November 24, 2017

Archives for March 2016

Pushing for Potus | Collection Development: Political Campaigns, April 1, 2016

This year’s race for president is hot and heavy, but it may not be all that unusual as campaigns go. These 29 resources offer an abundance of information on the roots of elections, how to become a more effective voter, and the evolving role of women in politics.

Library Advocates Fend off Kansas Legislative Threat

Kansas library professionals, forced to mobilize quickly and using social media to rally support and spread their message, convinced lawmakers to remove language from a fast-tracked tax bill that they said threatened the survival of the state’s seven regional systems and, in turn, promised a trickle-down reduction in services for public libraries.

Library Freedom Project, NYCLU Discuss Privacy and Online Security

The transition from print to electronic record keeping has made it easier and less expensive to store data and search for information, yet this trend has had troubling implications for individual privacy and the security of personal data, explained Mariko Hirose, staff attorney for the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) during the “Privacy Toolkit for Librarians” seminar held on March 22 at Long Island’s Farmingdale Public Library (FPL). Co-sponsored by the Greater New York Metropolitan Area chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Long Island Library Resources Council, the half-day event included presentations by Hirose and Library Freedom Project director and 2015 LJ Mover & Shaker Alison Macrina, covering topics including electronic surveillance, records subpoenas, and ways in which libraries can protect their patrons.

Purdue Librarians Contribute to 21st Century Grand Challenge Research

Purdue University recently announced the first findings from its Resilient Communities Research Team, one of five interdisciplinary research projects funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grand Challenge Exploratory Award. The team, which included scholars from the library and multiple academic departments, came together to explore how people’s physical and social networks influence the resilience of their communities during periods of disaster recovery. They also explored the important role that humanists, social scientists, and librarians can play in tackling 21st Century Grand Challenges.

Learning Leadership: Just a Bunch of BS? | Leading From the Library

There are dozens of definitions of what leadership is, not to mention more books, videos, and blog posts than anyone could consume in a lifetime. Does any of it help us learn to be better leaders?

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

Dean Hendrix to be Dean of Libraries, University of Texas, San Antonio; Linda Hofschire promoted to Director of Library Research Service at the Colorado State Library, Fort Collins; Mary Ann Naples named Vice President and Publisher of Disney Book Group at Disney Publishing Worldwide; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the March 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

News Briefs for March 15, 2016

The Association of College and Research Libraries presented its 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Awards; the Texas State Library and Archives Commission launched the Texas Digital Archive; the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office opened a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San José Public Library System; and more News in Brief from the March 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Core Customer Study Analyzes Library Demographics

A new report published March 29, “Core Customer Intelligence: Public Library Reach, Relevance, and Resilience,” brings together market segmentation from ten public library systems across the United States to explore how libraries can examine and act on granular data about their core customers—the 20 percent of cardholders who check out the most physical materials. Using 2014 customer and checkout data to group top library users by lifestyles, interests, preferences, and behaviors, the study drills down into community demographics to reveal that core customers aren’t found in any one segment of the population but occur across all lines, reflecting the diversity of their communities.

New BBC Report: Over 8,000 Public Library Jobs in England Lost in Past Six Years

From the BBC: Almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared in six years, about a quarter of the overall total, an investigation by the BBC has revealed. Over the same period, some 15,500 volunteers have been recruited and 343 libraries have closed, leading to fears over the future of the profession. [Clip] The BBC […]

Ideas from the Labs at DC Public Library

They “break it better” at Dream Lab, Fab Lab, Studio Lab, and Memory Lab. Here’s what that means, and how it’s an approach that can transform other programs, too.