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  • Humble "School's Out" Bundle

    The Distant Librarian
    Paul R. Pival
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Totally reproducing a press release here, but there is no affiliate link included, it's just a friendly FYI if you've got kids interested in programming (or like to learn at a kids' level ;-) Summer can be tough on kids, and cabin fever can be even worse for parents. But with the new ebook bundle from No Starch Press, boredom is banished. San Francisco-based No Starch Press has a history of publishing smart books for curious kids, and now, with its Humble "School's Out!" Bundle, readers can pay what they want for a selection of its best books for kids, valued at…
  • Microsoft Clipart Surprise

    Swiss Army Librarian
    Brian Herzog
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Here's a real turkey of an Easter Egg right before Independence Day: I was searching the Microsoft clipart gallery in Powerpoint because I needed a picture of a Teddy Bear for an event listing on our calendar. And skimming the results, the third one down on the left looked like it might be a good candidate... So now click on the image above to share in my surprise at that particular clipart bear's scary costume. Is this an April Fool's joke? I don't know where Microsoft's online clipart gallery is pulling from, but they are far more prepared with clipart for all types of occasions and…
  • First Thoughts on ALA

    Library Journal Reviews » » Prepub Alert
    Barbara Hoffert
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:01 am
    This newsletter saying good-bye to 2015 titles is slim, owing to my work at the American Library Association conference in San Francisco. Some first thoughts, drawn from the panels I have moderated. It’s astonishing how a panel that can seem as disparate as United for Libraries’ “Beyond Genre,” with three memoirs, a book of photographs (with a great slide show, starting the panel), and a Shakespeare Star Wars audiobook mash-up (with a great performance by two of the voiceover artists, ending oit) could end up fitting together so perfectly: Michelle Tea’s How To Grow up: A Memoir,…
  • 5 Online Tools for Creating Picture Books

    Stephen's Lighthouse
    Stephen Abram
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    5 Online Tools for Creating Picture Books http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/06/5-online-tools-for-creating-picture.html#.VYghXPnF9EI Picture Book Maker MyStorybook Storybird Alphabet Organizer Jellybean Writer Stephen
  • Pay As You Go

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    Annoyed Librarian
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Before I toddled off to San Francisco I read an article about Amazon that I’ve been wanting to write about. It’s a long piece in the Atlantic about a change in Amazon’s payment policy for their self-published authors who make their writings available in Kindle Direct. In the old policy, authors were paid a set […]
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  • Books is Not Your Brand

    David Lee King
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Businesses and organizations have some pretty recognizable stuff. McDonald’s has their hamburger. Nike has their swooshy logo and their “just do it” tagline. Google has their search engine. Apple has the iPhone. These things – products, logos, and taglines – aren’t brands. They are products, consumables, and marketing projects. They are things the company produces. But what’s a brand? Here are some definitions: “A brand is a person’s gut feeling about a product, service, or organization” (from gist brands) “… your brand is a story, a set of…
  • App Advisory at the Library

    David Lee King
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Libraries have recommended stuff to customers for years. Reader’s advisory. Video suggestions. New music to listen to. Ways to start a research project. Why not app advisory? Think about it. What do over half of your customers have? Smartphones. And easy access to the app store. What they don’t have is a trusted app “curator” – someone who can recommend the best apps. What would that look like? I’ll start us off: Best new apps of the month Popular apps Apps connected to a season (i.e., it’s summer, so apps with grilling suggestions. Yes, they exist). Suggestions on how to…
  • Huge List of Social Media Policies

    David Lee King
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    I’ve been working on a set of social media guidelines for my library. It’s still in rough draft form, and has a long way to go (i.e., a bunch of meetings) before the library decides to use it. Social media policies and guidelines can be really hard to write. Thankfully, Social Media Governance can help! This site has links to hundreds of social media policies from corporate, government, and non-profit organizations and businesses. Here are some guidelines I found while poking through some of the links: Please respect copyright. If it is not yours, don’t use it. It is very…
  • Tips for Making Square Videos

    David Lee King
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    https://igcdn-videos-a-7-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t50.2886-16/11394535_600601760043527_590825501_n.mp4 If you’re making video for social media channels like Facebook, Instagram, or Vine, you might think about using a square format, rather than the usual 16:9 aspect ratio. Why? Because square format videos work great on a mobile device – which is probably what your viewers will be using. And both Instagram and Vine use the square format for videos. Here are some tips to make your square videos awesome: Fill the frame. Get up close to your subject. If your viewer is watching on a…
  • How Often Should You Post to Social Media?

    David Lee King
    28 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    I’m often asked “how often should we post to Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/etc.?” I pretty much always say the same thing (I’ll give my response in a sec). First, read these two articles. The have really different takes on the question “how often should I post?”: How Often Should You Post on Social Media: See the Most Recent Research and Tips Facebook Post Frequency: How to Find Out What Works I’d agree with the second article. The first article is based on average posting frequency research. For example, one study they mentioned looked at thousands of…
 
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  • Librarian of Progress – it’s time

    jessamyn
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    Librarian of PROgress. Let’s start the conversation. People have been asking me, and they may be asking you, about the job opening for Librarian of Congress. I put together this little one-page website to give people a run down of the important issues as I see them. #nextloc
  • I need to find a public domain image of _______. How do I do that?

    jessamyn
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    Reference question of the day was about finding public domain images. Everyone’s got their go-tos. If I am looking for illustrations or old photos specifically I’ll often use other people’s searches on top of the Internet Archive’s content. Here’s a little how to. 1. Check the Internet Archive Book Images feed on Flickr. What I often do is search (which finds the words that surround the images) and then click straight through to the book (which is always linked in the metadata) and then fish around. For example… Search for cricket…
  • My pecha kucha talk about Open Library

    jessamyn
    27 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    I went to the Vermont Library Conference last week and mostly handed out Vermont Libraries Passports but I also gave a short talk about Open Library in pecha kucha format. I’d never done one of these before. Twenty slides, twenty seconds each. Total talk is under seven minutes. You have to be brief and you have to practice. This was a session with six or seven presenters and we got to learn a little bit about a lot of topics. You can probably see what mine was about by watching my abbreviated slide show. I also learned how to make an animated GIF from a slideshow which is not as tough…
  • Continuing to talk about the empowerment divide – CTlibs15

    jessamyn
    10 May 2015 | 3:22 pm
    I somehow managed to screw up the hashtag for my Connecticut Library Association slides so they’re at librarian.net/talks/cla15 instead of findable collocated with the CTLibs15 tag. I’ve rectified that here. I took some time off from public speaking in the last six months. Wanted to get some new ideas percolating. Was doing more writing and less speaking andtrying to do more listening. It was useful. I’m now back around. I filled in for a speaker who cancelled lateish at CLA last month in Groton CT and I’ve got a few more speaking gigs coming up including another CLA…
  • Not the Avengers of librarianship. Thoughts on the DPLA/White House/FirstBook/IMLS/ALA thing

    jessamyn
    5 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    It could have been the Avengers of librarianing. All these powerhouses working together to help increase low-income childrens’ access to good reading material. But I don’t think that’s how it worked out. Here are my thoughts on last week’s press releases about this new set of programs. Written for The Message. Aren’t libraries already doing that?
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  • OIF & 538

    Andy
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Earlier this week, David Goldenberg of the FiveThirtyEight blog published a piece about trying to identify the most challenged book in America. After being denied access to the raw data kept by the ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF), the story turned towards the integrity of the data, the methodology of collection, and even what it means to challenge a book (such as the conflation of age appropriate challenges with “no one should ever read this ever” types of challenges). I can’t deny the earnestness of such inquiries; I can see how an outsider might perceive the OIF’s…
  • 2015 NJLA Conference Recap

