Remember Me | Memoir Titles and Trends

Remember Me | Memoir Titles and Trends

LJ’s first memoir preview looks at the trends in this season’s bumper crop of life stories.

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Business as Unusual: LJ's 2022 Public Library Fundraising Survey

Andrew Gerber, Apr 26, 2022
The results from LJ’s Fall 2021 Public Library Fundraising Survey demonstrate how the COVID-19 pandemic changed the ways libraries conducted their fund­raising. Like so much else in the library field, the pandemic forced library staff, administrators, and Friends groups to reconsider the best ways both to raise funds and utilize them.

Re-envisioning Web Preservation with The Weekly List | Peer to Peer Review

In 2021, the Annenberg School’s Library Archives accessioned the collection of Amy Siskind’s Weekly List website; however, the path to get there was complicated, and the final gift looked quite different from how it was conceived in the initial conversation. 

LJ’s College Student Library Usage Survey Reveals Positive Views, Inconsistent Engagement

Lisa Peet, May 04, 2022
Library Journal’s recent survey on College Student Library Usage, sponsored by ProQuest, looks at how students in American colleges and universities use their institutions’ libraries, and whether those libraries are meeting students' needs. Most are pleased with the quality of resources provided, and more than three quarters feel the library contributes to their academic success. However, the number of visits, whether in-person or virtual, are hit-and-miss—as many students use the library more than 10 times a semester as never use it at all.

Held for Ransom

Matt Enis, Apr 14, 2022
Ransomware attacks are on the rise, and several libraries have been hit by opportunistic criminals.

Barbara Hoffert, Feb 04, 2021
COVID shifts drove falling print circ and rising ebooks. But will it last? LJ's 2021 Materials Survey looks at some of the last year's trends.

Keith Curry Lance, Dec 21, 2020
This is the 13th year of the LJ Index of Public Library Service and Star Library ratings. The 2020 scores and ratings are based on FY18 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Public Library Survey (PLS). Because of that delay, they don’t reflect the impact of the coronavirus; that won’t be reflected in the data until 2022. The big news in this year’s edition is that successful retrievals of electronic information (e-retrievals)—measuring usage of online content, such as databases, other than by title checkout—joins the six other measures that determine the LJ Index.

Mahnaz Dar, Nov 10, 2020
Whether librarians are providing services in-person or virtually, reference has changed with the pandemic.

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Suzie Allard, Oct 15, 2020
Library Journal’s annual Placements & Salaries survey reports on the experiences of LIS students who graduated and sought their first librarian jobs in the previous year: in this case, 2019. Salaries and full-time employment are up, but so are unemployment and the gender gap; 2019 graduates faced a mixed job market even before the pandemic.

Gary Price, May 25, 2022
From a Guest Blog Post From JISC Research by Dr Alex Freeman, Director of Octopus Publishing CIC and Chris Hartgerink, CEO of Liberate Science: Octopus and ResearchEquals (formerly Hypergraph) are two projects which have much in common, and which followed a similar timeline from initiation to launch. Back in 2020, the founders of the two […]
Gary Price, May 24, 2022
From OCLC: OCLC has completed a project, funded in part by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, to develop a shared entity management infrastructure that supports linked data initiatives in the library community. As a result of this effort, OCLC has released millions of authoritative WorldCat Entities through a publicly searchable website and will continue […]
Gary Price, May 24, 2022
From a cOAlition S Announcement: cOAlition S is excited to release today the Journal Comparison Service (JCS), a secure, free and long-anticipated digital service, that aims to shed light on publishing fees and services. Starting from today, publishers can register with the JCS publisher portal. After signing a service agreement, publishers can share information, at […]
Gary Price, May 24, 2022
From the FAO: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is endowing FAOSTAT, the world’s largest agricultural data base, with an important new domain that enables much easier comparison and assessment of trends over time of the agricultural structures of all Member countries. An open access portal serving as a global public […]
Lisa Peet, Feb 09, 2021
When the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccines began to roll out in mid-December 2020, their distribution was immediately complicated by a shortage of doses and widespread uncertainty about who would be given priority. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued suggested guidelines for phased allocation. When it was not yet clear who would be next, many library workers, leaders, and associations began advocating for public facing library workers to be vaccinated as soon as feasible.

Erica Freudenberger, Feb 02, 2021
In the messy middle of the pandemic, library leaders share how things have changed since March 2020, their takeways, and continuing challenges.

Mahnaz Dar, Nov 10, 2020
Whether librarians are providing services in-person or virtually, reference has changed with the pandemic.

LJ Reviews, Oct 14, 2020
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of books on the subject has been increasing exponentially. This introductory list, which will be updated regularly, is meant to help collection development librarians get started on determining which books work best for their collections.

Nightwork by Nora Roberts is the top holds title of the week (5/23/22). LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read this buzziest book.

Kate Merlene,  May 24, 2022
Alice Zeniter and translator Frank Wynne win the 2022 Dublin Literary Award for The Art of Losing. The 2022 Mythopoeic Awards finalists are announced. The 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist is announced. The 2022 Roswell Award and Prix Imaginales winners are announced. Sales spike for banned or challenged books. Interviews arrive with John Waters, Elif Batuman, Courtney Maum, and Emma Straub. Plus, The U.S. Book Show kicks off its first full day of programming including the Libraries are Essential Track.

Lisa Peet,  May 24, 2022
As book banning and censorship continues to ramp up across the country, particularly of work aimed at teens and young adults, New York City public libraries are stepping up to help young readers connect with challenged books. 

Barbara Hoffert,  May 24, 2022
Wide-ranging mysteries for the holiday months. 

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