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Archives for March 2015

Expanded Hours Approved for San José Public Library

All 23 San José Public Library (SJPL), CA, branches will stay open an additional two days per week starting July 1 under a city budget plan stewarded by Mayor Sam Liccardo, whose political support is helping to fast-track a long-awaited realization of the library system’s top priority.

New GAO Report: Strong Leadership Needed to Address Serious Information Technology Management Weaknesses at Library of Congress

The following GAO (Government Accountability Office) was published today. From the Highlights Document: The Library of Congress has established policies and procedures for managing its information technology (IT) resources, but significant weaknesses across several areas have hindered their effectiveness: Strategic planning: The Library does not have an IT strategic plan that is aligned with the […]

Transformed by the People | 2015 LibraryAware Community Award

In 2010, two young fathers, Forrest Register and Vince Edge, decided that a direct appeal to local government from citizens of the city of Dothan and its surrounding Houston County, AL, could help transform their community into one in which their children would grow up educated and happy and perhaps even want to stay as adults. Their first priority was to infuse new energy and relevance into the lethargic Houston County Library System (HCLS): at the time headquartered at a downtown branch that few people visited, although it was open seven days a week.

UMass Amherst Library Opens 3-D Printing Innovation Center

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst on March 26 hosted the grand opening of its new MakerBot Innovation Center. Part of the library’s Digital Media Lab, the Innovation Center features 50 3-D printers, several desktop 3-D scanners, and MakerBot’s proprietary Innovation Center Management Platform, which links all 50 printers together, enabling print queuing and mass production of 3-D prints. UMass Amherst is the first institution to offer such large-scale access to 3-D printing within a library setting.

Seize the Moment: Lessons from Belgrade on expanding influence | Editorial

I knew I had met a creative force when I called Gale Bacon to let her know that the Belgrade Community Library, MT, had been named LJ’s 2015 Best Small Library in America, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She was enthusiastic but cool-headed on the phone, immediately cooking away on ideas for how to leverage the award. After meeting her at a celebration at the library in February, I am in awe of this director’s savvy and dedication to expanding support for her library. She took what anyone would consider a success story for Belgrade and turned it into a success story for the whole state—while keeping the people of Belgrade front and center.

Minnesota: Hill Museum & Manuscript Library Digitizes Timbuktu’s Historic Manuscript Collections

From SJU in Collegeville, Minnesota: The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University is creating digital records of more than 22,000 rare and historically-significant documents from a library in Timbuktu. The Mamma Haidara Family Library has one of the largest private manuscript collections in Timbuktu, and some of its documents date back […]

Public Libraries and Hispanics Pew Report Shows Library Gap Between U.S.-Born and Immigrants

The Pew Research Center’s latest report taken from its 2013 Library Services Survey focuses on Public Libraries and Hispanics, examining usage patterns and attitudes among the United States Hispanic population age 16 and older. While the findings identify some differences between Latinos and their White [non-Hispanic] and African American counterparts, the greatest discrepancies lie between native-born Hispanics—those born within the 50 states or Puerto Rico—and immigrants.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, March 15, 2015 Issue

Elevator pitches, anger about open access, unsung heroes, and more letters to the editor from the March 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, NV; Bobby Roberts retired as Director of the Central Arkansas Library System, and more people news from the March 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

News Briefs for March 2015

IMLS announces finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service; Illinois awards $15.2 million in library grants, and more news briefs from the March 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.