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!


The Library of Congress released a statement this week announcing a change in their Twitter Archive project. Since 2006, the Library of Congress (LOC) has archived every tweet since the creation of the popular social media platform. Starting on January 1st, 2018, LOC will no longer archive every tweet. The LOC states that “with social media now established, the Library is bringing its collecting practice more in line with its collection policies.” If you’re wondering why the LOC would be interested in archiving tweets in the first place, this New York Times article highlights a few important moments in Twitter history.

EveryLibrary.org is using its platform to highlight Senator Jack Reed’s proposed bill to reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA). On their website, users can email their senators urging their support of the bill. ALA President Jim Neal says of the bill: “Today’s introduction of the bipartisan MLSA reauthorization is the first critical step toward ensuring federal support for our nation’s nearly 120,000 libraries.”

It’s the end of the year and that means that we’re getting bombarded with lists of the “Best Books of 2017.” It seems like everyone is weighing in, including Goodreads, Amazon, The New York Times, and BBC. A few of the best books across multiple platforms include Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. What were your favorite books of 2017?


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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