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.”

DPLA: DPLA launches Open Bookshelf, a Collection of Free Ebooks

DPLA: DPLA launches Open Bookshelf, a Collection of Free Ebooks. “The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the launch of Open Bookshelf, a digital library collection of popular books free to download and handpicked by librarians across the US. The collection currently has more than 1,000 books, with new titles added daily. Open Bookshelf is designed both for libraries and for readers: it is currently available to libraries through the DPLA Exchange and to readers via the SimplyE mobile app.”

Xinhuanet: Library alliance along Silk Road boosts common development

Xinhuanet: Library alliance along Silk Road boosts common development. “More than 20 libraries from countries and regions along the Silk Road organized into an alliance Monday to cooperate on document sharing, classics protection and digitalization. Initiated by the National Library of China (NLC), the alliance has the first batch of 24 members from countries and regions such as Bangladesh, Belarus, Malaysia, Mongolia, Thailand and Vietnam.”

Kazinform: Unified online library to be created in Kazakhstan

Kazinform: Unified online library to be created in Kazakhstan. “The entire book stock of libraries in Kazakhstan will be converted into electronic documents to create a unified online library, Minister of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly told the opening ceremony of ‘Rukhani Qazyna’ Festival in Astana, Kazinform correspondent reports.”

Wikidata: a platform for your library’s linked open data (Code4Lib)

Code4Lib: Wikidata: a platform for your library’s linked open data. “Seized with the desire to improve the visibility of Canadian music in the world, a ragtag band of librarians led by Stacy Allison-Cassin set out to host Wikipedia edit-a-thons in the style of Art+Feminism, but with a focus on addressing Canadian music instead. Along the way, they recognized that Wikidata offered a low-barrier, high-result method of making that data not only visible but reusable as linked open data, and consequently incorporated Wikidata into their edit-a-thons. This is their story.”