August 20, 2014

New Florida University Unveils Bookless Library

Kathryn Miller, director of FPU's library, in The Commons
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Florida’s newest public university—Florida Polytechnic University (FPU)—is so new it doesn’t even have accreditation yet. Its mission is to educate students in the STEM fields, and Chief Information Officer Tom Hull describes it as part of a future “Silicon Valley East” between Orlando and Tampa. FPU features a lot of innovative, not to say controversial, departures from tradition, including a no-tenure model for its 26 newly hired professors and a library without physical books.

Columbus Community College, Public Library Partner

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Columbus State Community College space in CML’s new Driving Park Branch

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) and the Columbus Metropolitan Library have joined forces in a partnership that will benefit students at all grade levels and the community at large.

The Reference Interview Today: Practical Principles, Timeless Tips

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Dave Harmeyer, author of The Reference Interview Today (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), will outline his approach he takes to conducting a successful reference interview every time. He’ll be joined by representatives from reference publishers SAGE and Credo, who will offer more information on what librarians can ask and do today to get to the heart of patron needs. Register today to get a 30% discount on Dave Harmeyer’s book (link to purchase will be provided in your registration confirmation email) along with a complimentary downloadable copy of LJ’s 2014 Reference Supplement.Register Now!

Harvard’s Copyright First Responders to the Rescue

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While most academic librarians are familiar with the basics of copyright law, the questions they’re asked are getting more complex. Issues of fair use and open access, MOOCs and repositories, and the push to digitize mean that students and faculty need more guidance on copyright matters than ever. This spring Kyle K. Courtney, Harvard University’s Copyright Advisor, brought together a pilot group of librarians known as Copyright First Responders (CFRs) to address this situation.

Weinshall Joins NYPL as COO, Slyman To Direct Brookline, & More Library People News

Iris Weinshall was named Chief Operating Officer, New York Public Library; Sara F. Slymon was named Director, Public Library of Brookline, MA; Cheryl Morales was named Executive Director, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative, FL; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the August 2014 issue of Library Journal.

Is it an Industry?, Facts Are our Mission, Speak Up about Salaries!| Feedback

Readers comment on why libraries should not depend on the rich for support, whether librarianship is an industry, why librarians should provide info on laws they disagree with, and more letters to LJ’s August 2014 Issue

Fall Mystery Announcements

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Join us for a one-hour, free webcast to get a preview of the latest titles in the *highest circulating fiction genre in U.S. libraries from Midnight Ink, Oceanview Publishing, Severn House and Soho Press. Featured publishers will help you prepare your physical and virtual stacks for your library’s mystery lovers. Register Now!

Darwin Online Digitizes the Complete Library of the HMS Beagle

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John van Whye, a senior lecturer at the National University of Singapore, has digitally reconstructed the library used by Charles Darwin during his five-year voyage on the HMS Beagle, making it accessible to Darwin scholars and others studying that period in history. He said that this library, which has not existed as a collection for almost 180 years, is what he would have liked as a scholar when he was editing Darwin’s Beagle field notebooks in 2006.

Author, Author! | Programs That Pop

BOOKS IN BLOOM Sachem PL’s garden was “home” to dozens of local authors, such as Ralph T. Gazzillo (l.) and Leeann Lavin (r.)

With the recent explosion of self-publishing and the relative ease with which one can become a published author, our library has been bombarded with requests by writers looking for us to host author talks and book events. The sad truth is, with rare exceptions, author visits can be a hard sell, requiring herculean PR efforts, even for established authors with respectable sales. Given the limited amount of program space at the library and the large number of high-demand programs, I can’t schedule events for every author who pitches me.

The Spirit of Service: An interview with Sandra Ríos Balderrama

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REFORMA (National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) presented the first Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award to Sandra Ríos Balderrama at the at the Third Annual Denim and Diamonds Gala, a fundraising event for the REFORMA Educational Foundation, which was held at the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Conference in Las Vegas. The award is named after one of the founding members of REFORMA, and was established to recognize excellence in librarianship, as well as substantial contributions to REFORMA and the Latino community.