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  • MAKE. PLAY. READ. LEARN by TTW Contributor Justin Hoenke

    Tame The Web
    Justin Hoenke
    1 May 2015 | 9:05 am
      Make. Play. Read. Learn Logo designed by Kyle Gordy http://kylegordydesign.com/ From the moment that I began working in libraries in around 2007, I was not a fan of Summer Reading programs and the themes they were generally packaged around. They were boring, cookie cutter, and out of date. The themes seemed to be 1-2 years behind what was popular at the moment.  As a teen librarian, my job was to take these themes and put some excitement around them. I found it to be a difficult task that took energy away from what I consider to be the most important part of any public library: the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

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    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • “I’m Just Really Comfortable:” Learning at Home, Learning in Libraries

    In the Library with the Lead Pipe
    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…
  • Presentations at Computers in Libraries 2015

    David Lee King
    David Lee King
    1 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    I just got back from a full week of learning and sharing at Computers in Libraries. Great conference, as usual! Here are links to the presentations I gave: Emerging Trends in Libraries for 2015 (this was a preconference session) Writing for the Modern Web Make your Website UX ROCK Analytics for Social Media (also embedded in this post) Yes, I was busy Enjoy!
  • My pecha kucha talk about Open Library

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    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…
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  • Presentations at Computers in Libraries 2015

    David Lee King
    1 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    I just got back from a full week of learning and sharing at Computers in Libraries. Great conference, as usual! Here are links to the presentations I gave: Emerging Trends in Libraries for 2015 (this was a preconference session) Writing for the Modern Web Make your Website UX ROCK Analytics for Social Media (also embedded in this post) Yes, I was busy Enjoy!
  • Mobile-only Use Overtakes Desktop-only Use

    David Lee King
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    I’m still at Computers in Libraries 2015 – great conference as usual! I also just saw this from Gary Price on InfoDocket, and thought it was worth sharing. In the US, the number of mobile-only internet users now exceeds the number of desktop-only internet users. Here’s what ComScore says about this: “While the share of mobile-only users has climbed over the past year to 11.3 percent, the desktop-only population has drastically declined to just 10.6 percent. Of course these numbers also tell us that the vast majority of the digital population (78 percent) is multi-platform and…
  • 6 Tips on Going Viral

    David Lee King
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Last week, my library posted a Youtube video for National Library Week that went “viral.” No, not millions of views viral, but over 100,000 views in a week viral. Which is pretty big for us! That’s not our most watched video ever … yet. I’m pretty sure it will make that in a week or two. But it is our most viral video to date, meaning that it spread around the web pretty fast, and was reposted in quite a few places with larger audiences. How did we do it? That’s a good question, and ultimately it’s hard to predict what will “go viral” and…
  • #checkitout, Taylor Swift, & National Library Week

    David Lee King
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    Guess what? It’s National Library Week! To celebrate, some really creative staff and customers at my library have made a fun, creative, and AWESOME parody video of Taylor Swift’s song Shake It Off. Yes, ours is called Check It Out. Please watch the video (pretty sure you guys will like it). We have a goal: we want to encourage library advocacy, and get people to check out the library! We also want this video shared as widely as possible. So, I have a request or two: Please share the video in your favorite social media channels – the Youtube Video link is here. Use these…
  • New Music from Me

    David Lee King
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Sort of a break from my normal posts. If you’ve liked any of the music I’ve created over the years, well … this blog post is for you! I’ve been working on a new album full of songs – 11 in all. And here they are! This video features my song I Drive a Pacer. It’s about fixing up and cruising around in an old AMC Pacer. Purposefully silly! Like this song? There are 10 more just like it! You’ll find songs about robots, getting older, regrets, God, headaches, and erasers. Mostly in a rock/alternative style. You can find it on iTunes and at Bandcamp.
 
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  • 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?
  • asking for what you want, getting what you want

    jessamyn
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:22 pm
    This has been a heady National Library Week for many librarians I know and me in particular. There’s been a lot of online agita and, unlike the way these things usually go, some things wound up changing for the better. Here’s a list. Apologies if I link too much to facebooky stuff. Someone mentioned that they found Demco’s “Spanish” spine label a bit troublesome since it had a sombrero and a set of maracas (Mexican, not Spanish, and still stereotypical at that) and misspelled español (without the tilde). A few people complained to Demco. Demco listened, agreed,…
  • Why SpaceX photos aren’t public domain (yet)

    jessamyn
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Sometimes people who license their digital content aren’t really thinking it through. They may have something else on their minds or copyright nuance may not be their thing. I think it behooves us copyright advocates and activists to (at least) politely try to push the envelope towards more open content licensing. Here’s the example I enjoyed from today. This is interesting especially because Flickr uses Creative Commons licensing, but does not use CC-0 which is an intentional choice. Photos from cultural heritage organizations which are in the Flickr Commons have an additional…
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  • Annual reminder of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month

    Sarah
    5 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    It’s May, so I’m going to do what I do every May–remind you of a rare disorder that I suffer from–Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). May is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month. You can read my posts from previous years (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) for details on what EDS is and how it has affected my life. The Cliffs Notes version is that Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a connective tissue disorder. My body makes bad collagen–super stretchy, slow to bounce back, slow to heal. And collagen is all over your body–skin, internal organs, tendons, ligaments. I was…
  • Review of Useful, Usable, Desirable

    Sarah
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    I finally finished reading Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience Design to Your Library, written by Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches. This is a killer manual for any library staff member to have at your desk, no matter what your job is. Disclaimer: I do know both Aaron and Amanda personally, but a disclaimer to that disclaimer…this book is fucking awesome regardless of who wrote it. With a background in web design and a dabbling in user experience, I often take for granted the importance of thinking consciously about your user’s perspective, about the ease of use of…
  • Adobe Spies on eBook Readers, including Library Users

    Sarah
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    A story broke yesterday involving eBooks, libraries, and the privacy of user data. Reporter Nate Hoffelder exposed some serious privacy violations on the part of Adobe, specifically within their Digital Editions 4 product. Adobe Digital Editions, which most eBook platforms in libraries use (including OverDrive, 3M Cloud Library, Axis 360, and Enki), has been secretly spying on users. No one hacked anything–this is the company itself collecting this data on the sly. Adobe is gathering data on the eBooks that have been opened, which pages were read, and in what order–including…
  • Laundry and Skeletons: The Reality of Sexual Assault and Harassment

