April 19, 2018

Personal, Actionable, Accessible | Office Hours

In a recent survey, I asked public library staff from all types of libraries across the United States to imagine what their perfect professional development (PD) learning experience would look like if neither money nor time were an issue.

This Library World: Inspired by Greater Global Perspective | Editorial

The global network of libraries can be difficult to imagine or describe, but now, thanks to a massive project undertaken by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), it is coming into better focus than ever before.

What’s Next for Design Thinking in Librarianship | From the Bell Tower

Librarians having been talking about design thinking for at least ten years. With growing interest surfacing in higher education and libraries, will we see broader adoption in academic libraries?

MIT Libraries Tackles Grand Challenges | Peer to Peer Review

During the week of March 19–23 MIT Libraries convened experts from across disciplines and domains to identify and address grand challenges in the scholarly communication and information science landscape.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, February 1, 2018 Issue

The MLIS is a piece of paper: discuss; not everyone is being robbed; and more letters to the editor from the February 1, 2018 issue of Library Journal.

Work in Progress: LJ Is Evolving; Here’s a Peek at What’s To Come | Editorial

Library Journal is no stranger to change. At 141 years of age and counting, the print publication has been reinvented many times. Later this spring, you’ll see a new logo for LJ that signals many robust changes on the horizon, all enabling us to be more effective at getting you the information you need to do your work in libraries large and small.

Library Leaders Need Productive Distraction | Leading From the Library

Learning from leadership stories is one great way to gain inspiration for personal leadership philosophy. But if leaders are overwhelmed with day-to-day details, they never get time to reflect on those stories or think about big picture issues. Getting distracted may help.

Privacy with Google Analytics | Field Reports

Google Analytics has a lot of configuration options, which is why webmasters love it. For the purposes of user privacy, however, there are just two configuration options to pay attention to, the “IP Anonymization” option and the “Display Features” option.

The Heart of Transformation: Shaped By the Moment, Anchored in Mission | Editorial

We seem to be creating a new level of humane library—as this year’s Movers & Shakers illustrate. Welcoming a new class of Movers offers an occasion to celebrate the many creative, passionate, and committed people who work in this field. For me, the process of selecting each Mover & Shaker from the many nominations is an opportunity to see just how robust individual effort, supported by enabling organizations, can be—and how impactful.

Save Government Information! | Peer to Peer Review

Today, access to born-digital federal government information is relatively easy. Most of it is even available for free. But there are few legal guarantees to ensure that the information published today will be available tomorrow. Now, the GPO Reform Act of 2018 about to be introduced in Congress, pitched as a modernization of the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), will actually endanger long-term free public access to government information.