Work in Progress: Workforce Development in Public Libraries

Work in Progress: Workforce Development in Public Libraries

As an increasing number of patrons seek not only new jobs but new career paths, public libraries are upping their own skill sets with creative solutions.


Fallscape Fun

Elissa Bongiorno, Sep 13, 2021
There's much to celebrate about the onset of autumn, from hay rides to apple cider to scary movies. We offer some great DIY concepts for you to adapt as your own.

Nancy Pearl Receives National Book Foundation’s 2021 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service

Anita Mechler, Sep 08, 2021
The National Book Foundation (NBF) announced on September 8 that Nancy Pearl, a renowned librarian and former executive director of the Washington Center for the Book at Seattle Public Library, is the 2021 recipient of its Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.

FCC to Open Second 15-Day Window for Emergency Connectivity Fund Applications on September 28

Gary Price, Aug 25, 2021
From the Federal Communications Commission: The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it has received requests for $5.137 billion to fund 9.1 million connected devices  and 5.4 million broadband connections as part of the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program. In view of outstanding demand and the recent spike  in coronavirus cases, the FCC will open a second application filing window for schools and  libraries to request funding for connected devices and broadband connections for off-campus  use by students, school staff, and library patrons for the current 2021-22 school year.

Outside and In: Services for People Impacted By Incarceration

From remote reference to technology access, libraries across the country are providing a range of services for people and families affected by incarceration.

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, Sep 22, 2021
From Protocol: The internet, as a reading experience, is mostly terrible. The heavy pages riddled with ads and trackers, the unexpected pop-ups, the bespoke designs that in too many places end up broken. Over the years, many have tried to fix this problem — Google with AMP, Facebook with Instant Articles — and none have […]
Gary Price, Sep 21, 2021
Along Came Google: A History of Library Digitization was published today by Princeton University Press. infoDOCKET offers congratulation to authors, Deanna Marcum and Roger Schonfeld. Details Title Along Came Google: A History of Library Digitization Authors Deanna Marcum Ithaka S+R Roger Schonfeld Ithaka S+R ISBN: 9780691172712 From the Princeton University Website: Libraries have long talked […]
Gary Price, Sep 21, 2021
From U. of South Carolina: When John Downs Jr. was 17, he and his brother drove from their home in Charleston to Columbia, where they squeezed into the top row of the Carolina Coliseum and watched his favorite rock band — KISS. Downs’ love affair with the band, known for its costumes, face paint, pyrotechnics […]
Gary Price, Sep 21, 2021
From PREreview: The PREreview team is very excited to announce the publication of the Open Reviewer Toolkit, three guides to help with the unbiased composition and assessment of research manuscripts’ review. The guides are openly available for download on Zenodo under CC-BY 4.0 license. The first one is the Bias Reflection Guide, a tool meant […]
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,  Sep 22, 2021
Hyde by Craig Russell wins the 2021 McIlvanney Prize. LJ's Fall Day of Dialog is tomorrow. LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, the buzziest book of the week. Lena Waithe and Gillian Flynn start new imprints.  Interviews arrive with Maria Tatar, Anthony Doerr, Lauren Groff, Kerry Cohen, Gabrielle Union, Cassandra Peterson, Heather O'Neill, Keyshawn Johnson, Max Chafkin, and Tarana Burke. Plus, Netflix buys rights to the entire Roald Dahl catalog. 

Ex Libris A ProQuest Co.,  Sep 21, 2021
When college students engage with course resources consistently, they have more academic success. Yet, a 2016 research review suggests that fewer than 30 percent of students, on average, complete the required reading for their courses.

Lisa Peet,  Sep 21, 2021
Elaine Rice Bachmann is the new Maryland State Archivist, Ralph Bingham is named Director of LibraryLinkNJ, Allison Grubbs takes the helm at Broward County, and more library people news for September 21, 2021.

Kate Merlene,  Sep 21, 2021
Jason Reynolds's term as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature has been extended for an unprecidented third year. The 2021 National Book Festival is underway and runs through September 26th. The German Book Prize releases its 2021 shortlist and the 2021 Neffy Awards winners are announced. Bewilderment by Richard Powers gets critical acclaim. The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki gets a 4 star review from USA Today. Karl Ove Knausgaard’s newest novel, The Morning Star, gets coverage as well. Interviews arrive with Craig Johnson, Mai Der Vang, and Brandon Taylor. Chuck Palahniuk starts a Substack newsletter and Gen X comes of (middle) age. Plus, an ‘exceptionally rare’ first edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein sells for $1.17M. 


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