July 21, 2017

Branching Out, February 2017

Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library opens in Long Beach, CA; Tufts Central Library, Weymouth, MA, gets OK on new facility; Cook Memorial Public Library District, Vernon Hills, IL, to expand; and more new construction and renovation news from the February 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

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

Don Chatham retires from ALA; Emily Faulkner named Director of DeKalb Public Library, IL; Brigitte Shull appointed Senior VP for Academic Publishing in the Americas at Cambridge University Press; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the February 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, February 15, 2017 Issue

Keeping perspective on tech, congratulations from San José, in praise of sponsored content, and more letters to editor from the February 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Under the Surface | Materials Survey 2017

The findings of LJ’s latest materials survey, which tracks budgets and circulation at public libraries equitably distributed throughout the nation by size, type, and region

Finding Philanthropic Funding | BackTalk

As a librarian, I feel a deep fear of the direct threat to library funding posed by the new administration. However, as a philanthropy professional, I can’t help but feel some small amount of hope.

Prisons & Publics | Outreach

Many public librarians serving local jails and prisons note an increase in positive behaviors tied to inmates obtaining library services while inside and a desire to seek library services for themselves and their families upon release.

Thirty-Four Must-Have Spring Books | Editors’ Picks 2017

The 34 new books that are tickling our imagination this season From the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the future of American journalism after Edward Snowden, from psychological thrillers featuring unreliable narrators to a beloved romance author’s final novel, the titles chosen by my review colleagues reflect both our professional “beats” and personal passions. A […]

Thirty-Four Must-Have Spring Books | Editors’ Picks 2017

The 34 new books that are tickling our imagination this season From the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the future of American journalism after Edward Snowden, from psychological thrillers featuring unreliable narrators to a beloved romance author’s final novel, the titles chosen by my review colleagues reflect both our professional “beats” and personal passions. A […]

DIY Usability: First-Click Testing | The User Experience

Although every library would benefit from running usability studies, not every library has a dedicated staff available to conduct those studies. Anecdotally, librarians seem to feel incapable of undertaking usability studies for reasons including time, budget, and expertise.

Healthy Choices | ACRL Preview 2017

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) convenes in Baltimore, March 22–25, 2017. This year’s ACRL conference highlights themes of leadership and change, but a closer look also shows a healthy—and hopeful—regard for the well-being of the academic library system from top to bottom.