    Andy
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Once more, the NJLA conference has returned to the seaside town of Long Branch, a stone’s throw away from Springsteen’s fabled land of Asbury Park. There had been a short three year break when the conference was held on the now-closed Revel casino in Atlantic City, a juxtaposition of a city in economic decline hosting a profession fighting off the perception of obsolescence. This place is where I attended my first conference either six or seven years ago, so it feels good to be back. While librarians make up the majority of those staying at the hotel this week, this place is also a…
  • Community, Inclusiveness, and Offensive Materials

    Andy
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:28 pm
    When you look at this image, what do you see? This is the (current) official graphic for 2015 Banned Books Week. If the ALA Think Tank thread is any indication, there are many ways to interpret this image. The image is the unlikely love child between a book and Do Not Enter sign, punctuated with an unwieldy portmanteau that took me a couple attempts for my eyes to read through (or understandification). Some see a reference to a niqab, some find it personally offensive, some find it offensive on the behalf of others, and still others, well, don’t come to any of these conclusions. And I’m…
  • Fatherhood, Libraryland, and Other Incomplete Thoughts

    Andy
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:28 pm
    I managed to make it through the whole month of March without noting that it was the six year anniversary of this blog. Well, without publically noting, like I am doing right now. It’s a bit of a wild ride down memory lane to look at those blog posts in hindsight; the different styles of blogging that I was trying, the speed and sheer volume of blog posts I posted at the time, and the development of many professional and personal issues in those short years. When I started writing here, I had only been a employed librarian for eighteen months, married to my first wife, and living in my…
  • Reconsidering the Think Tank

    Andy
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:38 pm
    (Note: This post was originally written when the group had been changed to Closed, meaning it could be not viewed except by members. That has been reversed as of the moment of publication, but I still wanted to post this as is. –A) With a click of a button, the ALA Think Tank is gone. Well, gone is a relative term here since it still exists but as a closed Facebook group. The days of drama voyeurism are not necessarily gone, but now you have to join the group in order to see what the fuss is about. I’m sure it won’t be a loss to the lives of many librarians (provided they have even…
 
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  • What Happens to Library Employees When We Fall Prey to the Competition Fallacy?

    Bobbi Newman
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    First, let me get this out of the way – libraries are not in competition with tech companies such as Google and Amazon.  You only need to look at the search results for “what really happened to dinosaurs?” to know Google isn’t doing the best job answering reference questions. And sure they might not be “evil” but they sure as heck are “good” (and even they know it).  And they might be masters at mining your data but if you need any form of tech support, say if you are locked out of your Gmail account, unless you’re Robert Scobble you are going to get a big ole FU, actually…
  • Thinking Out Loud About Patron Privacy and Libraries #nisoprivacy

    Bobbi Newman
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    My readings on privacy for the NISO committee to develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems have led me down a rabbit hole. In part, I think, because I often feel like the only dissenting member during the conference calls. There is a lot of focus on “improving services” at the cost of patron privacy. There is condescension when I question the ease at which librarians have handed over patron data to vendors and other third parties in the form of remarks such as “you can dislike it, but it is a law” and “Revisiting federal law…
  • Library Patron Privacy in Publisher Systems #nisoprivacy

    Bobbi Newman
    24 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Below are links and slides from the Friday conference call on library patrons privacy and publisher system. + WebEx recording (3:06) Comments and links from WebEx chat Twitter archive Todd Carpenter VM#3 Privacy Publisher Systems Introduction from National Information Standards Organization (NISO) NISO Patron Privacy VM#3-Richard Entlich: user-based information offered by publishers from National Information Standards Organization (NISO) NISO Patron Privacy VM#3-Abigail Wickes: use of usage data in marketing from National Information Standards Organization (NISO) NISO Patron Privacy VM#3-Alan…
  • Library Patron Privacy in Vendor Systems #nisoprivacy

    Bobbi Newman
    24 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Below are slideshows and links to the conference call on Thursday that focused on privacy in vendor systems. There were very different conversations happening in the audio, chat box, and on Twitter. WebEx recording (3:05) Comments and links from WebEx chat Twitter archive Advancing Patron Privacy on Vendor Systems with a Shared Understanding from Peter Murray NISO Patron Privacy VM#2-Richard Entlich anonymization of Voyager circulation transaction records from National Information Standards Organization (NISO) NISO Patron Privacy VM#2-Kathryn Harnish: the value of personalisation services…
  • Reading List – Patron Privacy in Libraries in the Digital Age #nisoprivacy

    Bobbi Newman
    22 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    UPDATE: rather than continually updating this blog post I created a site for curation of content.   I was asked to share my reading list for the NISO committee to develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems. As all reading lists this one is always evolving. I would love suggestions if there is something you think is missing. Books Engaging Privacy and Information Technology in a Digital Age from by Committee on Privacy in the Information Age, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Division on Engineering and Physical…
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  • Microsoft Clipart Surprise

    Brian Herzog
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Here's a real turkey of an Easter Egg right before Independence Day: I was searching the Microsoft clipart gallery in Powerpoint because I needed a picture of a Teddy Bear for an event listing on our calendar. And skimming the results, the third one down on the left looked like it might be a good candidate... So now click on the image above to share in my surprise at that particular clipart bear's scary costume. Is this an April Fool's joke? I don't know where Microsoft's online clipart gallery is pulling from, but they are far more prepared with clipart for all types of occasions and…
  • Reference Question of the Week – 6/21/15

    Brian Herzog
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    This question actually happened in February - I had forgotten about it, but I think it's still interesting: A patron called in and asked for the large print edition of There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me. We didn't have that in our catalog, so I checked Amazon, which said it was being published on March 11th (over a month away at the time). I told him we'd be happy to order the large print edition for him, but then he asked something surprising: Patron: I've noticed that different publishers have different size large print, and sometimes it's not that much larger than…
  • Reference Question of the Week – 6/15/15

    Brian Herzog
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    I know I tend to be overly-paranoid, but sometimes reference questions are so unusual that I think they just have to be some "secret shopper" type test to see if I'll take them seriously. One such question came in via email last week: -----Original Message----- Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 5:11 PM To: askus@mvlc.org; bherzog@mvlc.org Subject: Chelmsford Library Reference Question patron_name: [---------------------] patron_email_address: [---------------------] patron_card_number: [---------------------] Comments: Do you have reference/source documents on trade of goods/ideas from Asia to…
  • Reference Question of the Week – 6/7/15

    Brian Herzog
    13 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    So, Monday was a odd day. All three of these (slightly odd) reference interactions happened in the space of a few hours: 1. A patron, who had been sitting at a table near the Reference Desk for a couple hours, walked up and asked, Could I have a minute of your time? Which I immediately thought was suspicious - it felt like he was going to try to sell me something. Then he starts this three minute ramble that his dog just died, and he just buried him, it was a Pomeranian, he was sad, he'll miss him, and it was cremated and he buried the urn. All the while I was listening and starting to feel…
  • Reference Question of the Week – 5/31/15

    Brian Herzog
    6 Jun 2015 | 3:51 am
    This is, hands down, one of the saddest reference interactions I've ever had. One evening a couple weeks ago, a young girl came up to the desk with a stack of pages she had just picked up off the color printer. She said the photo was coming out too dark, and she handed me one to show me what it was: See, that's sad. She wasn't exactly crying, but you could tell that the too-dark picture was just the latest in her series of unfortunate events. It was easy enough to go back to her computer, save the file onto a flash drive, and then print it to the staff printer at the Reference Desk. For…
 
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  • Reorienting Reference

    acrlguest
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Judith Logan, Reference Librarian at the University of Toronto. The job title in my email signature is “Reference Librarian.”  Every time I send a message to a new faculty member, student, or other non-library person, I always worry that they won’t know what that means. There’s good evidence that my worries are well founded. Kupersmith (2012) compiled over 51 library usability studies and found that “reference” was one of the most commonly misunderstood or not understood terms. There may have been a time when the word “reference” was both…
  • Considering Conferencing