    Sarah
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Trigger Warning: This post includes discussions and descriptions of sexual harassment and assault, as well as descriptions of the mental state of someone suffering abuse. On Halloween day of 2011, I wrote a blog post detailing the years of harassment I had experienced at the hands of fellow librarians. I did not include every incident. I did not talk about harassment that happened to me outside of the library world. And I did not name names. This post gained a lot of traction and I was pleased that it helped contribute in some small way to the conversations that ultimately resulted in…
  • Team Harpy FAQ

    Sarah
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    UPDATE 3/27/15: I have chosen to close comments on this post due to repeated hateful comments that violate the commenting rules for my website. Many people have had questions about the lawsuit filed by Joseph Murphy against nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey, and about #teamharpy. Here is an attempt to answer the most common questions so that we can all start from an informed position. What is Team Harpy all about? Joseph Murphy (aka Joe Murphy) has begun legal proceedings naming nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey as defendants in a defamation lawsuit in the Canadian courts, asking for a total of $1.25…
 
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  • Libraries Circulating Wi-Fi Hotspots: Now That’s Cool

    Brian Herzog
    28 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    I've been quiet lately because I've been just flat-out busy at both work and home, but here's something that has me excited: patrons checking out wi-fi hotspots from their public library. Last month's article about the NYPL's circulating wi-fi got me interested. I brought it up at a recent meeting, and a colleague (thanks Anna!) sent me some more background info: Loaning Out Internet Access at the Providence Community Library How one Library is “Loaning out the Internet” using Mobile Technology The idea is simple enough: have a mobile hotspot for patrons to check out, that can create a…
  • Reference Question of the Week – 5/17/15

    Brian Herzog
    23 May 2015 | 3:25 am
    I thought this was actually an interesting question, but the real punch line comes at the end. Yesterday at the library, one of our volunteers came out and asked me if she could ask me an iPhone question. Me: Of course. [despite knowing very little about iPhones*] Her: Okay, good. Sometimes when I get a call, I get the Accept and Decline buttons - but sometimes, I don't. Why does that happen? Me: Huh, I've never heard of that before - let me see what I can find and I'll let you know [because the volunteer was going to be at the library for a few hours, I knew I could get back to her on it]…
  • Reference Question of the Week – 5/10/15

    Brian Herzog
    16 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    This isn't a reference question I received (at least, not recently), but this Reddit thread was too good not to share here: My mother, despite being in her mid 60's, is awesome with computers. She's a public librarian, and is often at the wrong end of users' questions. I came home for a quick Mother's Day visit and she told me this gem: User: I can't copy this highlighted section! This mouse must be broken! Mom: Just press the control and C keys at the same time. Yes, that'll copy it. Now hit the control and V keys at the same time. User: V?? Why not P? Mom: V stands for Velcro, so when you…
  • Reference Question of the Week – 5/3/15

    Brian Herzog
    8 May 2015 | 9:47 pm
    A patron came up to the Reference Desk with a book tucked under his arm. This was odd because usually when someone has a book question, they hold the book up, or out, so I can see what it is - but this time, the patron was definitely guarding it. After I greeted him, he said, This may sound silly, but I'm serious - if I check this out, I'm not going to get put on some kind of watch list or anything am I? And as he said it, he revealed to me the book under his arm: Mein Kampf. I kind of laughed and said, "no; at least, not as far as I know." I then explained how our catalog is managed by the…
  • Safe Places for Meeting Online Sellers

    Brian Herzog
    6 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    My brother told me about this a few months ago, but I forgot about it until I saw a local news article this week. Police Departments nationwide have been designating themselves as "Safe Zones" for the face-to-face part of online sales. If you buy or sell something online, you can use the local Police Station as the place to meet the person to exchange the merchandise. What a great idea. Of course, my next thought was, "hey, libraries could do that too." And of course they could, but Police Stations clearly are a better choice. As the article about the Chelmsford Police points out, The lobby…
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  • The Assistantship as Ethnography: A New Lens for LIS Students

    Sarah Crissinger
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    “I wish to make the argument here for usability as a motive, ethnography as a practice, anthropology as a worldview” This was the first sentence of Donna Lanclos’ recent keynote speech at UX Libs, an international conference devoted to user experience in libraries. I find Donna’s speech to be moving and eloquent while still offering concise, tangible evidence of the value of ethnography in libraries. Moreover, she engages and cites some of the most interesting work being done in our field right now in a thoughtful, nuanced way. I’ll use some of Donna’s insights as a framing for…
  • Let’s Assess!

    Lindsay O'Neill
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    The California State University system has been considering a move to performance-based funding. Librarians here have expressed a lot of consternation about how we can show we’re worth funding, let alone why we should have to show it at all. At the same time, Cal State Fullerton is making a big push towards implementing and assessing High Impact Practices (HIPs) as part of our focus on increasing student engagement, retention, and graduation, so as a library we have to figure out how we can incorporate HIPs as well. I think there’s a tendency for librarians to worry a lot about how…
  • A Conceptual Model for Interdisciplinary Collaboration

    acrlguest
    14 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Laura MacLeod Mulligan, M.L.S., Information Services Librarian, and Dr. Adam J. Kuban, Assistant Professor of Journalism, both at Ball State University. Academic buzzwords such as “interdisciplinary” and “collaboration” get paid ample lip service in university administration strategic plans and current scholarship, but practically speaking it can be difficult to begin or sustain such a partnership. With strong faculty support, public services librarians can become embedded in courses, revise assignments, review student output, and assess student…
  • A World with No Meetings?!

