June 22, 2017

Meaningful Measures | Assessment

Measuring outcomes can be a vital aid to justifying library work to voters, funders, and stakeholders—as well as determining strategic direction—but it can also be overwhelming.

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

Skip Dye of Penguin Random House is United for Libraries’ new president; National Coalition Against Censorship’s ED Joan Bertin retires; University of Washington–Tacoma Library director Lauren Pressley elected VP/President-elect, Association of College & Research Libraries; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the May 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, June 1, 2017 Issue

Speaking up in Evanston, a crash course in library politics, and more letters to the editor from the June 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, May 15, 2017 Issue

Risking the status quo, building a family library tradition, and more letters to the editor from the May 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Senior Partners | Innovation

Serving senior citizens has long been a core mission for libraries. Traditionally, these services were often focused on delivering materials to the homebound, yet today’s active and often tech-savvy elders want different things, driving libraries to rethink their paradigm for service to older adults. And even for those who can’t get to the library, the creative application of innovative technology is delivering education, imagination, and human connection as well as books.

Life + Library | Innovation

Libraries in Chicago, San Francisco, and Cornelius, OR, have taken advantage of economies of scale to plan new locations in the same building as affordable senior housing developments. By working together, they maximized resources to improve the lives of all neighborhood residents.

Remembering Ray Lyons

It is with great sadness that I report the untimely passing on May 14, 2017, of Ray Lyons, my collaborator in the creation of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service and my coauthor for the annual November cover story on the nation’s Star Libraries.

U. Chicago Undergrad Library Workers Unionize

Undergraduate library workers at the University of Chicago (UC) have voted to unionize, forming the first union of its kind at a private U.S. university. The new Student Library Employees Union (SLEU) could represent up to 220 members, the majority of them undergraduates, and will negotiate with UC on wages, hours, and third-party legal representation.

Making It Happen | Programming

As Maker spaces in libraries become increasingly common, often backed by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)—and Maker activities without a dedicated space even more so—anyone who follows the professional literature and conference presentations is surely aware of the buzz around Making. But just how much does that buzz represent widespread practice, and of what precisely do these offerings consist?

Why Social Justice in the Library? | Outreach + Inreach

Libraries of all types are reevaluating the role they play in their community, questioning whether it is still good enough to provide equal access, or if it is time to pursue an active equitable access that focuses on empowering the less powerful and amplifying the voices of the unheard.