Opinion – John Chrastka , executive director of EveryLibrary, the national political action committee for libraries,
America can defeat COVID-19 through wide vaccine distribution. The CDC‘s Phase 1a vaccination guidance was wise to focus on inoculating the most vulnerable populations and our healthcare workers. Phase 1b, which is being implemented by health departments right now, is a practical approach to preserving societal functioning by vaccinating essential workers and other at-risk populations. But as state and local health departments consider who to include in Phase 1c, policymakers need to look at what our society needs beyond reopening our economy.
For America to return to full health, we need institutions like libraries ready to help us connect with who we are and to energize us for what is to come.
The UC San Diego Library is hosting the inaugural Art of Science contest, which aims to celebrate the beauty that can emerge during scientific exploration and raise awareness of the Library’s data curation services.
Data curators at the UC San Diego Library have the privilege of working with researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines as they prepare data for the Library’s Research Data Collections repository. The visually stunning nature of some of these research data sets has inspired the Library’s Research Data Curation Program (RDCP) to host its inaugural Art of Science contest, which aims to celebrate the beauty that can emerge during scientific exploration and raise awareness of the Library’s data curation services.
New Yorker journalist Susan Orlean continues her usual practice of captivating readers by investigating her own obsessions.
“Unexpectedly engaging sections are tied to architects and landscaping and budgets, plus the overwhelming modern challenges of homelessness and mental illness. (“Every problem that society has, the library has too, because the boundary between society and the library is porous…,” Orlean wrote.) We learn how “teen departments” evolved and about the delicate politics of loaning out music scores, and hear some of the odd questions asked of the reference desk pre-Google; “they read like synopses of a play; each one seems like a snapshot of life that concluded with someone saying “Let’s just call the library!”