    Erin Miller
    11 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be: meetings. — Dave Barry, “25 Things I Have Learned in 50 Years” As funny as I think Dave Barry can be, and in spite of the fact that he is correct to imply that meetings are often not the most efficient way to get things done, I am one of those weird people that actually enjoys meetings. Not ALL meetings, obviously, but more than half of them. And even during un-enjoyable (i.e. unproductive) meetings I try to walk out with…
  • The Good Kind of Contagious

    Maura Smale
    3 May 2015 | 6:10 pm
    I haven’t written an ACRLog post in a long time. It’s an all too typical story of the combination short-on-time + writer’s block sort: a busy late Winter/early Spring (such a wintery late Winter, too), and I’ve had conference and other presentation preparations to do as well as the usual work stuff. And since this is only my second semester as chief librarian in my library, “the usual” still includes a fair number of tasks and responsibilities that are new to me, and I’m still learning a lot. I’ve had post ideas in my head for sure — about…
 
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  • 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.
  • Spring & Summer Speaking schedule

    griffey
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Spring and Summer are bringing another round of speaking appearances, all of which I am very excited to be doing. I’m heading to some great conferences and am really excited to meet awesome librarians across the country.  If you are going to be attending any of the following, please say hello! April 20-22 – New Jersey Library Association Conference, Wednesday morning Keynote April 26-29 – Computers in Libraries 2015,  Cybertour on Measure the Future on Monday at 1pm and the Decades of Innovation panel on Tuesday evening (OMG I get to be on a panel with Jan and Meg and…
  • Measure the Future and Privacy

    griffey
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    If you are curious about the Measure the Future project (using simple and inexpensive sensors that can collect data about building usage to make strategic decisions that create more efficient and effective experiences for patrons) and how that might overlap with library patron privacy concerns, I posted a lengthy outline of the ideas and concepts on that front over on the Measure the Future blog. An excerpt: The thing that I’ve gotten the most comments and emails about is the degree to which Measure the Future is “creepy.” There is both and implicit and explicit expectation of privacy…
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  • One Million Album Covers and More: Thursday Morning Buzz, May 28th, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    28 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    NEW RESOURCES Want a data set to play around with? The Internet Archive has one million album covers for you. If that’s a bit much (148 GB!), it also has a 1200-album cover set (200 MB). Bozeman High School of Bozeman, Montana, has put about 80 years’ worth of high school newspapers online. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has launched a new tool. “A new data tool–International Trade and Investment Country Facts Application–on the Bureau of Economic Analysis website gives users a snapshot of statistics on trade and investment between the United States and…
  • Vinyl, Fonts, Lycos, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, May 27th, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    27 May 2015 | 11:32 am
    NEW RESOURCES The Vancouver Foundation will make its research available for free. “The Vancouver Foundation’s only caveat is that those who use its intellectual property must properly attribute the source material to its creator or the 72-year-old non-profit, which dispersed about $57-million through more than 4,900 grants last year….By 2017, anybody who receives funding from the foundation must agree to release their work under a Creative Commons licence, which is a free, simple and standardized way of granting anyone the copyright permissions to use their creative work.”…
  • Idaho, Twitter, Instagram, More: Wednesday Morning Buzz, May 27th, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    27 May 2015 | 2:22 am
    NEW RESOURCES A Brooklyn cemetery has launched a database of Civil War veterans. “The online biographies are part of a Memorial Day exhibit that opened Saturday at Green-Wood Cemetery. More than half a million people are interred at the landmark cemetery that dates to 1838. Almost 5,000 were in some way involved in the Civil War.” Georgia State University has launched a new online archive of Works Progress Administration maps of Atlanta, Georgia. “The collection contains over 950 maps from several map series documenting Atlanta in the late 1930s. These include the 1940…
  • It’s So Random Today: Saturday Buzz, May 23rd, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    23 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    NEW RESOURCES I have mixed feelings about this: There’s a tool available that lets you search the salaries of foreign-born tech workers (H1-B workers, specifically). “The tool searches government records for Labor Condition Applications (LCA), a piece of paperwork that prospective employers must file on behalf of workers hoping to get H1-B visas. These applications are publicly available, and include the names of workers’ labor lawyers, as well as their salaries and the companies hoping to hire them.” USEFUL STUFF Ancestry.com is offering free access to military records…
  • Hong Kong, Australia, Celtic Music, More: Short Friday Buzz, May 22nd, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    22 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    NEW RESOURCES Google has put Hong Kong museums and heritage sites online. “The West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Hong Kong Medical Science Museum and St James’ Settlement were added to the online exhibition platform on Wednesday, joining the King of Kowloon street art exhibit launched in March.” Western Australia has a new music archive. “The Western Australian New Music Archive (WANMA) is an evolving, permanent and fully online archive: the project seeks to collect, digitise and disseminate music recordings, video documentation and scores –…
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  • Subscribe to Library Technology Reports and Smart Libraries Newsletter for $99

    Patrick Hogan
    21 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    Library Technology Reports and Marshall Breeding’s Smart Libraries Newsletter will be open access for another month. Be sure to check them out. And, if you like what you see, please subscribe. Our best offer is on—a 15-month digital subscription is only $99. Your library will save $150 off the regular price. And your purchase will fund advocacy, awareness, and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide.
  • Now Open: Library Technology Reports and Smart Libraries Newsletter

    Patrick Hogan
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    Library Technology Reports and Smart Libraries Newsletter are on a new hosting platform, using Open Journal Systems. For a limited time, through June, both will be open access. We’re hoping you will like what you see and get your library to subscribe. This year brought a new cover design to our Library Technology Reports. Here's what's inside. David Lee King, who has managed to keep a still up-to-date personal blog, wrote Managing Your Libraries Social Media Channels. Bohyun Kim wrote Understanding Gamification. She will also present a workshop on gamification Wednesday, May 6. If you’ve…
  • App Learning for Librarians

    Patrick Hogan
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    Nicole Hennig would love to see more librarians reviewing apps. “Have you noticed how uniformed many of the app-store reviews are?” she asks readers of her recent Library Technology Report "Selecting and Evaluating the Best Mobile Apps for Library Services." Often people write a review without understanding what the app was meant to do. Or they dash off a technical support question. Librarianship has a long tradition of reviewing books. Now is the time to apply those well-honed skills to apps and help your community find what they need in a chaotic marketplace. For a general guide to…
  • CES 2015 Press Day

