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Cultivating Your Inner Leader

In public libraries, most managers have an impressively broad range of duties. Our training and background may be primarily in some audience or service specialty and our day-to-day responsibilities may still include significant quantities of work related to that area. Show More Summary

Just Say No: Keeping Your Library Drug Free and Safe

The same things that make libraries a good place to study also make them a place where individuals feel they can get away with drug use.

Connecting Community Groups at the Library

The library’s reach isn’t limited to just its walls. The library’s reach should extend to the whole community. In a way, the whole community is part of the library: the schools, the civic groups, the offices of local politicians, the senior centers, the playgrounds, and much more.

Democracy, Libraries, and the Human Spirit: We Learn from Syria

In a free, democratic society, we live by a sacred code–a guarantee that some countries just do not have or if they do, it is not upheld. Libraries, as purveyors of the freedom of information, lay the foundation of democracy by encouraging literate, thinking people who participate in government and become educated voters. Show More Summary

Don’t Forget Your Emergency Plan

Every October fire departments remind us to change our smoke detector batteries. This is the perfect time to update your emergency plan.

Political Ethics: Keeping Your Library Neutral

As the presidential election season endures, librarians and other information professionals in public libraries may be tempted to express fondness for one political party and dislike for the other. Sometimes expression of one’s political stance is done unintentionally. Show More Summary

Censors Near You

During the recent observation of Banned Books Week 2016 (September 25-October 1, 2016), I was reminded of the challenges that can face the information we harbor in our libraries.

What Is The Purpose-Based Library?

Every so often a new phrase, buzzword, or philosophy about library service comes along and throws a different light on what we do, and how we do it. There's been a lot of talk and interest in "the purpose-based library" recently. What's...Show More Summary

Book? Book? Do You Know Where This Book Is?

With more than one million books now being “published” per year, will we ever be able to preserve and maintain even a hint of that number in the near future?

Pew Research Center Report: Digital Readiness Gaps – FYI Podcast, Episode 14

PLA Deputy Executive Director Larra Clark talks with John B. Horrigan of the Pew Research Center about his report, "Digital Readiness Gaps," which finds that just over half of American adults have low levels of readiness to use digital tools as they pursue lifelong learning.

The Library of the Future Is Coming, and It’s All About Experience

A recent Business Insider article[1] touts the changes coming to public libraries, detailing the shifts our field will see over the next fifty years. According to writer Chris Weller’s research, libraries five decades from now will transform...Show More Summary

Library and Librarian Are Powerful Words

Middle school media specialist/teacher librarian Diana Rendina recently posted on her blog, Renovated Learning, her wish to return to the term “librarian” as her title and the term “library” as the name of her institution. Her endeavor to own the terms again and use them as advocacy tools for school librarians can speak to us as public librarians, too.

Lending Musical Instruments

In June 2016, the Vancouver Public Library opened its Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library. “The Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library at VPL is a collection of instruments that you may borrow using your Vancouver Public Library card. Show More Summary

Subway Reads Offers Selections Based on Reading Times

As if free Wi-Fi on the New York City Subway wasn’t exciting enough, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) partnered with Penguin Random House to bring free books to subway passengers through mid-October. And for those who don’t think...Show More Summary

Secret Libraries Around the World

For either religious or political reasons, or in times of conflict, people of past centuries have felt the need to protect hundreds of texts by stashing them away.

Getting Your Makerspace Off the Ground

In all types of libraries, services, collections, and spaces are being redesigned as a response to changing patron needs and preferences. Advancement in technology is fueling these changes. Outside of libraries, these changes are causing businesses to rethink their products, services, and delivery methods. Show More Summary

Enhance Library User Experience with ‘Design Thinking’

Design Thinking and Human Centered Design are two different terms for the same basic concept. The idea is to use techniques to help shift the human brain out of familiar ways of thinking and generate creative solutions.

PERSPECTIVES | Literacy and Parents

This column represents the final mining of a batch of submissions about establishing and revivifying the habit of literacy. Our contributors swing through a graceful arc, beginning with a thorough, best practices approach to early literacy, and extending even unto that dark, dark land of adulthood.

Memory Care at Your Library

Chances are good that you personally know someone who has, or at one time had, dementia. Alzheimer’s disease, the most well-known form of dementia, is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the current number of diagnosed...Show More Summary

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