March 17, 2018

Help Wanted | Programs That Pop

The concept of a volunteer fair is simple: prospective volunteers and nonprofits in need of volunteers come together. Any library can host, needing only space, tables, and chairs. Libraries benefit by fostering closer relations with local organizations and facilitating community engagement with current and new library patrons, and nonprofits benefit from the opportunity to recruit students, stay-at-home parents, seniors, and people of all backgrounds looking to get back into the workforce. Worcester Public Library (WPL), MA, did it, and you can, too!

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.

Teaching to the Team | Learning in Practice

Library leaders have strong views about what library schools should be doing to prepare the kind of employees they’re looking for, what graduates should know to transition successfully to library work, and how schools and libraries can collaborate to produce prosperous graduates.

Paralibrarian of the Year 2018: Orquidea Olvera

Orquidea Olvera runs Monterey County Free Libraries’ (MCFL) Early Literacy Mobile Outreach and improves MCFL’s ability to serve the county’s large Spanish-speaking population. Just two reasons she is LJ’s 2018 Paralibrarian of the Year, sponsored by DEMCO.

Susan Hildreth: Bridging LIS and Practice | Learning in Practice

As the inaugural Distinguished Practitioner in Residence (Professor of Practice) at the University of Washington Information School (UW iSchool), Susan ­Hildreth contributes a wealth of experience to her role connecting academia with the public library field.

Ghikas, What ALA Needs: The Perfect Model for the Search Committee | Blatant Berry

The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) recently appointed Mary Ghikas ALA executive director (ED) through January 2020. Ghikas has been interim ED since last August 2017, when previous ED Keith Fiels retired. Before that she was senior associate ED of member programs and services. After my last column (“A Librarian Must Lead ALA”), the news was deeply reassuring.

Music for (All of) the Ages | Music Matters

Whether the vagaries of early spring temperatures are keeping energetic kids indoors or parents are thinking ahead to summer road trips, music that can be enjoyed by every member of the family is worth its weight in gold.

Intersectional Feminism | Collection Development

Today’s intersectional feminism focuses on solidarity among social justice movements as well as shared responsibility for equality. These 27 resources will energize any collection.

Spring/Summer Bests | Debut Novels

LJ‘s Prepub Alert editor picks early spring titles you should order now and late spring and summer works you should have on your radar.