May 25, 2016

Dream. Explore. Experiment. | Office Hours

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Not bound by rules. Changing daily. Filled with life, sound, art, and inspiration. A vision of the public library woven with experience, involvement, empowerment, and a healthy dose of true innovation brought gasps of joy, a few tears, and much more to a standing room only crowd at the Public Library Association conference in Denver. The planning process and insights from the creation of Dokk1, the public library in Aarhus, Denmark, shared by Marie Østergård, project leader, Dokk1; Aarhus Public Libraries; and Pam Sandlian Smith, director, Anythink Libraries, Thornton, CO, can inform library planning of all types, shapes, and sizes and should be considered seriously by those of us teaching and developing LIS ­curricula.

Elevated by Art: A lofty vision in the community living room | Editorial

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Paper Cloud is something to see, though it’s actually impossible to see it all at once. This “aerial sculpture” by George Peters and Melanie Walker has resonated with me since I saw it in 2014 during a tour of several facilities in the Salt Lake County Libraries (SLCL) system. The installation flies, floats, and wends its way through the West Jordan Library and the library’s Viridian Event Center, elevating the spaces and the people using them.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, May 1, 2015 Issue

Conscientious stewardship, speedy confirmation, tributes to Charles Robinson, and more letters to editor from the May 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

What Do You Know About Instructional Designers? | From the Bell Tower

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Academic librarians seek to connect and collaborate with faculty in order to integrate their skills into the teaching and learning process. Learning more about our instructional design colleagues, and establishing relationships with them might help.

GSU e-Reserves Decision | Peer to Peer Review

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The infamous Georgia State University (GSU) e-reserves case (Cambridge University Press v. Patton) emerged last month from its long winter slumber to give us yet another 200+ page decision which librarians, lawyers, and publishers have begun to parse and analyze. And, like me, they are probably asking themselves: What does this decision actually mean?

Asking the Right Questions | The User Experience

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“Let’s ask people what they want from the library.” I’ve heard this said in a few meetings, and I’ve seen related questions in surveys from libraries. I’m not so sure that this is the most productive way to think about creating a user-centered library.

Arguing with Charlie: Debate need not be hostile | Blatant Berry

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Charlie Robinson and I both earned our MLS degrees at the School of Library Science (SLS) at Simmons College in Boston. I first met Charlie (who died last month) in the office of Ken Shaffer, the SLS dean. When alumni would come back to visit, Shaffer would gather a few of his favorites in his office for conversation. If they were influential dignitaries, or he thought they would become such, he liked it all the better.

The Capacity To Endure | Sustainability

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Think big—I mean really big—about the future of your library and its capacity to endure. Does it have the support it needs? Can it bounce back after disruption? Do its services and programs bring new and energetic life to the community, school, or campus that it serves?

Feedback: Letters to LJ, April 15, 2016 Issue

Let libraries be “libraries,” the Tyranny of Positivity, “double reading,” and more letters to editor from the April 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Make No Assumptions about Trust | Leading from the Library

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When employees are asked what qualities they look for in their leaders, trust is always among the most mentioned responses. Employees want leaders they can trust, but they don’t think they have them now.