December 5, 2016

Feedback: Letters to LJ, November 15, 2016

Hearing only the good news?, taking business practices we can use, in praise of listening broadly, and more letters to editor from the November 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Libraries Test Chronicle: Collaborative Local History

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The team behind Chronicle—a new collaborative platform and community designed for photographers—has approached several libraries over the past six months to participate in the closed beta release of the platform. Users add recent photos or scanned archival prints to the platform via an app or web interface, where they are collected in chronicles focused on specific locations, events, or themes.

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

Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz to succeed Joanne Eldridge as Director of the Lorain Public Library System (LPLS), OH; Reading Public Library, PA, appoints Bronwen Gamble Executive Director; Campbell University Libraries, Buies Creek, NC, promotes of Sarah Steele to Associate Dean of the Library; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the October 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Limitless Libraries, Unlimited Potential

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Thursday, December 15, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
As libraries continue their mission to become community cornerstones, there is a new spirit of cooperation between public and school libraries. Nowhere is this more evident than in Nashville, where Nashville Public Library and Metro Nashville Public Schools have partnered to create the Limitless Libraries cooperative to improve school libraries, resource sharing, and student access to learning materials. The Library Corporation’s CARL•X was selected as the shared ILS at the heart of this project. You’re invited to join TLC and Library Journal for a special webinar to discuss the Limitless Libraries concept and how it could work for your community.
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Book Cleaning | Product Spotlight

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There’s a slow fire burning that threatens to destroy our libraries’ irreplaceable materials. Paper-based books and records are in danger of degradation not only because of their construction but also from improper storage, cleaning, and treatment. While acid-, lignin-, and sulfur-free papers have largely replaced their more fragile wood pulp–based predecessors that were subject to cracking, yellowing, and disintegrating, there is still a danger of acid-free materials—mostly those manufactured after the 1990s—experiencing acid migration when they come into contact with high-acid documents, acid inks, pollutants, or other chemicals.

An Indie State of Mind

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT
The indie book movement has become a vibrant part of America’s reading culture, and that’s in no small part due to advances in digital self-publishing. With more than 90% of U.S. libraries lending eBooks, libraries have unparalleled power to bring their best local writers to their patrons’ attention and beyond. This webinar will illuminate how Library Journal’s SELF-e program supports statewide, library-driven writing contests to find the best indie books in your community and make them available to library patrons.
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InstantFlix—Providing a Voice for Independent Filmmakers

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Thursday, December 8th, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
This Library Journal webinar features an enagaging panel of experts, including IndieFlix founder Scilla Andreen, a selection of independent filmmakers, and a librarian currently promoting the service. Join the webinar and discover how your library can help spread the voice of independent filmmakers to your patrons.
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It’s Electric | One Cool Thing

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Bookmobiles have been a part of library service for decades, but they’re typically bus-sized vehicles that require large parking lots or streets in order to make a visit. Library book bikes have become a hot new thing in cities but are range-limited by the pedal power of staff.

EU Court: Treat Ebooks like Print Books

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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has been making some interesting decisions that could affect libraries. A few weeks ago, it was liability for hyperlinking; this week it’s about ebooks and lending.

ULC Awards Celebrate 2016 Top Innovators

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The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) announced the winners of the 2016 ULC Top Innovators Award at the 2016 ULC Annual Forum in Kansas City, MO, on October 6. The award showcases ULC’s Innovations Initiative honoring 20 public libraries whose services “demonstrate how our members, and public libraries in general, continue to evolve and serve as essential technology, education and community leaders,” according to the press release.