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The Obligation of Libraries

For me, the discussion raised another issue: is the library’s obligation to the existing demographics of the community or to a more diversified perspective? Specifically, consider collection development, programming, and displays. Should...Show More Summary

New Product News – July/August 2015 “Public Libraries”

New Product News delves into the world of library vendors, products, and services to find the standouts that combine innovation and quality.

Geeking @ the Library: Con is Community!

We are fascinated with the geek culture, especially when fans bring their favorite characters to life from literature. We all promote literacy and already had formed a bond through social media. When we found out two years ago that the...Show More Summary

The Latest and Greatest Middle School Reads

‘Summer Reading’ time may be over, but students will need books to read for school before you know it. Here are some recent titles that are perfect for those in-between middle school students who are moving on from the grade 4-6 books but not quite ready to plunge into the sometimes scary ‘young adult’ section. Show More Summary

Make-HER at Sunnyvale Public Library

The maker movement brings together handicrafts and technology in one exciting phenomenon. Whether you like crafts or circuits, or a combination of the two, there's something for you. Libraries across the world, are offering specialized...Show More Summary

The Wired Library – Tech Trends and Tension

The pendulum, it swings. Eight years ago, my charge as a technology librarian was to herd the cats -- to introduce new technology and ways of serving the digital patron to an organization that was largely skeptical of change. Cut to now, and I'm … still herding cats. Show More Summary

Leaks or Bursts: Managing Feelings in Workplace Communication

In this post (the second in a series) I am focusing on communication via the book Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss what Matters Most  by Stone, Patton, and Heen. The authors do an incredible job of breaking down the elements of difficult conversations and offer some very practical steps on how to approach all types […]

Love or Respect – the Collection Development Dilemma

In theory, we are all professionals and whether we like a particular area of the collection or not, we should be able to do our job of adding new materials and withdrawing those that are no longer of use. However, we're all human. Some things we like better than others. Show More Summary

The Bubbler: If You Build It, They Will Come

When Madison (WI) Public Library began renovating their central library in 2013, a vision of an interactive library space came forward—The Bubbler. The makerspace has evolved to become a major program initiative, bringing learning experiences through programs to nine libraries and other community venues--including a juvenile detention facility.

“Book” Your Hotel Stay in a Library

Although it may not be the traditional public library with card catalogs and Dewey Decimal systems, the owners have partnered with Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers to provide all of the books that make up the majority of the inside foundation and entertainment at the hotel.

3 Numbers about Mobile Usage that Impact Libraries

Most of your patrons probably use smartphones to access your library’s website. They’re pretty impatient with their devices, and they could be scrolling right past all the important stuff you put at the top of the homepage.

What Libraries Can Learn from Record Stores

What can libraries learn about customer service and reader’s advisory from record stores? Enhance the library experience through a passionate, knowledgeable staff and a creative, playful approach to reader’s advisory.

Study: School Book-Banning Has Gained Support

Libraries are meant to be places where anyone can read on any subject, as described in the Library Bill of Rights. So it was concerning to see a "Library Journal" article that discussed a March 2015 Harris Poll which found that 28% of adults now support book banning in school libraries. Show More Summary

Projects to Watch – IMLS Funds 276 Library Grants

From expansion of STEM learning to televised reading programs for families of the incarcerated, IMLS funding expands library initiatives across the country.

Five Reasons to Crowdsource the Library

Do you want to create social engagement within your community, develop a more participatory library, and create user-centered innovations? If so, then consider crowdsourcing the library.

Developing Book Donation Resources

Many new and start-up libraries are looking for ways to acquire books cheaply because of their small budgets. In 1992, I wrote an article for Against the Grain about finding resources to build collections. The ideas in that article are still useful and it can be downloaded from the Purdue University site here.

Outernet: “Humanity’s Public Library”

Outernet, a satellite-based information source, is bringing knowledge to the furthest reaches of the globe, 24/7.

Results are What Matters: PLA Bootcamp 2015

The Public Library Association (PLA) held its annual Results Boot Camp program this year on August 24th - 28th at the Nashville Public Library. Facilitated by Sandra Nelson and June Garcia, this year’s event focused on strategic planning and service delivery. Show More Summary

Dewey Decibels: Teens Creating Music at Their Library

Teens at the Long Island Uniondale library create music together and discover that the public library is a great place to hang out.

Using Superhero Comics to Teach Young Children Intellectual Property Concepts

On January 5, 2014, The Simpsons television series aired “Steal This Episode.” Homer Simpson discovers that he enjoys pirating movies so much that he decides to share them with his neighbors. He installs a large outdoor movie screen and offers lawn chairs and popcorn for his friends to view the illegally acquired flicks. He doesn’t […]

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