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 18, 2024
From AAP: The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for May 2024 reflecting reported revenue for Trade (Consumer Books), Religious Presses, Higher Education Course Materials, PreK-12 Instructional Materials and Professional Publishing. Total revenues across all categories for May 2024 were up 10.9% as compared to May 2023, coming in at $1.1 […]
Gary Price, Jul 18, 2024
The article linked below was recently published by the Journal of Information Policy.  Title Framing Access: Digital Navigators and Libraries Authors Sharon StroverUniversity of Texas Whitney NelsonUniversity of Texas Sheila LalwaniUniversity of Texas Source Journal of Information Policy (2024) DOI: 10.5325/jinfopoli.14.2024.0007 Abstract To explore the expanding role of libraries in providing internet access and promoting digital […]
Gary Price, Jul 18, 2024
From the Library of Congress: The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress today recognized two of its cooperating libraries in Maryland and Michigan for their outstanding service to readers with visual, physical or print disabilities. The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled in Baltimore […]
Gary Price, Jul 18, 2024
From a Joint News Release (Full Text): Clarivate today announced a partnership with OhioLINK, Ohio’s academic library consortium, and SearchOhio, a consortium of Ohio public libraries, to develop a new library resource sharing consortial experience. Through this partnership Clarivate will unify OhioLINK and SearchOhio’s resource sharing platforms to enhance library user experiences and services, improve […]
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.

Barbara Hoffert,  Jul 18, 2024
Speaking to Jew and Gentile, believer and nonbeliver, this poetry collection makes our hungers radiant. Highly recommended.

Sarah Wolberg,  Jul 18, 2024
New York Magazine’s summer book club pick is Long Island Compromise by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. The Night Field by Donna Glee Williams wins the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation’s Manly Wade Wellman Award. Wales Book of the Year winners, American Manga Award nominees, and shortlists for the UK’s Forward Prizes for Poetry are announced. London Libraries creates a reading app inspired by the “Couch to 5K” training program. Critic Maris Kreizman spills the details on the making of the NYT Best of the 21st Century list. 

Foodie memoirs, an indie rocker's life story, and multiple books that wrestle with racial justice are on offer this month, along with a memoir from The Book Thief author Markus Zusak.

Bentley Clark,  Jul 17, 2024
Offers an extraordinary look inside the world’s premier producer of Shakespeare plays and other renowned theater productions outside of the Shakespearean canon. 



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