California Dreamin’ | ALA Annual 2024 Preview

California Dreamin’ | ALA Annual 2024 Preview

This year’s American Library Association Annual Conference will be held June 27 – July 2 in San Diego, CA, where Pacific Ocean breezes and dry air will likely keep daytime temperatures in the low ’70s and nights 10 degrees cooler. Add in the San Diego Convention Center’s bayfront setting and nearby attractions that include Balboa Park, home to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Museum of Art, and Mission Beach a 15-minute car trip away, and this year’s Annual is one to look forward to.
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Renewing Our Commitment | Censorship

Dr. Carla Hayden, Jun 03, 2024
Frederick Douglass famously said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” This powerful and inspiring idea continues to resonate more than a century later, at a time when the essential services that libraries provide are more vital than ever.

On the Books: Library Legislation 2024 | Censorship

Bob Warburton, Jun 03, 2024
Freedom to read issues are generating legislation—both library-adverse and library-protective—across the country.

The Power of the Reader | Editorial

Hallie Rich, Jun 03, 2024
When the LJ team decided to focus our June issue on censorship, I couldn’t get the idea of exploring the personal nature of book bans out of my head. Yes, the broad societal impacts of affronts to intellectual freedom are significant—but what do they look like and mean for individual readers?

Movers & Shakers 2024

May 01, 2023
Over the past 22 years, Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers awards—this year sponsored by TLC—have offered a compelling snapshot of what’s up and coming in the library world, as well as how it has changed. Our 2024 Movers cohort represents a range of innovative, proactive, and supportive work; they are imaginative and kind and brave in a world that needs those qualities—and the results they produce—very much. 

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, Jun 24, 2024
From Digital Science/Altmetric: Digital Science today announces an exciting new tranche of data that throws light on how and why research cuts through to society at large – in the shape of the Altmetric 500. A decade on from the first Altmetric 100 reports, which listed the most influential academic articles in a given year, a leading […]
Gary Price, Jun 24, 2024
The article (preprint) linked below was recently shared on arXiv. Title ChatGPT as Research Scientist: Probing GPT’s Capabilities as a Research Librarian, Research Ethicist, Data Generator and Data Predictor Authors Steven A. Lehr Cangrade Aylin Caliskan University of Washington Suneragiri Liyanage Harvard University Mahzarin R. Banaji Harvard University Source via arXiv Under revised review at […]
Gary Price, Jun 23, 2024
From CBS News: The Wayback Machine has been making backups of the world wide web since 1996. Mark Graham, its director, describes it as “a time machine for the web. It does that by going and looking at webpages, hundreds of millions of them every single day right now, and stores them in our servers.” […]
Gary Price, Jun 23, 2024
From The Washington Post:  It is wonderful to see voice actors, who are often snubbed at the Grammys in favor of celebrities, recognized for their work. As audiobooks have evolved, narrating them has demanded more and more creativity and skill. Transforming the pages of a book into a listening experience goes beyond simply reading aloud, […]
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.

Resource sharing between libraries is nothing new, of course — but what is new is the ease with which potential resource-sharing partners can find each other. We spoke with three librarians who play leading roles in the Rapido/RapidILL resource-sharing community. 

Kate Merlene,  Jun 24, 2024
All the Colors of the Dark by Chris Whitaker leads holds this week. Also getting buzz are titles by Ashley Poston, Danielle Steel, Kristy Woodson Harvey, and Beatriz Williams. Five LibraryReads and four Indie Next picks publish this week. People’s book of the week is Bear by Julia Phillips. The Glass Bell Award longlist is announced. NYT profiles physician Freida McFadden’s rise as the fastest-selling thriller writer in the U.S. Plus, Washington Post celebrates audio narrators for Audiobook Appreciation Month.

JSTOR,  Jun 21, 2024
Many college and university libraries have amassed special collections and are digitizing these collections to share them more widely. Yet, institutions often struggle to find sustainable solutions for accomplishing this work. Skidmore College is solving this problem with the help of a flexible suite of services for digital collection stewardship from ITHAKA.

Sarah Wolberg,  Jun 21, 2024
Chris Whitaker’s All the Colors of the Dark is the new Read with Jenna book club pick. Jackie Wullschläger’s Monet: The Restless Vision wins the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography. Jamaluddin Aram’s Nothing Good Happens in Wazirabad on Wednesday, Jérémie Harris’s Quantum Physics Made Me Do It, and Keziah Weir’s The Mythmakers win the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prizes. Shortlists are revealed for the Taste Canada Awards for the best in Canadian food writing. The lineup for the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival is announced. 

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