    Maura Smale
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Like many of us I was #alaleftbehind this past weekend. I spent some time sitting on the sofa scrolling through Twitter catching up on the programs and happenings at ALA Annual, and I’m grateful to folks who’re livetweeting the sessions and those who’ve posted their talks and slides for all to see. But it’s not the same as being there, of course. Every year around this time I feel a twinge of guilt as I realize that it’s yet another year into my career in librarianship, and I still have not been to Annual. I did go to Midwinter once, just as I was finishing my…
  • Navigating (New) Relationships with Faculty: Valuing Service

    Sarah Crissinger
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    I start my first professional position in less than a month. I repeat: less than a month! I’ll be one of three Information Literacy Librarians on Davidson College’s team. I have been thinking about what the transition will be like a lot lately and one topic really continues to stick with me, worry me, and challenge me. That topic is the idea of building and fostering relationships, not just with my fellow librarians but also with faculty. The on-campus interview is so imperative for figuring out fit, not just for the employer, but also for the candidate. The older I get, the more I…
  • Culture Shock! and Other Discoveries of a New Academic Librarian

    Lindsay O'Neill
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Academia is weird. I did three academic library internships and worked as two years as academic library staff before becoming an academic librarian at Cal State Fullerton. But I didn’t truly realize how weird academic was until I became, well, an academic. Now that I’ve achieved a full (academic) year of librarianship, I thought that it would be fun to reflect on my challenges, frustrations, and discoveries. First off, in academia, you don’t have coworkers. You have colleagues! After a lifetime of hourly jobs and coworkers, I’ve really had to retrain my brain to start saying…
  • Collecting Cats: Library Lessons from Neko Atsume

    acrlguest
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Kelly Blanchat, Electronic Resources Librarian at Queens College, CUNY, and Megan Brooks, Director of Research Services at Wellesley College. This blog post is the culmination of a Twitter conversation between librarians talking about their experiences playing a phone game. The game is called Nekoatsume and it involves taking care of digital cats in a virtual backyard. Nekoatsume is entirely in Japanese, a key fact that actually started the Twitter conversation (and not the fact that the game involves cats, as might be expected). In short: a librarian started…
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  • Humble "School's Out" Bundle

    Paul R. Pival
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Totally reproducing a press release here, but there is no affiliate link included, it's just a friendly FYI if you've got kids interested in programming (or like to learn at a kids' level ;-) Summer can be tough on kids, and cabin fever can be even worse for parents. But with the new ebook bundle from No Starch Press, boredom is banished. San Francisco-based No Starch Press has a history of publishing smart books for curious kids, and now, with its Humble "School's Out!" Bundle, readers can pay what they want for a selection of its best books for kids, valued at…
  • Identifying and avoiding predatory publishers: a primer for researchers

    Paul R. Pival
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:47 pm
    My colleague Rob sent a link out about this new 2-page brief from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL): Identifying and avoiding predatory publishers: a primer for researchers (pdf). So-called predatory publishers are those that lack discernible scholarship, academic rigour or credibility. They use aggressive practices to recruit authors and editors. Predatory publishers’ opaque operations and editorial processes are suggestive of an intention to deceive both authors and readers (Butler, 2013). One of the links in the document points out that Jeffrey Beall maintains a…
  • What is a (public) library?

    Paul R. Pival
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am
    We have lots of conversations in my extended family about the role of the public library these days, and I happened across an interesting post from an unlikely source - the Kickstarter blog. In a post titled, Libraries are Everywhere, the author asks the following questions of four founders or employees of very non-traditional, yet public, libraries: What is a library? How would you define it? What's so important about libraries? What do all good libraries have in common? The year is 2050. What are libraries like in the future? What advice do you have for people that want to create a…
  • Mellen's lawsuit against Dale Askey has been dropped!

    Paul R. Pival
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    As reported by Dale on Twitter, and fleshed out a bit by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the SLAPP lawsuit by Edwin Mellen Press against Dale Askey has been dropped! Awesome news!  number of lawsuits in my life: 0. yes, friends, it's over. details to follow, someday, but for now, just a big thanks to all who helped. — Dale Askey (@daskey) February 4, 2015
  • 18 Best Open Source Tools for 2014

    Paul R. Pival
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    I happened across this list of the 18 Best Open Source Tools for 2014, and thought you might find something of use in there. Of particular interest for this audience, take a peek at ShareX, "an open source program that lets you take screenshots or screencasts of any selected area with a single key, save them in your clipboard, hard disk or instantly upload them to over 30 different file hosting services. In addition to taking screenshots, it can upload images, text files and all other different file types." Hint: click on the images in each post to go to the site in question.
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  • ALA Annual Conference 2015

    griffey
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    At the end of this week, myself and about 20,000 of my librarian and library-adjacent colleagues will be jetting off to lovely San Francisco for the American Library Association Annual Conference. The conference is always a highlight of my year, and this summer is a particularly busy one for me. There are a bunch of responsibilities as a part of my Knight News Challenge project, Measure the Future, as well as my last set of Board meetings with LITA as Chair of Bylaws and Parliamentarian. If you want to schedule some time at ALA to talk to me about an upcoming technology consulting or…
  • Library Technology: Problems, Futures, and Directions

    griffey
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:42 am
    This is a keynote that I delivered at the MOBIUS Consortium conference in Columbia, Missouri on June 2, 2015. I talk about why library technology is terrible, why technology is a unique thing, the speed of change, what technological futures are near, and the broad strokes of how I think libraries need to respond in order to suck less at tech. It’s a fun time for everyone. There’s one little technical glitch in the middle where Keynote decided to crash, but otherwise I’m pleased with the way this came together. Just a few hours after I gave my presentation, in which I talk…
  • LibraryBox v2.1 Public Beta

    griffey
    21 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    I’m thrilled to finally have the ability to announce that the v2.1 release for LibraryBox is now available as a Public Beta. What does that mean? It means that while we think we have all the bugs ironed out, we can’t be sure, and we need some brave souls that are willing to help us make sure. The benefits of the v2.1 release are many: CSS styled directory listings that are fully responsive The addition of the Mozilla l10n translation engine that allows for multi-language support for theLibraryBox interface. In the initial v2.1 release, we have 10 languages supported: German…
  • Apple Watch Sport Band Flip Trick

    griffey
    11 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    So here’s a tiny hack for the Apple Watch that I found really useful. In all of the promo shots, Apple shows the Sport Band attached to the Watch with the Pin side at the top of the Watch, and the holed-side attached at the bottom. I was having a terrible time actually putting the Watch on, because one-handed, I found that holding the Pin down and trying to pull the strap upwards to it was very awkward. The solution? Flip the bands. The band halves are completely reversible, and having the Pin on the lower part means that I can hold it in place with my thumb and pull the other band down…
  • 10 Days with the Apple Watch

    griffey
    7 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    I was one of the lucky few that received their Apple Watch order on April 24th, the day the  Watch was released to the public. Here’s the story of my first 10 days to try to give you some idea about the technology (and aesthetics) behind the newest Apple product. Order First up, what I ordered. My order was time stamped at 12:02am Pacific Time on April 10, the day that the Watch went on sale to the public, so I literally ordered mine within the first 120 seconds of availability. From the time the Watch was announced, I had been coveting the Stainless Steel with Milanese loop band.
 
