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!


Exciting news for scholarly communications and Open Access: 11 EU nations have announced a new plan to ensure that all publicly funded scientific research publications are open access, freely and openly available to the public, by 2020. See more details and an outline of “Plan S: Accelerating the transition to full and immediate Open Access to scientific publications.


Two of my professors this week mentioned this Op-ed from the New York Times on Sunday: “To Restore Civil Society, Start with the Library.” It eloquently explains why libraries are so vital in today’s climate and what they offer their communities.


Carrie already mentioned the wonderful NYT’s op-ed by Eric Klinenberg, so I will suggest following up that piece with Khoi Vihn’s “Your Public Library Is Where It’s At” which continues the conversation the op-ed starts by discussing how public libraries go beyond offering a way for people to solve challenges and instead are a unique place in today’s world where, “Even more radically, your time at the library comes with absolutely no expectation that you buy anything. Or even that you transact at all.”


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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