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Writing My Way Through a Dark Tunnel: A Conversation with Nicole Dennis-Benn

Nicole Dennis-Benn’s searing debut novel Here Comes the Sun explores the relationships among three Jamaican woman: Margot, who works at the front desk of a Montego Bay resort; her mother, Delores, a charismatic vendor at a tourist market stall; and Thandi, her fifteen-year old half sister, a brilliant high school student who both women work overtime to […]

Patron Privacy, Internet Usage, and New Proposed Legislation

If the Intelligence Authorization Act (H.R. 2596) becomes law, the FBI would no longer need a court order for surveilling e-mail; rather, it would only need to obtain a national security letter.

Friends Group Opens Airport Bookstore

The Friends of the Chattanooga Public Library are taking their book sales sky high with a new standalone bookstore in the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.

Pokémon Go: Strike While the Iron Is Hot!

There is an elusive group of people sitting in their cars in your library's parking lot making use of your library being a PokeStop or Gym. They could be teenagers but more than likely they are somewhere in their twenties, thirties, or forties. You haven't seen them in the library for years, if ever. Can you get them into the building to see how awesome your library is?

Pokémon Go: Striking While the Iron Is Hot!

There is an elusive group of people sitting in their cars in your library's parking lot making use of your library being a PokeStop or Gym. They could be teenagers but more than likely they are somewhere in their twenties, thirties, or forties. You haven't seen them in the library for years, if ever. Can you get them into the building to see how awesome your library is?

Don’t Go There: Are Libraries Appropriate Places to Catch Pokémon?

The Pokémon GO sensation has skyrocketed in a short period of time, going from a much anticipated game release to a global sensation. It illustrates a couple of things: first, that augmented reality is the future of gaming, and second, that people are ready for that future.

The Haves and The Have-Nots

With budget cuts plaguing my state, discussions have arisen over Interlibrary Loan, more specifically, the feasibility of delivering requested items from one location to another. The bottom line: This service is expensive. It is no surprise the discussion got heated and started to reflect the sometimes petty biases and politics of large groups. Show More Summary

Cooking With Ben: Our Library’s Cooking Show Adventure

When your library has invested much time and money in a particular collection, you hope that your patrons take notice. Over the past four to five years, our cookbook section at Pharr (Texas) Memorial Library has grown tremendously. Unfortunately, the extensive collection circulated poorly. Show More Summary

Nepal’s Public Libraries Still in Distress After 2015 Earthquake

On April 25, 2015, Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake, registering around 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Between that first April quake and subsequent ones in May, this deadly force of nature killed a total of around nine thousand people. Show More Summary

Optimizing Your Library’s E-Newsletters

Credibility is crucial. The true art of email marketing is knowing when and how often a person should be contacted by email. Too little and they forget that you are there; too much, and off to the spam blacklist you go. Think of emails as a commodity or a natural resource to help your frame of mind. Show More Summary

Demonstrating the Library’s ROI

Despite increased library usage, libraries are still not allocated budgets representative of their community impact. How can libraries best demonstrate the return on investment taxpayers receive for each tax dollar spent as well as the social benefit and impact of library services?

In Theory: Recommended Readings for Librarianship

It’s easy to lose focus on the theoretical principles behind librarianship after completing library school. Hailley Fargo’s recent article for Hack Library School, “The Theory Behind My Librarianship,” lists several of the readings she found impactful during her graduate school career. Show More Summary

UNDER THE RADAR | Sand, Surf, Swamp, and Sunshine

Under the Radar is where you’ll find books, movies, and other media of note that might not be getting tons of publicity, but your patrons are sure to be interested in.

Get ‘Em Online! Nashville Public Library’s Digital Inclusion PSA

Part of my work as the digital inclusion fellow for the Nashville Public Library is to create awareness initiatives to encourage adults to learn how to become digital citizens. Work within the fellowship includes collaborating with other areas such as adult literacy, children’s, and teen services for digital inclusion programming. Show More Summary

“Illegal Alien,” See: “Noncitizen”

Undocumented, unauthorized, illegal, immigrant, migrant, alien, noncitizen. Words are powerful, and the Library of Congress (LC) regularly changes its subject headings to reflect the preferred or most neutral terminology used by the population. Show More Summary

The Tiniest Libraries for the Most Remote Patrons

I’m fascinated by highly specialized libraries. These are usually small, very well curated, and often noncirculating. One example of a beautiful specialized space is the San Francisco Airport’s Aviation Museum and Library. I can’t say...Show More Summary

Career Conversations: Job Information for Teens

Considering your future career can be daunting for anyone. For a teen, thinking about what you want to be when you grow up can be that much harder.

Police Involved with Overdue Library Books

“A Hatful of Seuss” turns into a Hatful of Fines and Legal Fees

Tips for Library Managers – Part I

Were you born without the mysterious charisma gene? Does managing people or projects make you feel queasy? Are you new to management, or just struggling with new responsibilities? Here’s the deal—management is a skill that must be learned.

Reaching Across the Digital Divide

A recent New York Times article by Cecilia Kang profiled a Detroit, Michigan, community struggling with Internet access. The article highlights how residents without broadband access struggle to participate in Detroit’s economic recovery...Show More Summary

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