February 16, 2018

Fewer Dollars, More Sense | Field Reports

Managing library computers for staff and the public can be a daunting task. Keeping track of licenses and equipment and maintaining them can be difficult, especially in a ten-branch system with a couple of hundred machines. But smaller, less expensive computers have been coming on the market lately, and at the Somerset County Library System (SCLS), NJ, we have been using these solutions to assist our staff and patrons with daily functions. Whether it be a Raspberry PI for a digital sign, a Chromebook/Box/Base for the public or staff to use, or a ZBOX for checkout, they all cost less, run faster, and work just as well as their costly counterparts.

Feedback: Letters to LJ | September 15, 2015 Issue

Library embraces entrepreneurship; more graphic novels, not fewer; community outreach; and more letters to the editor from the September 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

News Briefs | September 15, 2015

A $300,000 gift from an anonymous donor to the Bozeman Public Library, MT, will help fund a new bookmobile, The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library launched the Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection, and more news in brief from the September 15, 2015.

Library People News | September 15, 2015

Stephen P. Weiter was appointed Dean of University Libraries at Oakland University, George Needham was appointed Director of Delaware County District Library, and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

The Amazing Library Titles Race | Programs That Pop

“The Ass Is Dead! LONG LIVE the Ass!” Do I have your attention?

Good. That is the point of a library instruction workshop game that requires students to unscramble a book title, then search the catalog to find the item’s location and retrieve it from the shelves.

The 2015 New Landmarks: These 22 public library buildings set a high bar | Editorial

Five years ago, a burning question evolved into what is now the ongoing New Landmark Libraries (NLL) project. Often in conversation with librarians on the verge of construction, I was asked which libraries should be on a “must see” list. Beyond the go-to, big name projects, we at LJ had our favorites recently opened, but our lists were personal and not comprehensive. Hence, the New Landmark Libraries. The national competition was designed to bring forward the excellence in library buildings for celebration, as a tour planner for those approaching a capital project, and as a road map for the next generation of libraries still not even on the boards.

Nurture or Nature? | Office Hours

Summer wanes, and it’s back to school for LIS students, their professors, and the folks who support them in so many ways. At graduation ceremonies, we always acknowledge the family members and significant others who help LIS students along the path toward their degrees. Let’s shine a light on the importance of current librarians, administrators, and those who work alongside soon-to-be librarians. Their impact might be just as strong as the support of family and friends.

Outcomes, Impacts, and Indicators

The Impact Survey was first used in 2009 to help gather data for the Opportunity for All study reports, conducted by the University of Washington’s iSchool with assistance from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Libraries were enlisted to connect to a web survey, the results of which were used to augment responses gathered through a telephone-based poll. To our surprise and delight, we gathered more than 45,000 survey responses in just ten weeks, with about 400 libraries participating. Even more delightful was finding that libraries were using the data from Opportunity for All as well as the reports of Impact Survey results from their own ­communities.

The Human Network | The Digital Shift

The librarians who are thriving most consistently in the digital era are those who have found a way to operate as a node in a network of libraries and librarians. They are agents of change, actively creating the future instead of constantly reacting to it—or worse, resisting it.