June 19, 2018

Expand Patrons’ Minds, Not Your Budget

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018, 1PM-2PM ET / 10AM-11AM PT
The Great Courses are taught by the top 1% of university professors and experts. These video classes are perfect for serving a wide range of patron interests. But how can you offer this variety of learning content without breaking your budget?
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Accessibility Awareness | The User Experience

May 17 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The idea started with a 2011 blog post by web developer Joe Devon, in which he argued that “it’s more important to make a site accessible than pretty.” As librarians at the University of Southern California (USC), we began a case study in December on accessible design for library instruction. We invoke Devon’s humility, as well as his call to action, because it closely follows our own path of going from knowing very little to gaining more knowledge and becoming advocates for accessibility.

BookExpo/BookCon 2018 Preview

With so many sessions, panels, and events, trade publishing conference BookExpo and its consumer companion BookCon, held May 30–June 1 and June 2–3, respectively, at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, can be overwhelming for conference newbies and veterans alike. Here are a few that the LJ editors are most excited to attend.

The Fake News Controversy: What Does it Mean for Libraries?

In today’s world users often encounter suspect, inflammatory, or entirely incorrect information online. This presentation will examine the role that libraries can play in teaching users how to identify information and information sources that they can trust.
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Creating the Future: How a historic Library System used design to establish a new way forward for all libraries

Join this webcast to learn how a furniture designer and an architect created the perfect contemporary library spaces for patrons across Philadelphia. Find out how they developed a space to accommodate all work patterns, learned from patron surveys, and integrated digital preparedness that addresses the uncertainty of future technology.
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Protecting Your Library – How and Why to Research the Financial Stability of Vendors

In an industry where both large and smaller subscription agents enter bankruptcy, librarians and publishers are rightly concerned with the financial stability of their partners and vendors. Do you know (or understand) how your vendor is doing financially? Do you know how to approach reviewing a critical vendor or how to evaluate the risks involved?
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Libraries and Research Services – Finding a Way Forward to Increase Impact, Productivity, and Collaboration

Libraries often invest considerable efforts in developing and maintaining processes and tools for handling research assets, including publications, research datasets, and creative works, while complying with a growing number of policies and mandates. What can libraries do to move forward collectively?
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Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Nashville Public Library’s Cheryl Hadley is Adult Educator of the Year; San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera has retired; Tim Rogers is the new Director of Jacksonville Public Library, FL; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the April 1, 2018 issue of Library Journal.

2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Announced

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) partners each year with the American Library Association (ALA)/Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) to recognize the best in library architecture and design. The 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards, announced on April 6, included public libraries from Cape Cod to California.

Quality Research Solutions to Maximize Remaining Budgets

What digital content will bring the most value to your library? Join EBSCO and Library Journal as we highlight tips for expanding your library’s collection while ensuring your remaining budget dollars go toward the most valuable resources available for your faculty and students.
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