February 21, 2018

Archives for June 2011

ALA Annual 2011: King County Library System Receives Gale/LJ Library of the Year Award

UPBEAT AND ALWAYS INNOVATING An enthusiastic group of staffers from King County (top) gathered at the House of Blues to accept accolades; (clockwise from middle l.) KCLS’s Jed Moffitt also had a chance to jam with the band; San Francisco’s Marcia Schneider talked with with Edmonton’s 2011 Mover & Shaker Tina Thomas and NISO’s Todd […]

ALA Annual 2011: Stead, Vanderpool at Newbery, Caldecott Dinner

By SLJ Staff Talk about improbable true-life stories. Erin Stead, an illustrator who had completely lost faith in her artistic talent, and Claire Vanderpool, a first-time author who had written seriously for 17 years before her first book was finally published, took center stage at this evening’s Newbery/Caldecott banquet, honoring the year’s best books for […]

ALA Annual 2011: Urban Libraries Council IDs 11 Innovative Models

The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) unveiled it’s second round of Top Innovators at its annual member meeting, held June 25 in New Orleans during the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference. The programs and strategies identified range from improvements and internal operations to outreach programs, partnerships, branding, and more. The 11 Top Innovators, by category, […]

ALA Annual 2011: Broadband Grants Give Critical Funding To Help Libraries Fulfill Their Mission

A key element in libraries’ growing role in workforce development has been the expansion of broadband capacity through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). A number of librarians explained Saturday at the American Library Association’s Conference in New Orleans that BTOP grants have provided the means to introduce critical new services and applications that their […]

ALA Annual 2011: Attentive Crowd Packs ACRL Session on Demonstrating the Value of Libraries

On Sunday morning, it was fortunate that a fire marshal was not assessing the room where the Association of College and Research Libraries was making a presentation on assessment tools to demonstrate the value of the academic library. The small room at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans was overflowing with attendees […]

ALA Annual 2011: Internet Archive’s In-Library Lending Program Signs 1,000 Libraries

The In-Library Lending program—started only three months ago by the Internet Archive—has been experiencing exponential growth, according to Brewster Kahle, the archive’s founder. “Today, we now just got our one thousandth library joining in six countries to join into this movement,” he announced Saturday to a packed room at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center […]

ALA Annual 2011: Opening Session Speaker Dan Savage Says “It Gets Better” is About Access and Information

Dan Savage has made a career of speaking his mind. His Savage Love column and weekly podcast have brought sane sex and relationship advice to millions, a kind of pop cultural counterpart to the Go Ask Alice resource beloved by high school and college librarians everywhere. He got the chance to speak his mind again […]

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 06/22/11

Laura Bramble, CEO, Indianapolis–Marion County Public Library, for the past four years, preceded by a year as Interim CEO, has announced her retirement. She has been with the library system for 19 years. A national search is under way to hire her successor by November. Irene Briggs has joined the Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, […]

EBSCO’s NoveList and Goodreads Strike Content Deal

In a major bridge between reader-generated and library-centric content, NoveList, a popular readers’ advisory service used by libraries, will leverage content from Goodreads, the largest social network for readers. The deal would mean that Novelist, a division of EBSCO Publishing, will be able to integrate over 11 million book reviews and 100 million ratings from […]

Library Construction Update: New and Renovated Buildings, 06/22/11

Odds are that the Windmill Library, the newest branch of Las Vegas–Clark County Library District, NV, generated a great deal of excitement when it opened on May 7. Ensconced on a 15-acre site in the southwest part of the Las Vegas Valley, the 28,879 square foot library houses a 130,000-item collection, a Young People’s Library, […]