November 24, 2017

Archives for February 2017

Douglas County Libraries Face Closure

The 11-branch Douglas County Library System (DCLS), OR, is facing closure later this spring after a ballot measure to create an independent tax district was defeated in the November 2016 election. Money provided by the tax district would have generated about $4 million a year; enough to meet the library’s funding needs. Since its rejection, DCLS is actively searching for alternatives to closure.

News Briefs for February 1, 2017

Backstage Library Works microfilms ten years of the Palestinian newspaper al-Hadaf, Library of Congress becomes a Digital Public Library of America “content hub partner,” Toledo Lucas County Public Library and Chattanooga Public Library recognized for Passport Acceptance programs; and more News in Brief from the February 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Finding Philanthropic Funding | BackTalk

As a librarian, I feel a deep fear of the direct threat to library funding posed by the new administration. However, as a philanthropy professional, I can’t help but feel some small amount of hope.

Big Read in the Big Apple: NYC Launches Reading Initative

Can New Yorkers agree to read the same book as the city launches One Book One New York reading campaign?

Not an Island: Connecting To Community Priorities | Editorial

We know it’s critical in library work to connect to community priorities—and that extends to all library types, with the community in question shifting accordingly. But just how do we put a finger on the pulse of those needs? A new offering takes a unique and useful approach to answering that question.

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Supporting Open Access

Open Access publishing—both Green and Gold varieties—are gaining greater acceptance. Librarians need to focus on ways to promote and improve the process.

Books America Needs To Read | In the Bookroom

One idea solidified by the fascinating February 15 panel, discussion “Challenging Topics, Challenging Times: Four Best-Selling Authors Reflect upon Culture, Creativity, and Changing the Conversation,” is that all Americans need to keep reading.

Prisons & Publics | Outreach

Many public librarians serving local jails and prisons note an increase in positive behaviors tied to inmates obtaining library services while inside and a desire to seek library services for themselves and their families upon release.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, February 1, 2017 Issue

Research for everyone, a win for Nevada County, Generation Z on the move, and more letters to editor from the February 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Thirty-Four Must-Have Spring Books | Editors’ Picks 2017

The 34 new books that are tickling our imagination this season From the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the future of American journalism after Edward Snowden, from psychological thrillers featuring unreliable narrators to a beloved romance author’s final novel, the titles chosen by my review colleagues reflect both our professional “beats” and personal passions. A […]