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Archives for May 2012

LJ’s Guide to the ALA Annual 2012 Program

The annual conference of the American Library Association (ALA) returns to Anaheim, June 22–26. That site will bring cheers from Disney lovers and tourists, but you’ll hear a few shouts of “enough already” from the hard-core ALA cadre and leaders who get off on playing ALA politics and from the younger party crowd who meet in the pubs and bars when ALA convenes in an urban center. Librarians are inventive, and we hear that they plan to find ways to meet those needs regardless. The conference program this year is a strong one, with education, information, and entertainment for every librarian’s taste, even the most obsessed professional.

Anaheim Restaurant Guide: Choice Eats for ALA Conference-Goers

Anaheim’s resort area has restaurants galore. Just about any cuisine you crave can be found in this lively neighborhood. The trickiest thing might be getting to your destination (distances from the convention center are noted).

Librarians Pick Their Favorite Outdoor Furniture and Art from Recent Building Projects | Library by Design, Spring 2012

Lolling Around Hennepin County Library—Maple Grove enhanced its outdoor reading porch with Loll Designs’ Adirondack chairs and benches, composed of recycled milk jugs. They encourage folks to step outside and enjoy the “newest community gathering space.” Loll Designs, How Your Readers Grow The Reading Garden adjacent to the Community Room of the Visitacion Valley […]

Embracing the Shhhhhtereotype | Backtalk

While librarians continued to adapt themselves into obscurity, something began to change with the rest of the world that would bring people back to what the library was once able to provide them: quiet.

Librarian and Designer Pop Up a May Day Library on the Street

If you thought the Occupy Wall Street (LWS) Library’s story was over, think again. Though OWS today filed suit against New York City for allegedly destroying books (among other things), what remained of the books got a surprise sequel, with a feel-good ending.

Does It Pay To Sue Libraries? | Peer to Peer Review

Ever since the Georgia State e-reserves copyright lawsuit was filed in April 2008, the academic library (and faculty who were aware of it) community has been waiting to find out how Judge Orinda Evans would view the provision of digital course readings under fair use.  Now we know, based on her May 11 ruling, that […]

Mindful Leadership is a Learning Process | Leading From the Library

In a world of nonstop distractions and fast-paced change, the hardest thing of all for leaders is simply achieving focus. Becoming a mindful leader may yield surprising benefits. Leadership is hard work. It requires considerable mental and physical energy to cope with a constant barrage of challenges and the decisions that go with them. Those […]

Access, Openness, and Why We Teach | Peer to Peer Review

Barbara Fister wants her graduates to take the library with them.

LJ Talks to David Weinberger About the Living Web

David Weinberger, currently a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, has written widely about the impact of the Internet on knowledge and culture. After co-authoring the influential Cluetrain Manifesto, he went on to explore the social nature of the web […]

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Files Chapter 11, To Swap Debt for Equity

Major publishing house Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The “pre-packaged” restructuring is expected to be completed by the end of June. In the court filing, HMH estimated that it owed more than $1 billion in debts (the press […]