May 22, 2015

Adult Learners in the Library–Are they Being Served? | Peer to Peer Review

Makiba Foster, left, and Kris Helbling, right

Like many academic librarians, after completing the marathon of the traditional school year, we often use the summer semester to reflect, revise, and plan for the upcoming fall. In the summer of 2012, during a casual conversation in which we shared stories about rewarding reference interactions, we stumbled upon an “a-ha moment,” discovering an opportunity to connect targeted library outreach with an underserved user group. During this exchange, we realized how much we both enjoy working with adult learners and how they always seem genuinely interested in gaining skills to make themselves better library users, and therefore better students. This conversation became the catalyst for an idea of a library course designed specifically for adult learners returning to the classroom.

Design Institute Boston Design Challenges | Library by Design, Spring 2015

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Design challenges from the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library, the Kingston Public Library, The Newburgh Free Library, The Springfield City Library, and Towson University.

From Superheroes to Vampires: The Hottest Graphic Novels and Manga of 2015

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join Brigid Alverson, editor of SLJ’s “Good Comics for Kids,” along with a panel of experts who will share their views on the hottest graphic novels hitting book shelves this year. You’ll hear all about upcoming releases from DC, Dark Horse, Archie Comics, Del Rey, Marvel, Titan, and Viz Media, including Batman, Star Wars, Buffy, SHONEN JUMP, and more!
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Fresh Titles for Book Clubs

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join Clare Davitt, Reference and Digital Media Librarian, along with Sourcebooks and Other Press as they discuss a variety of refreshing book club picks including House of Thieves, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend along with others in their lineups that promise to create memorable conversations adding new favorite authors to the book club roster.
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Printing with Purpose | Field Reports

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It was back in April 2014 that we first met. The Makerbot Replicator and I, that is. I work at the Half Hollow Hills Community Library (HHHCL) in Dix Hills, NY, and we are part of the Suffolk County Library System, located on the eastern half of Long Island. Our library system has a bit of a reputation for being smart and ahead of the curve with technology, and when HHHCL heard of its out-of-the-box idea of circulating a 3-D printer among member libraries, we couldn’t wait to sign up. Our turn came last April.

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

Alcantara-Antoine appointed Public Services Manager at Virginia Beach Public Library, Huprich named Director of Continuing Education at Georgia Public Library Service, Walden appointed Associate Dean of Learning Resources at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine Library, and more people new from the May 1, 2015, issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, May 1, 2015 Issue

Reforming LIS, revisiting the revamped Dothan Houston County Library System, and remembering Cathie Linz in letters to the editor from May 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal

Why Internet Searches Are Not Enough | Peer to Peer Review

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Historians are used to sleuthing. Obtaining verifiable sources is difficult; original documents may be unavailable. With computer searching methods some of the detective work has eased up, at least superficially. However search engines depend on databases that can be parsed and queried digitally. Whatever is not in these databases is unreachable except in person. Great strides have been made thanks to the Internet, and online techniques are useful tools, but their help is always limited.

The search for Rodríguez’s “Chinese Poem” is a case study in how, despite strong efforts and advanced technological approaches, searches cannot be guaranteed to succeed.

Tests Are Changing: How to Keep Your Collections Up to Date

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join us as Rosanne Cordell, Associate Dean for Public Services at Northern Illinois University and author of LJ’s Spring Roundup of Test Prep books, will be discussing her selections. SLJ’s new College Readiness columnist Lauren Barack will also tackle different ways to put together a collection for your library.
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MO 2016 Budget Drops Aid to Libraries Almost 80 Percent

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Difficult budget decisions, including probable cuts, await libraries throughout Missouri after the legislature drastically slashed state aid in two critical areas as part of a $26 billion 2016 spending plan adopted by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Jay Nixon.