August 21, 2017

Evidence-Based Acquisition: Leveraging Both Usage Data and Librarian Expertise

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT
Ebook acquisition has been transformed by models like DDA and PDA that expose a large set of content to library patrons and base purchases on demonstrated demand. However, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, and some libraries have sought more predictable costs and mediation of title selection.
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Engaging Reluctant Readers in Your Library

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT
Reaching all young readers can be challenging. Attend this webcast to explore ways to help increase interest in all YA and middle readers in your public or school library. You will hear from public and school librarians on how they reach their reluctant and struggling readers and how they work together to ensure every reader is engaged.
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Navigating Research: How Academic Users Understand, Discover, and Utilize Reference Resources

Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, 12PM-1PM ET / 9AM-10AM PT
How are reference resources used and perceived by academic librarians, faculty, and students? Join us as we discuss the findings from Oxford University Press’s recently published white paper. We’ll explain how research was conducted for this white paper, and then discuss some of the interesting findings that resulted from it.
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Final Thoughts on the Perfect Genre | RWA 2017

A few final thoughts on the Romance Writers of America 2017 conference in Orlando, FL

Penn State Libraries Launch Short Story Dispensers

Students returning to Pennsylvania State University (PSU) this fall will find four new short story dispensing kiosks installed at libraries across campus, along with a website for submitting their own original stories for distribution through the kiosks. Developed by Short Édition of Grenoble, France, the kiosks’ simple interface allows users to select a story that takes one, three, or five minutes to read. Their story is then printed out on a narrow piece of sustainably-sourced thermal paper the size of a large receipt.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, July 2017 Issue

Reteaching tolerance, Saskatchewan solidarity, balancing acts, and more letters to the editor from the July 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Albany Public Library Partners with Transportation Authority

New York’s Albany Public Library (APL) has formed an alliance with a city agency that isn’t often associated with the library—the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)—on several innovative programs designed to bring library workers and patrons to its branches by bus and bike.

A Special Day for Librarians | RWA 2017

A highlight of the annual Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference is Librarians Day, held this year on Saturday, July 29

Branching Out, June 2017

The renovated Glendale Central Library, CA, reopens; Boston Public Library’s Jamaica Plain Branch is back in business; and more new construction and renovation news from the June 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Getting STEM to Take Root: Vince Bertram Leads the Way

PLTW President and CEO and New York Times bestselling author Vince Bertram Ed.D. is publishing Dream Differently: Candid Advice for America’s Students (Regnery) this month. He recently spoke with LJ about changing the U.S. approach to STEM education, how students can better navigate the transition from school to college to careers, and what public, academic, and K–12 libraries can do to help them along the way.

Westland PL Resets Staff, Leadership

In a series of resolutions to what looked like an impasse last spring, the William P. Faust Library of Westland, MI, on June 13 announced the reinstatement of three of five librarians who were terminated in an alleged budget adjustment in March. After a number of public clashes with supporters of the fired librarians at library board and city council meetings, the former board resigned en masse in June, along with former director Sheila Collins. Westland mayor William Wild has chosen candidates for a new board, who will be confirmed in August, and who will in turn begin proceedings to appoint a new library director.

USC Libraries to Launch Collections Convergence Initiative

A new initiative spearheaded by the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries, the Collections Convergence Initiative, will bring together researchers, library curators, and scholars to advance research, deepen their work with USC’s extensive special collections, expand the libraries’ public programming, and ultimately develop new collections.

What Not to Do: Tips for New Library Leaders | Leading from the Library

A new role leading in any capacity, but particularly as a library director, can be stressful. New leaders usually get lots of tips on what to do. A good honeymoon period strategy can also benefit from a few what-not-to-do tips.

Sally Gardner Reed on 15 Years of Uniting for Libraries

As executive director of United for Libraries (UFL), the American Library Association (ALA) division that supports library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations, Sally Gardner Reed has been the organization’s driving force since 2002. Reed will be retiring at the end of July, having seen the organization grow and change greatly over the past 15 years.

Fact Checking: Snopes.com is in Danger of Shutting Down, Launches GoFundMe Campaign

From the SaveSnopes.com Website: We [Snopes] had previously contracted with an outside vendor to provide certain services for Snopes.com. That contractual relationship ended earlier this year, but the vendor will not acknowledge the change in contractual status and continues to essentially hold the Snopes.com web site hostage. Although we maintain editorial control (for now), the […]