The shift to digital delivery of serials content has had a profound effect on the information ecosystem. Powerful discovery and social networking tools expose users to an incredibly rich world of commercially produced and open access (OA) content. Most publishers have explored new ways of pricing their content—such as population served, FTE (full-time equivalent), tiered pricing based upon Carnegie classification, or other defining criteria—or the database model, which treats all content within an e-journal package as a database, eliminating the need for title by title reconciliation. However, in the end, the pricing conversation always seems to circle back to the revenue generated by the annual subscription model.
While librarian-to-librarian collaborations between school and public libraries are nothing new, public libraries are now ramping up their efforts for deeper strategic engagement and collaboration at scale, embedding public library services within schools’ daily operations and combining catalogs and access services. Such deeper integration requires both sides to take into account a range of complex issues—commanding all-in support from library leadership and a strong working relationship with local educational administrators.
First-year college and university students enter with widely varying levels of information literacy, particularly in light of the funding crisis that has left so many K–12 public schools without functioning school libraries and trained school librarians/media specialists. LJ recently set out to understand what information literacy instruction entering students need, what they’re getting, and what impact it has on their experience as first-year students.
Fees and fines have traditionally been a fact of life for public libraries in America, even though a nonnegligible proportion of librarians and patrons have long considered fines at best an unpleasant hassle and at worst a serious barrier to access to resources for those unable to pay them. As many libraries continue to assess and overhaul their fine and fee structures, sponsored by Comprise Technologies, LJ surveyed a random selection of public librarians in January 2017 to learn about their libraries’ approaches to fines and fees. LJ received 454 responses.
Frustration about the cost of ILS and LSP systems and the limited number of options for the academic library market is understandable. In this year’s Library Systems Landscape feature, FOLIO argues for positive disruption of the status quo, but ongoing enhancements by vendors and established open source solutions present headwinds for any newcomer.
A library is the heart of its community, offering opportunities for lifelong learning while fostering connections among neighbors, local businesses, civic services, educational institutions, and more. That’s the message of Library Connections, a professionally produced, two-minute animated commercial for public libraries recently created by SirsiDynix.
Equinox software, a support and service provider for the Evergreen integrated library system (ILS) founded by two of the original Evergreen creators Mike Rylander and Jason Etheridge, in January announced that the company had become the Equinox Open Library Initiative, a nonprofit corporation serving libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions.