This report contains the findings and recommendations of a study to contextualize and understand climate change exposure for METRO’s membership region, carried out by Eira Tansey (founder and manager of Memory Rising, LLC) between February and June 2023. This study consisted of extensive research into existing state and local climate action plans, as well as publicly available METRO member institution sustainability or climate action plans. The research informed four recommendations for METRO to support its members through climate change action and adaptation activities.
Web 1.0 and 2.0 started out full of idealism, too. What is to prevent the decentralized web from being corrupted by profit, market domination, and bad actors? What is the normative or social layer we need to build alongside the tech? This session examines the set of principles the Decentralized Web community has crafted as an ethical north star.
Why did Facebook rename itself for the Metaverse? What is the metaverse & how are people experiencing it? How are artists, nonprofits, even the NBA are racking up seven-figure payouts for otherwise mundane pieces of media called NFTs (non-fungible tokens)? Why are they so despised? In this session, we look at the crazy breakthrough apps and items populating decentralized web. Plus demonstrations of how people are working, trading & creating in the metaverse.
In today's social media world, we’ve seen platforms go awry when faced with the scourges of misinformation and trolling. In authoritarian regimes, entire platforms are easily blocked. And yes, a billionaire can buy a platform and change the rules.
Would decentralized (or P-2-P) social media, where there is no central controlling entity, be better? How do you take down damaging posts when there is no central command center? The founders of some of the top decentralized social media networks, from Matrix to Manyverse to the new Bluesky initiative, walk you through the possibilities. With demonstrations of how to use these peer-to-peer alternatives to Facebook, Slack and Twitter.
What is the decentralized web, why is it important, and where is it along the path of development? What are the problems the decentralized web seeks to solve? Who are the players working to realize this vision? Why is the Internet Archive, a library, a leader in the decentralized web movement? This resource guide, the first in a six-part series, explores those questions and more.
Libraries understand the headache of storing materials. How do you create room for an ever-expanding collection? What if you don’t want to weed materials to make room?
Enter decentralized storage—a network of P-2-P servers that store materials across a global network in exchange for cryptocurrency. What problems does this solve? What problems does this create? Where is the state of decentralized storage today?
This report came from an IMLS funded project including the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Urban Library Council, and the Salt Lake City Public Library. It is a toolkit for the Digital Navigators program at this library, but is useful in other libraries and other contexts
An act to amend the education law, in relation to the establishment of libraries and library systems, making an appropriation for state aid for library service and repealing certain sections of such law
An Act to amend the education law, in relation to the establishment of libraries and library systems, making an appropriation for state aid for library service and repealing certain sections of such law.
Note from the NY State library - "When a bill passes both houses of the New York State Legislature, the Governor's Counsel's Office collects memoranda and letters discussing the pros and cons of the bill. Materials collected may include a sponsor's memo justifying the lawmaker's introduction of the bill, counsels' statements, State agencies' official positions, study groups' comments, as well as the opinions of bar associations, lobbyists, corporations and private individuals. These items are put together in a file called the bill jacket and are are an important part of the legislative history."
This preliminary study of a communications system among approximately fifty affiliates of the New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency, Inc (METRO) provides an outline for an initial information transfer network within a fifty mile radius of Times Square. The technique offered is the Morchand Information-Reception System (video).