June 09, 2020

Empathy – a new ‘why’ for the book industry

Simon Sinek stresses the importance of every business finding its “WHY”. But it’s not often that an entire industry can develop a whole new “why” - an articulation of the social good generated by its products. That’s the position I believe the book industry is in. We’re at a pivotal moment, and mustn’t fail to seize it. Empathy is a learnable skill and in supporting an empathy drive, we’re getting behind a strategy which is socially just, anti-discriminatory and wholly inclusive

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Changes loom as public libraries begin to reopen

Jun 09 2020 After three months of an unprecedented lockdown to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, public libraries across the U.S. are now in the process of reopening. A recent American Library Association membership survey found 37% of respondents expect a phased reopening to begin in June or July, with 47% still unsure when their buildings will reopen to the public. But whenever that happens, the public libraries that will emerge from this historic pause will be changed from the ones that closed their doors in March, librarians tell PW, both in the short term, and into the future... Source:...

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