February 17, 2018

Straight from the Source | Innovation

Libraries possess a not-so-secret weapon when it comes to assessing the needs of their patrons—the frontline staff who engage with their communities every day. How can library leaders best tap staff members’ expertise, make staff at all levels feel safe and welcome to contribute, and harness that information to develop programs and policies that meet real-world needs?

Stigma-Free Reading for Adults | Collections

Nashville Public Library, the 2017 Gale/LJ Library of the Year, launched the Fresh Reads collection to adult new readers in 2017 to offer stigma-free reading to promote literacy and learning.

Convening Community Conversations | Programming

It can be challenging to start a substantive conversation, not just small talk, among people of differing experiences and opinions, even—or especially—when they are neighbors. But libraries, as institutions used and trusted by a broad cross section of the population, are uniquely positioned to convene productive dialog that can help patrons abandon the “echo chamber” and start talking to one another.

Virtually There | Product Spotlight

Public interest in virtual reality (VR) technology is on the rise. People can view VR apps on the latest smartphones using headsets as inexpensive as the $12.99 Google Cardboard. And high-end, PC-driven head-mounted displays are now available for $600 or less, with a growing number of realistic games or educational “field trip” applications available to transport users from their living rooms and classrooms into immersive environments.

Placements & Salaries 2017: Librarians Everywhere

Recent graduates are experiencing faster placements and earning more money than last year’s, this year’s snapshot of the job market suggests.

Placements & Salaries 2017: 2017 Salaries

The average full-time salary for employed 2016 graduates is $51,798, up 7.45% over 2015. The average hourly wage was $19, which translates to an annual salary of almost $40,000.

Placements & Salaries 2017: Job Journey

This year we explored whether graduates had been exposed to working in a library prior to enrolling in an LIS master’s program.

Placements & Salaries 2017: Explore All the Data

Dig through these tables to discover the details about where 2016 LIS grads are landing jobs, at what salaries, and in what kinds of roles, or see the full feature for all the analysis.

Placements & Salaries 2017: Survey Methods

LJ offered 51 accredited library and information science schools in the United States the opportunity to participate in the survey.

Placements & Salaries 2017: Make Sure Your School Gets Counted

If you are a faculty member or a director and your school did not respond fully, now is the time to get started on the next survey.