May 23, 2017

Obama Presidential Center Gets Mixed Reception at Unveiling

On May 3, Barack and Michelle Obama joined a crowd of approximately 300 Chicago community leaders at an invite-only forum to unveil renderings for the OPC and answer questions. “It’s not just a building. It’s not just a park,” the former president told the assembled crowd. “Hopefully it’s a hub where all of us can see a brighter future for the South Side.”

Timely & Timeless | Library Design 2017

The 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards recognize eight outstanding new libraries and renovations.

Driving Innovation through Collaboration: Library Perspectives

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 2PM-3PM ET / 11AM-12PM PT
Universities are moving fast. How do you stay ahead of the curve to support the changing needs of students, researchers, and faculty? In this session we’ll look at how community collaboration and open platforms can drive innovative library services and tighten connections to the academic ecosystem.
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Net Positive | Library Design 2017

Libraries are a key element in community ecosystems. Now imagine a library that actually is an environmental ecosystem of its own. The furthest reaching green building certification uses the metaphor of the flower—thriving within a given habitat by pulling nutrients from the soil, using sunlight for photosynthesis, and depending on the sky for rain—to describe the requirements for its green building program. Each element of the certification is called a petal, and each represents a major part of the eco­system: energy, water, and materials. The International ­Living Future Institute administers the Living Building Challenge.

How to Drive Success in Research

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT
Success in research stands or falls with discovery. Discovery, after all, is the entry point to the library’s collections. With this in mind, EBSCO has focused much of its development efforts on EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), which has become the discovery service of choice for thousands of libraries worldwide.
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Public Outcry Saves Saskatchewan Library Funds

In an abrupt about-face, the provincial government of Saskatchewan, Canada, on April 24 restored every penny of the $4.8 million it had cut just a month earlier from public library funding as part of its 2017–18 budget. It was a reversal that elected officials admit was prompted by mounting public opposition to the cuts, spurred in part by a Facebook group that sprang up almost overnight to energize many grassroots protests.

15 Libraries Named IMLS National Medal Finalists

UPDATED:The 2017 National Medal recipient libraries, announced on May 15, are:

Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA
Long Beach Public Library, CA
Richland Library, Columbia, SC
University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis
Waterville Public Library, ME

Sharing eBooks Means Caring

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 2PM-3PM ET / 11AM-12PM PT
Hear from a panel of experts who are sharing their eBook collections with locals schools about how resource sharing increases utilization of the library’s digital collections, engages students as public library patrons and broadens the library’s impact in its community.
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Information & Media Literacy: Skills Needed in Today’s World

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT
True or False? Information and media literacy skills have never been more important than in today’s digital world. Join LearningExpress, an EBSCO company, as they present a webinar on the skills necessary to obtain reliable information for effective research and for navigating daily digital life.
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Feedback: Letters to LJ, April 15, 2017 Issue

Soup for you, Robyn rocks, value-added librarians, and more letters to the editor from the April 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.