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ALA Launches “Libraries Transform” Campaign

Today’s recommended read is “ALA Launches ‘Libraries Transform’ Campaign from the Library Journal:

On October 29 American Library Association (ALA) president Sari Feldman launched the Libraries Transform campaign, a three-year national public awareness initiative focusing on the ways public, academic, school, and special libraries and librarians across the nation transform their communities. Events kicked off in Washington, DC, as the Libraries Transform team visited a cross-section of transformative libraries, and will continue with contributions from libraries—and library lovers—everywhere.

Source: ALA Launches “Libraries Transform” Campaign | Library Journal

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Senate Passes 10 Year Term for Librarian of Congress

Okay, this one’s just weird

As President Obama ponders his choice for the next Librarian of Congress, the first time in nearly three decades that such a nomination will be necessary, the U.S. Senate has passed a bill to put a 10-year term on the position, stripping the job of the lifetime tenure it has carried since 1802.

They set up a limit on how many years someone can hold a job as a librarian? Really?

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Source: Senate Passes 10 Year Term for Librarian of Congress

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Who Uses Libraries and What They do at Their Libraries

Today’s recommended reading is from Pew Internet Research: “Who Uses Libraries and What They do at Their Libraries.”

Two-thirds (65%) of all of those 16 and older say that closing their local public library would have a major impact on their community, similar to the 63% figure recorded in 2013. One-third (32%) say closing their local public library would have a major impact on them or their family – roughly the same as the 29% who said this in 2013.

Source: Chapter 1: Who Uses Libraries and What They do at Their Libraries

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Libraries at the Crossroads

SUGGESTED READING
Libraries at the Crossroads
The public is interested in new services and thinks libraries are important to communities

Americans believe libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years.

Source: Libraries at the Crossroads | Pew Research Center

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World’s first public-library Starbucks coming to Tulsa

It’s finally happened, a library is adding a Starbucks. Library cafes starting popping up over the last decade or two, so that fact that you can drink coffee inside a library isn’t new. But this will be the first time a honest-to-goodness Starbucks resides inside a library.

According to the news report, the Starbucks will open as part of the Tulsa Central Library once the renovation is done. That’s estimated at Summer 2016.

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Source: World’s first public-library Starbucks coming to downtown Tulsa after renovations complete – Tulsa World: Local

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ALA Releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

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Via Library Journal: “ALA’s Policy Agenda for Libraries was released today as the 2015 ALA Annual Conference gets underway in San Francisco. The full text document is available here. A four page executive summary is also available.”

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Source: ALA Releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries | LJ INFOdocket

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The Fault in our Stars: Most popular book on Twitter in 2014

I bookmarked this then forgot to share it, according to Bookvibe the most popular book on Twitter last year was The Fault in our Stars by John Green (with 1.2 million tweets mentioning it). I haven’t read the book yet, but I have seen the movie. It’s very sad.

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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

Image source: violey / Pixabay

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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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