions and comments.

“How could anyone possibly vote for (insert politician name, ballot initiative, bill, etc.)?”

  • “I’ve been hearing a lot of discussion about that topic. It seems like there are a lot of perspectives out there. Would you like me to help you find some information about it?”
  • “I can tell you feel very passionately about this! Have you found specific resources or outlets that have helped shape your opinions?”
  • “That’s a good question. What do you think might be motivating voters on the other side? Have you explored this resource (e.g., All SidesPro/ConOpposing ViewpointsCQ Researcher) that lays out various perspectives on the issue?”

“I keep hearing talk about defunding the police, but our police are already working with social workers! Look at this article I saw posted on Instagram.”

  • “Let’s take a look at the Instagram post and try to find the source of that information. Knowing the source may help us determine whether the article is biased or even downright false.”

“I’m looking for information about spiders. My friend Ira posted on Facebook that there’s a spider that lives in your toilet and will bite you as soon as you sit down.”

  • “There are lots of different kinds of spiders out there; I’m not sure about any that live in your toilet. I can show you a couple websites where we can look up the validity of content that regularly circulates the internet, and maybe we can look up more about spiders that might pop up in someone’s household.”

“My child is spending a lot of time on their iPad. I’m concerned that the websites and videos they are looking at are harmful and don’t match with the values I want them to grow up with.”

  • “That’s a valid concern. With anyone in the world able to easily create and upload content to the internet, it’s important for you and your child to understand where the content they are watching is coming from. Let’s look at how you can learn and teach your child how to evaluate what they are looking at online.”

“I just don’t trust mainstream media anymore. That’s the real fake news!”

  • “If you don’t feel comfortable with the world’s largest media outlets, where do you get your news?Why do you feel this source is reliable over others? Let me show you a few tools you can use to determine whether the media outlet you’re looking at has the intent of informing you, rather than persuading or entertaining.””

Posted on: January 25, 2021, 6:39 am Category: Uncategorized

New Series: How to Find… anything. #1: How to find Do-it-yourself information

Cool series of ideas for posts and programs:

New Series: How to Find… anything. #1: How to find Do-it-yourself information

http://searchresearch1.blogspot.com/2021/01/new-series-how-to-find-anything-1-how.html

Posted on: January 25, 2021, 6:39 am Category: Uncategorized

Don’s Conference Notes-The Computers in Libraries/Internet Librarian Connect 2020 Virtual Conference

Don’s Conference Notes-The Computers in Libraries/Internet Librarian Connect 2020 Virtual Conference

Don’s Conference Notes-The Computers in Libraries/Internet Librarian Connect 2020 Virtual Conference

 

 

Posted on: January 24, 2021, 2:46 pm Category: Uncategorized