    Patrick Hogan
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    Jason Griffey reports on what he saw at CES press day-- a few 3D printers, including Ultimaker, a good library option; another small robot programmable in Google's Blockly, a visual programming editor; Samsung's SSD; and a drone. The soundtrack starts rough, but is much better after one minute. Jason's coverage of CES is sponsored by Spingshare. Visit his blog Pattern Recognition for ongoing reports.
  • ICV Partners Acquires SirsiDynix

    Marshall Breeding
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    A new era in the corporate history of SirsiDynix, one of the corporate giants of the library technology industry, has begun. After more than eight years of ownership, Vista Equity Partners has sold SirsiDynix to ICV Partners, with Vista retaining and company executives acquiring minority stakes in the company. While it is too early to assess how new investment owners will shape the direction of the company going forward, it is clear that SirsiDynix remains a major force in the industry with a very large number of libraries relying on its success.   SirsiDynix, along with other Ex Libris,…
 
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Serving Two Masters | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    Ian Chant
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    A NATURAL PARTNERSHIP The Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library balances unique design against the retention ponds created to absorb rainwater. Photo ©Jeff Goldberg/Esto Joint-use libraries, especially partnerships between public libraries and colleges, are rare but not unheard of. In an era of belt-tightening, pooling resources with a partner that shares many of your institution’s goals can be a tempting proposition for schools and cities alike. It’s complex, but as seen at the Tidewater Community College/City of ­Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library, opened…
  • Adult Learners in the Library–Are they Being Served? | Peer to Peer Review

    LJ
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Makiba Foster, left, and Kris Helbling, right Like many academic librarians, after completing the marathon of the traditional school year, we often use the summer semester to reflect, revise, and plan for the upcoming fall. In the summer of 2012, during a casual conversation in which we shared stories about rewarding reference interactions, we stumbled upon an “a-ha moment,” discovering an opportunity to connect targeted library outreach with an underserved user group. During this exchange, we realized how much we both enjoy working with adult learners and how they always seem genuinely…
  • U. Minnesota Press, CUNY Grad Center Develop Hybrid Publishing Platform

    Matt Enis
    18 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    The University of Minnesota Press and the GC Digital Scholarship Lab at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in April were awarded a $732,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch Manifold Scholarship, a new platform that will enable the publication of iterative, networked, electronic versions of scholarly monographs alongside the print edition of the book. These ebook editions will allow authors to link to or incorporate content such as audio, video, and interactive files, as well as primary research documents and datasets. Reader feedback—separate…
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  • May 2015, Medicine | Best Sellers

    LJ Reviews
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    September 2014 to date as identified by YBP Library Services Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Gawande, Atul Metropolitan: Henry Holt 2014. ISBN 9780805095159. $26 The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution Eig, Jonathan W.W. Norton 2014. ISBN 9780393073720. $27.95 America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight To Fix Our Broken Healthcare System Brill, Steven Random House 2015. ISBN 9780812996951. $28 Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization Conis, Elena University of Chicago…
  • Read & Remember | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    26 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    I asked my colleagues at LJ/School Library Journal if they had any Memorial Day reading recommendations right before the long weekend, and as usual the few, the proud, etc., wrote on-topic. Then there were the ones who read to a different drummer and wanted to share their thoughts about the non-military contents of their book bags. We welcome all who want to enlist in the WWR army! Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, SLJ Reviews I’m reading The Clasp (Farrar) by Sloane Crosley, who will be participating at LJ’s Day of Dialog tomorrow. The novel is Crosley’s first work of fiction, and it’s a…
  • 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…
  • Not Forgotten | French on Fridays

    Liz French
    22 May 2015 | 2:46 pm
    It’s Memorial Day (almost)! As my colleague Kate reminded me, I accidentally omitted her “What We’re Reading” entry for last week…(here’s everybody else’s book reports)—luckily it was about a new “Band of Brothers” book, which I immediately spun to her as “OH YES, I left your entry out on purpose….because MEMORIAL DAY!” She was onto me though, but she let me off easy (after I promised her prominent positioning in the next column). Her delayed WWR blurb did jolt me out of my moving/gratitude/unpacking/self-absorbed wheel of thought to consider…
  • Books for the Bounty | Wyatt’s World

    Neal Wyatt
    22 May 2015 | 9:53 am
    Garden fresh vegetables and fruits are about to burst forth, filling CSA (community supported agriculture) boxes and grocery store displays for a few wonderful months to come. Get ready for the bounty by helping patrons find new vegetable-centered cookbooks (and promote the classics from such chefs as Deborah Madison and Yotam Ottolenghi as well). The Broad Fork: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits by Hugh Acheson (Clarkson Potter: Crown). Taking a tour of the seasons, Acheson highlights what’s fresh each quarter and guides readers through more than 50 ingredients, with…
 
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
 
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
 
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
 
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
 
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
 
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
 
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  • BEA Finale: Galley Guide Registration, Key Day of Dialog Speakers, and Speed Dating with ReadingGroupGuides.com

    Barbara Hoffert
    18 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    The 2015 BEA Galley & Signing Guide arrives this week! If you’re coming to BEA, the guide should help you navigate the show floor. And even if you’re not, it offers an overview of the forthcoming books that publishers are most excited in pushing. Register here now. Meanwhile, some announcements if you are coming to Day of Dialog: Gretchen Rubin (Better Than Before) will be our luncheon speaker, and Susan L. Considine, Executive Director, Fayetteville Free Library, NY, will be our town hall leader. Finally, I’d like to announce that ReadingGroupGuides.com will be hosting its…
  • Ann Morgan’s The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe

    Barbara Hoffert
    18 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    In conjunction with a roundup of ten key fiction-in-translation titles I will feature in LJ 6/1/15, I was able to interview Ann Morgan, author of this month’s The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe (Liveright: Norton). Morgan’s book highlights both the pleasure of reading beyond our own language (from Umberto Eco’s Numero Zero in Picks to Andrus Kivirähk’s The Man Who Spoke Snakish in Fiction Previews) and what we can learn from books and publishing from other lands. Eager to visit other cultures worldwide? Books afford everyone that opportunity, but not enough Anglophone…
  • Fairy Tales from Cunningham, Murder from Eco, an American Qur’an, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2015, Pt . 2

