United We Stand: A Conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib & Jacqueline Woodson | Censorship

United We Stand: A Conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib & Jacqueline Woodson | Censorship

In their shared hometown of Columbus, OH, at an event where readers celebrated their writing, Hanif Abdurraqib and Jacqueline Woodson sat with Library Journal for a conversation about libraries, book bans, and censorship.
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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. 

Population, Prosperity, and Parks: Notable Government Documents of 2023

Emily Alford, Jun 03, 2024
This year’s standout selections from the American Library Association’s Government Documents Roundtable.

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?

Transforming Libraries for the Future: IMLS Embraces Innovation to Meet Diverse Community Needs

Cyndee Landrum, May 15, 2024
Those outside our field may marvel at—or be disconcerted by—transformations they experience as new, seismic shifts from what they understand about libraries. We know the transformation is far from sudden, and far from over. Understanding this, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is using best practices and key research to better understand and equip libraries with the tools needed to address the future needs of the diverse communities they serve.

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 12, 2024
From CARL: The Canadian Association of Research Libraries is pleased to share the CARL Digital Literacy Framework, created by the Advancing Teaching and Learning Committee’s Digital Literacy Task Group. This framework has been created for use by Canadian academic and research libraries to define the library’s teaching and learning role and objectives in an increasingly […]
Gary Price, Jun 12, 2024
From the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) & HBCU Library Alliance: The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the HBCU Library Alliance proudly announce the successful culmination of their inaugural collaboration, aimed at empowering Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to preserve and digitize their invaluable cultural heritage. With the generous […]
Gary Price, Jun 12, 2024
The article linked below was recently published by PNAS Nexus. Title Bans In Political Context: Evidence From US Schools Authors Marcelo S O Goncalves Duke University Isabelle Langrock University of Pennsylvania Jack LaViolette Columbia University Katie Spoon University of Colorado Boulder Source PNAS Nexus Volume 3, Issue 6, June 2024 DOI: 10.1093/pnasnexus/pgae197 Abstract In the […]
Gary Price, Jun 12, 2024
From the University of Iowa Libraries: With a $281,104 Scholarly Editions and Translations grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), researchers at the University of Iowa and Western Kentucky University collaborated to build the first-ever digital map and data table for all three volumes and 1,992 pages of Principia Mathematica—a monumental work in the […]
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.

LJ Reviews,  Jun 12, 2024
Library Journal’s galley guide for the 2024 American Library Association conference is now available. Get a jump on reader demand and get in the know; sign up to get a PDF download now.

Carrie Voliva,  Jun 12, 2024
Debut author Wood has expertly mixed romance with mystery in a novel that leaves more questions than answers. This fast-paced thriller will work well for book clubs and fans of the unreliable narrator trope.

Michelle Moran, author of Maria: A Novel of Maria von Trapp, talks with LJ about research, the Broadway production of the musical, and Maria’s real-life persona.

Ashli Wells,  Jun 12, 2024
Harrow’s breathtaking debut delves deep into the raw emotions of grief and the pure beauty of rediscovering joy in an exquisite tale of second chances, featuring an enemies-to-lovers romance.

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