May 28, 2017

Kings & Queens | Collection Development: The Royals

Members of the British Royal Family continue to fascinate, with their long history and controversies. In this year of Elizabeth’s sapphire jubilee and the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death, there is much to check out.

Librarians’ Picks | Library Design 2017

Furnishings of note from recent library projects.

Sip & Spell: An Adult Spelling Bee | Programs That Pop

The Corvallis–Benton County Public Library, OR, has partnered with its Friends of the Library for the last two years to offer a spelling bee for adults 18 years and older. The event, called Sip & Spell, helps us reach a wide audience, particularly younger adults age 21–35. Sip & Spell also projects a fun, playful side of the library.

News Briefs for May 1, 2017

BiblioCommons to partner with Bullfrog Power, State Library of Ohio and the University of Iowa Libraries are the newest FIPNet Preservation Steward Libraries, Saul Bellow’s papers will go to the University of Chicago Library; and more News in Brief from the May 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Gifts of This Hour | Office Hours

What do I listen to now? More than a few folks shared this sentiment online in the days following the release of “S-Town,” a podcast hosted by Brian Reed and created by the producers of “Serial” and “This American Life.” It topped ten million–plus downloads within four days of release. I binged all seven episodes over spring break and found the series to be a moving, insightful, and well-conceived piece of audio journalism.

Federal Budget Compromise Keeps—and Boosts—IMLS Funding

UPDATE: Trump’s FY18 budget request to Congress, released May 23, proposes to cut nearly all funding for IMLS, NEA, NEH, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among many severe cuts to social service and non-millitary domestic programs. The proposed budget would keep ten percent of IMLS’s budget for costs necessary to shut down the agency.

Obama Center Garners Praise, Concerns Over Local Impact

On May 3, Barack and Michelle Obama joined a crowd of approximately 300 Chicago community leaders at an invite-only forum to unveil renderings for the OPC and answer questions. “It’s not just a building. It’s not just a park,” the former president told the assembled crowd. “Hopefully it’s a hub where all of us can see a brighter future for the South Side.”

Michele Kimpton Named Interim Executive Director at DPLA

From the Digital Public Library of America: As part of DPLA’s ongoing transition to a new executive director, the Board of Directors has named Michele Kimpton the interim executive director until a new executive director is hired. Kimpton is currently the Business Development Director and Senior Strategist at DPLA, and has been working on sustainability models, an ebook […]

Ex Libris President, Matti Shem Tov, Named New CEO of ProQuest

Here’s the full text of today’s change of leadership announcement that we just received: Matti Shem Tov, President of Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, will succeed Kurt Sanford as CEO of ProQuest in 2017. ProQuest’s success under Mr. Sanford’s direction and the development of a strong leadership team set the stage for Mr. Shem Tov to […]

President Donald Trump’s FY2018 Budget Cuts Nearly All Funding for IMLS, NEA, CPB, Others

While not a surprise, we’re nevertheless sad and upset to report that the just released FY2018 Budget of the United submitted to Congress today by President Trump eliminates nearly all of   funding for  IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The few […]

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Chairman William D. Adams Announces Resignation

From NEH: William D. Adams, the tenth chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, announced today his resignation from the agency, effective Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Adams was nominated by President Barack Obama in April 2014 and was confirmed by the United States Senate three months later. His service to NEH followed 14 years […]

Blueprint for Resilience: Toward Libraries that Give Back | Editorial

Sometimes, just envisioning something can set change in motion. That’s what’s happening at the Belgrade Community Library in Montana. That little library was named LJ’s Best Small Library in America in 2015 and effectively leveraged the honor for local interest and investment. A few years later, the library, under the leadership of Director Gale Bacon, continues to make the most of its opportunities, now via design that is helping to set the community’s sights on a possible future.

Endangered Data Week Highlights Need for Digital Preservation of Government Data

Aiming to raise awareness and maintain momentum for preservation efforts focused on publicly administered data, the inaugural “Endangered Data Week” kicked off on April 17 and ultimately featured more than 50 presentations, panels, and projects in the U.S., Spain, and Australia.

Community Vision | Library Design 2017

Montana’s Belgrade Community Library is perhaps best known to LJ readers as the 2015 Best Small Library in America. After receiving the award, Director Gale Bacon tells LJ, many in the community started asking what the library’s next step was. The 9,700 square foot building presented the six-person staff with “huge physical space challenges,” Bacon says—not only limiting the size of the collection and staff work space but having routinely to turn would-be attendees away from programs. So achieving this milestone seemed like the right time for reexamination.

Rising Above | Library Design 2017

By the time it opens in 2018, the Calgary Public Library’s (CPL) new Central Library will have been 14 years in the making. In 2004, the City of Calgary, Alta., first allocated funding to study its residents’ future library needs. Since then it has committed a whopping $175 million (in Canadian dollars, or $128 million U.S.) to the project, out of a total estimated cost of $245 million (about $180 million U.S.).