September 4, 2015

Policy Issues: “Library Groups Seek to Support FCC in Net Neutrality Case”

From Associations Now: On Tuesday, the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies [COSLA] filed a motion seeking permission to file an amicus brief in support of the FCC in U.S. Telecom Association v. Federal Communications Commission, the primary case challenging […]

“EFF Asks Court on Behalf of Libraries and Booksellers to Recognize Readers’ Right to Be Free of NSA’s Online Surveillance”

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: It should be no surprise that libraries and bookstores—the places where you can go pick up a copy of 1984 or Darkness at Noon—are privacy hipsters. They’ve been fighting overbroad government surveillance since before it was cool. That’s why we’re proud to have filed an amicus brief on behalf of a […]

No Cold Shoulder in Kentucky | Self-Publishing & Libraries


A Computers in Libraries conference got Jim Blanton thinking: ebooks were on the rise. Self-publishing was taking off. How could libraries turn the challenge into an opportunity?

Creativity, Diversity, Simplicity | The Digital Shift

Denise Jacobs

Denise Jacobs is a web design and development industry veteran of 17 years and has written and coauthored several web design books and articles. She’s now a speaker, author, and consultant on creativity and innovation, as well as one of the keynote presenters at LJ’s free virtual event, The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities, to […]

Library Board Appoints New Trustees Despite Past Book Challenge


The library board in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove has appointed a new board member, attorney Arthur Jaros, Jr., in spite of controversy over his leading role in challenging a book in the supplementary reading curriculum of a local school district more than a decade ago. In 1999, Jaros and other members of the […]

Texas: Collin County Commissioners Vote to Eliminate County Funding For Public Library

From the Celina Record Collin County Commissioners met on August 13th to hammer out the 2016 budget. Celina Library staffers never imagined that their facility would be in the cross hairs. In a 3-2 vote, County Commissioners voted to eliminate all county funding for public libraries. This accounts for roughly 10% of the Celina library’s […]

Mind the Gap: Find and Fix the Mismatches Between Faculty and Academic Librarians


Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Meredith Schwartz, Executive Editor of Library Journal, and Jennifer Albers-Smith, Marketing Director, Academic and Special Libraries of Gale Cengage Learning, will co-present key findings from their recent joint study, Bridging the Librarian-Faculty Gap in the Academic Library. Schwartz and Albers-Smith will convene a panel that includes an academic librarian who works on innovative faculty support projects and a faculty member. Together they will discuss ways to act on the survey’s takeaways and improve connection, communication, and collaboration between faculty and librarians.
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Berkeley PL Director Resigns Amid Controversy


In the wake of multiple controversies involving his staffing decisions, management style, weeding practices, and perceived levels of transparency and honesty, Berkeley Public Library (BPL) director Jeff Scott announced his resignation on Monday, August 31, after less than a year in the post.

Positive Signs | The User Experience

Aaron Schmidt

Criticism is necessary when a library aims to evaluate and improve the experience it is providing its members. Before you can start making improvements, you have to know what needs to be improved. This, of course, is no excuse to be negative, mean, accusatory, or defeatist. Criticism can and should be done positively and with good intention. After all, more flies get caught with honey, right?

In Windsor, Ontario: “Fewer Books, More Digital: C$7.9 Million Helps Create New Library System”

Note: C$7.9 Million Converts to $5.95 Million/USD. From The Windsor Star: A $7.9-million infusion of cash — Windsor’s largest library investment in years — means the city’s whole system will soon transform. The Windsor Public Library will have fewer books and more electronic resources. It will offer some new and upgraded spaces, and a couple […]

Library Superbosses Lead By Creating Careers | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

It makes sense. Great bosses create workplaces where staff want to be. Lousy bosses make staff miserable so they quit and go elsewhere and try to recover. What exactly does a superboss do?

Lessons from a Leader’s First Year | Backtalk

A colleague once told me that librarians get into management like penguins falling off an ice floe. While it’s not the most flattering image, it felt a little too apt during my first year as an assistant director. Moving into leadership has been the single most formative experience of my career. It’s also been one of my most difficult professional challenges, and sometimes I still relate all too well to a flailing, flightless bird dropping into icy water.

California: Community Biology Lab Officially Opens in La Jolla’s Riford Library

From KPBS Radio: Patrons of a local public library can check out more than books — a new community lab now lets them check out DNA, too. The biosafety level one lab is nestled inside La Jolla’s Riford Library [a branch of the San Diego Public Library]. It aims to spark the public’s interest in […]

City of Libraries: The Toronto Library “Passport” Book Coming Soon

A wonderful idea for a superb and popular library in an awesome city. We like! By the way, the Toronto Public Library opened their 100th branch on May 20, 2015. From Torontoist: Sometimes, it pays to be a tourist in your own city. With that idea in mind, designer Noah Ortmann has created the Toronto […]

Closing the Gap in Librarian, Faculty Views of Academic Libraries| Research


In this age of outcomes measurement, many academic librarians are focused—and rightly so—on making sure they best serve students. Yet students are not the only population of end users on an academic campus. Faculty, too, are conduits not only to students but to library users in their own right. As well, studies of faculty attitudes such as Ithaka’s often show that, even as faculty increasingly depend on library-brokered online access to expensive databases and electronic journals, the off-site availability of modern resources may leave many faculty members less aware of the crucial role of the library in their and their students’ workflow.