Art, Health, Community: Libraries Support Bicycling During Bike Month and Beyond

Art, Health, Community: Libraries Support Bicycling During Bike Month and Beyond

In celebration of National Bike Month (May in the United States, June in Canada), libraries are offering innovative ways to support bicycling all year round.
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Advocacy Efforts Impact Louisiana Legislative Session

April Witteveen, May 14, 2024
It has been a busy legislative session in the Louisiana House, with several bills poised to impact libraries and library workers halted at various points, while others have been approved and moved on to the Senate. As they proliferate, grassroots library advocacy organizations are stepping up to combat them.

Jackie Oh! | Biographical Fiction

Jackie x 3! Consider these novels about Jackie Collins, Jacqueline Susann, and Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

Transforming Libraries for the Future: IMLS Embraces Innovation to Meet Diverse Community Needs

Cyndee Landrum, May 15, 2024
Those outside our field may marvel at—or be disconcerted by—transformations they experience as new, seismic shifts from what they understand about libraries. We know the transformation is far from sudden, and far from over. Understanding this, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is using best practices and key research to better understand and equip libraries with the tools needed to address the future needs of the diverse communities they serve.

LJ Survey: Academic Librarians See Increased Usage of AV Resources

Matt Enis, May 07, 2024
Fifty-seven percent of academic libraries report that the use of audiovisual (AV) sources such as news reels, recordings, performances, and films have increased over the past three years—with 21 percent describing significantly increased usage—while only 15 percent say that use of these resources have decreased, according to Library Journal’s recent AV Primary Sources Survey of Academic Libraries, sponsored by AM, that netted 220 responses from academic librarians in the United States and Canada. Thirteen percent of respondents said that college and university students now prefer AV primary source materials, compared with 18 percent who prefer print and other archival primary source materials.

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 29, 2024
From the American Economic Association (AEA): Through a mix of local, state, and national funding, plus private donations, the United States spends billions of dollars each year on public libraries. In return, libraries provide free access to information through materials lending, research services, and a range of events like children’s story time, computer classes, and […]
Gary Price, May 29, 2024
The article shared below was recently published by the School of Information Student Research Journal from the SJSU School of Information. Title Looking Ahead: Incorporating AI in MLIS Competencies Authors Souvick Ghosh School of Information, San Jose State University Denise McCoy School of Information, San Jose State University Source School of Information Student Research Journal 14(1); […]
Gary Price, May 29, 2024
American Library Association (ALA) ALA  Awards $10,000 Grants to 16 Libraries Serving Incarcerated Persons or Assisting Those Re-Entering Society to Build Capacity AI The Influencer Next Door: How Misinformation Creators Use GenAI (preprint, via arXiv) Data World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Updates Guidelines on Data Rescue Open Access OASPA Calls For Community Feedback on Draft Recommendations […]
Gary Price, May 28, 2024
UPDATED POST: Seattle Public Library Goes Offline After Ransomware Event (via Seattle Times) “Privacy and security of patron and employee information are top priorities,” the library said in its statement. “We are an organization that prides itself on providing you answers, and we are sorry that the information we can share is limited.” The library […]
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.

Jeff T. Dick,  May 29, 2024
This month’s top indie and foreign films feature lonely singles navigating love, unfolding courtroom drama, and “the British Schindler.”

Jeff T. Dick,  May 29, 2024
Forthcoming DVDs and Blu-rays for every interest, including a classic Henry James adaptation, women fighters in the boxing ring, and a New Delhi bird rescue. 

Joshua Blevins Peck,  May 29, 2024
This month’s must-see documentaries include a swindling scheme turned psychological thrill ride, a behind-the-scenes look at a high-stakes piano competition, and a heartbreaking account of a family imploding in the face of war.

Angela Jackson-Brown and Fabienne Josaphat transport readers to the turbulent 1960s in the U.S.; two dual-timeline stories explore French history through wine and champagne; and National Book Award winner Lily Tuck writes a Holocaust novel.

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