November 24, 2014

Crossing Over | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

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.

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.

Year in Architecture 2014: Rising Expectations

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The Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons at Salem State University, MA and the remodeled Library 21c, Colorado Springs feature soaring expanses of glass.

Year in Architecture 2014: Academic Library Data

For the Year in Architecture 2014, Library Journal solicited information from academic libraries nationwide that had undergone new builds and renovation/addition projects completed between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. The tables below comprise complete financial and construction statistics for the 16 academic library buildings submitted.

Year in Architecture 2014: Six-Year Cost Summary

The six-year cost summary includes data from fiscal 2009 to the present, on both new buildings and additions, renovations, and remodels.