Book Ban Battles and Reading Wars: Public Libraries and the Science of Reading

Book Ban Battles and Reading Wars: Public Libraries and the Science of Reading

When politics come for literacy, how do libraries ensure it’s the kids who win? Public libraries have a critical role to play.
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Hungry for Connection: Addressing Loneliness Through the Library

Hallie Rich, Feb 05, 2024
When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially declared an end to the COVID-19 public health emergency in May 2023, many libraries reported a transition back to what felt like pre-pandemic days, with children joyfully attending story times and crowds reconvening to hear their favorite authors. Yet, just as we breathed a collective sigh of relief at the formal end of one emergency, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued a new advisory warning of a pernicious health risk: loneliness.

Keeping Libraries “Right Side Up” | Budgets and Funding 2024

Most library measures passed in 2023, but the year also saw confusingly worded ballots and little new funding.

Library of Congress and StoryCorps Partner on COVID-19 Oral History Archive

Lisa Peet, Feb 08, 2024
On January 22, the Library of Congress (LOC) announced the launch of the COVID-19 Archive Activation website, an online tool created in collaboration with national oral history nonprofit StoryCorps, which will allow members of the public to submit audio accounts of their pandemic experience. Anyone wishing to share their story or interview others can take part. These oral histories will become part of LOC’s American Folklife Center collections and be made accessible at archive.StoryCorps.org.

Rural Library Collaborative and State Libraries Launch AI Project

Hallie Rich, Feb 02, 2024
The Collaborative Institute for Rural Communities Librarianship (CIRCL), Gigabit Libraries Network, and 14 state libraries announce the launch of the State Libraries and AI Technologies (SLAAIT) Working Group, 

Barbara Hoffert, Feb 04, 2021
COVID shifts drove falling print circ and rising ebooks. But will it last? LJ's 2021 Materials Survey looks at some of the last year's trends.

Keith Curry Lance, Dec 21, 2020
This is the 13th year of the LJ Index of Public Library Service and Star Library ratings. The 2020 scores and ratings are based on FY18 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Public Library Survey (PLS). Because of that delay, they don’t reflect the impact of the coronavirus; that won’t be reflected in the data until 2022. The big news in this year’s edition is that successful retrievals of electronic information (e-retrievals)—measuring usage of online content, such as databases, other than by title checkout—joins the six other measures that determine the LJ Index.

Mahnaz Dar, Nov 10, 2020
Whether librarians are providing services in-person or virtually, reference has changed with the pandemic.

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Suzie Allard, Oct 15, 2020
Library Journal’s annual Placements & Salaries survey reports on the experiences of LIS students who graduated and sought their first librarian jobs in the previous year: in this case, 2019. Salaries and full-time employment are up, but so are unemployment and the gender gap; 2019 graduates faced a mixed job market even before the pandemic.

Gary Price, Feb 21, 2024
House Leaders Announce New, Bipartisan AI Task Force (via Fedscoop) Instacart’s AI Recipes Look Literally Impossible (via 404 Media) New LLMs: Google Releases ‘Open’ AI Models After Meta (via Reuters) Search Engines Post-ChatGPT: How Generative Artificial Intelligence Could Make Search Less Reliable (via CIP) U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Announces $70 Million Contract for AI […]
Gary Price, Feb 21, 2024
Facebook Whistleblower, AI Godfather Join Hundreds Calling For Deepfake Regulation (via The Hill) Gab’s Racist AI Chatbots Have Been Instructed to Deny the Holocaust (WIRED) How Persuasive is AI-Generated Propaganda? (via PNAS Nexus) House Leaders Announce New, Bipartisan AI Task Force (via Fedscoop) Instacart’s AI Recipes Look Literally Impossible (via 404 Media) New LLMs: Google […]
Gary Price, Feb 21, 2024
From a Hanging Together Blog Post by Rebecca Bryant: The OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP) and LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) hosted a facilitated discussion on the topic of data-driven decision making on 7 February 2024. This event was a component of the ongoing Building for the future series exploring how libraries are working to provide state-of-the-art services, as described in LIBER’s […]
Gary Price, Feb 21, 2024
From the CBC: As Canada marks the 40th anniversary of Freedom to Read Week — first founded amid an uproar against Ontario high school seniors studying Margaret Laurence’s novel The Diviners — authors, teachers and librarians are highlighting the importance of students’ access to different perspectives in their school libraries and the need for schools to have (and stick […]
Lisa Peet, Feb 09, 2021
When the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccines began to roll out in mid-December 2020, their distribution was immediately complicated by a shortage of doses and widespread uncertainty about who would be given priority. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued suggested guidelines for phased allocation. When it was not yet clear who would be next, many library workers, leaders, and associations began advocating for public facing library workers to be vaccinated as soon as feasible.

Erica Freudenberger, Feb 02, 2021
In the messy middle of the pandemic, library leaders share how things have changed since March 2020, their takeways, and continuing challenges.

Mahnaz Dar, Nov 10, 2020
Whether librarians are providing services in-person or virtually, reference has changed with the pandemic.

LJ Reviews, Oct 14, 2020
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of books on the subject has been increasing exponentially. This introductory list, which will be updated regularly, is meant to help collection development librarians get started on determining which books work best for their collections.

Melissa DeWild & Neal Wyatt,  Feb 21, 2024
Amanda Jones, an SLJ School Librarian of the Year, writes about her experiences fighting for the right to read; the finance editor of the New York Times considers Bill Gates.

Terrifying tales of crime and supernatural horror; plus new books from LJ Best Book authors Grady Hendrix and Gabino Iglesias.

James A Corey, Raymond E. Feist, and Nalo Hopkinson start new series runs, while T. Kingfisher and Nnedi Okorafor offer new stand-alones.

Medusa gets retold twice and Eurydice and Orpheus, Persephone and Hades, and Psyche and Eros all star in new stories as well. 

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