November 18, 2017

Archives for July 2017

Westland PL Resets Staff, Leadership

In a series of resolutions to what looked like an impasse last spring, the William P. Faust Library of Westland, MI, on June 13 announced the reinstatement of three of five librarians who were terminated in an alleged budget adjustment in March. After a number of public clashes with supporters of the fired librarians at library board and city council meetings, the former board resigned en masse in June, along with former director Sheila Collins. Westland mayor William Wild has chosen candidates for a new board, who will be confirmed in August, and who will in turn begin proceedings to appoint a new library director.

Navigating Research: How Academic Users Understand, Discover, and Utilize Reference Resources

How are reference resources used and perceived by academic librarians, faculty, and students? Join us as we discuss the findings from Oxford University Press’s recently published white paper. We’ll explain how research was conducted for this white paper, and then discuss some of the interesting findings that resulted from it.
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Engaging Reluctant Readers in Your Library

Reaching all young readers can be challenging. Attend this webcast to explore ways to help increase interest in all YA and middle readers in your public or school library. You will hear from public and school librarians on how they reach their reluctant and struggling readers and how they work together to ensure every reader is engaged.
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USC Libraries to Launch Collections Convergence Initiative

A new initiative spearheaded by the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries, the Collections Convergence Initiative, will bring together researchers, library curators, and scholars to advance research, deepen their work with USC’s extensive special collections, expand the libraries’ public programming, and ultimately develop new collections.

Evidence-Based Acquisition: Leveraging Both Usage Data and Librarian Expertise

Ebook acquisition has been transformed by models like DDA and PDA that expose a large set of content to library patrons and base purchases on demonstrated demand. However, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, and some libraries have sought more predictable costs and mediation of title selection.
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What Not to Do: Tips for New Library Leaders | Leading from the Library

A new role leading in any capacity, but particularly as a library director, can be stressful. New leaders usually get lots of tips on what to do. A good honeymoon period strategy can also benefit from a few what-not-to-do tips.

Sally Gardner Reed on 15 Years of Uniting for Libraries

As executive director of United for Libraries (UFL), the American Library Association (ALA) division that supports library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations, Sally Gardner Reed has been the organization’s driving force since 2002. Reed will be retiring at the end of July, having seen the organization grow and change greatly over the past 15 years.

Device Management and Classroom Collaboration

TLC’s comprehensive device management platform caters to the needs of every stakeholder in the student learning cycle. TLC establishes a true learning partnership between home and school, while streamlining and expanding mobile device access and management.
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Fact Checking: Snopes.com is in Danger of Shutting Down, Launches GoFundMe Campaign

From the SaveSnopes.com Website: We [Snopes] had previously contracted with an outside vendor to provide certain services for Snopes.com. That contractual relationship ended earlier this year, but the vendor will not acknowledge the change in contractual status and continues to essentially hold the Snopes.com web site hostage. Although we maintain editorial control (for now), the […]

Q&A with John J King, Boston Public Library’s first Playwright-in-Residence

In June, the Boston Public Library announced its first Playwright-in-Residence, John J. King. While other BPL residencies are selected in-house, said Michael Colford, director of library services, “For the Playwright-in-Residence pilot we decided to work with a small theater company in Boston to do the vetting and selection for us.” Fresh Ink Theatre is the perfect partner,” said Colford, because in addition to its focus on original works, Fresh Ink provides public readings, workshops, and other public interaction throughout the production process.