What We've Bookmarked This Month: Libraries Resist, Mind/Shift Librarian-Approved Apps, and a Farewell to Fines

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Library Link Roundup is a recurring series in which we share articles, blog posts, and resources related to library technology, innovative projects, and other news we think will be of interest to our TechSoup for Libraries readers around the world. Enjoy!

We're well into 2017, and if the groundhog is to be believed, we're into another six weeks of winter, at least here in North America. Whether you're shoveling snow or catching some rays in your part of the world, be sure to check out these library reads.

Barack Obama may be taking a needed vacation after eight years, but his work continues. The Obamas invite you to share your ideas for a new presidential library and community center slated for Chicago's south side.

Librarians are mobilizing and creating resources for other library professionals who want to take action. Stephen Abram has put together a #LibrariesResist Resource List. As Abram describes it, "Building a curated list of resources for libraries and library workers in the resistance. Because if Park Rangers can do it, so can we."

Amazing acquisition alert! The National Library of Israel recently obtained thousands of rare Hebrew manuscripts and texts from one of the world's largest private collections. Treasures dating back to the 15th century are planned for future display to the public in the library's new facility.

The future-ready librarian always needs to look at up-and-coming technologies. Alison Schwartz reports on three current library tech trends that are worth your while to explore.

Want to incorporate some new technology tools into your programs but don't know where to start? Luckily, many tech-savvy librarians have tested and curated their favorite tools for you. Mind/Shift shares their librarian-approved app recommendations to foster creativity and creation.

Speaking of resources, the CLICK (Collaborate/Learn/Instruct/Create/Know) website is chock-full of video tutorials and tech tips, all student-generated and continually being expanded. Whether you're looking for graphics help, Google App guidance, or general technology support, this is a site to bookmark.

A farewell to fines? Slate reports that more and more libraries are opting to do away with overdue fines and some are finding promising jumps in circulation numbers as a result.

Strap on your FitBit and head to the … library? Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, found a innovative way to encourage patrons to walk in the library — literally.

What's the next best thing to spending the night in a bookstore? Staying in a "Book and Bed" in Tokyo sleeping amongst the shelves. Start saving your yen!

About the Author

Megan KeaneMegan Keane is a TechSoup for Libraries special contributor. She is a longtime nonprofit techie, community builder, and yoga instructor turned MLIS student. She currently studies at San Jose State University School of Information and works as a project consultant for the Veterans Connect @ the Library Project. Connect with her on Twitter: @penguinasana.

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