March 28, 2017

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

Jane Sánche named Law Librarian of Congress; Denise Stephens to become Vice Provost and University Librarian at Washington University, St. Louis; Lisa Wells is the new Executive Director of Pioneer Library System, OK; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the March 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

ALA, PLA, and Cox Communications Partner for Digital Literacy

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Cable and Internet service provider Cox Communications has teamed up with the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, and three pilot libraries to launch a new digital literacy website and more.

Finding and Filling Needs | 2017 LibraryAware Community Award

Mississippi Valley Library District (MVLD): (l.–r.) Kyla Waltermire, Collinsville Memorial Public Library manager; Rob Schwartz, senior VP, TheBANK of Edwardsville; Vicky Hart, MVLD executive director; Sandy Smith, assistant VP, TheBANK of Edwardsville; Katie Heaton, manager, Fairmont City Library Center; and Marie Johnson-Walker, MVLD trustee. Photo ©2017 Sid Hastings

From books to bikes to banks, Mississippi Valley Library District steps up to address critical service gaps.

2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards | Reading Responsibly

On March 23, the Cleveland Foundation (CF) announced the winners of the 82nd annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, established in 1935 by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf to honor literary works that confront racism and celebrate diversity. This year’s winners include Isabel Allende, Lifetime Achievement; Peter Ho Davies, The Fortunes (Houghton Harcourt), Fiction; Tyehimba […]

Chaos & Caring | Office Hours

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I’ll own this: I’ve been pretty emotional since the election in November. I spent my holiday break practicing self-care, including stepping back from social media, cuddling with my dogs Cooper and Dozer, and bingeing on old sitcoms.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, March 1, 2017 Issue

Looking for a long view of the wider profession, living library history, inspired by Librarian of the Year, and more letters to editor from the March 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Kevin Young: Director of NYPL’s Schomburg Center, New Yorker Poetry Editor

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Kevin Young stepped into his role as director of New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in September 2016, succeeding former director Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Young most recently served at Emory University, Atlanta, as curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library and curator of literary collections at the Rose Library, at the same time holding the Charles Howard Candler Professorship of Creative Writing and English. If it were not enough that Young now helms Harlem’s Schomburg Center, on March 15 he was also appointed poetry editor of the New Yorker, to succeed Paul Muldoon.

National Book Critics Circle Awards | Publishing Year 2016

On Thursday, March 16, at the New School in New York City, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced the recipients of its book awards for publishing year 2016. As with last November’s National Book Awards, a sense of political urgency hung over the proceedings. Michelle Dean, awarded the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in […]

“Bridging Worlds” with Librarians Pun, Collard, and Parrott

Raymond Pun, Scott Collard, and Justin Parrott, editors of Bridging Worlds: Emerging Models and Practices of U.S. Academic Libraries Around the Globe discuss the inspiration for their new book, the role of academic libraries in global initiatives, and getting started in an international career.

A Better Ladder: Fostering the Leaders Libraries Need | Editorial

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The talent at work in libraries should make anyone optimistic for the future—not only of libraries but of the varied communities they serve. As the latest class of LJ Movers & Shakers demonstrates, the field is rippling with energetic, committed, innovative people addressing issues to create ever better service. It’s important that today’s leaders guarantee an institutional dynamic that will keep up-and-coming visionaries like these happy in libraries, allow them to flourish, and enable the best to step forward into larger roles.

The Next Step: Manager | Careers

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Conversations with library managers across diverse systems reveal widely varied experiences. They also surface a handful of overlapping core values that make for a truly effective library manager and offer lessons for those who aspire to the role.

The Next Step: Director | Careers

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As a line on a résumé, the title of library director looks straightforward enough: the highest administrative role a public library has to offer; one that comes with great responsibilities and challenges—but also the opportunity to map a future for the library. In reality, a director’s duties vary widely from one system to another, as do the paths that lead to the role.

Exit Strategies | Careers

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Library jobs change for many reasons: community needs shift, technology automates old tasks or enables new ones, new leadership sets new priorities, or economic setbacks spur pruning. The results for those already in the job can be a challenge—and sometimes, the best course is to exit and regroup.

Preliminary Budget Slashes Library, Arts, Culture, Education Agencies

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President Donald Trump released his preliminary budget proposal for FY18 on March 16, revealing severe cuts across domestic government spending—which would include eliminating support for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public television and radio, including PBS and NPR.

Nancy Evans | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Advocates

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Nancy Evans, young adult librarian at New York’s Levittown Public Library, got the idea for her young adult (YA) program Strong Girls School after she shared YA author Maureen Johnson’s post “Why Do We Photoshop People?” with the girls in her writing program. They loved it, and their reaction inspired Evans to develop a program to support and empower girls as they deal with gender issues such as self-esteem.