February 16, 2018

JSTOR Announces Free Access to 500K Public Domain Journal Articles

By David Rapp, 9/7/2011 The JSTOR journal archive announced today that it is making nearly 500,000 public domain journal articles from more than 220 journals—or about six percent of JSTOR’s total content—freely available for use by “anyone, without registration and regardless of institutional affiliation.” The material, entitled Early Journal Content, will be rolled out in […]

10 Steps to a Better Library Interior: Tips That Don’t Have To Cost a Lot | Library by Design

By Traci Lesneski, September 9, 2011 An interior designer weighs in with simple, effective, and inexpensive steps that can be taken to reinvigorate your library At a time when many of our country’s libraries need an update owing to age and higher-than-ever expectations from patrons, available dollars for renovations are all too scarce. Fortunately, there are […]

Open Source Reality Check

Implementation experience reveals pros and cons In 2009, East Brunswick Public Library (EBPL), NJ, switched from a proprietary integrated library system (ILS), SirsiDynix’s Horizon, to an open source Koha ILS. In 2010, it switched back. When the library moved to open source, a lot of factors went into the decision, according to Christopher Hyde, East […]

New Statistics Model for Book Industry Shows Trade Ebook Sales Grew Over 1,000 Percent

By Michael Kelley, August 8, 2011 A new annual survey of the total U.S. book publishing industry released today shows growing revenue and, even without numbers from 2011, exponential ebook sales. The industry sold 2.57 billion books in all formats in 2010, a 4.1 percent increase over 2008, and publishers’ net sales revenue grew to […]

2011 Library of the Year: King County Library System, WA | The People’s Library

By John N. Berry III, June 7, 2011 The words “Open to all” permeate this library’s strategic plan INTEGRATED INTO THE FABRIC OF COMMUNITY Top row, l.-r.: The jaunty Sammamish Library, one of LJ‘s New Landmark Libraries, anchors a new city center; the Snoqualmie branch bustles. Second row, l.-r.: KCLS’s robust building program has produced many […]

Periodicals Price Survey 2011 | Under Pressure, Times Are Changing

By Stephen Bosch, Kittie Henderson, & Heather Klusendorf, 4/14/2011 Periodical prices are on the upswing, and technology is advancing at a relentless pace There’s no way to sugarcoat the impact higher serials prices have on the information marketplace, or the dire state of funding for libraries. Libraries are no longer in a position of having […]

Jennifer R. Wright | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Tech Leaders

Gadget Guide Self-described tech geek Jennifer Wright is known for whipping out gadgets to demonstrate the solutions offered by emerging technology. As assistant chief of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s (FLP) Materials Management Division, she would like to see everyone increase their tech skills. She has led her library to a stronger, more user- and […]

Kim Leeder | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Community Builders

“Leeding” by Example Kim Leeder “was full of ideas, chutzpah, drive, tenacity, compassion, and energy,” remembers Emily Ford, scholarly communication librarian, Oregon Health & Science University, of the time both women worked on a project as 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders. Those qualities are still in evidence as Leeder, Boise State University librarian […]

Diane Walden | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Advocates

For the Underdog People tried to talk Diane Walden out of prison librarianship—graduate school professors and the VP of a company that employed her as an undergrad. “He said, ‘You’re throwing away your career,’ and ‘You’re too good for that,’ ” Walden recalls. Fortunately, she didn’t listen. Her current day job involves overseeing 17 staff […]

John Palfrey | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Change Agents

Transformer With the publication of Born Digital, a seminal study of Internet use by the “digital natives” who’ve grown up with it (and one of LJ‘s Best Sci-Tech Books for 2008), John Palfrey got on the library world’s radar the same year he joined the field. In 2008, Palfrey, then executive director of Harvard’s Berkman […]