December 10, 2017

LJ in Print

Making a Name | Office Hours

For those with a newly minted LIS degree or soon to graduate, it’s never too early to start putting yourself out there. And for those already on course in your professional life, please look for ways to help our next generation of library professionals along.

All the Stars, State by State | LJ Index 2017

Click a state on the interactive map, or use the drop-down menu to jump to the Star libraries in that state.

The Star Libraries by Expenditure Category | LJ Index 2017

The LJ Index is based on five types of per capita use generated by public libraries: visits, circulation, ecirculation, public access computer use, and program attendance. Star Library ratings of five, four, and three stars are awarded to libraries that generate the highest combined per capita outputs among their spending peers.

Find Your Library | LJ Index 2017

Whether or not your library has been given a Star rating, you can benefit from finding peers in your expenditure category and comparing statistics. For the scores for all libraries included in this round of the LJ Index, click through to download a spreadsheet of all libraries with LJ Index scores.

Every Star Library Ever Named | LJ Index 2017

Click through for a detailed spreadsheet listing every Star Library award given since the inaugural edition of the LJ Index in February 2009.

All-Time All-Stars | LJ Index 2017

Over the ten editions of this article, 606 libraries have been named Star Libraries in one or more years. A total of 69 received Stars in each of the ten editions. Of those, 13 U.S. public libraries earned five-Star ratings each and every year. We invited them to comment on the distinction, and many responded.

America’s Star Libraries: Top-Rated Libraries | LJ Index 2017

We are pleased to announce the results of the tenth edition of the LJ Index of Public Library Service, sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s CollectConnect. The LJ Index rates U.S. public libraries based on selected per capita output measures. This year, 7,409 U.S. public libraries qualified to be rated in the Index. In this edition, there are 259 Star Libraries, each receiving three-Star, four-Star, or five-Star designations.

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

Robin Dale is the new Deputy Director, Office of Library Services, at IMLS,; Columbus Metropolitan Library CEO Patrick Losinski has been elected to the IFLA Governing Board; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the October 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Discovering Fun and Comfort | Year in Architecture 2017

Colorful, vibrant new spaces at the Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL; “Discovery Island,” at the Laurel Library, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, MD; and the renovated children’s room at the Central Branch of the Cranston Public Library, RI.

Renovation and Renewal Reveal Character | Year in Architecture 2017

Renovations reveal the library’s personality, from the renovated children’s area at the Oak Bend Branch of the St. Louis County Library to double bands of windows at the Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI, to the historic wing of the Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, ME, and more.