November 30, 2015

Jim Petersen on Serving the Entire Patron Base, Evolving UX, and other aspects of the Digital Shift


On October 14, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host their sixth annual virtual conference, “The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities.”

Library Ideas is a gold sponsor of the conference, and LJ reached out to Jim Petersen, Chief Revenue Officer of Library Ideas, to participate in this series of interviews addressing libraries’ evolving role in using the latest technology to connect patrons to the information, tools, services, that they need—and to one another.

Anythink’s Hannah Martinez Wins Lucy Schweers Award

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Colorado’s Anythink libraries are anything but traditional, and that goes for job descriptions as well; positions there include wrangler, concierge, and guide. The work they do also tends to range outside the box, and Hannah Martinez, a concierge at Anythink Wright Farms in Thornton, has been awarded the 2015 Lucy Schweers Award for Excellence in Paralibrarianship for just that kind of creative thinking. Martinez, who has been at Anythink since 2010, was recognized for spearheading AnyAbility—an inclusive set of library programs for adults with cognitive and intellectual disabilities. The activities Martinez has helped to develop include crafts, story time, gardening, and a book club, all specifically designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities.

Academic Movers 2015: In Depth with Jason Clark

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In our latest 2015 In-Depth Interview with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Jason Clark, associate professor and head of library informatics and computing at Montana State University Library, Bozeman, MT. While working as an assistant at Marquette University Library in the mid-1990s, Clark recognized the potential of the emergent World Wide Web to change the ways libraries shared and accessed information. An early adopter, he began writing code prototypes for library systems, and over the past ten years has enlarged his library’s computing team from a solo gig into a busy eleven-person department.

Manuel Martín-Rodriguez on Intertextuality and Readers


Manuel Martín-Rodriguez, professor of literature at the University of California, Merced, recently received a 2015 Latino Book Award in the category of Best Latino Focused Nonfiction Book for his examination of Chicano literary history, With a Book in Their Hands: Chicano/a Readers and Readerships (University of New Mexico Press, 2014). Martín-Rodriguez, who was formerly director of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University and director of the Roberto Hernández Center at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, is interested in the study of literary tradition framed not only by the books themselves but by readers, reading habits, literary references, and private libraries. Library Journal caught up with him recently to talk about his books and numerous side projects.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Amy Kimani appointed Executive Director of the Bristol Public Library; Kate Hill named Electronic Resources and Distance Education Librarian at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Clay McDaniel becomes VP of Global Marketing at ProQuest; and more new hired, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Library People News | August 2015

Banush named Dean of Libraries at Tulane; Blanton appointed Director, Louisville Free Public Library; Rosenblum appointed Chief Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library, and other new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the August 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Academic Movers 2015: In Depth with Patrick Sullivan


In our latest 2015 In-Depth Interview with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Patrick Sullivan. Now retired from his position as instruction coordinator and business reference librarian at San Diego State University, Sullivan is one of the three cochairs, along with Lucía Gonzalez and Oralia Garza de Cortes, of the REFORMA Children In Crisis Project (CCP). REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latino and the Spanish Speaking) formed CCP in 2014 to help unaccompanied minors traveling from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, across the Texas and California border into the United States. CCP provides these children with backpacks containing age-appropriate Spanish-language books, a journal, and writing supplies that they can use in the shelters and group homes where they are detained, and afterward as they travel to their final destinations. According to CCP’s website, its mission is “to get books into the hands of these children, ensure that they have access to storytime materials, and to make all the recent arrivals aware of the wealth of library resources that are available to them here in the United States.”

Susan Schmidt: United for Libraries—Being Seen, Being Heard

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Over the years, the American Library Association (ALA) has hosted a number of divisions that support citizen-run library organizations. Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) joined forces with the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) in 2009 to form the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), which is now known as United for Libraries (UFL). Susan Schmidt, immediate past president of Friends of the Little Falls Library and media assistant, Wood Acres Elementary School (both in Bethesda, MD), was elected 2015–16 UFL vice president/president elect in May 2015.

Rick Osen, Bellingham Public Library’s Newest Trustee


Rick Osen is the newest member of the five-person board of trustees at Bellingham Public Library (BPL), WA, but he is no stranger to the library world. Osen served as interim dean of libraries and assistant dean for library administration and planning at Western Washington University for 35 years, retiring in 2014. In February he joined chairman J. Robert Gordon, Rachel Myers, Marilyn Mastor, and Tom Barrett to serve a five-year term on the BPL board, and LJ caught up with him to find out more about his transition from academic librarian to public library trustee.

Academic Movers 2015: In Depth with Hosea Tokwe

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In our most recent 2015 In-Depth Interview with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Hosea Tokwe. In 2007 Tokwe, at the time a senior library assistant at Midlands State University (MSU) in Kweru, Zimbabwe, was given two boxes of books bound for the Matenda Primary School in rural Zimbabwe, donated by former students. The difficulties he encountered in simply getting the books to Matenda inspired him to singlehandedly establish a library at the school—no small task, as Zimbabwe was in the midst of ongoing political and social unrest and his first forays into the rural community were met with mistrust. But Tokwe prevailed, convincing the school to convert a classroom into its first library in 2008, and—in addition to serving as chief library assistant in MSU’s special collections department—he has continued to work with outside groups to continue to fill its shelves ever since.