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Libraries As Sustainability Leaders: Ala’S Special Task Force, René Tanner, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Monika Antonelli, Adrian K. Ho Jul 2019

Libraries As Sustainability Leaders: Ala’S Special Task Force, René Tanner, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Monika Antonelli, Adrian K. Ho

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This article discusses the work of the American Library Association (ALA) Special Task Force on Sustainability, which identified 52 recommendations, including the adoption of sustainability as a core value of librarianship. The group aims to promote libraries as catalysts, connectors, and conveners to promote sustainability, resilience, and regeneration. The Task Force is guided by the concept of the triple bottom line, which states that an organization’s practices must be not only economically feasible but also socially equitable and environmentally sound. The article also provides examples of how libraries engage in sustainable practices to support the cities and towns they ...


Project Management In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett Nov 2018

Project Management In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This issue's "New and Noteworthy" column focuses on several books, journal articles, and websites that will serve as an introduction to project management in library and information organization settings.


Mayflower: Ode To New Beginnings — A New Column For New Times With A Positive Mission, Antje Mays Sep 2018

Mayflower: Ode To New Beginnings — A New Column For New Times With A Positive Mission, Antje Mays

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Numerous studies and articles downplay the value of libraries, citing instances of library defunding, layoffs, and outright closures, along with studies on the waning usefulness of libraries based on flawed quantifiables. Such pronouncements spread fear of obsolescence and irrelevance, contributing to dissatisfaction in the library profession. Yet polls in the United States and Great Britain reveal the library profession's enduring value among the most trusted professions.

To kick off the column "Mayflower: Ode to New Beginnings", this article frames library pressures in a context of broader trends affecting economic and educational conditions, examines professional stewardship and the library profession ...


Design Thinking In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett Aug 2018

Design Thinking In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This issue's New and Noteworthy column summarizes recent publications on design thinking, an iterative and collaborative problem-solving methodology finding applications in public, school, academic, and other library settings.


Library, Jessy Randall, Briget Heidmous Jul 2018

Library, Jessy Randall, Briget Heidmous

disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory

“Library” is a visual poem from Mapping Project, a collaborative effort of Jessy Randall and Briget Heidmous. Jessy writes words and Briget draws.

http://www.briget-heidmous.com/mapping-project/


Practical Management Or Practical Magic: A Conversation With Lance Werner And Julene Jones, Julene L. Jones Jun 2018

Practical Management Or Practical Magic: A Conversation With Lance Werner And Julene Jones, Julene L. Jones

Library Presentations

Presentation and discussion on the topic of working in or managing dysfunctional environments.


Practical Management Or Practical Magic: A Conversation With Julene Jones And Nyama Reed, Julene L. Jones May 2018

Practical Management Or Practical Magic: A Conversation With Julene Jones And Nyama Reed, Julene L. Jones

Library Presentations

Presentation and discussion on the topic of difficult conversations between supervisors and those they supervise.


Philanthropy And Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett May 2018

Philanthropy And Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

A review of several recent articles, books, and websites on the topic of philanthropy and fundraising in libraries and information organizations.


You Too, Can Prevent Librarian Burnout, Jennifer A. Bartlett Feb 2018

You Too, Can Prevent Librarian Burnout, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Contrary to popular opinion, libraries present numerous challenges and stressors to their employees that can contribute to occupational burnout. This New and Noteworthy column presents recent resources including books, journal articles, and online resources discussing the unique issues of librarian burnout.


Book Review: Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’S Future In An Uncertain World, Jennifer A. Bartlett Jan 2018

Book Review: Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’S Future In An Uncertain World, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Although the concept of “sustainability” has many possible meanings, its connection to environmental issues is perhaps the most familiar. Thus, a reader coming across Rebekkah Smith Aldrich’s new book might assume that it is primarily about how libraries can best demonstrate stewardship of environmental resources. While this is certainly one important piece of the discussion, Sustainable Thinking has a much larger goal: advocating the capacity of libraries to build communities, whether it be through environmental, financial, leadership, political, or other initiatives.


