April 24, 2018

Format Follows Function

When it comes to collection development, libraries are making more complex choices based on what patrons want and in what format they want it. Print books come in hardcover and paperback, with an ever-growing selection of large print; library binding, while less popular than it once was, is still an option. Ebook models are more varied than ever, but libraries must pay attention to licensing restrictions, term and use limits, and subscription models. Audiobooks, which are experiencing steady gains in appeal, present some of the widest range of format choices: CDs, downloadable audio, and preloaded players.

Editors’ Fall 2015 Picks

These approaching releases are grabbing the LJ review editors’ attention and are great bets for your patrons as the daylight grows shorter and the air more chilly.

The Need To Be Anonymous: Empowering and liberating free expression | Blatant Berry

I’m always surprised when librarians who read LJ complain because we allow anonymous comments to be published or posted. In a message on our Feedback page, Andrea Segall, a retired librarian who worked at the Berkeley Public Library, CA, and is involved in a protest against that library’s current weeding practices and program, takes LJ to task for allowing anonymous comment.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, September 1, 2015 Issue

Fighting invisibility with the rhetoric of education, taking issue with anonymity, critiquing a book review, and more from the September 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal

Branching Out | September 2015

A major renovation at the UC San Diego library, groundbreaking at the Oregon City Public Library, remodeling the Nixon Presidential Library, and more new construction and renovation news from the September 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Amy Kimani appointed Executive Director of the Bristol Public Library; Kate Hill named Electronic Resources and Distance Education Librarian at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Clay McDaniel becomes VP of Global Marketing at ProQuest; and more new hired, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

No Cold Shoulder in Kentucky | Self-Publishing & Libraries

A Computers in Libraries conference got Jim Blanton thinking: ebooks were on the rise. Self-publishing was taking off. How could libraries turn the challenge into an opportunity?

Creativity, Diversity, Simplicity | The Digital Shift

Denise Jacobs is a web design and development industry veteran of 17 years and has written and coauthored several web design books and articles. She’s now a speaker, author, and consultant on creativity and innovation, as well as one of the keynote presenters at LJ’s free virtual event, The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities, to […]

Positive Signs | The User Experience

Criticism is necessary when a library aims to evaluate and improve the experience it is providing its members. Before you can start making improvements, you have to know what needs to be improved. This, of course, is no excuse to be negative, mean, accusatory, or defeatist. Criticism can and should be done positively and with good intention. After all, more flies get caught with honey, right?

Lessons from a Leader’s First Year | Backtalk

A colleague once told me that librarians get into management like penguins falling off an ice floe. While it’s not the most flattering image, it felt a little too apt during my first year as an assistant director. Moving into leadership has been the single most formative experience of my career. It’s also been one of my most difficult professional challenges, and sometimes I still relate all too well to a flailing, flightless bird dropping into icy water.