April 25, 2018

The Aspen Institute Releases “Rising to the Challenge” Report

On October 14, the Aspen Institute released its report “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries.” The report, a product of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries (DPL), examines how U.S. public libraries are uniquely situated to advance the needs of the communities they serve—and how these communities can best respond to libraries’ needs in turn.

NextGen: Where Are All the Jobs?

By Christen Orbanus When I first began applying to library schools, I heard rumors about all these great jobs that would be open to new students after graduation. For some time now there has been talk of a surge of retirements in the profession and how more librarians are urgently needed. It made for a […]

Are You Really NextGen?

By Katherine Furlong At first it was just a stray gray hair or two, easily ignored. Then came the human resources training session, and the realization that I was in an EEO age-protected category. Finally, I was reading LJ‘s NextGen column and realized that I couldn’t relate. In fact, I was a bit annoyed by […]

What the Humanities PhD Crisis Means for Academic Librarians | From the Bell Tower

By Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA Academic librarians ought to think like Groucho Marx Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Over the past two years the job market for academic librarians offered nothing much to cheer. It’s been tough on new-to-the-profession colleagues seeking to enter the workforce. The […]

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By LJ Staff Giesecke, Joan & Beth McNeil. Fundamentals of Library Supervision. 2d ed. ALA. 2010. 189p. bibliog. index. ISBN 978-0-8389-1016-0. pap. $55. It’s not unusual for librarians to be promoted into supervisory positions without the benefits of a role model, a good mentor, or even a halfway decent management class in graduate school. This […]

Poets House National InstituteAimsToBoost Poetry in Public Libraries

By Marcella Veneziale Focus is on tactics to raise patron–and staff–awareness Poets House has grown exponentially since its 1985 founding by poet Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray as a place for anyone to read or write poetry. Starting in a classroom in New York City’s High School for the Humanities and moving to […]

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By LJ Staff Maatta, Stephanie L. A Few Good Books: Using Contemporary Readers’ Advisory Strategies To Connect Readers with Books. Neal-Schuman. 2009. c.400p. illus. index. ISBN 978-1-55570-669-2. $69.95. PRO MEDIA Readers’ Advisory (RA) is more important than ever owing to the sheer volume of reading materials available, the wide range of formats, and the emerging […]

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By LJ Staff Pantry, Sheila & Peter Griffiths. How To Give Your Users the LIS Services They Want. Facet, dist. by Neal-Schuman. 2009. 224p. index. ISBN 978-1-85604-672-5. pap. $85. PRO MEDIA Though written by British authors and imported from the UK, this book is a tremendous resource for all U.S. libraries, as most of them […]

Coping with Continual Motion

By Betha Gutsche A focus on competencies can help librarians stick to values while absorbing future shock During the Pacific Northwest’s 2001 Nisqually earthquake, the ground in my backyard undulated as if it were the surface of the ocean. My notion of solid ground upended. A similar if not as threatening sensation of a once-solid […]

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By LJ Staff Bodart, Joni Richards. Radical Reads 2: Working with the Newest Edgy Titles for Teens. Scarecrow. 2010. c.464p. bibliog. ISBN 978-0-8108-6908-0. $45. PRO MEDIA Veteran author Bodart continues the work she began with Radical Reads: 101 YA Novels on the Edge (2002), this time featuring titles that have been published since then. After […]