November 17, 2017

Working Toward Change | Workforce Development

Melanie Colletti was on desk in the Denver Public Library’s (DPL) technology center when she recognized a woman at a computer who’d been a participant in the library’s “Free To Learn” job seekers program the previous year. “She seemed easily frustrated but very intelligent, and I was disappointed when she didn’t return for her third session,” says Colletti. She asked the woman how she was doing, and, to Colletti’s delight, the woman had used the résumé they’d worked on to get a job and had been employed ever since. “Even though it didn’t seem like we were connecting with her, I guess we were.”

Growing Mobile | The Digital Shift

Smartphone ownership is quickly becoming the norm, and smartphones have become a primary Internet access point for low income consumers. Here’s a look at a few emerging trends, as libraries adapt to this growth by launching apps and responsive websites.

Practice Makes Perfect | Collections

Formats proliferate while budgets fluctuate. Patrons want access to public library materials but may never physically enter a library building. Collection development librarians work to ensure that their holdings include the items patrons want at the time they require access. We talked to collection development professionals nationwide to discover their best practices for selecting and maintaining print and electronic materials.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, September 1, 2016 Issue

Fostering feedback, questions for senators, rerouting reference, and more letters to editor from the September 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Branching Out, September 1, 2016

Boston Public Library’s renovated second floor is revealed; Hudson Library & Historical Society, OH, reopens its teen room; San Jacinto College North Campus, Houston, opens the Edwin E. Lehr Library; and more new construction and renovation news from the September 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

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

Peter Bromberg to be Executive Director, Salt Lake City Public Library; Martin Garnar elected 2016–17 President of ALA’s Freedom To Read Foundation; Kevin Young appointed Director, NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Take Out the Books | The User Experience

The Inter-Faith Council (IFC) in Chapel Hill, NC, in fall 2015 opened the doors to its new residential men’s shelter, the Community House. Included in the new building was a room designated as the shelter’s library. Seemingly within minutes of its existence, generous book donations had filled the small space, but the residents didn’t use it. When Stephani Kilpatrick, residential director of IFC, asked if the Chapel Hill Public Library (CHPL) would help turn this space into something more useful, we jumped at the chance.

The Misinformation Age | Blatant Berry

“Those who know don’t talk, those who talk don’t know.” That old bromide was applied to commentators on broadcast media, though we could currently swap out post for talk. Some of those original talking heads gave us wisdom, others simply nattered on to fill their allotted airtime. Today, the paraphrase fits as what we call “social media” overtake the traditional ones.

On the Road: Inspired by life in Australia’s libraries | Editorial

I wrote this in a small library in the town of Kyneton, Australia. As many library fans do, I visit libraries wherever I go—stopping in for a look-see, lingering to use the space and services, and sometimes getting a full tour. It’s always valuable—and often inspiring. This was the case when I recently visited Australia on a family trip, and I experienced a handful of libraries small and large along the way.