New Landmark Libraries 2015

Library Journal announced the New Landmark Libraries 2015!

The Winners

  • Bayview Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Library, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA
    Opened: 2011
    Designed by: THA Architecture (with Karin Payson architecture + design)
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library, Cedar Rapids, IA
    Opened: 2013
    Designed by: OPN Architects, Inc.
  • Jasper Place Branch, Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    Opened: 2013
    Designed by: Hughes Condon Marler Architects
  • Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, KS
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Gould Evans
  • Madison Central Library, Madison, WI
    Opened: 2013
    Designed by: MSR
  • Main Library at Goodwood, East Baton Rouge Parish, Baton Rouge, LA
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: The Library Design Collaborative : Cockfield Jackson | Tipton Associates | Dewberry
  • Mitchell Park Library & Community Center, Palo Alto City Library, CA
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Group 4 Architecture, Research Planning, Inc.
  • Pico Branch Library, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by Nathan Bishop, Principal, Koning Eizenberg
  • St. Helena Branch Library, Beaufort County Library, St. Helena Island, SC
    Opened: 2012
    Designed by: Liollio Architecture
  • San Diego Central Library, San Diego Public Library, CA
    Opened: 2013
    Designed by: Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA / Tucker Sadler Architects
  • Vancouver Community Library, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Vancouver, WA
    Opened: 2012
    Designed by: The Miller Hull Partnership

The Honorable Mentions

  • Main Library, Billings Public Library, MT
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Will Bruder Partners
  • Fort York Branch, Toronto Public Library, Ontario, Canada
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: KPMB Architects
  • Walker Library, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: VJAA
  • Library 21c, Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, CO
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Humphries Poli Architects
  • East Branch, Milwaukee Public Library,  WI
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Battery Park City Library, New York Public Library, NY
    Opened: 2010
    Designed by: 1100 Architects
  • Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, Denver Public Library, CO
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: studiotrope Design Collective
  • West District Library, Ottawa Public Library, Ontario, Canada
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Moriyama & Teshima Architects
  • Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach Joint Use Library, Virginia Beach Public Library, VA
    Opened: 2013
    Designed by: Carrier Johnson + Culture (RRMM Architects, architect of record; Anderson Brulé Architects, Interior Designer/Feasibility Study Architect)
  • Warrensville Heights Branch Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Warrensville Heights, OH
    Opened: 2012
    Designed by: HBM Architects
  • Wolf Creek Branch Library, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Atlanta, GA
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Leo A Daly, Inc.

Source: New Landmark Libraries 2015: The Reveal


ALA Releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries


Via Library Journal: “ALA’s Policy Agenda for Libraries was released today as the 2015 ALA Annual Conference gets underway in San Francisco. The full text document is available here. A four page executive summary is also available.”

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Source: ALA Releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries | LJ INFOdocket


The Fault in our Stars: Most popular book on Twitter in 2014

I bookmarked this then forgot to share it, according to Bookvibe the most popular book on Twitter last year was The Fault in our Stars by John Green (with 1.2 million tweets mentioning it). I haven’t read the book yet, but I have seen the movie. It’s very sad.

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Library Marketing and Communications Conference 2015

I found this via The ‘M’ Word – Marketing Libraries:

Library Marketing and Communications Conference

Dallas, TX, Nov 3–4, 2015

Held at the Crowne Plaza Dallas NearGalleria–Addison

Organized by the Library Marketing and Communications Group

Sponsored by Amigos Library Services

Propose to Speak by July 15.

Register by July 30 to get the Earlybird rate of only $275.

(That rate includes breakfast and lunch, plus drink/snack breaks on both days! Please book your hotel room through the conference website to ensure that you get all the discounts we’ve arranged:

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Library of Congress Anniversary

Happy 215th anniversary Library of Congress!

Today, on the Library of Congress’s 215th anniversary, I want especially to congratulate the Library’s extraordinary staff for their work in building this amazing, one-of-a-kind institution.

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Source: Happy 215th Anniversary Library of Congress! | Library of Congress Blog

Image source: violey / Pixabay


Why We Need to Encrypt The Whole Web… Library Websites, Too | LITA Blog

Authentication, encryption, and integrity work in concert to protect the data you send out over TLS/SSL enabled websites. In this age of widespread criminal computer hacking and overbroad surveillance from government entities like the NSA, encrypting the web against interception and tampering is a social necessity. Unfortunately, most of the web is still unencrypted, because enabling TLS/SSL can be confusing, and often some critical steps are left out.

Source: Why We Need to Encrypt The Whole Web… Library Websites, Too | LITA Blog


IMLS Announces Recipients of 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service | LJ INFOdocket

A busy day for library-related awards. We posted about the just announced Federal Library/Librarian of the Year recipients earlier today. Now, here’s the announcement and list of the ten 2015 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service recipients. Congratulations.

Source: IMLS Announces Recipients of 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service | LJ INFOdocket


Why are library blogs a good idea?

geralt / PixabayI frequently recommend blogs to people running non-profits, especially libraries. This post from Ned Potter talks about why this is a good idea:

  • Blogging platforms come mobile-ready — this is mostly true, but only if you pick the right theme and don’t add plug-ins or a lot of extras that aren’t mobile-friendly
  • Google loves blogs — blog posts gets indexed by search engines fast
  • Blogs are easy to use — there is a small learning curve, but they’re mostly easy to use
  • Blogs are free — which is technically correct, but not really

Blogs are an easy way to build a website, or to add to an existing website. And they are relatively inexpensive.

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SOURCE: Why have an institutional blog? — Ned Potter

IMAGE SOURCE: geralt / Pixabay


Libraries as shelters

Bonnybbx / PixabayFor those of us who have worked in libraries, the concept that a library location can (and does) serve as a shelter in times of emergency is… well, commonplace. I’ve seen the aftermath of people using libraries as storm shelters. I’ve seen libraries provide after-event services including places to recharge your cell phones and to get in out of the heat, as well as where you can go sign up for government services and aid.

Libraries as shelters, for me, isn’t a concept, it’s reality. So, coming across this articles dated 2013 from the New York Times, talking about this reality as if it were somehow a groundbreaking idea was an interesting experience. “To some extent, churches, libraries, schools and malls already serve as emergency centers…” the article reads, with an explanation that they can be built better, “With disaster in mind, they could be designed in the future with electrical systems out of harm’s way and set up with backup generators and solar panels, even kitchens and wireless mesh networks.”

It’s an interesting read, regardless of whether you already knew that libraries serve as shelters… or not.

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SOURCE: Next Time, Libraries Could Be Our Shelters From the Storm –

IMAGE SOURCE: Bonnybbx / Pixabay


The Most Powerful Authors in Hollywood

jarmoluk / Pixabay

Have you ever wondered who the biggest authors in Hollywood are? According to Hollywood Reporter, these authors are the most influential… because they’ve brought in money and created great content.

#1 J.K. Rowling
#2 Stephen King
#3 George R.R. Martin#4 EL James (this one surprised me)

Check out the article for the complete list.

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SOURCE: Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors – The Hollywood Reporter

IMAGE SOURCE: jarmoluk / Pixabay

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