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!


On Wednesday, Elsevier announced its acquisition of bepress, the private company behind the Digital Commons platform which is used by many institutions to run their institutional repositories. The move will undoubtedly be closely monitored by the scholarly communications world over the coming months.


For those anxiously following news about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, the waiting game continues. The Department of Education filed a motion stating that there are no guarantees for loan forgiveness, even if FedLoan Servicing says you’re on track. The only way to know for sure if loans will be forgiven is to complete the 10 years of payment and hope the Department of Education keeps its word. There is still a lawsuit  in the works, but no final assurances on whether we can bank on PSLF in the future.


For some lighter fare, The New York Times recently interviewed Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, about her reading habits. The format contains some stimulating questions for you to ask yourself and others about their reading!


We Here is a supportive community for librarians, archivists, and library professionals of color, and they highlight the fact that librarianship (specifically in the United States) is overwhelmingly white. They have created POC only spaces on Google, Facebook, and Slack and their Twitter account is a must-follow for anyone in the field.

WebJunction released their list of free webinars for library staff taking place in the month of August. The list was compiled by Wyoming State Library and includes sessions such as SLJ Teen Live, Government Information Resources for Teaching English as a Second Language and Learning English as an Immigrant, Welcoming Everyone Online: Creating Accessible Online Resources for People with Disabilities, and the list goes on. One of my favorite things to do at the beginning of each month is pick out which webinars I’m going to attend–so I hope you’ll find this resource as valuable as I do.

Sarah Park Dahlen released a tentative reading list for the first two weeks of her fall Library Materials for Children course. Dahlen is an associate professor in the Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University, and even though I desperately wish I could take every single one of her classes, I’m incredibly grateful that she is so willing to share her course materials with us. I’m going to work through as many of these resources as I can, and I encourage anyone else who is interested in library services to children to do the same.

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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