June 2018 Library Tech Newsbytes

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See what's new in library tech! Library tech newsbytes is a collection of fun news items from pretty much anywhere we find them. We hope you enjoy our batch for this month!

Practical Tips on How to Make Your Website GDPR Compliant

So much of the recent technology news has been about the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that just went into effect. It's a set of rules about everyone in the EU's personal data privacy rights. But should your library do something about it? GDPR privacy standards are fast becoming the international standard for privacy. California has a similar law on the November ballot called the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. If that passes, then a number of U.S. states will probably follow suit.

The website design firm Hallam Internet has published a very useful blog post on concrete, practical things that anyone with a website (including libraries) can do to comply with GDPR. Find the Hallam Internet piece here. For some good, clear info on what GDPR is and who it affects, I recommend Idealware's GDPR: Is Your Organization Ready?

Lily's Summer Book List

The Lily is a project of The Washington Post. It is named after the first U.S. newspaper by women. They describe it as a place for the curious minded and for those who want to be heard. They host great lists of unusual and topical new books. See their Lily Lines Newsletter summer book list

The Edible Books Festival 2018

This is a fun library programming idea. Milligan College Library in East Tennessee just held their 8th annual Edible Books Festival 2018. It's a two-day affair. Students and patrons are invited to drop off their book-related edible creations early on the first day. Viewing and voting starts at midmorning and lasts all day. On the second day, the library announces prize winners, and everyone dives in to eat all the entries. See this year's edible creations on the Milligan College Library Facebook page.

How Libraries Are Reinventing Themselves to Fight Fake News

Fake news was certainly a major theme for ALA in 2017. And here it is mid-2018, and it's still a big deal. To date, some of the best, grassroots responses to the tide of fake and misleading news have come from the library community. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions put together a handy How to Spot Fake News infographic, which has been translated into 37 languages and used around the world. Librarians at Indiana University East developed an interactive fake news website, complete with tips on fact-checking and a deconstruction of an article about "hollow earth." In webinars and slide decks, librarians are fighting back against misinformation. Find more info on this on Forbes.

Libraries Becoming Gyms?

It's not such a crazy idea. There's an active hashtag for it that our colleagues at WebJunction alerted me to, #Libs4Health. I like the exercise classes at my local library in Albany, California. They use the same community room where they hold the book sales. The Blue Ridge Regional Library in Martinsville, Virginia, hosts yoga, tai chi, and sit-and-be-fit classes pretty much any day of the week. See their events calendar here.

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