    Barbara Hoffert
    17 May 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Alarcón, Daniel (text) & Sheila Alvarado (illus.). City of Clowns. Riverhead. Nov. 2015. 144p. ISBN 9781594633331. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698168688. GRAPHIC NOVEL Fans (like me) of Alarcón, a New Yorker “20 Under 40” author whose Lost City Radio won the 2009 International Literature Award, will be intrigued to learn about this graphic-novel version of a story drawn from his first publication, the collection War by Candlelight. In the story, the death of his faithless father forces young Peruvian journalist Oscar “Chino” Uribe to contend with his father’s second family and the…
  • Justin Cartwright, Andrus Kivirähk, & Beatriz Williams Give History a Twist | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 2

    Barbara Hoffert
    17 May 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Cartwright, Justin. Up Against the Night. Bloomsbury USA. Nov. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9781632860187. $27. LITERARY This latest from Whitbread Award winner Cartwright (Lion Heart) features Frank McAllister, who’s none too pleased to be descended from Piet Retief, leader of the South African Great Trek. Though Afrikaner legend paints him as a hero, Frank feels otherwise. Even as he deals with a daughter fresh from rehab after her parents’ acrimonious divorce, Frank begins to sort fact from fiction in the story of Retief and comes to understand how the 1838 massacre that took the life of his…
  • Kennedys and Johnsons: Three Fresh Takes | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 2

    Barbara Hoffert
    17 May 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Caroli, Betty. Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President. S. & S. Nov. 2015. 464p. ISBN 9781439191224. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781439191248. BIOGRAPHY Some folks say that Lyndon Baines Johnson married Lady Bird for her money and treated her badly. But not Caroli, who here portrays Lady Bird as a tough political wife, calling key donors, mobilizing campaign teams, helping with strategy, and cajoling Johnson out of his periodic funks while blithely ignoring his affairs because she ultimately felt in control. As the author of Lady Bird and Lyndon and First Ladies:…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
 
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  • 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…
  • PolicyMap, Bloomsbury Collections, and Statista | Reference eReviews, May 15, 2015

    LJ Reviews
    20 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    PolicyMap The Reinvestment Fund; policymap.com. To request a free trial, please email info@policymap.com By Cheryl LaGuardia content PolicyMap, a data and mapping resource, combines demographic, health, employment, and socioeconomic data about communities, census tracts, and other regions within the United States with the ability to map that data across the country. The file offers full-screen maps, a zoom search option, data menus, and 15,000 geographic indicators. Report and table functions allow users to create detailed reports on a geographic area and quickly develop three-layer maps to…
  • Jim Crow, Cyber Warfare, This Is Who We Were | Reference Reviews, May 15, 2015

    LJ Reviews
    20 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Jim Crow: A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic. Greenwood. 2014. 473p. ed. by Nikki L.M. Brown & Barry M. Stentiford. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781610696630. $100; ebk. ISBN 9781610696647. REF Edited by Brown (history, Univ. of New Orleans; The Jim Crow Encyclopedia) and Stentiford (military history, U.S. Army’s Sch. of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth), this work begins with an informative overview of Jim Crow—the system of laws discriminating against black citizens in the southern United States after Reconstruction—that includes basic concepts and…
  • Spencer C. Tucker on the Writing Life

    Henrietta Verma
    15 May 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Photo courtesy of ABC-CLIO Fulbright scholar and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute Spencer C. Tucker, PhD, has been senior fellow in military history at ABC-CLIO since 2003. Before joining the company, he taught history at Texas Christian University from 1967 through 1997 and held the John Biggs Chair in Military History at the Virginia Military Institute from 1997 to 2003. During the Vietnam War, he was a captain in the U.S. Army and while a professor was a colonel in the Virginia Militia Unorganized. His most recent title, American Civil War: A State-by-State Encyclopedia…
  • Genealogical Research Practices, Cultivating Cannabis 101, and an Introduction to Islam | Reference Reviews, May 1, 2015

    LJ Reviews
    4 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    genealogy Baxter, Angus. In Search of Your German Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe. 5th ed. Genealogical. 2015. 126p. ISBN 9780806320113. pap. $19.95. REF Though he’s still credited on the cover, Baxter passed away in 2005. This work is an update and revision by Marian Hoffman (Genealogical & Local History Books in Print) of the 2008 edition by the author’s daughter, Susan Baxter. The introduction notes that genealogical research practices and sources have changed enormously since the 1987 first edition—at that time, for example, the…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
 
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

    LJ
    28 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in whichto work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective. Libraries everywhere are making great strides on behalf of their users. They are developing inspiring and flexible spaces, offering…
  • The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical…
  • Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

    Michael Stephens
    27 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure dossiers, without much readership. “An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people,” the op ed piece says, calling for professors to seek exposure of their work in mainstream media. Research, the…
  • You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The term “thought leader” tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader? What’s the worst thing you can call another librarian? All right. What’s the worst thing after “rock star”? The phrase “librarian thought leader” might be right up there at the top of the list. My impression is based on more than a few indicators I’ve come across pointing to a general annoyance with this term. Some…
  • Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

    Gary Price
    27 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its special collections from theft, haphazardly stores some of its most valuable items, and does not keep a complete inventory of its prized objects, according to a city-commissioned audit obtained by The Boston Globe. “Current estimates for holdings are [in…
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  • Read & Remember | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    26 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    I asked my colleagues at LJ/School Library Journal if they had any Memorial Day reading recommendations right before the long weekend, and as usual the few, the proud, etc., wrote on-topic. Then there were the ones who read to a different drummer and wanted to share their thoughts about the non-military contents of their book bags. We welcome all who want to enlist in the WWR army! Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, SLJ Reviews I’m reading The Clasp (Farrar) by Sloane Crosley, who will be participating at LJ’s Day of Dialog tomorrow. The novel is Crosley’s first work of fiction, and it’s a…
  • Not Forgotten | French on Fridays

