The City of Boulder, Colorado is hiring a Principal Librarian. From the job description that sounds like a library director position. Most of the requirements are fairly typical, such as at least 5 years of supervisory experience. But one could be a potential disqualifier. You can’t be like Irma Pince, the librarian at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series:This job has nothing to do with being that severe authority figure wandering the hallways of your elementary school.
Interesting responses on LJ's Facebook page. Is the job description clever or playing into a tired stereotype?
Unfortunate stereotype. There aren’t many like her anymore.
Sounds as if they want a qualified librarian, but with actual people skills (in which Madam Pince was somewhat lacking).
In fairness, Madame Pince’s collection was far more dangerous than just “radical” ideas. They could explode, eat people. Or the spells in them, too advanced for most students, could ‘cause physical harm or death to the caster or others. If students wanted a forbidden spell, they should’ve done like Muggles and used the internet.
BOSTON — After the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon last April, mourners began leaving thousands of items at a makeshift memorial near the finish line to honor the victims of the attacks.Some left teddy bears, signs and marathon bibs while others draped running sneakers to commemorate the 3 people killed and more than 260 injured during the April 15 attacks. A cross was set up for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer fatally shot three days later amid a search for the bombing suspects..
To mark the anniversary of the bombings, the material will be curated into an exhibit called “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial.” It will be hosted by the Boston Public Library now through May 11.
This is a question that we’re often asked, and the results are interesting and sometimes amusing. So we’ve put together an interactive diagram showing the 75 most popular search terms for the past three months. What do you think the most searched-for word is?
“It’s still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding.”—
With ten categories altogether, these book prizes can dig deep, so that authors have a better chance of being celebrated and readers don’t just get more but also more specific reading suggestions.Ozeki’s well-earned win for a work that’s at once meditative and topical should bring more readers to her fold, yet with the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Bulawayo can also shine with her child’s-eye view of culture clash. Meanwhile, giving a mystery/thriller award outside the standard genre arena acknowledges that quality writing happens everywhere, and Rowling, who published The Cuckoo’s Calling pseudonymously as Galbraith, gets some nice recognition after the hubbub created by her subsequent outing.
Speaking of literary prizes, check out the winners of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.
Donna Tartt’s bestselling novel “The Goldfinch,” published by Little, Brown, won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction Monday. On Twitter, the Columbia University School of Journalism , which announces the awards, had a slip of the finger in its announcement, at first tweeting that the winner was ” The Goldfish .”
The Israel-based company is encouraging libraries to take advantage of the promotion to introduce patrons to ebook titles and to explore the service for themselves. Although the platform was developed for the consumer market, in recent months, Total Boox has begun cultivating partnerships with libraries.
“I can still remember the day I unearthed The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 from the shelves of my local library. I, too, was a teenager and had never encountered a book like it before. A quick scan through the pages revealed its easy layout and as a voracious reader, albeit a lazy one, the format of the book appealed. Within the covers of that book, I found pure pleasure. I have read and re-read that book and all the other Adrian Mole diaries many times throughout my life, even knowing chunks of text by heart, but I never tire of it. Sue Townsend;s characters are superbly drawn with idiosyncrasies and nuances that are second to none. Narratively, the most unusual things happen to Adrian but somehow Townsend makes his life entirely believable.”—
This item was picked by you in our Be the Buyer Program and will be sold exclusively online at ModCloth! It’s safe to say an outfit featuring these bold Mary Jane flats will make fashionistas everywhere take note. A buckled pair made of smooth fabric, these hip shoes speak to writers and students alike with their prints inspired by marbled composition books and loose-leaf paper. The way you’ve fashioned them with a red, plaid skirt and a chambray top tied at the waist will have even the street-style columnist going crazy!
The great shoe debate continues. For those of Tumblarians who want a pair of these fine Mary Janes, they are sold exclusively at ModCloth.
A lot of things justify maintaining and promoting physical music collections. One of my favorites is a service we’ve developed at the Cincinnati public library. The CD of the Month Club builds on the premise of music discovery services such as Pandora and was, in no small part, inspired by LJ 2012 Movers & Shakers Matthew Moyer and Andrew Coulon’s stellar Personalized Playlists program at the Jacksonville Public Library (ow.ly/uk8Ad). New club members fill out a form (either on paper or online at ow.ly/uk8qm) and answer a few questions about the kinds of music they typically enjoy. Each month, they’ll receive a mystery CD, chosen specifically for them by a team of music-loving library staff and shipped to their favorite branch. Before sending the selections we place a slip in the front of the jewel case, sometimes with a personal note. When the discs are ready to be picked up, patrons are notified just as with other holds.
If your CD collection is gathering dust, here’s a brilliant idea to get them spinning again!
Older generations might have left behind physical letters, photographs and journals. But much of that is digital now. Saving and organizing it all is a new challenge for librarians and writers alike.
Don’t toss out your old VCRs or Macs just yet.
Among those grappling with this challenge are archivists at the . The organization at the University of Maryland advises universities on how to handle archives and keeps a large collection of antiquated technology — from floppy disk drives to film reels and to VCRs.
The archivists of today need to stock those machines in order to read, copy and generally access all sorts of historical records. MITH Associate Director Trevor Muñoz says that means researchers often troll eBay for long-forgotten electronic equipment to make things work.
Janel Kinlaw, a librarian at NPR, and Trevor Muñoz, an associate director at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities will be answering your questions about preserving old technology at 3 p.m. ET on Reddit.
“This makes me wonder how future users will think about these items as they relate to Instagram, an app which may not exist even a decade from now. How do I represent what Instagram is/was in an archival collection? The photos will speak for themselves in many respects, but the user experience will not be the same.”
