August 14, 2017

What’s Next for Federal Funding | Federal Advocacy

With FY17 and FY18 and presidential and congressional budgets all jumbled together in the news cycle, it can be tough to keep track of what’s still on the table and when it needs attention. At right is a time line of what to expect in the fight for federal funding for libraries. While it’s accurate as of press time, the situation has been changing rapidly, so sign up for the American Library Association’s Washington Office District Dispatch e-newsletter to get the most recent updates.

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

Louise Bernard has been appointed director the museum at the Barack Obama Presidential Center; Courtenay Reece is the new Director of the Millville Public Library, NJ; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the July 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Device Management and Classroom Collaboration

Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, 2PM-3PM ET / 11AM-12PM PT
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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Evidence-Based Acquisition: Leveraging Both Usage Data and Librarian Expertise

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT
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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Engaging Reluctant Readers in Your Library

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT
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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Navigating Research: How Academic Users Understand, Discover, and Utilize Reference Resources

Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, 12PM-1PM ET / 9AM-10AM PT
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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Feedback: Letters to LJ, July 2017 Issue

Reteaching tolerance, Saskatchewan solidarity, balancing acts, and more letters to the editor from the July 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

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.

CT Library Supporters Worry as Doomsday Spending Plan Hangs Overhead

Being able to easily get their hands on materials needed for job hunting, financial or legal research, or college applications, whether or not their local branch has them, saves library patrons in Connecticut money and time. In many cases, it may be their only option.

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

Dawn Hammatt has been appointed Director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum; Christopher Sagaas is the new Director of the Utica Public Library, NY; Charla Wilson has been hired as Northwestern University’s first Archivist for the Black Experience; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the June 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.