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Ex Libris: New York Public Library

Now playing at NYC's Film Forum: Ex Libris NYPL.

Frederick Wiseman cracks open institutions: the military, the insane asylum, the high school, the police, the welfare system, the Paris Opera Ballet, the National Gallery of London, and now – in his 43rd film in 50 years - the New York Public Library, an institution eminently worthy of his immersive style. If you thought libraries are just repositories for books, you’re in for a big, wonderful surprise. The NYPL owns (and makes accessible) millions of images; sponsors lectures by people like Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, and Ta-Nehisi Coates; circulates a growing collection of e-books; maintains a vast archive of materials not available online; and gives classes in digital technology. The magnificent Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (and 5th Avenue at 42nd Street) is the spine of the film, but equally vital is the role of branch libraries that act as community centers for civic life.

Equipping librarians to code: ALA, Google launch ready to code university pilot program

“Libraries play a vital role in our communities, and Google is proud to build on our partnership with ALA," noted Hai Hong, who leads US outreach on Google's K-12 Education team. “We're excited to double down on the findings of Ready to Code 1 by equipping librarians with the knowledge and skills to cultivate computational thinking and coding skills in our youth. Given the ubiquity of technology and the half-a-million unfilled tech jobs in the country, we need to ensure that all youth understand the world around them and have the opportunity to develop the essential skills that employers – and our nation's economy – require.”
From Equipping librarians to code: ALA, Google launch ready to code university pilot program | News and Press Center

Come learn about IT Security with me at Internet Librarian!

Come learn about IT Security with me at Internet Librarian!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2016
IT Security 101
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tracy Z Maleeff, Principal, Sherpa Intelligence LLC
Blake Carver, Senior Systems Administrator, LYRASIS
We all know we should use good passwords, keep everything updated, and follow other basic precautions online. Understanding the reasons behind these rules is critical to help us convince ourselves and others that the extra work is indeed worth it. Who are the bad guys? What tools are they using? What are they after? Where are they working? How are they doing it? Why are we all targets? Experienced workshop leaders discuss how to stay safe at the library and at home. They share ways to keep precious data safe inside the library and out—securing your network, website, and PCs—and tools you can teach to patrons in computer classes. They tackle security myths, passwords, tracking, malware, and more. They share a range of tools and techniques, making this session ideal for any library staff.

http://internet-librarian.infotoday.com/2016/Sessions/W14-IT-Security-101-9920.aspx

LYRASIS, DuraSpace Leaders Discuss Dissolved Merger

“I think we’re both looking at this aspirationally,” Miller said. “It’s not ‘what went wrong?’ If anything there was a reinvigoration, ensuring that missions are supported well…. At the end of the day, I think our communities are going to benefit from this…. We’re not for-profits, we don’t have marketing budgets, but maybe this, in some ways, has helped showcase some things that institutions might not have known about DuraSpace and might not have known about LYRASIS.”
From LYRASIS, DuraSpace Leaders Discuss Dissolved Merger

Take The Library School Debt Survey 2016

I'm inviting you to take a short survey about the MLS and debt.
https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2682103/library-school-debt-survey

The survey came out of a series of discussions with practitioners over the last few months regarding the role and practice of the MLS. The data will be published in an article in the upcoming months.

The survey should take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

Responses will be anonymous unless you provide your email, in which case I will reach out to set up an interview. Interviews can be anonymous as well.

Please share widely with other MLS students and grads!

Thank you!

Jennie Rose Halperin
http://jennierosehalperin.me/

EBSCO Supports New Open Source Project

Developers and librarians are working together to create a radically new, open source library services platform (LSP) aimed at transforming the technology academic libraries rely on. Backed by a multimillion-dollar contribution from EBSCO Information Services, the participants plan to fast-track production of the software, with early versions available by early 2018.
From EBSCO Supports New Open Source Project | American Libraries Magazine

LITA ALA Annual Precon: Digital Privacy

Don’t miss these amazing speakers at this important LITA preconference to the ALA Annual 2016 conference in Orlando FL. Digital Privacy and Security: Keeping You And Your Library Safe and Secure In A Post-Snowden World Friday June 24, 2016, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Presenters: Blake Carver, LYRASIS and Jessamyn West, Library Technologist at Open Library
From LITA ALA Annual Precon: Digital Privacy – LITA Blog

ALA, Google launch “Libraries Ready to Code"

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc. are launching the “Libraries Ready to Code” project to investigate the current nature of coding activities in public and school libraries for youth and broaden the reach and scope of this work.   "Libraries today are less about what we have on our shelves and more about what we do for and with people in our schools, campuses and communities,” said ALA President Sari Feldman. “Learning for children and youth today is more flexible, more self-directed, and with greater opportunities to not just use content, but to create and collaborate digitally. Library professionals are committed to facilitating both individual opportunity for all and advancing community progress. This new project with Google sits squarely in our modern public mission."
From ALA, Google launch “Libraries Ready to Code” | News and Press Center

SLA Rebukes North Carolina LGBT Law

SLA President Tom Rink stated, “SLA stands strongly in support of diversity and inclusion practices in both privately-held libraries and companies as well as in the various municipalities and states in which special libraries operate. We are deeply opposed to any laws that permit or even give the appearance of tolerating discrimination.” Rink added, “These types of laws create an unwelcome environment for meeting and convention attendees, and SLA is reviewing its options.”
From SLA Rebukes North Carolina LGBT Law

Americans, Libraries and Learning: New Pew Research Center Report!

