In a course I teach, we spend a little time thinking about the role fear plays in the construction of social issues. Philip Jenkins and Joel Best have both written persuasively about the ways in which anxiety is a potent lever for influencing public opinion and gaining attention for various causes. Once a problem has been identified and named, various claims-makers have incentives to associate their pet issues with the named threat, often expanding the domain of the problem by widening its purported influence. In the process, the threat is often distorted.
The Chicago Public Library has been awarded the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service for its wealth of innovative programs, including the Makers Lab that gives patrons hands-on experience with 3D printers.
Around the turn of the 20th century—a golden age for libraries in America—the Snead Bookshelf Company of Louisville, Ky., developed a new system for large-stack library shelving. Snead’s multifloor stack systems can still be seen in many important libraries built in that era, for instance at Harvard, Columbia, the Vatican,...
Now that the world of self-publishing has become more commonplace and tools are in place to help authors from a variety of skill levels complete their works for publication, one of the chief hurdles that authors still seek help for is marketing. Book promotion continues to be a huge obstacle to success for authors, regardless of publishing mode. A panel at the recent PubSmartCon, chaired by Shari Stauch, CEO of Where Writers Win, discussed the merits of professional book reviews and book clubs as avenues for book discovery.
Think of two trends in the development of the library's network presence. These have emerged successively and continue to operate together.
A centripetal trend producing a library network presence centered on the institutional website, as the library wants to offer an integrated service.A centrifugal trend, unbundling functionality and placing it in a variety of decentered network presences, as the library wants to be in the flow of its users (think of how communication has been unbundled to social networking sites for example, or of how metadata may be shared with various aggregation sites, or of how a resolver may be configured for use with a third party site).
The decentered library network presence is an important component of library service although it still appears to be an emergent interest in strategic or organizational terms.
Like most library students, I learned about the Dewey Decimal System, the Library of Congress, and the father of the American public library, Andrew Carnegie. But I also learned about the necessary transformation of the library in the 21st century. In order to survive, it was hammered into our brains again and again, a library...
Congratulations to the Jiří Mahen Library in Brno, Czech Republic, represented by Libuše Nivnická who have been awarded first place in the 12th IFLA International Marketing Award for 2014., for its innovative partnership program, Library in the Tram – Tram to the Library.
The Tuscaloosa Public Library has been chosen by the American Library Association as one of 10 library systems from across the nation to participate in a community outreach program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Called the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort, this 18-month program will fund training for Mary Elizabeth Harper, the library's executive director, two librarians and a community volunteer on community engagement.
The second interview was with a woman from human resources. She seemed to have a list of questions from a “how to interview job candidates” book. She asked me what I would say about myself to convince her I wanted the job if we were in an elevator together and I had thirty seconds to sell myself. As someone with experience working in non-profits and academia, I’d never heard this question, so I said: “I wouldn’t talk to you about myself in an elevator; that would be awkward.”
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
great post. I love the end: "If I interview again in the future and someone from HR asks me about a box, I will take a deep breath. Then I’ll ask: what is the box and what do you need it to do? What do your patrons want out of the box? In what ways is the box broken, and how do you expect someone in this position to help?"
This article presents an analysis of 111 Library and Information Science journals based on measurements of “openness” including copyright policies, open access self-archiving policies and open access publishing options. We propose a new metric to rank journals, the J.O.I. Factor (Journal Openness Index), based on measures of openness rather than perceived rank or citation impact. Finally, the article calls for librarians and researchers in LIS to examine our scholarly literature and hold it to the principles and standards that we are asking of other disciplines. [Also available as an EPUB for reading on mobile devices, or as a PDF.]
The backlash against Literary Citizenship is underway, and perhaps it was inevitable.
For those unaware of term, it’s widely used in the literary, bookish community to refer to activities that support and further reading, writing, and publishing, and the growth of your professional network. In some ways, it’s a more palatable (or friendly) way to think of platform building.
For previous posts in this series, please see The Awesomeness of My Little Free Library and 5 Tips for Running a Little Free Library By now you all have probably realized that I’m pretty much obsessed with my Little Free … Continued
This article explores the 12 core elements of an ideal corporate information center and how they compare and contrast with those of an academic library. The author aso provides insight into librarians' skill sets and ideas for communicating information management tools and services.This article is based on Oliver Renn’s Library Connect webinar presentation Compare and contrast: The evolution of academic and corporate library services.
Technology changes that are impacting information flow, content, and communication with opportunities in academic and research libraries. By revealing directions in social, mobile, consumer, messaging, and publishing technology we can predict how technology and libraries are designing the future.I
Julie Robinson is the manager of the Ruiz branch of the Kansas City Public Library. Robinson is heading up a new seed library program that allows patrons to “check out” packets of flower, herb and vegetable seeds and, at the end of the growing season, “return” seeds collected from the plants they grew.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public Library (CPL) today launched a new online experience for all library patrons, including a redesigned website, an improved library catalog and greater accessibility and convenience. After several months in beta format to complete testing and allow patrons to become accustomed to new features, the new online platform is now live at www.chipublib.org.
“This new online platform by the Chicago Public Library enhances community interaction and engages patrons and residents across the city through the most modern technology.
Funded by a $1 million grant [includes funding for three years of development] from the Chicago Public Library Foundation, the new website will serve as the model public library website.
CPL has partnered with software company BiblioCommons to re-envision the library’s online experience which included the site’s development, research, design, and ongoing enhancements that will be rolled out over th next three years.
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