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Archives for May 2016

Beyond Caitlyn Jenner | Collection Development: Transgender Fiction & Nonfiction, June 1, 2016

The past ten years have seen dramatically increased visibility of transgender people in the public eye. For those in the community and those wanting to understand more about it, these 30 resources will fill in many of the blanks.

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Megan Lotts: If You Build It, They Will Come (to the Library)

When Megan Lotts sat down to work with LEGO bricks for the first time at the March 2014 i2c2 Conference in Manchester, UK, more clicked for her than just the plastic bricks. Once she returned from the conference, Lotts—arts librarian on the research and instructional services library faculty at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ—sourced 150 pounds of discarded LEGO bricks and installed a LEGO station at the Rutgers Arts Library. There, for the past two years, students and faculty have gathered to work through logistical problems, de-stress, and simply play. Lotts offers LEGO workshops, uses LEGO bricks in course assignments, and has taken a sabbatical to bring them on a 6,000-mile road trip to universities across the country to demonstrate the Making power—and the joy—LEGO bricks can bring to an academic library.

Tennessee: Friends of Library Group to Open Bookstore in Aiport

From the Times Free Press (Chattanooga, TN): Friends of the [Chattanooga Public] Library, calling the business model a first for an airport nationally, will lease about 750 square feet in the lower level of the terminal where it will sell books. [Clip] William Sundquist, chairman of the group that supports Chattanooga Public Library, said plans […]

Feedback: Letters to LJ, May 15, 2016 Issue

An NC welcome, UK volunteer power, floating away, and more letters to editor from the May 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Thailand: New Bangkok City Library Will Stay Open 24 Hours a Day

From Coconuts Bangkok: Good news for all the bookworms who drop thousands of baht every time they step into Asia Books. Bangkok is preparing to launch a new kind of city library, a reading space that will stay open 24 hours a day and have ridiculously cheap membership costs. [Clip] The library is expected to […]

OverDrive’s Potash and Penguin Random House’s Applebaum Honored by UJA-Federation

At a high energy midtown New York gala, the UJA-Federation of New York honored Steve Potash, president and CEO of leading library ebook distributor OverDrive, Inc., and Stuart S. Applebaum, emeritus executive vice president of Corporate Communications at Penguin Random House. UJA’s annual Publishing Division Dinner, held May 24, marked the first time the organization has acknowledged someone entirely dedicated to digital content with its celebration of Potash’s contributions.

The Art of the Matter | Library by Design, Spring 2016

Why does art in libraries matter? Erinn Batykefer of the Library as Incubator Project (and a 2014 LJ Mover & Shaker) cites public art’s role in promoting creativity. “Visible art in the library space, whether through gallery shows, public art or performance, or hands-on workshops, is incredibly important in terms of the ‘incubator library’—a space where the right conditions for creative thought and new ideas are protected and promoted,” she tells LJ. “It serves as a visible representation of the connection among information and creativity and innovation…making the library a visible place where creativity is valued and nurtured.” She adds, “Every library, stripped to its barest mission, seeks to connect people with information. Art is information—the product of a creative process and the process itself.”

Writing, Reflecting, Capturing: Three Less-Discussed Leadership Skills | Leading from the Library

Little things make the difference. There is broad consensus on the most critical skills leaders need to learn, but there are some less frequently discussed practices that can help build those skills.

LYRASIS, DuraSpace Leaders Discuss Dissolved Merger

On May 16, the boards of LYRASIS and DuraSpace dissolved a planned merger that had been announced on January 27. But executives from the not-for-profit library software and service providers told LJ that four months of formal due diligence and analysis had helped members and leadership from both organizations become more familiar with one another, setting the stage for future collaboration.