November 18, 2017

Archives for October 2016

Staff as Innovation Leaders: From great ideas to great implementation | Editorial

The community served by the Birmingham Public Library, AL, this October gained three new programs targeted to branch-level needs—Vintage Memory Making, with an eye to sewing and crafting; After School Writing, keyed to supporting penmanship, including cursive writing; and New Parenting, focused on helping caregivers through the first years. All three ideas stem from staff participation in the library’s recently launched Innovative Cool Award initiative, which interconnects the organization, including trustees, and helps the library be responsive to the community.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, October 15, 2016 Issue

Coming Write In, vote as you see fit, new skills for LIS, and more letters to editor from the October 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Branching Out, October 2016

East Waco Library, TX, reopens; Jersey City Free Public Library, NJ, is back after a renovation; Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH, has revamped and expanded its Northern Lights library; and more new construction and renovation news from the October 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

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Open Access: A Distilled Perspective

As we approach the conclusion of the series of interviews I’ve been conducting with leaders of the open access community, I’ve been asked to share a few comments and reflections. Because of the hard work and dedication of the people who were interviewed for the series, open access publishing—including both text and data—is now a […]

Empathy as the Leader’s Path to Change | Leading From the Library

You’re the leader. You have a vision. It will require real organizational change. Now what? Empathic leaders may do better at gaining followers than encouraging resistors.

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Open Access at the Crossroads

Discussions of open access to online journal content go back 20 or more years.  In 1995, James O’Donnell and I co-edited perhaps the first book — but by no means the last — on this theme.[i]  Based on a series of internet discussions about “self-archiving,” that book laid the foundations for what was later called […]

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

Stephanie J. Coakley named Executive Director, Pequot Library, Southport, CT; Toyin Falola serve as Library of Congress Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South; Lisa Rosinsky chosen as Associates of Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the October 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

User-Designed Libraries | Design4Impact

These days, collecting deep public input before the design phase of a new construction or renovation of a library is de rigueur, with methods ranging from focus groups to community outreach to social media. But a few libraries are taking it to the next level, not just finding out what patrons need or value and filtering that through the lens of librarian and architect expertise but also letting users directly drive design decisions in collaboration with the professionals.

Short-List Announced for Andrew Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books short-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, which are given for the previous year’s best adult fiction and nonfiction books published in the United States. The two medal winners will be revealed at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book […]

NYPL for the Performing Arts Acquires First Hip-Hop Collection

The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (LPA) is home to the archives and papers of such dance notables as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Isadora Duncan, and Merce Cunningham. In October, LPA acquired its first hip-hop collection with the archives of Michael Holman, New York dance impresario, filmmaker, musician, journalist, and television producer.