This morning Pew Internet & American Life released the latest report on libraries in the digital age. “How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities” reports on the value of libraries services to their community. The vast majority of Americans ages 16 and older say that public libraries play an important role in their communities: 95% […]

Slides from a webinar I did at the end of October for the South Central Library System, Wisconsin. A Bridge Across the Divide: The Role of Libraries in the Digital Skills Gap A Bridge Across the Divide: The Role of Libraries in the Digital Skills Gap from Bobbi Newman

As many of you know I returned to my home state of Iowa a couple of years ago. I love my home state, there are a lot of great things happening here, and I try to support as many as I can. I grew about less than half an hour from Danville, so I’m happy […]

I spoke at the Accufest conference in Heidlerberg Germany this month. It was a wonderful experience.  It is a small conference focused on publishers. I delivered a presentation on libraries (see below) and Cameron Neylon from PLOS delivered a presentation on open access. ACCUFEST is an event organized by ACCUCOMS for publishers. ACCUFEST provides publishers with […]

  One of the benefits of traveling is the exposure to new experiences and ideas. On my way back from Germany I filled my water bottle at water fountain that had a spout specifically for water bottles and it had this counter above it. My brain immediately started whirling – why don’t libraries do something […]

This week is National Banned Books Week. So what is your favorite challenged book? Looking through the lists I’m hard pressed to pic just one Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Bridge to Terabithia, Go Ask Alice, A Light in the Attic, and so many more. If you’re not familiar with Banned Books Week here is […]

In case you missed the announcement I have changed my Twitter handle from @libarianbyday to @bobbinewman. With my return to school and new adventures in political communication, policy, and of course some of the old – digital literacy, digital divide, broadband, and libraries I have been struggling with what to do about Twitter for some […]


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