July 25, 2014

JSTOR Announces Free Access to 500K Public Domain Journal Articles

JSTOR Announces Free Access to 500K Public Domain Journal Articles

By David Rapp, 9/7/2011 The JSTOR journal archive announced today that it is making nearly 500,000 public domain journal articles from more than 220 journals—or about six percent of JSTOR’s total content—freely available for use by “anyone, without registration and regardless of institutional affiliation.” The material, entitled Early Journal Content, will be rolled out in […]

10 Steps to a Better Library Interior: Tips That Don’t Have To Cost a Lot | Library by Design

By Traci Lesneski, September 9, 2011 An interior designer weighs in with simple, effective, and inexpensive steps that can be taken to reinvigorate your library At a time when many of our country’s libraries need an update owing to age and higher-than-ever expectations from patrons, available dollars for renovations are all too scarce. Fortunately, there are […]

Open Source Reality Check

Implementation experience reveals pros and cons In 2009, East Brunswick Public Library (EBPL), NJ, switched from a proprietary integrated library system (ILS), SirsiDynix’s Horizon, to an open source Koha ILS. In 2010, it switched back. When the library moved to open source, a lot of factors went into the decision, according to Christopher Hyde, East […]

New Statistics Model for Book Industry Shows Trade Ebook Sales Grew Over 1,000 Percent

By Michael Kelley, August 8, 2011 A new annual survey of the total U.S. book publishing industry released today shows growing revenue and, even without numbers from 2011, exponential ebook sales. The industry sold 2.57 billion books in all formats in 2010, a 4.1 percent increase over 2008, and publishers’ net sales revenue grew to […]

Product Watch | Library Scanners

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By David Rapp,2011-07-18 11:00:06 LJ looks at how scanners are being used in libraries big and small Think of library scanning, and massive digitization initiatives such as the controversial Google Books project spring to mind. But the varieties of library scanners run the gamut: although some libraries do indeed make use of scanners for large-scale projects […]

Library of the Year 2011: King County Library System, WA | The People’s Library

By John N. Berry III, June 7, 2011 The words “Open to all” permeate this library’s strategic plan INTEGRATED INTO THE FABRIC OF COMMUNITY Top row, l.-r.: The jaunty Sammamish Library, one of LJ‘s New Landmark Libraries, anchors a new city center; the Snoqualmie branch bustles. Second row, l.-r.: KCLS’s robust building program has produced many […]

Periodicals Price Survey 2011 | Under Pressure, Times Are Changing

By Stephen Bosch, Kittie Henderson, & Heather Klusendorf, 4/14/2011 Periodical prices are on the upswing, and technology is advancing at a relentless pace There’s no way to sugarcoat the impact higher serials prices have on the information marketplace, or the dire state of funding for libraries. Libraries are no longer in a position of having […]

Gwyneth A. Jones | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Innovators

Rebel with a Cause A self-described “goofball and geek,” Gwyneth Jones is a frequent and formidable presence at library conferences; on her blog, The Daring Librarian, where she appears as a cartoon persona with cat’s-eye glasses and fiery red hair; and at Murray Hill Middle School Library in Laurel, MD, where she oversees everything from […]

Aspen Walker | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Marketers

Good 4 Libraries Aspen Walker is a jack-(or jill)- of-all-trades, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She supports the library director’s functions, working closely with the library board and senior management, preparing budgets, and dealing with long-range planning. Always in touch with those on the front lines, she also works at the reference […]

Richard L. Hasenyager Jr. | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Change Agents

True to His Schools When Richard Hasenyager speaks to community organizations and other groups, he talks about the critical role school libraries play in developing students’ life skills—from the age of five. “College and career readiness begin in kindergarten,” he says. “We can’t wait until students are in high school to teach them information and […]