October 1, 2014

Public Library News Roundup From the U.S. and Canada

Connecticut Westport: “Coming Soon to the Library: Humanoid Robots” (via WSJ) Delaware New Castle: Editorial: Don’t foul up innovative library plan (via Delaware Online) Idaho Video Report: Librarians around Idaho go high tech Illinois Chicago libraries accept immigrant licenses as ID (via AP) Michigan Brandon Township charges ex-librarian lied about skills (via Detroit News) Missouri […]

Martin Eve: Building the Open Library of the Humanities

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Martin Eve is in a good position to spread the word about how open access publishing can benefit the humanities. He is a lecturer on 20th- and 21st-century American fiction at the University of Lincoln in the UK, with an impressive list of journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, and professional affiliations. His most recent book, Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future, will be published by Cambridge University Press this November. At the moment, however, he is on research leave in order to concentrate on developing his new venture, the Open Library of the Humanities.

Uniquely Hospitable | Charleston Conference Preview 2014

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The Charleston Conference is unique! Since its founding by Katina Strauch in 1980 it has provided professional enrichment, knowledge, and open discussion to thousands of librarians, information specialists, and vendors primarily focused on academic and research libraries. There is a huge array of programs, panels, and speakers, plus days of informal inter­actions in which librarians at all levels and vendors talk about their work, problems, innovations, and best practices in a charming setting, redolent with Southern hospitality.

Famously Firsts | Fall/Winter 2014/15 First Novels

Famously Firsts | Fall/Winter 2014/15 First Novels

Fiction titles don’t come out of nowhere but—if they’re any good—are suffused with an author’s particular background, perspective, experience, and skill. Here are this coming season’s first-time novelists.

New Knight Foundation News Challenge Spotlights Libraries

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Since 2006, the Knight News Challenge has encouraged innovators to respond to open calls on a series of themes—past challenge topics have included networks, open government, and strengthening the Internet. On Sept. 10 the Knight Foundation opened the most recent News Challenge: How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?

The Comeback Kids | Library by Design

STANDING STRONGER Birmingham’s Pratt City Branch came back from a 2011 tornado (inset) with an aerodynamic roofline built to channel winds and safeguard against future damage. Inside (bottom l.), computer stations (below) offer expanded capability after a tornado tore the roof off the building. Top photo by Chanda Temple/Birmingham PL; bottom photo by Melinda Shelton/Birmingham PL

Vision and determination are two of the qualities that various library leaders and architects around the country used to rebuild libraries demolished in a variety of natural disasters. A number of these libraries have emerged better connected to their communities and stronger than before.

FindAway World Gets $500,000 U.S. Air Force Contract For Preloaded, Secure E-Reader Devices

Let’s Review: 1. In August, the U.S. Air Force wanted to learn more about companies that could provide them with a secure, pre-loaded e-readers for use by USAF libraries. In many respects, similar to what the Navy offers with their new NeRD ereader. 2. Later in the month, the USAF published a synopsis saying they […]

Library Fans Outnumber Broncos Fans, Enough Disruption, Number Games, and More Feedback

Letters to the editor from the September 15, 2014 issue of Library Journal.

Southard To Direct Allen County, Strickland-Cordial To Direct Chesapeake, and More People News

Greta Southard named Director of Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN; Victoria Strickland-Cordial named Director of the Chesapeake Public Library System, VA; Jordana Vincent appointed Division Manager of Collection Development at Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 15, 2014 issue of LJ.

Librarian Lessons from Kindergarten | Backtalk

Most library professionals know how easy it is to get caught up in the whirlwind of daily tasks as we struggle to keep pace with demanding jobs and a rapidly changing profession. Sometimes, this can make us lose sight of why we entered librarianship in the first place—the basics that made this career mean so much to us. Those things we value most, like offering access to quality information, maintaining a diverse collection that appeals to everyone, preserving older titles for new generations, and serving the public good.

MA State Ebook Pilot Offers Insights

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The Massachusetts State Ebook Project (MA EBook Project), conceived by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner’s (MBLC) Statewide Resource Sharing Committee and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this summer concluded a pilot program, offering many insights into the challenges and promises that statewide consortial ebook lending programs may offer.

Library UX: Unique Programs and Services for an Engaged Community | Lead the Change

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
During this insightful discussion between Aaron Schmidt, Principal, Influx Library User Experience and LJ columnist (The User Experience) and the co-founders/directors of DOKLAB, we will highlight a variety of novel and meaningful things that libraries around the world are doing to engage their communities. Register Now!

Library UX: Creating Usable and Useful Websites | Lead the Change

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
During this insightful discussion between Aaron Schmidt, Principal, Influx Library User Experience and LJ columnist (The User Experience) and Scott Young, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Montana State University, we will cover usability, web conventions, writing for the web, content strategy, and user research. You’ll take home tips and ideas that you can immediately use to improve your website.
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Library UX: Strategic Branding and Identity Development | Lead the Change

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
During this insightful discussion moderated by Aaron Schmidt, Principal, Influx Library User Experience and LJ columnist (The User Experience), library branding mavens will share the basics of branding and identity development, show examples from their successful efforts, and share practical tips that you can implement right away.
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Academic Movers 2014: In Depth with Kyle Denlinger

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In the latest of our In-Depth Interviews with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, we caught up with Kyle Denlinger, eLearning Librarian at Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library in North Carolina. Fresh out of library school, Denlinger helped create WFU’s information literacy massive open online course (MOOC) ZSRx: The Cure for the Common Web. It provided easy answers to common questions about online research. Passionate about library teaching, knowing “just enough HTML to be dangerous,” Delinger continues to promote life-long learning through the resources libraries can offer.