On July 21, the Movement for Black Lives’ National Day of Action, a team of four public librarians with backgrounds in social justice launched a new initiative, Libraries4BlackLives (L4BL). Jessica Anne Bratt, branch manager at Grand Rapids Public Library, MI; Sarah Lawton, neighborhood library supervisor for Madison Public Library, WI; Amita Lonial, learning experiences manager at Skokie Public Library (SPL), IL; and Amy Sonnie, adult literacy and lifelong learning librarian at Oakland Public Library, CA, joined forces earlier in the summer to create a website that would bring together library-based advocates who want to support the ideals and activism behind the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Developed by the University of Oklahoma Libraries’ Innovation @ the Edge staff and launched early this year, the new Oklahoma Virtual Academic Laboratory (OVAL) is already hosting interactive coursework for students enrolled in architecture, interior design, chemistry and biochemistry, art history, English, journalism, and library and information science classes.
Eric Edward Moon, who served as editor-in-chief of Library Journal for nine years (1959-1968) died on July 31 in Sarasota, FL at the age of 93. He was hugely influential in American librarianship for four decades, at LJ, as President of the American Library Association (ALA), and as chief editor at Scarecrow Press.
In a decision that could have reverberations for library employees across the country, the board of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC) announced at its June 14 meeting that the library will not add a rider to its health plan that would cover gender confirmation surgery for Rachel Dovel, who has worked at the library for more than a decade. The seven-member board cited the rider’s additional costs, which would be passed on to the library and its employees.
Michael Doylen named Interim Associate Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Andrea Ingmire appointed director of Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI; Nandita S. Mani to become Director of Health Sciences Library and Associate University Librarian for the Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the July 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.
Financial literacy is a lifelong learning experience, and students are at an important, if often embryonic, stage in the process. Few people have taken that more seriously than LJ Mover & Shaker Lauren Reiter, Business & Economics Librarian, Pennsylvania State University. Believing that universities should support their student’s financial well-being, and after hearing a lot of talk on campus at Penn State University about student debt and the financial illiteracy of college students, she took action. In 2012 she began work on a resource guide.
In what is being widely celebrated as a historic decision, Carla D. Hayden was confirmed as the 14th Librarian of Congress July 13 by a Senate majority vote of 74–18. Hayden, currently CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (EPFL) in Baltimore and LJ’s 1995 Librarian of the Year, will be the first woman and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress (LC). She will succeed former Librarian of Congress James Billington, who stepped down in September 2015 after 28 years. Hayden will serve at least one ten-year term, thanks to new term limit legislation passed last year.
At North Carolina State University Libraries, under the stewardship of LJ Mover & Shaker Jason Evans Groth, the belief is that harnessing the power of imagery and sound to build on research is important. “A well-organized non-written piece of communication about research in which we’re invested hasn’t lost any value,” says Groth, User Experience Librarian for Digital Media. “If anything, it’s more valuable — and research is just one person’s daydream unless it’s accessible.” If you detect a hint of the artist in Groth’s characterization about research, there’s good reason.
Margie Stern to succeed Linda Beck as Director of Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA; Siobhan Koch to become new director of Denville Free Public Library, NJ; Michael Levine-Clark to serve as Dean and Director of University Libraries at the University of Denver; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the June 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.
Patricia Flatley Brennan to becme director of the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; Lance Chaffee, director of Olean Public Library, NY, has retired; Christian Zabriskie appointed Branch Administrator of Yonkers Public Library, NY; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the June 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.