April 23, 2018

Archives for November 2011

LJ’s Rebecca T. Miller Named SLJ’s New Editor-in-Chief

By Debra Whelan, SLJ School Library Journal has a new editor-in-chief. Rebecca T. Miller, executive editor of features for Library Journal, will assume the position effective December 15, 2011. “We’re very pleased to have Rebecca as our new editor-in-chief at SLJ,” says Ian Singer, VP and group publisher of Media Source, parent company of SLJ […]

Detroit Public Library Will Shutter Four Branches

The Detroit Public Library Commission voted on November 15 to close four branches effective December 22. The decision will leave the city’s library system with 20 locations. “In closing libraries, it is always with despair,” said Jo Anne Mondowney, the library’s director. “In many areas, the library is an iconic place for the community, and […]

Articulating Your Value Message

Moving From Outputs to Outcomes – that’s the subject of the upcoming LJ Director Summit. Much of the conversation there will be about value — how to articulate your value in today’s demanding marketplace. My friend Sandy Swanson, of OrangeBoy Inc. (and who will do a breakout session at the Summit) shared with me an […]

Salem Press Launches Website to Help Navigate Library Grants

Salem Press launched The Library Grants Center on November 16. It is  a free web tool designed to help librarians  search for library grants at national, state, regional, and local levels. The web site focuses on grants available to all types of libraries and from a range of sources—public and private— including professional organizations, large […]

A Prediction-Free Symposium on the Future | From the Bell Tower

On 11/11/11, what some claimed was a good day for turning a new leaf, Library Journal held its second Future of the Academic Library Symposium, at Temple University. Attendees heard not a single presentation with the word “future” in the title. No predictions were made. No speaker warned the audience about the impending obsolescence of […]

The World Turned Upside Down | Peer to Peer Review

There are strange things afoot these days in the book world. Penguin, one of the Big Six publishers has just launched a self-publishing service built on its online community for genre fans, Book Country. Now anyone can be published by Penguin-only in this case, the author pays the publisher instead of the other way around. […]

Martin B. Wolske | LJ Teaching Award 2011

Martin B. Wolske and his students do their learning and teaching with the people who live in marginalized and underserved communities. His students begin to understand how the use and application of technology reflect our society, and as Wolske puts it “what is encountered when you try to use that technology in communities already dismissed by that society.”

An Excess of Ethics | Blatant Berry

No principle or rule of professional ethics requires that library workers forfeit any of their rights or job benefits in order to hold their jobs. Support for professional development and advancement is a benefit of working in good libraries. This often includes time off and even payment of costs for conference attendance. I was surprised […]

Proof Positive: Libraries Drive Consumer Buying | Editorial

We’ve speculated for years on the impact library users have on consumer book sales—and LJ’s Patron Profiles confirms that libraries drive consumer buying.

Feedback Page, LJ November 15, 2011

The convenience of MARS I’m writing to applaud David Rapp’s “Robot Visions” (LJ 9/15/11, p. 20–24). Automated storage systems in libraries, though not common, have been around for a long time. It’s great to see this amazing technology in the spotlight. We love our system at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Mathewson Automated Retrieval […]