February 27, 2017

LJ in Print

Paralibrarian of the Year 2016: Patricia Pacheco

Photo ©James Kegley, www.jameskegley.com

Just two years after she immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic, Patricia ­Pacheco landed a library assistant position as the first bi­lingual staff member at the Sterling Branch of the Loudoun County Public Library system in Virginia. She had been a kindergarten teacher for nearly 20 years and had dealt with children of all ages in her home country. Early on in her time in the States, she volunteered part time in the Ashburn Library of Loudoun County. So when the Sterling branch announced that it sought a bilingual staff member, Pacheco applied and was hired. That was back in May 2015.

Branching Out, February 2017

Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library

Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library opens in Long Beach, CA; Tufts Central Library, Weymouth, MA, gets OK on new facility; Cook Memorial Public Library District, Vernon Hills, IL, to expand; and more new construction and renovation news from the February 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Don Chatham retires from ALA; Emily Faulkner named Director of DeKalb Public Library, IL; Brigitte Shull appointed Senior VP for Academic Publishing in the Americas at Cambridge University Press; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the February 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, February 15, 2017 Issue

Keeping perspective on tech, congratulations from San José, in praise of sponsored content, and more letters to editor from the February 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

News Briefs for February 1, 2017

Backstage Library Works microfilms ten years of the Palestinian newspaper al-Hadaf, Library of Congress becomes a Digital Public Library of America “content hub partner,” Toledo Lucas County Public Library and Chattanooga Public Library recognized for Passport Acceptance programs; and more News in Brief from the February 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Finding Philanthropic Funding | BackTalk

Kate Tkacik

As a librarian, I feel a deep fear of the direct threat to library funding posed by the new administration. However, as a philanthropy professional, I can’t help but feel some small amount of hope.

Not an Island: Connecting To Community Priorities | Editorial

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We know it’s critical in library work to connect to community priorities—and that extends to all library types, with the community in question shifting accordingly. But just how do we put a finger on the pulse of those needs? A new offering takes a unique and useful approach to answering that question.

Prisons & Publics | Outreach

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Many public librarians serving local jails and prisons note an increase in positive behaviors tied to inmates obtaining library services while inside and a desire to seek library services for themselves and their families upon release.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, February 1, 2017 Issue

Research for everyone, a win for Nevada County, Generation Z on the move, and more letters to editor from the February 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

DIY Usability: First-Click Testing | The User Experience

Emily Mitchell and Brandon West

Although every library would benefit from running usability studies, not every library has a dedicated staff available to conduct those studies. Anecdotally, librarians seem to feel incapable of undertaking usability studies for reasons including time, budget, and expertise.