AWARDS

2018 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: San Francisco Public Library

2018 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: San Francisco Public Library

A model and inspiration for public libraries worldwide, the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL)—with its committed staff, transformational leadership, amazing array of programs, partnerships, popularity, and community connections—is the 2018 Gale/LJ Library of the Year.

EXPLORE LJ

Investing in Our Future | Editorial

Rebecca T. Miller, Jul 15, 2018
Welcome to the soft launch of LJ's new website. Please forgive any bugs as we refine things and add content, and give us your feedback.

ARCHIVES & PRESERVATION

Roosevelt Presidential Library Relocated from Dickinson

Lisa Peet, Jul 12, 2018
The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Foundation has abandoned a proposal that would have split the museum and library between Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Dickinson State University.

CONFERENCE COVERAGE

Protecting Library Workers’ Discourse around Social Justice | ALA Annual 2018

Lisa Peet, Jul 06, 2018
Many people documenting microaggressions in higher ed, faced with the resultant backlash, found that their institutions were not ready to back them up. At the 2018 American Library Association annual convention, a panel titled “Bullying, Trolling, and Doxxing, Oh My! Protecting our Advocacy and Public Discourse around Diversity and Social Justice” examined that gap.

INNOVATION
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.
OPINION
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?
REVIEWS+
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
REVIEWS+
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.
AWARDS
Mar 16, 2018
A photo spurred Marian Fragola to create the Making Space series at North Carolina State University (NCSU). As part of a study on the library’s gaming spaces, a student snapped a picture of herself looking into one of the rooms, her body reflected in the glass. “[It] captured her feelings of not being welcomed,” says Fragola, director of program planning and outreach. The photo brought home to Fragola and her colleagues the issue of women’s underrepresentation in the Maker movement and tech.
ARCHIVES & PRESERVATION
Mar 16, 2018
As director of archives and special collections at Columbia University’s Barnard Library, Shannon O’Neill practices “radical empathy,” both in the materials she selects and in the way she interacts with colleagues. The concept of radical empathy in archival practice comes from Michelle Caswell and Marika Cifor’s “From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in the Archives,” explains O’Neill. In practice, she says, “we allow ourselves to be open to and affected by one another, and we acknowledge and actively confront oppressive structures—ones that are colonial, carceral, and racist—in archives.”
AWARDS
Mar 16, 2018
When a prospective date asked Kiara Garrett to recommend a book, she suggested Junot Díaz’s This Is How You Lose Her. He mistakenly thought the collection offered relationship advice. Garrett told him, “If you liked Jay-Z’s album 4:44, then you would like this book.”
AWARDS
Mar 16, 2018
In November 2017, a few months after she became Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s (EVPL) civic data scientist—one of the few in the country at a public library—Jerica Copeny volunteered at the inaugural conference of Data for Black Lives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab.
REVIEWS+
LJ Reviews, Jan 08, 2018
This year, our ears were graced by many great albums—even a few brilliant ones. But two stood out from the crowd: Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds—my pick for album of the year—and ­Thundercat’s Drunk.
MEDIA PREMIUM
LJ Reviews, Apr 25, 2018
An intimate view of the difficulties in mitigating the effects of severe trauma—highly recommended for adult audiences; valuable to those on the spectrum and their caretakers and all who work with and love them; a worthy view of the emotional impact of sexual abuse even years after the event
BEST OF
LJ Reviews, Feb 28, 2018
The year's best databases include resources on congressional research and the ACLU
REVIEWS+
LJ Reviews, Feb 23, 2018
Another year, another wealth of award-worthy documentaries to consider. A few Netflix-exclusives were unavailable for preview, but we've got two features and a short film that seem perfect for most library video collections. Weigh in with your thoughts, and see which way the academy goes when the ceremony airs on Sunday, March 4
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

LIVEEVENTS

Leadership Basecamp

Aug 06, 2018

LIVEEVENTS

Diversity Workshop

Aug 07, 2018

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