January 15, 2017

Body, Mind and Spirit Spring 2017

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Event Date & Time: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
As the New Year begins we continually find readers seeking their pathways for the year ahead. Join us for a truly inspiring webcast and learn about a few evergreen library favorites along with plenty of upcoming releases covering everything from aromatherapy and stress management, to the psychology of dreaming, to understanding consciousness, life, and death through quantum physics.
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Feedback: Letters to LJ, January 2017 Issue

Numbers point toward an amazingly inclusive society, in praise of Millennial computer knowledge, considering the individuals, and more letters to editor from the January 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Library Experts Weigh in On Next Register of Copyrights

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In the wake of the October 29 resignation of Maria Pallante, the former Register of Copyrights, the Library of Congress (LC) has put out a call to the public for input on the expertise needed by the next Register of Copyrights. (On January 17, Pallante will join the Association of American Publishers as president and CEO). The survey, posted on the LC website on December 16, invites the public to answer a series of questions about the knowledge, skills, abilities, and priorities that the incoming Register should possess.

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

Jamar Rahming named Director of the Jackson County Library System, OR; Kornelia Tancheva to become the University of Pittsburgh’s Hillman University Librarian and Director of the University Library System; National Museum and Library Services board swears in six members; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the January 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

PostMARC’d: Delivering A New Approach to Cataloging

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join TLC and Library Journal at 3pm Jan. 18 for a webcast on LS2 Cataloging, which introduces a linked data approach to the cataloging experience that moves libraries beyond a traditional MARC editor. The innovative use of glossaries to maintain data consistency, a new series service supplying titles linked to genres and audience level, and improvements to batch editing of bibliographic, item, and authority records deliver an improved user experience for library staff and a better discovery experience for library users. Make sure your library is ready for the advantages of LS2 Cataloging by registering for this free one-hour webcast.
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Choosing Change in Charleston | Design Institute Design Challenges

BRING YOUR OWN Attendees brought their own tricky design dilemmas—and sometimes their own plans and props—to engage a variety of architects and vendors during the speed sessions. Top row, l.-r.: Joe Frueh from 3branch; and Bill Overton from Overton and Associates. Bottom row, l.-r.: VMDO’s Jim Kovach; and HBM’s Peter Bolek with Beth Steiner (ctr.) and Jenny Eyink, both from Auglaize County Public Library, OH. Photos by Kevin Henegan

At LJ’s Design Institute (DI): Charleston, held on Friday, October 21, at South Carolina’s Charleston County Public Library, attendees from around the United States delved into how best to transform their libraries to rise to their communities’ new challenges.

Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces Program Launches

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Starting in 2017, 15 small and rural public libraries from across the United States will participate in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project, an 18-month training program aimed at reimagining and reconfiguring libraries to support active learning, foster social connections, and be places of continued discovery. The project will lead participating libraries through four stages of training, help them to develop an online cohort, and connect their work to the profession at large. Led by a project team of WebJunction, a program of OCLC Research, the project is funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). Participating libraries will receive $5,000 toward their space redesigns.

Libraries Nationwide Seek to Foster Dialog

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In the weeks since the 2016 presidential election, librarians across the United States have taken actions to foster dialog, confront intolerance, and reaffirm public libraries as safe spaces for all patrons. Whether as a reaction to the need to initiate community conversations or as a response to incidents taking place within the library, library employees are looking at ways to get people talking—and listening.

American Museum of Natural History Hackathon Tackles 21st Century Library Challenges

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On November 18–20, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) hosted “Hack the Stacks,” a solution-building event where over 100 developers, programmers, and others with a passion for computer science worked overnight to develop innovative solutions for the challenges faced by modern libraries and archives. The goal was to animate, organize, and enable greater access to the increasing body of digitized content produced by the AMNH Library.

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

University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill, appoints Dayna Durbin and Rebecca Smyrl; Terry Manuel named State Librarian and Commissioner of Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives; Michelle Perera is Director of Pasadena Public Library and Information Services Department, CA; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the December 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.