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!


Last week, The Library of Congress released a massive trove of digital records. The LOC’s catalog holdings, over 25 million items, will be available to the public for the first time, for free! The extensive collection of MARC covers books, computer files, maps, music, and serials, among others. Copies are available for download as UTF8, MARC8, and XML files on data.gov.


President Trump released his FY 2018 budget to Congress providing $23 million for IMLS to begin shutting down its operations (this still has to get approval by Congress!). Read IMLS’ press release here and contact your Senators through ALA’s Legislative Action Center

I enjoyed reading a fresh perspective about how to change our way of spearheading library advocacy. This discusses how using different language and strategies can potentially have a stronger effect with stakeholders. What do you think?

Interested in health sciences librarianship? The Medical Library Association’s annual meeting is underway in Seattle! Follow their happenings on Twitter #mlanet17 (I’ll be there too!).

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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