Weekly Spotlight!

Each week, we reflect on the top articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits we’ve found interesting or useful. Check out what our writers have spotted this week in library news. Enjoy!



If you’re looking for some new reads to keep you sharp this summer, head over to In The Library With The Lead Pipe for their must-reads of the season. I’m especially attracted to Ryan’s recommendation, “Yes, Digital Literacy. But Which One?” by Mike Caulfield. Whether your professional aspirations are archives, print culture, youth librarianship, there’s a little bit of everything for most everyone.
It’s peak running season right now in Central Illinois. I did some digging to get me in the mood and was pleasantly surprised to find this lovely post by The Unquiet Librarian, “What Running Can Teach You About Librarianship.”


The We’re The People Summer Reading List for 2017 has been released! The list was compiled by Thaddeus Andracki, Edith Campbell, Sujei Lugo, Lyn Miller-Lachmann, and Edward Spicer, and features books that are written and/or illustrated by Native Americans or people of color. The books range from picture books to young adult novels, and center stories about people of color, Native people, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people.


Interesting news from the UK on the eBook front. Instead of overtaking the physical book, the two products are beginning to find their levels of co-existence.

This Monday was Yom  HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). On a related note, the London Library just made public a catalog of WWII war crimes.


Today the Scholarly Kitchen shares a video about the University of Al Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco, which is believed to have the world’s oldest library (founded in 859). The video focuses on Fatima Al-Fihri, founder of the library, and Aziza Chaouni, the architect who led the restoration effort.

Cover photo from Alan Wu on Flickr Commons. Changes were made in adapting this image.  Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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