November 16, 2017

The Whole Story: There’s Way More to LJ Than What’s on Paper | Editorial

If you’re reading this in print and only in print, you may not realize it, but you’re not getting everything that Library Journal has to offer. Of course, you can do some wonderful things with print—including turning pages seamlessly, viewing page layouts in all their beauty.

When I say you’re not getting the whole story, however, I mean there’s much more to LJ than what you get in the magazine. There’s no page limit on the web. There you’ll find both extensions of what’s in print and an enormous amount of original content, limited only by the blood, sweat, and tears of our editors, our contributors, and our web team (OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit here).

In this print issue, Automation Marketplace 2012, “Agents of Change” by Marshall Breeding, takes up 13 pages, yet it neither tells the full story, nor does it include profiles of companies that serve schools or international ones that have little or no footprint here but are influential elsewhere. For most of us, less is more. For systems folks who need more depth, however, it’s available at TheDigitalShift.com, LJ and School Library Journals combined site for technology-related content. There are details about the number of contracts by company, including total libraries and more. (The Digital Shift is also home to “A Guide to Publishers in the Library Ebook Market.”)

Look online also for another annual feature, LJ’s Q&A with the candidates for the American Library Association (ALA) president, Gina A. Millsap, CEO of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, KS, and Barbara K. Stripling, until recently director of School Library Services for the New York City Department of Education. Even if you’re not an ALA member—or are and don’t generally vote—you’ll find their comments perceptive on the issues libraries face and potential ways forward.

There is a regular diet of original content on the website and in our e-newsletters. Click on Reviews for tiered coverage of all things book, media, and reference from Prepub to Collection Development to Readers’ Advisory and the Reviews Center (beta). Heather McCormack, editor of the LJ Book Review, pointed out in the March 1 LJ Reviews e-newsletter that, “When a story’s hot, we want to make it live as soon as possible and ensure that if there is related content, we package it in LJ Reviews.”

On the academic side, there’s more original content coming, too, on the website and in the LJ Academic Newswire (LJAN). Joining Barbara Fister (Peer to Peer Review) and Steven Bell (From the Bell Tower), who’ll be introducing a new column on leadership, are a prominent group of librarians who’ll rotate. They include Dorothea Salo (a 2009 Mover & Shaker) from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kevin L. Smith from Duke, Wayne Bivens-Tatum from Princeton, and Rick Anderson from the University of Utah. In early April, we’ll be enriching our academic and information industry news coverage with the addition of Gary Price and his wire-service–like InfoDocket (formerly ResourceShelf).

In original content on the website, don’t miss The Great Library Roadshow, the brainchild of Josh Hadro, our executive editor for digital products. There’s nothing Josh likes better than a good road trip. Here was an opportunity to combine work and passion. OCLC wanted to tout the launch of its new WorldShare platform, and what better way to do that than to send librarians to visit public and academic libraries across several states and report on innovations in them. The tagline for the trip describes it best: “Three librarians, four wheels on the road, one driving mission: seeking innovation across America.”

The trip was a multimedia and social media event, with video interviews with librarians and patrons posted on TheDigitalShift.com, and updates on blogs, twitter, Facebook. The plan was to meet in Charlotte, NC, home of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, and drive to Philadelphia for the Public Library Association Conference, which started on March 14.

LJ fosters more of such participatory professional enrichment via remote means with numerous webcasts and virtual summits, as well as in-person events, including the new Lead the Change series now rolling out across the country.

There’s way more to LJ than what’s on paper. Explore. Enjoy. Engage. Get the whole story.

Francine Fialkoff About Francine Fialkoff

Francine Fialkoff (ffialkoff@gmail.com) spent 35 years with LJ, and 15 years at its helm as Editor and Editor-in-Chief. For more, see her Farewell Editorial.

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