“If you have a Twitter account or a blog, I’d like to challenge you to join me in blogging or tweeting about your local library system every day of National Library Week April 13-19. Highlight some aspect of your local library that you enjoy or think other people ought to know about. If you maintain both a general blog and a library blog, I’d like to suggest that your #nlw14 posts go on your general blog so we’re not all talking to each other during NLW. But any blog or social media feed will do. Let’s demonstrate the advocacy and promotion we’d like to see people do.”—National Library Week: Lend Me Your Blogs and Twitter Feeds! | Librarian From Alaska (via librarianbyday)
The timing may be coincidental, but it doesn’t feel that way. In the same week that the UK faced criticism for restricting book flow into prisons (covered here by our own Kirsten Reach), the organization Libraries Without Borders unveiled unveiled a project to do pretty much the opposite: send libraries to refugee camps.
Ideas Boxes do much to replicate what one might find in a traditional library. Inside are 5,000 e-books, 50 e-readers, 250 printed books, four laptops with internet, tables, chairs, board games, and a projector complete with 100 films—nothing like the throwaway books one might expect. The logic behind these choices is that library access is a critical resource, especially for people lacking so much else in their lives. As such, the quality matters.
“The idea is that food, water and shelter aren’t enough,” said the founder of Libraries Without Borders, Patrick Weil. “People who have lost everything need books, films, games and Internet access to feed their minds, connect with loved ones, pursue education and rebuild their lives.”
Radical Home Economics revives homemaking skills for adults. In this hands-on series, participants work together to make things that are meaningful in their every¬day lives. RHE is a fresh and exciting take on one of the library’s oldest and most fundamental purposes. The real power behind lending books is the conviction that you can be your own expert. Maker programming shares this purpose. In a culture where everything is increasingly commoditized and prepackaged, access to this foundational library value is increasingly rare, valuable, and transformative
Streaming video is well established in the consumer market (YouTube has been around since 2005 and Netflix since 2007) but is still gaining momentum in the library market. It’s not yet a huge category—LJ’s Materials Survey included downloadable/streaming movies as a category for the first time in 2013, finding that the responding libraries spent 0.6 percent of their materials budget on downloadable movies, which represented 0.9 percent of their total circulation—but it’s certainly on the rise.
An excellent overview by LJ Media Editor Stephanie Klose.
I think anyone who works on a social media with a collection needs to read this. [Spoiler: One insight is BE ON TUMBLR]
this is brilliant. use what works, dump what doesn’t. the only “magic bullet” in successful outreach is to know your audience. I only said that for drama, I have no facts to back it up. but I bet it’s true.
Library Journal and School Library Journal are looking for a few good presentations to enhance our annual virtual program “The Digital Shift” on October 1, 2014. This year’s theme: “Libraries @ the Center.” If you have a compelling story to share about innovation in libraries—from new takes on curation, workforce development, and content creation, to great examples of collaboration and programs that enhance learning—we’d like to hear from you.
But you’d better hurry, proposals are due by May 2.
Tumblarians, are you planning a “read-out’ for Banned Books Week? The Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund is taking applications for grants for events taking place during Banned Books Week
Pope Francis is the chillest pope that the Vatican has ever seen: uttering “fuck” at weekly blessings, admiring chocolate statues of himself, picking up hitchhikers in his tricked-out Popemobile. But now the man in charge of thousands of precious documents wants the underlings of the internet to have access.
Seattle, regularly a contender for the title of most literate city in the United States by Central Connecticut State University’s annual ranking, is doubling down on its reputation as a book-loving burg. This March, the city submitted its application for designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, a bid that would make Seattle the second city in the United States and the eighth city in the world to receive the title.
Seattle rocks (although this Portlandia fan has a soft spot for the Rose City)!
What am I gonna read til there are more Veronica Mars novels, HAAAAALLLP!
This is indeed a conundrum! There is always Sara Gran; Jenn likes to imagine that in an alternate universe Claire de Witt takes Veronica under her wing and the two of them mock, stomp, and punch their way through mysteries together. On the other end of the age scale there’s Alice LaPlante’s Turn of Mind, in which a woman with Alzheimer’s tries to solve the mystery of her best friend’s death — and her own participation in it. (This one is so good about mothers, daughters, and friendship.) If you’re not already a devotee of Patricia Highsmith, you should start with The Price of Salt which is more of a thriller than a mystery but still soooo good. We’re pretty sure you’ve already read Megan Abbott but if you haven’t, DO SO IMMEDIATELY. And maybe also Cara Hoffman’s So Much Pretty, which has a spunky teenage character, some class issues, and takes a serious (read: may give you nightmares) look at women and sexual assault.
New Adult (NA) fiction is the rage these days in the publishing world, but what is it exactly? Is it an new adult fiction copy 300x93 New Adult Fiction | PLA 2014 actual genre or just a marketing term? At a lively PLA 2014 ConverStation session entitled “New Adult Fiction: What is It, Where is It, and What Should We Do with It?” facilitators Sophie Brookover (LibraryLinkNJ—The Library Cooperative, Piscataway, NJ) and Kelly Jensen (Beloit (WI) Public Library) threw out five questions for the audience to discuss at their tables and then share in the main conversation. How do you define New Adult? Do you think New Adult matters as a category? Do you have patrons asking specifically for this category? How do you explain to colleagues who the NA reader may be? Should NA fiction be shelved in a special place?
Tumblarians, join the conversation. Do you get requests for New Adult fiction as it’s currently defined?
The campaign to elect the 2015-2016 President of the American Library Association (ALA) ends this month. To help inform ALA members who haven’t yet voted, and to give other librarians some additional insight into key issues currently on the ALA agenda, LJ asked each of the candidates to respond to five questions. The candidates, Maggie Farrell, dean of libraries at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, Ohio, responded below. (Full biographies ofboth candidates are available on the ALA Election Guide.)