November 16, 2017

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

Ray Baker is the new Director of the Miami-Dade Public Library System, Brian Bannon and Chris Bourg join the DPLA board, EBSCO hires John McDonald as Director of Product Management, and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the August 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

A Trustees’ Retreat | Trustees’ Corner

On one Sunday afternoon in September, the board on which I serve held a retreat. It took a while to organize; we’re a 12-member board, and although we are all generally committed to our monthly meetings—not to mention outside time spent working on various committees, attending library programs we sponsor, or showing up at town budget meetings to advocate for the library—it’s difficult to find time when all of us are free.

How to Win the Research Obstacle Course

For many users, conducting research is similar to navigating an obstacle course. This webinar will focus on tools that knock down these challenges to create better visibility of the library’s collections, refine authentication, improve search, and provide ways to access the collections.
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Changing eBooks Providers, Made Easy

Digital migration can be an arduous undertaking, and if done improperly, it can lead to disorganization and service interruptions. Join this webcast to learn practical steps for changing eBook providers from a panel of librarians who have successfully transitioned or are in the process of moving collections to a new digital content service provider.
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Certified Sustainable | Sustainability

The New York Library Association (NYLA) is poised to make library history with the launch of its Sustainable Libraries Certification program this November.

Focus Group Insights | The User Experience

As librarians, we are always on the lookout for opportunities to improve the user experience. When you have a great idea and time to plan, focus groups can help uncover attitudes, experiences, and opinions through group discussion.

Balancing Connections and Collections | Library Design

In many types of libraries nationwide, staff are trying to make more space for people. Increasingly, libraries support learning that is social and emotional as well as intellectual, carving out room for learning commons, flexible spaces, quiet contemplation, and active collaboration.

Get Moving | Library Design

Quality 21st-century library design focuses on human health and well-being. Creating healthy indoor environments that physically connect us to the outdoors, offer access to daylight and views, and motivate us to move our bodies more is critical, since, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, on average, Americans spend 93 percent of their lives indoors. The focus on prioritizing daylight and views and incorporating biophilic tenets (which acknowledge the role of nature in human comfort and productivity) has increased awareness about the critical role the building plays in wellness.

How to Hot Spot | TechKnowledge

Wi-Fi hot spot lending can help bridge the digital divide by addressing a persistent problem: lack of Internet access at home among low-income families. Without such access, students are often unable to complete homework with an online component, and parents can’t effectively job hunt or apply for government and other ­services.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, September 1, 2017 Issue

Next Library inspires, Saskatchewan encourages, a documentary raises questions, and more letters to the editor from the September 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.