First-year college and university students enter with widely varying levels of information literacy, particularly in light of the funding crisis that has left so many K–12 public schools without functioning school libraries and trained school librarians/media specialists. LJ recently set out to understand what information literacy instruction entering students need, what they’re getting, and what impact it has on their experience as first-year students.
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The 2017 conferences held by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L), in March and April respectively, covered trends ranging from diversity to emerging technology.
Grant Lynch hired as CAO, Columbus Metropolitan Library; Robert VanHees joins ProQuest as SVP and CFO; Deborah Wright appointed Director, Prince William County Public Library System, VA; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the April 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.
Some time ago, while I was working at a small state university, the library was approached by the English department, asking if we knew of some way of putting their biannual student journal online. This publication had been coming out periodically for approximately 15 years and contained essays, poetry, and short stories written by graduate and undergraduate students. Faculty occasionally assigned articles from it as required reading.
The fire burned for days. Water—thousands of gallons of it—saturated the library’s materials, equipment, and interior. Smoke and water damage affected 250,000 bound volumes, two million pieces of micrographics, classified and confidential records, historical military documents, and a dedicated server room with more than 100 computer workstations. The Boeing 757 that had ripped through the Pentagon’s three outer rings on September 11, 2001, blasted open the doors to the Pentagon library sandwiched in the middle, the plane’s nose gear hitting the facility’s back wall. By the time staff were permitted to return, devastating moisture had taken over. Materials and equipment, personal belongings, catalog statistics, personnel files, and more were covered with mold and mildew.
Mary Ann Mavrinac appointed to a new five-year term as Vice Provost of the River Campus Libraries at University of Rochester, NY; Mark Sandler receives 2017 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the March 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.
Fees and fines have traditionally been a fact of life for public libraries in America, even though a nonnegligible proportion of librarians and patrons have long considered fines at best an unpleasant hassle and at worst a serious barrier to access to resources for those unable to pay them. As many libraries continue to assess and overhaul their fine and fee structures, sponsored by Comprise Technologies, LJ surveyed a random selection of public librarians in January 2017 to learn about their libraries’ approaches to fines and fees. LJ received 454 responses.
Frustration about the cost of ILS and LSP systems and the limited number of options for the academic library market is understandable. In this year’s Library Systems Landscape feature, FOLIO argues for positive disruption of the status quo, but ongoing enhancements by vendors and established open source solutions present headwinds for any newcomer.
Academic librarians are concerned about the decreasing number of competitors in the integrated library system (ILS) and library services platform (LSP) market, and many are dissatisfied with their current ILS or LSP, according to the results of a recent LJ survey.
Annette Harwood Murphy became a pioneer of library technology in 1975 as the cofounder of The Library Corporation (TLC). Murphy is currently president/CEO and chair of the board of TLC and CEO of Tech Logic, and her companies have continued to innovate.