February 22, 2018

Archives for January 2011

As COMPETES Act Is Signed into Law, ‘Wait-and-See’ Is the Attitude on Further OA Legislation

Even after legislating on tax cuts, repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and coming through on aid to 9/11 first responders, the most recent lame-duck session of Congress found time to take up an issue closely watched by many public access advocates. On January 4, President Obama signed into law the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (Public […]

ALA Midwinter 2011: Straight from the Stacks to the Smartphone

As quick response (QR) codes become more prominent in daily life, librarians are seeking the best way to incorporate this simple and free technology into their operations. At a discussion group on January 8 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, four academic librarians gave details on pilot projects at their institutions. […]

Marketing a Levy Through Social Media

The success or failure of library levys can hinge upon a successful social media campaign. Julie Theado, who works for me at my library as a social media strategist, wrote this article about how to do it right. She did such a great job that I wanted to share it with you: In the fall […]

ALA Midwinter 2011: Thorniest Reference Question of the 21st Century: How Do I Use My Ereader?

Public librarians find more of their days devoured by device education. Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, said at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in San Diego that his greatest fear is that “libraries would just become a customer service department for a few large corporations.” Kahle spoke on a panel at a […]

The Benefits of Less | The User Experience

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a daring pilot and talented author, also weighed in on user experience: “In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.” In some ways, libraries have been taking the opposite approach. We’ve gotten in […]

Nancy Pearl: LJ’s 2011 Librarian of the Year

No one other than Nancy Pearl has so convinced Americans that libraries, books, and reading are critical to our communities. Her passionate advocacy has done that nationwide for thousands of individual readers and library workers in the trenches at the local level. She has spread book lust via broadcasts to the nation on National Public […]

Tales From the Field: Marketing Multnomah County Library

The LJ Directors Summit is still reverberating through the library world. One of the things for me about that experience was the opportunity to find other like-minded library marketers. One of them is Jeremy Graybill, the marketing and communications director at Multnomah County Library. Today I spent time with Jeremy over the phone talking about […]

Congratulations to the 2011 John Cotton Dana Award Winners

It is a welcome change to see the winners of this year’s John Cotton Dana Award. In previous years — I admit — I scratched my head a bit over the winners. Not that the work wasn’t curious. But I looked at the work and asked myself.. these PR campaigns were conducted “in order to […]

ALA Midwinter 2011: FEMA Recognizes Libraries as Essential Community Organizations

ALA credits Senator Reed of Rhode Island for change in policy The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) changed its policy on January 7 to allow libraries to be eligible for temporary relocation during major disasters and emergencies under the FEMA Public Assistance Program. Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, […]

A Rising Tide: The Academic User and the Ebook Experience

Librarians must carve out new roles as advocates of more usable digital collections If the ebook tide has arrived, are academic libraries missing the boat? I don’t mean to imply that we are unconcerned with or unaware of the demand for digital texts: our institutions scan, license, and promote them in ever-greater numbers. Despite these […]