February 17, 2018

Archives for December 2017

Miami University Library Hosts Esports Arena

The King Library at Miami University (MU), OH, recently debuted a state-of-the-art esports arena prominently located on the library’s first floor. Developed in partnership with the university’s Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS) and IT services department, the new facility is home to the Miami Redhawks esports program, which attained varsity status in 2016.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, October 1, 2017 Issue

It’s not personal, progressive enough?, a powerful marketplace of ideas, and more letters to the editor from the October 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Mixed Reality | Product Spotlight

With the recent introduction of iOS 11’s ARKit, Apple’s software development kit for creating AR apps, patrons will likely see a variety of new apps that will combine the virtual with the actual in useful and innovative ways. In this spotlight, we take a look at ARKit as well as some AR and VR (virtual reality) apps and services currently on the scene.

Micromanaging Library Leaders Rarely Know the Damage They Do | Leading from the Library

Leaders are advised to relinquish control in favor of empowering staff. Giving up that control can be hard for some, especially when they are apt to micromanage workers. The key is to recognize it and then work on behavior change.

The Power Sells Out | Book Pulse

Naomi Alderman’s novel The Power sells out, Mean by Myriam Gurba gets a glowing review, and Ta-Nehisi Coates bows out of Twitter.

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Promoting Digital Literacy and Tech Skills on Campus

Digital Scholarship Specialist at University of Oklahoma Libraries and 2017 LJ Mover & Shaker, Sarah promotes digital literacy on campus by holding basic programming workshops for faculty and students, helping faculty integrate digital scholarship projects into their classes, and more.

Creating Creative Spaces | Field Reports

There was a clear need for collaborative and creative community spaces in the branches of Ontario’s Hamilton Public Library (HPL). We had two objectives: provide customers with the services and technology they couldn’t easily access at home and support the city’s growing arts and innovation community.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, September 15, 2017 Issue

Fireworks redux, earthquake operations, consequences matter, and more letters to the editor from the September 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

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

Adam Eberle was named OverDrive’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer; Nicole Mitchell assumed her new position as President of the Association of American University Presses; Michelle L. Young is the President-elect of the New York Library Association for 2017–18; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

All In: Remaking Public Life | Editorial

The need to reinvent public life has special relevance today, as too much civic discourse fails the civility test, threatening our ability to solve problems, much less build a better world. Libraries are stepping forward and actively working to find ways to foster deeper community engagement.