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MIT task force releases preliminary “Future of Libraries” report

Topic: Libraries The MIT task force arranged ideas about the MIT Libraries into four “pillars,” which structure the preliminary report. They are “Community and Relationships,” involving the library’s interactions with local and global...Show More Summary

Legal Regulation of Marijuana in Canada and Selected Other Countries

The Library of Parliament has just published a background paper on The Legal Regulation of Marijuana in Canada and Selected Other Countries:"This document discusses the legal regulation of marijuana in Canada and in a number of other jurisdictions. Show More Summary

High School Diplomas @ the Public Library

Thursday, November 10th, 2016, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PTOur panelists will share why they chose the program and what it’s meant in terms of community partnerships, exposure, demonstrating outcomes, etc. They will also...Show More Summary

Break the Cycle with Evidence-based Analytics and Selection

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PTThis webinar will not only discuss how to improve decisions when purchasing new items, but also how to make existing collections work harder. Until recently, many libraries would respond to the high volume of dead items in their collections through weeding alone. Show More Summary

Supreme Court of Canada Calendar of Upcoming Hearings

The Supreme Court of Canada has published its calendar of appeal hearings for the period October 31 to November 11, 2016.To find out more about any particular case, the Court's website has a section that allows users to find docket information, case summaries as well as facta from the parties. All you need to do is click on a case name.

It's Not Too Late to Save the Stacks

Topic: Academic Libraries Libraries For in-depth assignments, nothing replaces the chance to introduce students face-to-face to a nonvirtual librarian who can help them navigate the research process. One invaluable lesson of standing...Show More Summary

Feedback: Letters to LJ, October 1, 2016 Issue

Aligning with Black Lives Matter?, all sides weigh in on Sci-Hub, keeping fair use out of court, and more letters to editor from the October 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Newsprint in Black | Product Spotlight

Beginning with the publication of Freedom’s Journal by Samuel Cornish and John Brown Russwurm in 1827, U.S. newspapers and periodicals written and distributed by African American journalists and publishers in the 19th and 20th centuries...Show More Summary

Willie Miller’s Grassroots Approach to Student Engagement Costs Less Than a Dollar

When LJ Mover & Shaker Willie Miller first got hired at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as the Informatics and Journalism Librarian in 2010, he was that rare commodity: a young person with an ear to the ground on social media and a taste for library science.

The Right Questions | Office Hours

How do we find that perfect hire? A recent email from Kit Stephenson, head of reference and adult services at Bozeman Public Library, MT, got me thinking: “I am trying to find the best questions to find a full-stack employee. A couple of attributes I require are compassion, team player, and thrives on change. Show More Summary

I Can’t Hear You…but I’m Still Listening | BackTalk

As adults, we might cover our ears with our hands at a loud blast or use headphones or earbuds to curate the sounds we want to enter our eardrums, but sticking our fingers in our ears and yelling, “I can’t hear you!” is usually frowned upon. Show More Summary

Announcement: We’re extending Open Access in Action!

We’re extending Open Access in Action! As part of our contribution to International Open Access Week 2016, we’re excited to announce that we will be extending Open Access in Action for a further six months. Starting in November, we’ll be rolling out a new phase of this program that will build upon the successes of […]

Whither (and Whether) OA?

We’ve now been discussing, advocating for, and arguing about open access for something like twenty years. (The first formal declaration on the topic was issued in 2002, but OA has been a subject of serious discussion in the scholarly-communication world since at least the mid-1990s.) An awful lot has changed since the turn of the […]

Free Access to Thousands of Reports from the US Congressional Research Service

The research reports of the Congressinal Research Service (CRS) in Washington are usually not easily accessible to the public.A new website called has been launched by a bipartisan coalition. The site currently includes...Show More Summary

Cultivating Your Inner Leader

In public libraries, most managers have an impressively broad range of duties. Our training and background may be primarily in some audience or service specialty and our day-to-day responsibilities may still include significant quantities of work related to that area. Show More Summary

Just Say No: Keeping Your Library Drug Free and Safe

The same things that make libraries a good place to study also make them a place where individuals feel they can get away with drug use.

Connecting Community Groups at the Library

The library’s reach isn’t limited to just its walls. The library’s reach should extend to the whole community. In a way, the whole community is part of the library: the schools, the civic groups, the offices of local politicians, the senior centers, the playgrounds, and much more.

Democracy, Libraries, and the Human Spirit: We Learn from Syria

In a free, democratic society, we live by a sacred code–a guarantee that some countries just do not have or if they do, it is not upheld. Libraries, as purveyors of the freedom of information, lay the foundation of democracy by encouraging literate, thinking people who participate in government and become educated voters. Show More Summary

A Place to Belong, A Place That Belongs | 2016 Designing Libraries Conference Report

The fifth annual Designing Libraries for the 21st Century conference, held at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, spotlighted “Innovations with Impact,” and featured voices from the design, library, and education worlds. The conference brought together about 250 practitioners from across the world.

Ann Marie Stock, William & Mary Libraries’ Inaugural Faculty Scholar

At the beginning of the 2016 academic year Ann Marie Stock, professor of Hispanic studies and film and media studies at the College of William & Mary (W&M), Williamsburg, VA, stepped into her new role as the inaugural W&M Libraries faculty scholar. Show More Summary

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