Weekly Roundup!

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

Christina C

First Lady Michelle Obama has joined in promoting a movement of educators who are employing design thinking to solve problems in the US education system. The Teachers Guild is powered by IDEO’s Design Thinking for Educators toolkit, and that got me thinking: Could we start an analogous Librarians Guild? For librarians who are using techniques and philosophies from IDEO’s Design Thinking for Libraries toolkit to improve library programs, spaces, services, and systems? And if the Teachers Guild’s got Michelle backing them up, who would the Librarians Guild need? Probably Neil Gaiman and LeVar Burton…

I also listen to a ton of podcasts each week. Last week, I caught up with Reply All’s episode #52: Raising the Bar, which featured a really compelling conversation with Leslie Miley, formerly Twitter’s only black engineer in a leadership position. The episode was all about the lack of racial diversity in the tech industry and how homogeneity hinders the innovation process.  It is definitely worth the listen. Thinking of my own experiences at an iSchool that prides itself on fostering “innovation,” I felt conflicted: both grateful for so many opportunities to collaborate with folks outside of LIS (e.g. future information architects, data analysts, UI/UX designers) and concerned for the lack of racial diversity in our student population. iSchools are a major pipeline for information fields; what responsibility and opportunity do we have to ensure a diverse workforce?


Libraries are not dying, they are becoming spaces for innovation. Also, Digital Learning Day is coming and I found out more about it when I was writing an intro post for YALSA. The state of public libraries in the UK. And some pairing in preparation of Women’s History Month.

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

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