November 26, 2014

Librarians React to Simon & Schuster Dropping “Buy It Now” Requirement

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Simon & Schuster (S & S) last week announced that it will no longer require libraries to offer a “buy it now” option with the publisher’s ebook titles. In theory, these buy it now links enable patrons to avoid long holds lists while ensuring that a small percentage of their purchases went to their library, rather than to an online retailer such as Amazon. However, many libraries and municipalities have policies in place prohibiting this type of arrangement, and others simply find the library-as-retailer concept objectionable or even unethical.

Ferguson Library Provides Calm Refuge for a Torn Community

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On November 24 a grand jury in Ferguson, MO, delivered its verdict on the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a Ferguson police officer. The St. Louis County grand jury chose not to bring criminal charges against the officer, Darren Wilson; the decision, which was announced just after 8 p.m. CST, set off a night of protests and civil unrest, the most violent including arson, shattered windows, injuries, and, as of press time, a possible murder.

What’s Hot | Library by Design, Fall 2014

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New and popular products to finish off your library design in function and style. Includes archival supplies, carts, playful and interactive children’s displays, circulation stations, desks, displays, printers and scanners, seating, security, self-service, shelving, storage, and tables.

Paul T. Jaeger | LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award Winner 2014

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You’d think Library Journal and ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) had Paul T. Jaeger in mind when they wrote the criteria for the LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award. Jaeger, associate professor, College of Information Studies (CIS), University of Maryland, College Park, is the winner of the 2014 award, sponsored by ProQuest, which merges the LJ and ALISE honors for the first time. Jaeger clearly “illustrates student-­centered thinking” in his teaching. His contributions to curriculum design at CIS display his expertise and command of new developments. Current and former students enthusiastically tell of Jaeger’s work as mentor, career builder, and collaborator in their working lives. Teaching the core values of the profession comes easy to Jaeger, because his commitment to them is rooted in his early personal and academic life.

Crossing Over | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

It is no shocker that the publishing game is under­going rapid-fire change. The astonishing growth in self-­publishing (over half a million self-published titles were released in 2013, up 400 percent since 2008, according to a recent Bowker report), the continued improvements in ereaders and digital reading apps, the rise in print on demand, and mergers among the Big Six (now Big Five) publishers are creating ripple effects throughout the industry.

Security Solutions | Product Spotlight

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Library security systems are described as “non-glamourous work-horses” on Bibliotheca’s website. It’s true that the core function—to deter theft and prevent materials that haven’t been properly checked out from accidentally walking out of the library—hasn’t changed much since 3M launched its Tattle Tape electromagnetic (EM) security system in the 1970s. However, many of the latest systems feature new functionality enhanced by RFID tags, along with sleek, unobtrusive design that gives public entryways a modern appearance.

Six Month Review of Public Library e-Lending Pilot in UK Published

Note: The year-long pilot was launched on March 3, 2014. See: “Ebook Lending Pilot Project Launching Today in UK” From a News Release Posted on the Publishers Association (UK) Web Site: The year-long pilot project, being run in partnership by the Society of Chief Librarians and The Publishers Association, into remote lending of ebooks by […]

Year in Architecture 2014: Commons Sense

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The library construction projects completed between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, seem to have found common purpose around a common theme: community. As such, many of the 16 academic projects and 84 public library capital efforts find themselves at the center of their respective neighborhoods. Whether large or small, on an expansive budget or a shoestring, these facilities strengthen ties among their constituencies and between learning and entertainment.

Year in Architecture 2014: Missions Possible

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Discover the Hicks Undergraduate Library, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; the Pierce College Library Learning Crossroads Building, Los Angeles Community College District, Woodland Hills, CA; the John T. Richardson Library and Information Commons at DePaul University, Chicago; and MacOdrum Library, Carleton University, Ontario.

Year in Architecture 2014: Above and Beyond

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See the Jerry Falwell Library at Liberty University, Lynchburg. VA; the John Hay Library, Brown University, Providence; The Dr. Peter W. Addiego Health Sciences Library, Nassau University, East Meadow, NY; the Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library; the Truax Campus Library, Madison College, WI; and the new Oxnard College Library Learning Resource Center, CA.

Year in Architecture 2014: Elegant Eclecticism

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View the Carbondale Branch Library, CO, part of Garfield County Libraries; the Lodi Branch of the Medina County Public Library, OH; the new Westwood Public Library, MA; the Boyden Library, Foxborough, MA; the Prairie West Branch Library, the newest member of the Siouxland Libraries, Sioux Falls, SD; the Back of the Yards Branch of the Chicago Public Library; and the North Beach Branch, San Francisco Public Library.

Year in Architecture 2014: Know Much About History

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Meet the expanded Madison Central Library, WI; the Ames Free Library, North Easton, MA; the new two-story Glenwood Springs Branch Library, Garfield County Libraries, CO; the Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA; the new 15,000 square foot Driving Park Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), OH; and the 1902 neoclassical Holyoke Public Library, MA.

Year in Architecture 2014: East and West and Everything in Between

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Learn about the remodeled West Tisbury Free Public Library, MA; the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library; the remodeled and expanded Covington Branch, Kenton County Public Library, KY; the 8,690 square foot, single-story, two-structure Pico Branch Library, Santa Monica Public Library, CA; the new Hanahan Branch of Berkeley County Library, SC; and the Vashon Library, Vashon Island, part of the King County Library System, WA.

Year in Architecture 2014: Beaming with Pride

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The Stapleton Library, Staten Island, a branch of New York Public Library, comprises a renovated 1907 Carnegie building, now the children’s reading room, and a new 7,000 square foot adjacent structure. The Douglas fir elements on posts and the roof deck enhance the open feel.

Year in Architecture 2014: Open to the Elements

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Catch a glimpse of the Niles Public Library, IL; The remodeled Jupiter Branch Library, Palm Beach County Library Systems, FL; the Georgian Revival–style Northeast Neighborhood Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library; the Fort Myers Regional Library and Talking Books Library, Lee County Library System, FL; The Savage Branch & STEM Education Center, Howard County Library System, Laurel, MD; and the new children’s addition to the East Hampton Library, NY.