March 30, 2015

Public Libraries and Hispanics Pew Report Shows Library Gap Between U.S.-Born and Immigrants

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The Pew Research Center’s latest report taken from its 2013 Library Services Survey focuses on Public Libraries and Hispanics, examining usage patterns and attitudes among the United States Hispanic population age 16 and older. While the findings identify some differences between Latinos and their White [non-Hispanic] and African American counterparts, the greatest discrepancies lie between native-born Hispanics—those born within the 50 states or Puerto Rico—and immigrants.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, March 15, 2015 Issue

Elevator pitches, anger about open access, unsung heroes, and more letters to the editor from the March 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

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

Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, NV; Bobby Roberts retired as Director of the Central Arkansas Library System, and more people news from the March 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

News Briefs for March 2015

IMLS announces finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service; Illinois awards $15.2 million in library grants, and more news briefs from the March 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

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Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the Sweet Briar community.

Books for Your LGBTQ Audience

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Update: Librarians Embroiled in Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Harassment

In a Statement of Claim dated July 15, 2014, Joe Murphy—a 2009 LJ Mover & Shaker—named librarians nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey as defendants in a civil lawsuit filed in Toronto, Ontario (de jesus is a Canadian citizen). Murphy is suing the two for $1.25 million in damages–$1 million for general defamation, and $250,000 for aggravated exemplary and punitive damages. On March 25, 2015, de jesus and Rabey both published retractions and apologies to the Team Harpy website, which had previously hosted their joint legal defense fund, as well as to their personal blogs and Twitter accounts.

Influencing Staff Creativity: How Good Leaders Get it Right | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Productive change depends on staff members who are working creatively to develop new ideas for better library services. Leaders can play an important role in helping staff to achieve higher levels of workplace creativity.

New York Public Library to Break Ground on Expansion of Underground Storage at Iconic 42nd Street Building

From the NYPL: The New York Public Library breaks ground this week on a significant expansion of modern underground storage at its iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The project – approved by the Library’s Board of Trustees in September 2012 – will transform 55,700 square feet of raw space […]

The Power of Quiet | Office Hours

Michael Stephens

Have you ever sat in a meeting and wished silently that the person holding the floor would shut up? Would you prefer quiet time to get work done to a talky decision-making session? If so, you may be an introvert.

KY Appeals Court: Library Taxes Legal

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Library officials across Kentucky exhaled with relief on Friday, March 20, after the state Court of Appeals ruled that systems in two northern counties correctly and legally set their annual tax rate based on a decades-old law that allows revenue to be raised without voter approval. The decision reversed two lower-court verdicts and means the Campbell and Kenton County systems will not have to roll back their tax rates 35 years or more, which would have triggered staff layoffs, branch closures, and other draconian cuts.

State of Vermont’s Public Law Library on “Chopping Block” Along With Other Potential Cuts to State Library Services

From the Rutland Herald: Vermont’s law library is one of many programs potentially on the chopping block due to the state’s nearly $113 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2016. It is the only public law library in Vermont. State Librarian Martha Reid said Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration asked her to make about $471,000 in […]

Kobo Parent Acquires OverDrive

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Leading library ebook distributor OverDrive was sold to Rakuten on March 19 for $410 million cash, more than 16 times OverDrive’s annual earnings of $25 million. The purchase from private equity firm Insight Venture Partners, OverDrive’s majority owner since 2010, is scheduled to close in April. OverDrive will become a subsidiary of Rakuten USA, the U.S. arm of Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. CEO Steve Potash will continue to lead OverDrive, and its headquarters will remain in Cleveland, OH.

Rebekah Willett | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Community Builders

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Through her research, teaching, and mentoring of grad students at the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M), Rebekah Willett works to narrow the gulf between the often enclosed academic arena and the outside world. “By offering students [opportunities] in ‘real world’ situations, I aim to connect their experiences to theories and ideas we’re covering in class,” deepening both, she says.

Ma. Lorna Eguia | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Community Builders

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Ma. Lorna Eguia, a librarian at the American Corner library at the University of San Carlos in the Philippines, was just getting her new mobile library, literacy, and storytelling service, Books in Bags (BiB), off the ground when Typhoon Haiyan swept through the country in early November 2013. When her family was evacuated, Eguia grabbed a kit from BiB along with other emergency supplies. The stories and origami materials BiB contained offered a welcome treat for the children in the shelter where Eguia stayed for two days while the weather raged outside.