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Full STEAM ahead: Creating Tomorrowland today

Rocket image. Photo by Matt Biddulph via Flickr

STEAM programming (which includes science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) is fast becoming a core service in libraries across the country. From intermixing STEAM activities into family story hour to teen maker spaces and coding camps, public and school libraries provide engaging opportunities for kids of all ages to develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. ... Read More »

New director named for the U.S. National Library of Medicine

US National Library of Medicine logo

Yesterday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins announced the appointment of Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan as the next director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library and a component of NIH. Dr. Brennan comes to NLM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor, School ... Read More »

ALA selects Nick Gross as Google Policy Fellow

Google Policy Fellows

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Nick Gross will serve as its 2016 Google Policy Fellow. As part of his summer fellowship, Gross will spend ten weeks in Washington, D.C. working on technology and Internet policy issues. As a Google Policy Fellow, Gross will explore diverse areas of information policy, such as copyright law, e-book licenses and access, ... Read More »

3D/DC: A great day for libraries

3DDC

Last week, I participated in 3D/DC, an annual Capitol Hill event exploring 3D printing and public policy. Programming focused on 3D printing’s implications for education, the arts, the environment, the workforce and the public good. In my reflections on last year’s 3D/DC, I averred that the event was “a good day for libraries.” This year, “good” graduated to “great.” Libraries ... Read More »

Learn and network at ALA’s National Policy Convening

U.S. Capitol. Photo by Jonathon Colman via Flickr

Come join us for ALA’s first-ever National Policy Convening in Washington, D.C. on April 12-13. Given that a new Administration and Congress will be coming to town, it is timely to discuss and debate information policy and the public interest: How can we advance creative and innovative learning for our children? What can be done to advance entrepreneurship and small ... Read More »