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News from Exhibitors and More | ALA Annual 2024

FIU Transforms Library Services with AI | ALA Annual 2024

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Skidmore College Uses Ithaka to Amplify Its Special Collections


Digitally Invisible: How the Internet Is Creating the New Underclass

This thorough narrative rethinks the digital divide from the lens and considerations of race and place. It’s sure to inform debates and directions in public policy, industry, and civil society, including libraries.

Seattle Public Library Recovering from Ransomware Attack

Portico Pilot Project Offers Digital Preservation to Underrepresented Community Collections


The Death of Truth: How Big Tech Gave Snake Oil Salesmen and Demagogues the Weapons To Destroy Trust and Polarize the World—And What We Can Do About It

A sound and valuable thesis with many insights for readers interested in improving information literacy and returning to a pre–fake news era.

Is Your Library Using Data Effectively? Here’s How to Know.

JSTOR, MIT Press Illustrate the Positive Impact of Open Access in Recent Reports

New Educational Resources, Licensing Terms, Hackathons, and More | AI Roundup

LJ Survey: Academic Librarians See Increased Usage of AV Resources

Marlon Moore | Movers & Shakers 2024—Innovators

Alex Vancina | Movers & Shakers 2024—Innovators

Marijke Visser | Movers & Shakers 2024—Advocates


Our Next Reality: How the AI-Powered Metaverse Will Reshape the World

This book about AI and its future contains complicated technical and philosophical concepts, but general readers, researchers, and tech professionals will find it thought-provoking.

Connecticut Bills Aim to Establish More Favorable Ebook Licensing Terms for Libraries

Vendor News Roundup | PLA 2024

The First of Many Conversations: Librarians and Independent Publishers Come Together at IndieLib 2024

AI in Academia

Full Stream Ahead: The State of Library Streaming Services

Academic LibGuides and More to Help Students and Instructors Navigate AI

Baker & Taylor, Library Ideas Announce Exclusive Distribution Partnership for VOX Books

QPL Hosts Edit-a-thon to Enhance Wikipedia and Wikidata on Queens

Intersectional Accessibility: Creating Inclusive Spaces, Examining Ebook Accessibility

New Tech Tools Extend Libraries’ Reach

Unite Against Book Bans Launches Book Résumés for Challenged Titles


The Afterlife of Data: What Happens to Your Information When You Die and Why You Should Care

Best for readers curious about artificial intelligence, internet history, ethics, or sociology.

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

Artificial Intelligence Discussions Take Prominent Role at LibLearnX 2024

Rural Library Collaborative and State Libraries Launch AI Project


Token Supremacy: The Art of Finance, the Finance of Art, and the Great Crypto Crash of 2022

A fascinating tale about NFTs, the art market, and investment for curious readers who have a solid understanding of how crypto and finance work.

AI Needs You: How We Can Change AI’s Future and Save Our Own

A loud and clear call to action regarding AI’s future, which is put into perspective by probing the history of three other major technological innovations, not a book about AI’s day-to-day utilization.

Toronto Public Library Recovers from Ransomware Attack

King County Library System Launches Memory Labs Project

Next Gen AI: Libraries Work with ChatGPT and Other Emerging AI Tools

Recollect Helps the University of Georgia Showcase Its Special Collections Online

Using Data Is Essential to Library Operations. Here’s Why.

Best Science & Technology of 2023


Robots and the People Who Love Them: Holding on to Our Humanity in an Age of Social Robots

A good, thought-provoking acquisition about the deep changes that robots could bring to society. For technologically aware patrons.

An Invitation, a Love Song, a How-to Manual: Practicing Privacy Literacy in Academic Libraries | Peer to Peer Review

Local History | Digital Archives

At UCLA, Political Cartoon Collection Gift Includes Provisions for Maintenance, Instruction

ALA Survey: People Under 40 Prefer Print Books; Visit Libraries for Browsing, Programs, and Socializing

Subscribe to Open Grows with Project MUSE, Clarivate Partners with EveryLibrary, and More | News in Brief, October 2023

Internet Archive Plans to File Opening Brief in December in Fight Against Ongoing Lawsuit

DPLA’s Banned Book Club Provides Access Where It’s Needed Most


Breaking Twitter: Elon Musk and the Most Controversial Corporate Takeover in History

Not a pure history, but its novelistic style may draw a popular audience.

OverDrive to Launch New Hub, Other Features | Digipalooza 2023

How to Use Data to Get More Patrons Engaged & Through the Door


Traffic: Genius, Rivalry, and Delusion in the Billion-Dollar Race To Go Viral

Ideal for internet-culture aficionados as well as listeners interested in insider peeks at dot-com businesses of the recent past.

The Hank Show: How a House-Painting, Drug-Running DEA Informant Built the Machine That Rules Our Lives

A timely book that reads like a Hunter S. Thompson adventure. A recommended purchase for libraries with computer science, public policy, or current events collections.

University of Iowa Librarians Use Medical Imaging Technology To Reveal Hidden Book Fragments

Advocating for the Right to Read | Digipalooza 2023

Your Face Belongs to Us: A Secretive Startup’s Quest To End Privacy as We Know It

This prime example of exemplary investigative reporting spotlights the hazards of unregulated big data mining.

