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President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding @ALALibrary

This is straight out of the press release from District Dispatch, @ALALibrary Blog:
“This morning, President Trump released his budget proposal for FY2018. The Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS) is included in the list of independent agencies whose budgets the proposal recommends eliminating. Library funding that comes through other sources such as the Department of Education, the Department of Labor and the National Endowment for the Humanities is also affected. Just how deeply overall federal library funding is impacted is unclear at this point. The Washington Office is working closely with our contacts in the federal government to gather detailed information. We will provide the analysis of the total impact when it is complete and as quickly as possible.
One thing we all know for certain: Real people will be impacted if these budget proposals are carried through.
While we are deeply concerned about the president’s budget proposal, it is not a done deal. As I said in a statement issued this morning,

‘The American Library Association will mobilize its members, congressional library champions and the millions upon millions of people we serve in every zip code to keep those ill-advised proposed cuts from becoming a congressional reality.’

There are several actions we can take right now:

Call your Members of Congress  – ask them to publicly oppose wiping out IMLS, and ask them to commit to fighting for federal library funding. (You can find talking points and an email template on the Action Center.)
Share your library’s IMLS story using the #SaveIMLS tag – tell us how IMLS funding supports your local community. If you aren’t sure which IMLS grants your library as received, you can check the searchable database available on the IMLS website.
Sign up to receive our action alerts – we will let you know when and how to take action, and send you talking points and background information.
Register to participate in National Library Legislative Day on May 1-2, either in Washington, D.C., or online.

Timing is key to the Federal budget/appropriations process. More information – along with talking points and scripts – will be forthcoming from the ALA Washington Office, particularly as it pertains to the upcoming advocacy campaign around “Dear Appropriator” letters. Meanwhile, please take the time to subscribe to action alerts and District Dispatch to ensure you receive the latest updates on the budget process.
The president’s budget has made clear that his funding agenda is not ours. It’s time for library professionals and supporters to make our priorities clear to Congress.”
Thank you ALA for all you do.

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America – data helps us understand who we are and why. @kyle_e_walker

Educational Attainment in America is an interactive dot-density map designed by these clever folks at the Center for Urban Studies at Texas Christian University showing the US population aged 25 and over by educational attainment.Click on the map anywhere – scroll out or in to focus on y our area of interest.

Bar Chart – America

Data are summarized into five categories organised along the colour spectrum, representing the highest education attained: RED-less than high school; ORANGE-high school or equivalent; YELLOW-some college or associate’s degree; GREEN-bachelor’s degree; and BLUE-graduate degree.
According to Kyle Walker, Assistant Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Urban Studies at Texas Christian University. “Data are from  the 2011-2015 American Community Survey Table B15003, distributed by NHGIS. Dot locations are approximate and do not represent the locations of individuals. Also, as the ACS is a survey of the US population, its estimates are subject to a margin of error.
I originally saw this article on line at: BoingBoing
I think it is instructive to compare and contrast the visual representation of the data on the two coasts (I have taken screen shots) compared to the center of the continent. Zoom around this map to find your own areas of interest.

Bar Chart-San Francisco

 

Section of Map – Mid Continent

Bar Chart – Mid Continent

Bar Chart – New York

 
According to the OECD-The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the US remains in the middle rankings for Science. (click on the images -they pop up larger)
 
  You can see for yourself the ranking for Maths: Cred and ScrnGbs: GitHub – walkerke/education_map: Educational Attainment in America  and PISA – PISA

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Whitepaper: Mozilla cares about Web Literacy @MozLearn

Librarians, parents and teachers, “Get the latest teaching activities (for Web Literacy), tips, and news in your inbox every month. Sign up for the Mozilla Learning Newsletter”…here: https://mzl.la/2mXAhew
Mozilla devotes a great proportion of it’s collective intelligence to keeping the Web open, secure and true to its original intent. Its position outlined in ‘Web Literacy 2.0’ is worth a read: http://bit.ly/29zXspt “This paper captures the evolution of the Mozilla Web Literacy Map to reach and meet the growing number of diverse audiences using the web. The paper represents the thinking, research findings, and next iteration of the Web Literacy Map that embraces 21st Century Skills (21C Skills) as key to leadership development.”
 

