Next Gen Librarians | LIS and Careers

Next Gen Librarians | LIS and Careers

There will always be a place in libraries for people to fill traditional roles in programming, collection development, and working with children or teens. But many recent graduates earning their MLS (or equivalent degree) have learned new competencies that are increasingly in demand.


Shorter Works of Horror Pack a Punch | Readers Shelf

Becky Spratford, Oct 04, 2019
The novella is a perfect length for horror. By keeping the story brief authors can intensify the effect, leaving readers little relief from the terror they create. Here are five fear-full examples.

St. Paul Public Library's Fine (Free) Thing

Meredith Schwartz, Oct 01, 2019
When the St. Paul Public Library, MN, went fine-free, the marketing and communication team's successful campaign to get the word out helped earn it an Honorable Mention for LJ's 2019 Marketer of the Year Award.

Further Reading: Impeachment in Action

Jacob Sherman, Oct 01, 2019
With the possibility of impeachment for President Trump making headlines, library patrons are bound to be seeking information and context. Whether for readers advisory or even a themed display, these titles will help explain the process, the current controversy, and the historical precedents.

Is It Working? Measuring Workforce Development in Libraries

Elisa Shoenberger, Oct 01, 2019
In early September, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies released a statement about the next phase of Measures that Matter. It will focus on the “potential relationships between public library activities and community outcomes.” In this next phase of the project, the initiative decided to explore job development in public libraries.

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, Oct 12, 2019
From the Associated Press: The U.S. Army is defending a decision to close its historic 57-year-old space and technical library at Redstone Arsenal. Army officials said it was a joint decision made by interested parties. [Clip] In a statement released this week, the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center, or AvMC, […]
Gary Price, Oct 12, 2019
From ESRI: In collaboration with the US Geological Survey (USGS), Esri recently updated the online USGS historical topographic map collection with over 1,700 new maps. Esri’s USGS topographic map collection now contains 177,061 historical quadrangle maps dating from 1882 to 2006. Previously available only as printed lithographic copies, high-resolution images of these maps are freely available […]
Gary Price, Oct 11, 2019
From the National Center for Education Statistics: Between 2016–17 and 2018–19, the average tuition and required fees at 4-year public institutions increased 1 percent for in-state and decreased 0.2 percent for out-of-state students (after adjusting for inflation). During that same time period, tuition and required fees increased 1.4 percent at 4-year nonprofit institutions and decreased […]
Gary Price, Oct 11, 2019
From OxTEC (Oxford Technology and Elections Commission/Oxford Internet Institute): This report by Oxford Information Labs examines the impact of algorithmic changes made by social media platforms, designed to curb the spread of disinformation, through the lens of digital marketing. The report highlights some of the techniques used by campaigners to attract, retain and persuade online […]
Neal Wyatt,  Oct 11, 2019
The Addams Family hits screens today, and is followed by comics and Shakespeare. The committee picking the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature did itself no favors yesterday. Ninth House is off to Amazon Studios. Author Zukiswa Wanner offers tourist advice for Nairobi, and a lost chapter of world's first novel has been found in a Japanese storeroom.

LJ,  Oct 11, 2019
Each week, the hardworking editors of LJ scour the smorgasbord that is the internet to bring you the juiciest morsels of library news and views. This week, many feathers were ruffled and opinions shared about a story in The Atlantic on college students just wanting plain, old-fashioned shush factories. Elsewhere, scientists used fancy lasers to examine ancient Roman scrolls, more large urban library systems are going fine free, and Book Riot takes a look at the reading tastes of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Suzie Allard,  Oct 10, 2019
LJ's 2019 Placements & Salaries survey considered how and when LIS students and grads conducted their job searches, and learned that 44 percent are hired before they finish their degrees. Job seekers are leveraging not only traditional outlets, such as listservs and employment sites, but social media and networking opportunities, too.

Suzie Allard,  Oct 10, 2019
LJ's 2019 Placements & Salaries survey looked at grads entering the LIS field for their second careers and the kind of education or experience they were bringing to their new roles.

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