December 19, 2014

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

Buthod retired as Director of the Louisville Free Public Library, KY; Kate Nevins announced her retirement as Executive Director at LYRASIS, Jennifer Wann is now Director, Bolivar County Library System, Cleveland, MS; and more people news from the December 2014 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, December 2014 Issue

Speaking up about sexual harassment; librarianship as a second career; to warn or not to warn; what’s wanted from ebooks, and more letters to the editor from the December 2014 issue of Library Journal.

Knapp President of Stamford’s Ferguson Lib., Rogers Executive Director, Metropolitan Library System and More Library People News

Alice Knapp promoted to President of the Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT; Lorraine J. Haricombe named Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at the University of Texas, Austin; Tim Rogers named Executive Director, Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City, and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the November 15, 2014 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, November 15, 2014 Issue

We need more reviews of self-published books; a report for libraries whose local government doesn’t get it; the bittersweet feelings of retirement, and more letters to the November 15, 2014 issue of Library Journal.

What’s Hot | Library by Design, Fall 2014

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New and popular products to finish off your library design in function and style. Includes archival supplies, carts, playful and interactive children’s displays, circulation stations, desks, displays, printers and scanners, seating, security, self-service, shelving, storage, and tables.

Security Solutions | Product Spotlight

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Library security systems are described as “non-glamourous work-horses” on Bibliotheca’s website. It’s true that the core function—to deter theft and prevent materials that haven’t been properly checked out from accidentally walking out of the library—hasn’t changed much since 3M launched its Tattle Tape electromagnetic (EM) security system in the 1970s. However, many of the latest systems feature new functionality enhanced by RFID tags, along with sleek, unobtrusive design that gives public entryways a modern appearance.

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

Asa Kachan appointed Chief Librarian and CEO at Halifax Public Libraries; Mary Sauer-Games named Vice President of Product Management at OCLC; and more People news from the November 1, 2014 issue of Library Journal.

Apples v. Oranges, Why Citations are Needed, and more Feedback

Why sports versus libraries and self versus traditional publishing are not simple comparison, the point of precision in citation, and more Letters to LJ’s November 1, 2014 Issue

Data for ROI and Benchmarking Ebook Collections

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Data is being used to make quick ebooks acquisitions decision changes at a single library and being used in scale to better understand ebook usage globally. Ying Zhang will present on a study undertaken at the University of Central Florida to determine the best ROI for their library ebook acquisitions models. Michael Levine-Clark will discuss a large-scale study showing trends across over 10,000 libraries and hundreds of thousands of ebooks. A study of this scale allows us to show broad patterns of usage and establish benchmarks that should prove useful for libraries and consortia for local planning.
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Data, Assessment, and Participatory Design: Rethinking Information Literacy, Spaces, and Services in Two Academic Libraries

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
The Claremont Colleges Library has developed a range of approaches to holistically evaluating information literacy (IL) learning and perceptions among students and faculty, as well as strategically identifying the best points of IL intervention across the complex curriculum of the seven Claremont Colleges. Char Booth and Sarah Lower consider approaches to applying teaching and learning-related data to improve pedagogy, enhance program effectiveness, and compellingly demonstrate the impact of librarian collaboration on student performance. UCLA Library’s Inquiry Labs leveraged library public service statistics, data from campus partners, and participatory design to develop new spaces and services. Kelly Miller and Doug Worsham suggest strategies and provide tips to encourage a culture of engagement and continual improvement.
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