Collaborating To Engage In Focused Collection Development At A Federal Regional Depository, Sandra Mcaninch Sep 2017

Collaborating To Engage In Focused Collection Development At A Federal Regional Depository, Sandra Mcaninch

Library Presentations

The University of Kentucky (UK) is participating as a Center of Excellence (COE) for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Smithsonian Institution, and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries‘ (ASERL) Collaborative Federal Depository Program (CFDP). This collaborative effort is designed to distribute collection development for all Federal agencies across the entire Southeast.

The presenter will describe how UK has focused its depository collection development efforts on non-COE agencies, and reduced its retrospective collection development for other institutions’ COE agencies.


Just Breathe–Mindfulness And Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett Aug 2017

Just Breathe–Mindfulness And Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

The benefits of mindfulness practice techniques, including meditation and reflection, are the subject of several recent articles, books, and online resources.


Calendars In Alma--Seriously???, Tari Keller May 2017

Calendars In Alma--Seriously???, Tari Keller

Library Presentations

Coming from Voyager, after over 16 years of setting up and updating calendars for a multi-library university, configuring the calendars in Alma was confusing. The calendars in Alma use the standard hours for major terms as a starting point. Exceptions are defined by “Closing” the library to shorten the hours and “Opening” the library to extend the hours, instead of giving the hours of operation on the days when exceptions occur. The University of Kentucky has everything from a 24 x 5+ main library to a 40 hour a week storage facility. Library hours change between semesters and do different ...


Keeping On Top Of Tech, Jennifer A. Bartlett Feb 2017

Keeping On Top Of Tech, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This month's column focuses on key resources to help library professionals learn about trends and advances in library information technology, including industry news, products, services, and vendors.


The Inconsistent Work Of Web Filters: Mapping Information Access In Alabama Public Schools And Libraries, Chris Peterson, Shannon M. Oltmann, Emily J. M. Knox Jan 2017

The Inconsistent Work Of Web Filters: Mapping Information Access In Alabama Public Schools And Libraries, Chris Peterson, Shannon M. Oltmann, Emily J. M. Knox

Information Science Faculty Publications

Recent popular and academic discussions regarding the Internet have raised the question of whether and how networked intermediaries have a (dis)integrating social effects. In this study, we use public records of configurations of Internet filters in Alabama public schools and libraries to show how different institutions implement nominally consistent content standards inconsistently. We argue that these varying implementations are both significant and troubling for two reasons: first, they overreach the stated goals of the legislation with which they in principle comply; second, they may contribute to a broader epistemic breakdown by fragmenting the kind of information made available through ...


Workplace Bullying: A Silent Epidemic, Jennifer A. Bartlett Nov 2016

Workplace Bullying: A Silent Epidemic, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Although current books and news articles on workplace bullying are generally available, those dealing with bullying in a library setting are not as widespread. This New and Noteworthy column reviews recent library-specific materials on issues unique to workplace bullying and mobbing in libraries.


The Value-Added Organization: Beyond Business As Usual, Jennifer A. Bartlett Aug 2016

The Value-Added Organization: Beyond Business As Usual, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Value-added services are essential in today's libraries to ensure that they remain important and relevant to our users. Recent literature highlights how libraries can and should explore value-added initiatives, including enhanced catalogs, makerspaces, tagging, and more.


Acquisitions In Alma: Transitioning From Voyager To Alma, Kate Seago Jun 2016

Acquisitions In Alma: Transitioning From Voyager To Alma, Kate Seago

Library Presentations

Alma offers some advantages to Acquisitions particularly for managing electronic workflows and communicating with vendors. However, transitioning from Voyager to Alma and learning Alma’s nuances was challenging as we reworked workflows.


Starting Over: Coding To Work With Alma After Voyager, Kathryn Lybarger Jun 2016

Starting Over: Coding To Work With Alma After Voyager, Kathryn Lybarger

Library Presentations

When the University of Kentucky was a Voyager library, I wrote a variety of tools to support our processes, ranging from tiny one-line macros to larger software packages. Now that we've migrated to Alma/Primo, everything has changed! Many of the ways I extended Voyager are part of Alma by default, and Alma's community (and available APIs) encourage even further development. In this presentation, I will describe some differences between the two systems, how they affected the types of support tools I wanted, and the ways I was able to create them.