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    ResearchBuzz

  • Kenya, Apple, Mapping, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, July 2nd, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    NEW RESOURCES Now available: an annotated database about the papers of Andrew Jackson. “Since 1971, The Papers of Andrew Jackson project has been dedicated to transcribing and publishing Old Hickory’s entire written record. A worldwide search has gathered copies of every known surviving Jackson document, including letters he wrote and received, official and military papers, presidential addresses, drafts, memoranda, legal papers and financial records. Now a fully searchable and annotated database of these documents is available online. The Papers of Andrew Jackson Digital Edition…
  • Posters, Food, Delaware, More: Thursday Morning Buzz, July 2nd, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:55 am
    NEW RESOURCES A collection of radical/activist posters are now available online. “We are excited to share with everyone these Labadie Collection posters. Acquired over the past 100 years, they range in topics from anarchism (our strongest collecting area) to civil liberties, anti-colonialism, anti-war/pacifism, feminism, labor, youth and student protest, ecology, Occupy, and more. Due to their format, until now, we have only been able to provide very limited access. Our hope is that they will get more use now that everyone can view them.” There are over 2200 posters in the…
  • Fashion, Coding, Savannah, More: Wednesday Buzz, July 1st, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    NEW RESOURCES Do you like Twitch? There’s something like that for coding. “The way Livecoding works is pretty simple. Developers stream live video of themselves coding, and users watching can ask questions or give feedback. Since launching a beta in February, Livecoding has seen 40,000 people sign up across 162 countries. Users have streamed in a variety of spoken languages, including Portuguese, Russian, and German, as well as coding languages, including C#, Python, and PHP.” BusinessWire now has language-based Twitter feeds. “The new Twitter handles feature tweets…
  • Railroads, Chattanooga, Google Earth, More: Tuesday Morning Buzz, June 30th, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    NEW RESOURCES The state of Pennsylvania is developing a new database of chemicals used by fracking companies. “Pennsylvania will require shale gas companies to disclose electronically the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing in a new state-run database by next summer.” Chattanooga, Tennesee now has an online archive of historical film footage. “More than 400 reels of film depicting snippets of life in Chattanooga during the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s were donated to the Chattanooga History Center in 2009. Many of those films are finally available for viewing as a…
  • Short Sunday Buzz, June 28th, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:47 pm
    NEW RESOURCES Indiana Modernist residence Miller House and Garden Now has an online archive. “The robust digital collection contains 17,699 downloadable images, including architectural drawings, material samples, photographs and administrative documents related to the history of the property. The archive spans more than 50 years, from the initial planning and construction of the house to later renovations and interior design projects.” USEFUL STUFF Interesting: using Twitter to detect earthquakes. “The Tweet Earthquake Dispatch (TED) system uses an API that compiles tweets…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • Sharing Policy Draws Criticism; Elsevier Responds

    Lisa Peet
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:16 am
    On April 30 the academic publishing company Elsevier announced that it would be updating its article sharing policies. In a post on its website titled Unleashing the power of academic sharing, Elsevier’s director of access and policy Alicia Wise outlined a framework of new sharing and hosting policies, which include guidelines for sharing academic articles at every stage of their existence, from preprint to post-publication, and protocol for both non-commercial—that is, repository—and commercial hosting platforms. “This is our first major refresh since [2004],” Wise told LJ. “What…
  • Lee Van Orsdel Re-Thinks Library Design

    Ian Chant
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:20 pm
    When Michigan’s Grand Valley State University (GSVU) built a new library a few years ago, Dean of Libraries Lee Van Orsdel wanted staff and stakeholders alike to throw out the rulebook on library design. The result was an acclaimed space that has been a hit with GVSU students, driving more traffic to the library and changing how students use it—changes that in turn have even influenced other industries. Since the library’s completion in 2013, Van Orsdel and her team have hosted numerous librarians and designers looking to tour the Mary Idema Pew Library, which features novel ways of…
  • Toxic Leaders, Toxic Workers: Learning to Cope | Leading From the Library

    Steven Bell
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    Librarians may not know a remarkable leader, but they sure can name all the toxic ones they’ve worked for. Lots of toxic employees and co-workers too. Is there any hope for a toxic-free workplace? As a speaker or workshop leader you do your best to prepare for questions. What we sometimes get, and likely lack preparation for, are colleagues not with specific questions but a story to share. They hope you have guidance for a difficult situation. During a leadership workshop I gave this spring I was approached by three different attendees, each of whom had a story to share about a workplace…
 
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  • Revolutionary Reading | Wyatt’s World

    Neal Wyatt
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Every year about this time, a desire for history and context about the founding of our nation bubbles forth. Satisfy readers with these five titles, several of which offer collective portraits of America’s Founding Fathers, and one that asks the question: What else happened on the continent as war raged? The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783–1789 by Joseph Ellis (Knopf). George Washington, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay are the four principal subjects of Ellis’s account of the creation of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights during the…
  • Town Hall Meeting | Day of Dialog 2015

    Lisa Peet
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    There’s nothing like a Town Hall Meeting to get ideas flowing, and the event at LJ’s Day of Dialog was no exception. The roomful of librarians from across the country offered a wide variety of viewpoints, with some gentle guidance from moderator Barbara Hoffert and meeting leader Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) branch manager, cofounder of LibraryReads, 2014 LJ Mover & Shaker, and self-proclaimed “book pusher.” The theme of the afternoon was advisory and outreach—both in-house and outside the library walls. From New York Public Library’s (NYPL) new reader…
  • First Novels | Day of Dialog 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:53 pm
      The First Novels panel at LJ’s Day of Dialog showcased six very different writers of five very different novels, with something for everyone in the audience. Authors Ron Childress, Sloane Crosley, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Paige McKenzie, and Claire Vaye Watkins offered animated answers to moderator Stephanie Klose’s questions and kept the session lively from start to finish. For the first order of business, each author briefly described his or her—or, in the case of Fink and Cranor, their—novel. Childress’s And West Is West (Algonquin. Oct.) revolves around the…
  • On the Beach, in the Kitchen, on Death Row | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    As many of our colleagues at School Library Journal/LJ journey to ALA and/or vacation hot spots, the WWR skeleton crew discusses the contents of their beach bags and backpacks. This week we won’t need a bigger boat… Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, SLJ Reviews The best part of summer is sinking your teeth into a good book. And I’m doing just that with Peter Benchley’s Jaws (Doubleday, Bantam, etc.), the story of a big shark with an even bigger appetite—for human flesh, that is. I recently saw the 1975 movie in theaters and was motivated to seek out the original source material.
  • Will the Real Christian Grey, Please Stand Up? | Beyond Fifty Shades

    LJ Reviews
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    LJ ebook reviewer Colleen Sargent sheds some light on Grey.   James, EL. Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian. Vintage. 2015. 559p. ISBN 9781101946343. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101946350. EROTIC ROMANCE Christian Grey has a dark past that has haunted his dreams his entire life. Yet with absolute control and discipline both in and out of his “playroom,” he has become a business prodigy who lives a penthouse lifestyle. All that changes the day Anastasia Steele falls into his office and turns his world upside down. He cannot forget her or check the emotions that being…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
 
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
 
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
 
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
 
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
 
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
 
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • First Thoughts on ALA

    Barbara Hoffert
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:01 am
    This newsletter saying good-bye to 2015 titles is slim, owing to my work at the American Library Association conference in San Francisco. Some first thoughts, drawn from the panels I have moderated. It’s astonishing how a panel that can seem as disparate as United for Libraries’ “Beyond Genre,” with three memoirs, a book of photographs (with a great slide show, starting the panel), and a Shakespeare Star Wars audiobook mash-up (with a great performance by two of the voiceover artists, ending oit) could end up fitting together so perfectly: Michelle Tea’s How To Grow up: A Memoir,…
  • Last of the December Fiction | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

    Barbara Hoffert
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:37 am
    Fiorato, Marina. Beatrice and Benedick. St. Martin’s. Dec. 2015. 448p. ISBN 9781476776347. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466888982. HISTORICAL We all know how much Beatrice and Benedick sparred in Much Ado About Nothing, but how did their relationship come about? A Shakespeare scholar whose The Glassblower of Murano won international acclaim, Fiorato reimagines their meeting at her uncle’s court and how it all went wrong. Solomons, Natasha. The Song of Hartgrove Hall. Plume: NAL. Dec. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780147517593. pap. $16. LITERARY The New York Times best-selling author of The House at…
  • From Occupy Art to Romantic Suspense | Barbara’s Picks, Prepub Alert, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

