November 28, 2015

Whizz! Bang! Pow! Making an Impact with Digital Signage | The Digital Shift 2015


If you were put in charge of the digital signage at your library, would you know where to start? Laurel Eby, web wervices librarian at San José State University’s (SJSU) King Library, was tasked with implementing three digital signs. “In the beginning I had no idea what I was doing,” Eby said in her “Whizz! Bang! Pow! Making an Impact with Digital Signage” presentation for Library Journal and School Library Journal’s online conference The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities, held October 14. “What should I put on the signs? How big were they, anyway? And how long could I reasonably expect students to stand there staring at them, reading content on them?”

Pairing Context with Access in E-Collections | The Digital Shift 2015


One of the latest additions to the digital repository at Arizona State University (ASU) is a selection of issues of the Wassaja Newsletter, an important record of Native American culture and activism in the early 20th century. At Library Journal and School Library Journal’s virtual conference, The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities, ASU associate librarian Joyce Martin and digital curator and research data manager Jodi Reeves Flores discussed the project, emphasizing the role that partners in the Native American community had played in improving this resource by providing valuable context for the newly available content.

The Human Connection | The Digital Shift 2015


Libraries may be going digital, but librarians still bring—and need—that personal touch. On October 14, Library Journal and School Library Journal’s virtual conference, The Digital Shift, Libraries Connecting Communities, aptly demonstrated this in a wide range of offerings throughout the day-long event.

More Than Information | Blatant Berry

John Berry III

I was surprised when the news came that the School of Information and Library Science at New York’s Pratt Institute had changed its name to the School of Information. I’ve been an adjunct professor there for more than three decades, and I was saddened at first that this old, venerable school, the second such school in the nation, was dropping “library science” from its name. After reading letters from Dean Tula Giannini and Pratt’s provost Kirk E. Pillow, I was somewhat reassured. I realize that this is now the direction of things and marks real progress in staying abreast of this digital age and the growing discipline once called information science. That field now carries a version of that name or informatics or just plain information studies. It is professed in every college and university these days, a kind of darling in higher ed. So it is understandable for Pratt to take that step.

Setting UX Priorities | The User Experience

Aaron Schmidt

In my last column (LJ 10/1/15), I did my best to convince you that improving library UX must be a librarywide endeavor—all parts of the library impact the user experience, so everyone needs to be on board. Here, I want to look at the topic from a slightly different angle: Where do you begin with library UX? There’s so much to think about when it comes to improving libraries!

Yes, Those First-Years Are Probably Stressed Out | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Academic librarians understand the value of connecting with first-year students to get their academic careers off to a good start. We understand less about the stress they are feeling as new college students.

Syracuse iSchool Social Media Tool Used to Track Elections

BITS Lab at Syracuse University iSchool Github graphic

Researchers at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) are using the open-source Social Media Tracker, Analyzer, and Collector Toolkit at Syracuse (STACKS) to collect and analyze social media posts and traffic related to the 2016 presidential candidates as part of an interdisciplinary digital politics project, according to a campus publication.

National Endowment for the Humanities Honors “What Middletown Read”

Muncie Public Library ledger
Courtesy of Middletown Reads Project

On the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the agency recognized 50 of the top projects it has supported over the course of its history. Included on that list was What Middletown Read, a digital humanities project focused on Muncie, IN, that brought the patron, book, and circulation records of a turn-of-the-20th century public library into the 21st.

Comparing Boomer and Next-Gen Library Leaders: More Common Ground Than Expected | Leading From the Library

Steven Bell

Millennials and Gen-X librarians are moving into leadership positions. In what ways are they different from their Baby Boomer predecessors? OCLC did some research and the results are insightful.

ALA Launches “Libraries Transform” Campaign


On October 29 American Library Association (ALA) president Sari Feldman launched the Libraries Transform campaign, a three-year national public awareness initiative focusing on the ways public, academic, school, and special libraries and librarians across the nation transform their communities. Events kicked off in Washington, DC, as the Libraries Transform team visited a cross-section of transformative libraries, and will continue with contributions from libraries—and library lovers—everywhere.