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New York State #NLLD17 Coordinator @GOrcls: Register now for Washington May1&2 @ALALibrary

Stand up New Yorkers! National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is fast approaching and we have work to do. Our voices count.
NLLD is an opportunity for us to learn more about the Administration and its policy related to support for the Library Services and Technology Act ( LSTA), intellectual freedom, privacy, copyright, net neutrality and many other issues that are important to librarians, library users and the general public.
Registration for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is open.You can find out more about NLLD by clicking here. For information about the schedule of events click here. NLLD Briefings take place at The Liaison, you can register here. Here is a link to hotels that are either in Washington DC or in nearby Virginia with ready access to the Metro which comes into Union Station, not far from The Liaison and the legislative office buildings.
As a result of the changes in the Administration, many of the legislative issues are still unknown, however, based on President Trump’s Executive Budget, released earlier this week, we know that he has eliminated funding for the IMLS Institute of Museum and Library Services. This is the only federal funding for America’s libraries and is critical to New York State. Funding from IMLS  supports the NOVELny program, which makes databases available to all New Yorkers. In addition, IMLS funding supports the operation of the Division of Library Development (DLD). We also have indications that the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai intends to end support for net neutrality. Net neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.

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New Yorkers! Support Library Funding | @GOrcls @NYLA_XD

Libraries are our primary source of unbiased and full access to information.
Librarians help you learn how to make up your own mind about what is true and what is not!

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Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of NYLA, urges us all to contact your legislators to support full funding of NYS State Aid for libraries and library systems.
 “WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DEFEND LIBRARY FUNDING – NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT! We are counting on you to ensure the legislature fights for libraries as negotiations take shape.”
Even if you have already written to your representative, please follow this link to NYLA’s Online Advocacy Center -The Voice of the Library Community, to send this NEW message to your legislators that library funding is NOT NEGOTIABLE.

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Librarians Fight Back. Again.

Start taking a carving knife to library funding. 

See what happens.

This link will take you to the whole article by Andrew Albanese 

American Library Association called Trump's proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services in
his FY2018 budget (effectively ending all federal funding for libraries of all kinds) "counterproductive and short-sighted," and vowed to fight the measure.

This is the link to the ALA Statement:

"President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding 'counterproductive and short-sighted' "

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ON LINE NOW: PLAN22 Presentation/Workshop & NOTES @ONLibraryAccoc #OLASC

A shout out to the librarians and trustees who participated in our session and workshop at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 3 February in Toronto.
Our entire presentation and all the notes that accompany our work with you in Toronto are now on the OLA, OLASC17 web site here: PLAN22Archibrarians OLASC17 Presentation NOTES PDF
HOVER OVER THE YELLOW ARROW to see the notes.
Contact us directly if you have any questions. We are here to help.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THANK YOU to the organisers, staff and volunteers at OLASC, and especially to Michelle Arbuckle @Citybrarian  and Pamela Sweet who took the time to stay with us after her introduction – we appreciate all the work you do.

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@ALAlibrary @OIF Issues Resolution on Access to Accurate Information

In a press release sent out yesterday the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) announced a resolution adopted on January 24th by the American Library Association (ALA) Council. The resolution prepared by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) – Resolution on Access to Accurate Information – addresses the “problems of fake news, personalized news-feeds, web search algorithms and the delay of Freedom of Information Act requests.” 
The Resolution outlines the role of librarians and library workers in helping to raise awareness of these issues and “supports the critical role of librarians and library works in all types of libraries in teaching information literacy skills that enable users to locate information and evaluate its accuracy.”

