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October marks the fourth annual GIF It Up competition where users are asked to make GIF animations from materials in the DPLA, Europeana, Trove, and DigitalNZ. This friendly competition is a fun way to increase public awareness of digitized cultural heritage collections and drive traffic to them. Of course, libraries and archives can participate too. [read more]
Teen Read Week is Oct. 8 – 14th
Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. For more information please visit Teen Read Week.
Check Out Burbio –
Free Calendar Streaming Service
Burbio.com is a free service that streams library, school, and non-profit events and makes them available – for free – on Amazon’s Alexa. Your community members can say: “Alexa, Ask Burbio, what’s happening at Phoenixville Library” and it will answer.
Burbio streams thousands of library calendars across the country and creates a free and easy way to communicate with residents in the rapidly growing category of Voice. The service also offers a free website and iOS app where local residents can “follow” local library calendars, create a customized feed of local events, sync and add those events instantly to their Google or Apple calendars (and be notified when things change.)
State of America’s Libraries Report 2017
In the 21st century, libraries of all types are responding to the changing social, economic, and political impacts of living in a digital society. Academic, school, and public libraries provide services that empower people for change. Library workers’ expertise, combined with dynamic collections and [full report on ALA website]
Check out the Booklist Reader: Opinion, News, And Lists From The Book People At Booklist, Book Links, And Booklist Online
This is a professional development and discussion group of ALA. You do not have to be an ALA member to participate, but are expected to have a bona fide connection to the library and information science profession.For more information, please visit the ALA Discussion Group on LinkedIn.
Check out the new POWER Library
POWER Library is the online portal to all that Pennsylvania libraries offer. This is the place to find trustworthy answers to questions about healthcare, consumer purchases, personal finances, and much more. Enjoy free 24/7 access to newspapers, magazines, journals, historical documents and photos, online databases, and eBooks. Research a subject. Learn about your family history. Repair your car. Locate a title. Explore career options. It’s all there at POWERLibraryorg.
The Access PA News provides news and tips about Access PA, POWER Library, Ask Here PA, and other statewide services. There are also many email discussion lists available.
- October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
- The US Library of Congress Just Put 25 Million Records Online, Free of Charge
- There’s a new way to make strong passwords, and it’s way easier
- US CERT Alerts
- American Library Association Press Releases
- infoDOCKET – Latest Information Industry News and Resources from Library Journal
- Technology Feed from Google News