What We're Bookmarking this Month: Archival Animated GIFs, Coloring Self-Care, and Then the Murders Began

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Library Link Roundup is a recurring series in which we'll 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!

"Being in the library, being in this magical sacred place is one of the most rewarding things" — John Schumacher

At the height of springtime stress with a packed calendar and lots to remember, I ran across this uplifting article and quote from traveling librarian John Schumacher. It reminded me that no matter how busy life gets, we always need to take time to stop and smell the roses — or rather, the books. Here are a number of library links that had us stopping and appreciating the rich projects and exciting happenings in the world of libraries.

We know librarians are invaluable, but in case you needed further evidence, Common Sense Education shares 10 reasons librarians are more important than ever.

Far from being just a place for books, libraries are a lifeline to broadband access for many students. ArtsTechnica reports how libraries are using cloud technologies to build knowledge and provide greater digital access.

We've written before about the free Library 2.0 online mini-conferences, and the second one for 2017, Digital Literacy & Fake News, will be held June 1. With Bryan Alexander as keynote speaker and opening panel moderator, virtual conference speakers will address the role of libraries and information professionals in digital literacy in an era of fake news and information saturation. Register now to attend. If you missed the earlier Library 2.0 conference in March, you can still register and check out the free recordings.

Chilly researchers at the Folger Shakespeare Library are in luck. As patrons peruse a scholarly tome, they can curl up with a handmade shawl from the informal lending library.

Speaking of informal lending libraries, Colombian garbage collector José Alberto Gutiérrez saves books from the trash for the benefit of Colombian children. Gutiérrez is known as the "Lord of the Books," and his self-made home library now houses over 20,000 books for low-income children in the neighborhood.

In celebration of Women's History Month in March, Loganberry Books in Cleveland, Ohio, decided to honor the occasion in a unique way. Walking into the bookstore where all the books by men were turned backwards was a powerful visual illustration of gender disparities in the publishing industry.

Libraries digitizing special collections might want to consider animated GIFs. Digitization projects like the one from New York Public Library showcases unique archival materials in social media style.

Grab your Crayolas! LISNews has a different kind of book recommendation. Regardless of your position, if you work in a library, we're pretty sure you need this coloring and activity book.

Have a favorite first sentence of a book? The Hook shares how you can magically make the beginning even better by adding these five words as the second sentence. As you can see, it can take a classic book in a very different direction.

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.