6 Buildings That Are Redefining The Library | Co.Design

The winners of the 2015 American Institute of Architects Library Awards reflect how libraries are adapting—how they’re investing in technology and trying to reframe themselves as vital community gathering spaces. This year’s winners include a children’s library that teaches kids to grow their own food, a university library that has ditched half its collections to create collaborative work spaces, and libraries that are at the heart of catalyzing redevelopment in their neighborhoods. And they prove that even buildings filled with thousands of objects created from dead trees can be environmentally friendly.

READ MORE AND VIEW SLIDESHOW: 6 Buildings That Are Redefining The Library | Co.Design | business + design.

Also See: 2015 AIA / ALA Library Building Awards

Nearly 100 percent of libraries offer tech training and STEM programs, study finds | DistrictDispatch

According to a new study from the American Library Association ALA, nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training. Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities with the resources and skills needed to succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s – global marketplace.

READ: Nearly 100 percent of libraries offer tech training and STEM programs, study finds | DistrictDispatch

News: Education & Technology, Librarianship

Education & Technology

Xbox One News: Xbox One’s DRM policy reversal: an oral history | Engadget and Xbox One won’t play 3D Blu-rays — for now | CNET

Intel Has Acquired Kno, Will Push Further Into The Education Content Market With Interactive Textbooks | TechCrunch
We had a tip about, and have now confirmed, Intel’s latest acquisition: Kno, the education startup that started life as a hardware business and later pivoted into software – specifically via apps that let students read interactive versions of digitized textbooks.


U.S. Banned Books Week News Links

Curated links of banned books news stories from the U.S. that you should read if you are concerned about intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye challenge is of particular interest, as the author is from Ohio and the challenge to her novel originated from an official at the Ohio State Board of Education.

Practice of Banning Books Still Going Strong | Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom

Banned Books Week: ‘Captain Underpants’ tops list of challenged books; 10 most challenged books of 2012 | CNN.com

Banned Books Week 2013: Books about LGBT Families Remain Targets of Censorship | ACLU

America’s most surprising banned books | The Week

10 Surprising Books That Parents Have Tried To Ban From Schools | Business Insider

Beauty is Truth: The Case Against Banning The Bluest Eye | The Millions AND Controversy Brews Over Official Comments About Author [Toni Morrison] | nbc4i.com

Freedom to Read Under Fire as Attempts to Ban Books Continue | HuffPost Books

7 Reasons Your Favorite Books Were Banned | HuffPost Books

You may also like:

Banned Books Week | bannedbooksweek.org

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read | ALA.org and ALA’s Pinterest Page

Freedom to Read: Raising Awareness, Celebrating Freedom of Expression, Encouraging Participation| freedomtoread.ca
Canada’s Freedom to Read Week – February 23-March 1, 2014

Improving Your Library’s Mobile Services | Bohyun Kim

Banned Books 2013: ‘Captain Underpants’, ‘Fifty Shades’ Make List Of Most Challenged | Huffington Post Books

Banned Books 2013: ‘Captain Underpants’, ‘Fifty Shades’ Make List Of Most Challenged | Huffington Post Books

See article source: ALA’s State of America’s Libraries Report 2013, specifically, the Intellectual Freedom section from the report.

The OIF’s [ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom] Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books in 2012:

  • Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey (offensive language, unsuited for age group)
  • “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie (offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
  • “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher (drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group)
  • “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James (offensive language, sexually explicit)
  • “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (homosexuality, unsuited for age group)
  • “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini (homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit)
  • “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green (offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
  • Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz (unsuited for age group, violence)
  • “The Glass Castle,” by Jeannette Walls (offensive language, sexually explicit)
  • “Beloved,” by Toni Morrison (sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence)

Huffington Post Books | The Blog — Why Preserving History Matters by Steve Berry

Huffington Post Books | The Blog — Why Preserving History Matters by Steve Berry