October 6, 2015

Credentialing to Establish the Library’s Presence | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

When it comes to providing employers with information about a student’s skill set, the college transcript does a poor job, yet it’s the current standard. New approaches to credentialing could change that—and create an opportunity for academic librarians.

Real-World Barriers: Expanding on a Tradition of Access | Editorial


Libraries are all about access to information in its many forms, and librarians have a long and admirable tradition of striving to increase that access whenever they can. Several recent events have spurred me to think about real-world barriers—visible and invisible—and how seeing them in light of access to the library could influence services.

How to Stay Ahead of the Curve | Future Proof

Scott Steinberg

As librarians are aware, today’s cultural and business environments are rapidly shifting—often in highly unpredictable and disruptive ways. In the past few years alone, physical has quickly given way to digital (including cloud and app-based solutions), classroom-based education to distance learning, and community development efforts targeted at engaging Millennials into initiatives aimed at connecting with Generation Z and beyond.Researchers at IBM have uncovered a telling reason why: In their words, continuous change is the new normal. (Having published these findings roughly half a decade ago, it’s now more normal than new.)

Feedback: Letters to LJ | September 15, 2015 Issue

Library embraces entrepreneurship; more graphic novels, not fewer; community outreach; and more letters to the editor from the September 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Delving Into Leadership Development Programs | Leading From the Library

Steven Bell

When we find ourselves in leadership positions, but also find that we lack some essential skills or would like to build upon our existing knowledge, many librarians turn to leadership programs. A new book shares research and insights into what makes those programs tick.

An Interview with Peter Suber on Open Access | Not Dead Yet

Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia interviews open-access expert Peter Suber.

Assessing the Ambivalent Liaison | Peer to Peer Review


The drumbeat of assessment has become the cadence of higher education. In libraries, as with any organization, the managerial drive for metrics is reflexive. How do we know if we’re winning? How can we prove it to the boss?

The Amazing Library Titles Race | Programs That Pop

Felicia Smith

“The Ass Is Dead! LONG LIVE the Ass!” Do I have your attention?

Good. That is the point of a library instruction workshop game that requires students to unscramble a book title, then search the catalog to find the item’s location and retrieve it from the shelves.

The 2015 New Landmarks: These 22 public library buildings set a high bar | Editorial


Five years ago, a burning question evolved into what is now the ongoing New Landmark Libraries (NLL) project. Often in conversation with librarians on the verge of construction, I was asked which libraries should be on a “must see” list. Beyond the go-to, big name projects, we at LJ had our favorites recently opened, but our lists were personal and not comprehensive. Hence, the New Landmark Libraries. The national competition was designed to bring forward the excellence in library buildings for celebration, as a tour planner for those approaching a capital project, and as a road map for the next generation of libraries still not even on the boards.

Prospective Students and the Search For Meaningful Library Data | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

When students and their parents consider their college options they consider many variables, from tuition to aid to amenities. To what extent can access to information about the library have an impact on the decision?