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Excited to present our Sesssion and Workshop @ONLibraryAssoc #OLASC in Toronto this Friday 3 February

Link to Session/Workshop Information
We are look forward to meeting librarians and trustees at the @ONLibraryAssoc Ontario Library Association Super Conference #OLASC in Toronto this Friday, 3 February.
Our Session and Workshop  – “Communicate Effectively with Design Professionals” – will introduce and develop the concept of the the Library Building Program Document as a comprehensive method for organizing your library’s requirements and communicating them to library users, board, city or municipal councils and the architect.
We believe that the librarian is the person who should lead the Library Building Project and we do everything we can to support you with tools to help you systematically navigate your Library Building Project. There is no need to reinvent the wheel or feel unsupported.
We help librarians lead the pre-planning phase of the library building project and offer and explain the use of methods and strategies to use throughout the design development phase that help you retain control of your design into the acceptance of construction drawings.
So that you are familiar with the visual language that designers use, we will introduce you to adjacency charts; bubble diagrams; construction drawing schedules and Room Data Sheets . We will workshop three of these with exercises so that all our attendees can get hands on experience of the work involved and gain some experience for when you begin the design conversation with your architect.
 

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Fake News or Genuine?Librarians Help Identify Information Sources |@forbes

Pick up a communication device and ask your community's ‎Librarian to source that news you just read on line. You're tax dollars have already paid for the service.

Librarians are uniquely positioned to help every person in America check the source of the information they read on line or … anywhere!

Librarians must be more proactive and vocal in educating their service area citizens about what Librarians really do and to what they devote their lives.

Communities must be more informed, made aware, reminded, of the pivotal role their local librarian plays in teaching Information Literacy, what it is and now more than ever, why it is an absolutely essential component of a functioning Democracy.

This article from Forbes.com by K. Leetaru, 11Dec.'16, is a good starting point to energize you and your library staff… "…fake news exists because as a society we have failed to teach our citizens data and information literacy… to truly solve the issue of “fake news” we must blend technological assistance with teaching our citizens to be data literate consumers of the world around them." 

Read the entire Forbes article here :

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Libraries-Unexpected Sites of Hate Crimes|NYTimes.com, C.Mele

We are all diminished as a society when even one of us is attacked for the simple act of reading .

Librarians are and always have been defenders of the right to read, intellectual freedom and privacy as the foundation of a functioning Democracy.

These unprecedented attacks on people inside libraries is profoundly disturbing. What happens to us and our precious, hard won freedom when we no longer feel safe in our library?

http://nyti.ms/2hxwUW2

ScrnGrbCred: newyorktimes.cim 7Dec’16

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Libraries fear that the feds will go after your data/ @internetarchive suggests duplicating the Internet.|@McClatchyDC #in

Think you don't need to worry about your on-line security because you "have nothing to hide", you are just a 'normal person' who hasn't some anything 'wrong'?

Then, consider this…

"… San Francisco-based Internet Archivehttp://bit.ly/2gVI2wC  … announced a drive to raise $5 million to set up a mirror repository of the entire internet and place it in Canada for safety."

Read more here: http://ift.tt/2gQIz2y

Here is the McClatchy.org link to the story

ScrnGrbCrd: mcclatchydc.com

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Mozilla’s NYC ‘Glass Room’ Reveals Internet’s Dark Side |@fastcompany, @mozilla theglassroomnyc.org #in

IoT linked devices pose real and consequential risks to personal privacy.

Mozilla’s mission has consistently been to safeguard our information and privacy in the interconnected on-line world and to educate users so we can make informed choices about what we purchase and use.

http://bit.ly/2gX7jVY

Their NOLITA pop-up ‘shop’ “Glass Room” (201 Mulberry St., NYC, open ’til 14 Dec.] shines a very hands-on light on the murky and intentionally shifting world of data mining, the erosion of personal information and our right to privacy.‎ It may look like an Apple Store from the street but once inside you will learn just how some of the products offered to keep you ‘connected’ will, in fact, erode your privacy and could, in the wrong hands, take away some of that freedom you seek by joining connected communities.

