John Arthur writes: “Dear Mr. Priebus, I am writing to apply for the position of Personal Librarian to the President. I understand that this is not a position currently being offered at the White House, but if you will hear me out for a moment, I may be able to illustrate why the position should be created. Here are five reasons why I am confident that as Personal Librarian to the President I could help Mr. Trump improve his lexile level, tweet the best tweets, and to better understand the world around him.”
USA Today, Apr. 21
The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services invites library professionals from institutions of all kinds to submit proposals for the 2017 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held on June 24 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The theme of this year’s fair will be “Inclusive Outreach: Providing Services to the Underserved and Marginalized.” Proposals will be accepted through May 15.
Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services, Apr. 21
Dian Schaffhauser writes: “When the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University opened in 2013, it seemed nary an innovation was left out. It took 98 pages for the university to describe the Hunt Library in its application for the 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (which it handily won). Already, said Emily Lynema, director of academic technology, the university has begun pondering a ‘refresh’ of Hunt. Here she offers six strategies for continually feeding innovation.”
Campus Technology, Apr. 19
Marcus Banks writes: “As they have for centuries, scientists continue to write papers that summarize the results of their work and then submit them to scholarly journals for potential publication. Readers of these journals, for the most part, are other working scientists. The more prestigious the journal is, the better that is for the scientist’s career advancement prospects. But now, when the concepts of fact and truth under assault and many scientists feel compelled to march in response, is the perfect time to rethink our approach to scientific communication altogether.”
Slate, Apr. 20
Anne Ford writes: “On April 3 President Trump signed a measure repealing Obama-era broadband privacy rules. Those rules, which had not yet gone into effect, would have required ISPs to obtain customers’ permission before selling their information to third parties. Alison Macrina, director of Library Freedom Project, offers several suggestions for libraries to consider as they determine how best to protect their patrons’ digital privacy.”
AL: The Scoop, Apr. 21
The FCC voted on April 20 to approve a controversial plan to deregulate the $45 billion market for business-to-business broadband, also known as Business Data Services, by eliminating price caps that make internet access more affordable for thousands of small businesses, schools, libraries, and hospitals. The price caps, which have been in place for years, are designed to protect small businesses and other community institutions from predatory behavior by monopoly broadband providers like AT&T and Verizon.
Motherboard, Apr. 20
The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has obtained the archive of British actor Peter O’Toole (1932–2013). The extensive archive contains theater and film scripts along with O’Toole’s writings, including drafts, notes, and working material for his multivolume memoir, Loitering with Intent. The archive includes a rich photographic record, diaries and notebooks, theater and film programs, audio recordings of O’Toole rehearsing lines and reciting poetry, and a selection of iconic props and costume pieces.
Harry Ransom Center, Apr. 21