September 28, 2016

Academic Ebook Sales Flat, Preference for E-Reference Up

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Academic libraries continue to add to their ebook collections, but while ebooks are becoming the preferred format for reference materials, many students still prefer to read and study monographs and textbooks in print, according to “Ebook Usage in U.S. Academic Libraries 2016,” a survey conducted by Library Journal and sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning.

Windows on Boston | New Landmark Libraries 2016

BRIGHT IDEAS The completion of Phase 2 of Boston PL’s renovation focused on letting in light, with pops of color that tie in to Phase 1. The modern welcome desk (l.) is surrounded by playful digital displays; the computer center’s new windows (r.) let in abundant natural light and offer a glimpse of the stone that once encompassed the entire building

The transformation is evident even before visitors enter. Moving down Boylston Street from Copley Square, past the side of the historic McKim Building, the façade of the Boston Public Library (BPL) no longer resembles a bunker. The massive granite slabs that once obscured the entrance are now embedded in the pavement. Through the glass, passersby can see people lining a laptop bar. It’s 10:30 on a Thursday morning, and the place is jamming.

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Video Archivist Makes Scientific History

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At her core, LJ Mover & Shaker Ludmila (Mila) Pollock is an archivist. As the executive director, library and archives at the Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, she has been at the forefront of preserving the annals of scientific breakthroughs—through the stories of the people who made them.

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The Future of Learning | Designing the Future

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“We have to focus on a deeper understanding of the relational nature of learning” says Brigid Barron, associate professor at the school of education at California’s Stanford University. A faculty colead of the Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE) center, Barron and her colleagues explore the importance of social learning environments through the National Science Foundation–funded project.

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Predicting the Unpredictable | Designing the Future

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The modern library movement began in 1876, a year that saw the birth of both the American Library Association (ALA) and Library Journal (LJ). The January 1, 1976, issue of LJ celebrated that centennial, asking 25 experts and leading librarians to projecti the future of libraries over the next 25–50 years. Now on LJ’s 140th anniversary, we’ve taken a sampling of those forecasts and briefly assessed their accuracy. The result is evidence of how inadequate current knowledge is to predict the future.

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The Future of Connection | Designing the Future

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In the next five to ten years, says Susan Shaheen, codirector of the Institute of Transportation Studies’ Transportation Sustainability Research Center, “advanced technologies and big data will enable us to better understand and manage our transportation ecosystems,” particularly automation and car- and ride-sharing tech. “This will enable us to provide more equitable, affordable, safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly transportation.”

LIU Librarians, Faculty Return After 12-Day Lockout

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When classes began on the Brooklyn, NY campus of Long Island University (LIU) September 7, students found their professors barred from campus and replaced by alternate instructors. A contract stalemate between LIU-Brooklyn faculty and management had resulted in an unprecedented lockout of 400 faculty members by administration days before the new semester began. Thanks to coordinated protests from faculty and students and the support of the LIU Faculty Federation (LIUFF), however, the 12-day lockout ended after a six-hour negotiating session on September 14.

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

Teresa Elberson is the Director of Lafayette Public Library System, LA; Susanne Mehrer to become Dean of Libraries at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; OCLC and IFLA name five librarians to Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Kobo Launches E-reader Integrated with OverDrive

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Kobo on September 30 will launch the Aura ONE, a dedicated e-reader that promises seamless searching and one-click downloading of library ebooks via OverDrive. Using a review unit provided by Kobo and a personal New York Public Library (NYPL) account, LJ explored the process.

Hosting Tech Camps | The Digital Shift

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As community centers, libraries are always looking for new ways to offer educational programming. Some libraries have been fortunate enough to incorporate complete Maker spaces in their buildings, but for those that don’t have the funding or space, all is not lost. Using existing areas and the help of community members, libraries can easily host tech camps (coding, robotics, and more) for patrons.

Working Toward Change | Workforce Development

O-GETTERS (Top): Go where they are—learning “on the road” in the Houston PL Mobile Express. (Inset): Hands-on learning for MT1 certification at the Carson City Library, NV. Top photo courtesy of Houston Public Library; bottom Photo by Cathleen Allison, Nevada Photo Source–C/O Carson City Library

Melanie Colletti was on desk in the Denver Public Library’s (DPL) technology center when she recognized a woman at a computer who’d been a participant in the library’s “Free To Learn” job seekers program the previous year. “She seemed easily frustrated but very intelligent, and I was disappointed when she didn’t return for her third session,” says Colletti. She asked the woman how she was doing, and, to Colletti’s delight, the woman had used the résumé they’d worked on to get a job and had been employed ever since. “Even though it didn’t seem like we were connecting with her, I guess we were.”

National Book Foundation Honors Robert A. Caro

The National Book Foundation today announced that it is awarding the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Robert A. Caro, the celebrated author of The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York and the multivolume biography The Years of Lyndon Johnson. He is the 29th recipient of the medal, created […]

Growing Mobile | The Digital Shift

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Smartphone ownership is quickly becoming the norm, and smartphones have become a primary Internet access point for low income consumers. Here’s a look at a few emerging trends, as libraries adapt to this growth by launching apps and responsive websites.

National Book Foundation Recognizes African American Poetry Organization Cave Canem

The National Book Foundation today announced that this year’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community will be presented to Cave Canem, an organization that supports African American poetry. In its 12th year, the award has been presented to distinguished individuals from Dr. Maya Angelou and Dave Eggers to Terry Gross and […]

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Aging in the 21st Century

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As the vocal baby boom generation gets older, aging itself has become a growing topic of conversation. Libraries—and their raisons d’être—are not immune from this fundamental shift.