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Librarians’ Picks | Library by Design, Spring 2015

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New construction/renovations offer the opportunity to try new ideas in furnishings and design. Here are a few that delighted staff and users alike.

Product Sourcebook | Library by Design, Spring 2015

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Arcadia Spot (top r.)
MOSS | 3 Collection (middle l.)
Cellular (middle r.)
America (bottom r.)

Library by Design’s new Product Sourcebook, debuting here, spotlights a curated selection of newly introduced library furnishings and finishings in key purchasing categories, which will rotate in each issue. This inaugural version highlights soft seating and displays.

Branching Out | Library by Design, Spring 2015

Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, Palo Alto, CA

SOUTH The new Northside Branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, VA, opened on March 16. The 30,000 square foot, $11.8 million facility in what was a hardware supply store replaces its 16,000 square foot 1991 shopping center predecessor. The HBM Architects–designed library features a Maker space; conference rooms; a dedicated teen space with music […]

News Briefs for May 15, 2015

Backstage Library Works expanded its Metadata Services Division; Duke University Libraries, Durham, NC, joined BorrowDirect, Norman Public Library Central, OK, was designated a national Literary Landmark; and more news briefs from the May 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

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

Anderson named Assistant Director for Public Services in Darien, CT; McNeil appointed Dean of Iowa State University Libraries, and more people new from the May 15 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, May 15, 2015 Issue

Pros and cons of technological futurism, green achievements, and hope for a 24/7 library in letters to the editor from Library Journal’s May 15, 2015 issue.

HarperCollins Grows Globally; Faber, in U.S. | PubCrawl

Francine Fialkoff

In a press release from the London Book Fair dated April 14, HarperCollins announced the expansion of its foreign-language publishing with the formation of HarperCollins Holland, HarperCollins Japan, HarperCollins Nordic (Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark), and HarperCollins Polska (Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia). The move, which builds on the Harlequin acquisition last year, gives the company a broader global reach by extending existing Harlequin publishing programs in those markets. It had been signaled April 10 with the appointment of Chantal Restivo-Alessi, HarperCollins (HC) chief digital officer, as executive VP, international.

Manage the Device Deluge | Professional Development

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at Douglas County Libraries, CO

Librarians have always taught patrons how to use the tools that serve their information needs. We had to explain card catalogs, vertical files, microfilm/fiche, photocopiers, and OPACs. The fundamental difference about the tech needs of the 21st century is the ever-changing variety of personal devices that patrons use to access our services. Some libraries are lucky enough to have dedicated staff with special training to serve these patrons directly, but most of the time it’s a library generalist fielding question after question about something new every day. How do frontline staffers with self-taught or very basic knowledge of technology stay savvy about the latest and hottest gadgets? How do we train nontechnical staff to troubleshoot effectively and train our patrons to use their own gadgets?

ONEBOOKAZ | Self-Publishing & Libraries

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One of the more exciting library projects—­ONEBOOKAZ—is occurring under the leadership of the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State’s office. Many communities have sponsored a “one book” program, in which a whole city or county is invited to read a title at the same time. But ONEBOOKAZ has three twists that make it different.

Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

COLLABORATE & LISTEN Staff, like patrons, need flexible spaces in which 
to work together, as illustrated by North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library. 
Photo by Brent Brafford/NCSU

As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective.