January 20, 2018

Feedback: Letters to LJ, January 2018 Issue

Commentary on climate change, the pros and cons of PBS’s The Vietnam War, and more letters to the editor from the January 1, 2018 issue of Library Journal.

Higher Ed’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good Year: Let’s Help Make 2018 Better | From the Bell Tower

American higher education came under attack in 2017 as the political, cultural, and social divisions in our society widened. It stood accused of forcing liberal politics on students, hampering free speech on campus, and fostering an environment of incivility in and beyond the classroom. Academic librarians could help lead our institutions to regain their status as our society’s bastion of free speech.

I’ll Be There for You | Office Hours

Budgets are tight. For many, webinars and online conferences have been a primary professional development tool of late. Attending a keynote is as easy as sitting down at your desk and plugging in headphones. But when there is money for conference travel, how do we maximize the potential for learning and growth face to face (F2F)? What’s the value of F2F in a virtual, networked world?

Light in the Dark: Facing the Challenges Ahead | Editorial

We spend a lot of time as the year turns reflecting and anticipating what’s to come. This year, such reflection is intensified by a seemingly relentless assault on basic rights in a polarized political climate. This calls on us to fight for what our communities need as never before.

Do Librarians Discriminate? | BackTalk

Suppose a librarian receives an email from a man named Greg Walsh, wanting to become a cardholder or simply inquiring about the open hours. Would the librarian reply? And, if so, would the reply be polite, including for instance some form of salutation, such as “Hello” or “Good morning”? Does your answer change if the guy is called Tyrone Washington? Is a librarian treating Jake Mueller differently from DeShawn Jackson?

Feedback: Letters to LJ, December 2017 Issue

In search of better policies for parents, working toward a democratic climate, welcoming Book Pulse, and more letters to the editor from the December 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, October 1, 2017 Issue

It’s not personal, progressive enough?, a powerful marketplace of ideas, and more letters to the editor from the October 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Micromanaging Library Leaders Rarely Know the Damage They Do | Leading from the Library

Leaders are advised to relinquish control in favor of empowering staff. Giving up that control can be hard for some, especially when they are apt to micromanage workers. The key is to recognize it and then work on behavior change.

Creating Creative Spaces | Field Reports

There was a clear need for collaborative and creative community spaces in the branches of Ontario’s Hamilton Public Library (HPL). We had two objectives: provide customers with the services and technology they couldn’t easily access at home and support the city’s growing arts and innovation community.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, September 15, 2017 Issue

Fireworks redux, earthquake operations, consequences matter, and more letters to the editor from the September 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.