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Q&A with John J King, Boston Public Library’s first Playwright-in-Residence

In June, the Boston Public Library announced its first Playwright-in-Residence, John J. King. While other BPL residencies are selected in-house, said Michael Colford, director of library services, “For the Playwright-in-Residence pilot...Show More Summary

Reaction to Federal Court Decision on York University Fair Dealing

Earlier this month, York University in Toronto lost a case in Federal Court of Canada in its legal dispute with the collective licensing agency Access Copyright.Access Copyright had sued the school, alleging it had been improperly reproducing...Show More Summary

The Transformation Will Not be Televised

This will be my last column as PLA President, and I want to take the time to thank four special groups that have made my tenure so memorable. First, I want to thank my staff and board at the Cleveland Public Library for their support of my leadership journey. Show More Summary

Being Loved is Not Enough

If you've read any of my previous columns, you've probably noticed that I prefer to impart life lessons by telling stories. While this is a practice that drives my teenage daughters crazy, it has been effective for me in getting my point across. Show More Summary

Gender Reassignment Surgery and the Library’s Health Plan

In 2016, library employee Rachel Dovel (via employer health care plan) planned to undergo gender reassignment surgery. When told the surgery was not covered by the library’s health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Dovel took the library board/insurance company to court.

Library Spells Success with Sip & Spell Event

How do you attract more readers to your library? Let them show off their dictionary know-how in a head-to-head spelling competition!

Patrick Roewe, Spokane County Library District’s New Director

While many incoming library administrators find their jobs by way of a national search, Patrick Roewe, the new director at Spokane County Library District (SCLD), WA, did it the old-fashioned way—by working his way up through the ra...

Kindness Rocks

Easy. Inexpensive. Trending. Dispenses kindness and inspiration. There’s something that does all of that and is a great fit for the public library?

CT Library Supporters Worry as Doomsday Spending Plan Hangs Overhead

Being able to easily get their hands on materials needed for job hunting, financial or legal research, or college applications, whether or not their local branch has them, saves library patrons in Connecticut money and time. In many cases, it may be their only option.

Australian Law Reform Commission Discussion Paper on Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The Australian Law Reform Commission has published a discussion paper on Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. From the Terms of Reference:"It is acknowledged that while laws and legal frameworks are an...Show More Summary

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Dawn Hammatt has been appointed Director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum; Christopher Sagaas is the new Director of the Utica Public Library, NY; Charla Wilson has been hired as Northwestern University's first...Show More Summary

Hiring is Recruting: A career often begins in a low-level library job | Blatant Berry

Many of my closest librarian friends found their way into our profession much as I did. We had no idea what a librarian did, nor how or why anyone would become one. In my case, just out of the U.S. Army after two years as a draftee and badly in need of a livelihood, I followed up on an advertisement from a local library.

Friending Customers using Instagram

For a library’s social media channels, I like to friend or follow other library customers when possible. So for Instagram, about once a month I will look at our followers list, see who’s new, and check out each account. I will follow them back if: It’s a public account. I don’t follow accounts marked Private. […]

Denver News Report Spurs Library Crime Crackdown

A stepped-up effort to curb unwanted and illegal activities, including the sale and use of drugs, at the sprawling downtown Denver Central Library, CO, is starting to yield results, the city librarian said recently, after a particularly troubling few months that saw 14 drug overdoses on the premises since February, along with dozens of arrests.

Libraries Clear First Budget Hurdle in DC

Topic: Libraries Money Issues Politics From Publishers Weekly: Last week, a House Appropriations subcommittee voted to recommend level funding for libraries in FY2018, which would mean roughly $231 million for the Institute of Museum...Show More Summary

Closer Look at the British Columbia Law Institute Report on Complex Stratas

The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) released a Report on Complex Stratas in June 2017.In British Columbia, a strata corporation is a legal entity with all of the powers of a natural person who has full capacity. This means that it can sue or be sued, enter into contracts and hire employees. Show More Summary

Canadian Federation of Library Associations Appoints Executive Director

The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) has apopointed Katherine McColgan as Executive Director commencing August 8, 2017:"Based in Ottawa and fluently bilingual, Katherine will directly engage with federal government...Show More Summary

Free Analytics Tools from Simply Measured

Do you know about the free social media analytics tools from Simply Measured? They are worth checking out. They have 7 tools that you can use for free. You do hvae to do a couple of silly things to get to the reports: fill out a form so you’re on their mailing list, and do […]

Public Libraries and Podcasting

Podcasting is an effective way for many groups, organizations, and individuals to relay their message to thousands of listeners. Public libraries have jumped on this trend and are reaching out to their communities via this platform.

Law Library of Congress Guide to Parliamentary Information Online

The Law Library of Congress has published a report on Features of Parliamentary Websites for some 50 different countries. "In recent years, parliaments around the world have enhanced their websites in order to improve access to legislative information and other parliamentary resources. Show More Summary

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