Give it a look. See what the company who sells you that device sees, knows and can sell about you!

http://bit.ly/2gQuipk

L‎ibrarians, especially those who have joined the profession in the Internet Age, understand the importance of being well informed about what personal information devices and applications collect and sell (it’s called ‘monetization’ in the data harvesting industry). However we still meet many people who do not know the risks associated with their apps and devices and how companies collect and share very personal, extremely private information. Kudos to Mozilla for taking this seriously important issue to the streets.

ScrnGrbCred: of disturbing info from article (link above) – fastcodesign.com & Mozilla.org

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@everylibrary Michigan lawyers argue “literacy is not a legal right”

No words can politely express how we feel about this story.

Perhaps the lawyers for Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder and Gov. Snyder himself really are hoping that there will be no one who is even able to read this article:

ScrnDrbCred: fox2detroit
 

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Pilot Project: Basic Income for those living below the poverty line, Ontario, Canada| @inhabitat

Ontario's government is trying something different. So should we.

Architects have always honored and celebrated those in their ranks who successfully land Big Splashy Projects bringing awards and lots of money into their firms. This is a necessary part of 'the business'; payrolls have to be met.

Dependence on these sexy, press-grabbing jobs cannot remain the only impetus we have to seek out projects and make a good living to support our employees and families.

Our knowledge and passions can focus on projects that lift up and sustain our society – our democracy. And our cities and towns must support our efforts to offer good, solid and beautiful designs to 'ordinary people'.

Libraries are only one of the cornerstones of this fragile, mutable social concept we call democracy. Affordable, well designed, truly livable housing is another. 

Here is Inhabitat's reporting on Ontario's proposal:

Architects and those who pay them play an essential role in developing beautiful, sustainable, mutable solutions to challenges that accompany Ontario's forward thinking plan.‎ 

Ontario Government's Discussion Paper brought forward by Hugo Segal, here:

Let us hope that in this newly minted world of protectionism, fear of 'the other' and blatant celebration of greed that kudos, recognition and good money can come to those architects who work for the pure pleasure of knowing they have pushed the boundaries of civil discourse through delightful, use able and thoughtful housing design. 

ScrnGrbCrd: Inhabititat.com‎

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The Wild State of Maurice Sendak’s Estate

The two groups of executors, the estate and the Rosenbaum Museum, who have overlapping responsibilities to settle Maurice Sendak's estate are unable to reach an agreement two and a half years after his death. 

Mr. Sendak had a long standing relationship with ‎the Rosenbach Museum and Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, loaning them books in his collection and the museum featured over 70 exhibitions of his work over decades.

Mr. Sendak's estate claims that the collection he had loaned to the Rosenbach is just that, a loan. The Museum disagrees. 

The courts became involved and "‎…after years of bickering, the probate court ordered that most of the books be returned to the estate…88 of the contested books, including the Potter (Beatrix) books, will stay at the Rosenbach, while 252 will go to the foundation and the estate." (http://bit.ly/2fAKkmA‎)

Read more here at the Philly.com: http://bit.ly/2fCoN9M

However this unfolds, it's certainly going to be a Wild story to add to Mr. Sendak's legacy.

‎Explore the Rosenbach site: https://www.rosenbach.org/

ScrnGrbCrd: Smithsonian.com; Philly.com

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Continued… Library-Apartments in NYC|@atlasobscura/@cbcradio

This time it's the Fort Washington branch of the NYPublicLibrary that has the attention of writer, Sarah Laskow at Atlas Obscura and Brent Bambury at CBC Radio.

These forgotten apartments where people lived with their families and in most cases, took care of the fabulous libraries, have come back into focus. ‎Librarians are beginning to imagine a new purpose for these neglected spaces. 

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‎ScrnGrbCred: AltasObscura.com, CBC.ca/radio

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