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Refugees Supported by Public Libraries in Europe

The Civil War in Syria has left large numbers of refugees pouring into many countries in Europe. Public Libraries in the UK, Germany, France, Norway, and others are front-runners in giving them their welcome and support.

21st Century Library Measuring Sticks

Gone are the days when public libraries measure their worth solely by the number of books circulated annually. It is no longer enough to measure our success by the size of the crowd that attended our Storytime program. Our communities expect more from their public libraries than just moving books or filling a room. Show More Summary

Embedded Videographers

Libraries have had marketing or public relations people taking photos of library programs for years. However, in the days where YouTube and sharing videos online is becoming the norm for many of our patrons, does it almost seem necessary to have library videographers as well as photographers?

Are You Good? Or Great?

While libraries strive to remain relevant, you can see the slide to the “let’s run it like a business” mentality. I firmly believe we need to think outside of the box of traditional operations of a library. Creative problem solving is...Show More Summary

An Interview with Troy Cummings

Troy Cummings is the author of The Eency Weency Spider Freaks Out, More Bears!, and the Notebook of Doom series. He recently spoke at the Children and Young People’s Division (CYPD) of the Indiana Library Federation Conference () and proved capable of making a bunch of librarians laugh just like he does his younger fans. Show More Summary

Immigration Services at the Library: A New Approach to Pathways of Citizenship

The function of libraries and librarians is constantly changing. We have moved from organizations that served as repositories for information to places where creation of information and hands-on training take shape. An example of this...Show More Summary

Little Free Libraries

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Libraries (CH-UHL) of Ohio are part of a small movement with big potential: Little Free Libraries (4). Little Free Libraries are small, dollhouse-like structures containing books for people to borrow or exchange. Show More Summary

PL Theme Issue to Focus on Diversity

The January/February 2016 issue of Public Libraries will focus on Diversity as it relates to public libraries, public library services and collections, and public librarians. We’re looking for feature articles and shorter opinion pieces on that subject. Show More Summary

Cleveland Public Library’s First Bike-Based Library Service Initiative

The overall mission of the Book Bike is to celebrate both literacy and healthy living while implementing creative ways to educate, provide library services, and instill pride in our urban communities. It’s a fun and visible tool that...Show More Summary

Listen to the debut show in our new program, “FYI: The Public Libraries Podcast.”

In Episode 1, PLA Manager of Publications Kathleen Hughes talks to new library director Douglas Crane (Palm Beach County, Florida, Library System). Prior to and during his first year of serving as a library director, Crane embarked on a project to interview long-time public library directors to learn more about the job and to try […]

Get to the Point Already

“Almost one thousand people in this country die each day from smoking-related illnesses. Imagine it. That’s as if two fully loaded jumbo jets collided over your hometown every day and everyone aboard was killed... ” Authors Karen Berg and Andrew Gilman write about “selling points” in the book Get to the Point. Show More Summary

Service Animals in the Library

What would you do if an employee requested to use a service animal at work? The Manatee County Public Library System in Florida learned firsthand how to handle the situation when long time library staffer Terri Simon requested to bring her service dog, Mister, to work. Show More Summary

Creating a Space for Makerspace

In in a July 15th article on, “Fostering Creativity with Makerspaces,” high school English teacher Nicholas Provenzo describes the perfect home he found for a makerspace, the library, and his 4-step process to make it happen. Show More Summary

Review — Riot of Storm and Smoke (Threats of Sky and Sea Series, Vol. 2) By Jennifer Ellision

Author Jennifer Ellision, proves to be a rising New Adult talent, in producing the readable dark fantasy, Riot of Storm and Smoke. Released August 17th, the second volume in her Threats of Sky and Sea trilogy incorporates definitive genre characteristics. Show More Summary

The Departed: One Library’s Innovative Cemetery Project

For quite some time, public libraries across the country have dealt with having to answer the same overused question: What does the future of public libraries look like in a technology savvy 21st century? Well, to be honest, the future looks bright. Show More Summary

Collaboration vs Programming in Libraries

Public libraries are increasingly transitioning away from our traditional model to less specifically defined public spaces, such as the “community center” library. While many librarians are excited to try out nontraditional items, programs,...Show More Summary

Put Your Library’s Impact into Focus with Digital Advocacy

Whether you’re helping a senior citizen use a tablet for the first time or helping a fifth grader with a research report, your library is doing amazing work every day. But does your community know it? And how can you tell your library’s story to increase public support?

Is Digital Content Being Properly Preserved?

It’s clear libraries and librarians face unique challenges as more and more content is presented digitally. One of the concerns I have heard from librarians relates to one of their primary missions: preservation. As an author, I share this concern. Show More Summary

Preserving for Posterity

Archive Corps is a volunteer effort to help save physical materials that are in danger of being lost forever. According to their mission statement they intend to "make the insurmountable, surmountable" when it comes to rescuing these materials through physical rescue missions, regardless of material or location. Show More Summary

Boulder Goes International with Jaipur Literature Festival

For one weekend in September, Boulder, Colorado, was host to dozens of international authors talking about everything (except their books) as part of a new satellite of the Jaipur Literature Festival. The Jaipur Literature Festival,Show More Summary

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