April 26, 2017

New World, Same Model | Periodicals Price Survey 2017

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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.

Public Partners | Collaboration

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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 Impressions: LJ’s First Year Experience Survey

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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.

Doing Fine(s)? | Fines & Fees

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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.

Open Future | Library Systems Landscape 2017

Library Systems Landscape 2017

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.

Wanting More (Survey) | Library Systems Landscape 2017

Library Systems Landscape 2017

Academic librarians are concerned about the decreasing number of competitors in the integrated library system (ILS) and library services platform (LSP) market, and many are dissatisfied with their current ILS or LSP, according to the results of a recent LJ survey.

Library Original (Q&A) | Library Systems Landscape 2017

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Annette Harwood Murphy became a pioneer of library technology in 1975 as the cofounder of The Library Corporation (TLC). Murphy is currently president/CEO and chair of the board of TLC and CEO of Tech Logic, and her companies have continued to innovate.

Making Connections | Library Systems Landscape 2017

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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.

Open to Change | Library Systems Landscape 2017

Library Systems Landscape 2017

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.

News in Brief | Library Systems Landscape 2017

Library Systems Landscape 2017

News in brief from Auto-Graphics, Axiell Group, BiblioCommons, Biblionix, Book Systems, Civica, Companion Corp, Follett, Lucidea, and Mandarin.