January 30, 2015

Practical Uses of Altmetrics

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
There is growing interest in altmetrics and people are hungry for stories about how people are using them. Many institutions are utilizing new metrics to help showcase research, do analysis, bring value to their institutional repositories and more. This webinar features users telling their stories about what they are doing with these new modern metrics.
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2015: The Year of the RA Makeover

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Event Date & Time: Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Can your library benefit from a fresh look at readers’ advisory service? While some libraries are investing in maker spaces and new technologies, many libraries are focusing their attention on updating this foundational service. Join us for an engaging and informative discussion as three libraries reveal why their attention is now on helping readers find the perfect read.
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America’s College Promise: Potential Impacts for Community College Librarians | Opinion

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Last week, President Obama announced his proposal for America’s College Promise, an initiative aimed at making community college free for all students who maintain a grade point average of 2.5 and make steady progress toward completion. The proposal also requires community colleges to offer academic programs that would transfer fully to public colleges and universities or provide occupational training in areas of high demand by employers.

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

Bourg to direct MIT Libraries, Halikias named director of Sugar Grove PL, Wolfgram appointed director of Redwood City PL, and more people news from the January 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, January 2015 Issue

Share relevance with electorate as well as elected officials; the revised cost of divestment; objecting to DRM; and more letters to LJ’s January 2015 issue

Inside the Harwood Institute’s Innovators Lab for Libraries

Since the American Library Association (ALA) announced its collaboration with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, for ALA’s the Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities, in 2012, the organizations have provided a variety of venues for libraries to engage deeply with the question of how they can and should enable change in their communities. At the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting, the Institute will lead a series of four hands-on workshops on Turning Outward To Lead Change in your Community. However, Harwood is also leading this charge beyond the conference circuit, holding longer, more intensive Innovators Labs for libraries. The first took place Oct. 8–10, 2014, at the Loudermilk Convention Center in Atlanta. Michael Casey, Division Director, Information Technology at Gwinnett County Public Library, GA, and an LJ Mover & Shaker, attended the lab and reports below, giving Midwinter attendees a hint of what they might find in the sessions.

Charlie Hebdo | Opinion

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This morning [January 8] in a Tweet Bredebieb asked me “what should public libraries do,” about the Charlie Hebdo attack. It was frankly a bit of a humbling and scary question. After all, I am not in Paris, and I cannot claim to know everything that French libraries do now. However, it would be an obvious act of cowardice to simply claim ignorance or to respond with some high level non-answer like “help the communities have a conversation.” So I provided some ideas. Still, Twitter is not exactly a place to have a deep discussion of where these ideas come from, nor truly share what I think public libraries should do. So in this post I’d like to give a deeper answer to how I feel public libraries should respond to horrific acts like the attacks on Charlie Hebdo.

Financial Literacy | Product Spotlight

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Financial literacy is one of the most important skills a person can develop, and yet it is often one of the least-emphasized subjects in K–12 schools or in higher education settings. Library programs can help fill this need. This spotlight focuses on online tools, both free and ­subscription-based, that are available for guiding patrons toward solid financial decision-making.

Schmoozing for Beginners | ALA Midwinter Preview 2015

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Professional networking and schmoozing are two of the most important skills a librarian can have. They are not taught in MLIS programs, and being proficient at both was one of the hardest lessons I had to learn. In order to get the projects done in my community that I was passionate about, move my library forward, and garner political support, I realized that I needed to take advantage of the many professional and political social opportunities going on around me. Over several years I worked hard to learn how to connect whenever an opportunity arose. The following are things that I’ve learned by watching other people, by reading and learning about networking, and from what has worked for me at events when I don’t know anyone.

Cuisine: Chicago-Style | ALA Midwinter Preview 2015

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Restaurant review and travel publisher Fodor’s shared the following selection of dining choices with LJ’s readers. Prices listed are the average cost for a main dinner entrée, excluding taxes. The area around McCormick Place has plenty of low-key eateries, but if you’d rather find a spot that locals love and newcomers consider well worth a short taxi ride, head to these Fodor’s-recommended locales in the nearby South Loop and Chinatown areas.