November 17, 2017

Back to the Future: When Visioning Pays Off | Editorial

Empty moving boxes perch on filled ones all through LJ’s offices. One of them now contains a record I’ll look forward to referencing in another nine years. As our staff gear up to move to a new space, I focused on weeding paper documents that had migrated from one workspace to the next. Packing can be a process of discovery. Among the fossils excavated was a blue folder holding the agenda and notes from a think tank, “2020 Vision: Idaho Libraries Futures Conference,” held in Boise in August 2005.

UpClose: History, Updated | Library by Design, Spring 2014

After completing a complicated four-plus-year construction project, the Golden State is seeking silver this time—a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for its newly renovated Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building, to be precise. The reopening celebration for the California State Library (CSL) was held in February and capped a remarkable collaborative effort led by California’s Department of General Services (DGS), landlords of the property.

Zipping up Gaps in the Collection | One Cool Thing

For patrons who live in rural areas, finding the book they want is not always easy. The local library can’t collect everything, and interlibrary loan (ILL) can be slow to deliver, if it is even available. Purchase and fast shipping from Internet booksellers like Amazon.com offer an alternative, but not everyone can afford it. Now, the California State Library (CSL) has embarked on a pilot project to redress that situation.

Trenton Mayor Reopens Closed Library Branch as “Building With Books”

Trenton, NJ, Mayor Tony Mack reopened the first of the city’s four closed library branches on April 30 – sort of. The former Skelton branch of the Trenton Free Public Library is one of four branches that have been closed for budget reasons since August 2010, leaving only the main library open. So reopening them […]