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Archives for November 2015

Report Details ROI on 14 Years of Citywide Library Improvement

When the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) completed its recent 14-year Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP), the city Controller’s Office released an impact study detailing the economic benefits and returns on investment that the program stimulated throughout the city. The 68-page report, “Reinvesting and Renewing for the 21st Century: A Community and Economic Benefits Study of San Francisco’s Branch Library Improvement Program,” revealed that for every dollar invested in BLIP, San Francisco realized a return of between $5.19 and $9.11.

Professor, Library Map the Medieval World

Mappamundi is the online web portal for the Global Middle Ages Project (GMAP) based out of the University of Texas at Austin (UT). It links to a series of Digital Humanities projects by scholars from around the world about people, places, and objects from the period of roughly 500-1500 CE. Although many people think of this period solely as the European “Dark Ages,” the project directors are interested in portraying a much more global picture. Many of the projects focus on areas outside of Europe and are interested in cultural exchange between peoples.

Agents of Change | Office Hours

I must admit my eyebrows raised when one of my students in the Hyperlinked Library class shared a job description in our discussion devoted to emerging ideas and trends. Trenton Public Library (TPL), NJ, was looking for an “Innovation Catalyst Librarian.” The interest grew as my students dissected the duties and requirements, comparing their own experiences and suitability for such a position. I have seen a lot of cutting-edge job descriptions before, but this one was different.

Pizza, Pillows, and Ponies: Finals Week Programming | From the Bell Tower

Academic librarians are investing more heavily in finals week programming, all for a good cause—to help college students better cope with the most stressful weeks of the semester.

Patricia K. Galloway | LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award Winner 2015

Rarely can one find a professor with such a wide and profound knowledge of the fields and disciplines that relate to applying digital technology to development of cultural archives. Professor Patricia K. Galloway, of the iSchool at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, takes these achievements several levels higher with her record of original and broad scholarship; her many contributions to research and new knowledge in her practice and belief system of cultural archives and historiography; and the roster of current and former students she has led, instructed, and greatly inspired. Together, these achievements moved the judges to name her the winner of the 2015 Library Journal/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield.

Beyond Borders: Books That Will Change Your Life from Other Press with Archipelago and New Directions

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
What do Jan-Philipp Sendker’s The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, Kamel Daoud’s The Mersault Investigation, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, and Eka Kurniawan’s Beauty Is a Wound have in common? They’re big new books that changed your life. To find out how these publishers will be shaking you up next, join us Thursday, December 3, at 3:00 p.m. for a conversation with Other Press Publisher Judith Gurewich, Archipelago Publisher Jill Schoolman, and New Directions President Barbara Epler. Prepub Alert Editor Barbara Hoffert will moderate.
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News Briefs for November 15, 2015

The Boatwright Memorial Library at the University of Richmond acquired the personal collection of Wyatt Tee Walker, a theologian and civil rights leader who worked with Martin Luther King Jr.; the Young Adult Library Services Association opened applications for the BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant; Independent Publishers Group has partnered with 23 new publishers for distribution; and more News in Brief from the November 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Creating a Level of Comfort | Programs That Pop

The library is a liberating place for adults with developmental disabilities in the Springfield–Greene County Library District, MO. Since the Library Station branch stepped up its monthly programming for that underserved population through “Explore,” 40 adults have become faithful attendees, and new agency partners bring clients from as far as 70 miles away.

Inclusion Starts with Awareness | Backtalk

Great strides have been made in bringing physical accessibility to buildings and public spaces, including libraries, since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990. However, even after 25 years, much work still needs to be done in the area of providing persons with disabilities full access to these same spaces and resources, including digital counterparts.

DPLA Partners with Pop Up Archive to Make Audiovisual Content Keyword Searchable & Try AudioSearc.ch For Podcast Search

Note: About six weeks ago infoDOCKET posted this roundup looking at several companies, projects, and tools that can make audio and video content keyword searchable. One of the projects we mentioned was Pop Up Archive that DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) announced a partnership with today (see below). Btw, if you want to see […]