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Blog Post Archive

Coalition Calls on Libraries to Plan Now to Secure E-rate funding

Libraries now have an extraordinary opportunity to upgrade their broadband following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to modernize the E-rate program and address the broadband capacity gap facing many public libraries. Show More Summary

Cyberbullying and the Public Librarian – PLA Webinar

Cyberbullying is a form of online violence affecting many teens and adults. And while the phenomenon has been discussed frequently in the popular media, it is still a misunderstood issue.

Library of Congress Unveils Recorded Poetry Archive

It is hard to believe that we are already four months in to 2015. Spring is in the air, and what better way to mark the passing of winter than reading poetry? To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Library of Congress just unveiled its Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature on April 15, 2015.

Genre-fying Your Library’s Fiction Collection

You've decided that it would be best for your library users to separate the adult fiction into genres. How do you prepare so you don't have to redo things later?

Data Visualization for Public Libraries

Big data is everywhere and patrons are increasingly turning to libraries to learn not only what it is, but how it can help their businesses. And just as businesses use big data to target their customers and generate more sales, the Brooklyn...Show More Summary

Vote for Libraries! Register Now for National Library Legislative Day

Are you looking for an opportunity to advocate for public libraries? Do you feel strongly about national library funding? Take advantage of National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) on May 4th and 5th. Join your voice with other library advocates.

The “Digital Dark Age” and Why Print is Not Yet Dead

I have always loved books. I have a bookshelf filled with them, and they have now spilled over to my nightstand and bureau. There was a time that on principal, I refused to buy a Kindle because of my love of books. That time has passed; I read e-books on my Kindle and I also have an iPad. Show More Summary

Seen on TV – A Popular Genre

Does the phrase “As Seen on TV” make you think of late night infomercials and gadgets that never work quite right? In the library, it can mean circulation gold!

Humorous Books Can Appeal to Reluctant Readers

The continued success of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and other similar books has made us wonder if humorous books are the “go to” genre for librarians when confronted with reluctant readers. At the same time, we've reached the point in the school year when teachers and parents are becoming concerned about individual student's reading progress. Show More Summary

Finding Your “Happy Voice”

How do you feel when greeted by a disgruntled employee in a store or restaurant? Probably not too excited to spend your money there, right? A recent article from Hofstra University’s Zarb School of Business points out just how important it is to greet customers in the most upbeat, positive way possible.

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Hidden Gems – Five Lesser-Known Periodicals for Your Collection

As budgets shrink, the quest for quality grows. A while ago my library surveyed patrons about their preferences and how they wanted to see materials collections develop. One item that arose much to my surprise was the request for hard copy periodicals “with substance.” The food and craft titles were fine, but people commented they wanted to see less gossip and more content.

Employment Trends in Public Libraries

With a recent Forbes article citing Library and Information Science as the third worst master’s degree for today’s professionals, the thought of breaking into a library career or even changing jobs can be intimidating.

Tablets: Are They Right for Your Library?

Matt Enis’ “Meet the Tabletarians” discusses different libraries that have incorporated tablets into their everyday work life. While many have tried to use them as a roving reference accessory, others have found tablets to be most beneficial and effective for special projects such as story time or other youth service events

FY2015 E-rate Funding Targeted Toward Expanding and Modernizing Wireless Networks in Schools and Libraries

Funding for POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) will end, additional funding available to expand broadband capabilities.

Customers or Patrons? How You Look at Your Library’s Users Affects Customer Service

An informal observation of library websites and policies shows that even leading public libraries are evenly split between the use of customer and patron in their formal taxonomy. The traditional term patron is used by New York Public Library (NYPL), Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library, Seattle Public Library, and Multnomah County (OR) Library. Show More Summary

Flexibility is Key: Innovations in Library Design

There’s no doubt about it: the way people use public libraries is changing, and the design world has come to reflect this shift. I am currently in the throes of renovating my library’s children’s room, and I was shocked upon beginning...Show More Summary

Up All Night at the Public Library

24/7 – what does that make you think of? 7-Eleven? Taco Bell? Las Vegas? How about your local public library? Back in my college days, our university library would stay open all night for a few weeks around the end of the semester. This was to allow students extra time to study for exams (remember cramming?) and complete their research assignments. Show More Summary

Summer Meal Programming at the Library

When school closes for summer vacation, the responsibility for children’s wellbeing falls on no one agency exclusively. Consequently, it can leave many communities disconnected—and allow low-income children and youth to fall through the cracks. Show More Summary

An Interview with the 2015 ALA Presidential Candidates

For the upcoming American Library Association election members are presented with an atypical number of candidates. Typically ALA has two candidates running for the position of Vice President/President Elect, but this year there are an additional two petition candidates -- who gathered the necessary number of signatures to throw their hats in the ring.

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