September 20, 2017

News Briefs for July 2017

NEA announces 63 new grants, Texas State Library and Archives Commission will receive $1 million for high-speed Internet in local communities, Clarivate Analytics acquires Publons, and more News in Brief from the July 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

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

Louise Bernard has been appointed director the museum at the Barack Obama Presidential Center; Courtenay Reece is the new Director of the Millville Public Library, NJ; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the July 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, July 2017 Issue

Reteaching tolerance, Saskatchewan solidarity, balancing acts, and more letters to the editor from the July 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Hiring is Recruiting: A Career Often Begins in a Low-level Library Job | Blatant Berry

Many of my closest librarian friends found their way into our profession much as I did. We had no idea what a librarian did, nor how or why anyone would become one. In my case, just out of the U.S. Army after two years as a draftee and badly in need of a livelihood, I followed up on an advertisement from a local library.

Digital Inclusion Week at SFPL | Field Reports

While working as an NTEN/Google Fiber Digital Inclusion Fellow at the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), I observed a profound digital disparity in the Bay Area, despite it being the center of technology innovation. In an effort to bridge the divide, we partnered with community organizations to host the first San Francisco Digital Inclusion Week (DIW) in May 2017.

Hit Refresh | User Experience

The World Wide Web is always evolving, and user expectations constantly respond to prevailing trends. Navigation habits become conditioned by content management system (CMS) templates, common screen layouts, search bar locations, and menu designs that shape how people use popular websites. And libraries have to keep pace.

Preserving the Personal Past | Programs That Pop

In August 2016, the Greater Baton Rouge, LA, region was impacted by widespread and sustained flooding. Many people were forced to get rid of a majority of their personal archives, including a number of photographs. The materials salvaged were wet and/or in advanced states of mold development. In response to the crisis, the archival community in Baton Rouge began to educate the public through local media and library resources on how to halt degradation of flood-damaged items. As a result, some of these mementos were saved.

Don’t Let This Moment Pass You By | Sustainability

In the wake of the president’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, an unprecedented, decentralized groundswell of support to combat climate change in our country has emerged.

Lifelong Literacy | Strategic Planning

Developing literacies across a wide spectrum of applications is central to the mission of libraries. Whether building early literacy skills with the youngest of customers and their families or providing programming to support digital, information, financial, food, and other adult literacy skills, libraries can best find success in these avenues by making sure they are intentionally included in the development of the strategic plan and, in the process, rethought afresh just as newer services are, rather than taken for granted.

Asking for More: Four New Approaches to Community Engagement | Editorial

Ask not what you can do but what your community members can—when they’re effectively engaged. That was one of the messages I heard at the recent Next Library conference in Aarhus, Denmark. This small and intense global convening brought me many new ideas, among them the insight that we may be selling short the people our libraries serve by not asking enough of them. Think of it as volunteerism, flipped and multiplied.