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As youth services administrator for the Dallas Public Library (DPL), Melissa Dease coordinates children’s programs and initiatives at all 29 library locations. It’s a role she takes to heart. Dease began in 2013, a time of “low staff morale, depressed operating budget, and skeleton staffing levels,” says nominator Jo Giudice, DPL director.
“My path to librarianship was by no means traditional,” says Tonya Garcia, whose story is a testament to her dedication to her community. A high school dropout,she married young and was a full-time mother. “I knew poverty,” she says, “I knew what it was like to search for quarters to pay for a pack of diapers to last before the next paycheck.”
Knowing how to explain the value and impact of libraries to stakeholders is crucial, and Linda Hofschire is helping librarians nationwide sharpen those skills. “Librarians have felt increasing pressure in recent years to demonstrate their [library’s] worth from a data-based perspective, but they don’t necessarily get a lot of training for that in school,” she explains.
At the 1964 summer Olympics in Tokyo, sprinter Marilyn White and her teammates won the silver medal in a relay event. She later became an elementary school teacher, genealogist, and motivational speaker.
When Reginald Burnette Jr. was in third grade, one of his grandfathers gave him a bicycle. “He would work on his car and do an oil change, and…I would do a tire change [on my bike],” says Burnette, who has a degree in culinary arts and goes by “Chef Boy RB” or just RB.
It’s hard to believe that when Helene Blowers created her “Learning 2.0: 23 Things” program, the term “Web 2.0” was a novel one. It was 2007, and it earned Blowers a nomination to Library Journal’s “Movers & Shakers” list. The program stands as an early example of web-based social learning. Show More Summary
Collection development, the process of gathering and maintaining information resources for libraries has become increasingly complex, with libraries continuing to consider their blend of print volumes to e-books under shrinking budgets and a growing number of acquisition models. Show More Summary
Tuesday, Mar 21, 2016, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT OA has been growing steadily, but while it's becoming more established, it is still undergoing transformation. By definition, OA is the free and unrestricted access to scholarly and scientific work, but the system remains unbalanced and the practicalities of implementation are challenging. Show More Summary
It may have been International Women’s Day, but on the evening of March 8 The Story Prize went to Rick Bass, the sole male author among the three finalists. Bass’s collection, For a Little While, took the $20,000 prize (and an engraved silver bowl), awarded to the outstanding short story collection of the year.
These are exciting times for Chicago Collections (CC), an online member consortium of libraries, museums, historical societies, and other cultural heritage organizations in and around Chicago. CC named a new executive director, Jeanne Long, in February, and is gearing up to cohost the annual gathering of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) in April.
Libraries are always looking for ways to engage and connect with patrons. But understanding the shift from traditional public relations (PR) to today’s customer-centric digital marketing landscape has become a key to successful engagement.
The American Library Association (ALA) faces the difficult job of finding new leaders at a time of great uncertainty about the nation’s politics and how this will impact the nation’s future and that of libraries.
College students seem perfectly willing to wait in long lines for odd and mundane things alike. So why do they tell us they are in too much of a hurry to wait to talk to a librarian?
Librarian Janie Hermann, a 2007 LJ Mover & Shaker, noted early in 2016 that a lot of books were coming out about hygge, the Danish term for taking pleasure in the simple things in life, and suggested that it might be a nice underlying theme for some of our winter programming at New Jersey’s Princeton Public Library. Show More Summary
The modern fantasy genre includes both the sublime and the subversively ridiculous. Novelist Lloyd Alexander famously said, “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.” Philosopher-writer Theodor Geisel also said, “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Show More Summary
Thursday, Mar 23, 2016, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT In this session, Ingram Library Services will facilitate a panel discussion with experts from around the book industry as they share their insights into this process. We hope you’ll join us and come away with some useful tips for perfecting your own collections! Register Now!
INFOdocket editor Gary Price highlights the top free online resources and apps that should be at the fingertips of every reference librarian.
Do you want to web stream your story times? The Youth Services Department at the Fayetteville Public Library, AR, hoped to make these events available to parents and children who couldn’t get to the library, and our patrons’ response has been fantastic!
The most highly acclaimed databases and digital reference products reviewed by LJ in 2016.
The top reference titles published in 2016, selected by a committee of LJ reviewers and editors.