June 22, 2017

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

Patricia Flatley Brennan to becme director of the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; Lance Chaffee, director of Olean Public Library, NY, has retired; Christian Zabriskie appointed Branch Administrator of Yonkers Public Library, NY; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the June 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, June 1, 2016 Issue

Don’t punish businesses, a call for OER, starstruck by Charlie, and more letters to editor from the June 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Branching Out, June 2016

The Beatrice Public Library completed in NE, the University of Toledo’s William S. Carlson Library to begin a renovation, a new library approved to replace the Nora Navra branch in New Orleans, and more new construction and renovation news from the June 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Celebration & Integration | Public Services

Since before Ellis Island became the gateway to the United States for many, libraries have served immigrant communities with language classes and learning materials that can help ease the path toward employment and citizenship. Today, those services have expanded to include referrals to city and health-care services, cultural events honoring countries of origin, legal aid, small business and entrepreneurship assistance, and much more.

Please Rewind | Preservation

Last month, Yale University hosted “Terror on Tape: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the History of Horror on Video.” Cheap slasher flicks from a bygone era may seem a bit lowbrow for the Ivy League, but David Gary, Yale’s Kaplanoff Librarian for American History, writing for the ­Atlantic last summer, made a compelling case for the university’s collection of 3,000 VHS horror movies from the 1970s and 1980s.

Keep Copyright at LC | Blatant Berry

Copyright is the only right defined in the main text of the U.S. Constitution. It is specified in Article 1, Section 8, so it didn’t have to be added in the amendments known as the Bill of Rights, which tells us how important the concept of copyright was to the founders. They enumerated its dimensions in a sparse sentence: “To promote the Progress of science and useful Arts by securing for limited times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”

Flipped Classroom Tech Teaching | Field Reports

A few weeks ago, the Skokie Public Library (SPL) finished its four-week “Cracking the HTML Code: Build Your Own Website” program using a MOOC/flipped classroom mashup. Now in its fourth iteration, this class has had successes, failures, and everything in between. Needless to say, we’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t.

The Case for Informed Browsing | BackTalk

Netflix knows something that libraries haven’t figured out yet: how to create categories that help people browse online in an informed yet serendipitous way.

Reality Check: Falling short in Orlando | Editorial

This year, the American Library Association (ALA) has the opportunity to make its annual conference more meaningful than ever. While it will be held among the artifice of Orlando’s tourist draws, the meeting will be full of dialog about very real issues, driven by the cultural moment and determination to move the needle on what my colleague John N. Berry III would call the “accursed questions.” Those questions continue to press, and I am hopeful this ALA will live up to its promise to help the field effectively grapple with the challenges ahead.

Getting Real @ Annual | ALA 2016 Preview

Kvetching about the location of the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference is practically a rite of passage. While the meeting has been held in many unquestionably great American cities, the association’s quest for affordable conference and hotel space in quantity tends to drive it to cold places in winter and hot in summer, and a certain amount of transit snafus and frayed tempers inevitably result. Objections to the location of this year’s ALA, running June 23–28 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, however, are on a completely different level.