February 20, 2017

Finding Philanthropic Funding | BackTalk

Kate Tkacik

As a librarian, I feel a deep fear of the direct threat to library funding posed by the new administration. However, as a philanthropy professional, I can’t help but feel some small amount of hope.

Prisons & Publics | Outreach

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Many public librarians serving local jails and prisons note an increase in positive behaviors tied to inmates obtaining library services while inside and a desire to seek library services for themselves and their families upon release.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, February 1, 2017 Issue

Research for everyone, a win for Nevada County, Generation Z on the move, and more letters to editor from the February 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Beyond Fake News | Peer to Peer Review

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Over the course of the fall semester, I had the opportunity to visit a handful of classes to speak on news literacy. I began by posing the question, “Does the news media take sides?” Though a small sample, nearly 100 percent of students I polled distrusted the media. I found this wariness of the mainstream media echoed throughout classes I visited — on campuses ranging from rural Humphreys County to just a few miles outside downtown Nashville—as I quizzed students on their news habits.

DIY Usability: First-Click Testing | The User Experience

Emily Mitchell and Brandon West

Although every library would benefit from running usability studies, not every library has a dedicated staff available to conduct those studies. Anecdotally, librarians seem to feel incapable of undertaking usability studies for reasons including time, budget, and expertise.

Easy Pass | Product Spotlight

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Many libraries work with local cultural institutions to provide patrons with free or reduced-cost access. These print passes can be checked out in-house by patrons just like other resources, complete with circulation limits, due dates, and fines. Some software companies are simplifying pass management with web-based tools to help patrons discover and check out museum passes and event tickets or make reservations.

Building an Advocacy Team and Getting It Engaged | Trustees’ Corner

Libby Post of Communication Services

If there’s anything the 2016 presidential election cycle taught us, it’s be prepared. We can never underestimate the groundswell of support for an issue, institution, or person who may not support what a library provides to its community; the reliance on fake news rather than on facts (and how easy it is to have it go viral); or the power of emotion over reason.

From Pilot to Permanent | Innovation

LEADIN HERE Photos talking about Meridian Library District’s unBound tech branch. Top shows the exterior--a former bank. Don’t have IDs for everyone here, but you can say something about virtual reality stations (top l.); Digital Services Assistant Matthew Blackburn (l.) and Tech Library supervisor Nick Grove monitor progress on a 3-D printer; patrons making use of a recording booth built into the former safe, and patrons exercising their minds with creative play--or whatever you want to say. Photos ©2016 Macey Snelson, MLD

One of the most effective ways to test and evaluate a new program or service is to conduct a pilot project, but how do you scale up from there? How do you translate the small successes into sustainable, permanent additions to your library?

Libraries Preserve Protest Posters

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In the wake of the record-breaking attendance at the January 21 Women’s March on Washington, and sister marches in over 60 cities on all seven continents, social media reported that protesters were abandoning their signs after the event. Not all of those were destined for the recycling bin, however: archivists in several cities came out to collect and preserve them.

Arming the Ramparts | Sustainability

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The sustainability of our world depends on a strong social fabric in local communities where people know and respect one another. This social fabric is key for resilient communities in the face of environmental, economic, and social disruption. That fabric is now torn in many places thanks to the vitriol and viciousness of the presidential election and fears about what will happen next.