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!


I should have posted this last week, but I only got around to reading it after last week’s post had gone up. IFLA is having its conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this year. Here’s ARL’s statement on the matter, in which they raise concerns about the location based on the Malaysian government’s stance on issues such as LGBTQ rights and censorship.


Over 100 public libraries closed in Great Britain last year, and library advocates are warning that these cuts are affecting children the most.

Want to take some library books with you during holiday travels without taking up all the space in your luggage? Check out Overdrive, which lets you borrow free eBooks and audiobooks from your local library.


Have you seen the new trailer for The Public, a drama directed and written by Emilio Estevez? Here is the synopsis, according to imdb.com:

The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, the Patrons turn the building into a homeless shelter for the night by staging an “Occupy” sit in.

The film will premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It was filmed on location at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (s/o to all the library staff and patrons who had to work around film crews for a while!).


At Simmons, I am one of the members of the planning crew for the third annual Diversity, Equity, Race, Accessibility, and Identity in LIS (DERAIL) Forum that will be taking place Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4. If you are a current student or have graduated as of May 2017, please consider presenting. It is possible to present both in person and virtually. The submission form is here.

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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