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District Dispatch: National Small Business Week is upon us

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National Small Business Week: May 1-7, 2016. Image from Joe the Goat Farmer, via Flickr.

This first week of May 2016 marks the 53rd annual National Small Business Week. When President Kennedy recognized the first National Small Business Week, the entrepreneurship ecosystem hadn’t yet been animated by digital “making” equipment or the worldwide web, but it was then and is today the beating heart of our national economy. Small businesses make up 99.7 percent of all U.S. businesses and employ 48 percent of U.S. employees, according to the Small Business Administration.

Every beating heart needs lifeblood to drive its cadence – and no network of institutions represents richer lifeblood for America’s vast cohort of innovators and small business owners than the library community.

Last year, in recognition of National Start-Up Day Across America, I wrote about various ways in which libraries propel entrepreneurship. I highlighted the growth of co-working areas – dedicated space for conducting day-to-day business – within libraries, and described how MapStory, an interactive platform for mapping change over time, has used D.C. Public Library’s co-working space to grow and make community connections. I also highlighted the business plan assistance and prototyping equipment – i.e. 3D printers, laser cutters and computer numerical control (CNC) routers – libraries make available to innovators looking to bring an idea for a new product to fruition.

Since then, I’ve done a lot more research on the role libraries play in assisting entrepreneurs. It’s been fun and inspiring work. Among my many discoveries, I’ve learned that libraries provide copious amounts of information on patent and trademark issues through a network of libraries known as Patent and Trademark Resource Centers. I’ve also learned about library production facilities – like Chicago Public Library’s YouMedia Lab – that prepare young people for careers as arts and engineering entrepreneurs. More than 5,000 public libraries provide small business development programs and resources, according to the Digital Inclusion Survey.

I assume that this information is not new to many District Dispatch readers. If you’re a working library professional, you probably know that libraries play an important role in the innovation economy. However, this post is meant to serve not as an exposition of facts, but as a call to action.

Given all libraries do to support entrepreneurs, we must seek opportunities to work with other actors in the entrepreneurship ecosystem to create stronger opportunities for all innovators – including those who lack the basic resources necessary to convert an idea into a venture. Libraries are ubiquitous; they have a footprint in low-income and rural areas that are generally underserved by other business incubators and accelerators. The library community must increase awareness of the role we play as a natural starting point for innovators and seek opportunities to bolster the assistance we offer through partnerships with government agencies, non-profits and private firms.

In short, during this Small Business Week, library professionals should celebrate our contributions to the entrepreneurship ecosystem, but also realize the potential of our community to do a great deal more to advance this ecosystem through effective advocacy and relationship building. Sharing what your library offers with the #DreamSmallBiz hashtag this week is one way to join the online conversation, and we invite you to share a new video featuring small business owner John Fuduric.

ALA is already working to put libraries on the radar of leaders in the entrepreneurship space through engagement with government officials and small business leaders. You can read about a panel of entrepreneurship experts that OITP Deputy Director Larra Clark recently moderated at ALA’s first-ever National Policy Convening here.

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part dh

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LITA: Learn the latest on Privacy Tools

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Privacy tools are a hot topic in libraries, as librarians all over the country have begun using and teaching privacy-enhancing technologies, and considering the privacy and security implications of library websites, databases, and services. Attend the LITA up to the minute privacy concerns webinars and pre-conference featuring experts in the field on these important and timely topics.

Here’s the line up:

Here’s the details:

Email is a postcard: how to make it more secure with free software and encryption.
Thursday May 26, 2016, webinar, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central Time
Alison Macrina, Director of the Library Freedom Project
Nima Fatemi, Chief Technologist of Library Freedom Project

Email is neither secure nor private, and the process of fixing its problems can be mystifying, even for technical folks. In this one hour webinar, Nima and Alison from Library Freedom Project will help shine some light on email issues and the tools you can use to make this communication more confidential. They will cover the issues with email, and teach about how to use GPG to encrypt emails and keep them safe.

TOR onion

Tor-ify Your Library: How to use this privacy-enhancing technology to keep your patrons’ data safe
Tuesday May 31, 2016, webinar, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central Time
Alison Macrina, Director of the Library Freedom Project
Nima Fatemi, Chief Technologist of Library Freedom Project

Heard about the Tor network but not sure how it applies to your library? Join Alison and Nima from the Library Freedom Project in this one hour webinar to learn about the Tor network, running the Tor browser and a Relay, and other basic services to help your patrons have enhanced browsing privacy in the library and beyond.

Alison Macrina Nima Fatemi

Alison’s and Nima’s work for the Library Freedom Project and classes for patrons including tips on teaching patron privacy classes can be found at: https://libraryfreedomproject.org/resources/onlineprivacybasics/

Register now for either webinar. The two webinars are being offered as either single sessions or as a series of two webinars.

Costs:

  • LITA Member: $45
  • Non-Member: $105
  • Group: $196

To register for both webinars at a discounted rate use the “Webinar Series: Email Is a Postcard & Tor-ify Your Library” register link.

The discounted rates for both sessions:

  • LITA Member: $68
  • Non-Member: $155
  • Group: $300

Digital Privacy and Security: Keeping You And Your Library Safe and Secure In A Post-Snowden World.
Friday June 24, 2016, LITA ALA Annual pre-conference, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Jessamyn West, Library Technologist at Open Library
Blake Carver, LYRASIS 

Jessamyn West Blake Carver

Learn strategies on how to make you, your librarians and your patrons more secure & private in a world of ubiquitous digital surveillance and criminal hacking. Jessamyn and Blake will teach tools that keep your data safe inside of the library and out – how to secure your library network environment, website, and public PCs, as well as tools and tips you can teach to patrons in computer classes and one-on-one tech sessions. We’ll tackle security myths, passwords, tracking, malware, and more, covering a range of tools from basic to advanced, making this session ideal for any library staff.

Registration Information

Register for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference and Discover Ticketed Events

Costs:

  • LITA Member: $205
  • ALA Member: $270
  • Non Member: $335

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to these webinars and pre-conference, contact LITA at (312) 280-4269 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org.

Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part dg

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part di

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part dl

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part cy

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part dm

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part cq

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part df

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part cp

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part cm

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part cw

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part bt

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part cl

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part bz

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part ck

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part bs

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part 2-bf

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part cg

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