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What is an Adult Graphic Novel?

In the quandary of whether to have an “adult graphic novel” collection, do you have an idea of what you want “adult graphic novel” collection to mean for your library?

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Downton Abbey Read-Alikes

I hope you are all enjoying the current season of Downton Abbey as much as I am! While searching for what to write about this month, I was excited to stumble across a list of books by Nanette Donohue, “An Edwardian Education.” Donohue’s list offers a great mix of nonfiction and fiction works to supplement your Downton Abbey obsession (assuming you’re like me.)

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Ten Things a Children’s Librarian Needs to Know

Youth services departments are tremendously undervalued in public libraries, and there are many things a successful children’s librarian needs to know.

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Becoming a “One Point of Service” Library in 5 Steps

Stop giving patrons the runaround. Become a One Point of Service Library.

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High Tech Makerspaces

The makerspace movement encompasses a wide berth from the basic to the high tech, and the free to the highly expensive. Determining what the library can afford, what it wants to accomplish with its makerspace, how best to utilize its resources, and whether partners can be found to support these efforts is incredibly important.

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I Was That Little Girl Who Went to the Library Every Single Saturday: A Conversation with Sharon Draper

This past fall, author Sharon Draper’s novel, Out of My Mind, was Loudoun County Public Library’s pick for their 1 Book, 1 Community book. As part of the program, Draper visited the area and did an author chat at a local middle school.

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New Year, New Library!

Have you drawn up New Year’s resolutions for your library? Take a look at this list of library resolutions designed to create more community-centered libraries and librarians. What’s your library resolving to do this year? Tell us in the comments.

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Shelf Life: The Balancing Act Between Physical and Digital Books

In many respects, going digital just makes more sense, such as the choice between physical reference books and online databases. However choosing the digital option for books, while increasingly a part of our lives, does not necessarily have such a clear answer.

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Millennials: The Future of the Public Library

Pew study shows millennials are significant library users.

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Inputs, Outputs, and Outcomes – Oh My!

Measuring outputs to evaluate library success is only one way of demonstrating effectiveness. To tell the story of how your library changes lives, look to outcome-based measurement.

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