April 20, 2017

News Briefs for March 2017

Former Congresswoman Lois Capps donates her papers to the University of California–Santa Barbara; NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of 24 new National Historic Landmarks; Ohio Public Library Information Network to install 100 megabit-per-second bandwidth connections in all state public library systems; and more News in Brief from the March 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

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

Jane Sánche named Law Librarian of Congress; Denise Stephens to become Vice Provost and University Librarian at Washington University, St. Louis; Lisa Wells is the new Executive Director of Pioneer Library System, OK; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the March 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, March 1, 2017 Issue

Looking for a long view of the wider profession, living library history, inspired by Librarian of the Year, and more letters to editor from the March 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Mastering Marketing | Library Promotion

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Libraries are always looking for ways to engage and connect with patrons. But understanding the shift from traditional public relations (PR) to today’s customer-centric digital marketing landscape has become a key to successful engagement.

A New Challenge for ALA: Leading Between Activism and Advocacy | Blatant Berry

John Berry III

The American Library Association (ALA) faces the difficult job of finding new leaders at a time of great uncertainty about the nation’s politics and how this will impact the nation’s future and that of libraries.

Cozy Murder Mystery | Programs That Pop

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Librarian Janie Hermann, a 2007 LJ Mover & Shaker, noted early in 2016 that a lot of books were coming out about hygge, the Danish term for taking pleasure in the simple things in life, and suggested that it might be a nice underlying theme for some of our winter programming at New Jersey’s Princeton Public Library. As part of that, we thought, “Why don’t we do something around cozy mysteries?” But when we approached our Mistress of Murder, librarian Gayle Stratton, we came up with another idea: create our very own murder mystery based around a fictional murder at the library.

Streaming Story Times | Field Reports

Chris Moody

Do you want to web stream your story times? The Youth Services Department at the Fayetteville Public Library, AR, hoped to make these events available to parents and children who couldn’t get to the library, and our patrons’ response has been fantastic!

Best Free Reference Websites & Apps

INFOdocket editor Gary Price highlights the top free online resources and apps that should be at the fingertips of every reference librarian.

Best Databases of 2016

The most highly acclaimed databases and digital reference products reviewed by LJ in 2016.

Best Reference Titles of 2016

The top reference titles published in 2016, selected by a committee of LJ reviewers and editors.