July 22, 2017

Formula for Success | Office Hours

How do we “build a librarian” for 21st-century information work? It’s an ongoing discussion in libraries and LIS programs that has many sides and a range of opinion. Some argue that while library school offers the foundations, theories, and service concepts of the profession, on-the-job experience seasons the information professional for doing the work. I would argue it is a mix of all of these things and more.

What Academic Librarians Can Learn from Retail’s Meltdown | From the Bell Tower

For many years the newspaper industry served as the cautionary tale for libraries. But as even the biggest brick-and-mortar stores fall, retail may be an even better example for libraries looking for new ways to provide a better experience for community members.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, May 15, 2017 Issue

Risking the status quo, building a family library tradition, and more letters to the editor from the May 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

The Empathy Builders: A More Compassionate World Through Stories | Editorial

When was the last time you read beyond your comfort zone—whether in point of view, genre, or format? Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang has focused on doing just that from his platform as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a position to which he was named in early 2016. It’s a cause that’s natural for libraries to promote to patrons but also for each of us to consider in our own approach to our personal and professional reading.

Listening to the Young: Be Open-Minded To the Next Generations | Blatant Berry

A late-night argument with my son Tom and a brief discussion with Christian Zabriskie, who wrote the letter “Condescending!” in this month’s Feedback, set me ruminating on the way our perspectives change as we age.

Bookmobile for a Day | Programs That Pop

The Lane Library at Armstrong State University (ASU) does not have a bookmobile, but on April 12, four librarians fashioned one out of a golf cart for National Bookmobile Day. The location was the entire ASU campus in Savannah. The weather was perfect, with a high of 79°.

Creating UX Buy-In | The User Experience

Facilitating meetings that encourage creative strategizing can be a way to move organizational thinking from problem-solving to solution-focused.

People First: Making the Commons Real | Editorial

The movement toward more people-centric civic design has a new tool to put to work. Last month, the Gehl Institute released “A Mayor’s Guide to Public Life”—an inspirational document that showcases breakthrough projects large and small and offers perspective on how to drive such development at the local level. Anyone interested in how we all experience the spaces we move through will find this valuable. Libraries are natural partners in this endeavor, and there are many ideas here to consider applying in the places our libraries touch—whether literally or through partnerships.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, May 1, 2017 Issue

A basic human response, Books & Brews, asking good questions, and more letters to the editor from the May 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Inspirational Leaders Inspire Others to Make a Difference | Leading from the Library

It takes inspiration to be a visionary leader. Leaders want to inspire others to emotionally connect with their vision–or to simply be more engaged in the workplace. How do great leaders inspire others?