June 18, 2018

Is Change Finally Here?: It Began Slowly, but It Is Quickly Taking Over | Blatant Berry

I watched the Women’s March, saw feminist passions take over the Academy Awards, and spent all day in front of the TV to witness 800,000 mostly young Americans conduct their March for Our Lives, the compelling protest that spread over the United States and the world. I saw black Americans forced to reassert their fundamental rights yet again as Black Lives Matter, 50 years after Martin Luther King was killed. It took me back to the Sixties and the protests of that time.

Experience Required

Practicums and internships give LIS students valuable experience on the ground but can prove more of a barrier than a boon.

Accessibility Awareness | The User Experience

May 17 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The idea started with a 2011 blog post by web developer Joe Devon, in which he argued that “it’s more important to make a site accessible than pretty.” As librarians at the University of Southern California (USC), we began a case study in December on accessible design for library instruction. We invoke Devon’s humility, as well as his call to action, because it closely follows our own path of going from knowing very little to gaining more knowledge and becoming advocates for accessibility.

BookExpo/BookCon 2018 Preview

With so many sessions, panels, and events, trade publishing conference BookExpo and its consumer companion BookCon, held May 30–June 1 and June 2–3, respectively, at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, can be overwhelming for conference newbies and veterans alike. Here are a few that the LJ editors are most excited to attend.

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.

Good Bones | Library Design

The key notes of the Laurel Branch Library—transparency and playfulness—work together.

Certified Sustainable | Library Design

NYLA’s benchmarking system helps libraries, step by step, attain organizationwide sustainability.

Inclusive Restroom Design | Library Design

Until recently, the widespread re­examination of library design principles largely stopped at the bathroom door. But that’s changing as awareness spreads that many patrons identify as transgender, non­binary, agender, genderfluid, or otherwise don’t fall within the male/female binary.

Reaching Net Zero | Library Design

Colorado College’s library renovation added space, services, and facilities while achieving ambitious sustainability goals.