View in browser
ISSUE 149, 28 JUL 2020
Bridging Divides - Reimagining the public library

Shamichael Hallman/ Medium

In the reimagining of the Cossitt Library in Memphis, the library's manager talks about the function of a library as a bridge between diverse sections of the community, and about creating new frameworks through community collaboration.

Wanted: A new language for the value and impact of libraries

The Library Lab

Data can tell us about library use, but how to assert the value and impact of libraries? A new project at Roskilde Libraries aims to create a new way of talking about the value of libraries by taking a more nuanced view of it's functions. 

Librarians turned Google Forms into the unlikely platform for virtual escape rooms

The Verge

With the pandemic halting so many initiatives, a librarian found a way to create an Escape Room project in Google Forms. It went viral and inspired countless librarians to develop their own virtual games to keep people entertained and challenged during lockdown. 

Why GPT-3 might be the greatest disruption to libraries since Google

Musings about librarianship

Librarian Aaron Tay experiments with OpenAI's new language model GPT-3 and looks at how well it can write text - and it's really quite convincing. 

Celebrating 9 Years of TLT! (in a global pandemic)

Karen Jensen/ Teen Librarian Toolbox

A look back at the past 9 years of TLT in the context of these unprecedented times. 

How 2020 has changed our reading lives: Part 1

OverDrive Blog

Has the upheaval of lockdown changed what we are reading and how we are reading it? Tiffany Wincek interviews some OverDrive staff about their reading habits throughout the pandemic. 

World of Wikimedia

Stella Wisdom/ Digital scholarship blog

An overview of a series of online lectures for librarians on the use of Wikimedia to improve access to collections they curate. 

Contains links to a selection of other Wikimedia-related online training and info sessions.

Public Library Apparel: a quick interview with Lottie Begg

Public Libraries News 

We've been curious about this new library advocacy initiative so it's good to find out more via an interview with the person behind it.

Introducing the 2020 Staff Innovators!

Eileen Jakeway/ The Signal

An interview with LC Labs' latest 2020 Staff Innovators about their project Born Digital Access Now! Its creators explain about their project curating materials that started life as digital rather than materials that are converted or digitised, and the challenges of dealing with a large variety of formats and file types.  

Meet the Librarians of Open Library

The Open Library Blog

It's time to go behind the scenes and meet some of the librarians from this open-data loving community, and find out how they got involved. 

Tackling the misinformation epidemic with “In Event of Moon Disaster”

MIT News

'Deepfakes' - videos and images that have been digitally manipulated - are becoming increasingly difficult to spot. MIT’s Center for Advanced Virtuality have created a website with resources and an example of a sophisticated manipulated video to help educate people about misinformation. 

3D Book Image CSS Generator

Make a 3D custom image of any book with this open source tool.

Reports  |  Library of Congress Labs

14th July 2020 Machine Learning + Libraries: A Report on the State of the Field

A comprehensive report on machine learning in libraries, from what it is, through to promising applications and recommendations, as well as information about structuring an ML project.

Training Matters: Student Employment and Learning in Academic Libraries

Liz Vine/ In the Library with the Lead Pipe 22nd July 2020

An in-depth article looking at the area of student employee training. Liz Vine argues that training should be given an equal status to learning, and that a learner-centred approach to student employee training is essential. 

Library Return on Investment - Review of Evidence from the Last 10 Years

IFLA 16th July 2020

An overview of studies into the Return on Investment method of evaluating library success, and the way that different types of libraries have evolved their understanding of the ways of assessing value and impact. 

If you have a colleague who would like to get the latest news, tutorials and resources in libraryland each fortnight, feel free to forward this newsletter or let them know they can sign up at


Curated by Artefacto
Millers Junction, London
United Kingdom

linkedin twitter instagram

You received this email because you subscribed on our website.