June 18, 2018

LJ in Print

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?

Literacy-Rich: Keeping an Eye On the Why, Together | Editorial

Collaboration. It’s common to consider, attempt, and refine, but it’s rarely on display as it was in Omaha last month. At a three-day event we focused on deep partnerships between public libraries and schools to increase access to materials for kids.

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.

Champion of Confidence | Office Hours

I chatted recently with New Zealand librarian Sally Pewhairangi, who shares her unique approach to encouraging library professionals on a new website called The Library Boss. Her ideas should inspire LIS students, new librarians, and seasoned professionals.

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.

Missing the Mark: Time To Refocus Our Advocacy Approach | Editorial

If you haven’t yet read From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018, please put it on the top of your to-do list. Released in March by the Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association Office for Library Advocacy, in partnership with OCLC, it updates the findings of the initial Awareness to Funding report done in 2008 with startling insights into how voters connect to libraries or—more concerning—increasingly don’t.

Reversing the Slide in Voter Support | BackTalk

The 2018 “From Awareness to Funding” study should inspire deep reflection within the library community about how we have been doing public outreach, voter engagement, and everyday advocacy over this past decade.

Materials on Hand | Materials Handling

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

Is Change Finally Here?: It Began Slowly, but It Is Quickly Taking Over | Blatant Berry

I watched the Women’s March, saw feminist passions take over the Academy Awards, and spent all day in front of the TV to witness 800,000 mostly young Americans conduct their March for Our Lives, the compelling protest that spread over the United States and the world. I saw black Americans forced to reassert their fundamental rights yet again as Black Lives Matter, 50 years after Martin Luther King was killed. It took me back to the Sixties and the protests of that time.