June 18, 2018

Library Services

Saskatoon Public Library Readies for Staff Restructuring

As Canada’s Saskatoon Public Library, Saskatchewan, nears the launch of its new organization-wide restructuring, employees are both excited and apprehensive about their new roles, library leadership is optimistic about the shift to a community-led model, and negotiations with the library workers’ union are still in progress.

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.

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.

Five Libraries Take 2018 IMLS Top Honors

Representing every region of the country, five libraries have been honored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) with a 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Higher Education Promotes the Student Experience | From the Bell Tower

Utter the phrase “student experience” to a higher education audience and the reaction, depending on the crowd, could be visceral—as in, “education, not experience.” Yet academic librarians could benefit from and contribute to the growing interest in student experience.

Bibliotheca Offers Unstaffed Hours Solution

Technology and automation vendor bibliotheca has launched open+, an access and security solution that enables libraries to expand open hours to times when the library is unstaffed. The U.S. launch follows deployment and testing at Gwinnett County Public Library, GA; Hennepin County Library, MN; and Ventura County Library, CA.

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.

MIT Media Lab Collaborates with Public Librarians

The MIT Media Lab has expanded beyond academic and corporate collaborations to join forces with public libraries for the Public Library Innovation Exchange (PLIX), coordinated by the Media Lab Learning Initiative and MIT Libraries and supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation.

The Memory Lab | Technology in Focus

Led by the District of Columbia Public Library, libraries are helping patrons save their mementos—and learn the basics of digital preservation in the process

Adding Apps | Technology in Focus

As smartphones become ubiquitous, libraries and vendors are responding with new apps, features, and mobile-friendly websites.