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ISSUE 137, 11 FEB 2020
Not Quite Banned: Soft Censorship That Makes LGBTQIA+ Stories Disappear

Kara Yorio/ School Library Journal

Books can be a gateway to other's feelings and experiences, so why are books for young adults with LGBTQIA+ stories being quietly censored? 

Libraries Play a Key Role in Literacy & Reading - Jane Cowell - Medium

Jane Cowell

In the light of a new toolkit from the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), this article focuses on a collaborative study between State Library of Victoria and Public Libraries Victoria (PLV) and the vital role that libraries play in delivering literacy and language outcomes for all.

Making the Case For Tor Relays in Libraries

TJ/ Medium

Libraries - want to help activists, advocates, marginalized communities, and those under oppressive regimes? Then open up your unused bandwith while the library is closed! A librarian explains a simple process that could empower communities.

How public libraries can help: bushfire recovery

Public Libraries Connect/ State Library Blogs

During the bushfire crisis, libraries are playing a vital role as places where communities can take refuge or access information. The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has published information and resources to help libraries during the recovery period. 

Making friends and influencing people: research support edition

OCLC Next/ Brian Lavoie

Libraries are not the only places for university research support, argues Brian Lavoie, so it's important for them to connect with departments campus-wide and to find out what they do. He looks at how research support is carried out and provides six questions to ask, in order to build productive partnerships.

A joint Finnish e-library to be prepared


A new project led by Helsinki City Library has received a grant of 250,000 euros for a national e-library to make digital books and magazines available to all public library customers in Finland. 

'Weed in the dead of night' A librarian shares the secrets of book-culling

Rebecca Hastie/ The Spinoff

Why is it so hard to throw out books? Rebecca Hastie argues that the removal of outdated and damaged books is vital to maintain an efficient service for users, and it's nothing to be ashamed of. 

FOLIO, openness and choice and the future of libraries

Paul Moeller/ UKSG

In the face of further consolidation in the library vendor marketplace, open source projects such as FOLIO (an open, extensible library services platform) matter more than ever. 

Digital Book World bans Macmillan from September DBW conference as US libraries dispute escalates

Mark Williams/ The New Publishing Standard

The full statement from Bradley Metrock, CEO Score Publishing, on the decision to ban Macmillan and all subsidies and staff from the Digital Book World conference. 

Being okay with confusion

Yoonhee Lee/ ARCLog

Learning about complex information systems can be confusing. What is the best way to help students negotiate this difficult path? Reflections from an academic librarian.

Open Research Library launches, aiming to bring together Open Access content in one platform

Knowledge Unlatched

Open Research Library kicks off its quest for open, unobstructed access to scientific publications and other high-quality academic content, with a powerful new hosting platform that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. 

5 Free Guides to Understand Digital Security and Protect Your Privacy 

Mihir Patkar/ Make Use Of

With threats to private information and data increasing, keeping data safe can seem confusing at best. This article signposts five useful guides to protecting your privacy staying secure online.

Tips for developing a successful work relationship with your new (Library) Director

Masud Khokhar

Advice for developing a sound relationship with a new library director. These eight tips also apply to working with any new boss.

Legal Reference at the Library—Building Skill Through Practice


Part of a new series on the role public library staff play in answering civil legal questions, Luis Interiano, Reference Librarian at West Baton Rouge Library (Louisiana), shares his experiences. 

Teaching with Care: A Relational Approach to Individual Research Consultations

In the Library with the Lead Pipe

How can librarians create a learning environment where all students feel cared for and seen? This study applies a conceptual framework of Care Ethics and Relational-Cultural Theory to interrogate the traditional student-teacher relationship, and draws on Critical Race Theory to further inclusivity. 

Linked Open Data: Impressions & Challenges Among Europe’s Research Libraries


A review of the ways in which European research libraries make data linked and open by the Linked Open Data Working Group.

Academic Librarians’ Experiences as Faculty Developers

Michael Flierl, Clarence Maybee et al.

A  phenomenographic research project looking at experiences of faculty members of Purdue University Libraries, suggesting that involving librarians in faculty development can advance student-centered teaching and learning environments. 

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