April 22, 2014

Library Referenda 2011: Voters Keep the Doors Open


The referenda landscape of 2011 was punctuated by strong voter support to keep library doors open—but little more. Libraries took a cue from three long years of budget cuts, a struggling economy, dwindling consumer confidence, and weary taxpayers and ventured out to voters with markedly restrained requests.

Changing Spaces: Exploring Future User Needs, Sustainability, and Value | Library by Design

LJ’s ninth Design Institute in Minneapolis took a look at the evolving role of library as a community center. Library Journal ’s ninth Design Institute, held May 10, 2011, at the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis (and preceded by a tour of libraries on May 9), revolved around the idea that libraries’ role as a […]

A Whole Systems Approach: Integrated Building Design

What if I told you there was a potentially smarter, better, and faster way to build a new library—a process that could maximize innovation and deliver on long-term sustainability goals? Sounds pretty good, right? What if the same process could possibly decrease the cost of your project? Integrated Building Design is such a process. As library […]

The Evolving Book Group: New Formats Mean More Engagement

It’s been a monumental year for the book. The long-anticipated breakthrough of the ebook arrived in full force in January as happy holiday gift recipients filled their new Kindles, Nooks, and iPads with best sellers, a whopping number of romances, and more, and ebook editions outnumber print editions on best sellers lists such as USA […]

How the W3C Has Come To Love Library Linked Data


(Editor’s note: Since the initial publication of this article, the W3C has published permanent links to the final report and the supporting reports.) The number of influential libraries publishing their metadata onto the web as linked open data, which is the heart of the Semantic Web, is growing at a dizzying rate. To further this […]

Finding the Future: Inside NYPL’s All-Night Scavenger Hunt | Cover Story

500 gamers gathered to connect to the future through the riches of the past via the tools of today They came wearing bowties and fancy hats, skinny jeans and peasant blouses. They came armed with smartphones, tablets, and laptops. On the evening of Friday, May 20, 500 young adults gathered at the New York Public Library […]

The Problem Is Poverty | Blatant Berry

Shake the view that service to the poor is a gift from above… Sanford Berman is American librarianship’s first and leading champion of library service to the poor and homeless, as Steve Lilienthal points out (“The Problem Is Not the Homeless”). Decades ago, Berman worked with the Minnesota Library Association’s Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) […]

The Problem Is Not the Homeless

People living with substandard housing are in need of innovative library service The number of people who are homeless is on the rise, as is library service for them. Still, many librarians and library administrators believe they cannot meet the needs of this group since homelessness is such a complex issue. It often reflects the […]

Unlocking HathiTrust: Inside the Librarians’ Digital Library

What every librarian should know about this huge “digital library by libraries for libraries” I had a great lesson in misperception correction not long ago as I was writing a LJ post called “A Rising Tide: The Academic User and the Ebook Experience,” which examined academic ebooks from a (critical) user perspective. The inspiration for […]

17 Best Green Practices from LJ’s New Landmark Libraries

Green means a lot to the future of library design. An important criterion for LJ‘s New Landmark Libraries project is sustainable design, and the winners are models of green choices inside and out. Some communities, like Phoenix, have their own mandatory green building requirements for public facilities while others require a specific level of LEED […]