ALA: New intellectual freedom resources for libraries on social media and controversial programs

ALA: New intellectual freedom resources for libraries on social media and controversial programs. “In response to program cancellations and rising concerns about social media access and privacy, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee published new guidelines and a Q&A for library workers. ‘Social Media Guidelines for Public and Academic Libraries’ provides a policy framework for public and academic libraries that use social media. Topics range from staff responsibilities and acceptable behavior, to privacy and reconsideration forms.”

EurekAlert: Digitalisation meets the Middle Ages

EurekAlert: Digitalisation meets the Middle Ages . “Smartphones, touch screens and holograms could make museum visits a digital and multimedia experience. For example, books that for reasons of protection may not be touched by visitors, could be leafed through on tablets. Or flesh and skin could be projected on the skeleton of a dinosaur with virtual and augmented reality. The research project MEETeUX (Multi-Device Ecologies Towards Elaborate User Experience), coordinated by St. Pölten UAS, develops approaches and solutions for digital forms of exhibition design. The presentation of the Abrogans is a first prototype from the project.”

UNC: Libraries Launch “Archivist in a Backpack”

This is terrific! From UNC: Libraries Launch “Archivist in a Backpack”. “When Josephine McRobbie, an archivist at the University Libraries, prepared for a recent trip to San Antonio, she did not stock up on typical travel supplies. Instead, she commandeered a large room in Wilson Library, covering the conference tables with audio recorders, notebooks, portable scanners and 30 backpacks and roll-aboard suitcases. McRobbie is the community archivist in the Southern Historical Collection (SHC) at the Wilson Special Collections Library. On packing day, she and several colleagues were preparing to debut their prototype project, dubbed ‘Archivist in a Backpack.'”

Pew: The Science People See on Social Media

Pew (pew pew pew pew pew!): The Science People See on Social Media. “Millions of people see science-related information on their Facebook feeds or elsewhere on social media, but the kinds of science stories people most likely encounter are often practical tips with ‘news you can use’ or promotions for programs and events rather than new developments in the science, engineering and technology world.”