November 27, 2015

LJ in Print

Feedback: Letters to LJ, November 15, 2015 Issue

Sticking up for desk service, long live the MLIS, continuing the Downers Grove conversation, and more letters to the editor from the November 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

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

Dennis Krieb named Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year; William J. Rozek appointed Chief Financial Officer for OCLC; Kelvin Watson promoted to Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, Queens Library, Jamaica, NY; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the November 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Make Your Own | Field Reports


Can I take this home? is a question I would hear every day while in the Hotspot at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s (FLP) Village of Arts and Humanities. The “thing” in question was a MaKey MaKey, and the answer was always, “No, but you can take home what you are plugging it into!” Working with youth aged seven to 18 years old we were creating computer-connected mazes with Play-Doh, homemade Dance Dance Revolution dance-pads using copper tape, and novel game controllers operated by licking ice cream.

Agents of Change | Office Hours

Michael Stephens

I must admit my eyebrows raised when one of my students in the Hyperlinked Library class shared a job description in our discussion devoted to emerging ideas and trends. Trenton Public Library (TPL), NJ, was looking for an “Innovation Catalyst Librarian.” The interest grew as my students dissected the duties and requirements, comparing their own experiences and suitability for such a position. I have seen a lot of cutting-edge job descriptions before, but this one was different.

Patricia K. Galloway | LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award Winner 2015


Rarely can one find a professor with such a wide and profound knowledge of the fields and disciplines that relate to applying digital technology to development of cultural archives. Professor Patricia K. Galloway, of the iSchool at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, takes these achievements several levels higher with her record of original and broad scholarship; her many contributions to research and new knowledge in her practice and belief system of cultural archives and historiography; and the roster of current and former students she has led, instructed, and greatly inspired. Together, these achievements moved the judges to name her the winner of the 2015 Library Journal/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield.

News Briefs for November 15, 2015

The Boatwright Memorial Library at the University of Richmond acquired the personal collection of Wyatt Tee Walker, a theologian and civil rights leader who worked with Martin Luther King Jr.; the Young Adult Library Services Association opened applications for the BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant; Independent Publishers Group has partnered with 23 new publishers for distribution; and more News in Brief from the November 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Transformation Time: Sari Feldman hits the right tone | Editorial


The ALA’s new public awareness initiative is a savvy approach to the broad challenge libraries face as they continue to evolve and must communicate what they actually contribute to their communities. Much more than talk, Libraries Transform is an actionable toolkit you should put to work now to help your constituency understand the real life of libraries.

Year in Architecture 2015: Working in Harmony

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The 123 triumphant academic and public library construction projects that we’re highlighting are large and small, dear and frugal, cautiously attentive to historic character and wildly beyond what some consider “typical” library design. Yet all feature what is at the core of today’s library, the cohesion between service and the community.Among these facilities, completed between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, are eight buildings judged to be the best examples of replicable public library models, Library Journal’s New Landmark Libraries and Honorable Mentions. They are noted on the tables that follow and received a lot of ink in our fall Library by Design supplement, mailed with the September 15 issue. Check them out.

Year in Architecture 2015: Elbowroom & More


Building projects at the Iowa’s Ames Public Library, the Ohio’s Whitehall Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library, Gulf Gate Library in Sarasota, FL, and more.

Year in Architecture 2015: Vaulted Learning Environments


Academic building projects go to great heights at Syracuse University School of Law Library, Vaughn College Aeronautical Academic Library, Southern New Hampshire University Library Learning Commons, and more.