    Liz French
    22 May 2015 | 2:46 pm
    It’s Memorial Day (almost)! As my colleague Kate reminded me, I accidentally omitted her “What We’re Reading” entry for last week…(here’s everybody else’s book reports)—luckily it was about a new “Band of Brothers” book, which I immediately spun to her as “OH YES, I left your entry out on purpose….because MEMORIAL DAY!” She was onto me though, but she let me off easy (after I promised her prominent positioning in the next column). Her delayed WWR blurb did jolt me out of my moving/gratitude/unpacking/self-absorbed wheel of thought to consider…
  • Q&A with John W. Whitehead, author of Battlefield America

    Henrietta Verma
    20 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    John W. Whitehead is an attorney and founder of the civil liberties and human rights not-for-profit Rutherford Institute. His latest book, Battlefield America: The War on the American People (Select Bks.; LJ 5/15/15), describes the U.S. government’s increasing encroachment on its citizens’ civil liberties and warns that we must take action to prevent our freedoms being eroded entirely. He recently answered some questions for LJ via email. Many of your points will resonate with liberal readers, but they may not automatically pick up your book. How can librarians sell patrons on Battlefield…
  • Naomi Novik | LibraryReads Author, May 15, 2015

    Meredith Schwartz
    20 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    Photo by Beth Gwinn Naomi Novik, author of the best-selling ­“Temeraire” series (an alternate English Regency with a dragon-based air force, from Del Rey: Ballantine) offers a stand-alone fantasy. Uprooted is so different from your “Temeraire” series. What inspired you? The initial inspiration was procrastination. I was working on Blood of Tyrants, “Temeraire” No. 8. I wrote the line, “Our dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes,” which is the first line of Uprooted. I’m supposed to be writing one kind of dragon, and I thought about a totally different kind. The narrator is…
  • Doubling Up, Doubling Down | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    20 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    The busy bees at LJ, School Library Journal, and Junior Library Guild make this column so much fun. Two weeks ago, I asked them about books they were initially excited about (or thought they’d like at least), that they then found a little lacking. As usual, some of the team played along and some stuck to the program of recounting their latest reads. Others did a little of both. And JLG’s Liz Gavril fulfilled the previous week’s “assignment” and last week’s request with a kindergarten reader about a pig getting jiggy. Dark deeds and dark reads were also a big theme: LJ‘s…
 
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  • Rise of the Machines

    Annoyed Librarian
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The question that has been on all our minds can now be answered with scientific certainty: will your job be done by a machine in the future? Sure, there are probably other pressing questions that librarians and librarians manque ponder obsessively over. Will I get a job? Why does this job suck so much? Why […]
  • Yes I Can

    Annoyed Librarian
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    I love a good challenge, or even a really silly one, like the claim that You Can’t Defend Public Libraries and Oppose File-Sharing. Um, wanna bet? I’m not writing for some site called Torrent Freak, so I don’t have to leave all logic behind. Before getting to the gist of the argument, we’re treated to […]
  • Libraries are Dangerous Places

    Annoyed Librarian
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    LISNews posted this article criticizing the call for “trigger warnings” in classes. Is this related to libraries at all, even academic ones? For those of you fortunate enough to escape the acceptable speech discussions in academia, various campus groups around the country have proposed that professors issue warnings when course content is likely to “trigger” […]
  • Braver Librarians Than Me

    Annoyed Librarian
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The job of librarian is usually a pretty safe one. It ranks low in those list of low stress jobs for a reason. Compared to being a combat soldier or a surgeon, librarianship is pretty easy going most of the time, and that’s just the way we like it. And then there are prison libraries, […]
  • The Good News and the Bad News

    Annoyed Librarian
    14 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Or at least that’s how one professor sees the digitization of library content in India. During a conference on digital libraries, a professor “said that the positive effect was that books and other material reached many people and the negative aspect was that […]
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    In the Library with the Lead Pipe

  • “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
    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 assessment maps. This initiative served as a catalyst for the information literacy program, prompting  me to seek advice from faculty in the Education Department at Southwest Baptist University (SBU), who were more familiar…
  • Randall Munroe’s What If as a Test Case for Open Access in Popular Culture

    Nancy Foasberg
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Randall Munroe, What If. CC-BY-NC 2.5. Retrieved from http://what-if.xkcd.com/127/   In Brief: Open access to scholarly research benefits not only the academic world but also the general public. Questions have been raised about the popularity of academic materials for nonacademic readers. However, when scholarly materials are available, they are also available to popularizers who can recontextualize them in unexpected and more accessible ways. Randall Munroe’s blog/comic What If uses open access scholarly and governmental documents to answer bizarre hypothetical questions submitted by…
  • A radical publishing collective: the Journal of Radical Librarianship

    Simon Barron
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    From Flickr user, Julian Stallbrass, licensed under CC BY 2.0. Image has been cropped. In Brief: the Journal of Radical Librarianship is a new open-access journal publishing scholarly work in the field of radical librarianship. The focus on critical approaches to librarianship and anti-marketisation of information is reflected not only in our subject matter but in our publishing model, our licensing model, and our organisational practices. We hope to foster open and engaging discussions about radical approaches to librarianship and information studies. There’s a growing amount of discussion…
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    Library Stuff

  • The End of the Tour Official Trailer

    Steven M. Cohen
    28 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    Yes, that is R.E.M. playing in the background. Yes, this movie is about DVW. Yes, I will be seeing it on opening night.
  • High-tech robot greets visitors at African-Amerian library

    Steven M. Cohen
    28 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    “The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center has gone high-tech in its latest move to introduce visitors to its history and cultural treasures. The Fort Lauderdale library has unveiled an exhibit featuring a lifelike robot of Samuel F. Morrison, the former Broward County library director, the catalyst behind the library’s creation. Visitors to the library, located in the heart of the historic black Sistrunk Boulevard neighborhood, will be greeted by the Morrison robot after entering its gallery. The sensor-activated display shows Morrison seated at the edge of a desk…
  • US, CHINESE AUTHORS PROTEST MAJOR BOOK FAIR, CENSORSHIP

    Steven M. Cohen
    28 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    “Chinese and American authors gathered Wednesday to protest a major U.S. book fair’s focus on China that they say ignores the country’s glaring problems of censorship and intimidation. Jonathan Franzen, Xiaolu Guo, Andrew Solomon, Ha Jin and others stood outside the main New York Public Library to demand that China free Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and professor Ilham Tohti from prison, stop restricting other writers and have the confidence to allow free speech.” (via AP)
  • The Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In

