June 19, 2018

Archives for May 2010

2010 Library of the Year: Columbus Metropolitan Library

(A preview from LJ‘s June 15, 2010 issue.) “We have $40 million on the line. Our levy is on the ballot in November,” says Patrick Losinksi, executive director of Ohio’s Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), winner of the Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award 2010. Over the entrance to the 103-year-old Carnegie building that is […]

Rare Oceanography Collections at UCSD Now Digitized

By Lisa Carlucci Thomas About 100,000 volumes from Scripps Library, mostly in public domain, now available 50% of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library digitized Material available via Google Books and HathiTrust Aim to enhance teaching and research and improve discoverability Approximately 100,000 volumes, nearly half of the collection of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography […]

Marketing Rural Libraries

Last Friday, I traveled to Bowling Green, Ohio to talk about libraries and marketing to a group of  small and/or rural libraries in northwestern Ohio through Norweld, a regional library system. Given my limited experience with only an urban library system, this was a valuable experience for me. Like many libraries — in Ohio in particular — some […]

Disappearing Databases

by Carol Tenopir Just before midnight, September 30, 2002, 19 databases disappeared without a trace from the Dialog online system. The reason? CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts) and Dialog had failed to reach a renewal agreement. On October 1, Dialog searchers received a message “file does not exist” when they entered a CSA file number. A […]

Library 2.0

Service for the next-generation library Libraries are changing. Funding limits and customer demands are transforming staffing levels, service models, access to resources, and services to the public. Administrators and taxpayers are seeking more efficient ways of delivering services to achieve greater returns on financial investments. Enter Library 2.0. This new model for library service is […]

Spain’s CCUC Grabs Millennium

Innovative Interfaces is the choice of Spain’s nine-member Consortium of Catalonian University Libraries (El Consorci de Biblioteques Universitàries de Catalunya) in Barcelona, which has contracted for the installation of a Millennium solution to replace its current ILS. Innovative said that the “Collective Catalog of the Universities of Catalonia (CCUC) offers the library holdings of the […]

Buffalo/Erie Gains $1.6M for Hours

On December 4, the Erie County legislature, NY, passed a $1.4 billion 2008 budget that includes an additional $1.6 million for public libraries. The Buffalo & Eric County Public Library (BECPL) will use the funds over a three-year period to restore service hours. While BECPL expressed gratitude for the increase, it pointed out that the […]

Using Events to Redefine the Library

Many libraries use events as a way to attract customers to their buildings, which is all fine and good. But I recently heard about and spoke to a library that is taking events to the next level – really using them to position the library as the cultural center for the community. The library is […]

Salem PressIntroduces "Critical Insights"

By Mirela Roncevic, Senior Editor, Reference An extensive effort involving more than 70 contributing critics, editors, and writers, and 15 in-house editors and production staff, Salem Press’s new "Critical Insights" series promises to blend reference and literary criticism into a format that belongs in both circulating and noncirculating collections and allows librarians to tailor their […]

The Future of Reading

As the book changes form, the library must champion its own power base—readers The future of reading is very much in doubt. In this century, reading could soar to new heights or crash and burn. Some educators and librarians fear that sustained reading for learning, for work, and for pleasure may be slowly dying out […]