November 18, 2017

Archives for April 2014

Queens Library Tests Job Application Kiosk with Real-Time Video

Building on the success of its existing job search and job training programs, the Queens Library recently began testing a new touch-screen job search kiosk at its central branch in Jamaica, Queens. The kiosk is driven by Apploi, a mobile app launched in April 2013 by recruitment software and services provider Innovate CV, and is […]

Net Neutrality: In New Blog Post FCC Chairman Sets the “Record Straight” on Open Internet Plans

In the past 24 hours there have been reports from the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, and others that the FCC was planning to reverse their policies regarding the open Internet. The Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday that it would propose new rules that allow companies like Disney, Google or Netflix to pay Internet […]

Change and the Discourse of Fear | Peer to Peer Review

In a course I teach, we spend a little time thinking about the role fear plays in the construction of social issues. Philip Jenkins and Joel Best have both written persuasively about the ways in which anxiety is a potent lever for influencing public opinion and gaining attention for various causes. Once a problem has been identified and named, various claims-makers have incentives to associate their pet issues with the named threat, often expanding the domain of the problem by widening its purported influence. In the process, the threat is often distorted.

IMLS Announces Winners of 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Congratulations to the 2014 Recipients! The 2014 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services are: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y. Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Ill. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind. Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Las Vegas, Nev. Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Mo. […]

A Textbook Case: Q&A with Frida Rodriguez, Connecticut College Lending Library

At Connecticut College, the Office of Residence Education and Living and Office of Sustainability are working together to create the Connecticut College Lending Library, which repurposes books that are donated—or simply left behind after classes end—and loans them out to a new crop of students, ensuring they can do assigned readings for their courses. REAL Coordinator Frida Rodriguez spoke with Library Journal about the new program and where the school hopes to see it go from its miniscule beginnings in the closet of a dorm lobby.

Seeing Your Future Self: Do You See a Library Director? | Leading from the Library

At some career stage librarians may contemplate moving to an administrative leadership position with the goal of becoming a director or dean. Here are some things to consider as you dwell on your administrative leadership potential.

What Public Librarians Need to Know about Common Core State Standards

From programming to collection development, common core state standards can impact the work of the public librarian. With implementation in the schools, where do you fit in? Join Deborah B. Ford in this webcast designed to debunk the myths, inspire you with programming ideas, and guide you in the demand for rigorous fiction and nonfiction.
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Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other […]

Eliza T. Dresang, Author and Noted Professor of Library Science, Dies at 72

Dresang, the Beverly Cleary Professor in Children and Youth Services at the University of Washington Information School, was known for her influential book about children’s literature, ‘Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age.’

IMLS Holds Hearing on the Need for Broadband in Libraries

Though broadband Internet access has become more common in U.S. households during the past decade, the digital divide has not yet been bridged. In fact, challenges now loom larger than ever for households without broadband, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) during his opening remarks at the “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 17. According to IMLS estimates, about 100 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet at home, while 19 million don’t have any Internet access at home.