May 2, 2016

Meredith Schwartz

About Meredith Schwartz

Meredith Schwartz (mschwartz@mediasourceinc.com) is Executive Editor of Library Journal.

Top Skills for Tomorrow’s Librarians | Careers 2016

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LJ reached out to academic and public library directors and other thought leaders nationwide to find out what new skills they expect to need in librarians in the next 20 years. The 11 listed below emerged as the essentials. Not complete departures, rather they build on trends already in evidence.

Electronic Resources & Libraries Preview

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If the unofficial slogan of ER&L’s host city is “Keep Austin Weird,” the conference could be summed up as “Keep Libraries Current.” For the latest trends in how the changing digital landscape continues to impact libraries, particularly in the academic arena, head south by southwest to Austin, where the 11th annual ER&L conference will follow the iconic music, film, and interactive festival by a few weeks, April 3–6, at Austin’s AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, the University of Texas at Austin, and online.

Contracts for Content Mining | Charleston Conference 2015

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On Text & Data Mining Contracts—The Issues & the Needs, a panel of librarians and vendors convened to discuss how libraries, when making deals with vendors, can best support their researchers who want to text and data mine their resources. Moderated by Meg White, executive director of technology services, Rittenhouse Book Distributors, the panel also featured Daniel Dollar, director of collection development for the Yale University Library; Nancy Herther, sociology librarian, University of Minnesota; Darby Orcutt, assistant head of collection management, North Carolina State University Libraries; and Alicia Wise, director of access & policy, Elsevier.

Demco Buys Boopsie

Demco Inc., a major library supplier, acquired Boopsie, a leading library app vendor, the companies announced today. The acquisition, made via Demco’s parent organization Wall Family Enterprise, was completed September 30. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Charleston Connections | Charleston Conference Preview 2015

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The theme of this year’s Charleston Conference, SC, November 4–7, is “Where Do We Go from Here”—and, really, isn’t that the perfect articulation of the underlying theme of every library conference? But as LJ’s John Berry said in last year’s Charleston preview (“Uniquely Hospitable,” LJ 10/1/15, p. 38ff.), no matter what changes each year brings, the under­lying focus of Charleston remains “Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition” for academic and research librarians. As Big Deals shrink and journal prices rise, ljx151001webCharleston2acquisition models proliferate, and monographs join articles in the open access funding fray, there is no shortage of such concerns for attendees to sink their teeth into, in and around enjoying the famous foodie offerings of the host city.

Product Sourcebook | Library by Design, Fall 2015

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Library by Design’s Product Sourcebook spotlights a curated selection of newly introduced library furnishings and finishings in key purchasing categories, which will rotate from issue to issue. This edition focuses on library products for children and powered furniture.

UpClose: Rooted in Nature | Library by Design, Fall 2015

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The Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest opened in 2010 as Alabama’s first LEED Gold–certified library. The library takes its forest namesake very seriously: fewer than 25 percent of the trees on the site were disturbed in the building’s construction, and no tree more than 40 feet from the building was cut down. Of those that were removed, more than 80 percent were reincorporated into the library itself. The ceilings are made of pine; the entry hall is poplar; the service desks, fireplace exterior cladding, and doors to the community room are made of oak.

Jim Petersen on Serving the Entire Patron Base, Evolving UX, and other aspects of the Digital Shift

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On October 14, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host their sixth annual virtual conference, “The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities.”

Library Ideas is a gold sponsor of the conference, and LJ reached out to Jim Petersen, Chief Revenue Officer of Library Ideas, to participate in this series of interviews addressing libraries’ evolving role in using the latest technology to connect patrons to the information, tools, services, that they need—and to one another.

UpClose: Alachua Library Keeps Its Cool | Library by Design, Fall 2015

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In hot climates, air conditioning is a necessity to keep libraries livable for patrons and staff, especially during the summer. Climate warming is only exacerbating that situation. Unfortunately, air conditioning in turn accelerates climate warming. Now, innovative alternative cooling systems are looking to reduce that environmental impact, and the Alachua County Library District (ACLD), Gainesville, FL, is leading by example.

Under the Dome | Library by Design, Fall 2015

CHARRETTE, CALIFORNIA STYLE. 1. San Diego’s Central Library hosted the latest Design Institute, at which (2) attendees networked and compared notes. Chatting about issues were vendor sponsors, including (3) Demco’s Janet Nelson (2d from l.) and (4) Tech Logic’s Stan Smith. 5. Participants signed up for their respective challenge sessions. 6. San Diego PL director Misty N. Jones welcomed the crowd (7). The first expert panel discussed how to choose the right library size, moderated by San Diego County Library director José Aponte (8) and including (9; l.–r.) Jill Eyres from Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning and Dennis Humphries of Humphries Poli Architects. Also offering their expertise were (10; l.–r.) Jeff Davis from Architectural Nexus and LJ Mover & Shaker Patrick “P.C.” Sweeney from Sunnyvale PL, CA, followed by lunch (11). Among the challenge sessions, Folsom PL was up for a potential redesign (12) as was San Diego PL’s Rancho Penasquitos Branch (13). Another panel on adaptable spaces and evolving uses (14) featured LAPL city librarian John Szabo (l.) and Noll & Tam’s Trina Goodwin. (15) Miller Hull Partnership’s Ruth Baleiko (l.) and Betty Waznis, director of the Chula Vista PL, presented their views, and audience members shot questions at (16; l.–r.) Group 4’s Andrea Gifford, Humphries Poli’s Dennis Humphries, and Noll & Tam’s Chris Noll. Photos by Kevin Henegan

LJ’s Design Institute: San Diego was held on Friday, May 8, at San Diego’s recently constructed Central Library. The award-winning space (see “The New Placemakers,” p. 14) was an inspiring setting for librarians from across the United States to gather and rethink what it means to build a library that will last in a time of rapid technological transition.