Central Arkansas Library System’s Dee Brown Library relaunches; Tulsa City-County Central Library’s three-year remodel is open; Dayton Metro Library gets a new Vandalia Branch; and more new construction and renovation news from the November 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.
Hearing only the good news?, taking business practices we can use, in praise of listening broadly, and more letters to editor from the November 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.
Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz to succeed Joanne Eldridge as Director of the Lorain Public Library System (LPLS), OH; Reading Public Library, PA, appoints Bronwen Gamble Executive Director; Campbell University Libraries, Buies Creek, NC, promotes of Sarah Steele to Associate Dean of the Library; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the October 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.
There’s a slow fire burning that threatens to destroy our libraries’ irreplaceable materials. Paper-based books and records are in danger of degradation not only because of their construction but also from improper storage, cleaning, and treatment. While acid-, lignin-, and sulfur-free papers have largely replaced their more fragile wood pulp–based predecessors that were subject to cracking, yellowing, and disintegrating, there is still a danger of acid-free materials—mostly those manufactured after the 1990s—experiencing acid migration when they come into contact with high-acid documents, acid inks, pollutants, or other chemicals.
Changes aren’t permanent but change is. That’s a line from Rush’s “Tom Sawyer,” a song you might remember if you hung out with the cool kids in high school during the 1980s. What felt so philosophical in 1982 now describes the rapid transformation that has touched every profession, including ours. Constant change may invoke feelings ranging from worry to out-and-out alarm.
On her website, Jenna Hartel talks of “a different character of LIS”—one rooted in positivity, curiosity, and proactivity. It’s what she calls “the bright side of information,” a focus on the upbeat aspect of library studies that has won Hartel, associate professor on the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto (U of T), a special spot in the hearts of her students and fellow faculty members—and the 2016 Library Journal/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield.
This year’s selection of library construction efforts are each unique in their own way, but most share a significant guiding principle: keep it open. The 105 capital projects completed between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, exemplify a dedication to the totality of users’ experience with regard to sight lines, maneuverability, accessibility, and natural light but also in consideration of others’ ideas, needs, and potential. With atria, lots of glass, and coworking and group study spaces, libraries are indeed open for business.