November 17, 2017

Archives for August 2016

News Briefs for August 1, 2016

The American Association of Geographers will donate its archives to the Library of Congress; Indianapolis Public Library has received its second “Library of the Future” award from ALA; the University of Cincinnati will form a new academic press; and more News in Brief from the August 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Collection Emergencies: Managing Time Sensitive Projects Successfully Without Losing Your Hat

We’ve assembled a panel of librarians who have successfully managed these kinds of projects to discuss their experiences and best practices. You’ll hear their stories and learn how Ingram can not only make the process easy, but help you select a collection that will impress your patrons. Ingram’s Collection Development team sees a lot of big projects—ODCs, expansions, grants, and more. We’ve worked with customers with very precise (and sometimes complex) requirements, as well as those who wish to defer much of the work to an experienced vendor. Regardless of the project’s size, we have solutions to help you through the process.
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Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Susan Fliss has been named Dean of Libraries at Smith College, Northampton, MA; Richard Kong voted next director of Skokie Public Library, IL; recent LIS grad Olivia Masser to be director of the Milton Public Library, PA; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the August 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Musical Instruments Circulate in Canadian Public Libraries

Three days after the Vancouver Public Library’s (VPL) June 7 launch of its Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library, every instrument had been borrowed. Two months later, all remain checked out, with a waitlist as high as 70 for some.

Sci-Hub Controversy Triggers Publishers’ Critique of Librarian

The website repository Sci-Hub, which enables users to freely download scholarly articles that normally require institutional subscriptions or individual payments, has found itself at the center of a series of conflicts over the past year. Many publishers are increasingly angry at the theft of copyrighted material, with the Association of American Publishers (AAP) going so far as to censure an academic librarian for his comments on Sci-Hub during a panel at the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Orlando in June.

Leading the Creative Library | Leading from the Library

It helps leaders to harness their own creative potential, but they should also pay attention to creating the right culture and environment that leads to a creative library organization as a whole.

NYPL Opens Permanent Library at Rikers Island

On July 26, New York Public Library (NYPL) launched the first permanent public library location at Rikers Island, East Elmhurst, NY, New York City’s main jail complex and one of the world’s largest correctional institutions. NYPL’s Correctional Services (CS) team has been providing library services at Rikers Island since 1984, currently operating five satellite libraries throughout the complex’s ten jails, but the new 1,200-volume library at the Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC) is the first to occupy dedicated space. Decorated with posters and vibrant, comfortable furnishings, the library is open for six hours every Tuesday, serving half of the facility every other week. Inmates may check out two books at a time for two weeks.

On the Road: Inspired by life in Australia’s libraries | Editorial

I wrote this in a small library in the town of Kyneton, Australia. As many library fans do, I visit libraries wherever I go—stopping in for a look-see, lingering to use the space and services, and sometimes getting a full tour. It’s always valuable—and often inspiring. This was the case when I recently visited Australia on a family trip, and I experienced a handful of libraries small and large along the way.

Sno-Isle, OverDrive Test Demand-Driven Ebook Acquisition

At the request of Sno-Isle Libraries, WA, OverDrive has developed a demand-driven acquisition (DDA) model for popular ebooks, enabling patrons to discover thousands of titles for which the library has not yet purchased a license. When a user checks out one of these titles, Sno-Isle is invoiced, and the ebook is added to the library’s collection in a transaction that appears seamless to the patron.

Birmingham Public Library Board Funds Innovative Cool Awards

While many libraries have come up with creative rewards for staff innovation, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) Innovative Cool Awards do double duty. The monthly award, funded and run by BPL’s ten-member Board of Trustees, is an incentive for staff to develop—and promote—engaging new programs and workshops, and also a way to connect the board with staff.