    Steven M. Cohen
    28 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    “If the book is dead, nobody bothered to tell the folks at Capitol Hill Books in Washington, D.C. Books of every size, shape and genre occupy each square inch of the converted row house — including the bathroom — all arranged in an order discernible only to the mind of Jim Toole, the store’s endearingly grouchy owner. Visitors are greeted by a makeshift sign listing words that are banned in the store, including “awesome,” “perfect” and, most of all, “Amazon.” The online giant has crushed many an independent bookstore — but not…
  • Open-access books slowly on the rise, says PCG

    Steven M. Cohen
    28 May 2015 | 5:14 am
    Publishers and libraries are increasingly experimenting with open access (OA) books, according to a new survey by Publishers Communication Group (PCG). Books published under the gold open access model with no paywall for readers are expected to slowly grow in importance, with funding derived from a variety of sources including library budgets, the study reported. Following PCG’s 2014 survey into library adoption and funding of OA journals, the Open Access Monographs Survey sought input from both publishers who are active in and considering OA book programs, and librarians around the world…
 
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    Stephen's Lighthouse

  • Mary Meeker’s Annual “Internet Trends” Report Now Available Online

    Stephen Abram
    28 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Mary Meeker’s Annual “Internet Trends” Report Now Available Online Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket http://www.kpcb.com/internet-trends “Mary Meeker, a highly respected analyst and vice-president at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, delivers her “Internet Trends” presentation/report at a major industry conference each year. Meeker’s slides are linked and are LOADED with statistics along with her views on current trends and where we are headed. Important, interesting, and useful material. 2015 Internet Trends Report from Kleiner…
  • Social Media: The Best Marketer For Your Events (INFOGRAPHIC)

    Stephen Abram
    28 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Social Media: The Best Marketer For Your Events (INFOGRAPHIC) http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/social-media-the-best-marketer-for-your-events-infographic/620457 Stephen
  • New Market Research: 94 Million iPhones in Use in the U.S.

    Stephen Abram
    28 May 2015 | 3:28 am
    New Market Research: 94 Million iPhones in Use in the U.S. http://www.infodocket.com/2015/05/18/new-market-research-94-million-iphones-in-use-in-the-u-s/ Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket “From Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP): CIRP finds that as of the end of the March 2015 quarter, 94 million iPhones were in use in the US, including 25 million iPhone 6 and 13 million iPhone 6 Plus models. [Clip] By analyzing data on iPhone buyers, their new model selection, and their prior phones, and overlaying Apple iPhone sales data adjusted to the US market, CIRP estimates the number…
  • The State of Web Analytics: Infographic

    Stephen Abram
    28 May 2015 | 3:25 am
    The State of Web Analytics: Infographic http://sketchee.com/blog/the-state-of-web-analytics-infographic.html Stephen
  • How Much Paper Would It Take to Print the Internet?

    Stephen Abram
    27 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    How Much Paper Would It Take to Print the Internet? http://mentalfloss.com/article/63395/how-much-paper-would-it-take-print-internet “George Harwood and Evangeline Walker, students at the U.K.’s University of Leicester, estimate that the entire Internet could be fit onto somewhere between 68.1 billion and 136 billion pages of A4 paper, if each web page could be printed onto 15 to 30 paper pages. Their research is published in the student-run Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics.” Stephen
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    Tame The Web

  • 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:…
  • Thanks Connecticut Library Association!

    Michael
    3 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    Thanks to all the great folks who attended my Tuesday keynote at the Connecticut Library Association. I had a great time! The slides are here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensCLA.pdf I also had fun helping out at Battledecks and meeting some fine folks on the exhibit floor. Related Tags:
  • MAKE. PLAY. READ. LEARN by TTW Contributor Justin Hoenke

    Justin Hoenke
    1 May 2015 | 9:05 am
      Make. Play. Read. Learn Logo designed by Kyle Gordy http://kylegordydesign.com/ From the moment that I began working in libraries in around 2007, I was not a fan of Summer Reading programs and the themes they were generally packaged around. They were boring, cookie cutter, and out of date. The themes seemed to be 1-2 years behind what was popular at the moment.  As a teen librarian, my job was to take these themes and put some excitement around them. I found it to be a difficult task that took energy away from what I consider to be the most important part of any public library: the…
  • Library as classroom: What’s the big flippin’ deal? — A TTW Guest Post by Jolene Nechiporenko

    Cathy
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    In my hyperlinked library class we’ve been learning about the library as classroom and the benefits of the flipped classroom.  The flipped classroom lends itself to the newer concept of teaching and learning, the active, community centered, collaborative, group learning in which both students and instructors can be learners or teachers. What is a flipped classroom? The flipped or inverted classroom assigns pre-class, often an online video, pod cast, or reading material, homework and then utilizes class time to complete an active discussion or learning exercise.  “Lectures are moved…
  • Michigan: Technologies and Trends Workshop

    Cathy
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:38 am
    Mark your calendar now for an exciting opportunity to attend a very special event in which you will “explore cutting edge trends” in “evolving libraries.” Opening keynote speaker, Michael Stephens will speak about how libraries can play a vital role in how “emerging technologies” can change the way we “live and learn.” Other scheduled presenters include: Kyle Felker and Kristin Meyer from Grand Valley State University, Amy James and Elizabeth Walker from Spring Arbor University, Sonya Schryer Norris, Library of Michigan and Rebecca Renirie from Central Michigan University.
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    What I Learned Today...

