Circ Shift

Circ Shift

Since its inception in 1998, LJ’s annual materials survey has tracked budget and circulation statistics in public libraries nationwide. This year, owing to the increasing complexity of the materials libraries collect, we’ve moved the focus to circulation alone, leaving financial matters to the annual budget survey. It proved a particularly timely decision. In 2018, for the first time since 1999, circulation stumbled.


FY20 Budget Proposes to Eliminate IMLS; Advocates Called On to Step Up

Lisa Peet, Mar 13, 2019
The White House released President Trump’s preliminary FY20 budget proposal on Monday, March 11. As with the administration’s proposed FY18 and FY19 budgets, it calls for major cuts to domestic federal spending, and proposes the elimination of a number of non-military agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Emilio Estevez, Back in the Library with The Public | ALA Midwinter 2019

Lisa Peet, Mar 03, 2019
Members of the library community are not the only ones who have excitedly awaited the release of Emilio Estevez’s newest film, The Public. But they were among its first audiences, at screenings held during the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. Before the Midwinter screening, Estevez and Ryan Dowd, author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness, sat down with LJ to talk about The Public and the story of its 12-year journey.

ACRL 2019 Conference Preview

Lisa Peet, Mar 11, 2019
The theme of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference in Cleveland, April 10–13, is Recasting the Narrative. This year’s gathering promises over 500 programs that will explore new roles for academic library professionals, as well as new ways the library can position itself—on campus and within the higher education landscape.

National Book Critics Circle Names 2018 Winners

Barbara Hoffert, Mar 15, 2019
National Book Critics Circle winners for titles published in 2018 include Anna Burns, Steve Coll, and Zadie Smith. 

Alexandra Chassanoff, Apr 12, 2018
During the week of March 19–23 MIT Libraries convened experts from across disciplines and domains to identify and address grand challenges in the scholarly communication and information science landscape.
Mirco Tonin, Jan 03, 2018
Suppose a librarian receives an email from a man named Greg Walsh, wanting to become a cardholder or simply inquiring about the open hours. Would the librarian reply? And, if so, would the reply be polite, including for instance some form of salutation, such as “Hello” or “Good morning”? Does your answer change if the guy is called Tyrone Washington? Is a librarian treating Jake Mueller differently from DeShawn Jackson?
LJ Reviews, Apr 11, 2018
A detailed look at pain management implementing the use of medical cannabis rather than opioids; A complex look at the issue of opioid abuse backed up with research and first hand stories; A valuable addition to the conversation about addiction filled with case studies illustrating the complexities of the disease
Mahnaz Dar, Jan 20, 2018
Editor Sarah Janssen discusses editing The World Almanac in an age where being attuned to "fake news" is especially vital.
Gary Price, Mar 24, 2019
The Library of Congress Fiscal 2020 Budget Justification document (191 pages; PDF) is now available online. From the Document: The Library of Congress is submitting its fiscal 2020 appropriations in alignment with the direction of the 14th Librarian of Congress and the strategic goals and objectives articulated in its new fiscal 2019– 2020 Strategic Plan: […]
Gary Price, Mar 23, 2019
From a JISC Blog Post: As technology adapts at an exponential rate and becomes more and more ingrained in people’s day to day lives, it will continue to be  a key asset that higher education  institutions (HEIs) must make the most of to help with these and other goals.  HEIs also have a responsibility to […]
Gary Price, Mar 23, 2019
From the Gainesville Sun: The late Joseph “Joel” Marcus Buchanan was known to be a man of many words, especially when it came to the history of blacks in Gainesville and Alachua County, and on Friday at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Library he was honored with the unveiling of the Joel Buchanan […]
Gary Price, Mar 23, 2019
From Digital Trends: Free movie streaming site Kanopy has suffered a significant data leak, according to security researcher Justin Paine. Due to an unprotected web log database, which could be publicly accessed without authentication of any kind, Paine believes that the company has been leaking “roughly 26-40 million log lines per day beginning March 7th.” Though Kanopy has now […]
Neal Wyatt,  Mar 22, 2019
The RITA finalists are announced. Philip Pullman wins the JM Barrie lifetime achievement award. More spring book picks add to the running count.

LJ Reviews,  Mar 21, 2019
While later books might have a clearer path, this opener from Connolly is a bumpy start; fans of the series will enjoy the truly heroic compromises Tom makes to be with the woman he loves; the likable protagonists add heart to the larger, more serious theme of ethical journalism

Neal Wyatt,  Mar 21, 2019
Six new bestsellers arrive; C.J. Box leads the pack. There are more awards breaking news and more spring book picks too, including the cookbooks of the season. Jezebel goes to the Maryland town Nora Roberts has all but remade.

LJ Reviews,  Mar 21, 2019
Stylish Succulents; Vertical Vegetables; Starting & Saving Seeds



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