Introducing Our New Web Platforms: The Next Digital Era

ON JULY 15, WE RELEASED NEW WEBSITES FOR LJ AND sister publication School Library Journal (SLJ) in a soft launch encouraging feedback and constructive criticism. If you haven’t explored them yet, please do. This is a major step forward for us as we continue our evolution in an increasingly digital world.

ON JULY 15, WE RELEASED NEW WEBSITES FOR LJ AND sister publication School Library Journal (SLJ) in a soft launch encouraging feedback and constructive criticism. If you haven’t explored them yet, please do. This is a major step forward for us as we continue our evolution in an increasingly digital world.

The Sunday morning of the launch started early. As anyone who has been through such a “go live” process knows, it is both a milestone and just another step in the project life cycle. This is true for us, as we refine elements, identify and address issues, and migrate past content onto the new platforms. As of this writing, the sites go back to 2016, and more is on the way.

I happened to be in New Hampshire that weekend on a long-planned trip that included a visit with John Berry, mentor, friend, and longtime LJ editor. This happy coincidence felt right. We witnessed the public arrival of the new sites together, reflected on the long lives and many changes LJ and SLJ have been through—and discussed ideas for future Blatant Berry columns.

We have long wanted a digital infrastructure that better represents the dynamism of libraries and those who make them tick, one that is easier to use, makes our content more findable, and encourages in-depth exploration. The LJ site’s thematic organization aims to do just that. One of the biggest improvements is in the responsive design that supports a better mobile experience. The new site also offers enhanced functionality, and more community features are on the way.

Importantly, in the Reviews+ section, reviews, book lists, collection development and readers’ advisory (RA) articles, author interviews, and genre previews are all integrated within libraryjournal.com—no longer siloed on a separate site. Breaking publishing news will get pushed to our readers more prominently alongside other news. New reviews will publish daily, weeks sooner than in the past.

You will also see the introduction of levels of access, with premium content for paid subscribers. We invest heavily in the journalism we produce, developing great material that you can use, but we can’t do it without support from our readers. Paid print subscribers will automatically also be premium digital subscribers; details are on the way about how to log in and get started. For those who are not yet subscribers, or past subscribers, we have options for print only, digital only for those who prefer the digital medium, and print plus digital for the all-access pass. We feel this content is worth your investment and hope you agree.

As for the print magazines, this presents an opportunity to hit refresh on the mix of coverage, allowing us to reconsider how print complements what is now possible on the web, letting each format do what it does best. That process will be visible first in the reviews section, which will offer a wider range of coverage for you to rely on for RA and collection development. With all reviews published first online, print can be freed up as a curated showcase of reviews, chosen by our editors. It will include a rich selection of standout titles, trending genres and subjects, and must-have/must-buy recommendations, as well as Q&As and debut author profiles.

In print and online, we’re here to help you thrive in your work and celebrate the vitality and impact of libraries. We’re eager to hear your feedback as we evolve.

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