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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.

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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. When I literally squealed with delight upon discovering “Gardening with Monty Don” on the Hoopla BingePass at PLA 2024, it dawned on me that I was no longer someone who just liked plants...I’d become a gardener.

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, InformationLiteracy.gov, 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.

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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, Jul 22, 2024
AI AI Terminology, Explained for Humans(The Verge)See also: Artificial Intelligence Glossary (Nielsen Norman Group) As Generative Models Improve, People Adapt Their Prompts (preprint; via arXiv) Google After Years of Uncertainty, Google Says It Won’t Be ‘Deprecating Third-Party Cookies’ in Chrome (via Digiday) HathiTrust Hofstra University Library Joins HathiTrust Idaho Eastern Idaho Librarians Implement a Variety […]
Gary Price, Jul 21, 2024
From the University of North Texas Libraries: The Texas Digital Newspaper Program on The Portal to Texas History has reached a huge milestone of over one-million newspaper issues openly available! These one-million newspaper issues comprise 11,256,533 pages, contributed by 226 partners from across Texas, and representing 210 counties. [Clip] The staff in the Digital Newspaper […]
Gary Price, Jul 21, 2024
The report linked below was recently published by the Law Library of Congress.  Title Book and Media Censorship in Selected Countries Source The Law Library of Congress, Global Legal Research Directorate, 2024. From the Introduction Freedom of the press, freedom of expression, and freedom of the arts are well-known concepts in United States law. The […]
Gary Price, Jul 20, 2024
The article linked below was recently published by Science Advances. Title Anonymization: The Imperfect Science of Using Data While Preserving Privacy Authors Andrea Gadotti Imperial College London University of Oxford Luc Rocher Imperial College London University of Oxford Florimond Houssiau Imperial College London Alan Turing Institute Ana-Maria Creţu Imperial College London Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye Imperial […]
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
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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 22, 2024
The Ornithologist’s Field Guide to Love by India Holton leads holds this week. People’s book of the week is The Seventh Veil of Salome by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. The August LibraryReads list is out, featuring top pick House of Glass by Sarah Pekkanen. Rebecca Yarros previews her forthcoming third book in the “Empyrean” series, Onyx Storm. Open Road launches a new industry podcast, The Open Book Podcast with David Steinberger, offering a behind-the-scenes look at books and publishing.

Nicole Williams,  Jul 22, 2024
This touching, funny, sexy novel from Simone (Ravaged) is a joy to read and is sure to be popular where contemporary sports romances and multicultural fiction circulate well.

Matt Enis,  Jul 22, 2024
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on July 18 voted to allow libraries and schools to use funding from the federal E-rate program to purchase Wi-Fi hotspots for lending. A component of FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel’s Learn Without Limits proposal—which was announced at the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2023 Annual Conference in Chicago—integration of hotspots into the program was aimed at responding to increasing connectivity needs and modernizing the E-rate program.

Brad Rouse,  Jul 19, 2024
Christian fiction has flourished over the years, with subgenres like historical fiction, Regency romance, and contemporary women’s fiction. To expand their readership, Christian publishers are now embracing thrillers. These character-driven adventures offer high-intensity plots with moral challenges and inspirational moments. 

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