December 16, 2017

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

Skip Dye of Penguin Random House is United for Libraries’ new president; National Coalition Against Censorship’s ED Joan Bertin retires; University of Washington–Tacoma Library director Lauren Pressley elected VP/President-elect, Association of College & Research Libraries; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the May 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, May 15, 2017 Issue

Risking the status quo, building a family library tradition, and more letters to the editor from the May 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Branching Out, May 2017

The Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL, reopens, ; Gladwyne Free Library, PA, wraps up a renovation; the Sandhills Branch of the Richland Library, Columbia, SC, continues a multimillion, multibranch building effort; and more new construction and renovation news from the May 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Librarians’ Picks | Library Design 2017

Furnishings of note from recent library projects.

Sip & Spell: An Adult Spelling Bee | Programs That Pop

The Corvallis–Benton County Public Library, OR, has partnered with its Friends of the Library for the last two years to offer a spelling bee for adults 18 years and older. The event, called Sip & Spell, helps us reach a wide audience, particularly younger adults age 21–35. Sip & Spell also projects a fun, playful side of the library.

Gifts of This Hour | Office Hours

What do I listen to now? More than a few folks shared this sentiment online in the days following the release of “S-Town,” a podcast hosted by Brian Reed and created by the producers of “Serial” and “This American Life.” It topped ten million–plus downloads within four days of release. I binged all seven episodes over spring break and found the series to be a moving, insightful, and well-conceived piece of audio journalism.

Blueprint for Resilience: Toward Libraries that Give Back | Editorial

Sometimes, just envisioning something can set change in motion. That’s what’s happening at the Belgrade Community Library in Montana. That little library was named LJ’s Best Small Library in America in 2015 and effectively leveraged the honor for local interest and investment. A few years later, the library, under the leadership of Director Gale Bacon, continues to make the most of its opportunities, now via design that is helping to set the community’s sights on a possible future.

Community Vision | Library Design 2017

Montana’s Belgrade Community Library is perhaps best known to LJ readers as the 2015 Best Small Library in America. After receiving the award, Director Gale Bacon tells LJ, many in the community started asking what the library’s next step was. The 9,700 square foot building presented the six-person staff with “huge physical space challenges,” Bacon says—not only limiting the size of the collection and staff work space but having routinely to turn would-be attendees away from programs. So achieving this milestone seemed like the right time for reexamination.

Rising Above | Library Design 2017

By the time it opens in 2018, the Calgary Public Library’s (CPL) new Central Library will have been 14 years in the making. In 2004, the City of Calgary, Alta., first allocated funding to study its residents’ future library needs. Since then it has committed a whopping $175 million (in Canadian dollars, or $128 million U.S.) to the project, out of a total estimated cost of $245 million (about $180 million U.S.).

Raising Arizona State | Library Design 2017

After the impact of the recession, Arizona State University (ASU) bounced back with an ambitious agenda of innovation, positioning itself as the “New American University.” ASU prides itself instead on being “measured not by whom it excludes but by whom it includes and how they succeed,” and now ASU’s flagship library is reinventing itself to serve the whole student.