February 16, 2018

ILL On Hold In Northern NJ

In northern New Jersey, library directors and staff are digging out from under a mountainous backlog of interlibrary loan items that piled up in enormous numbers through the early weeks of 2018. This meltdown emerged after the newly hired statewide delivery service, Los Angeles–based Expak Logistics, fell far behind in its work, and can do little now except chip away at a warehouse stuffed with boxes of books, DVDs, and other materials caught in transit limbo.

Guiding LibGuides | The User Experience

When LibGuides 2 was released in 2015, Texas A&M University Libraries seized the opportunity to rethink radically our LibGuides program. Instead of transferring existing content to the new platform, we chose to start from scratch with a renewed focus on the user experience within Guides. A pivotal part of this reconstruction involved training more than 60 librarians and staff members who serve as LibGuides creators.

KY Governor’s Budget Would Eliminate Library Funds

Library Legislative Day in Kentucky on February 15 will give directors and advocates their first real chance to push back against Gov. Matt Bevin’s recent FY18–20 budget proposal, which seeks to eliminate every penny of the $2.5 million currently earmarked for direct state aid to libraries.

Cannabis Literacy | BackTalk

Many states are legalizing the possession, use, and sale of cannabis for medical and/or recreational purposes, even as it remains illegal at the federal level. Whether or not your library is located in one of those states, the frequent presence of the substance in the news may be raising questions for your patrons.

Guns in the Library | Safety & Security

Gun violence has recently impacted public spaces such as concerts, schools, churches—and libraries. In this environment, many library leaders are taking new steps to keep their staff and patrons safe.

News Briefs for January 2018

LYRASIS gets $90k from Mellon Foundation, Penn State Press and Eisenbrauns partner on ancient Near East and more, Library of Congress and WGBH preserve Watergate hearings, and more News in Brief from the January 1, 2018 issue of Library Journal.

Interactive Public Art & the Maker Mentality

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT
Join this webcast to hear Liollio and 3branch discuss how a public art program can engage library users in maker activities, ways the “maker mentality” can break out of a single space and go mobile, and furniture solutions that can be programming assets for makers.
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Sleeper Hits for Spring

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 2PM-3PM ET / 11AM-12PM PT
Join Prepub Alert Editor Barbara Hoffert and guests to hear about fun-to-read titles from both debut authors and veterans that you should put on your reading list now! Register for the next edition of our popular sleeper hits webcasts to find out what you’ll be reading this spring.
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Unique, Unlimited Streaming Video for Your Library Patrons

Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018, 2PM-3PM ET / 11AM-12PM PT
Recorded Books recently launched a streaming video service that allows your library patrons to binge-watch their favorite shows without breaking the library’s budget. Now, your patrons can get unlimited access to all shows—not just a single show at a time. Initial services include Acorn TV® (the best in British TV) and four other offerings—with additional services coming soon.
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GonzoFest 2018 Literary Journalism Contest

CALL FOR ENTRIES: We’re celebrating the national expansion of the GonzoFest Literary Contest by inviting all public libraries, their independent authors, and writer communities to enter a single piece of literary nonfiction journalism in the tradition of the late Hunter S. Thompson.