Category: Libraries

Brian Pichman NEFLIN 2013
June 11th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Here’s a photo of Brian Pichman of the Evolve Project presenting at the NEFLIN Technology Conference in June 2013. Brian and I will be co-presenting at the 2015 conference tomorrow.

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John Palfrey
June 5th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Educator and technology expert John Palfrey visited Google’s office in Cambridge, MA to talk about his book, “BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google”.

In the book, he claims that libraries today are more than just book repositories, and that they can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information.

He goes on to argue that, in order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible—by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online. These modifications are vital if we hope to save libraries and, through them, the American democratic ideal.

John Palfrey is an educator, scholar, and law professor. He is a notable authority on the legal aspects of emerging media, and he is an advocate for Internet freedom, including increased online transparency and accountability as well as child safety.

Published on Jun 2, 2015

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Margaret Atwood
June 4th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Performance of a hymn from The Year of the Flood

Omaha Public Library Great Writers Series
Originally published on Apr 13, 2014

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May 27th, 2015 by Michael Sauers
Langston Sylvester reads about Elijah Muhammad in The African American Almanac at the Sacramento Public Library. Sylvester visited the library each day during Black History Month to study the lives of notable African Americans.

Langston Sylvester reads about Elijah Muhammad in The African American Almanac at the Sacramento Public Library. Sylvester visited the library each day during Black History Month to study the lives of notable African Americans.

On a recent visit to the Sacramento library, the high number of homeless patrons I saw there surprised me.

Seeing them in that quiet space, consumed by traditional media, I was struck by the difference between them and most of society with its 24/7 connection to streaming digital media. I began this project to take myself out of my own patterns and habits, to change my perspective, to observe, to listen, to understand, and to share this place of quiet.

Read the full article @ National Geographic.

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Emerging Technologies banner
April 23rd, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Thanks also to the folks who attended Jennifer Koerber’s and my ACRL/Choice presentation this afternoon. Here are those slides.

Emerging Technologies in Libraries from Michael Sauers

And here’s a 25% off coupon for those wishing to order a copy of our book.

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Library Polices
April 23rd, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Thanks to everyone who attended today’s Education Institute presentation. Here are the slides for your reference.

Library Policies: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from Michael Sauers


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Library of Congress logo
April 20th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Listen to audio-recorded readings of former Consultants in Poetry Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Frost; Nobel Laureates Mario Vargas Llosa and Czeslaw Milosz, and renowned writers such as Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, and Kurt Vonnegut read from their work at the Library of Congress.

The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress dates back to 1943, when Allen Tate was Consultant in Poetry. It contains nearly two thousand recordings—of poets and prose writers participating in literary events at the Library’s Capitol Hill campus as well as sessions at the Library’s Recording Laboratory.

Most of these recordings are captured on magnetic tape reels, and only accessible at the Library itself. In digitizing the archive and presenting it online, the Library hopes to greatly broaden its use and value. The material featured on this online presentation represents a sample of this collection. The site will continue to provide additional items from this archive on a monthly basis over the next several years.

Find the collection @

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February 28th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

The Orland Park Public Library’s Board of Trustees and staff were recently honored with the 2014 Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science’s (GSLIS) faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Libraries Unlimited. This national award recognizes exceptional contributions in defending intellectual freedom.

The library was acknowledged for its commitment to defending intellectual freedom and the First Amendment by supporting an Internet policy that allows adults unfiltered access to the Internet. After a challenge by two non-residents, the Board voted in 2014 to continue unfiltered access for adults as part of “…the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment” as stated in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights.

Read the full story @ The Chicago Tribune.

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Adding True SMS Service to an Integrated Library System
February 26th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

NCompass Live: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Adding True SMS Service to an Integrated Library System (ILS) from Nebraska Library Commission


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February 5th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Generally Throwback Thursdays are to reminisce things that the blogger in question, me in this case, about items from their past like old photos, follow-up on previous linked resources, or “remember when that was cool” blog posts. I’ve done all of that but today I’d like to do something a little different.

Today I’m highlighting thew work of another blogger and pointing you to a post titled The “virtues” of censorship, pt. 3: searching for “safe libraries” from October 2011. It’s a long read but completely worth it. Some of my readers will understand why I’m posting this while others will not and I’m OK with that.

Here’s a brief sample:

As a just-the-facts-ma’am messenger, it is clear that [he] has failed in his endeavor. Besides misconstruing, misinterpreting, or ignoring relevant facts (all of which are deadly practices for anyone who claims to be an accurate reporter), [he] does not construct his reporting in an unprejudiced manner. The “Porn Pushers” page is clearly structured as an argument. He refers to “evidence,” all of which is presented in the form of an outline meant to lead readers to a single, inexorable conclusion. Since [he] is following the conventions of persuasive argumentation, drawing connections between disparate facts and assertions in order to convince the reader of something, it is undeniable that he is interested in enacting social change. What is most irksome to me is that [he] adamantly refuses to acknowledge any agenda beyond being a so-called “messenger.” Despite the abundant evidence that he does have an agenda, he asserts that he has none. Since I don’t believe for a minute that anyone with such intent focus in his life’s work (discrediting the ALA and its OIF) could possibly be so moronic as not to have any larger agenda at all, let me speculate. I won’t pretend that I have any hard evidence to back my claims. I’m not going to play the part of empiricist. I am going to provide an armchair psychoanalysis of [he] that I believe is applicable to others like him.

Someone might even consider my posting this “harassment” of some sort. But it’s not harassment, because I’m just the messenger, creating an online record. (And, not even violating anyone’s copyright in the process.)

After reading the original feel free to submit a comment here if you wish. However, please be aware that this is my site and in no way, shape, or form, is it a public forum. I am in complete control and under no obligation to allow your comment to appear on my site for any reason. That’s not censorship, that’s me controlling what’s in my space. If you disagree, I am not preventing you from posting your comments anywhere else on the Internet.

Image credit: Hartwig HKD

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