November 30, 2015

Patricia K. Galloway | LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award Winner 2015


Rarely can one find a professor with such a wide and profound knowledge of the fields and disciplines that relate to applying digital technology to development of cultural archives. Professor Patricia K. Galloway, of the iSchool at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, takes these achievements several levels higher with her record of original and broad scholarship; her many contributions to research and new knowledge in her practice and belief system of cultural archives and historiography; and the roster of current and former students she has led, instructed, and greatly inspired. Together, these achievements moved the judges to name her the winner of the 2015 Library Journal/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield.

Year in Architecture 2015: Working in Harmony

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The 123 triumphant academic and public library construction projects that we’re highlighting are large and small, dear and frugal, cautiously attentive to historic character and wildly beyond what some consider “typical” library design. Yet all feature what is at the core of today’s library, the cohesion between service and the community.Among these facilities, completed between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, are eight buildings judged to be the best examples of replicable public library models, Library Journal’s New Landmark Libraries and Honorable Mentions. They are noted on the tables that follow and received a lot of ink in our fall Library by Design supplement, mailed with the September 15 issue. Check them out.

America’s Star Libraries, 2015: Top-Rated Libraries


We are pleased to announce the results of the eighth edition of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service, sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat. The LJ Index is a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries with their spending peers based on four per capita output measures: circulation, library visits, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. Scores on the LJ Index are produced by measuring the relationships between each library’s statistics and the averages for its expenditure category. This year, there are 261 Star Libraries, 54 of which were not Star Libraries last year.

Placements & Salaries 2015: The Expanding Info Sphere


Library and information science (LIS) graduates are finding their place in a market that demands creativity, flexibility, and a solid set of LIS skills that represent the profession’s foundations and future. This year’s list of job titles reflects ones we know well from the bedrock of our field (children’s librarian, reference librarian) and those that are less familiar from the frontiers ahead (content strategy consultant, data steward). However, familiarity can be an illusion. In many cases, jobs with the same title list very different sets of job responsibilities. Answering this challenge requires job seekers to identify desired skill sets very carefully and to consider jobs with unfamiliar titles. Future job seekers may want to consider this competency-based approach when conducting their job search.

On Demand | Academic Streaming Media


Whether the topic of discussion is electronic resources, collection development policies, or patron-driven acquisition, academic librarians have a history of giving media and video short shrift, argues deg farrelly, media librarian and streaming video administrator for Arizona State University Libraries (ASU).

The Personal Touch | Readers’ Advisory


The goal of the My Librarian program at Multnomah County Library (MCL), Portland, OR, launched in April 2014, is to create a virtual space that ignites that same spark of connection and delight that patrons experience when they engage in person with library staff about books, thus building relationships and community and providing service at the patron’s point of need.

Altmetrics Ambassadors | Academic Libraries


“Altmetrics: A manifesto,” published five years ago this month, described an academic publishing landscape in which the volume of literature was exploding, and the three traditional filters used to help researchers gauge the relative importance of individual papers in their fields—peer review, citation counting, and a journal’s average citations per article—were failing to keep up. Scholars were moving their work onto the web, and alternative, article-level metrics drawn from online reference managers Zotero and Mendeley, scholarly social bookmarking services such as CiteULike, or even page-views of blogs and “likes” or comments on mainstream social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter could be used to track the impact of new research in real time, wrote ­Impactstory ­cofounder Jason Priem; Wikimedia Foundation head of research Dario ­Taraborelli; Paul Groth, then-researcher VU University Amsterdam; and Cameron Neylon, then–senior scientist at the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Could these new metrics be just as relevant as peer review and citations when judging the impact and influence of new research?

The New Placemakers | New Landmark Libraries 2015

VISIONS TO BUILD ON (Clockwise from far l.): Vancouver Community Library, Cedar Rapids Public Library, Pico Branch Library, Lawrence Public Library, Bayview Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Library, Mitchell Park Library & Community Center, and East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library at Goodwoo-d. Top row photos by (l.-r.) Wayne Johnson/Main Street Studio; and William Short (r.). Middle row photos by (l.-r.) Alan Karchmer; Gregory Cortez; and Mike Sinclair. Bottom row photos by (l.-r.) Nic Lehoux; and William Short

Welcome to the latest round of the New Landmark Libraries (NLL). It’s been four years since the NLL project launched, first identifying 20 public libraries and the following year seven academic libraries from nationwide to help inform and inspire those facing the opportunity of renovating or building a new library. This year, LJ returns to the public library arena to pinpoint the most exciting public libraries completed since that initial foray. We received more than 80 submissions from across the United States and Canada. The exceptional quality of these submissions, from every region, showcases the evolving strength of public libraries today.

Outcomes, Impacts, and Indicators


The Impact Survey was first used in 2009 to help gather data for the Opportunity for All study reports, conducted by the University of Washington’s iSchool with assistance from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Libraries were enlisted to connect to a web survey, the results of which were used to augment responses gathered through a telephone-based poll. To our surprise and delight, we gathered more than 45,000 survey responses in just ten weeks, with about 400 libraries participating. Even more delightful was finding that libraries were using the data from Opportunity for All as well as the reports of Impact Survey results from their own ­communities.

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.