Weekly Round-Up!

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


Have you heard about our new collaborative project #dearHLS? We want to share and collect post-election reactions/experiences/thoughts/feelings/realities from LIS students. Use your voice. Write with us.


Archivists in particular are uniquely positioned to lend our skills to activists and marginalized communities. A recent article, “Doing Right Online: Archivists Shape an Ethics for the Digital Age” gives an excellent overview of some of the working being done by archivists to navigate the complex ethics of documenting social media activism considering digital privacy and police surveillance.

The White House also has an interesting statement about how the presidential transfer of social media will work.

ICYMI: The SAA made an official statement that should be read by everyone if only to know where the SAA stands in these crucial times. My full thoughts forthcoming next week.


Jumping on the community contribution train here. Launched yesterday, #dearHLS has already received reactions from students. Read their reflections here and please write to us, too: hacklibschool[[at]]gmail[d0t]]com. No note is too small or too large.

Several policy papers on education, infrastructure and veterans have been released by the American Library Association this week. This coincides with ALA president Julie Todaro’s offer to provide resources and support to the incoming Trump administration. A similar gesture was offered to President Obama after the 2008 election.


Amidst and epidemic of disinformation librarians have a crucial role to play. An article by Shannon Mattern in placesjournal argues that librarians are “guardians of a critical, contextual approach to information, which is a public service every bit as necessary as streets and sewer lines.”

In the spirit of civic service a professor at Merrimack College created and shared a Google doc of false and misleading “news” sources. The Google doc is currently undergoing maintenance and improvement, but there remains an excellent resource for analyzing news sources. Go information literacy!


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

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