July 21, 2017

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

Rebecca McCall is the new Clinical Librarian at the Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Joe Shelley will be the next VP for Libraries and Information Technology, University of Washington, Bothell; King County Library System, WA, appoints Stephen A. Smith as Interim Director; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the June 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Chicago Public Library Gives Online Courses the Personal Touch

For over two years, Chicago Public Library (CPL) has brought free online courses to adult learners via its Learning Circles program, partnering with Peer 2 Peer University, a non-profit organization that facilitates learning outside of a brick-and-mortar classroom by cultivating high-quality, low-cost learning. The online program has helped over 225 participants complete classes since 2015, on topics ranging from personal finance to writing skills.

Montana State Library To See Cuts in Budget, Staff, Service

The first staff layoffs since 2011 is this confirmed will take effect in July at the Montana State Library (MSL) in Helena, as one of several cost-cutting measures forced by budget cuts enacted by the legislature for FY18 and 19. And MSL officials are bracing for a second, even steeper round of reductions in funding, staff, and services later this summer.

News Briefs for June 2017

Arte Público Press receives a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, winners of the national Federal Library and Information Network awards, Publons launches Publons Academy, and more News in Brief from the June 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

The Chatty Librarians: Podcasting | Field Reports

Library staff are the folks who love to talk about books. The more people we reach and can inspire, the happier we are. We also love to talk about libraries and their place in our society and share ideas about how to make libraries a better place for our users.

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.