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!


What happened after you bought the book? Did you read it straight through to the end? Stop after Chapter 1? Or skip around before deciding it was a better fit for a friend’s tastes? What did you highlight or comment on? And, by the way, what is your demographic information? Jellybooks, a British-based online company, is trying to bring answers to these questions to publishers. The New York Times is calling it “Moneyball for Book Publishers,” but we know it as metadata collection for marketing managers (and potentially a gigantic can-full of privacy-worms for librarians)—but it’s still pretty interesting. Read more at The New York Times online or join Jellybooks to take advantage of the “special kind of book candy for readers.”


I’m back with a hodge-podge of links. First up, Illinois’ lack of a state budget is hurting everyone, including public education (we are at nine months without a budget). On the other side of the world, Libromats, an up-and-coming collaboration. From Public Libraries online, an update on addressing systemic racism in libraries (good short read).


Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers of 2016 are out! The list features 54 people from different areas of LIS who are making some serious changes. Paste Magazine’s History of Libraries is also worth a read, as is the Chronicle’s piece on student activism and the toll it takes on schoolwork.


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

1 reply

  1. Reading through that link from the Chronicle. . . . one wonders if there is a way to involve the library in supporting the academics of student protesters? This seems like an intersection of two academic library priorities – maintaining space for the interaction of multiple perspectives, and supporting academic success. Just starting to poke at that concept. . . . . anyone have more developed thinking?


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