Celebrating Preservation Week 2018: an interview with Michèle Valerie CloonanPosted by Admin Admin on 04/20/2018
Finding answers to legal questions: an interview with Virginia M. Tucker and Marc LampsonPosted by Admin Admin on 04/04/2018
More people than ever are using the library to obtain legal information and legal research advice, and library staff need to be able to serve these users efficiently and confidently. Veteran law librarians Virginia M. Tucker and Marc Lampson just published an update of Finding the Answers to Legal Questions, their benchmark text. We caught up with them to hear their perspective on what's new in the field and to get some handy reference tips.
Ensuring libraries' future through sustainable thinking: an interview with Rebekkah Smith AldrichPosted by Admin Admin on 03/23/2018
For the past several years the library world has been abuzz with the concept of "sustainable thinking." Yes, we all want to help the environment and also ensure that libraries are on board too. But beyond being just a feel-good catchphrase, how does sustainable thinking translate into concrete action?
Metadata - have we got the ethics right?Posted by Admin Admin on 03/21/2018
Guest post by David Haynes, author of Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval: Understanding Metadata and its Use, Second Edition
Use of metadata by the security services
"Metadata tells you everything about somebody's life. If you have enough metadata you don't really need content" (Schneier 2015, p.23)
Mary Grace Flaherty on promoting health at the libraryPosted by Admin Admin on 03/14/2018
As trusted guardians of facts and knowledge, libraries play an important role in providing their communities with accurate health information. Furthermore, as Mary Grace Flaherty writes in her new book, taking the initiative to offer health promotion programming is a valuable form of community outreach, serving community needs while increasing visibility. In this interview we discuss the consumer health movement and how it intersects with public libraries.
LGBTQAI+ books for children and teens: an interview with Christina Dorr and Liz DeskinsPosted by Admin Admin on 03/07/2018
There is a rich and varied body of literature for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, asexual/allied and intersexed young people; in fact, within the past decade there has been a veritable explosion of new titles. A new book, LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens: Providing a Window for All, surveys the landscape, not only spotlighting dozens of recommended books but also offering guidance on how to share them with young people.
Solving the dysfunctional library: a conversation with Jo Henry, Joe Eshleman, and Richard MonizPosted by Admin Admin on 02/21/2018
Frankly, it's not something we like to talk about. There is an unfortunate stigma to acknowledging workplace dysfunction, let alone trying to grapple with the problem. But negative behaviors such as incivility, toxicity, deviant behavior, workplace politics, and team and leadership dysfunction not only make the library a stressful workplace, they also run counter to the core values of librarianship. So what's to be done?
Building literacy skills through creative writing: a conversation with AnnMarie HurtadoPosted by Admin Admin on 02/21/2018
Decades of research show that children learn to read through writing. Creative writing in particular encourages children's'imaginations to take flight. In this way, a form of play can also build literacy skills. First-time author AnnMarie Hurtado explains this approach in her new book 36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras.
Peggy Johnson speaks about her writing process and what's important for today's LIS gradsPosted by Admin Admin on 01/31/2018
The first edition of Peggy Johnson's text Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management was published in 2004. Needless to say a whole lot has changed in the last 14 years, and Johnson has kept updating and revising her book to keep current with the field. On the occasion of the publication of the new fourth edition, we spoke with her about her writing process, what's important for today's LIS grads, and what lies ahead.