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Archives for January 2012

Petition Targeting Elsevier’s Business Practices Begins to Snowball

More than 2000 academics who have decided they “won’t publish, referee, or do editorial work for any Elsevier journals” have signed an online petition targeting the publishing giant. Coincidentally, Elsevier and OCLC today announced a new agreement.

Telling Your Story With Visual Power

Here’s a heresy. People don’t like to read. They don’t read signs, they don’t read fliers and they don’t read all that web copy. As a writer, I love me some words. But I’ve learned that to communicate a message less is more. So I wanted to share with you this trend,  Infographics: using visual […]

Best Small Library in America 2012: The Independence Public Library, KS

How the small staff of eight pulled off the miraculous resurrection of the Independence Public Library exemplifies what makes good libraries and good librarians. Their effort combined innovative thinking with a participatory management style. They collaborated with other Kansas libraries and built partnerships with the community, its leaders, and the agencies, institutions, and enterprises that operate in the library district. For all this and more, the Independence Public Library is the winner of the 2012 Best Small Library in America Award, cosponsored by LJ and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mission Matters | Backtalk

Do you know your library’s mission statement? Did you write it, but can’t remember it? Maybe that says something about your library’s mission statement and the danger of statements that lack passion.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, January 2012

The MLS belittled While I realize the inclusion of the Annoyed Librarian (AL) on your website is driving up traffic, AL’s blog entry [“New Grads on the Market,” ow.ly/7ZjmW] is not amusing. As you at LJ must know, finding entry-level positions for new MLS grads is next to impossible. The degree is not enough; now […]

Midwinter Delights: The Third Annual AAP Breakfast

For Julianna Baggott, who has panic attacks in book stores, libraries are “like animal shelters. All the books are tended to; they have a home.” For Val McDermid, deadpanning, the librarian’s habit of fostering reading is positively dangerous: “children walk in innocent and leave as crackheads.” Alex George wants to say “thanks as a writer […]

ALA Leaders Also to Meet With Executives From Random House

The leaders of the American Library Association have added a fourth publisher — Random House — to the list of publishers the group is planning to meet with at the end of this month.

A Hard Act To Follow | Editorial

It came as a shock to hear that Mary Dempsey had resigned as head of Chicago Public Library (CPL) this week after 18 years as the city’s library commissioner. San Francisco Public Library’s Brian Bannon (an LJ Mover & Shaker) will take over March 1. I shouldn’t have been surprised, though—not only because of the continuing budget woes Dempsey’s had to deal with over the last couple of years but also because we’d talked about her future plans.

Library of Congress Officials Say MARC Transition, Implementation of RDA ‘On Track’

The American Library Association’s recent Midwinter Meeting in Dallas provided a number of updates on the immensely complex and significant transition away from the MARC communication format as well as the implementation of the Resource Description and Access (RDA) cataloging code.

ALA Midwinter 2012 Tech Highlights: iPad Kiosks, Social Integration, Freading, and More

At the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, held January 20-24 in Dallas, LJ was on the exhibit floor taking a look at library tech companies’ latest wares. Here are a few of the highlights.