February 16, 2018

Archives for March 2014

Public Library News Roundup: 28 Stories From 16 States and 2 Provinces

Here’s a selection of recent public library news reports from around the U.S. and Canada since we shared our last roundup two weeks ago. Alabama Gardendale library seeks funding for new books, additional employees (via AL.com) Alberta Edmonton Public Library Extends Outreach Workers Project British Columbia Vernon: Possibly library cuts a concern (via The Morning […]

Seed Library Takes Root at Dalhousie University – Q&A With Coordinator Jolene Reid

At Nova Scotia’s Dalhousie University, the MacRae Library, which serves students and faculty in the school’s agricultural programs, has assembled a new collection: one of the seeds that have shaped the region’s farming history. While the collection is currently housed in a single repurposed card catalog, librarian Jolene Reid has high hopes that the archive will take root.

SLJ’s Average Book Prices 2014

The numbers you put to work every year are here. See the list of average book prices for 2013 and 2014 to date, produced in partnership with Baker & Taylor.

ARL’s SHARE Project Awarded $1 Million Grant by IMLS and Sloan Foundation

We’ve passed along several items about the SHare project on infoDOCKET in the past including this one just a few days ago See: “New EDUCAUSE Article Provides Useful Overview of SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)”. At the bottom of this post we’ve embedded the full text of the SHARE Project Plan that was released in […]

Report Highlights: 17.66 Percent of Web Traffic On Public Library Websites Accounted for by Mobile Devices

Below, a few  findings from a new 100+ page, fee-based report titled, Survey of Policies to Assure Mobile Device Access to the Library Website, published by the Primary Research Group. More than 60 libraries contributed comprehensive data and insights to the report, and data is broken out by size and type of library and other useful criteria. […]

Academic Movers 2014: In Depth with Karen Lauritsen

In this first of an interview series sponsored by SAGE, LJ goes in depth with this year’s Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, delving into just how and why they pulled off the projects that brought them recognition as innovators, change agents, and more. Karen Lauritsen was chosen as one of this year’s Tech Leaders for her work as Communications & Public Programs Coordinator at the Robert E. Kennedy Library of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

The Battle over Library Spaces. Part 1: Saying Yes and Saying No | Peer to Peer Review

In academic libraries, there seems to be growing concern about the problem of space—not only a lack of it in our library buildings, though that is a problem for many of us, but also a concern that the spaces we do have are going to be (or already are) taken over by campus entities and programs that are related only tangentially, if at all, to library services. I’m convinced that this concern is valid, and that it should actually be more widespread than it currently is.

Innovative Interfaces, Bibliotheca Announce Strategic Partnership

Innovative Interfaces Inc. (III), developer of the Millennium ILS and next-generation Sierra Services Platform among other discovery and automation solutions, this month announced a partnership with Bibliotheca, the global RFID, EM/RFID hybrid and barcode-based library solutions supplier. Both companies describe the partnership as a strategic alliance that will enhance the integration of their respective software and hardware products.

Engaging Everyone In Town | 2014 LibraryAware Community Award

The Wichita Public Library (WPL), KS, has become a coalition builder for larger community goals. WPL signed on as an early “vision partner” with Visioneering Wichita, whose goal is to develop a strategic plan, through extensive community engagement, for the whole Wichita metropolitan area. Over the decades, WPL had established a growing engagement with the city’s residents. The Visioneering Wichita process gave that long-standing community engagement specific goals and direction. This reenergized engagement won for Wichita and its library the 2014 LibraryAware Community Award.

Open Access as Undergraduate Pedagogy | Backtalk

Open Access (OA) is usually associated with academic scholarship and its relationship to the “paywall” by proponents and critics alike. It is essential to consider the question of OA not only in terms of its impact on publishers and scholars, but in terms of its teaching and learning potential for students and educators.