November 20, 2017

Archives for January 2012

Joining a Noble Profession | From the Bell Tower

Despite the uncertainties of the academic library job market, the loan debt incurred from a library education, and the slim odds of a big salary payoff, people still want to be academic librarians. Why?

Making Sense in a Digital World | Peer to Peer Review

Barbara Fister thinks that the Internet Archive’s Open Library is making a good stab at it.

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.

Kaufman Named ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Paula T. Kaufman has been recognized as the 2012 Association of College & Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year, the ACRL announced on January 24.

Data-Driven Libraries: Moving From Outputs to Outcomes

Something special happens when 150 public library directors, deputy directors, and trustees gather in one room to talk about what their communities get from their libraries. The ideas and examples whip back and forth, as do equally intense questions about roadblocks to all sorts of challenges and strategies for overcoming them. The headiness of this to and fro was palpable at LJ’s third Director’s Summit, held at Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), OH, December 5–6, 2011.

Moving to Outcomes | Editorial

In these dire economic times, with too many Americans out of work or living below the poverty line and too few receiving a decent basic education, governments at all levels are shifting toward outcome-based or evidence-based measurement and so, too, are the institutions and organizations, including nonprofits, that serve their communities. They’re looking at big picture issues that will move their constituents forward. They’re collaborating broadly to ascertain what it is that their community values, to determine and adopt goals, to develop and deliver needed services, and to gauge impact—and then to go back and do it all over again and again.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 1/24/12

Steve Anderson, Director, Maryland State Law Library, has been elected  Vice President/President-Elect of the American Association of Law Libraries. Jim Cooper, Executive Director, West Georgia Regional Library System, Carrollton, retired last December after 25 years of service. Roni Tewksbury, Assistant Regional Director, is serving as Interim Director. Janet Davenport has been appointed Director, Keene Memorial […]

ALA Midwinter 2012: Collection Development Officers Ponder Ebooks in Research Libraries

Pricing, content, and terms are primary concerns, according to one segment of a wide-ranging discussion Saturday morning at the ALA Midwinter meeting.

ALA Midwinter 2012: Librarians Strive To Navigate Tenuous Landscape of Digital Publishing

From exploiting linked open data to rethinking how the ALA operates, librarians strive to navigate “the tenuous landscape” of digital resources. Hopes, Hit Lists, and Pilgrims

ALA Midwinter 2012: Head of RLUK Calls Research Works Act ‘Audacious in the Extreme’

David Prosser, the executive director of Research Libraries UK (RLUK), says the Research Works Act introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in December is “frankly ridiculous” and an attack on open access.