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A scholar’s pool of tears, Part 1

This is Part 1 of the origin story of the following scholarly article. In this blog post I review how this article was produced and accepted for publication, and why I chose a non-OA journal. Schneider, K.G. (in press). To Be Real: Antecedents and Consequences of Sexual Identity Disclosure by Academic Library Directors, The Journal […]

Directory of Quebec Law Blogs

Édith Guilhermont, a legal scholar at the University of Sherbrooke in the province of Quebec, has created a directory of Quebec law-related blogs.It lists blogs that deal with law applicable to Quebec an whose main audience is the Quebec...Show More Summary

Two New Canadian Association of Law Libraries Awards

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries announced at its 2016 annual conference in Vancouver that Thomson Reuters is funding two new prizes launched in memory of members the Association lost in 2015. The Gisele Laprise Prize will recognize...Show More Summary

LIU Librarians, Faculty Return After 12-Day Lockout

When classes began on the Brooklyn, NY campus of Long Island University (LIU) September 7, students found their professors barred from campus and replaced by alternate instructors. A contract stalemate between LIU-Brooklyn faculty and...Show More Summary

Boston looking to turn the page on lack of school libraries

Topic: Libraries More than half of public schools in Boston do not have libraries, leaving thousands of students — the majority of them in distressed neighborhoods — without a safe place to study and access to resources so they can learn...Show More Summary

A scene of homeless misery greets patrons trying to use Santa Ana's award-winning library

Topic: Public Libraries ut a visit to the downtown library has become, on many days, a walk through a gantlet of misery: Homeless men and women sleep in the lawn while others plead with visitors for change. Inside the building, signs...Show More Summary

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Teresa Elberson is the Director of Lafayette Public Library System, LA; Susanne Mehrer to become Dean of Libraries at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; OCLC and IFLA name five librarians to Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Robot-written reviews fool academics

Topic: Academic Libraries Using automatic text generation software, computer scientists at Italy’s University of Trieste created a series of fake peer reviews of genuine journal papers and asked academics of different levels of seniority...Show More Summary

September 2016 Issue of Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World

The Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World newsletter, published by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), highlights issues pertaining to government and recordkeeping practices in the public and private sectors around the world.The...Show More Summary

Kobo Launches E-reader Integrated with OverDrive

Kobo on September 30 will launch the Aura ONE, a dedicated e-reader that promises seamless searching and one-click downloading of library ebooks via OverDrive. Using a review unit provided by Kobo and a personal New York Public Library (NYPL) account, LJ explored the process. Initial library account sign in on the Aura ONE is comparable […]

Hosting Tech Camps | The Digital Shift

As community centers, libraries are always looking for new ways to offer educational programming. Some libraries have been fortunate enough to incorporate complete Maker spaces in their buildings, but for those that don't have the funding or space, all is not lost. Show More Summary

New! Quick Reads Series – Building and Operating A Digital Media Lab

Building and Operating a Digital Media Lab by Jeffrey B. Fisher64 pages ISBN: 978-0-8389-8829-9 Published 2016 by PLA, division of ALA   This “Quick Read” is a succinct road map to the key components of building and operating a digital media lab (DML). Jeffrey Fisher, Studio Services Manager at Fountaindale Public Library’s Studio 300 (Bolingbrook, […]

When Libraries Don’t Provide Value

Topic: Libraries Librarians tend to agree that their libraries deliver value to community members. But what exactly does that mean? What type of value? Time saving value? Life changing value? Those are quite different. What value do libraries offer? New research identifies 30 types of value of four levels in a Maslow’s like hierarchy. Show More Summary

Working Toward Change | Workforce Development

Melanie Colletti was on desk in the Denver Public Library’s (DPL) technology center when she recognized a woman at a computer who’d been a participant in the library’s “Free To Learn” job seekers program the previous year. “She seemed...Show More Summary

The Future of Connection | Designing the Future

Gigabit tech, big data, and the rise of ride-share are a few forces at work on the communication and transportation horizon   SUSTAINABLE & EQUITABLE In the next five to ten years, says Susan Shaheen, codirector of the Institute of Transportation Studies’ Transportation Sustainability Research Center, “advanced technologies and big data will enable us to […]

In Banned Books Scavenger Hunt, The Prize Is Literary 'Smut'

Topic: Libraries The whole idea for the hunt was motivated by the desire to have more of the public involved in Banned Books Week, which runs this year from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, says Linnea Hegarty, executive director of the D.C. Public Library Foundation. Show More Summary

Old books imitate art?

Topic: Books With the invention of the e-reader and digital downloads of books, you might not be buying as many books as you used to. But what if you have dozens of vintage books from over the years? Book readers, you can turn your books...Show More Summary

National Book Foundation Honors Robert A. Caro

The National Book Foundation today announced that it is awarding the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Robert A. Caro, the celebrated author of The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York and the multivolume biography The Years of Lyndon Johnson. He is the 29th recipient of the medal, created […]

Canadian Bar Association Legal Futures Round-Up: September 19, 2016

CBA National, the magazine of the Canadian Bar Association, publishes a regular feature entitled Legal Futures roundup that tracks "noteworthy developments, opinions and news in the legal futures space as a means of furthering discussion...Show More Summary

Fall Lineup at the Supreme Court of Canada

Earlier this week, the Toronto Star published a preview of some of the big cases to be heard this fall at the Supreme Court of Canada:"Can a Canadian court curb Google search results worldwide if they advertise a Canadian company’s counterfeiting...Show More Summary

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