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!


The Federal Communications Commission voted last week to update their Lifeline program so that it now includes low-cost broadband for families. Broadband seems to be a hot topic in libraries (and communities) today and is tied to access issues, the “homework” gap, and a new digital divide. In other news, librarians might be the way to close the tech gap.


Great Britain’s libraries are in crisis. A recent investigation by the BBC revealed that almost 8,000 library jobs have been lost in the past six years, and 343 libraries have closed, with more than a hundred more closures slated for the next year. Protestors are occupying Carnegie Library in Lambeth, which is scheduled to close for one year.


One writer explains her decision to pursue an MLIS and another argues for an international accreditation standard for library schools. In archival news, a Brooklyn cemetery will get new life as an archives with the help of a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant. The newly preserved materials will be a cache of information for demographers and historians.


Curious about how academic salaries vary by institution? Check out the Chronicle of Higher Education’s faculty and staff salary data. Try sorting by state, type of institution, and gender of the employee – the data is fascinating.


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

1 reply

  1. Responding to Chezlani’s news – thanks for sharing this but I just wanted to clarify that the BBC investigation looked only at UK public libraries. The situation is grim here for our public libraries, but other sectors are doing alright, some even thriving. However advocacy and demonstrating value continue to be key concerns for all librarians.


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