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Archives for September 2016

Branching Out, September 15, 2016

Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta, is expanded and renovated; Calistoga Public Library, CA, reopens; Randolph C. Watson Library at Kilgore College, TX, is back after a remodel; and more new construction and renovation news from the September 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Print Disabled: Marrakesh Treaty Enters Into Force Today

Three posts about today’s news are linked below. From World Intellectual Property Office: The “books for blind” treaty entered into force on September 30, 2016, three months after it gained the necessary 20 ratifications or accessions by WIPO member states. “This is a wonderful day for visually impaired people around the world, who will from […]

Mississippi: County Budget Cuts Force Indefinite Closure of All Public Libraries in Perry County

From WDAM: County budget cuts have forced the closure of all three public libraries in Perry County. Libraries in Richton, New Augusta and Beaumont will close their doors Friday afternoon. Charles Cox, director of the Pine Forest Regional Library System, which operates the libraries, said three employees will lose their jobs. A post on the […]

Oklahoma: After a Three-Year, $50 Million Renovation, Tulsa’s Central Library Reopens Tomorrow (Audio, Photos)

From Tulsa Public Radio: After a three-year closure for a top-to-bottom, inside and out renovation, Tulsa’s Central Library reopens Saturday at 11 a.m. The makeover hasn’t been just about looks. Tulsa City-County Library CEO Gary Shaffer promised patrons are getting a 21st Century library out of the $50 million overhaul. [Clip] A group from Portland, […]

Iowa City PL Institutes Autism Accessible Browsing Hour

Iowa City Public Library (ICPL) prides itself on welcoming all members of the community, and recently found a way to extend that service by introducing an Autism Accessible Browsing Hour for all ages. The library’s bright and inviting children’s room plays host to a variety of kids of all abilities, including through its Sensory Storytimes for children on the autism spectrum, but the boisterous atmosphere can be too loud, too bright, and too busy for some children with sensory issues.

Library Leaders Ignore Organizational Politics at Their Own Risk | Leading from the Library

Do we do ourselves a disservice when we believe that hard work and playing by the rules are enough to be a successful leader? As leaders, do we hurt the library when we fail at institutional politics?

Maximizing the Message | LJ 2016 Marketer of the Year Award

Few libraries were untouched by the economic downturn of the 2000s. As systems began to rebound, however, a challenge was to replace the perception that they were down and out with the new reality of extended hours, replenished staff, and improved services. The strongest marketers among them also focused on the stories behind those comebacks, and information about what users could expect going forward. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (CML), in the city of Charlotte and County of Mecklenburg, NC, was determined not just to recover but to come back stronger than ever, to make sure its customers knew it—and to give them a chance to tell their side of the story.

Hartford Courant Op/Ed by Four Legendary Librarians: “Librarians Stand Again Against FBI Overreach”

From an Op/Ed in the Hartford Courant: We are the four librarians who fought a government gag order a decade ago when FBI agents demanded library records under the Patriot Act and told us, under penalty of criminal prosecution, that we couldn’t talk about it. We members of what the media called “the Connecticut Four” […]

Academic Ebook Sales Flat, Preference for E-Reference Up

Academic libraries continue to add to their ebook collections, but while ebooks are becoming the preferred format for reference materials, many students still prefer to read and study monographs and textbooks in print, according to “Ebook Usage in U.S. Academic Libraries 2016,” a survey conducted by Library Journal and sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning.

Windows on Boston | New Landmark Libraries 2016

The transformation is evident even before visitors enter. Moving down Boylston Street from Copley Square, past the side of the historic McKim Building, the façade of the Boston Public Library (BPL) no longer resembles a bunker. The massive granite slabs that once obscured the entrance are now embedded in the pavement. Through the glass, passersby can see people lining a laptop bar. It’s 10:30 on a Thursday morning, and the place is jamming.