June 24, 2016

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.

Creativity, Diversity, Simplicity | The Digital Shift

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Denise Jacobs is a web design and development industry veteran of 17 years and has written and coauthored several web design books and articles. She’s now a speaker, author, and consultant on creativity and innovation, as well as one of the keynote presenters at LJ’s free virtual event, The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities, to […]

Closing the Gap in Librarian, Faculty Views of Academic Libraries| Research

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In this age of outcomes measurement, many academic librarians are focused—and rightly so—on making sure they best serve students. Yet students are not the only population of end users on an academic campus. Faculty, too, are conduits not only to students but to library users in their own right. As well, studies of faculty attitudes such as Ithaka’s often show that, even as faculty increasingly depend on library-brokered online access to expensive databases and electronic journals, the off-site availability of modern resources may leave many faculty members less aware of the crucial role of the library in their and their students’ workflow.

A Place To Feel Smart Again | The Digital Shift

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Gerontologist Debbie Dodds developed a tablet-based workshop program with the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, CA, for people with early-stage memory loss. She and library representatives will present on the pilot at LJ’s all-day virtual event The Digital Shift this October 14. In the run-up to the conference, LJ caught up with Dodd to learn more.

Getting Graphic at ALA | ALA Annual 2015

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The American Library Association’s annual conference produced a crop of comics news, beginning with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International, with the assistance of Erwin Magbanua of the San Diego Public Library and illustrated by cartoonist Rick Geary.

Mitchell Davis on Community Engagement from Saying Yes to Self-Pub to Comic Cons

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The first SELF-e collection of self-published titles chosen by LJ and hosted by BiblioLab’s BiblioBoard releases this month, in time for the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference. On the occasion, LJ caught up with ­Mitchell Davis, chief business officer of BiblioLabs, to hear how this collaboration originated and where both SELF-e and BiblioBoard are headed.

Product Sourcebook | Library by Design, Spring 2015

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Library by Design’s new Product Sourcebook, debuting here, spotlights a curated selection of newly introduced library furnishings and finishings in key purchasing categories, which will rotate in each issue. This inaugural version highlights soft seating and displays.

One Book Online | One Cool Thing

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One Book, One Community programs are, of course, a staple of public library adult programming. In “One Book, Well Done,” we offered a look at what makes a successful program; in the inaugural One Cool Thing column LJ visited a variation on the theme, the self-published One Book read The ­Slender Poe, from Sacramento Public Library, CA. Now, another twist: in February, the Chicago Public Library (CPL) launched its One Book, One Chicago (OBOC) Online, becoming, it says, the first public library in the nation to offer free, in-browser, social reading of a full novel.

EBSCO Buys YBP

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EBSCO Information Services has acquired YBP Library Services from Baker & Taylor, the company announced on February 20. YBP specializes in delivering shelf-ready books in both print and electronic forms to the academic library market, with more than 12 million titles in its Global Online Bibliographic Information (GOBI), including more than one million digital titles. […]

Conference on the Ice | ALA Midwinter 2015

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While the American Library Association (ALA) conferences held in Chicago commonly see some of the highest attendance thanks to the association’s hometown’s central location, winter weather hitting Sunday of this year’s Midwinter made that something of a mixed blessing—more than 19 inches of snow between Saturday night and Monday morning. While many locals stayed home (and perhaps watched the Super Bowl) and a few out-of-towners were able to beat the storm by departing early, many librarians and vendors were snowed in. Some 1,500 flights were cancelled arriving and departing Chicago’s airports on Sunday and Monday, forcing them to stay one, two, or even three days longer than originally intended—including much of the LJ staff.