Creating A Knowledge Infrastructure: Km In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett May 2016

Creating A Knowledge Infrastructure: Km In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Knowledge management (KM) is an essential management function involved the identification, gathering, and sharing of a library's information assets. This column discusses recent KM books, articles and websites of interest to library managers.


Book Review: Fundamentals Of Technical Services, Julene L. Jones Apr 2016

Book Review: Fundamentals Of Technical Services, Julene L. Jones

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This latest monograph in the ALA Fundamentals Series continues the series’ mission of providing a broad overview of an area of library science. Written by a Cataloging Librarian and an Acquisitions Librarian from New Mexico State University Library, Fundamentals of Technical Services communicates the conceptual practices clearly and succinctly. The tone of writing clearly conveys the authors’ enthusiasm and passion for technical services and emphasizes the crucial role that technical services staff play in providing access to resources through purchasing, cataloging, physical processing, and authority control.


Just Give ‘Em Something New? How We Think About Innovation In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett Feb 2016

Just Give ‘Em Something New? How We Think About Innovation In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Innovation is widely considered to be an essential component of a successful library, but what does it mean? This issue's "New and Noteworthy" column focuses on just a few of the many recent books and articles discussing the innovation and why it needs to be a topic of conversation and action among library and information services leaders.


Book Review: Adding Value To Libraries, Archives, And Museums: Harnessing The Force That Drives Your Organization’S Future, Jennifer A. Bartlett Jan 2016

Book Review: Adding Value To Libraries, Archives, And Museums: Harnessing The Force That Drives Your Organization’S Future, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Value in libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations has traditionally been centered on collections and services. Today’s libraries are looking at new ways to make their operations valuable to their patrons. Adding Value is geared toward library managers and administrators focusing on understanding, identifying, planning, and implementing services with an eye toward new definitions of value.


Keeping Up With New Legal Titles, Patricia Alvayay Oct 2015

Keeping Up With New Legal Titles, Patricia Alvayay

Law Faculty Scholarly Articles

In this book review, Patty Alvayay discusses Rethinking Library Technical Services: Redefining Our Profession for the Future by Mary Beth Weber.


"Diversity + Inclusion = Community" Introduction And Wrap Up, Ruth E. Bryan Aug 2015

"Diversity + Inclusion = Community" Introduction And Wrap Up, Ruth E. Bryan

Library Presentations

This presentation articulates a definition of "diversity," "inclusion," and "community" as used by the Retreat Planning Committee to frame the speakers and activities at the University of Kentucky Libraries all-staff retreat in August 2015.


Blowing Our Own Horns: Library Marketing As An Essential Management Skill, Jennifer A. Bartlett May 2015

Blowing Our Own Horns: Library Marketing As An Essential Management Skill, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This New and Noteworthy review column presents a few recent, representative books and articles on library marketing and public relations, focusing on the importance of these areas in the library manager's skillset.


The Power Deep In Org Chart: Leading From The Middle, Jennifer A. Bartlett Aug 2014

The Power Deep In Org Chart: Leading From The Middle, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This "New and Noteworthy" review column focuses on recent publications involving the recognition and development of leadership skills at all levels of the library organization, not only those positions at the top of the organizational chart.


“That’S How We Do Things Here:” Organizational Culture In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett May 2014

“That’S How We Do Things Here:” Organizational Culture In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This "New and Noteworthy" column offers reviews of several recent books, articles and blog posts on the topic of organizational and corporate culture from a library management perspective.


Internet Reviews: Crowdsourcing In Libraries And Archives, Jennifer A. Bartlett Apr 2014

Internet Reviews: Crowdsourcing In Libraries And Archives, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

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Paying It Forward, Giving It Back: The Dynamics Of Mentoring, Jennifer A. Bartlett Aug 2013

Paying It Forward, Giving It Back: The Dynamics Of Mentoring, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This "New and Noteworthy" column focuses on selected recent literature concerning career mentoring in libraries.