    Barbara Hoffert
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:31 am
    Crabapple, Molly. Drawing Blood. Harper. Dec. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781476772080. $25.99. MEMOIR Crabapple traveled through Europe and the Near East after high school, then settled in New York and worked at the nightclub The Box. She also witnessed the 9/11 attack. Eventually, the emerging Occupy movement compelled her to artistic talents to serve a new form of witness journalism, and soon she was being called “Occupy’s greatest artist” by Rolling Stone. This memoir with illustrations captures a key moment in our history. Hitchens, Christopher. And Yet…: Essays. S. & S. Dec. 2015.
  • Last Chance To Register for LJ’s 2015 ALA Galley & Signing Guide

    Barbara Hoffert
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    The American Library Association conference in San Francisco is coming soon, but LJ’s 2015 ALA Galley & Signing Guide is coming now—or at least sometime within the next 24 hours. You can anticipate a really big guide, with something like 400 titles, nearly double the number of titles featured in the 2015 BEA Galley & Signing Guide. For that, we can thank the library marketing folks at the publishers represented for working hard to get us lots and lots of books. Even if you are not attending ALA, the guide makes for informative reading; here are the books leading publishers large…
  • Five Essential Historical Titles | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 2

    Barbara Hoffert
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Crowley, Roger. Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire. Random. Dec. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9780812994001. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780812994018. HISTORY Crowley spent some of his childhood in Malta, hung around Greece the summer after finishing school, and taught in Istanbul after reading English at Cambridge, and his enduring interest in the history of the Mediterranean shows in his first three books: Constantinople: The Last Great Siege/1453; Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World, a Sunday Times (UK) History Book of the…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
 
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • Sharks, Baseball, Sweet Treats, and Speeches | Reference Reviews, June 15, 2015

    LJ Reviews
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:41 am
    Ebert, David A. & Sarah Fowler (text) & Marc Dando (illus.). A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World. Princeton Univ. 2015. 256p. index. ISBN 9780691165998. pap. $19.95. REF In this condensed version of the authors’ Sharks of the World, every known shark species is described by key identification features and shown in a color illustration. The guide lists the regions in which the species lives, its habitat, and its status on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species. An exhaustive, step-by-step guide describes how to identify sharks based…
  • Video Grows Up

    Henrietta Verma
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    SAGE, a company known for print reference works in the social sciences, is this month releasing SAGE Video, a database that will include original material as well as licensed content, all aimed at adults through the postgraduate level. This is in response to the growing use of video by students; a recent SAGE white paper (see ow.ly/O2EXO) explains that 79 percent of students watch informational videos outside class to help with their studies, and that this viewing is increasingly led by faculty. Professors frequently show interviews, tutorials, and more during class and recommend them as…
  • InteLex Past Masters Online; Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535–1922 | Reference eReviews, June 1, 2015

    LJ Reviews
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    InteLex Past Masters Online Catalogue InteLex Corporation; nlx.com/home. To request a free trial, email sales@nlx.com By Cheryl LaGuardia CONTENT Past Masters (PM) is a full-text database of selected primary source electronic editions in philosophy. Published in TEI-conformant (Text Encoding Initiative) XML and full-text searchable image formats, PM uses an enhanced version of the open source XTF platform developed by the California Digital Library. Disciplines span from American, British, classical, continental, and medieval philosophy to English letters, religious studies, social science,…
  • Encyclopedias of the Bible, Educational Technology, with an APA Dictionary of Psychology | Reference Reviews, June 1, 2015

    LJ Reviews
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:25 am
    APA Dictionary of Psychology. 2d ed. American Psychological Assn. 2015. 1200p. ed. by Gary R. VandenBos. ISBN 9781433819445. $49.95. REF VandenBos’s (APA Dictionary of Clinical Psychology) newest edition of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) flagship dictionary offers thousands of new entries and updates. Unlike Andrew W. Colman’s A Dictionary of Psychology (Oxford Univ.), the APA version is purely a dictionary, without much context to the definitions. However, it provides an extremely comprehensive listing of conditions and includes a brief biography of notable experts in…
  • Meeting Information Challenges | Notable Government Documents 2014

    LJ
    26 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has long been recognized as a pioneer among government agencies in streamlining its operations. Testifying before a House Appropriations SubCommittee, public printer Davita Vance-Cooks spoke in support of changing the name of the office to one more reflective of the agency’s commitment to a transformation “from a print-centric to a content-centric publishing operation.” In December, under a provision of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill, the familiar GPO initialism became the Government Publishing Office. As such, GPO extended its…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
 
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
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  • Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a roundup of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments! EBSCO and Ex Libris announced a partnership to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize patrons’ access. All print book, ebook, and journal orders placed via EBSCO online collection-development or ordering systems will be automatically updated in Ex…
  • Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. The bill, if it were officially introduced and ultimately enacted, would remove the CO from the Library of Congress (LC) and establish it as an independent agency of the federal government, under the Executive Branch. Then, while we were still considering the ramifications of this idea,…
  • Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

    LJ
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    The 2015 cohort of LJ‘s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. . For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy! Matthew Cook, Digital Developer Matthew Cook | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers from Library…
  • Academic Libraries Look Toward the Future | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Photo by Isobel T As proof positive that, even with their superior powers of observation and vision, librarians can’t predict the future, the planners for the American Library Association 2015 annual conference definitely underestimated how many people would be attending the program Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS). Every seat was filled, as well as all available floor space, with attendees eager to hear the panel’s thoughts on…
  • National Promise: Anticipating a new era for LC | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one. The next leader has the opportunity to build on the best work of LC to date, as well as dig into the necessary task of bringing LC’s tech and digital strategies up to…
 
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  • Town Hall Meeting | Day of Dialog 2015

    Lisa Peet
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    There’s nothing like a Town Hall Meeting to get ideas flowing, and the event at LJ’s Day of Dialog was no exception. The roomful of librarians from across the country offered a wide variety of viewpoints, with some gentle guidance from moderator Barbara Hoffert and meeting leader Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) branch manager, cofounder of LibraryReads, 2014 LJ Mover & Shaker, and self-proclaimed “book pusher.” The theme of the afternoon was advisory and outreach—both in-house and outside the library walls. From New York Public Library’s (NYPL) new reader…
  • First Novels | Day of Dialog 2015

    Lisa Peet
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:53 pm
      The First Novels panel at LJ’s Day of Dialog showcased six very different writers of five very different novels, with something for everyone in the audience. Authors Ron Childress, Sloane Crosley, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Paige McKenzie, and Claire Vaye Watkins offered animated answers to moderator Stephanie Klose’s questions and kept the session lively from start to finish. For the first order of business, each author briefly described his or her—or, in the case of Fink and Cranor, their—novel. Childress’s And West Is West (Algonquin. Oct.) revolves around the…
  • On the Beach, in the Kitchen, on Death Row | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    As many of our colleagues at School Library Journal/LJ journey to ALA and/or vacation hot spots, the WWR skeleton crew discusses the contents of their beach bags and backpacks. This week we won’t need a bigger boat… Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, SLJ Reviews The best part of summer is sinking your teeth into a good book. And I’m doing just that with Peter Benchley’s Jaws (Doubleday, Bantam, etc.), the story of a big shark with an even bigger appetite—for human flesh, that is. I recently saw the 1975 movie in theaters and was motivated to seek out the original source material.
  • Laura Dave | LibraryReads Author, June 15, 2015

    Barbara Hoffert
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Photo by Allen Murabayashi Not long ago, Laura Dave was hard at work on a mystery, scrabbling through five drafts in 18 months. But as she observed in a phone interview with LJ, “Sometimes, when we try to force a certain line in life, it’s a sign that it’s not working.” So she took a two-week hiatus to try something new. “The joy I felt told me that it was the right thing to do,” she explains, and she was on her way to writing the warmly bracing story of love, family, and finding oneself that became Eight ­Hundred Grapes. That Dave seized her chance because she was open to…
  • Churches, Houses, Songs, Choices | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:32 pm
    In the hours and days after the hellish events in Charleston, SC, I asked the “What We’re Reading” gang how they’re handling the aftermath of the racist attack, and of course, what they’re reading. Here are some of the LJ/School Library Journal staffers’ coping and reading strategies. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, SLJ Reviews This week, I’m veering away from my usual reading. I’m immersed in Stacy Wakefield’s The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory (Akashic, 2014), about a girl squatting in an abandoned Brooklyn house in 1995. My experiences with squatting are limited to those…
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    Annoyed Librarian

