Diversity by Degrees: Brooklyn Public Library’s Pathways to Leadership Program Builds Equity One MLS at a Time

Diversity by Degrees: Brooklyn Public Library’s Pathways to Leadership Program Builds Equity One MLS at a Time

There are many barriers to earning a Master of Library Science degree, particularly for those in minoritized populations, and moving the needle for would-be librarians has proved to be a challenge. Initiatives to increase diversity in librarianship have been slowly increasing. Among these, the Pathways to Leadership program at Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), launched in 2021, is a particularly strong example of how wraparound support can look—and succeed.


Who’s Next?: What Happens When Longtime Library Leaders Retire

Hallie Rich, Jul 01, 2024
As library leaders contemplate retirement, are their libraries—and the next generation of leaders—ready for the change?

Women in Flight: The Archives and Library of the Ninety-Nines | Archives Deep Dive

Elisa Shoenberger, Jun 26, 2024
On November 2, 1929, at Curtiss Airfield in Valley Stream, NY, 26 female licensed pilots, mostly from the East Coast, gathered to form the Ninety-Nines, an organization dedicated to support and advance women in aviation. Famed aviator Amelia Earhart, the first president of the Ninety-Nines, came up with the name in honor of the 99 charter members. Almost 95 years since its founding, the Ninety-Nines has about 7,000 members in 44 countries.

Curiosity in Bloom | Editorial

Hallie Rich, Jul 01, 2024
Frankly, I should have seen it coming, but personal growth and change can be so subtle that you sometimes don’t realize you’re doing it until you’ve done it. In my case, things started small: snapping a photo of a wildflower while on a walk, admiring my friend’s summer crop of vegetables.

IMLS Debuts Information Literacy Project at ALA Annual

Lisa Peet, Jun 27, 2024
On Thursday, June 27, at the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, CA, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the launch of its nationwide Information Literacy Initiative. The multipartner project provides a website,, that offers a wide range of ready-to-use tools and resources for library and museum professionals—trusted educators—to engage their communities to find, understand, evaluate, and share accurate information.

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.

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, Jul 15, 2024
‎ Here’s the Full Text of Today’s Announcement: EBSCO Industries (EBSCO) today announced the appointment of Annie Callanan as the new CEO of EBSCO Information Services (EIS), effective August 5, 2024. Callanan will replace Tim Collins, who announced his retirement in January after serving as CEO of EIS for more than 40 years.    “Following an […]
Gary Price, Jul 15, 2024
From CMU Libraries: Carnegie Mellon is launching the Open Forum for AI (OFAI), a new initiative that will build capacity and understanding for a human-centered AI to move toward augmented intelligence. Leveraging CMU’s AI expertise, OFAI includes a key group of partners that offer a range of complementary skills necessary for collective action for AI strategy […]
Gary Price, Jul 15, 2024
The preprint (v. 3 is linked below) was recently shared on arXiv. Title Generative AI in Higher Education: Seeing ChatGPT Through Universities’ Policies, Resources, and Guidelines Authors Hui Wang University of Arizona Anh Dang University of Arizona Zihao Wu University of Georgia Son Mac University of Arizona Source via arXiv v3, July 12, 2024 Abstract […]
Gary Price, Jul 15, 2024
From IATUL: The IATUL Strategic Directions have been developed in consultation with the IATUL member community at conferences and seminars during 2022-2023. In order to articulate the way IATUL will work towards these objectives, each Strategic Direction has five goals, now with associated actions in a Strategic Action Plan. This Action Plan was developed by […]
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.

Kate Merlene,  Jul 16, 2024
J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, is named Donald Trump’s running mate. The Sturgeon Award finalists are announced. Esquire examines “The Second Coming of the Sports Novel.” Interviews arrive with Deborah Harkness, Kathie Lee Gifford, Halle Butler, Madiba K. Dennie, and Liz Moore. Plus, Netflix’s The Perfect Couple, based on the book by Elin Hilderbrand, gets a trailer.

Marcia Welsh,  Jul 16, 2024
A most moving, memorable memoir that expertly incorporates sensory details. Readers will be able to easily envision de Bastion’s grandfather, his love of music and great talent for it, his strength and resilience during the war, and the power of his music to keep him alive.

Kate Merlene,  Jul 15, 2024
The Au Pair Affair by Tessa Bailey leads holds this week. Also getting buzz are titles by Deborah Harkness, Lev Grossman, B.K. Borison, Jessica Joyce, and Meg Shaffer. The Shirley Jackson Award winners are announced; Tananarive Due’s The Reformatory wins best novel. Eight LibraryReads and eight Indie Next picks publish this week. People’s book of the week is The Briar Club by Kate Quinn. Sex therapist and author Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer has died at the age of 96.

Christine Barth,  Jul 15, 2024
Will draw fans of redemptive family sagas that cross time and space, such as Amanda Dyke’s Set the Stars Alight and Heidi Chiavaroli’s Hope Beyond the Waves. Cox (He Should Have Told the Bees) is fast becoming an auto-buy for library collections.



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