Dozens of information, software, and publishing companies have joined together to form CCLI, the Corporate Committee for Library Investment. With the federal government only funded through September, members of Congress are now working toward the Fiscal year 2018 budget, and early signs indicate there could be massive cuts to libraries. The budget President Donald Trump proposed eliminates nearly all federal funding for libraries and the Institute of Museum and library Services. At stake are $186.6M in funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and $27M for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program in FY 2018.
A version of this post appeared in the New York Times Magazine, 14 May, 2017.
Every month we showcase some of the new and updated titles in our Academic, Public, and Student Core Collections. Click here for a full list of May titles!
As the spring semester slowly wraps up for many schools across the country, your first year students should be pretty excited about completing their first academic year!
At this year’s ACRL conference we hosted a small booth survey (and raffled off a free year of InfoLit Modules to Carl Andrews, Assistant Professor/Librarian at Bronx Community College!) to get a sense of how librarians felt about FYE, faculty collaboration, and information literacy.
Sean Spicer's recent gaffe-riddled press briefing provides a real-time lesson in how the fake news sausage gets made. On Tuesday the White House Press Secretary made a series of what could optimistically be called “misstatements” about Adolf Hitler, concentration camps, and the use of chemical weapons in WWII. What followed is the new normal for 2017: a flood of fake news reports were generated, then shared on social media until it became difficult to discern which Spicer quotes were real and which had been fabricated.
We’ve been hearing a lot about requests for embedded librarians surging in the past year, especially since the term “fake news” entered the popular lexicon last fall. Because collaboration between librarians and faculty is a desired outcome in so many conversations about information literacy (IL) today, we wanted to explore best practices for this strategy.
Entire countries are making the switch from print to electronic, and not with just books, but entire collections, including hand written manuscripts, newspaper editions, radio broadcasts and TV programs. The UK and Finland were some of the first to make this transition, and the United States created the first completely online library with over 2 million items. Now Norway is following suit. This migration, by law, requires this content and media to be submitted to the National Library, which will allow anyone with a Norwegian IP address to access all the materials for free.
Recently I’ve been seeing more and more students individually, and I’m certain my librarian colleagues in other institutions are doing the same. What’s happening is that more students are now seeking librarians as advisors and counselors.