  • Pay As You Go

    Annoyed Librarian
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Before I toddled off to San Francisco I read an article about Amazon that I’ve been wanting to write about. It’s a long piece in the Atlantic about a change in Amazon’s payment policy for their self-published authors who make their writings available in Kindle Direct. In the old policy, authors were paid a set […]
  • In San Francisco, Not Debating Our Future Relevance

    Annoyed Librarian
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    I’m here at ALA in San Francisco. I haven’t been here in a long time, so I’d forgotten how generally dirty it is. And there’s all the mentally ill people. I saw three people standing alone yelling at themselves, and that was before I got through my hotel lobby. Based on the size of it, […]
  • Sustaining the “Unsustainable”

    Annoyed Librarian
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    From the Great White North comes this lament about the high prices that publishers charge libraries for ebooks. I wanted to be sympathetic. I really did. The prices are certainly high. The Kindle edition of Lena Dunham’s bestselling memoir Not that Kind of Girl retails for $14.99 at Amazon.ca. But the book’s publisher, Random House, […]
  • Lots of Stuff We Don’t Know

    Annoyed Librarian
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Glancing through the library news this week has been depressing, since much of it mentions the terrible murder of librarian Cynthia G. Hurd in the Charleston shootings. I considered writing about it, but could think of little more than what an awful world this can be, and with such hateful people in it. So I […]
  • As Well As Can Be Expected

    Annoyed Librarian
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    According to this article, libraries “are terrible at keeping track of art.” Yeah, well, maybe. The motivation for writing is the recent story of the Boston Public Library misplacing a couple of expensive paintings, which were both found after the desperate act of people actually looking for them. The author did her research, too. Not […]
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  • Revising Academic Library Governance Handbooks

    Jen Stevens
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Original Image by Flickr user Sasquatch 1 (CC BY 2.0), with minimal modification by C. Strunk (10 June 2015). In Brief Regardless of our status (tenure track, non-tenure track, staff, and/or union), academic librarians at colleges and universities may use a handbook or similar document as a framework for self-governance. These handbooks typically cover rank descriptions, promotion requirements, and grievance rights, among other topics. Unlike employee handbooks used in the corporate world, these documents may be written and maintained by academic librarians themselves1. In 2010, a group of…
  • Soliciting Performance, Hiding Bias: Whiteness and Librarianship

    Angela Galvan
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Image by Flickr user tweng (CC BY-SA 2.0) In Brief: Despite the growing body of research on our professional demographics and multi-year diversity initiatives, librarianship in the United States remains overwhelmingly white. I suggest the interview process is a series of repetitive gestures designed to mimic and reinforce white middle class values, which ultimately influence the hiring decisions—and relative lack of diversity—of librarianship as a whole. I consider how the whiteness of librarianship may manifest long before the hiring process. By identifying and interrogating the body of…
  • “I’m Just Really Comfortable:” Learning at Home, Learning in Libraries

    Mariana Regalado
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Matteo, a Borough of Manhattan CC student, drew a picture of himself sitting on the sofa at home reading for his research paper. In Brief: While commuter students may use their college or university libraries, student centers, or other campus locations for academic work, as commuters they will likely also create and negotiate learning spaces in their homes. Our research with urban commuter undergraduates revealed that finding space for their academic work at home was difficult for many students whose needs collided with the needs of other residents using those locations for non-academic…
  • As the World Turns So Do We: A New Publication Strategy

    Editorial Board
    6 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    In Brief: Announcing an update to In the Library with the Lead Pipe’s publication strategy. In the Library With the Lead Pipe began in the fall of 2008 with lofty publication goals. Six librarians launched the site as a peer-reviewed blog, with plans to publish an article every Wednesday. In their introductory post, they even mentioned the idea of increasing publication to twice weekly. Five months later, the editorial board announced that they would be moving to a bi-weekly format and opened up submissions for guest post proposals. The board found that writing lengthy peer reviewed…
  • Adopting the Educator’s Mindset: Charting New Paths in Curriculum and Assessment Mapping

    Bethany Messersmith
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    In the Library with the Lead Pipe welcomes Bethany Messersmith to our Editorial Board!  In honor of Throwback Thursday, we’re highlighting Bethany’s recent piece on curriculum and assessment mapping.   Photo by Flickr user MontyAustin (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) In Brief: The greatest challenge that I faced in my role as Information Literacy Librarian occurred as a result of a Higher Learning Commission (HLC) initiative at my institution, requiring all academic programs/departments to create/review/revise program-level student learning outcomes  (PLSLOs), curriculum maps, and…
 
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    Library Stuff

  • Ransom Center provides free online access to over 22,000 images of literary collections

    Steven M. Cohen
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    The Ransom Center — UT’s world-recognized rare book and manuscript library — is removing the requirement for permission as well as use fees for a significant portion of its online collections that are in the public domain, the university announced today. Dubbed Project REVEAL (Read and View English and American Literature), the year-long initiative digitized 25 of the center’s manuscript collections of American and British literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries.” (Via Austin360)
  • The New New York Public Library

    Steven M. Cohen
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:29 am
    “This is our moment!” said Tony Marx, the President and CEO of the New York Public Library (NYPL), as he was winding his comments about the present and future of libraries up to a crescendo: “Libraries are the central institution of civil society with the largest reach for everyone.” He continued with his carpe diem challenge that now is the time to work in a bigger way than ever before to scale up his library’s reach and to both preserve its long-held traditions and transform its offerings to suit the 21st century.” (via The Atlantic)
  • Cuyahoga County library chief starts new chapter as president of American Library Association

    Steven M. Cohen
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    Cuyahoga County Public Library Executive Director Sari Feldman has taken the reins of the American Library Association, the world’s oldest library association, where she will serve a one-year term as president. Feldman, who was elected last year and served a year as president-elect, immediately announced a new long-term public awareness campaign aimed at boosting funding for libraries of all kinds, from public libraries to school libraries. The campaign also will seek to increase advocacy on behalf of libraries on information policy issues such as net neutrality.” (Via…
  • PATTERSON ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF GRANTS TO SCHOOLS

    Steven M. Cohen
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:48 am
    “James Patterson is announcing the first round of school libraries to receive grants from an initiative he and Scholastic Reading Club launched in March, and he continues to raise the amount of money he will donate. The best-selling and prolific author said Tuesday that $500,000 has been given to 127 schools, from Berryville Middle School in Arkansas to the Pierre Indian Learning Center in South Dakota. Individual grants range from $1,000 to $10,000, part of a program Patterson and Scholastic originally set at $1.25 million, but now stands at $1.75 million. On Tuesday, he committed an…
  • Coming soon to your St. Paul library: Data tracking

    Steven M. Cohen
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:46 am
    “Just about every week, Abe Alk steps up to the circulation desk at St. Paul’s Rondo Library with a big stack of movies. Documentaries are his favorite. “I have learned a lot of history from libraries, because sometimes I get like 12 DVDs,” he said. “So I am probably [their] No. 1 user.” Alk has been coming to this library since he moved to St. Paul three years ago. But the library knows almost nothing about him — probably just his name, his address and his birthday.” (via MPR)
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    The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries

  • The 2015 JCD PR Winners Are ...