  • Bookmarks for May 27, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    27 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Koha Facebook App This script will publish every new book in your Koha to your Facebook fan page. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for May 27, 2015 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Library Mashups Book on Facebook Create Android Apps Convert Atom Feeds to RSS Feeds
  • Bookmarks for May 26, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    26 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Open Hub, the open source network Discover, Track and Compare Open Source Arches: Heritage Inventory & Management System Arches is an innovative open source software system that incorporates international standards and is built to inventory and help manage all types of immovable cultural heritage. It brings together a growing worldwide community of heritage professionals and IT specialists. Arches is freely available to download, customize, and independently implement. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks…
  • Bookmarks for May 20, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    20 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Coffitivity Coffitivity recreates the ambient sounds of a cafe to boost your creativity and help you work better. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for May 20, 2015 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: New: The Journal of Library Innovation Google Buys Feedburner – it’s official Monitor your sites
  • Bookmarks for May 15, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    15 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Dashboards by Keen IO Charts on Grids – Responsive Dashboard Templates with Bootstrap Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for May 15, 2015 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: ATO2014: Using Bootstrap to create a common UI across products Speeding up WordPress Dashboard Google Docs Templates
  • Building Robots in Pasco County Library

    Nicole C. Engard
    13 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Today I got to attend a talk by Pasco County Library system at the Florida Library Association conference on how they are building robots in the library. They work with a non-profit called First that helps get kids excited in areas of STEM. Pasco is the only public library in the US doing this and has named their team Edgar Allan Ohms. It’s important to not be scared of this. You don’t have to be an engineer to participate in this program, it’s about more than robot building. The students build these robots, compete with them and then can apply for scholarships through…
 
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    LJ INFOdocket

  • E-Commerce Data: U.S. Census Releases New E-Stats Statistical Brief

    Gary Price
    28 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    From the U.S. Census: This economy-wide statistical brief consolidates in one document previously released 2013 e-commerce data on shipments, sales and revenues from four sectors of the economy: manufacturing, wholesale, services and retail. Materials Released Today Summary of Changes Report Tables Forms
  • National Library of the Netherlands and Portico Announce E-Journal Preservation Partnership

    Gary Price
    28 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    From Portico’s Announcement: The National Library of the Netherlands (KB) and Portico announced today a new partnership that will support the preservation of e-journals through the KB’s International e-Depot program and take advantage of Portico’s extensive preservation infrastructure and expertise. The KB’s International e-Depot program focuses on the preservation of e-journals from international scientific publishers, and grew out of e-Depot, the solution to preserve locally published content in the Netherlands. [Clip] Portico first began offering e-journal preservation support…
  • CLIR, ASRC, and NRPB Publish “Guide to Audio Preservation”

    Gary Price
    28 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    Note: The new guide discussed below is free to download as a PDF (252 pages) and is also available for purchase ($30.00). From CLIR The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), in partnership with the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) and the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress, today announced publication of the ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation. The guide is a practical introduction to caring for and preserving audio collections, specifically for individuals and institutions that have recorded sound collections but lack the expertise…
  • COAR Responds to Comments By Elsevier About Publisher’s Updated Sharing Policy

    Gary Price
    28 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    The “discussion” continues today with a new post on the COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) web site. Background Eight days ago COAR along a number of  library organization (incl. ARL, ACRL, ALA, and CARL) and individuals signed a statement asking Elsevier to reconsider their recently updated sharing policy. COAR now reports that more than 700 organizations and individuals have now signed the statement. A few days later, Elsevier’s Director of Access and Policy Alicia Wise responded to the letter in a post titled “COAR-recting the record.” Our post includes…
  • Open Access Books: OAPEN Projects Passes 2 Million Downloads, Adds New Publishers, and Enriched Metadata via Isidore

    Gary Price
    28 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    OAPEN is a project based in Europe, “dedicated to Open Access publishing of academic books.” A list of some of the publishers who contribute data to OAPEN can be found on this page. The two millionth download of an open access book from the OAPEN database took place earlier this month. According to the OAPEN newsletter, “this is the number of downloads since we started measuring through a COUNTER compliant method with support of IRUS-UK in August 2013.” More from the OAPEN Newsletter: New Publishers Ubiquity Press and Language Science Press are now hosting open access…
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    American Libraries Magazine

  • Preserving the Born-Digital Record

    Amy Carlton
    28 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    We are in trouble. The world is producing vast amounts of born-digital material. The volume, complexity, and dynamism of this information challenge us to think creatively about its capture, organization, and long-term preservation and usability. What is the role of the library? Is this a source of failure or opportunity for the global library community? Internet pioneer Vint Cerf warns us about the risk of a “digital dark age” if we do not develop the technologies, tools, financial resources, shared responsibilities, and will to address this risk to our cultural, scientific, societal,…
  • ALA’s DCWG, Ebooks, and Directions

    Sanhita SinhaRoy
    27 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    At the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibition, the Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) announced that all the largest publishers now offer their full ebook catalogs to libraries. This was a great accomplishment to note, reflecting the strong leadership of DCWG cochairs Sari Feldman and Robert Wolven over a three-year period. Indeed, Sari and Bob were recognized by Publishers Weekly in “Notable Publishing People of 2014,” November 28, 2014. Erika Linke and I stepped up to assume cochair responsibilities, becoming familiar with the DCWG and issues yet…
  • Biometric Access

    ALA Magazine
    26 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    As libraries embrace their modern identities as technology hubs, the methods of providing access to their services must constantly adapt. The evolving high-tech options we provide to patrons require that we also keep these options safe and secure. Although in widespread use in the private and public sector, biometric security options have been slow to reach libraries—whether because of a lack of understanding of the technology or because of misinformation about the system. Paul Sawyier Public Library implemented a biometric identification system in October 2008. Since then, patrons who sign…
  • The Future of Library Services to Teens

    George Eberhart
    22 May 2015 | 6:41 am
    Speaking to a class of library school students about work with youth and families offers librarians an opportunity to see what is going on in the real world of libraries. A presentation can cover anything from the need for community partnerships to the ideas of connected learning and providing services that support young people’s passions and interests to the importance of library staff writing curricula that help young people and their families develop digital literacy skills. Not only can students learn from these presentations but so can professors who develop LIS courses and help…
  • RFID to the Rescue

    Phil Morehart
    21 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is streamlining library processes. Among RFID’s advantages, the wireless technology allows libraries to automate and expedite checkout and returns. Smart returns The new Smart Bin from FE Technologies uses RFID technology to speed up the returns process for patrons and staffers. The bin uses a reading algorithm that can simultaneously receive multiple items, allowing patrons to drop several items into the bin at the same time. The Smart Bin has a capacity of approximately 600 items. The returns process includes both returning materials to the…
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