2020 Visions | Year in Architecture 2020

2020 Visions | Year in Architecture 2020

Despite the delays and complications of the pandemic, many libraries persevered to debut new and renovated buildings this year. Playful, dynamic lighting, relaxed and inviting outdoor spaces, light-filled and visible interiors with embedded technology, and smart, sustainable infrastructure are this year’s top trends. Digital screens, kitchens, short-throw projectors, haptic playspaces, and mobile displays join makerspaces and lounges to offer opportunities for synchronous and asynchronous engagement and learning. Creative uses of felted ceiling panels and wall tiles keep sightlines open but ensure sound stays put. And lush fabrics, area rugs, and artwork provide depth, texture, and comfort. Simply put, these libraries are bold, smart, and supple. They celebrate the past and envision the future through thoughtful design.

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Former OU Dean of Libraries Carl Grant Shifts Gears, Leads Revs Institute

Matt Enis, Nov 06, 2020
Carl Grant, former president of Ex Libris North America and interim dean of the University of Oklahoma Libraries, this summer became managing director of The Revs Institute, a Naples, FL–based not-for-profit dedicated to the research and historical study of automobiles.

Helping Unify a Changing City, Cranston Public Library Wins 2020 Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize

Lisa Peet, Oct 22, 2020
Rhode Island's Cranston Public Library, promoting equity and cohesion in a rapidly changing city through its deep involvement in civic life, wins the 2020 Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize, developed in partnership with the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation.

Despite COVID Concerns, Library Measures Do Well at Polls in 2020

Lisa Peet, Nov 05, 2020
While the nation is on tenterhooks waiting for votes to be tallied in the general election, a number of critical library ballot measures were decided on election day—and the wins far outnumbered the losses.

Q&A: Author Deborah Douglas Blends Travel and Black History

Mahnaz Dar, Nov 04, 2020
Deborah Douglas voyaged throughout the South in preparation for her book Moon U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler’s Guide to the People, Places, and Events That Made the Movement (Moon Travel Guides).

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.

Lisa Peet, Oct 22, 2020
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg discuss the fourth and final analysis of their Academic Library Response to COVID-19 survey, “Indications of the New Normal,” looking at the current phases of academic library pandemic reactions.

Gary Price, Jul 23, 2020
From a California Dept. of Technology: The California State Library has launched a one-stop portal for all grant and loan opportunities offered on a competitive or first-come basis by California state agencies and departments.

Gary Price, Nov 23, 2020
From a Stanford Libraries Blog Post by Mimi Calter, Deputy University Librarian: In its November 19th session, Stanford’s Faculty Senate approved an Open Access Policy for the university.  Stanford has long been committed to openness in research and the adoption of this policy supports that goal.  The policy, based on the Harvard’s Model Open Access […]
Gary Price, Nov 23, 2020
Federal Scientific Integrity Policies: A Primer (R46614) was recently published by the Congressional Research Service. From the Report: The results of research and development (R&D) help inform the decisions that policymakers and the public reach on a wide range of issues, including human health and safety, the environment, agriculture, energy, and transportation. For example, scientific […]
Gary Price, Nov 23, 2020
From the NPD Group: The holidays are always an exciting time of the year, but they can be make or break months for the U.S. publishing industry, since that’s when one-quarter (25%) of annual print book sales occur. Nearly 173 million books were sold in November and December 2019, according to The NPD Group. “Historically, […]
Gary Price, Nov 23, 2020
From Oxford Languages: Oxford Languages announces the publication of the language report: Words of an Unprecedented Year 2020. Just like our daily lives, the English language has undergone enormous change over the past year, adapting rapidly and repeatedly to world events.  Words that twelve months ago we couldn’t have imagined ourselves using are now part […]
Melanie Kletter, Nov 02, 2020
Successfully facing COVID fatigue is important for our overall well-being, and health experts have identified a number of coping strategies that can help.

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.

Lisa Peet, Oct 22, 2020
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg discuss the fourth and final analysis of their Academic Library Response to COVID-19 survey, “Indications of the New Normal,” looking at the current phases of academic library pandemic reactions.

Oxford University Press,  Nov 23, 2020
The German Centre for Accessible Reading, dzb lesen, unites tradition with the modern world. Founded on 12 November 1894 as the German Central Library for the Blind, it has been a library for blind and visually impaired people for more than 125 years and is thus the oldest specialist library of its kind in Germany.

Mary Bakija,  Nov 23, 2020
Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline leads holds this week. Time lists the 10 best nonfiction books of 2020, with Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson in the top spot, while Lit Hub shares the best short story collections of the year. In Vanity Fair, Jesmyn Ward interviews Barack Obama to discuss A Promised Land. Historian and travel writer Jan Morris has died at age 94.

Mary Bakija,  Nov 20, 2020
Shuggie Bain, the debut book by Douglas Stuart, wins the 2020 Booker Prize. Everywhere You Don't Belong by Gabriel Bump wins the 2020 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Amazon selects A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom by Brittany K Barnett as the best book of the year, and The New York Times, Time, The Washington Post, and O: The Oprah Magazine have their 2020 best-of lists, as well. Never-before-seen work from J.R.R. Tolkien is coming next year in The Nature of Middle-earth. Plus, Between the World and Me, Hillbilly Elegy, and more new adaptation releases.

Mary Bakija,  Nov 19, 2020
Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu and The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne are among the winners of the 2020 National Book Awards. The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly tops both the NYT and USA Today Bestsellers lists. The Washington Post unveils multiple best-of 2020 lists. The 2020 Writers’ Trust awards winners are out. Joy Harjo will serve a rare third term as U.S. poet laureate. Wonder Woman 1984 will be released in theaters and HBO Max on Christmas Day.

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