Weekly Round-Up!

Editor’s Note: Each week, we reflect on the top articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits we’ve found interesting or useful. Enjoy!

Amy C

I was interested to see (in CILIP Update, Sept 2015) that there’s a documentary to be released soon called ‘The Safe House: A Decline of Ideas’ exploring the future of public libraries. You can watch the trailer here, looks very interesting.

Sometimes it’s good to vent. Check out LISMicroagressions zine, always worthy of reading and passing round your friends and colleagues.

Cover photo from JSMetcalf Photos on Flickr Commons.  Licensed under CC 2.0.

Hailley

A friend passed along this link to library infographics, which are pretty nifty. Also I discovered Library Lost and Found thanks to Christina’s post this week. I really jived with the article about how librarians can learn from nurses.

Jay

Privacy took center stage this week at the Lebanon Public Libraries in New Hampshire. The Kilton Library made headlines earlier this year when it became part of the Tor network of volunteer exit relays—a first for a public library. Tor uses the servers of such exit relays to bounce users’ information around the worldwide network in order to prevent external collection of private data. The Department of Homeland Security, among other branches of law enforcement, sees Tor as a criminal’s tool despite its widespread legitimate use among private citizens. When the DHS contacted the local police department in Lebanon to express concern over the library’s participation in the Tor network, the resultant pressure caused the library to pull the plug and gather more information. Tuesday night, the board responded to vocal public support of the project by voting unanimously to reinstate the library’s Tor relay.

Read about the whole hullabaloo on ProPublica and Slate. Get a little counterpoint from The Washington Post. Or join the fight against The Man (or at least his penetrating gaze) by collaborating with The Library Freedom Project.

Zack

I have been looking at a lot of websites over the last two weeks. Most of them are low budget non-profit websites and so they have a variety of usability issues. Looking for tools to document what I have seen, I stumbled across usability.gov

Usability.gov is a website full of templates, best practices and other documents, aimed at helping the federal government build better websites. Fortunately, this knowledge is now free and can be used help you in your own web development project. How good is your library school’s website? You can use the resources at usability.gov to find out.

Dylan

My library joined the internet age and got ourselves a YouTube account! You can see me briefly in our newest video on Plates in rare books!

Cover photo from JSMetcalf Photos on Flickr Commons.  Licensed under CC 2.0.

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