March 5, 2015

Feedback: Letters to LJ, February 15, 2015 Issue

The pros and cons of community college for all, library marketing, the need for shooter safety, and more letters to the editor form the February 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

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

Watson appointed Associate State Librarian for Ohio; Simons to direct Brown County Library, WI; Grayshaw named director, Middletown Public Library, PA, and more library people news from the February 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Cambridge Public Library Wins National Architecture Award

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More than five years after it first opened in November 2009, the renovated and expanded Cambridge Public Library (CPL) in Massachusetts is still receiving accolades. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) sent two judges to CPL this past November to evaluate the library for its prestigious Institute Honor Award for Architecture. The new library was designed by William Rawn Associates in conjunction with Ann Beha Architects, who handled the restoration of the original 1889 library. CPL has won 22 awards, including the Boston Society of Architects’ Harleston Parker Medal for “the single most beautiful building” built in the Boston area in the last ten years. It was also featured in the American Libraries Library Design Showcase (2010).

Coffee Cup Stories | Programs That Pop

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Espresso culture arrived a bit late in Parkes, New South Wales (NSW), as urban trends often do in Australian country towns. Yet sometimes it’s possible for a small community to outpace the zeitgeist. In ours, we decided to connect the community to libraries and literacy through coffee.

Editors’ Picks: Your Next Big Reads from HarperCollins, Penguin Publishing Group, and Random House

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Thursday, March 12th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Want to be in the know about hot books everyone will be discussing this spring and summer? What better way than to hear directly from the editors who have bought and fought for these titles? To learn about your next big reads, tune in on Thursday, March 12, at 3:00 p.m. to Library Journal’s newest Editors’ Picks webcast. Joining us are six editors from HarperCollins, Penguin Publishing Group, and Random House LLC in conversation with Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert. Register Now!

Beyond Book Displays: Helping Readers Help Themselves

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Behavior studies show that more and more people visiting libraries want to find materials and information on their own. This presents a challenge for librarians: how can they best help these self-directed readers? While many libraries use traditional strategies with book displays and bibliographies, today’s readers need more. This webinar will share the latest results of patron browsing behaviors and offer innovative practices to help you engage patrons with passive programming ideas and self-directed pathways. Register Now!

One Kentucky Library District Upheld, But More Still in the Balance

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The McLean County Public Library, a one-branch system in the tiny rural community of Livermore, KY, is a valid special taxing district, a state appeals court affirmed in a Jan. 30 decision, enabling it to continue raising revenue without voter approval. McLean County is one of almost 100 county library systems in Kentucky operating as a special taxing district, so the decision was welcome news for the entire Kentucky library community, which is still awaiting the outcome of another pending appeals court case challenging the funding mechanism.

“All Eyes on IMLS”: Priorities for 2015 | ALA Midwinter 2015

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Eager to promote strategic priorities for 2015, officials for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) trained a spotlight on the various federal funding resources available through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) during a recent American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter session in Chicago. At a talk entitled, “All Eyes on IMLS: Funding Priorities and Reauthorization,” IMLS Acting Director Maura Marx and Robin Dale, the associate deputy director for state programs, outlined the scope and focus of LSTA’s grants to states and other discretionary spending for libraries.

University of British Columbia Acquires Books with Possible Link to Oscar Wilde

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While browsing the Internet for information relating to his Ph.D in Victorian literature, University of British Columbia (UBC) doctoral candidate Justin O’Hearn discovered that Christie’s auction house was selling a copy of Des Grieux, a rare book published in 1899. Des Grieux is thought to be the prequel to a better-known title, Teleny, released anonymously in 1893. Both are gay erotic novels sometimes attributed to Oscar Wilde, although neither book’s authorship has been confirmed. O’Hearn knew this sale was a particular opportunity to own a piece of literary history due to its rarity and its place in the mythology of Wilde.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, February 1, 2015 Issue

A French librarian’s response to the Charlie Hebdo shooting, transactional versus transformational, and more letters to the editor from the February 1, 2015, issue of Library Journal