November 27, 2015

Feedback: Letters to LJ, November 15, 2015 Issue

Sticking up for desk service, long live the MLIS, continuing the Downers Grove conversation, and more letters to the editor from the November 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

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

Dennis Krieb named Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year; William J. Rozek appointed Chief Financial Officer for OCLC; Kelvin Watson promoted to Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, Queens Library, Jamaica, NY; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the November 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Make Your Own | Field Reports


Can I take this home? is a question I would hear every day while in the Hotspot at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s (FLP) Village of Arts and Humanities. The “thing” in question was a MaKey MaKey, and the answer was always, “No, but you can take home what you are plugging it into!” Working with youth aged seven to 18 years old we were creating computer-connected mazes with Play-Doh, homemade Dance Dance Revolution dance-pads using copper tape, and novel game controllers operated by licking ice cream.

Suit Convinces Eighth PL to Revise Meeting Room Policy to Allow Religion, Politics

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A public library in Lawrence, MA., has changed its meeting room policy, eliminating restrictions against religious or political expression in that space, after the city settled a lawsuit brought by Liberty Counsel, a non-profit Christian organization that has championed a number of high-profile conservative political causes in recent years.

Professor, Library Map the Medieval World

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Mappamundi is the online web portal for the Global Middle Ages Project (GMAP) based out of the University of Texas at Austin (UT). It links to a series of Digital Humanities projects by scholars from around the world about people, places, and objects from the period of roughly 500-1500 CE. Although many people think of this period solely as the European “Dark Ages,” the project directors are interested in portraying a much more global picture. Many of the projects focus on areas outside of Europe and are interested in cultural exchange between peoples.

Beyond Borders: Books That Will Change Your Life from Other Press with Archipelago and New Directions


Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
What do Jan-Philipp Sendker’s The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, Kamel Daoud’s The Mersault Investigation, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, and Eka Kurniawan’s Beauty Is a Wound have in common? They’re big new books that changed your life. To find out how these publishers will be shaking you up next, join us Thursday, December 3, at 3:00 p.m. for a conversation with Other Press Publisher Judith Gurewich, Archipelago Publisher Jill Schoolman, and New Directions President Barbara Epler. Prepub Alert Editor Barbara Hoffert will moderate.
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Defining Diversity in Libraries | Charleston Conference 2015

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I first attended the Charleston Conference in 2013, and every year I am impressed with the quality and the wide range of topics being presented. These topics include but are not limited to collection assessment, models of acquisition, and trends in collection development. Held annually in November in Charleston, SC, the Charleston Conference is a venue where librarians, vendors, and publishers converge to discuss issues, management, and development in the life cycle of library collections and resources.

Manifold Scholarship Turns Scholarly Books into Iterative Digital Projects | Charleston Conference 2015

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During the Charleston Conference session “New Platforms and Discovery Tools: Towards 21st Century University Presses and Libraries”, two Mellon Foundation-funded projects were introduced: UPScope Project, a university press-wide discovery engine based on natural language searches, being developed by the Association of American University Presses, and the Manifold Scholarship project, detailed below.

Cost Per User: Analyzing EZProxy Logs for Collection Development | Charleston Conference 2015

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“Cost Per User: Analyzing EZProxy Logs for Collection Development,” presented at the 2015 Charleston Conference, explained how the Marydean Martin Library at Nevada State College is using EZProxy log data to learn more about users, with the ultimate goal of becoming an essential part of the institution’s predictive analytics framework for student success.

Branching Out | November 1, 2015

Chicago Public Library opened its new Chinatown Branch, St. Louis County Library’s $120+ million Your Library Renewed Campaign will see 19 branches of the SLCL system either placed or remodeled, the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Library at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, completed phase two of a renovation that began last summer, and more new library construction and renovation from the November 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal.