December 10, 2016

Jenna Hartel | LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award Winner 2016

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On her website, Jenna Hartel talks of “a different character of LIS”—one rooted in positivity, curiosity, and proactivity. It’s what she calls “the bright side of information,” a focus on the upbeat aspect of library studies that has won Hartel, associate professor on the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto (U of T), a special spot in the hearts of her students and fellow faculty members—and the 2016 Library Journal/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by ­Rowman & Littlefield.

Year in Architecture 2016: Open for Business

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This year’s selection of library construction efforts are each unique in their own way, but most share a significant guiding principle: keep it open. The 105 capital projects completed between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, exemplify a dedication to the totality of users’ experience with regard to sight lines, maneuverability, accessibility, and natural light but also in consideration of others’ ideas, needs, and potential. With atria, lots of glass, and coworking and group study spaces, libraries are indeed open for business.

Year in Architecture 2016: Creativity Is a Blank Canvas

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Featuring Brown University’s Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio at the Rockefeller Library; the Bibliothèque Desjardins, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Drummondville; the James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University; and the Information Commons at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

Year in Architecture 2016: Ambiance and Academics

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Featuring the Digital Scholarship Laboratory, Evans Library, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne and the Mendel Gottesman Library, Yeshiva University, New York.

Year in Architecture 2016: Access and Flow

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Featuring the Mary Couts Burnett Library at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth and Summerland Branch Library, Okanagan Regional Library, BC

Year in Architecture 2016: Academic Library Data

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For the Year in Architecture 2016, Library Journal solicited information from academic libraries nationwide that had undergone new builds and renovation/addition projects completed between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. The tables below comprise complete financial and construction statistics for the 13 academic library buildings submitted.

Making a Rough Journey a Bit Smoother | From the Bell Tower

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Among academic librarians there is strong support for the premise that their work contributes to student success. A new report confirms that too many undergraduates experience a rough road with dead ends. Can we help smooth their journey?

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Vanessa Irvin Preaches the Art of Storytelling to Future Librarians

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“We are all walking stories, so it’s vital that as librarians, we learn the art of listening to story…” says Irvin, an assistant professor in the library and information science program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. “[We need to be] willing to share our own stories so that we best relate to patrons, communities, and stakeholders.”

Empathy as the Leader’s Path to Change | Leading From the Library

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You’re the leader. You have a vision. It will require real organizational change. Now what? Empathic leaders may do better at gaining followers than encouraging resistors.

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Willie Miller’s Grassroots Approach to Student Engagement Costs Less Than a Dollar

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When LJ Mover & Shaker Willie Miller first got hired at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as the Informatics and Journalism Librarian in 2010, he was that rare commodity: a young person with an ear to the ground on social media and a taste for library science.