April 19, 2018

Archives for March 2013

Six Questions with Damon Jaggars, former JLA Editor in Chief

Damon E. Jaggars, Associate University Librarian for Collections & Services at the Columbia University Libraries, recently stepped down as editor of the Journal of Library Administration (JLA), along with the rest of the editorial board, because of disagreement with the publisher’s licensing terms. LJ caught up with him to hear his reasoning and plans for the future.

San Francisco: “Law Library Supporters Lose Space Debate”

Note: Here’s an update to an infoDOCKET post about the San Francisco Law Library on October 19, 2012 and a Library Journal article by Meredith Schwartz from February 15, 2013. From the San Francisco Chronicle’s “City Insider” Blog (March 27, 2013): The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance subcommittee approved a resolution stating that 20,000 […]

Penguin Lifts Library Ebook Purchase Embargo

Penguin Group today announced that it will be changing the terms on its library ebook lending program, and on Tuesday, April 2, will begin allowing libraries to purchase and lend ebook titles the day that hardcover editions are released, according to The Associated Press. Previously, Penguin had placed a six month embargo on new ebooks, […]

JLA Board Resigns Over Licensing Terms

Editor-in-chief Damon Jaggars and the whole editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration resigned en masse on March 22 over the journal’s licensing terms.

Skills for Leading Libraries of the Future | Leading From the Library

As higher education transforms and evolves in new ways in the years ahead, what are the appropriate skills for library leaders? Out of five skill areas identified as those leaders will need for 2020, librarians are well-suited for a few, but will need to gain expertise in others.

LibraryAware Community Award Winner, 2013: Canton Public Library and Canton Township, MI

For mutually fostering a beneficial connection, Canton and its library have won the inaugural LibraryAware Community Award, co­sponsored by Library Journal and LibraryAware, a product of EBSCO Publishing’s NoveList Division. The Canton Public Library will receive $10,000 and the township will receive a plaque. The award was created to honor a library for “getting out to the community and demonstrating its value” and to highlight a community that values its library, says Nancy Dowd, product lead for LibraryAware.

Fail4Lib: Problematic Projects Generate Constructive Conversation

Library conferences can be great places to pick up new ideas, with roundtables, seminars, and sessions filled with stories of successful projects from peers, vendors, and professionals from other fields. Information from these sessions can help other libraries get started on new initiatives without having to reinvent the wheel.

But all projects involve some degree of risk, and some projects can fall apart as the result of preventable problems. At the recent Code4Lib 2013 event held at the UIC Forum at University of Illinois at Chicago, a group of librarians found during their Fail4Lib pre-conference workshop that discussing failed or problematic projects can be as constructive as discussing success.

Lost Control? Not a Problem | Office Hours

In a discussion after a recent presentation, an educator stood to make a counterpoint to my take on participatory teaching. “I’m paid to have control,” she said. More than one person in the room gasped. I should have directed her to the new Horizon Report. Among the key trends identified as those impacting teaching and learning for 2013 is an emphasis on “open.” The report states, “Open is a key trend in future education and publication, specifically in terms of open content, open educational resources, massively open online courses, and open access.”

Arizona Bill Would Expand Library Privacy Law

From the Associated Press: A bill advancing in the Arizona Legislature would add protections for ebook readers under the state’s existing library privacy law. A Senate panel is expected to move the bill forward Monday. The House passed the measure in a 57-1 vote in early March. The measure seeks to include digital books under […]

Bill To Reform Presidential Library Funding Reintroduced

According to the Sunlight Foundation, on March 20 the House Oversight and Government Reform committee green-lighted a bill that would make public presidential library donation records. The bill would require disclosure of all donations over $200, whereas currently no donations are required to be disclosed.