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In Afghanistan a Library Does Extraordinary Things | Andrea Muto | TEDxClevelandStateUniversity

Published on Dec 14, 2016

Andrea Muto discusses the establishment of a library in Afghanistan.

Andrea Muto is a journalist, lawyer, law librarian and international development consultant. After serving as reference librarian for the business research center at Ernst & Young LLP in Cleveland, Muto completely turned her career trajectory on its head when she joined a D.C.-based federal government contractor implementing rule of law projects for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She worked in Kabul, Afghanistan, as a senior legal information advisor, and in 2008 designed and staffed a new law library located on the campus of Kabul University.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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Mental Health – Free Info from GPO [Government Publishing Office]

From SLA Connect:

Mental Health Help from the Federal Government

Mental Health Help from the Federal Government

The Federal government has a variety of mental health resources for people who suffer with some form of mental illness. Mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia as well as other mental illnesses can adversely affect the way a person thinks, feels, or acts. To help individuals suffering with depression or schizophrenia, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), National Institute of Mental Health recently released two new eBooks covering these important mental health topics.

9780160934421Depression: What You Need to Know (ePub)

If you have a loved one you think is suffering with depression, this comprehensive eBook provides helpful information on the signs and symptoms of depression. It methodically discusses what factors play a role in depression, as well as the types of depression and how it affects people in different ways.  It also discusses treatment and support options, and a listing of additional resources for more help.

9780160934438Schizophrenia (ePub)

Schizophrenia is described as a “chronic and severe” illness. And like depression, it affects the way a person feels, thinks and acts. This eBook describes the condition of schizophrenia and the symptoms associated with the mental disorder. Other topics include causes of schizophrenia and treatment options for individuals seeking help for a loved one.

Dealing with mental health problems can be challenging, however, these eBooks from the National Institute of Mental Health offer individuals and families much needed help in coping with mental disorders.

How can I obtain these FREE mental health resources?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Blogger contributor Trudy Hawkins is the Sr. Marketing and Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office.

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Mary Lee Kennedy @ Library Leaders Summit on Future Proofing Libraries, March 28-9 in DC

From SLA Connect:

In a recent interview in Computers in Libraries^&e=6aCV1rDOBGEu&qs=6TnqHkuA7A^^ magazine, three library leaders were asked to share their views on a list of tactics to future-proof an organization. One of those leaders was Mary Lee Kennedy^&e=6aCV1rDOBGEu&qs=6TnqHkuAxg^^, Former Chief Library Officer at The New York Public Library, Senior Associate Provost at Harvard University, Director of Microsoft’s Knowledge Network Group and panelist at the upcoming Library Leaders Summit 2017^&e=6aCV1rDOBGEu&qs=6TnqHkuAog^^. Read below to get her five tips for future-proofing:

1. Think partnerships, not transactions—use partnerships to scale initiatives more quickly.
2. Change how you’re structured—go flatter with smaller teams.
3. Think bigger—impact more people with solutions to bigger problems.
4. Offer experience, not product—distinguish your organization by delighting people.
5. Help Millennials develop—formally mentor the next generation.

Want more?

First, read the entire Computers In Libraries^&e=6aCV1rDOBGEu&qs=6TnqHkuAZw^^  magazine article as Mary Lee expands upon each of these strategies.

Then, hear more from her during our Library Leaders Summit 2017^&e=6aCV1rDOBGEu&qs=6TnqHkuA5Q^^  panel:

practitioners panel: strategies & practices^&e=6aCV1rDOBGEu&qs=6TnqHkuA-A^^  Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

In addition Mary Lee is presenting a workshop on Mon March 27th on Innovation for Significant Results.
Please register & join her at the Summit, which SLA is a partner.  The Summit is a joint event with Computers in Libraries, Computers in Libraries 2017

Computers in Libraries 2017
There are many excellent libraries as well as a myriad of innovative and engaging services in the information world these days. What strategies, learning, training, partnering, out-of- the-box thinking and borrowing from other industries will enable all libraries to be excellent in their communities?
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