Deborah Caldwell-Stone and Michael Robinson write: “This week Congress, voting along party lines, passed a resolution that repealed the groundbreaking privacy rules adopted by the FCC in October. Because of the way the new resolution was written, the FCC will likely be barred from writing any similar rules in the future. How can libraries respond to this rollback? Start with the Library Privacy Guidelines and the accompanying Library Privacy Checklists, which outline the steps libraries should take to protect user data.” HTTPS is a good place to start.
Kevin Maher writes: “The talk of Washington and the library community is the recent recommendation by the president to completely eliminate funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which implements funding for the Library Services and Technology Act and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program. Here are the top 10 things that you need to know about saving IMLS and more than $210 million in annual federal library funding that will be going on all year.”
John S. Bracken writes: “Over the last two years, Knight Foundation has funded 36 library innovation projects through two Knight News Challenges. As we closed our review of entries last spring in Miami, the library leaders in the room voiced a desire to learn more about what innovation means in a library context. Today, we’re introducing some of the results of that work and our efforts to strengthen the capacity of public libraries to meet digital age demands.”
It doesn’t happen often, but since 2012, the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County library system has received nine complaints about a total of 13 different items. The complaints range from concerns about violence (Tras el Cristal) and sexual content (Inked magazine) to perceptions that content has been censored (For Whom the Bell Tolls), and in one case, a complaint that the content is too “stupid” for the library (Jackass: The Movie).
Caitlin Huston writes: “In a moving black-and-white image, the original Tony and Maria from West Side Story bound across Central Park and into the 21st century. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts recently digitized negatives from the 1957 Broadway production of West Side Story and turned the stills into animated GIFs. Libraries across the US are increasingly making GIFs to expand access and usage of their collections and put a spotlight on their resources.”
John Timmer writes: “On the federal level, it has been a bad couple of weeks for science. In a bizarre hearing held by the House Science Committee, the chair accused the entire climate science community of abandoning the scientific method. The state legislature in Idaho removed mention of climate change from its science education standards, even as the climate-change denialist Heartland Institute sent school teachers copies of a text that promotes a plethora of unscientific ideas about climate change.”
Publishers believe that Russian individuals are behind the creation of a fake book parodying a manual for resisting President Trump and other leaders. The author, Yale historian Timothy Snyder, claims the listing is the latest attack in a series of efforts by Russians to undermine his work. A nonexistent coloring book by “Timothy Strauss” appeared as a listing on Amazon.co.uk with the same title as Snyder’s On Tyranny. The blurb, “lessons to Make World Great Again,” is used on pro-Putin posters in Russia.
Ray James writes: “ALA’s newly posted Q&A: Makerspaces, Media Labs, and Other Forums for Content Creation in Libraries could prove useful to school librarians, administrators, or boards who are considering adding a makerspace, tech lab, STEM or STEAM lab, media lab, exhibit and performance venue, or other physical and virtual spaces to their library. The Q&A emphasizes that it is not a policy template, but a source for answers to questions that are likely to be asked.”
A new OCLC Research report, A Tour of the Research Data Management (RDM) Service Space, provides an overview of the RDM service space and sets the stage for further exploration of RDM at four universities around the world. The report is the first in a four-part series that focuses on decision-making at four institutions that have made different choices in confronting the realities of planning, developing, and deploying institutional RDM services in research universities.
Anna Nowogrodzki writes: “Dyslexia is not just about reading, or even language. It’s about something more fundamental: How much can the brain adapt to what it has just observed? People with dyslexia typically have less brain plasticity than those without dyslexia, two recent studies have found. Researchers at the Hebrew University of Israel and MIT both found that dyslexics’ brains did not adapt as much to repeated stimuli, including spoken words, musical notes, and faces.”
Leanna Barcelona writes: “During the course of US involvement in World War I, ALA collected $5 million in donations for the ALA Library War Service that accumulated 10 million publications and established 36 camp libraries across the United States and Europe. It was the ALA Library War Service’s mission to provide ‘a book for every man.’ It accomplished a great deal in a short time. According to the June 1918 War Library Bulletin, there were 385,310 books shipped overseas.”