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    The 2015 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards winners have been named! This year there were 77 entries submitted online; judges had to narrow that down to eight winners. Once again, EBSCO sponsored the contest and reception, and The H.W. Wilson Foundation generously donated the prize money for the awards, the richest PR contest in North America.And the 2015 JCD winners are....The Contra Costa County (Calif.) Library won for War Ink, an exhibit and forum that helps to bridge the divide between the veteran and civilian communities.The Columbus State Library (Ohio) won for its…
  • The LibraryAware Community Award 2015 Winners

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    27 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    Dothan Houston County staffers accept their award.Photo courtesy of Library Journal and NoveList.Three libraries have won the 2015 LibraryAware Community Award, which recognizes libraries’ engagement with their communities.+ Dothan Houston County Library System in Alabama won first place ($10,000).+ Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library won second place ($7,500).+ Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library in Kansas won third place ($5,000).These annual awards are given by Library Journal and are underwritten by LibraryAware, a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO…
  • Doing National Library Week Right: TSCPL

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Yesterday marked the start of National Library Week (#NLW15) in the US. Many libraries of all types do things to take advantage of this time, when ALA and other organizations have already primed the media to do library stories. Some, understandably, do more than others.I'd like to show you a prime example of a public library that's done #NLW15 right. Take a look at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL) in Topeka, Kansas. On its Facebook page yesterday, the opening day of National Library Week, TSCPL posted a short teaser note and video. (It's just 26 seconds if you want…
  • Enter the JCD Awards by March 6

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    { UPDATE: Feb. 26. The entry deadline has been extended to March 6. That gives you an extra week to prepare your entry! ~KD }It's that time of year again---time to enter the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award contest. Once again, eight exceptional PR campaigns will win $10,000 each to further their work, thanks to the H.W. Wilson Foundation and to EBSCO.All types of libraries are welcome to enter, and international entries are welcome. However, entries must be written in English for the award jury. The John Cotton Dana (JCD) entry process is now entirely online, so you…
  • Time to Enter the PR Xchange Awards Contest

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Calling all library people who do PR work! You're invited to enter the PR Xchange Awards! The deadline is April 1st.The 2015 PR Xchange Awards will recognize the very best public relations materials produced by all types of North American libraries in 2014. This contest is part of the popular PR Xchange event that’s held at ALA’s Annual Conference; it was formerly called the Best of Show Awards.There are 10 categories for entries, including annual reports and fundraising materials. You can find details and a link to the entry form here. There’s an FAQ document here. Online submissions…
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  • Best Practices in Cloud Computing

    Stephen Abram
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    Cloud Computing [July/August 2015] http://www.kmworld.com/Archives/WhitePaperPreviewIssue.aspx?IssueID=5403 Download PDF   “Grasping For The Cloud The cloud is gathering. There have been several baby steps leading up to now. ASPs (application service providers) opened the door to off-site, provided service that allowed organizations to off-board certain IT functions to a data center somewhere off site. Typically, the organization owned the licenses for the applications; the data center simply stored and maintained them and provided a grade-of-service that was usually negotiated in…
  • Reading Research Infographic

    Stephen Abram
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:51 am
    Reading Research Infographic Our friends at CBC Books helped us turn our research into this handy, shareable infographic. http://www.nationalreadingcampaign.ca/research/reading-research-infographic/   Stephen
  • How to Motivate Yourself to Do Virtually Anything [Article]

    Stephen Abram
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:57 am
    How to Motivate Yourself to Do Virtually Anything [Article] – See more at: http://www.99smartideas.com/blog/how-to-motivate-yourself#sthash.kLOA89C3.dpuf Stephen
  • 5 Online Tools for Creating Picture Books

    Stephen Abram
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    5 Online Tools for Creating Picture Books http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/06/5-online-tools-for-creating-picture.html#.VYghXPnF9EI Picture Book Maker MyStorybook Storybird Alphabet Organizer Jellybean Writer Stephen
  • How Users Search and Discover: User Scenarios

    Stephen Abram
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:56 am
    How Users Search and Discover: User Scenarios By Christine Stohn, Senior Product Manager, Discovery & Delivery, Ex Libris http://initiatives.exlibrisgroup.com/2015/06/how-users-search-and-discover-user.html “Last time, you will recall, I described how Ex Libris user studies were designed to provide a better understanding of users’ discovery needs, by placing their search scenarios in their real-world context.  During the collection and analysis of a wide range of user case studies, three core discovery concepts repeatedly appeared in our user scenarios: Search and find…
 
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    Tame The Web

  • Now you see it: How the brain science of attention will transform the way we live, work, and learn – A TTW Guest Post by William Bejarano

    Michael
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    As part of Michael Stephens’ Hyperlinked Library course offered through San Jose State University, I reported on the book Now you see it: How the brain science of attention will transform the way we live, work, and learn by Cathy N. Davidson. We were encouraged to use creative means to convey our reports, so I took the book’s central theme to heart and utilized several free and available web tools to comment across platforms. Part 1: TameTheWeb – “Introduction” The main thrust of this book is the notion that we are using outdated criteria to measure our educational progress. This is…
  • Practicing Critical Information Literacy by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson

    troyswanson
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:47 am
    This is an interview I did with Brian Mathews originally posted on  his blog The Ubiquitous Librarian which is part of the Chronicle Higher Education blog network.   His blog (which has been awesome for many years) will soon end as the Chronicle ends its blog network, so Brian gave me permission to also post the interview here. I am appreciative of the good and honest thinking Brian has provided our profession over the years. BM: You have stated that librarians have long been champions of intellectual freedom and that you see critical information literacy as an extension of this value.
  • The tumblarians – a TTW guest post by Tamarack Hockin

    Michael
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:58 am
    The LIS blogosphere is what brought me into librarianship. I was travelling in Tasmania more than a decade ago when I happened upon Jessamyn West’s librarian.net (still going strong!), and started the discovery process for my own career in libraries. I began spending part of my daily hour at the public terminals reading up on the issues of profession, reflections from practitioners, and linking around within a community of library bloggers. Enter the biblioblogosphere. I have just wrapped up the first semester of my MLIS, and had the amazing opportunity to delve more deeply into the…
  • Thanks Arizona!

    Michael
    2 Jun 2015 | 2:13 pm
      Thanks to all who attended my talks in Arizona on Friday and Monday. What a wonderful group of library folk. I am looking forward to returning in November for AzLA in Flagstaff. Slide downloads are below: May 29, 2015: Learning Everywhere: The Transformative Power of Hyperlinked Libraries, Prescott Valley, Arizona, for the Arizona Library Association  SLIDES:  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensPrescottValley.pdf June 1, 2015: Trends & Technologies Update, Phoenix Public Library,  for the Arizona State…
  • Thanks Florida Library Webinars!

    Michael
    4 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Just finished recording a webinar for the good folks in Florida. The slides are here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensLearningFlorida.pdf Some Links from Office Hours that were used in the talk: A Genius Idea: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/03/opinion/michael-stephens/a-genius-idea-office-hours/ In the Moment: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/06/opinion/michael-stephens/in-the-moment-office-hours/ Library as Classroom: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/05/opinion/michael-stephens/library-as-classroom-office-hours/#_ Holding Us Back:…
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    Information Wants To Be Free

  • Are online MLIS degree-holders “less than?”

