Category Archives: Advocacy

Choose Your Battles Wisely, Librarians

Thank you, Andy, for saying something that not many others are brave enough to voice:

As of this moment, I have yet to see Amazon or Google (or any other company for that matter) as being the reason cited that any library has been cut or closed. It’s always been a matter of political will, whether it is local, state, or national. The threat is not from these companies or ones like them; it is from our own communities. In fact, our communities are a bigger actual threat than the imagined threats from these outside entities. Our communities are the investors, the stakeholders, and the immediate purse string holders. It doesn’t get any more “power over life” than that.

We at WAL wholeheartedly agree that assigning blame to superpowers like Amazon and Google accomplishes nothing. The answer is political involvement and a reassessment of library models. The only real “library killer” is misplaced energy into a fight not worth having.

Source: Why Are Librarians Picking So Many Fights? | Agnostic, Maybe

ALA Asks Members to Oppose CISPA

The American Library Association’s Washington Office has asked members (and any librarians not yet members) to reach out to their U.S. Representatives to oppose the latest cybersecurity bill.

We did a great job knocking down SOPA & PIPA, and now it’s time to speak out against CISPA before it goes for a vote in the House of Representatives. From District Dispatch:

ALA is concerned that essentially all private electronic communications could be obtained by the government and used for many purposes – and not just for cybersecurity activities. H.R. 3523 would permit, even require ISPs and other entities to monitor all electronic communications and share personal information with the government without effective oversight just by claiming the sharing is for “cybersecurity purposes.”

For more information including links to find your Representative’s phone number and Twitter handle, plus talking points, check out ALA’s piece written yesterday.

(District Dispatch via The Digital Shift)

Vote Now: Pinterest Challenge

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Vote this week for your favorite new librarianship pinterest account. Syracuse University’s iSchool created the library-related challenge to connect the movement of new librarianship to this new and exciting social media tool. All of the boards display the visual power of Pinterest while advocating for libraries and librarians! You’ll see pins of library stacks, book arts, QR Codes, memes, library groups, infographics, conference reviews, and library advocacy videos.

Voting closes this Friday!

Our favorite new finding was a pin on  Small Demons:

(via Small Demon)

More on Big Data

Within the past week, Forbes has flooded the Internet with stories on big data.  The Big Deal on Big Data by Rajeev Batra and Robin Vasan covers how the cloud is impacting big data and it’s relationship to user experience. They use Farmville and Draw Something as examples! Irfan Khan warns us not to be too concerned over the conspiracy theories about information armageddon in The Big Lie About Big Data. Companies are becoming more and more attune to managing the flood of data, but it takes skilled people who can manage large amounts of information. Three Smart Takes on Big Data Analytics once again talks up how the cloud is enabling the big data revolution. They also posted this video Realizing The Value In Big Data Analytics:

(via Forbes)