October 20, 2017

Virtually There | Product Spotlight

Public interest in virtual reality (VR) technology is on the rise. People can view VR apps on the latest smartphones using headsets as inexpensive as the $12.99 Google Cardboard. And high-end, PC-driven head-mounted displays are now available for $600 or less, with a growing number of realistic games or educational “field trip” applications available to transport users from their living rooms and classrooms into immersive environments.

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

Ray Baker is the new Director of the Miami-Dade Public Library System, Brian Bannon and Chris Bourg join the DPLA board, EBSCO hires John McDonald as Director of Product Management, and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the August 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Charleston Conference Preview 2017: The Past is Prologue

The 2017 Charleston Library Conference will take place November 6–10 in its home city of Charleston, SC, a historic tourism and foodie destination. This year’s event will address many of the evergreen topics for which this unique gathering is known: ebooks and acquisition models, serials and “big deals,” open access, professional development, new vendor launches and collaborations, and more. However, perusing the program also shows several newly emerging themes.

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Supporting Social Justice in the Community

2017 Mover & Shaker honoree Kelly McElroy of Oregon State University Libraries discusses how librarians can support social justice in their communities with SAGE Publishing’s SVP of Global Learning Resources.

Mainland Libraries Aid Maria Victims with Money, Mapathons

Update: ALA president-elect Loida García-Febo told LJ that disaster relief organizations and library groups like REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) are still assessing the damage. ALA has established contact with the University of Puerto Rico Library and the Puerto Rican chapter of REFORMA—the organization’s largest—she reported, and is just beginning to gauge their needs.

Knight Foundation, Aspen Institute Launch Trust, Media and Democracy Initiative

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (KF) announced September 25 the launch of a major new program, the Trust, Media and Democracy Initiative (TMD), in partnership with the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. The initiative will spend the next year working to explore the erosion of trust in democratic institutions—particularly the press—and examine solutions around rebuilding that relationship in order to support the role of “strong, trusted journalism as essential to a healthy democracy.” TMD will be run by the Aspen Institute, with $2 million in support from KF.

EveryLibrary Prepares To Build a National Base of Library Supporters

Marking its fifth anniversary on September 5, EveryLibrary, a nonprofit political action committee dedicated to building voter support for libraries, announced its One Million Americans For Libraries Campaign.

Reaching New Audiences | NYCC Professional Day 2017

With record-breaking attendance, estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands, the 12th annual New York Comic Con (NYCC), held October 5–8, in a move to support its diverse and ever-growing body of attendees, this year extended its regular programming efforts by partnering with nearby businesses and institutions, offering events outside its central location at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

Telling Stories | Office Hours

We’ve been talking about the power of a story for a long time in our field. Libraries have always been about access to the stories of the world, collected, cataloged, and placed on a shelf waiting to be discovered. Take some inspiration from these unique approaches to honoring stories of all kinds.

The Job Outlook: In 2030, Librarians Will Be in Demand | Editorial

A fascinating new report takes a fresh look at what the workforce is going to look like in the future and which skills will be highly sought after. According to “The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030”, there will be an increased call for librarians, curators, and archivists, among other occupations.

Placements & Salaries 2017: Librarians Everywhere

Recent graduates are experiencing faster placements and earning more money than last year’s, this year’s snapshot of the job market suggests.

Placements & Salaries 2017: 2017 Salaries

The average full-time salary for employed 2016 graduates is $51,798, up 7.45% over 2015. The average hourly wage was $19, which translates to an annual salary of almost $40,000.

Placements & Salaries 2017: Job Journey

This year we explored whether graduates had been exposed to working in a library prior to enrolling in an LIS master’s program.

Placements & Salaries 2017: Explore All the Data

Dig through these tables to discover the details about where 2016 LIS grads are landing jobs, at what salaries, and in what kinds of roles, or see the full feature for all the analysis.

Placements & Salaries 2017: Survey Methods

LJ offered 51 accredited library and information science schools in the United States the opportunity to participate in the survey.