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Change and the Discourse of Fear | Peer to Peer Review

In a course I teach, we spend a little time thinking about the role fear plays in the construction of social issues. Philip Jenkins and Joel Best have both written persuasively about the ways in which anxiety is a potent lever for influencing public opinion and gaining attention for various causes. Once a problem has been identified and named, various claims-makers have incentives to associate their pet issues with the named threat, often expanding the domain of the problem by widening its purported influence. In the process, the threat is often distorted.
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IMLS Announces Winners of 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Congratulations to the 2014 Recipients! The 2014 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services are: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y. Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Ill. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind. Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Las Vegas, Nev. Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Mo. […]
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214 Years Young

The Library of Congress celebrates its 214th birthday today. Founded on April 24, 1800, thanks to an appropriation approved by Pres. John Adams of $5,000 for the purchase of “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress.” What started with a whopping 740 books and three maps has evolved to more than […]
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A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

At Connecticut College, the Office of Residence Education and Living and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a new crop of students, ensuring they can do assigned readings for their courses. REAL Coordinator Frida Rodriguez spoke with Library Journal about the new program and where the school hopes to see it go from its miniscule beginnings in the closet of a dorm lobby.
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Library Schools Hack Library School, library sciences degree, Mlis Programs Library, Mls Degree

Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other […]
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Library Schools Hack Library School, library sciences degree, Mlis Programs Library, Mls Degree

IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at home, while 19 million don’t have any Internet access at home.