Libraries and Learning Majorities of Americans think local libraries serve the educational needs of their communities and families pretty well and library users often outpace others in learning activities. But many do not know about key education services libraries provide
From Americans, Libraries and Learning | Pew Research Center

The Internet Archive, ALA, and SAA Brief Filed in TV News Fair Use Case

The Internet Archive, joined by the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Society of American Archivists filed an amicus brief in Fox v. TVEyes on March 23, 2016. In the brief, the Internet Archive and its partners urge the court to issue a decision that will support rather than hinder the development of comprehensive archives of television broadcasts.
From The Internet Archive, ALA, and SAA Brief Filed in TV News Fair Use Case | Internet Archive Blogs

Launching the Electronic Frontier Alliance

The Alliance will bring together groups pursuing a range of strategies and tactics—from hacker spaces crowdsourcing the open source development of software tools, to student groups hosting teach-ins and documentary screenings. They will be united by five substantive principles:

free expression: people should be able to speak their minds to whomever will listen.

security: technology should be trustworthy and answer to its users.

privacy: technology should allow private and anonymous speech, and allow users to set their own parameters about what to share with whom.

creativity: technology should promote progress by allowing people to build on the ideas, creations, and inventions of others.

access to knowledge: curiosity should be rewarded, not stifled.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/03/launching-efa

Americans and Lifelong Learning - Pew Research Center

Most Americans feel they are lifelong learners, whether that means gathering knowledge for “do it yourself” projects, reading up on a personal interest or improving their job skills. For the most part, these learning activities occur in traditional places – at home, work, conferences or community institutions such as government agencies or libraries. The internet is also an important tool for many adults in the process of lifelong learning. http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/03/22/lifelong-learning-and-technology/

Library Freedom Project and Werner Koch are 2015 Free Software Awards winners

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced the winners of the 2015 Free Software Awards at a ceremony held during the LibrePlanet 2016 conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). FSF president Richard M. Stallman presented the two awards: the Award for the Advancement of Free Software and the Award for Projects of Social Benefit.

http://www.fsf.org/news/library-freedom-project-and-werner-koch-are-2015-free-software-award...

LibraryBox & Google Summer of Code

I am thrilled to be able to announce that The LibraryBox Project has been invited to be one of the projects included in the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Google Summer of Code.

If you aren’t familiar with the Google Summer of Code, it is a program that gets undergraduates connected to open source projects via mentor organizations. The goal is to give the students experience working on useful open code, while projects benefit from their skills to set and meet development goals. Google pays the students a stipend, and the whole open source community wins.

From LibraryBox & Google Summer of Code | Pattern Recognition

ALCTS’ Piercy Award to LYRASIS' Annie Peterson

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) named Annie Peterson, Preservation Services Librarian at LYRASIS, the winner of the 2016 Esther J. Piercy Award. The award will be presented on Saturday, June 25 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, FL.

From ALCTS’ Piercy Award to Annie Peterson | News and Press Center

IFLA 2016 President's Meeting - Call to Action: Building the Change Agenda for the Information Profession

Call to Action: Building the Change Agenda for the Information Profession
IFLA President’s Meeting: Donna Scheeder
Thursday/Friday April 7-8, 2016 with Welcome Reception; Pre & Post Library Tours, April 6 & 9

This two day summit focuses on the exploration of building the change agenda at the global, national, institutional and personal level.  It brings together leading thinkers, information professionals, and experienced practitioners from different segments of the library and information services community who represent efforts to address new directions needed as a result of societal trends reflecting both regional and library sector perspectives.   Engage with public, academic, and institutional librarians as well as library educators, creative and critical makers, futurists, and others in conversation about the change agenda for the information profession.

From IFLA 2016 President's Meeting - Home

Come Talk Security And Privacy At ALA Annual!

LITA Preconferences: Friday, June 24, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Digital Privacy and Security: Keeping You And Your Library Safe and Secure In A Post-Snowden World

Orlando Convention Center, 
Presenters: Blake Carver, LYRASIS and Jessamyn West, Library Technologist at Open Library

Learn strategies on how to make you, your librarians and your patrons more secure & private in a world of ubiquitous digital surveillance and criminal hacking. We'll teach tools that keep your data safe inside of the library and out -- how to secure your library network environment, website, and public PCs, as well as tools and tips you can teach to patrons in computer classes and one-on-one tech sessions. We’ll tackle security myths, passwords, tracking, malware, and more, covering a range of tools from basic to advanced, making this session ideal for any library staff. 
 

From LITA Highlights at 2016 ALA Annual Conference | Library Information Technology Association (LITA)

Help EveryLibrary Meet This Matching Contribution Challenge for Libraries

ByWater Solutions has generously made a commitment to donate $1,500 to our VoteLibraries project if we can get $1,500 in matching donations. If we succeed in matching this donation we will have the resources to put ads about voting for libraries in front of 300 thousand Americans through online adspace duringthe primaries. If only 100 people make a donation of just $15-25 donation we can really make a difference. Please donate here today.

From ByWater Solution's Matching Donation Challenge - EveryLibrary

Free Webinar: Introduction to IT Security for Libraries and Librarians

We all know we should use good passwords, keep everything updated and follow other basic precautions online. Understanding the reasons behind these rules is critical to help us convince ourselves and others that the extra work is indeed worth it. Who are the bad guys? What are tools are they using? What are they after? Where are they working? How are they doing it? Why are we all targets? We'll talk about how to stay safe at the library and at home.

Join Blake Carver, Systems Administrator At LYRASIS to learn strategies for IT security. We'll talk ways to keep your precious data safe inside the library and out -- securing your network, website, and PCs, and tools you can teach to patrons in computer classes. We’ll tackle security myths, passwords, tracking, malware, and more, covering a range of tools and techniques, making this session ideal for any library staff.

From Introduction to IT Security for Libraries and Librarians

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