IFLA’s Global Vision Report Summary launched March 19 at the IFLA President’s Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, providing insights into the views of over 31,000 participants from 213 countries across all seven continents. The top 10 highlights and opportunities that now shape the second phase of the IFLA Global Vision discussion include the findings that libraries are deeply committed to core roles in supporting literacy, learning, and reading; and are eager to work more collaboratively in developing strong partnerships.
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, Mar. 19
OCLC has introduced Wise, a community engagement system for US public libraries. A proven solution used by more than 75% of public libraries in the Netherlands, Wise integrates tools for increasing community engagement with the functions of library management. A marketing component simplifies the creation and distribution of more personalized and targeted communications—helping improve current customer relationships and build new connections with the wider community.
OCLC, Mar. 19
Bestselling author James Patterson has increased his annual donations for classroom libraries from $1.75 million to $2 million. Scholastic said on March 19 that Patterson is distributing 4,000 gifts of $500 each to teachers around the country, from Mechanic Falls, Maine, to Cheney, Kansas. The so-called “Patterson Pledge” was launched in 2015 and is run in coordination with Scholastic Book Clubs, which adds book club points to Patterson’s contribution. More than 80,000 teachers have applied for donations.
Associated Press, Mar. 19
Rio Akasaka writes: “Google Maps has introduced ‘wheelchair accessible’ routes in transit navigation to make getting around easier for those with mobility needs. Type your desired destination into Google Maps. Tap ‘Directions,’ then select the public transportation icon. Then tap ‘Options’ and under the Routes section, you’ll find ‘wheelchair accessible’ as a new route type. When you select this option, Google Maps will show you a list of possible routes that take mobility needs into consideration.”
Google: The Keyword, Mar. 15
Robert Brammer writes: “One of the questions we are frequently asked is how to locate a bill or amendment that a member of Congress has sponsored or cosponsored. There are a few ways to do this on Congress.gov. First, locate a member you are interested in and open their member profile page. Next, you can use the filters on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow down your results. You can also use the House and Senate Sponsors and Cosponsors Browse Page.”
In Custodia Legis, Mar. 19
Libraries across Canada have long served as valuable spaces for homeless persons, offering respite from the outdoors, books and internet access, and a space to rest or socialize. As overdose deaths began to soar several years ago, fueled by the arrival of illicit fentanyl, many libraries responded by introducing new overdose policies such as voluntary naloxone training. But at Vancouver (B.C.) Public Library, workers are prohibited from administering the drug, even if they have sought out training on their own.
Toronto Globe and Mail, Mar. 16
Adults need some basic financial skills in order to thrive in the world, but a study (Word file) conducted by Cambridge University and University College London found that many lack this knowledge. The situation is so bad, in fact, that the study authors are calling for policy intervention to improve financial literacy. The study analyzed data from a test that was administered in 2011 to more than 100,000 participants across 31 countries. The top performers were residents of Estonia, Finland, Japan, Singapore, and Austria. Least successful were adults in Turkey, Chile, Israel, Italy, Spain, and England.
TreeHugger, Mar. 19