The Next Librarian of Congress: History Has Its Eyes on Her

“In February 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Carla D. Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, for the open Librarian of Congress position–which has been temporarily filled by David S. Mao after James H. Billington retired in September 2015. … The first step to confirming Hayden’s nomination is approval by the U.S. Senate. This process began on April 20, with a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.” (via Information Today)

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Library director reflects on dramatic changes as retirement draws near

“People who have known Skokie Public Library Director Carolyn Anthony for more than three decades also know that the library she will leave behind this summer has little resemblance to the one she inherited.The library has expanded and been redesigned and reorganized; long-needed parking was finally acquired; resources and databases and materials for checkout were changed and re-prioritized; programming evolved and expanded substantially — and all of it accomplished not just to keep up with 21st Century needs, Anthony says, but to try to stay ahead of them.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Weeding the Worst Library Books

“Last summer, in Berkeley, California, librarians pulled roughly forty thousand books off the shelves of the public library and carted them away. The library’s director, Jeff Scott, announced that his staff had “deaccessioned” texts that weren’t regularly checked out. But the protesters who gathered on the library’s front steps to decry what became known as “Librarygate” preferred a different term: “purged.” “Put a tourniquet on the hemorrhage,” one of the protesters’ signs declared. “Don’t pulp our fiction,” another read.” (via The New Yorker)

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American Libraries launches Dewey Decibel podcast

“American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association, just launched the Dewey Decibel podcast. Hosted by AL Associate Editor Phil Morehart, this new monthly podcast series will feature conversations with librarians, authors, thinkers, scholars, and other experts, on a variety of topics from the library world and beyond.” (vi ALA)

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Engaging librarians (and others) through social technologies: A #1lib1ref think-piece

“The Wikimedia movement has long prospered at the intersection of technology and social initiative. After all, the [edit] button on the top of every page is a deceptively simple piece of technology that allows communities of editors to continuously improve the “sum of all human knowledge.” As Wikipedia’s community has grown, so have technologies that allow increasingly sophisticated ways of advancing our amazing mission. How can we take these collaborations even further?As part of the Wikipedia 15 birthday celebration (#Wikipedia15) in January 2016, the Wikipedia Library team (@WikiLibrary) ran a social media campaign asking librarians all over the world to “Imagine a World where Every Librarian Added One More Reference to Wikipedia.” We called it #1lib1ref.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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Stanford Libraries leads collaborative grant

“The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Stanford a $1.5 million grant to support library initiatives that develop and advance the use of linked open data. Stanford Libraries will coordinate a team representing Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Library of Congress and Princeton to upgrade the current infrastructure libraries use to create, store, and share bibliographic data.” (via Stanford University Libraries)

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Is your local library a bestseller? — Mass. circulation rates tell an interesting tale

“In terms of circulation, some Massachusetts libraries are bestsellers. For others, it’s a totally different story. Data from the state Board of Library Commissioners show that certain communities see their library materials checked out far more frequently than others — in some cases, a startling 100 times more. The following map suggests that some of the busiest libraries in the state are on Cape Cod and the islands, in a cluster of affluent suburbs west of Boston, and in a few smaller communities in western Massachusetts.” (via The Boston Globe)

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4 TED Talks That Help Librarians Explain the Magic of Libraries

“Since 2006, millions have been inspired by TED Talks: short, inspirational and educational videos by speakers expounding on topics from science to spirituality to dance. TED stands for technology, education and design, and its stated mission is to spread ideas.The talks are often thought provoking and the speakers passionate about their topics. None last more than 18 minutes.” (via New Jersey State Library)

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Simon Neame Named UMass Amherst Dean of Libraries

“Simon J. Neame, associate university librarian and director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia Library (UBC) in Vancouver, has been named dean of libraries at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He begins his new duties Aug. 1. Neame succeeds Jay Schafer, who is retiring as director of libraries after 12 years in that position and 15 years with the libraries.” (via UMass Amherst)

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Librarian of Congress nominee says library must operate ‘seamlessly’ in digital world

“Speaking for the first time since being nominated to be the 14th Librarian of Congress, Carla D. Hayden called for greater access to the “treasure chest” that is the nation’s library and for modernizing its technological infrastructure to ensure it meets its core responsibilities.“As I envision the future of this venerable institution, I see it growing its stature as a leader, not only in librarianship but in how people view libraries in general,” the CEO of Baltimore’s public library system told a Senate committee considering her nomination to a 10-year term. “Everyone can have a sense of ownership and pride in this national treasure.” (via The Washington Post)

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