June 18, 2018

Bench Building | Leadership

Success for your library means offering staff room to move up and having a plan for who can grow into their spots—even yours.

Leading Inside & Out | Leadership

Library leaders often also head citywide initiatives and national associations. How do they balance the demands of both?

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.

2018 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: San Francisco Public Library

A model and inspiration for public libraries worldwide, the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL)—with its committed staff, transformational leadership, amazing array of programs, partnerships, popularity, and community connections—is the 2018 Gale/LJ Library of the Year.

Materials on Hand | Materials Handling

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

Good Bones | Library Design

The key notes of the Laurel Branch Library—transparency and playfulness—work together.

Certified Sustainable | Library Design

NYLA’s benchmarking system helps libraries, step by step, attain organizationwide sustainability.

Inclusive Restroom Design | Library Design

Until recently, the widespread re­examination of library design principles largely stopped at the bathroom door. But that’s changing as awareness spreads that many patrons identify as transgender, non­binary, agender, genderfluid, or otherwise don’t fall within the male/female binary.

Reaching Net Zero | Library Design

Colorado College’s library renovation added space, services, and facilities while achieving ambitious sustainability goals.

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.