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2024 Election Roundtable: Libraries Defending Democracy, Fighting for Funding, and Educating the Electorate

Hallie Rich, Mar 05, 2024
To help break down the relevant library issues in this election year, LJ convened a roundtable of experts including John Chrastka of EveryLibrary; Nick Grove of Meridian Library District, ID; Jason Kucsma of Toledo Lucas County Public Library, OH; and Representative Ashley Hudson from the Arkansas House of Representatives. They covered everything from voter engagement strategies for libraries on the ballot to book ban advocacy in challenging districts to engaging the electorate in an important presidential election year.

What Is the Library Support Network, and How Can It Help Your Fundraising and Advocacy? | Fundraisers Forum

Jonna Ward, Mar 27, 2024
Library development deserves to be on par with university and hospital fundraising. Yet many libraries find this work difficult, and few resources exist in the sector to support the professional development needed to be successful. But this is starting to change thanks to the Library Support Network.

Best Free Reference Resources 2023

Free reference sources, vetted, smart, and endlessly useful, are a rich resource for scholars and students. Here are our five top picks for 2023.

Display Shelf | Food Memoirs

Melissa DeWild, Mar 27, 2024
Captivate with these culinary-themed memoirs, featuring favorite famous chefs and humble home cooks.

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, Apr 21, 2024
The article linked below was recently published by the Journal of Information Science. Title Benefits of Open Access To Researchers From Lower-Income Countries: A Global Analysis of Reference Patterns in 1980–2020 Authors Henrik Karlstrøm Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Norway Dag W Aksnes Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Norway Fredrik N Piro Nordic Institute […]
Gary Price, Apr 21, 2024
Alabama Alabama Bill That Criminalizes Librarians For Putting Explicit Material on Bookshelves Headed to House Floor (via WRBL) New Mexico NM Lawmakers Pass On Full Funding For Rural Libraries (via KRWG) Ukraine Librarians in Ukraine and Their Wartime Struggle To Save Libraries (via VOA)
Gary Price, Apr 20, 2024
From the Associated Press: A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts… Direct to Full Text Article See Also: More “Not Real […]
Gary Price, Apr 19, 2024
We will update this post with additional materials and coverage if/when they become available. Today, the Internet Archive filed their reply brief in the appeal of the Hachette Book Group, et al, v. Internet Archive decision. The brief is available here. 40 pages; PDF. Table of Contents Direct to Full Text Brief 40 pages; PDF. […]
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.

Sarah Wolberg,  Apr 19, 2024
Fady Joudah, author of the collection […], wins the Jackson Poetry Prize for American poets. Winners of the Tolkien Society Awards are announced. Finalists are also announced for NYPL’s Young Lions Fiction Award and the Jhalak Awards. Nominees for the CrimeFest Awards are out. Actor Viola Davis and her husband are launching a publishing company to champion underrepresented voices. Facing criticism for its response to the war in Gaza, PEN announces plans to review the organization’s work going back a decade.

Project Muse,  Apr 18, 2024
Because Project MUSE believes that knowledge has the power to enrich lives and that a sustainable scholarly ecosystem is essential for advancing humanity, we partner with mission-driven publishers and libraries to curate dependable content and fuel interdisciplinary discoveries that benefit everyone.

Sarah Wolberg,  Apr 18, 2024
Winners are announced for the Publishing Triangle Awards for LGBTQIA+ books. Of Cattle and Men by Ana Paula Maia, tr. by Zoë Perry, wins the UK Republic of Consciousness Prize for small press books. The shortlist for the Donner Prize, recognizing the best public policy book by a Canadian, is announced. There’s more reporting on the turmoil surrounding the PEN Awards. Plus new title bestsellers and interviews with Marjane Satrapi and Emily Henry.

Real-life courtroom battles are shared by John Grisham and Jim McCloskey as they detail accounts of wrongful conviction; plus a new Malcolm Gladwell book is on the way. 

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