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Archives for November 2014

Knapp President of Stamford’s Ferguson Lib., Rogers Executive Director, Metropolitan Library System and More Library People News

Alice Knapp promoted to President of the Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT; Lorraine J. Haricombe named Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at the University of Texas, Austin; Tim Rogers named Executive Director, Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City, and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the November 15, 2014 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, November 15, 2014 Issue

We need more reviews of self-published books; a report for libraries whose local government doesn’t get it; the bittersweet feelings of retirement, and more letters to the November 15, 2014 issue of Library Journal.

Librarians React to Simon & Schuster Dropping “Buy It Now” Requirement

Simon & Schuster (S & S) last week announced that it will no longer require libraries to offer a “buy it now” option with the publisher’s ebook titles. In theory, these buy it now links enable patrons to avoid long holds lists while ensuring that a small percentage of their purchases went to their library, rather than to an online retailer such as Amazon. However, many libraries and municipalities have policies in place prohibiting this type of arrangement, and others simply find the library-as-retailer concept objectionable or even unethical.

Ferguson Library Provides Calm Refuge for a Torn Community

On November 24 a grand jury in Ferguson, MO, delivered its verdict on the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a Ferguson police officer. The St. Louis County grand jury chose not to bring criminal charges against the officer, Darren Wilson; the decision, which was announced just after 8 p.m. CST, set off a night of protests and civil unrest, the most violent including arson, shattered windows, injuries, and, as of press time, a possible murder.

What’s Hot: The Latest in Library Products & Furnishings | Library by Design, Fall 2014

New and popular products to finish off your library design in function and style. Includes archival supplies, carts, playful and interactive children’s displays, circulation stations, desks, displays, printers and scanners, seating, security, self-service, shelving, storage, and tables.

Paul T. Jaeger | LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award Winner 2014

You’d think Library Journal and ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) had Paul T. Jaeger in mind when they wrote the criteria for the LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award. Jaeger, associate professor, College of Information Studies (CIS), University of Maryland, College Park, is the winner of the 2014 award, sponsored by ProQuest, which merges the LJ and ALISE honors for the first time. Jaeger clearly “illustrates student-­centered thinking” in his teaching. His contributions to curriculum design at CIS display his expertise and command of new developments. Current and former students enthusiastically tell of Jaeger’s work as mentor, career builder, and collaborator in their working lives. Teaching the core values of the profession comes easy to Jaeger, because his commitment to them is rooted in his early personal and academic life.

Crossing Over | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

It is no shocker that the publishing game is under­going rapid-fire change. The astonishing growth in self-­publishing (over half a million self-published titles were released in 2013, up 400 percent since 2008, according to a recent Bowker report), the continued improvements in ereaders and digital reading apps, the rise in print on demand, and mergers among the Big Six (now Big Five) publishers are creating ripple effects throughout the industry.

Security Solutions | Product Spotlight

Library security systems are described as “non-glamourous work-horses” on Bibliotheca’s website. It’s true that the core function—to deter theft and prevent materials that haven’t been properly checked out from accidentally walking out of the library—hasn’t changed much since 3M launched its Tattle Tape electromagnetic (EM) security system in the 1970s. However, many of the latest systems feature new functionality enhanced by RFID tags, along with sleek, unobtrusive design that gives public entryways a modern appearance.

Six Month Review of Public Library e-Lending Pilot in UK Published

Note: The year-long pilot was launched on March 3, 2014. See: “Ebook Lending Pilot Project Launching Today in UK” From a News Release Posted on the Publishers Association (UK) Web Site: The year-long pilot project, being run in partnership by the Society of Chief Librarians and The Publishers Association, into remote lending of ebooks by […]

Year in Architecture 2014: Commons Sense

The library construction projects completed between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, seem to have found common purpose around a common theme: community. As such, many of the 16 academic projects and 84 public library capital efforts find themselves at the center of their respective neighborhoods. Whether large or small, on an expansive budget or a shoestring, these facilities strengthen ties among their constituencies and between learning and entertainment.