What We've Bookmarked This Month: Book Covers from Legos, How Automation Will Impact LIS Jobs, and More!

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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!

Libraries along with other professions are rightly concerned with how to stay relevant with the rapidly increasing speed of technological change. Should we fear the robots? The Infonista blog explores how automation will impact LIS jobs.

Creating an engaged community starts internally. Library Worklife takes a look at how Iowa State University Library is building a community culture starting with library staff.

Banning books deemed "inappropriate" in the name of protecting children actually serves to marginalize childrenThe Atlantic explores the disproportionate number of censored books with "diverse content." With several issues of library censorship in the news, this article felt particularly timely.

"DAM" is not just a barrier obstructing the flow of water; it is also an increasing field for information science professionals. Recent market forecasts show that digital asset management (DAM) is in growing demand. KM World explains why organizations should give a DAM.

Want to be a beta tester for The Librarian BrainSign up to test this new, mobile-first librarian-recommended book database.

History fans and digital preservationists alike will want to take note of this fascinating example of digital preservation meeting history. Genus IT asks, "Do you have a microfilm reader older than this one?" Check out the reader responses and slide show of old microfilm readers.

Speaking of history, check out the last secret apartments left in the New York Public Library, courtesy of Atlas Obscura. If only they were open for rent.

Quiz time! How well do you know your children's book covers? What if they're designed to look like they're made of Legos? See how you many you can name in 100 Scope Notes' quiz.

About the Author

Megan 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.