September 1, 2014

Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources.

Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources.

Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

Aaron Schmidt

When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget.

The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

Rebecca T. Miller

Our professional credential is an embattled thing. It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves.

Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

Dorothea Salo

The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning. I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2.

U. of Pennsylvania’s ‘ModPo’ MOOC Partners with New York Public Library

From Penn Current: Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman created an American tradition of radical poetry about 160 years ago, and this year, Penn’s Kelly Writers House (KWH) and the New York Public Library (NYPL) have created a radical way to teach it. Starting this fall, New Yorkers enrolled in Al Filreis’ online Modern and Contemporary […]

State Tweak to Seed Library Rules Ignites Debate

“Seedbank” by R. C. Johnson

As controversies go, it would have been difficult to see this one coming. In tiny Mechanicsburg, PA, a pilot seed library in existence for all of four months is now the epicenter of a national discussion among seed traders, growers of organic food, and other agriculture experts after state officials wrote a list of regulations for the fledgling program.

Deciphering the Next Big Thing | Leading From the Library

Steven Bell

Spend enough time as a leader and you’ll be exposed to an endless series of new models for leading, managing, and organizational change. How do you tell the difference between the fly-by-night fads and the ideas worth your time investment? That’s a skill leaders need to develop.

Canada: Vancouver Public Library’s Main Branch Undergoing Reorganization, New “Inspiration Lab” Being Built

Media coverage of a reorganization process that began earlier this summer. From the Vancouver Sun: The downtown branch, which is known as the Central Library, is being rearranged to make it easier for people to find books, as well as to create space for a new Inspiration Lab. The 3,000-square-foot Inspiration Lab will be on […]

Pennsylvania: Oldest Public Library in the Nation in Danger of Closing (Video)

From NBC Philadelphia: For more than two centuries, the Darby Free Library has remained both a vital part of its community as well as a historical landmark. Built in 1743 by Quakers, it remains the oldest public library [in continuous service] in the nation. But a financial crisis has left it in danger of shutting […]

Ferguson Libraries Step Up to Serve Community in Turmoil

Fergusonsign

Libraries in the Ferguson, MO area provided educational services and creative programs for children and families—and sanctuary for all ages—while the start of school was postponed for two weeks because of unrest in the area.

Ohio: Columbus Metropolitan Library Expanding Book Delivery Program to Public Schools

From the Columbus Metropolitan Library: Tomorrow, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will begin delivering bins of carefully selected books to 16 elementary schools in the Columbus City Schools (CCS) district. This new service is part of a larger CML effort to impact early literacy and third grade reading. CML piloted the book delivery program with Groveport-Madison’s […]

Editors’ Fall Picks

For style and subterfuge, look no further than these 36 fall books that have LJ‘s review editors talking

Editors’ Fall Picks

Editors’ Fall Picks

For style and subterfuge, look no further than these 36 fall books that have LJ‘s review editors talking

Upcoming Knight Foundation News Challenge to Focus on Libraries in the Digital Age

Some very exciting news from the KF. Spread the word!!! More soon. From a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Blog Post by John Bracken: On Sept. 10, we’re opening the next News Challenge, on libraries. Our 12th News Challenge, it will build upon the 19 projects we funded with $3.47 million in June […]