    Meredith Farkas
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:04 pm
    When I graduated from library school, I worried about anti-online-degree bias. I worried that people would think my degree was somehow “less than” because I’d done it fully online. I remember being asked some questions about it at one interview that made the search committee’s biases pretty clear, but the people who eventually hired me seemed to see it as an asset rather than a weakness (mind you, it was for a distance learning librarian position). That was in 2004. I assumed that 11 years later, people had gotten the message that online courses and online degrees are…
  • Sinners, saints, and social media take-downs

    Meredith Farkas
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    I hate one-dimensional characters in movies and TV. I love complex characters who have good qualities and bad. I like that “The Good Wife” actually isn’t really such a paragon of moral virtue at all. That she has made questionable decisions and struggles with things, just like we all do. I like how many of the “villains” on that show do monstrous things, but still have likable qualities and people they love and who love them in turn. I’m glad we’re seeing more and more shows like that, where characters are as flawed and three-dimensional as we all…
  • You could learn a lot from us: community college librarians at ACRL

    Meredith Farkas
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    ACRL was ridiculously amazing this year. I feel energized, affirmed, and hopeful (and completely exhausted and sick since it ended). The programming was so high-quality and relevant that, in most cases, I had at least four options in every time slot on my planner that I wanted to attend. Luckily, ACRL records all the sessions and will be putting them online in the next few weeks; there are so many I want to listen to! It’s really nice to go to a conference when you feel like you’re actually in a position to implement some of the things you’ve heard about. I have such warm…
  • True confessions

    Meredith Farkas
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    When my brain was completely full on Thursday at the ACRL Conference, Jad Abumrad’s keynote felt like a spa for my brain. For those who don’t know, he is the co-host of Radiolab, a very cool and innovative show on NPR, and the recipient of one of those fancy schmancy MacArthur genius grants. Good call ACRL planning committee! His keynote was brilliant and it was coming at a time when I’ve been reflecting on where I am in my career now that I feel like I’m not in survival mode anymore. For those who missed Jad’s talk, here’s another one he gave two years ago…
  • Read your contract: Being OA isn’t enough

    Meredith Farkas
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    So, I missed writing this for Open Access Week, or Fair Use Week, or Open Education Week, but I think these are topics that we should be focusing on every day of our professional lives; not just 3 weeks of the year. Imagine for a moment that you’re doing an ego search (not that I would ever do that) and you find that someone is selling an article you wrote (with your name on it) as part of a book or journal that you never contracted with. Sure, you published the article, but for a completely different publisher. Now you find that some random company is making money off your work. You…
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    What I Learned Today...

  • Bookmarks for June 22, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Sass: Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets Sass is the most mature, stable, and powerful professional grade CSS extension language in the world. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for June 22, 2015 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Another Nifty Firefox Extension If This Then That Learn a New Language
  • Bookmarks for June 19, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. explainshell.com Write down a command-line to see the help text that matches each argument Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for June 19, 2015 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Herding Cattle Live Ink Car 5.0
  • Bookmarks for June 13, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    13 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Dribbble What are you working on? Dribbble is show and tell for designers. The League of Moveable Type Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for June 13, 2015 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Not a Librarian Library Science Journals w/ RSS Tracking in house use in Koha 3.4
  • Bookmarks for June 8, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. The bttn Control almost any Internet-enabled device or service with the push of a button, or give it to your customer for super-easy ordering of your product or services Guacamole — HTML5 Clientless Remote Desktop Guacamole is a clientless remote desktop gateway. It supports standard protocols like VNC and RDP. We call it clientless because no plugins or client software are required. Thanks to HTML5, once Guacamole is installed on a server, all you need to access your desktops is a web browser. Internet of Things News…
  • Bookmarks for June 3, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    3 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Libreboard LibreBoard is an open-source kanban board that let you organize things in cards, and cards in lists. You can use it alone, or with your team and family thanks to our real-time synchronisation feature. Libreboard is a land of liberty and you can implement all sort of workflows on it using tags, comments, member assignation, and many more. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for June 3, 2015 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Cards that Give Family Photo Sharing Moo Cards…
 
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  • Fifty Challenges Filed Against LGBTQ Children’s Books in Rural Texas County

    Gary Price
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    From the CBLDF: Over 50 residents of Hood County, Texas have filed formal challenges against two LGBTQ-themed children’s picture books found in the local public library. Library director Courtney Kincaid and an advisory board have already refused to move My Princess Boy and This Day in June out of the children’s section, but the Hood County Commissioners may vote on the matter later this month. Read the Complete Blog Post From WFAA: Both of the stories feature large, colorful drawings coupled with simple rhymes and sentences. In other public libraries, like Fort Worth, they are shelved in…
  • Fast Facts: The Fourth of July 2015

    Gary Price
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:56 am
    A collection of fast facts and stats relating to the holiday and provided by the U.S. Census. All entries include link to additional info. Here’s some of what you’ll find. 2.5 million In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation. 56 Numbers of signers to the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston comprised the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration. Jefferson, regarded as the strongest and most eloquent writer, wrote most of the document. $369.4 million…
  • Data: comScore Releases May 2015 U.S. Smartphone Subscriber Market Share

    Gary Price
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:20 pm
    From comScore: comScore today released data from comScore MobiLens and Mobile Metrix, reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for May 2015. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 43.5 percent OEM market share, while Google Android led as the #1 smartphone platform with 52.1 percent platform market share. Facebook ranked as the top individual smartphone app. Smartphone OEM Market Share 189.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (76.8 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in May.* Apple ranked as the top OEM with 43.5 percent of…
  • Microsoft Open Sources WorldWide Telescope

    Gary Price
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:19 pm
    From Microsoft Research: The WorldWide Telescope is now open source under the MIT license and has become an independent project as part of the .NET Foundation. WorldWide Telescope began in 2007 as a Microsoft Research project, with early partners including astronomers and educators from Caltech, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, the University of Chicago and several NASA facilities. Over the past eight years, millions of people have downloaded and used WorldWide Telescope, coming to rely on its unified astronomical image and data environment for exploratory research, teaching and public…
  • Michigan: Wayne County Library System Closes Its Doors After 95 Years

    Gary Price
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    From WDET Radio (Detroit): After being in operation for almost a century, the Wayne County Library system is closing. The cities of Taylor and Ecorse are taking control of the system’s two remaining public libraries. Wayne County Librarian Maria McCarville says closing the Braille and Talking Book Library is especially bittersweet. Listen to the Report More in the Detroit Free Press Article, “Wayne County Library system comes to an end”
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    American Libraries Magazine

  • Serving Everyone

    ALA Magazine
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:08 am
    In most American libraries, services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and questioning teens are woefully inadequate. While the LGBT community has made strides toward marriage equality, visibility, state and local protections, and other civil rights gains, our libraries have lagged behind in providing the services that LGBT people deserve. LGBT librarians and the LGBT community are not responsible for making excellent library services happen. It is the responsibility of all of us who hold strong the values of librarianship: access, equity, intellectual freedom, and…
  • A Policy Revolution for Digital Content

    ALA Magazine
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    For the past several years, the American Library Association (ALA) has been engaged in outreach to the publishing community to advocate for improved library access to ebooks. Leading the charge for ALA is its Digital Content Working Group (DCWG), with the strong and direct involvement of the ALA Executive Board. This work is especially significant because of its proactive nature: not waiting for publishers and others to act but initiating our own action on behalf of the library community. The poor and deteriorating state of library ebook lending in 2011 catalyzed this initiative. Waiting for…
  • Idealism and Opportunism

    George Eberhart
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    Open access (OA) journals have become widespread in recent years, but so have misunderstandings about them, fueled by a lack of real data. In order to add data, I looked at the websites for every journal in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) as of May 7, 2014—or at least all of them that an English reader could make sense of. Here’s a little of what I found. OA journals—categorized as “gold OA” to distinguish them from content placed in an institutional or subject repository (“green OA”)—make all of their peer-reviewed articles freely available online, in the final…
  • Apps for That

    Phil Morehart
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Search Axis with Boopsie Boopsie, a mobile platform-as-a-service provider for more than 4,000 libraries worldwide, has joined forces with digital content, print book, and entertainment product distributor Baker & Taylor to simplify searching for and finding a library’s e-content. The Boopsie mobile app is now integrated with Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 digital media library. Patrons can use Boopsie’s mobile platform to access all of their library’s resources, including Baker & Taylor content via Axis 360. The Boopsie app launches an in-app browser that allows patrons to…
  • Forty Years of Interns—UNC-Chapel Hill

    Laurie Borman
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Selden Lamoureux was eager to practice librarianship when she began as a master’s student in the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. “I had so little experience in ­libraries before I went to library school,” she says. “So I was especially keen to get some real-world experience.” Lucky for her, there was a library—the Environmental Protection Agency Research Triangle Park (EPA-RTP) Library—that would offer Lamoureux an internship with that real-world experience she was craving. The internship, she says,…
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