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ISSUE 135, 14 JAN 2020
OverDrive’s New Owners: What It Means

Marshall Breeding / American Libraries Magazine

OverDrive are the largest commercial provider of ebooks and other digital content to libraries, so what will the sudden sale to a major US-based investment firm KKR mean for the long-term?

Big Transitions: Changing Jobs within and between Libraries

Karen Sobel / ACRLog

A useful guide for librarians thinking about working in different library positions and different types of library. 

Public Libraries in 2019

Ian Anstice / Public Libraries News

A personal reflection of the UK Library Sector and beyond in 2019. 

Join local libraries on the frontlines of civic engagement

Barbara Gray / Nieman Journalism Lab

Collaboration between local news and media outlets and public libraries would not only be mutually beneficial, but could also foster community engagement and benefit the local community, says Barbara Grey.

Libraries: Don't Mess With Trust

Jeni Tennison / Information Professional

CEO of the The Open Data Institute Jeni Tennison, looks at how open, trustworthy data ecosystems can benefit libraries and build trust. 

LSU Libraries Digitize Jeanerette Museum’s History

Brittany Cretchain/ News15

A pilot project at Louisiana State University (LSU) Libraries has launched a scheme to provide digitization equipment and expertise. The Mobile Digitization Lab will be shared with small, community libraries, archives and museums in Louisiana. 

Opening Doors and Minds with a "Yes!"


In a new initiative at Conneaut Public Library, Executive Director Kathy Zappitello asks staff to move out of their comfort zone. Can saying 'yes' lead them to new opportunities and a greater understanding of the community that they serve?

Library’s Collections Come to Life as 3D Models

Eileen Jakeway / The Signal

Eileen Jakeway reflects on a Library of Congress pilot project to bring the library's collection to life using 3D modelling 

Your Library’s Story

Meredith Farkas / American Libraries Magazine

Meredith Farkas warns of the dangers of taking data out of context, and discusses the need for library data to go beyond statistics and to find ways of reflecting the valuable work done by libraries on a daily basis.

Library users embrace wildlife relief effort in Australia

Radio New Zealand News

Selwyn Libraries in Canterbury are supplying materials, patterns and sewing machines to library users so they can make pouches, wraps and nests needed by agencies working with injured animals in fire-affected areas in Australia.

13 Must-Hear Librarian Podcasts

Anna Gooding-Call / BookRiot

An interesting range of podcasts recommended by the folks at BookRiot, including Lost in the Stacks (a 'Research Library Rock’n’Roll show') and Library Land Loves (a CPD podcast for info pros).

Introducing the CC Search Browser Extension

Mayank Nader / Creative Commons

There's now a handy browser extension available for Creative Commons search to make it even easier to find Creative Commons-license images.

Digital tools for raising awareness of work to decolonise collections and promote inclusion

Multimedia Information and Technology Group (MmIT) blog

An interview with Jess Crilly, Associate Director for Content and Discovery, on how the University of the Arts London are using alternative platforms to decolonise the curriculum and the collection.

How to Take Your Twitter Feed Back From the Algorithm

Samantha Cole / Vice

How you can utilise Twitter's muted keywords feature to create the feed you want. 

A short guide to analyzing public data from Google BigQuery

Shreya Agarwal / Towards Data Science

A step-by-step guide to using Google BigQuery to analyse public data. Aimed at those with a bit of SQL knowledge. 

The Seven-Step Process to Empower Your Branch Staff and Turn Them into Incredible Library Marketing Ambassadors

Angela Hursh / Super Library Marketing

Steps you can take to empower frontline staff to help promote library services and provide a better, more personalised customer experience. 

Faculty writing retreats in the library

College & Research Libraries News, [S.l.], v. 81, n. 1

Lisa Nickel and Tami Back report on a project at William & Mary (W&M) Libraries that aimed to help build relationships and connections with faculty. 

Using a social platform as an internal communication tool

College & Research Libraries News, [S.l.], v. 81, n. 1

A case study by Glenn Haya, Sara M. Lind, and Sara Janzen on using Facebook Workplace at the Karolinska Institutet University Library in Sweden. 

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