October 1, 2016

Branching Out, September 15, 2016

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Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta, is expanded and renovated; Calistoga Public Library, CA, reopens; Randolph C. Watson Library at Kilgore College, TX, is back after a remodel; and more new construction and renovation news from the September 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Iowa City PL Institutes Autism Accessible Browsing Hour

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Iowa City Public Library (ICPL) prides itself on welcoming all members of the community, and recently found a way to extend that service by introducing an Autism Accessible Browsing Hour for all ages. The library’s bright and inviting children’s room plays host to a variety of kids of all abilities, including through its Sensory Storytimes for children on the autism spectrum, but the boisterous atmosphere can be too loud, too bright, and too busy for some children with sensory issues.

Library Leaders Ignore Organizational Politics at Their Own Risk | Leading from the Library

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Do we do ourselves a disservice when we believe that hard work and playing by the rules are enough to be a successful leader? As leaders, do we hurt the library when we fail at institutional politics?

Maximizing the Message | LJ 2016 Marketer of the Year Award

COLLATERAL They pushed the idea of the library through (below, clockwise from l.) ads in local movie theaters; 
a Facebook Lifelong Learning page piece; an insert in local utility bills; and an outdoor billboard. 
All photos courtesy of CML

Few libraries were untouched by the economic downturn of the 2000s. As systems began to rebound, however, a challenge was to replace the perception that they were down and out with the new reality of extended hours, replenished staff, and improved services. The strongest marketers among them also focused on the stories behind those comebacks, and information about what users could expect going forward. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (CML), in the city of Charlotte and County of Mecklenburg, NC, was determined not just to recover but to come back stronger than ever, to make sure its customers knew it—and to give them a chance to tell their side of the story.

Academic Ebook Sales Flat, Preference for E-Reference Up

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Academic libraries continue to add to their ebook collections, but while ebooks are becoming the preferred format for reference materials, many students still prefer to read and study monographs and textbooks in print, according to “Ebook Usage in U.S. Academic Libraries 2016,” a survey conducted by Library Journal and sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning.

Windows on Boston | New Landmark Libraries 2016

BRIGHT IDEAS The completion of Phase 2 of Boston PL’s renovation focused on letting in light, with pops of color that tie in to Phase 1. The modern welcome desk (l.) is surrounded by playful digital displays; the computer center’s new windows (r.) let in abundant natural light and offer a glimpse of the stone that once encompassed the entire building

The transformation is evident even before visitors enter. Moving down Boylston Street from Copley Square, past the side of the historic McKim Building, the façade of the Boston Public Library (BPL) no longer resembles a bunker. The massive granite slabs that once obscured the entrance are now embedded in the pavement. Through the glass, passersby can see people lining a laptop bar. It’s 10:30 on a Thursday morning, and the place is jamming.

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Video Archivist Makes Scientific History

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At her core, LJ Mover & Shaker Ludmila (Mila) Pollock is an archivist. As the executive director, library and archives at the Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, she has been at the forefront of preserving the annals of scientific breakthroughs—through the stories of the people who made them.

 A NC Library Brings Wi-Fi Hotspots to Students in Need

Partnering with Sprint, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is allowing students who don’t have Wi-Fi at home to check out portable hotspots.

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The Future of Learning | Designing the Future

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“We have to focus on a deeper understanding of the relational nature of learning” says Brigid Barron, associate professor at the school of education at California’s Stanford University. A faculty colead of the Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE) center, Barron and her colleagues explore the importance of social learning environments through the National Science Foundation–funded project.

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Predicting the Unpredictable | Designing the Future

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The modern library movement began in 1876, a year that saw the birth of both the American Library Association (ALA) and Library Journal (LJ). The January 1, 1976, issue of LJ celebrated that centennial, asking 25 experts and leading librarians to project the future of libraries over the next 25–50 years. Now on LJ’s 140th anniversary, we’ve taken a sampling of those forecasts and briefly assessed their accuracy. The result is evidence of how inadequate current knowledge is to predict the future.

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The Future of Connection | Designing the Future

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In the next five to ten years, says Susan Shaheen, codirector of the Institute of Transportation Studies’ Transportation Sustainability Research Center, “advanced technologies and big data will enable us to better understand and manage our transportation ecosystems,” particularly automation and car- and ride-sharing tech. “This will enable us to provide more equitable, affordable, safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly transportation.”

LIU Librarians, Faculty Return After 12-Day Lockout

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When classes began on the Brooklyn, NY campus of Long Island University (LIU) September 7, students found their professors barred from campus and replaced by alternate instructors. A contract stalemate between LIU-Brooklyn faculty and management had resulted in an unprecedented lockout of 400 faculty members by administration days before the new semester began. Thanks to coordinated protests from faculty and students and the support of the LIU Faculty Federation (LIUFF), however, the 12-day lockout ended after a six-hour negotiating session on September 14.

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

Teresa Elberson is the Director of Lafayette Public Library System, LA; Susanne Mehrer to become Dean of Libraries at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; OCLC and IFLA name five librarians to Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Kobo Launches E-reader Integrated with OverDrive

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Kobo on September 30 will launch the Aura ONE, a dedicated e-reader that promises seamless searching and one-click downloading of library ebooks via OverDrive. Using a review unit provided by Kobo and a personal New York Public Library (NYPL) account, LJ explored the process.

Hosting Tech Camps | The Digital Shift

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As community centers, libraries are always looking for new ways to offer educational programming. Some libraries have been fortunate enough to incorporate complete Maker spaces in their buildings, but for those that don’t have the funding or space, all is not lost. Using existing areas and the help of community members, libraries can easily host tech camps (coding, robotics, and more) for patrons.