February 17, 2017

Feedback: Letters to LJ, February 1, 2017 Issue

Research for everyone, a win for Nevada County, Generation Z on the move, and more letters to editor from the February 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

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All Creatures Mythic and Scary

Tim Lebbon

When asked about writing and the lament of “nothing new under the sun,” George Saunders once said, “You realize that there have always been, and will always be, young artistic people in the world who, being relatively new to the world, are freshly amazed by its beauty.” When so inclined, novelists and their readers can find something extraordinary in well-worn genres like dark fantasy or crime drama. When such genres are combined, however, the potential for such amazement is increased.

Beyond Fake News | Peer to Peer Review

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Over the course of the fall semester, I had the opportunity to visit a handful of classes to speak on news literacy. I began by posing the question, “Does the news media take sides?” Though a small sample, nearly 100 percent of students I polled distrusted the media. I found this wariness of the mainstream media echoed throughout classes I visited — on campuses ranging from rural Humphreys County to just a few miles outside downtown Nashville—as I quizzed students on their news habits.

Leadership: Follett Corporation Names George F. Coe as COO

George Coe

From Follett: Follett Corporation President and CEO Ray A. Griffith today announced the appointment of George F. Coe to Chief Operating Officer for Follett Corporation and Baker & Taylor, effective March 31. In this expanded role, Coe will develop and lead the execution of Follett’s enterprise strategies and direct the company’s businesses, initiatives and resources […]

DIY Usability: First-Click Testing | The User Experience

Emily Mitchell and Brandon West

Although every library would benefit from running usability studies, not every library has a dedicated staff available to conduct those studies. Anecdotally, librarians seem to feel incapable of undertaking usability studies for reasons including time, budget, and expertise.

Healthy Choices | ACRL Preview 2017

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) convenes in Baltimore, March 22–25, 2017. This year’s ACRL conference highlights themes of leadership and change, but a closer look also shows a healthy—and hopeful—regard for the well-being of the academic library system from top to bottom.

Bill To Make U.S. Copyright Office a Legislative Branch Agency Sent to House Judiciary Committeelj

The “Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act” [HR 890]  was introduced in the United States of House of Representatives by Rep. Tom Marino [R-PA], Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA], and Rep. Barbara Comstock [R-VA] on February 6, 2017 and immediately referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. The bill was had been introduced [HR 4241] […]

Easy Pass | Product Spotlight

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Many libraries work with local cultural institutions to provide patrons with free or reduced-cost access. These print passes can be checked out in-house by patrons just like other resources, complete with circulation limits, due dates, and fines. Some software companies are simplifying pass management with web-based tools to help patrons discover and check out museum passes and event tickets or make reservations.

Building an Advocacy Team and Getting It Engaged | Trustees’ Corner

Libby Post of Communication Services

If there’s anything the 2016 presidential election cycle taught us, it’s be prepared. We can never underestimate the groundswell of support for an issue, institution, or person who may not support what a library provides to its community; the reliance on fake news rather than on facts (and how easy it is to have it go viral); or the power of emotion over reason.

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

Amanda Borden to become director of Hoover Public Library, AL; Elizabeth Scarpelli will serve as Director of the new University of Cincinnati Press; Seattle Public Library has hired Gage Andrew as Technology Officer and Helen Tapping as head of Marketing and Online Services; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the February 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

From Pilot to Permanent | Innovation

LEADIN HERE Photos talking about Meridian Library District’s unBound tech branch. Top shows the exterior--a former bank. Don’t have IDs for everyone here, but you can say something about virtual reality stations (top l.); Digital Services Assistant Matthew Blackburn (l.) and Tech Library supervisor Nick Grove monitor progress on a 3-D printer; patrons making use of a recording booth built into the former safe, and patrons exercising their minds with creative play--or whatever you want to say. Photos ©2016 Macey Snelson, MLD

One of the most effective ways to test and evaluate a new program or service is to conduct a pilot project, but how do you scale up from there? How do you translate the small successes into sustainable, permanent additions to your library?

Louisville Library Workers Champion Preferred Pronoun Badges

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Six months after librarian Valerie Pfister was told by administrators at Louisville Free Public Library that wearing a preferred pronoun button was a dress code violation, the library has honored its promise to list preferred pronouns on the library-issued name badges of any employee who requests it. The library also agreed to update the city’s Transgender 101 training with Pfister’s help, and offer it to any library employee who wished to take it.

What To Read (and Watch) After “1984”

Fiction, both classic and contemporary; nonfiction; and film and TV for readers who have finished George Orwell’s 1984 and still hunger for more titles to give them perspective on the current social and political climate.

OER’s Road Ahead is Paved with Publisher Platforms | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Academic librarians are pleased with the progress they’ve made in leading their campuses to recognize the value of Open Educational Resources (OER). Now publishers are responding to OER with new learning platforms. It may be time for a new strategy.

Libraries Preserve Protest Posters

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In the wake of the record-breaking attendance at the January 21 Women’s March on Washington, and sister marches in over 60 cities on all seven continents, social media reported that protesters were abandoning their signs after the event. Not all of those were destined for the recycling bin, however: archivists in several cities came out to collect and preserve them.