July 6, 2015

Lending a Green Thumb | Maker Movement

GROWING ON US Arlington PL, VA (top), offers informative “Garden Talks”; St. Louis County Library (bottom) installed its first garden in 2013. Top photo courtesy of Arlington PL; bottom photo courtesy of St. Louis County Library

It wasn’t your average ribbon-cutting ceremony. In place of the traditional ribbon, a length of ivy. Instead of an oversized pair of golden scissors, pruning shears, hedge trimmers, and garden loppers. And on September 26, 2014 (Johnny Appleseed Day), with a quick snip of the shears, The Shed at Arlington Public Library’s (APL) Central Branch, VA, packed with tools for planting and digging, weeding and cutting, raking and watering, was open for business. The business of borrowing, that is.

Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s an assortment of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments!

Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

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The 2015 cohort of LJ’s Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year’s during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at San Francisco’s The Blue Mermaid. For those who couldn’t attend, or who want to see more of the Movers they met there, below are a few videos made by some of this year’s most innovative librarians highlighting why they were selected. Pop some popcorn and enjoy!

Keep ’em Coming Back for S’mores | Programs That Pop

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Every teen librarian knows programs that offer snacks are usually a hit and can even entice teens reluctant to join in the fun. With that in mind, we offer many teen programs that include snacks, from Chocolate Fest to Pizza Gardening. When the Student Ambassadors proposed making a solar-powered s’mores oven for an Earth Day activity, we knew it would be a hit.

What’s in the Box | Field Reports

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As libraries work to maintain and increase their relevance, heightening awareness among nonusers is a ­necessity for survival and prosperity. To bring new users through its doors, Barr Memorial Library, an award-winning library serving the military community in Fort Knox, KY, leveraged the power of curiosity, posing the question, “What’s in the LibraryBox?”

The San Francisco Deets | ALA 2015

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The opening general session of this year’s American Library Association (ALA) conference in San Francisco was a feel good fest, thanks largely to the good luck and good planning that ALA demonstrated in booking Roberta Kaplan, lawyer for the Supreme Court case that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, as the opening keynote. On the two-year anniversary of that case, the Court found in favor of marriage equality, turning Kaplan’s speech into an emotional victory celebration punctuated with standing ovations.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, June 15, 2015 Issue

Sacred cows, the problem with free ebooks, is the MLIS too easy, and other letters to the editor from the June 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal

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

Robert Miller appointed CEO of LYRASIS, Michael Cox named Deputy Director of the Whatcom County Library System, Mary Margaret Farrell is Dean of Libraries at Clemson University, and more new appointments, hires, and promotions and other people news from the June 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

News Briefs for June 15, 2015

University of South Carolina acquires Dashiell Hammett’s papers, Toledo–Lucas County Public Library is chosen as a Literary Landmark in honor of the original Nancy Drew author; Jefferson County Library, WI, moved to the Waukesha County Federated Library System, and more news in brief from the June 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

King County Big Read Builds Bridges

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King County Library System will use The Big Read—a staple of library programming—to focus on the immigrant experience this fall, addressing specific needs in three of Washington state’s most diverse communities.