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Library of Congress Anniversary

Happy 215th anniversary Library of Congress!

Today, on the Library of Congress’s 215th anniversary, I want especially to congratulate the Library’s extraordinary staff for their work in building this amazing, one-of-a-kind institution.

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Source: Happy 215th Anniversary Library of Congress! | Library of Congress Blog

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Why We Need to Encrypt The Whole Web… Library Websites, Too | LITA Blog

Authentication, encryption, and integrity work in concert to protect the data you send out over TLS/SSL enabled websites. In this age of widespread criminal computer hacking and overbroad surveillance from government entities like the NSA, encrypting the web against interception and tampering is a social necessity. Unfortunately, most of the web is still unencrypted, because enabling TLS/SSL can be confusing, and often some critical steps are left out.

Source: Why We Need to Encrypt The Whole Web… Library Websites, Too | LITA Blog

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IMLS Announces Recipients of 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service | LJ INFOdocket

A busy day for library-related awards. We posted about the just announced Federal Library/Librarian of the Year recipients earlier today. Now, here’s the announcement and list of the ten 2015 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service recipients. Congratulations.

Source: IMLS Announces Recipients of 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service | LJ INFOdocket

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Why are library blogs a good idea?

geralt / PixabayI frequently recommend blogs to people running non-profits, especially libraries. This post from Ned Potter talks about why this is a good idea:

  • Blogging platforms come mobile-ready — this is mostly true, but only if you pick the right theme and don’t add plug-ins or a lot of extras that aren’t mobile-friendly
  • Google loves blogs — blog posts gets indexed by search engines fast
  • Blogs are easy to use — there is a small learning curve, but they’re mostly easy to use
  • Blogs are free — which is technically correct, but not really

Blogs are an easy way to build a website, or to add to an existing website. And they are relatively inexpensive.

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SOURCE: Why have an institutional blog? — Ned Potter

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Libraries as shelters

Bonnybbx / PixabayFor those of us who have worked in libraries, the concept that a library location can (and does) serve as a shelter in times of emergency is… well, commonplace. I’ve seen the aftermath of people using libraries as storm shelters. I’ve seen libraries provide after-event services including places to recharge your cell phones and to get in out of the heat, as well as where you can go sign up for government services and aid.

Libraries as shelters, for me, isn’t a concept, it’s reality. So, coming across this articles dated 2013 from the New York Times, talking about this reality as if it were somehow a groundbreaking idea was an interesting experience. “To some extent, churches, libraries, schools and malls already serve as emergency centers…” the article reads, with an explanation that they can be built better, “With disaster in mind, they could be designed in the future with electrical systems out of harm’s way and set up with backup generators and solar panels, even kitchens and wireless mesh networks.”

It’s an interesting read, regardless of whether you already knew that libraries serve as shelters… or not.

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SOURCE: Next Time, Libraries Could Be Our Shelters From the Storm – NYTimes.com

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The Most Powerful Authors in Hollywood

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Have you ever wondered who the biggest authors in Hollywood are? According to Hollywood Reporter, these authors are the most influential… because they’ve brought in money and created great content.

#1 J.K. Rowling
#2 Stephen King
#3 George R.R. Martin#4 EL James (this one surprised me)

Check out the article for the complete list.

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SOURCE: Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors – The Hollywood Reporter

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The Spirit of Service: An interview with Sandra Ríos Balderrama

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A belated congratulations to Sandra Ríos Balderrama for being presented with REFORMA’s first Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award. REFORMA is the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.

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PLA Now Accepting Nominations for Nine Service Awards and Grants

PLA Now Accepting Nominations for Nine Service Awards and Grants » Public Libraries Online (SUGGESTED READING)

DEADLINE: December 1, 2014. More info:

The awards include:

  • Allie Beth Martin Award, honoring a public librarian who has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has the distinguished ability to share that knowledge. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.
  • Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award, promoting the development of a circulating audio music/video collection in a public library.
  • Charlie Robinson Award, honoring a public library director who, over a period of seven years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.
  • DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant, enhancing the professional development of new public librarians by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities.
  • EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Library Service Award, honoring a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community.
  • Gordon M. Conable Award, honoring a public library staff member, library trustee or public library that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. Sponsored by Library Systems & Services LLC.
  • John Iliff Award, honoring a library worker, librarian or library that has used technology as a tool to improve services. Sponsored by Innovative.
  • Romance Writers of America Library Grant, providing a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming.
  • Upstart Innovation Award, recognizing a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community.

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How to Write a Book Review

5MinutesforBooks.com has a good post with tips on writing a good book review post: “The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Book Review, by author of How to Write Anything.” It’s worth taking a look at it and bookmarking it for future use.

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How and why librarians weed stacks

Recommended reading:

Secrets of the Stacks

How libraries decide which books to keep—and which don’t stand the test of time

via Medium

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