Numbers point toward an amazingly inclusive society, in praise of Millennial computer knowledge, considering the individuals, and more letters to editor from the January 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.
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Cassandra Black met her husband online, inspiring her and colleague Mary Frances Frayne to put on an online dating workshop in February 2016 at the Belmont Library, CA. At the time, Black served as teen services librarian and Frayne as community services librarian. The program was geared mostly to seniors, who dominate Belmont’s classes.
Jamar Rahming named Director of the Jackson County Library System, OR; Kornelia Tancheva to become the University of Pittsburgh’s Hillman University Librarian and Director of the University Library System; National Museum and Library Services board swears in six members; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the January 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.
“I already feel behind. I’m not an early adopter and do not want to be. Is there a place for those not drawn to the newest and shiniest tech?” read an email from an LIS student expressing concern about finding her way through the discussions and applications of emerging technologies in the field. There is a place for you, I replied, but it requires shifting perspective a bit and looking beyond technology.
When she arrived to direct California’s San José Public Library in 2013, Jill Bourne faced the effects of years of decimating budget shortfalls and service cuts. The effectiveness with which Bourne spearheaded her Library Access Strategy, opened the libraries, built new relationships with and support from San José’s civic leadership, and leveraged partnerships and fostered innovation—and is now reaching beyond the library to a new citywide Education and Digital Literacy Initiative—has won over a newly inspired staff and convinced our judges to name her the 2017 LJ Librarian of the Year, sponsored by Baker & Taylor.
San José’s Jill Bourne, LJ’s Librarian of the Year 2017, has accomplished so much in her career as her roles (and her innovation within them) grew, from time in Seattle through San Francisco and in 2013 to the San José Public Library (SJPL) as city librarian. There she has turned an anemic system into a vital, valued, and expanding city resource. If that were not remarkable enough, even more exciting is all that lies ahead for Bourne—and points the way for the rest of the profession.
University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill, appoints Dayna Durbin and Rebecca Smyrl; Terry Manuel named State Librarian and Commissioner of Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives; Michelle Perera is Director of Pasadena Public Library and Information Services Department, CA; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the December 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.
Bringing employees to the table, parajumpers and ex-programmers, “What do you do for fun?”, and more letters to editor from the December 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.
Harvard University Press extends agreements with PubFactory; Loudoun County PL, VA, earns National Association of Counties Achievement Award; James C. Jernigan Library at Texas A&M University–Kingsville named the 2016 Federal Depository Library of the Year; and more News in Brief from the December 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.