- 2017 Annual Conference Wrap-Up July 19, 2017Teens and tots At the Opening General Session, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani kicked things off with a few startling statistics: Last year, the United States graduated 40,000 computer science majors for 500,000 open jobs. Only one in four American high schools offer computer science as part of the curriculum. And today, only 18% … Continue reading 201 […]Terra Dankowski
- Tech Power July 19, 2017I probably spend more time in the exhibit hall than most conference attendees—you may have seen me browsing the aisles or rushing to my next appointment. The meetings I have with company executives and product experts inform much of my research and writing for months to come as a chronicler of the library technology industry. … Continue reading Tech Power → […]George Eberhart
- Sharing Our Cities, Towns, and Natural Places July 19, 2017For kids, a library card is often their first entry to membership in grown-up society as individuals who are independent of their families. Library cards represent belonging for adults as well. For new immigrants, a library card may be the first material sign of membership in their wider new community. Whether one is a first- … Continue reading Sharing Our C […]Phil Morehart
- Leaders in the Library July 19, 2017In addition to the many remarkable speakers and presentations that made the conference a rich educational experience, the work of the Association is also noteworthy: The Conference Accessibility Task Force issued recommendations for accessibility improvements at upcoming conferences. The Chapter Relations Communications Task Force issued a report to help imp […]Amy Carlton
- 2017 Annual Conference Wrap-Up July 19, 2017
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- The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich review – ‘a monument to courage’From the siege of Leningrad to the frontline, Soviet women recall their wartime lives in these epic first-person accounts, translated into English for the first timeFirst published in 1985, Svetlana Alexievich’s account of the second world war as seen through the eyes of hundreds of women is an extraordinary thing. It has been constantly growing and updated […]Viv Groskop
- Drama queens: why it’s all about women and power on screen right nowFrom George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, fantastical tales with women centre stage are everywhere. Feminist? Misogynist? That’s not the point …Fictions set in alternative realities have enjoyed huge popularity recently, which is perhaps unsurprising in a post-truth world. For the last decade or so, Hollywood appeared […]Sarah Churchwell
- Nicola Barker: ‘I find books about middle-class people so boring – I feel like stabbing myself’The Booker-shortlisted novelist on religion, Love Island and her ‘catastrophic urge’ to destroy narrative As Nicola Barker admits, her new novel, H(a)ppy, “really does mess with you in the end”. About halfway through, she reckons, is where “it gets nuts”, but to be truthful, the signs are there from pretty early on. Here’s a quick precis, with no spoilers. S […]Alex Clark
- The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich review – ‘a monument to courage’
- CABI and SciDev.Net Set to MergeCABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International) has agreed to merge with SciDev.Net, a resource for news, views, and analysis on science and technology for global development.
- Library of Congress Will Have More Options for Blind ReadersThe Library of Congress announced on its blog that it will be expanding its services for blind and physically handicapped patrons. Karen Keninger, director of the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, writes in a guest post that now, "with smart information architecture and navigation that's been tested and retest […]
- APA PsycNET Gets UpdatesThe American Psychological Association (APA) updated the APA PsycNET content delivery platform with better search functionality (e.g., related content links now appear in search results), responsive web design, a technology upgrade, and more.
- CABI and SciDev.Net Set to Merge