November 21, 2017

Archives for November 2013

Can, Should, and Will. Pt. 1: Because What Libraries Need Is One More Venn Diagram | Peer to Peer Review

I came up with the diagram below while I was thinking about library management during a lull in traffic at the reference desk recently. My original intent was sort of wryly humorous (it is hilarious, don’t you think?) but the more time I spend looking at it, the more I think it’s a potentially valuable tool for helping give shape to conversations about priority-setting and decision-making in libraries, and maybe in other organizations as well.

Unpublished J.D. Salinger Stories Leaked Online

From TorrentFreak: File-sharing sites and platforms of all kinds can be goldmines of unusual information and today fans of writer J. D. Salinger will be the ones getting particularly excited. Last evening three previously unreleased stories by the reclusive American author were uploaded to private BitTorrent tracker What.cd, including The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls, […]

A Planet Of Books And Other Librarian Dreams: An Interview With Whovian Librarian Susan Jane Bigelow

Librarian and sci-fi author and enthusiast Susan Jane Bigelow ruminates on how the much-loved and storied TV show—which celebrated its 50th anniversary this week—has influenced her life and her approach to librarianship. (Bigelow also enlarges on this theme in her essay in Queers Dig Timelords: A Celebration of Dr. Who by the LBGTQ Fans Who Love It, which also features a piece by fellow librarian Neil Chester.) She also settles once and for all the lasting question of which Doctor would make the best librarian.

A Personal History of Libraries

When science fiction author, past Science Fiction Writers of America president, and noted blogger John Scalzi spoke at LJ’s Movers & Shakers luncheon during ALA Annual 2013, part of his address consisted of reading aloud from his Personal History of Libraries. It moved many in the room to tears—including Scalzi himself—and concluded with his thanks to libraries for their influence on his life and others. In honor of Thanksgiving, and with his permission, LJ reprints the piece here.

Make the Right Move

Bill Overton will never forget moving the Morris Library at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. As president and CEO of Overton & Associates, Westminster, MD, he has spent the past 27 years relocating libraries, but this was his biggest job, at 1.6 million volumes.

Massachusetts: MA eBook Project Launches Six-Month Pilot, 51 Libraries From Around the State Participating

A six-month pilot of statewide ebook in Massachusetts project got underway the other day. This announcement (dated 11/25) from the Massachusetts Library System (PDF) has details about the project including details about more than 30,000 ebook titles being made available on an unlimited multi-­­user basis to pilot libraries by BiblioBoard. Along with the ebooks/platform from […]

From Preservation to Partnership: NYU’s Jennifer Vinopal Talks Libraries and Digital Scholarship

Jennifer Vinopal is the Librarian for Digital Scholarship Initiatives at New York University, where she helps scholars bring their work online for preservation, curation, and more and more frequently, collaboration. She talked with Library Journal about how the face of digital scholarship is changing, what role librarians play in that change, and how the partnerships between researchers and librarians are growing closer in the new research landscape.

Arapahoe Library District Invests in Google Glass

When Colorado’s Arapahoe Library District, which serves the Denver area, heard about the opportunity to purchase Google Glass before it was released to the public, the staff jumped on it. It is a good thing they did, because as it turns out, the library staff heard about the Glass Explorer contest, in which you tweeted at Google what you would do with Google Glass using the hashtag #IfIHadGlass, just one day before the deadline.

Version 4.0 of Creative Commons License Released

From the CC Blog: The 4.0 licenses — more than two years in the making — are the most global, legally robust licenses produced by CC to date. We have incorporated dozens of improvements that make sharing and reusing CC-licensed materials easier and more dependable than ever before. We had ambitious goals in mind when […]

Public Library News Roundup (30 Stories from U.S. and Canada)

Here’s our latest public library news roundup with a selection of 30 stories from the past 11 days. Reports come from 17 states and 2 provinces. We hope you find it useful. Thanks to Matt Weaver for his contributions. infoDOCKET’s Public Library News Roundup British Columbia Vancouver City Council Approves New Library (via Vancouver Sun) California […]