May 25, 2018

Editorial

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.

Sustainability, Squared: Great Buildings Are Just the Start | Editorial

The six projects that won the 2018 AIA/ALA Building Awards are worth a good look. The awards, presented each year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA), celebrate excellence in architectural design and help identify trends to consider in new buildings or renovations.

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.

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.

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.

Next-Level Engagement: Leading Communities on Resilience | Editorial

I love the framing of the new report from the Aspen Institute, “Libraries: Building Community Resilience in Colorado,” published January 31. Casting libraries as engines of resilience is so right-on and so smart as we strive to better articulate our impact and potential.

A Winning Story: Big Successes, with an Eye To Winds of Change | Editorial

A full 90 percent of all library referenda tracked by political action committee EveryLibrary and LJ passed in 2017. It’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the astounding support that number represents as it encompasses results in both blue and red states, cities large and small.

Compass Reading: IMLS’s 2018–22 Strategic Plan Sets a New Tone | Editorial

With 2018 under way, the work to ensure key funding at the federal level steps up. On December 21, 2017, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), along with Susan Collins (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), introduced the bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA) of 2017. The bill, essentially a reauthorization of the programs administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, reasserts the value of libraries and museums in the cultural fabric and creates an opportunity for political leaders to put a stake in the ground for these vital institutions.

Light in the Dark: Facing the Challenges Ahead | Editorial

We spend a lot of time as the year turns reflecting and anticipating what’s to come. This year, such reflection is intensified by a seemingly relentless assault on basic rights in a polarized political climate. This calls on us to fight for what our communities need as never before.

All In: Remaking Public Life | Editorial

The need to reinvent public life has special relevance today, as too much civic discourse fails the civility test, threatening our ability to solve problems, much less build a better world. Libraries are stepping forward and actively working to find ways to foster deeper community engagement.