April 26, 2017

News Briefs for January 2016

The Association of Research Libraries selected 28 individuals for the 2016–17 Leadership Fellows program; the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a European publisher of digital and print resources, signed a multiyear agreement with the Egyptian government to join the Egyptian Knowledge Bank project; Little Free Library, Hudson, WI, was issued a commendation by the Library of Congress (LC); and more News in Brief from the January 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, January 2016 Issue

A rallying call for sustainability, highlighting Texas libraries, and more letters to the editor from the January 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

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

Michelle Bickert named Ebook Program Manager at the Digital Public Library of America; Brett Bonfield appointed Executive Director, Princeton Public Library, NJ; Mark A. Smith chosen Chair-elect, State University of New York Council of Library Directors; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the January 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

A Library Masterpiece | Programs That Pop

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Research implies that lifelong learning and social engagement foster healthy aging. With the over-50 set now the fastest growing age group, baby boomers are living longer, and their demand for engaging social interaction, enrichment, and learning continues apace. Iowa’s Marion Public Library recently focused on a popular Sunday night TV program, borrowed ideas from an existing club, and was soon up and running with a fun, socially engaging program targeted to this growing ­population.

Conference Call | Office Hours

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An early morning drive south from Loveland to the Denver airport gave me time to reflect on the evolving nature of library conferences. I delivered one of the keynotes for the Colorado Association of Libraries annual conference (CALCON) this year and was thrilled to be invited to attend the entire event. What I discovered in the meeting rooms and hallways and at the receptions and dinners with Colorado librarians was a spirit of innovation and inspiration, a renaissance of the state-level meeting. The sessions were interesting, useful, and engaging. The atmosphere was welcoming, inclusive, and vibrant.

The New Fundraising Landscape | Budgets & Funding

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Public libraries in the United States have traditionally relied on local support for the vast majority of their revenue. While this is still largely true, the funding landscape is getting more diverse, and there is a greater need for libraries to be increasingly creative when it comes to balancing base funding with new sources. Money allocated at the local level rarely stretches far enough to cover staffing, operations, collection development, and programming, let alone experimentation to invent or test innovative new services. Local funding is also subject to political winds as administrations change.

A Win for All: With ESSA, Libraries Make Solid Gains | Editorial

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Librarians have MUCH to be proud of in the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The long-awaited rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, most recently also known as No Child Left Behind) sailed though both the Senate and House to arrive in front of President Obama, making it one of the few signs of functional bipartisanship in a rough year for getting stuff done on the hill. As the president signed ESSA into law on December 10, he referred to its arrival as “a Christmas miracle.”

Nicolle Ingui Davies: LJ’s 2016 Librarian of the Year

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There is more than enough evidence to confirm the choice of Nicolle Ingui Davies as the 2016 LJ Librarian of the Year, our award sponsored by Baker & Taylor. Take her special skills at communicating with community members in and outside of the library. Then there is her leadership in building and developing a committed and passionate staff dedicated to patron service. That is complemented by her unequivocal belief that libraries are essential services, not just “nice” assets, and the best medium to achieve an informed citizenry. The results of Davies’s leadership convinced voters in 2015 that they ought to tax themselves to the tune of $30 million a year, increasing the Arapahoe Library District (ALD) budget by $6 million.

World Fiction for Winter: Top Fiction from Abroad That Will Appeal to Everyone

Andersson keeps herself in check despite down-to-the-bone bad thinking about love, Barbery’s Life of Elves gives us a magical frame and lush writing, readers will sink into The Happy Marriage, an accessible Modiano, sophisticated suspense

A Life Under Fire | Collection Development: Military Memoirs

Authors ranging from veterans of famous conflicts past to modern combatants, reminiscences of battlefield experiences express boredom and loneliness, brutality and compassion, violence and love. These 31 titles will enhance any collection.