CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup featured Peter Mansbridge hosting a terrific conversation on the future of libraries. You can listen to the podcast at: http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/checkup_20140928_58816.mp3
Tom Rink, an instructor for library services at Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, will lead a group of five SLA members who will join the association’s board of directors in January.
Tom will serve as president-elect in 2015, as president in 2016, and as past president in 2017. Joining him on the board for 2015-2017 are the following SLA members:
- Kim Silk, chapter cabinet chair-elect;
- Ruth Kneale, division cabinet chair-elect;
- Kevin Adams, director; and
- Catherine Lavallee-Welch, director.
In addition to electing the new board members, SLA members also overwhelmingly approved two changes to the association’s bylaws. The changes are as follows:
- Recognizing the joint cabinet as an official body of the association; and
- Allowing caucuses to be formed based on geography.
For more information about the election, see the press release.
The Pew Research Center Internet Project issued a new report September 10 on the library habits of Americans under 30. “Younger Americans and Public Libraries” examines the ways Millennials—those born between 1985 and 1998—engage with libraries, and how they see libraries’ roles in their lives and communities. The good news is that young people are reading as much as older adults, and are even more likely to have read a book in the past 12 months. Also, their library use is holding steady. Nonetheless, the report warns, their levels of engagement vary in a number of ways.