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Branching Out, November 2016

Central Arkansas Library System's Dee Brown Library relaunches; Tulsa City-County Central Library's three-year remodel is open; Dayton Metro Library gets a new Vandalia Branch; and more new construction and renovation news from the November 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, November 15, 2016

Hearing only the good news?, taking business practices we can use, in praise of listening broadly, and more letters to editor from the November 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

LibraryThing Holiday Store is Live!

On top of SantaThing (signups close this Sunday, 5pm EST!) and our annual Holiday Card Exchange (which starts this Monday—more coming soon), LibraryThing is bringing you more holiday cheer with our annual Holiday Store Sale! Everything is off but this year, we’re offering CueCat scanners and barcode labels at exceptionally low prices for your library’s […]

LJ’s Best Books of 2016

Our picks for the Top Ten books of 2016, plus Top Five picks in genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and more.

Hidebound: The Grisly Invention of Parchment

Topic: Libraries While most of the Old World was writing on papyrus, bamboo, and silk, Europe carved its own gruesome path through the history books. From Hidebound: The Grisly Invention of Parchment : Longreads Tweet

December 2016 Issue of In Session: Canadian Association of Law Libraries' e-Newsletter

The December 2016 issue of In Session is available online.It is the monthly e-newsletter of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) and contains news from CALL committees and special interest groups, member updates and even...

Before and After - Calgary and Ft. McMurray

The other day Google Earth released updated historical imagery, so I thought it'd be neat to take a peek at two spots I know have grown a lot since 1985, the date of the earliest imagery. I also wanted a...

Libraries Test Chronicle: Collaborative Local History

The team behind Chronicle—a new collaborative platform and community designed for photographers—have approached several libraries over the past six months to participate in the closed beta release of the platform. Users add recent photos...Show More Summary

Mind your Posting Style

I recently read this article on Snapchat for business: Millennials [heart] Snapchat: 15 Tips on How to Use Snapchat for Business. The article has some helpful tips for Snapchat, and for social media posting in general. One tip that struck me was this: “Post in Snapchat style.” The author says this: Snapchat is a community that […]

Statistics Canada Report on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces

Stratistics Canada released a report earlier this week on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, 2016:"From April to June, 2016, active Regular Force and Primary Reserve members were invited to complete an electronic questionnaire...Show More Summary

We LOVE Our Librarians

Topic: Librarians The New York Times has announced the winners of their annual contest. Send these peeps your best. The 2016 I Love My Librarian Award recipients include three academic librarians, four public librarians and three school librarians. Show More Summary

From Good to Great, as a Leader | Leading from the Library

There’s a difference between being a good leader and a great leader, but it’s not what we might think. Greatness is not just being better than good. It’s about having force and channeling it for a purpose.

What's the fastest way to alphabetize your bookshelf?

Topic: Libraries You work at the college library. You’re in the middle of a quiet afternoon when suddenly, a shipment of 1,280 books arrives. The books are in a straight line, but they're all out of order, and the automatic sorting system is broken. Show More Summary

ABA Journal 10th Annual Blawg 100 List

The ABA Journal has released its 10th annual list of "the 100 most compelling" law-related blogs, otherwise known as the Blawg 100.It has also published an article on What bloggers told us about the state of the legal blogosphere.

The Pew Research Social Media Update 2016 is Out!

Pew Research Center’s Social Media Update 2016 is out. As usual, there are some interesting stats. Some highlights include: 68% of all US adults are Facebook users 28% use Instagram 26% use Pinterest 25% use LinkedIn 21% use Twitter Other interesting tidbits: Facebook use is growing, probably because of older adults joining up. This shot […]

Hey! The Library Is Kind of Awesome! Current Trends in US Public Library Services for Teens

Public library policy in the United States is largely localized, with each of more than nine thousand public libraries and public library systems setting their own operational and service policies. Still, public libraries across theShow More Summary

Librarians Stand for Right to Privacy and Freedom of Speech

“Privacy is the right to a free mind. Without privacy, you can't have anything for yourself. Saying you don't care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is like saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say."[2] Those powerful words reverberate what librarians have been preaching for so long.

The Transformative Possibilities of Libraries

Libraries are an important part of our democratic society. They serve as centers of knowledge as well as places where anyone can look for a job, get homework help, or attend an event.

Julie Webb: Tennessee’s Friend of the Year

At their Trustees/Friends luncheon on April 8, the Tennessee Library Association and Friends of Tennessee Libraries (FOTL) jointly honored longtime Friend Julie D. Webb with their Friend of the Year Award. Tennessee governor Bill Haslam...Show More Summary

Alberta Open Data Developments

Yesterday was a pretty good day for Open Data in Alberta. First, the City of Calgary went live with a Socrata version of their Open Data portal. Previously they had been running on some sort of Microsoft SharePoint (my guess)...

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