June 18, 2018

Library Lagniappe | ALA 2018 Preview

The American Library Association (ALA) annual conference returns to New Orleans, June 21–26, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. From a jam-packed four days of session and meeting offerings, below, LJ editors heading South curate a subjective selection of those that caught their eye.

ASU Launches Sun Devil Shelf Life

When a school is as large as Arizona State University (ASU), it is not always easy to find books written by members of the university community. To that end, ASU Now, the university’s internal news site, has developed Sun Devil Shelf Life, a new online platform providing information and access to works by ASU faculty, staff, alumni, and students.

Libraries Address #MeToo

The #MeToo movement has sparked intense and important global conversation about sexual harassment, assault, and violence. With waves of reports bringing to light abuses in industries like entertainment, literature, and politics, public and academic libraries are uniquely situated to offer trusted spaces for learning and discussion on these issues.

Materials on Hand | Materials Handling

Automated systems are helping libraries move staff to patron-facing work, while manufacturers innovate new design features.

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.

Death By 1,000 Cuts | Periodicals Price Survey 2018

Flat budgets, price increases, and a reliance on status journals for tenure and promotion keep familiar pressures on the serials marketplace.

Orange City Public Library Pressured to Label, Segregate LGBTQ Material

Update: The Orange City Public Library’s board decided on March 20 to group books by subject and subcategory rather than alphabetical order by an author’s name. The new categorization method will be implemented on a trial basis, with a few subjects to start, this summer. If patrons like the new system, explained board president Jared Weber, it will expand to the rest of the library. The board will vote next month on the request to revise library policy to require additional input on acquisitions.

Kiara Garrett | Movers & Shakers 2018 – Innovators

When a prospective date asked Kiara Garrett to recommend a book, she suggested Junot Díaz’s This Is How You Lose Her. He mistakenly thought the collection offered relationship advice. Garrett told him, “If you liked Jay-Z’s album 4:44, then you would like this book.”

Ideas for Building a Better Relationship with Your Campus Bookstore | From the Bell Tower

As more academic librarians seek to engage with open education resources (OER) and textbook affordability initiatives, there are naturally concerns about the impact on the campus bookstore. Start by considering how to build a better relationship.