February 25, 2017

Branching Out, February 2017

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Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library opens in Long Beach, CA; Tufts Central Library, Weymouth, MA, gets OK on new facility; Cook Memorial Public Library District, Vernon Hills, IL, to expand; and more new construction and renovation news from the February 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

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

Don Chatham retires from ALA; Emily Faulkner named Director of DeKalb Public Library, IL; Brigitte Shull appointed Senior VP for Academic Publishing in the Americas at Cambridge University Press; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the February 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, February 15, 2017 Issue

Keeping perspective on tech, congratulations from San José, in praise of sponsored content, and more letters to editor from the February 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Western Sydney University Offers No-Cost Digital Textbooks

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Australia’s Western Sydney University (WSU), in collaboration with ProQuest, announced on February 12 that it will begin providing first-year students with no-cost access to digital textbooks through WSU’s library.

Adopting a Founder’s Mindset: Leading like an Owner | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

It’s good when library leaders talk about having a start-up mentality or entrepreneurial spirit. One thing is missing though: Ownership. These leaders have little of their own to lose if things go bad. Thinking like an owner may make a difference.

Librarians Mobilize Resources, Information, and Solidarity in Response to New Administration

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The results of the 2016 presidential election caught many by surprise. With the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, and his immediate remaking of American policy through executive orders, public and academic librarians began to mobilize. From book displays addressing resistance and inclusivity, to graphics proclaiming that all are welcome in the library, to topical LibGuides, to online groups organized by discipline or principles, library staff and supporters across the country joined forces with like thinkers to do what they do best: share information where it’s most needed.

Douglas County Libraries Face Closure

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The 11-branch Douglas County Library System (DCLS), OR, is facing closure later this spring after a ballot measure to create an independent tax district was defeated in the November 2016 election. Money provided by the tax district would have generated about $4 million a year; enough to meet the library’s funding needs. Since its rejection, DCLS is actively searching for alternatives to closure.

News Briefs for February 1, 2017

Backstage Library Works microfilms ten years of the Palestinian newspaper al-Hadaf, Library of Congress becomes a Digital Public Library of America “content hub partner,” Toledo Lucas County Public Library and Chattanooga Public Library recognized for Passport Acceptance programs; and more News in Brief from the February 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Finding Philanthropic Funding | BackTalk

Kate Tkacik

As a librarian, I feel a deep fear of the direct threat to library funding posed by the new administration. However, as a philanthropy professional, I can’t help but feel some small amount of hope.

Big Read in the Big Apple: NYC Launches Reading Initative

Can New Yorkers agree to read the same book as the city launches One Book One New York reading campaign?

Not an Island: Connecting To Community Priorities | Editorial

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We know it’s critical in library work to connect to community priorities—and that extends to all library types, with the community in question shifting accordingly. But just how do we put a finger on the pulse of those needs? A new offering takes a unique and useful approach to answering that question.

Supporting Open Access

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Open Access publishing—both Green and Gold varieties—are gaining greater acceptance. Librarians need to focus on ways to promote and improve the process.

Books America Needs To Read | In the Bookroom

One idea solidified by the fascinating February 15 panel, discussion “Challenging Topics, Challenging Times: Four Best-Selling Authors Reflect upon Culture, Creativity, and Changing the Conversation,” is that all Americans need to keep reading.

Prisons & Publics | Outreach

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Many public librarians serving local jails and prisons note an increase in positive behaviors tied to inmates obtaining library services while inside and a desire to seek library services for themselves and their families upon release.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, February 1, 2017 Issue

Research for everyone, a win for Nevada County, Generation Z on the move, and more letters to editor from the February 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.