June 28, 2016

LJ in Print

News Briefs for June 15, 2016

Recorded Books, Inc., and Zinio announced a new partnership with Bauer Media Group USA; the Associated Press is collaborating with Preservica; the University of Notre Dame , IN, and the Vatican Library formalized an agreement; and more News in Brief from the June 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

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

Patricia Flatley Brennan to becme director of the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; Lance Chaffee, director of Olean Public Library, NY, has retired; Christian Zabriskie appointed Branch Administrator of Yonkers Public Library, NY; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the June 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, June 15, 2016 Issue

Highlighting resources, sticking up for designers, are bathrooms services?, and more letters to editor from the June 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Aspen in Action | Community Engagement

A LESSON IN PLANNING Columbus Public Library, WI, director Cindy ­Fesemyer (l.) incorporates the Action Guide as a text into the class she teaches at the School of Library and Information Studies, University 
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“We needed to change the conversation about libraries,” says Gina Millsap, CEO of Kansas’s Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL), the 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year. Millsap refers to her ongoing work with the Aspen Institute, an international leadership development nonprofit that has turned a lens toward public libraries. In October 2014, Aspen sparked a conversation about the future of libraries with its release of a report titled “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries.” TSCPL served as a case study. “The report gave us a framework and concepts to take out to the community,” Millsap tells LJ. As libraries engaged with the report, it became clear that many wanted more hands-on guidance about how to take recommendations from Rising to the Challenge and turn them into practical, achievable goals. In response, Aspen developed a new toolkit featuring 12 chapters of “ACTivities” covering topics such as “The Library as Civic Resource,” “The Library as Literacy Champion,” and “Jobs and Economic Development” to help libraries dig into the work of transformation, released in January as the “Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library.”

Library Emoji | Office Hours

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We spend a lot of time talking about new and emerging literacies in our field. Conceptualizing how information is created, shared, and understood becomes especially intriguing when we add a new language to the mix, a language that many citizens globally understand. Consider this: 92 percent of all people online use emoji as a means to convey information and emotion. A recent piece in Wired by Clive Thompson, “The Emoji Is the Birth of a New Type of Language (No Joke),” exploring this phenomenon got me thinking about what it might mean for communication, sharing, and interaction with others and with libraries.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, June 1, 2016 Issue

Don’t punish businesses, a call for OER, starstruck by Charlie, and more letters to editor from the June 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Community Central | Library by Design, Spring 2016

SEEING THRU WALLS AND WINDOWS Above, an 18' x 12' interactive video wall will be featured in the Digital Pavilion at Wichita Public Library’s Advanced Learning Library. Below,  in the Children’s Pavilion, windows will spill light onto furnishings that create distinct areas for each of the four different age groups served

When the recession hit pause on the plans Kansas’s Wichita Public Library (WPL) had to replace its aging central building, library leaders used the opportunity to tap into community feedback. As a result, the replacement will offer features and services tailored to patrons’ needs and will support the city as it moves into the future by fostering civic growth and engagement.

Branching Out, June 2016

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The Beatrice Public Library completed in NE, the University of Toledo’s William S. Carlson Library to begin a renovation, a new library approved to replace the Nora Navra branch in New Orleans, and more new construction and renovation news from the June 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Signs of the Times | Product Spotlight

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Digital signage has become a familiar sight in retail stores, restaurants, hotels, and other businesses. With large flat-panel televisions now relatively inexpensive, many libraries have jumped on board with this trend as well, using digital signs to display a rotating series of regularly updated images, such as announcements, book covers, or information about upcoming events.

The Power of Words: Answering the call to action on inclusion | Editorial

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I hadn’t heard of the Diversity Council of Australia’s #WordsAtWork campaign until my feed lit up with its call to remove the word guys from workplace use. The comments express conflicting perspectives on whether it was on target or over the top in terms of political correctness. While I basically agree with the council—I’d already been working to break my habit of using guys when addressing colleagues at LJ and School Library Journal (SLJ), a team predominantly made up of women—the full-throated response made me reflect on how challenging and necessary such conversations are.