5 Ways Smart Lockers are Transforming Library Capabilities

Inside the Anti-Ownership Ebook Economy | Peer To Peer Review


Handbook of Research on Advanced Practical Approaches to Deepfake Detection and Applications

The intended audience appears to be computer engineers or IT professionals, not general readers. This book’s reach and technical jargon limit it from being an essential or recommended purchase.

How Data Happened: A History from the Age of Reason to the Age of Algorithms

Wiggins and Jones’s analysis of how data has been gathered, interpreted, and disseminated over the past century raises many questions about how data will be used in future endeavors. A thought-provoking and well-researched discussion that should appeal to fans of Sinan Aral’s The Hype Machine.

Vendor News Roundup June–July 2023


Battlefield Cyber: How China and Russia Are Undermining Our Democracy and National Security

Still, the confirmed successes of Chinese and Russian cyberwarfare make this book a gripping and highly recommended read.

Fancy Bear Goes Phishing: The Dark History of the Information Age, in Five Extraordinary Hacks

This introduction to the hacker history and hackers’ incentives is a welcome addition for computers and technology collections. Will likely appeal to many types of readers.

AI, ChatGPT Are Focus at Top Tech Trends Panel | ALA Annual 2023

Georgia Public Library Service Distributes 7,000 Chromebooks, 2,800 Launchpad Tablets

Watch and Learn: Educational Video Resources In Demand


The Hidden History of Code Breaking: The Secret World of Cyphers, Uncrackable Codes, and Elusive Encryptions

An accessible history of decryption with elements that will appeal to casual history buffs and solvers of word puzzles.

Christopher Brannon and George Williams | Movers & Shakers 2023—Innovators

Judge Rules Against Internet Archive in Open Library Project Suit

New Academic Librarian Survey Offers Perspectives on AI in Higher Ed

Tech Tools: Critical for Access to Library Resources

Tech Tools: Critical for Access to Library Resources

Closer to Home: Libraries Providing Home Broadband

Vermont State College and University Libraries Propose Going All-Digital


Distrust: Big Data, Data-Torturing, and the Assault on Science

Meta Malcolm Gladwell fans will likely enjoy.

Academic Movers Q&A: Elizabeth Szkirpan, Advocating for Library Technical Services Workers

Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Recommended for both public and university libraries.

Pioneer Library System Bridges the Digital Divide in Parks | Field Reports

DPLA to Expand Collaboration with Wikimedia Following Sloan Foundation Grant


Proving Ground: The Untold Story of the Six Women Who Programmed the World’s First Modern Computer

A solid audio that will be popular with fans of WWII stories, computer history, and the overlooked contributions of women.

Lethal Tides: Mary Sears and the Marine Scientists Who Helped Win World War II

This audiobook, recounting the tremendous accomplishments of women working in unaccommodating and unappreciative environments, should appeal to readers of women’s studies and history. Share with fans of Beverly Weintraub’s Wings of Gold or Liza Mundy’s Code Girls. Librarians may also enjoy reading about the important cataloging work done by one of Sears’s primary researchers, the multilingual oceanographic librarian Mary Grier.

Hiveclass Rolls Out Youth Sports Training Digital Platform for Libraries

Academic Movers Q&A: Elisandro Cabada on Using Technology for Service and Outreach


Writing the Revolution: Wikipedia and the Survival of Facts in the Digital Age

Ford pushes readers to more deeply understand how pieces of information become accepted, often unquestioned facts online and issues a call to promote data literacy. Highly recommended.

Astrotopia: The Dangerous Religion of the Corporate Space Race

A singular perspective on space technology, with unexpected comparisons to colonialism that will make readers think twice about the future of humanity on other planets.

Computing Taste: Algorithms and the Makers of Music Recommendation

Seaver offers insight into algorithmic music recommendations that’s entertaining and easily digestible for laypeople.

Digital Literacy: Skills & Strategies

Librarians who need to give crash courses in digital literacy can get fast facts from the essays’ introductions, and the full entries will be valuable to those who have more time to go over them in classrooms where information literacy is part of the curriculum. Essential for professional-development and library-school collections.

Brooklyn’s Books Unbanned Continues to Grow

Beyond Collections: How Some Libraries are Seeing Better Engagement with Programs, Outreach, Collections & More

Open for Growth: Open Source Platforms on the Rise

Pottsboro Library Receives National Digital Navigator Corps Grant

White House: Make Public Access to Research Immediate

ITHAKA Invests in Open Access Annotation Service Hypothesis

Las Vegas Library Provides Smartphones, Unlimited Data to Unhoused Patrons


Time To Think Small: How Nimble Environmental Technologies Can Solve the Planet’s Biggest Problems

Myers’s call-to-action and survey of current tech may appeal to environmentally conscious readers.

Smitten Kitchen Keepers: New Classics for Your Forever Files

Essential for all collections. The cookbook, like the recipes it shares, is a keeper.

Hoopla Has a Content Problem: Here’s How To Fix It | Backtalk

Where Big Tech Went Wrong, Myths about Surveillance, Mother of Invention, and More in Engineering and Technology | Academic Best Sellers

#NoTechforICE Campaign Protests Data Vendor Contracts with ICE

Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Maryland State Library Launch Guide to Indigenous Maryland


Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires

Rushkoff’s anecdotes and relatable voice will attract readers interested in technology and business, as well as those who want to know more about how wealthy tech magnates live.

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