June 26, 2016

Aurora Library Budget Cuts Staff, Hours, Locations

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Having exhausted its cash reserves and knowing that a tax increase is a political non-starter, Illinois’ Aurora Public Library (APL) will eliminate 21 jobs in August, the first phase in a cost-cutting effort designed to close a looming $1.5 million budget gap.

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

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.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, June 15, 2016 Issue

Highlighting resources, sticking up for designers, are bathrooms services?, and more letters to editor from the June 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

What Do We Need to Stop Doing? A Survey | Not Dead Yet

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As I look at the many areas in which libraries are working, thriving, and expanding (see Where Are We Headed? An Unscientific Survey, Not Dead Yet, October 15, 2015), the question occurs to me: do we need to consider not doing some things so that we can do those things our researchers need us to do?

CO Parks Collaboration Expands to All State Libraries

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Colorado libraries of all kinds are celebrating summer by launching a statewide collaboration with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The Check Out Colorado State Parks program allows library patrons to borrow a backpack containing a Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) pass, which admits a carload of visitors into any of the state’s 42 parks.

Flipping Journals to Open Access

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Mandates from governments, funding sources, and institutions, have made the switch to open access all but inevitable. This puts increasing pressure on traditional journals to change, a process commonly known as “flipping,” but a new study reveals the many ways to convert from subscriptions to OA.

ProQuest Acquires Alexander Street

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ProQuest subsidiary R.R. Bowker today announced the acquisition of Alexander Street, a leading provider of streaming video and music, as well as primary source collections, to almost 4,000 library customers in over 60 countries. The business will be known as “Alexander Street, a ProQuest Company,” and will continue to be led by Stephen Rhind-Tutt, its current president, and its current management team, including Eileen Lawrence, David Parker and Andrea Eastman-Mullins, from its current headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

Alexander Street Press Acquired by ProQuest

From a ProQuest Announcement Alexander Street, a leading provider of streaming videos and music as well as award-winning primary source collections to libraries around the world, has joined the ProQuest family of companies. [Clip] The acquisition brings together Alexander Street’s valuable video, music and unique primary source collections with ProQuest’s extensive aggregation of content, which […]

Library.Link Builds Open Web Visibility for Library Catalogs, Events

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Linked data consulting and development company Zepheira is partnering with several vendors and libraries on the Library.Link Network, a project that promises to make relevant information about libraries, library events, and library collections prominent in search engine results. The service aims to address a longstanding problem. The world’s library catalogs contain a wealth of detailed, vetted, and authoritative data about books, movies, music, art—all types of content. But the bulk of library data is stored in MARC records. The bots that major search engines use to scan and index the web generally cannot access those records.

Penguin Random House Sells Fodor’s to Internet Brands

From Internet Brands: Penguin Random House has reached an agreement to sell Fodor’s, to Internet Brands, a leading Los Angeles-based online media and technology company, whose well-known travel websites such as FlyerTalk.com and Wikitravel.org. The agreement reflects the growing value and potential of digital and mobile consumer engagement with travel information and content. Terms of […]

Aspen in Action | Community Engagement

A LESSON IN PLANNING Columbus Public Library, WI, director Cindy ­Fesemyer (l.) incorporates the Action Guide as a text into the class she teaches at the School of Library and Information Studies, University 
of Wisconsin-Madison. Photo by Chloe Prosser

“We needed to change the conversation about libraries,” says Gina Millsap, CEO of Kansas’s Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL), the 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year. Millsap refers to her ongoing work with the Aspen Institute, an international leadership development nonprofit that has turned a lens toward public libraries. In October 2014, Aspen sparked a conversation about the future of libraries with its release of a report titled “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries.” TSCPL served as a case study. “The report gave us a framework and concepts to take out to the community,” Millsap tells LJ. As libraries engaged with the report, it became clear that many wanted more hands-on guidance about how to take recommendations from Rising to the Challenge and turn them into practical, achievable goals. In response, Aspen developed a new toolkit featuring 12 chapters of “ACTivities” covering topics such as “The Library as Civic Resource,” “The Library as Literacy Champion,” and “Jobs and Economic Development” to help libraries dig into the work of transformation, released in January as the “Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library.”

Reference: Orlando Attack: “Post-Mass Shooting Programs and Resources Overview” Now Available

Two resources follow. 1. From HHS ASPR (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response)/Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE): Post-Mass Shooting Programs and Resources Overview (19 pages; PDF) ASPR TRACIE has gathered information on programs and resources available to the communities affected by the Orlando nightclub shooting. Information is organized by […]

Reference: Orlando Attack: “Post-Mass Shooting Programs and Resources Overview” Now Available

Two resources follow. 1. From HHS ASPR (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response)/Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE): Post-Mass Shooting Programs and Resources Overview (19 pages; PDF) ASPR TRACIE has gathered information on programs and resources available to the communities affected by the Orlando nightclub shooting. Information is organized by […]

Library Emoji | Office Hours

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We spend a lot of time talking about new and emerging literacies in our field. Conceptualizing how information is created, shared, and understood becomes especially intriguing when we add a new language to the mix, a language that many citizens globally understand. Consider this: 92 percent of all people online use emoji as a means to convey information and emotion. A recent piece in Wired by Clive Thompson, “The Emoji Is the Birth of a New Type of Language (No Joke),” exploring this phenomenon got me thinking about what it might mean for communication, sharing, and interaction with others and with libraries.

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Ryan Litsey

As new demands are made on libraries, people like Ryan Litsey, the document delivery/interlibrary loan assistant librarian at the Texas Tech University Library, are developing new ways to meet those needs.