2016
Jun
29
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Inclusivity, Gestalt Principles, and Plain Language in Document Design

In Brief: Good design makes documents easier to use, helps documents stand out from other pieces of information, and lends credibility to document creators. Librarians across library types and departments provide instruction and training materials to co-workers and library users. For these materials to be readable and accessible, they must follow guidelines for usable document design....
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2016
May
18

Beta Spaces as a Model for Recontextualizing Reference Services in Libraries

In Brief: Reference services are at a cross-roads. While many academic libraries continue to offer reference services from behind a desk, others are moving to roving and embedded reference models. Meanwhile, libraries are also engaged in the development of collaborative learning spaces—often rich with technology, such as makerspaces and learning labs—but these spaces are often...
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2016
May
04
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Considering Outreach Assessment: Strategies, Sample Scenarios, and a Call to Action

In Brief: How do we measure the impact of our outreach programming? While there is a lot of information about successful outreach activities in the library literature, there is far less documentation of assessment strategies. There may be numerous barriers to conducting assessment, including a lack of time, money, staff, knowledge, and administrative support. Further,...
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2016
Feb
24

Change In Publication Schedule

by Editorial Board Hello friends and readers! We’re writing to let you know about a change in our publication strategy, effective immediately. Moving forward, we will be publishing articles on a rolling basis, instead of on every other Wednesday. At the moment, fewer submissions are coming in, but we still think In The Library With...
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2016
Feb
11

And we’re back!

by Editorial Board The In the Library with the Lead Pipe board has been investigating the hacked/malware warnings related to the site and are pleased to report we’re in the clear! Many thanks to @librarieshacked, who was able to pinpoint obfuscated code on the site. We’ve removed that and have passed the subsequent Google review....
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2016
Jan
13

The Quest for Diversity in Library Staffing: From Awareness to Action

by Jennifer Vinopal The work of diversity in libraries begins at the crossroad where superiority, inaction, and denial become intolerable. – Sandra Ríos Balderrama, “This Trend Called Diversity” In Brief: Despite our ongoing quest for diversity and a growing number of initiatives to increase it, the demographics of the professional librarian population haven’t changed in...
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2015
Dec
30
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Editorial: Introductions All Around

In Brief: Over the past year, the Editorial Board has experienced some changes (yay, growing pains!). In this group post, current board members introduce themselves and talk about the types of articles they’d love to see submitted in 2016. We also thank all of our emeritus board members for their hard work shaping In The...
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2015
Dec
16
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Say what? Exploring “The most interesting place in the city” – the comments section of online news articles

In Brief Online commenting culture can be intriguing. Do people comment on news articles about libraries? What do they say? These are the questions that led us to study public comments in response to news articles about libraries in major U.S. newspapers. Newspaper articles were selected for analysis based on their relevance to libraries and...
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2015
Nov
18
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Renovation as a Catalyst for Change

Throwback Thursday for November 18, 2015: Take a look at Renovation as a Catalyst for Change by Erin Dorney and Eric Frierson. We may be coming to the end of 2015, but it’s never too late to think about switching things up at your library! By Erin Dorney and Eric Frierson Introduction This Lead Pipe post is about...
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