September 28, 2016

Industry News


The Future of Connection | Designing the Future


In the next five to ten years, says Susan Shaheen, codirector of the Institute of Transportation Studies’ Transportation Sustainability Research Center, “advanced technologies and big data will enable us to better understand and manage our transportation ecosystems,” particularly automation and car- and ride-sharing tech. “This will enable us to provide more equitable, affordable, safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly transportation.”

Kobo Launches E-reader Integrated with OverDrive

Kobo Aura ONE

Kobo on September 30 will launch the Aura ONE, a dedicated e-reader that promises seamless searching and one-click downloading of library ebooks via OverDrive. Using a review unit provided by Kobo and a personal New York Public Library (NYPL) account, LJ explored the process.

Growing Mobile | The Digital Shift


Smartphone ownership is quickly becoming the norm, and smartphones have become a primary Internet access point for low income consumers. Here’s a look at a few emerging trends, as libraries adapt to this growth by launching apps and responsive websites.

Practice Makes Perfect | Collections

Online mobile library in flat style. Digital online books on shelf for internet course. Mobile education apps

Formats proliferate while budgets fluctuate. Patrons want access to public library materials but may never physically enter a library building. Collection development librarians work to ensure that their holdings include the items patrons want at the time they require access. We talked to collection development professionals nationwide to discover their best practices for selecting and maintaining print and electronic materials.

Carla Hayden Blazes Trail as First Woman, First African American Librarian of Congress


At a historic ceremony on September 14 library leaders from around the country, Washington elected officials, Library of Congress (LC) staff, friends, family, and a cheering section of former employees crowded into the Great Hall of LC’s Thomas Jefferson Building to see Dr. Carla Hayden sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress. Hayden, former CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (EPFL) in Baltimore, is the first woman and the first African American to serve in the role—and only the third practicing librarian.

Coverage of Carla Hayden’s Swearing-In Ceremony as 14th Librarian of Congress (September 14, 2016)

We will post a variety of reports, video, and other resources here throughout the day. Tweets of Ceremony via @LibraryJournal Stream   Full Text of Prepared Remarks Remarks available here. (8 pages: PDF and Embedded Below) Remarks by Carla Hayden 14th Librarian of Congress Swearing – In Ceremony September 14, 2016 by LJ’s infoDOCKET on […]


Designing Our Future | Editorial


At 140, Library Journal looks ahead, at what’s coming for our communities, and at the sophisticated ways today’s leaders are sculpting more nimble organizations to manage the challenges and opportunities on the horizon.


The Future of Communities | Designing the Future


Community engagement is at the heart of Dokk1, the main branch of the Aarhus Public Libraries, Denmark. The system received a $1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries division to “pioneer an innovative library model” with the help of IDEO, a global design company. Its efforts were rewarded with IFLA’s 2016 Public Library of the Year award.

Louisiana Libraries Emerge from Flooding Largely Intact, Anticipate Later Losses

Aerial view of Baton Rouge, LA, taken August 15, 2016
Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake

The recent flooding in southern Louisiana has been deemed the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, according to the American Red Cross. Some 7.1 trillion gallons of rain—three times the rainfall recorded during Hurricane Katrina in 2005—fell on the areas surrounding the state’s capital, Baton Rouge, and its fourth largest city, Lafayette, between August 8 and 14. In many areas, rainfall exceeded 20 inches. The flooding began on August 12 and continued for the next two days as local rivers swelled to record levels.

Connecticut Announces First Phase of Statewide Library Ebook Platform

Connecticut State Library modified logo (square)

The Connecticut State Library (CSL) is working with non-profit cooperative Library Connection and the Ferguson Library in Stamford, CT on the first phase of a new ebook service that will ultimately be available to all public libraries in the state.