by Steve Zalusky

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data scandal and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress has served as a wake-up call to our nation about the pitfalls of “big data” and its impact on our privacy.

It is also calling attention to the important role played by librarians in safeguarding our privacy, even in the face of attempts by data analytics companies offering themselves to libraries themselves. That role will be in the spotlight from May 1-8, when the American Library Association celebrates Choose Privacy Week. The theme for this year’s celebration – “Big Data is Watching You” - is eerily apropos.

Choose Privacy Week promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries...


It is never too early to become financially literate. At every stage in life, we are faced with financial issues, whether it means spending our allowance wisely, obtaining loans for college, applying for a mortgage or saving for retirement. And our nation’s libraries are here to help, with a wealth of free resources and programs.

From April 21-28, 2018, more than 1,000 of our nation’s libraries will be participating in Money Smart Week®. Library events will focus on such diverse financial issues as first-time home buying, obtaining renovation loans, preparing a personal spending plan, the property tax appeal process, evaluating financial aid packages, choosing the proper Medicare plan and the basics of wills and trusts. Libraries are also...


by Helen Adams, courtesy of Knowledge Quest

There’s new proposed national legislation for library advocates to monitor and support. On March 15, 2018, the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support. The proposed legislation will amend the U.S. Copyright Act 17, U.S.C. § 121, to be in compliance with the Marrakesh Treaty (Library Copyright Alliance).

What Is the Marrakesh Treaty?



As an academic librarian, Mary Jo Fayoyin, dean of library services at Savannah State University (GA), knows how important it is to listen to her students.  Her attention to their needs is why a current student and a former student nominated her for the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award.

Nominator LaTasha Denard said she is a “student centered” leader who attends to their needs not only by deciding what services to provide, but also serving them on the most basic level, Denard said, “She is not above working the Circulation Desk, the Reference Desk or anywhere else she is needed.”

The mission and vision of Savannah State University is focused on “engaged learning” and “personal growth.” It is a student-centered environment that...


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Beattie, Ann (author).
June 2017. 224p. Scribner, hardcover, $25 (9781501111389).
REVIEW. First published May 15, 2017 (Booklist). Accomplished short story writer Beattie (
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