October 22, 2016

Ian Chant

About Ian Chant

Ian Chant is a former editor at LJ and a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Scientific American and Popular Mechanics and on NPR.


The Future of the Planet | Designing the Future


As society faces what many now call the Anthropocene age, the impacts of climate change and humankind’s role in it will influence, literally, everything.


The Future of Reading | Designing the Future


While reading is often thought of as a solitary activity, some of our best book experiences can be social. That shared story­telling experience, says Bob Stein, creator of the Institute for the Future of the Book, is coming to traditional books in a transformative way.

The Pros of Cons


With a slew of superheroes getting the big screen treatment in recent years, comic books are gaining even more cachet as a cultural touchstone. Big-budget blockbusters and critically acclaimed TV spin-offs have helped to spawn a new generation of comic book fans and reignited the spark in former readers, while alternative titles bring in fans who aren’t the superhero type (see “Picture the Possibilities,” LJ 6/15/16, p. 30ff.). Meanwhile, sf has long since gained mainstream acceptance without losing its ability to stir deep devotion (witness the plethora of Doctor Who merchandise), and anime and manga are reaching ever-larger portions of the American populace, particularly among teens and new adults. Board and card games, too, are seeing a dramatic resurgence in popularity alongside their high-tech counterparts, and once under-the-radar fanfiction and fan art are now far more widely known and accepted.

Cornell University Pops Cork on Wine Library

wine stacks at Cornell's new wine library

The seven foot tall stacks at Cornell University’s newest library are kept cool and dry, perfect for cardigan wearing. But that’s where the sense of familiarity might end for many LJ readers, as the space contains no books, and offers no borrowing privileges. The brainchild of Susan Henry and Kathryn Boor, the former and current deans of the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS), Cornell’s wine library was part of a $105 million renovation of the campus’ Stocking Hall. The new space will store wines used for teaching in the school’s Viticulture and Enology program.

Steps to a Secure ­Library | Library Security


For a primer on managing disruptive patrons, knowing when to get law enforcement involved, and how to form the relationships that make that call easier, we spoke to Steve Albrecht. A retired police officer and security consultant, Albrecht is the author of Library Security: Better Communication, Safer ­Facilities (ALA Editions). (For more from Albrecht, see Playing It Safe: Author Steve Albrecht Tackles Security Measures for Libraries.)


Research: Library Large Print Still Needed


For blind and partially sighted individuals, reading is not just something they do for school or work: A 2012 study of blind individuals in the United Kingdom found that 82 percent reported reading for pleasure, with nearly 60% saying they read for more than ten hours a week.

Library Robot Coming to Welsh University

Pasi William Sachiti, Ariel Ladegaard, prototype robot

At Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom, users will soon have a novel means of consulting the catalog at the college’s Hugh Owen Library. Rather than typing their request, or asking a reference librarian, students can be led to the title they’re looking for by a robot with access to all of the library’s holdings.

University of Kansas Librarians Embedded in New Journalism Program


The newest online Master’s degree program at the University of Kansas (KU) opened its doors under the auspices of the school’s Journalism department. But when it officially launches in June, 2016, the new program, which focuses on teaching veteran and aspiring journalists alike how best to present and share digital content, will also owe a lot to the school’s librarians. KU’s information specialists have helped to consult on the structure of the program and the content it will cover, and will be embedded in the program’s digital classrooms from day one.

Increasing Participation in Your Institutional Repository


So you’ve established an institutional repository, where users can put papers, theses, and experimental data on file, making it easily accessible to the larger world. While getting an institutional repository up and running is no small feat, it’s only the first step. To make the most of this tool, you have to fill it, and that means getting ongoing participation from faculty and students.

Library Board Appoints New Trustees Despite Past Book Challenge


The library board in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove has appointed a new board member, attorney Arthur Jaros, Jr., in spite of controversy over his leading role in challenging a book in the supplementary reading curriculum of a local school district more than a decade ago. In 1999, Jaros and other members of the […]