All eyes are on the Library of Congress (LC) as the iconic institution approaches what promises to be a transformational time. When long-standing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his plan to retire in January 2016, bets started flying on who would be the best new leader. The job, to be filled by President Barack Obama’s appointment, with confirmation from Congress, is an exciting and challenging one.
LJ in Print
“I am not a librarian, but I am THE librarian!” Daniel Boorstin said to me several times when he was Librarian of Congress. It seemed to amuse him, and it only slightly annoyed me. There had been some controversy over President Gerald Ford, like so many before him, appointing a distinguished elder scholar to lead the Library of Congress (LC) rather than a credentialed, experienced librarian. Of the 13 Librarians of Congress, only two were really librarians.
“It starts with us.” I use that phrase on a slide in my talks and course lectures and whenever I get the chance to talk about librarians, libraries, and our continual adaptation to societal and technological change. It’s also closely related to my thoughts on professional development and learning in the workplace. This isn’t sweeping organizational change; this time it’s personal.
Every teen librarian knows programs that offer snacks are usually a hit and can even entice teens reluctant to join in the fun. With that in mind, we offer many teen programs that include snacks, from Chocolate Fest to Pizza Gardening. When the Student Ambassadors proposed making a solar-powered s’mores oven for an Earth Day activity, we knew it would be a hit.
As libraries work to maintain and increase their relevance, heightening awareness among nonusers is a necessity for survival and prosperity. To bring new users through its doors, Barr Memorial Library, an award-winning library serving the military community in Fort Knox, KY, leveraged the power of curiosity, posing the question, “What’s in the LibraryBox?”
Sacred cows, the problem with free ebooks, is the MLIS too easy, and other letters to the editor from the June 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal
Robert Miller appointed CEO of LYRASIS, Michael Cox named Deputy Director of the Whatcom County Library System, Mary Margaret Farrell is Dean of Libraries at Clemson University, and more new appointments, hires, and promotions and other people news from the June 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.
University of South Carolina acquires Dashiell Hammett’s papers, Toledo–Lucas County Public Library is chosen as a Literary Landmark in honor of the original Nancy Drew author; Jefferson County Library, WI, moved to the Waukesha County Federated Library System, and more news in brief from the June 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.
While your lIbrary probably already collects some of the many guides on how to write a book, this month I’d like to recommend three essential titles for your collection that can help aspiring authors take the next step to turning their finished manuscript into a clean ebook.