April 21, 2018

Archives for November 2017

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Robin Dale is the new Deputy Director, Office of Library Services, at IMLS,; Columbus Metropolitan Library CEO Patrick Losinski has been elected to the IFLA Governing Board; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the October 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Surveying 2017 Through Books | Book Pulse

The New York Time and Slate take a look at the book year of 2017 and Elena Ferrante is working on new projects.

Best Crime Books of the Year & a New Series by Cassandra Clare | Book Pulse

Cassandra Clare has a new high fantasy adult series in the works and Marilyn Stasio picks the best crime novels of the year.

Final Thoughts from the Master of Learning from Leaders | Leading from the Library

Adam Bryant has spent considerable time with leaders, primarily chief executives, in his role as the author of the New York Times’ Corner Office column. What can library leaders learn from what Bryant’s shared and the stories he told from his time spent with all those leaders?

More Best Books | Book Pulse

The Guardian offers its Best Books, with a twist, and invites readers to play at home

National Library Partnership Tackles Health Literacy Gap

More than 90 million Americans have low health literacy, hindering their ability to take control of and address their own health needs, according to a 2004 study by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The Public Library Association (PLA) and its parent organization the American Library Association (ALA), together with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), are working to expand the extent to which libraries—among the most trusted of community institutions—can address this issue.

SJSU-Led Team Explores Blockchain in Libraries

A group led by San Jose State University iSchool (SJSU) Director Sandra Hirsh and SJSU lecturer Susan Alman is exploring how the library field could use blockchain, the open source, secure distributed database system originally developed to validate and record Bitcoin cryptocurrency transactions. Funded with a recent $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), SJSU is planning an online Library 2.0 conference on the topic on June 7, 2018, and a Blockchain National Forum in mid-2018.

Discovering Fun and Comfort | Year in Architecture 2017

Colorful, vibrant new spaces at the Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL; “Discovery Island,” at the Laurel Library, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, MD; and the renovated children’s room at the Central Branch of the Cranston Public Library, RI.

Renovation and Renewal Reveal Character | Year in Architecture 2017

Renovations reveal the library’s personality, from the renovated children’s area at the Oak Bend Branch of the St. Louis County Library to double bands of windows at the Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI, to the historic wing of the Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, ME, and more.

Community Centerpieces | Year in Architecture 2017

Built to anchor their communities: the Seguin Public Library, TX; Elmhurst Community Library, Queens Library, NY; the new Joplin Public Library, MO; and the Grove City Library, Southwest Public Libraries, OH.