October 24, 2014

My Salute to Librarians | Backtalk

Warren Adler

From the moment I entered the hushed, sacred precinct of the Brownsville Children’s Library in Brownsville, Brooklyn, back in the mid-1930s, I have been a passionate advocate of the public library. That love affair with libraries inspired a lifetime of heavy patronage in every part of the country I have lived. In my twelve-year stay in Jackson Hole, WY, I helped shepherd our lovely little library from a log cabin, into what is now one of the best modern libraries in the Midwest. I was enormously proud to serve as its president.

UpClose: Opening the Barn Door | Library by Design

UNLOCKING THE BARN DOOR (Clockwise, top l.) The café, study space, and exterior of England’s Cumbria barn blend traditional features with modern functionality

Two historical barns are transformed into modern libraries. One barn sits in Cumbria, England, a county once host to William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, and Arthur Ransome. Surrounded by the mountainous landscape of the UK’s largest national park, the traditional Cumbrian stone barn was constructed in Ambleside in 1929 by Charlotte Mason College.

Collective Impact | Q&A with Susan H. Hildreth

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Susan H. Hildreth was appointed director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) by President Barack Obama on January 19, 2011. Her nomination had been confirmed by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent on December 22, 2010. Prior to joining IMLS, Hildreth served as Seattle city librarian, California state librarian, and San Francisco city librarian, as well as president of the Public Library Association in 2006. Under her leadership, IMLS made $857,241,000 in total grants to libraries and museums. As Hildreth’s four-year term draws to a close, she shares with LJ some of what she learned at the head of the institute and what she hopes the library community will build on in the future.

A Local Library | Library by Design

TRADITION UPDATED The Gullah Geechee heritage collection (above) is encircled by woven wood. The columns outside the entryway (r.) evoke the island’s oak trees. The library’s design (inset) combines modern technology with natural materials

To walk into the St. Helena Public Library, SC, is to become immersed in contradiction. On the one hand, it’s modern—a 21st-century library guided by a Maker space philosophy, complete with 3-D printers, an animator, recording studio, littleBits and Makey Makey kits, and more state-of-the-art technology. Seamlessly coexisting with this sleek newness is a down-home Southern warmth and natural, earthy simplicity, with architectural details that embrace links to a unique culture with connections to West Africa.

Participatory, Continuous, Connected | Top Trends from Library 2.014

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Thursday, October 30, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Participatory, hyperlinked library services; DIY and maker movements; emerging technology in academic and research libraries; Google Glass—the Library 2.014 conference covered a broad range of topics and these were among the most notable. Join us for this free LJ webcast, where we’ll cover the highlights of each one and offer key takeaways.
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San Antonio, Bexar County Debate Library Funding

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San Antonio, TX, made library headlines when it opened BiblioTech, the nation’s first all-digital library, which turned one year old only a few weeks ago. Now it could do so again, but for a less positive reason: a city-county financial dispute that some officials are warning could eventually result in the loss of library privileges for as many as 400,000 residents.

Bigger on the Inside | Programs That Pop

ALL DRESSED UP Getting in the spirit of Doctor Who Day were staffers (l.–r.) Mary Hearth, Willow Hearth, Aimee Villet, Linda Dyndiuk, and 
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DOCTOR WHO Day began as an idea for a teen program, but it blossomed to include patrons of all ages, since adults and kids often asked if they could attend the Doctor Who episode screenings that young adult librarian Aimee Villet hosted at the Robbins Library. Library staff in every department were enthusiastic about contributing the needed 75 hours of time for the all-­Saturday program, with episode screenings, trivia, crafts, a costume contest, a fan art gallery, a TARDIS hunt, and a TARDIS photo booth. (TARDIS [time and relative dimension in space] is Dr.Who’s time machine for the uninitiated.)

Endow a National Digital Library | Backtalk

Only about 12 percent of an average U.S. library budget is for books and other content. Antilibrary zealots will latch onto this statistic eventually, downplaying that libraries are about much more than books. A good proactive response would be a national digital library endowment and separate but allied digital library systems—one for public library patrons, the other mainly for academia, even though everyone could access both. New digital efficiencies could help libraries offer taxpayers even more value than they do now.

Supercharge Your Collection: Ways to Boost the Patron Experience and Maximize Turnover

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Event Date & Time: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Discover the results of this research and find out how your library can deliver an enhanced patron experience and improve turnover by attending “Supercharge Your Collection: Ways to Boost the Patron Experience and Maximize Turnover”, a webcast from collectionHQ and Library Journal; featuring case study examples from libraries that are using evidence based practices with collectionHQ, the world’s leading collection performance improvement solution based on the proven Evidence Based Stock Management (EBSM) methodology. The results of the study into Big Data will be presented in line with the four key stages of the collection development process supported end-to-end by collectionHQ: Select, Manage, Promote and Evaluate. Register Now!

Charleston 2014 Conference Trends and Takeaways

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT
Whether you missed this year’s Charleston Conference or just couldn’t get to every simultaneous session, come hear our panel of conference attendees recap the event. They will share what they see as the key takeaways from the 2014 event and what it means for the direction of the field in the year to come. Trending topics include the library’s role in institutional data, managing collection development through the digital shift and rising journal prices, working with self-published authors, and much more. Register Now!