November 21, 2017

Archives for August 2012

Library Construction Update: New and Renovated Buildings, 08/31/12

Hennepin County Library, MN, will close down its Walker Library on September 22 to make way for a wholly new 31,000 square foot facility, to be opened in 2014. The new $12 million library (rendering pictured here) is designed by VJAA (Vincent James Associates Architects) and will feature generous use of glass to allow for natural light and visual links to the outside streets and mall.

How to Host A Card Catalog Contest

The Fresno City College Library and its Friends group started its cARTalog contest in 2006. Inspired by the San Francisco Main Library’s three-story display of old card catalog cards turned into art and the University of Iowa’s Adopt-a-Card project that ended in 2006, adding the contest element is what sets Fresno apart. To get the […]

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 8/31/12

Joseph Cochrane is the new Reference Supervisor, Napa County Library, CA. He was previously Reference Coordinator, North Bay Cooperative Library System, San Mateo, CA. […]

My Farewell Editorial

After 35 years at LJ, and over 15 years at its helm (as editor and editor in chief), Francine Fialkoff will officially part ways with LJ as of September 1.

Libraries Need Leaders At Every Level | Lead The Change

Hennepin County Library is a national leader of library service, innovation and excellence. In that spirit, we were proud to host “Lead the Change! Minnesota” on August 21 at Ridgedale Library in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Staff from across HCL and other systems had a unique opportunity to engage with library directors from the seven-county Twin Cities […]

Update: Publishers Agree To $69 Million Settlement For Ebook Buyers

Pending the approval of U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, $69 million will be awarded to consumers who purchased agency-priced ebooks between April 2010 and May 2012, as part of a proposed settlement of a state antitrust suit filed against HarperCollins, Hachette SA, and Simon & Schuster. Led by the Attorneys General of Connecticut and Texas, 49 states (excluding Minnesota) and 5 U.S. territories had accused the publishers of conspiring to fix ebook prices.

Virtually Branching Out | Lead the Change

The idea that libraries need to take their services “outside the building” is well-established, from bookmobiles to digital branches. But more innovative, effective, inexpensive ways to take the library into the community are still needed. At the recent Lead the Change event in at Denver Central Library, presenter David David Bendekovic cited Southlake, TX, Public Library’s […]

Classic Returns: Strippers, Street Punks, and Shipkillers

Well, kids, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? The column has been on hiatus while a few tangles were combed out, but now we’re back with a vengeance. In fiction, we’ve got some hardcore American and Japanese lit, some sf, a few femalecentric mysteries, and, my favorite, what arguably can be considered early street lit by […]

NY’s Queens Library Brings In Youth Services Champion to New Post

If one theme runs through Tracie D. Hall’s career, it’s the passion she feels for young people and

Tracie D. Hall

ensuring they have the resources to succeed. As Queens Library’s  newest director of strategy and organizational development, she’s involved in the library’s customer service priorities—but she’ll also ensure that youth services remains a priority.

“I’m always in awe of the raw potential in young people,” says Hall, who came aboard on July 16. “Institutions can either squash that and try to […]

Innovative Interfaces Names Kim Massana CEO

Innovative Interfaces, developer of the Sierra Services Platform, the Millennium ILS, and other library technology solutions, has announced the appointment of Kim Massana as the company’s new chief executive officer. Co-founder, Chairman and CEO Jerry Kline will remain in his role as chairman. Massana was previously president of Thomson Reuters Elite, a division of the global news organization that provides integrated information solutions to professional services firms in the legal, accounting, marketing, management, and IT consulting fields.