October 19, 2017

A Trustees’ Retreat | Trustees’ Corner

On one Sunday afternoon in September, the board on which I serve held a retreat. It took a while to organize; we’re a 12-member board, and although we are all generally committed to our monthly meetings—not to mention outside time spent working on various committees, attending library programs we sponsor, or showing up at town budget meetings to advocate for the library—it’s difficult to find time when all of us are free.

President Clinton To Present the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award

On October 12, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced that President Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States and founder of the Clinton Foundation, will present this year’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 15. Announced last month, […]

Google Directs Users to Library Ebooks from OverDrive

OverDrive is enabling Google to display library ebooks prominently in open web search results. Announced in a tweet last month by Google, and reported by media outlets including Slate, Fortune.com, and TheVerge, the new feature displays a “Borrow ebook” option highlighting the searched for title and linking to libraries within a user’s geolocated range.

Let’s Commit to Making Library Webinars Better | From the Bell Tower

With budgets tight and conference travel less fun, more librarians are turning to webinars for their professional development. The convenience factor is high but they sure can be tough to sit through. Let’s improve the experience.

ALA Launches Policy Corps

On October 3 the American Library Association (ALA) launched the ALA Policy Corps, an initiative that will bring together a core group of library practitioners from across the field and help them develop a deep expertise in public policy issues.

Challenged by Change: The Most Difficult, and Important, Part of the Job | Blatant Berry

It takes me a day or more to adjust to and relearn my computer systems after they are automatically “upgraded” or “improved” by the vendors. When they decide to replace an old system totally with a new one, I get lost in dysfunction for months. In some cases, I never master all the bells and whistles, and I always end up wondering why some of my favorite features needed to be “improved.”

Certified Sustainable | Sustainability

The New York Library Association (NYLA) is poised to make library history with the launch of its Sustainable Libraries Certification program this November.

Focus Group Insights | The User Experience

As librarians, we are always on the lookout for opportunities to improve the user experience. When you have a great idea and time to plan, focus groups can help uncover attitudes, experiences, and opinions through group discussion.

Meet Me in Manhattan: A $55 Million Gift That Will Keep Giving | Editorial

The New York Public Library is having a moment—a very good one. September saw the debut of Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, a long-anticipated documentary by renowned director Frederick Wiseman that is sure to expand the appreciation of the impact of this great institution and libraries as a whole. As if that weren’t enough, there was also the announcement of a gift of $55 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to help bring the radically reenvisioned Mid-Manhattan Library into being.

2017 National Book Award Finalists Announced

On Wednesday, October 4, on CBS This Morning, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced the 20 finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards (NBA) for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The list reflects the attentiveness to diversity characterizing the publishing world in recent years, with four of the five fiction finalists by women […]

2017 National Book Award Finalists Announced

On Wednesday, October 4, on CBS This Morning, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced the 20 finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards (NBA) for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The list reflects the attentiveness to diversity characterizing the publishing world in recent years, with four of the five fiction finalists by women […]

Visualizing the Future | TechKnowledge

Academic libraries have always enabled access to books, monographs, journals, and other resources. With datasets emerging as a new type of content for collection and analysis, many libraries are not only helping students and faculty acquire datasets, and hosting those they create, but debuting innovative services that assist graduate students and faculty with expressing their findings effectively through data visualization. These, in turn, make those libraries increasingly relevant to departments campuswide.

Brewchive Chronicles Southern CA’s Craft Beer History

San Diego and its surrounding environs are considered one of the birthplaces of America’s craft brewing renaissance. Now, the library of nearby California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is helping to make sure the records of that origin story have a proper home in a new special collection—the Brewchive.

Library Freedom Institute to Launch Train-the-Trainers Course on Internet Privacy, Security

This fall New York University (NYU), in partnership with the Library Freedom Project, will be seeking applicants for the Library Freedom Institute (LFI), a new program that will train 40 geographically dispersed librarians as “Privacy Advocates.”

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Gives $55 Million Toward Mid-Manhattan Library Renovation

The New York Public Library (NYPL) announced September 13 the receipt of $55 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to support the complete renovation of the Mid-Manhattan Library, NYPL’s largest circulating branch. Combined with the recent boost in funding for FY18 capital projects from the city of New York, the Niarchos Foundation’s gift will enable the $200 million gut renovation of the 105-year-old building into a modern circulating branch that will offer programs for children, teens, and adults; meeting spaces; a business library; and a rooftop terrace, designed by the Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo in coordination with architects of record Beyer Blinder Belle.