September 15, 2014

Feedback: Letters to LJ, September 1, 2014 Issue

Librarians’ history on LBGT topics; disrupting libraries; the perils of remote lending; and more letters to the editor from the September 1, 2014, issue of Library Journal.

Speer to Direct Indiana State Lib, Oliver COO of Columbus, and More Library People News

Gay to direct Milwaukee County Federated Library System, Victoria Strickland-Cordial to direct Chesapeake Public Library System, Nate Oliver is now COO of Columbus Metropolitan Library, and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and other library people news from the September 1, 2014 issue of Library Journal.

One Book, Well Done

BIG DEAL Marketing drives city read participation. (top-bottom): Dearborn PL readers were “wild” about the kickoff for its 2014 Big Read; Kansas City PL chose True Grit in 2013; and Seattle PL branded its program with an iconic logo

Organizations in every state in America, plus the District of Columbia, have hosted a communitywide reading program at one point or another, according to the Library of Congress. So-called One Book programs are everywhere. However, to engage the entire community, whether municipality, county, region, or state, successfully in a community­wide reading event takes planning as well as skill and enthusiasm. LJ spoke with reads veterans from around the country to learn what worked for them—and what could work for your library.

LA County Library Restores Lost Hours

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County of Los Angeles Public Library officials are restoring service hours to all the libraries that previously saw their hours reduced owing to 2009-2010 budget cuts. This comes after the Board of Supervisors approved this year’s $178 million library budget, an increase of $3.6 million.

NYPL Sees Success with #Ireadeverywhere Initiative

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On August 5, the New York Public Library (NYPL) launched a social media initiative using the hashtag #Ireadeverywhere. Participants post pictures of themselves on social media reading something—books, e-readers, magazines—in whatever location they want using the designated hashtag. Contributors have gotten creative with their submissions. People took pictures of themselves reading at hair salons, in front […]

Academic Movers 2014: In Depth with Omar Poler

Omar Poler

In the latest of our In-Depth Interviews with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, we caught up with Omar Poler, an Associate Outreach Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS). Omar Poler has a deep and personal connection to the American Indian community that has been enriched by his library work and motivated him to form the Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums (TLAM) Project, one of the few projects to incorporate American Indian topics into LIS education.

State Tweak to Seed Library Rules Ignites Debate

“Seedbank” by R. C. Johnson

As controversies go, it would have been difficult to see this one coming. In tiny Mechanicsburg, PA, a pilot seed library in existence for all of four months is now the epicenter of a national discussion among seed traders, growers of organic food, and other agriculture experts after state officials wrote a list of regulations for the fledgling program.

Ferguson Libraries Step Up to Serve Community in Turmoil

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Libraries in the Ferguson, MO area provided educational services and creative programs for children and families—and sanctuary for all ages—while the start of school was postponed for two weeks because of unrest in the area.

New Florida University Unveils Bookless Library

Kathryn Miller, director of FPU's library, in The Commons
Photo courtesy of Florida Polytechnic University

Florida’s newest public university—Florida Polytechnic University (FPU)—is so new it doesn’t even have accreditation yet. Its mission is to educate students in the STEM fields, and Chief Information Officer Tom Hull describes it as part of a future “Silicon Valley East” between Orlando and Tampa. FPU features a lot of innovative, not to say controversial, departures from tradition, including a no-tenure model for its 26 newly hired professors and a library without physical books.

Columbus Community College, Public Library Partner

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Columbus State Community College space in CML’s new Driving Park Branch

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) and the Columbus Metropolitan Library have joined forces in a partnership that will benefit students at all grade levels and the community at large.