EdSurge: How Librarians Continue Their Work Digitally Even as Coronavirus Closes Libraries. “To get a sense of what the widespread closure of libraries could mean, and hear some creative ways libraries are reaching out digitally, we talked with Jessamyn West, an educational technologist who runs the librarian.net blog and is author of ‘Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide.'” A podcast with a lightly-edited transcript.
School Library Journal: School Library Journal Offers Free Full Access to Content, Digitized Magazines. “School Library Journal (SLJ) is offering temporary free access to digitized editions of SLJ, as well as all content on its website, SLJ.com. ‘We want to support you as you grapple with the challenge of advancing your work through the COVID-19 crisis,’ says Rebecca T. Miller, group publisher of Library Journal, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book.”
Duke University Libraries Preservation Underground: Working From Home Options for Conservation Labs. “As the Covid-19 virus spreads, we have started planning for work that Conservation staff can do at home should we be told to stay off campus. As of this publication we have not been asked to stay home but preservation professionals prepare for the worst and hope for the best. This has been a thought provoking exercise and everyone has contributed to our brainstorming. We wanted to share what we have drafted to date in case any other labs are in a similar situation.”
Kansas State Library: Northwest Kansas Library System Newsletters, 1977-2017. “Recently, with the approval of NWKLS director, George Seamon Jr., the State Library of Kansas added its collection of Northwest Kansas Library System newsletters to our KGI Online Library collection. As stated in previous KGI Blog articles these regional library system newsletters are a treasure trove of historical information on the development and activities of library systems, libraries, library folks and library issues in Kansas. Our NWKLS newsletter collection spans about 40 years from 1977 to 2017.”
Ars Technica: Anatomy of a dumb spear-phish: Hitting librarians up for Zelle, CashApp cash. “Here’s a clue for would-be Internet financial scammers: do not target librarians. They will catch on fast, and you will have wasted your time. Yesterday, the outgoing chair of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Alex Awards Committee (and my wife) Paula Gallagher got a very odd email that purported to be from a colleague within her library system who is a member of YALSA’s board. The email asked, ‘Are you available to complete an assignment on behalf of the Board, And get reimbursed? Kindly advise.'”
Ars Technica: Open access journals get a boost from librarians—much to Elsevier’s dismay. “When Florida State University cancelled its ‘big deal’ contract for all Elsevier’s 2,500 journals last March to save money, the publisher warned it would backfire and cost the library $1 million extra in pay-per-view fees. But even to the surprise of Gale Etschmaier, dean of FSU’s library, the charges after eight months were actually less than $20,000.”
Creative Commons: Our Book, “Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians,” Is Now Available. “We’re happy to announce that our collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) to create the print companion to the CC Certificate has finally come to fruition! The book, Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians, is now published under CC BY and offers an additional way to access the openly licensed CC Certificate content. It’s available in print at the ALA store, or it can be downloaded from our website!”