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Like Oil and Water: Infused Flavors Craft Class

Infused oils and waters are popular right now, with so many books and websites dedicated to this new delicious trend. And they couldn’t be easier to make and teach.

Easy Craft Programs for Your Library: Bleach Shirts

In this second in a series of posts about crafting at the library, I will detail how to make Bleach Shirts. This is one of the easiest crafts you can do in the library. You will need a sink, so as long as you have a water source, you, too, can teach this class. It doesn’t take long, about an hour is all you need. 

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National Library of China Makes Audiobooks Available to Beijing’s Subway Riders

The NLC is hoping this will promote reading and library use. This initiative was launched in 2017, with the NLC working in tandem with the subway operator Beijing MTR. 

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Some Libraries Raising Their Minimum Wage

In an effort to stay ahead of the curve, some libraries are proactively raising their minimum wage.

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Nigerian Public Libraries Helping Job Seekers

More than 100 people received employment and keyed in into business opportunities recently through the help of Nigerian public libraries who had participated in the Beyond Access/IREX project in Nigeria.

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The MLS Catch-22

In library-land we’re aware that the MLS is the key to professional achievements. It is rare that anyone can attain leadership positions within libraries if they don’t carry this key designation. Over the past few years however, a combination of student loan debt, low salaries, and the actual job requirements of these positions make pursuing an MLS a little less desirable. Is there a future for the profession if we begin to accept a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science as sufficient training? Or perhaps rather than an MLS, we begin to require a Master’s of Public Administration for those pursuing a Public Library leadership position. Is our commitment to the MLS an example of an industry struggling to adapt to change?

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Supporting Workforce Development with Libraries Work

Formed in January 2017, Libraries Work is a national networking group among state library agencies. Inspired, in part, by the American Library Association’s 2016 white paper, “The People’s Incubator: Libraries Propel Entrepreneurship” by Charlie Wapner, Libraries Work focuses on supporting workforce development and has a broad range that includes: serving youth and adults; supporting not only tech hire and STEM skills, but the full college and career-ready learning standards and skills (including Liberal Arts); connecting public libraries to WIOA (Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act) and other national and state initiatives for career/work prep; and taking a proactive stance on getting libraries at the workforce and business development table in each community.

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Dare I Ask? Consumer Health in a Rural Library Setting

An elderly woman comes to the desk and asks for books about diabetes. I politely look the subject up in our catalog and let her know the section in which she can find the many books we have on the topic. A while later, I see the same woman, leaving the library empty-handed. As I rush over to her I’m thinking. “Where did I go wrong?”

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British Library Celebrates Sorcerer’s Stone Anniversary

The exhibit was created to coincide with the twentieth anniversary release of the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s (U.K./U.S.) Stone, the first novel in the series.

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Bento Box Searching

So it seems libraries, at least a few academic libraries and public libraries, have caught up with this single search process, known also as federated search, (rather than searching fields in the library catalog,) as a way to introduce the researcher to articles, books, and resources valued enough to show up in the search.

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To Fine or Not To Fine

Fines are a tangible reminder of the patron’s responsibility, the library’s importance, and the consideration of others.

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A Holiday Dedicated to Books

The tradition is perfect for those who do not practice a mainstream holiday and can be used for library outreach services.

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Google Now Directs Users to Library Ebooks

New Partnership between Overdrive and Google Promotes Library E-book Collections

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The Future Looks Bright for Librarianship

A recent report highlights growing demand for “librarians, curators, and archivists,” despite articles proclaiming the end of the profession. Communicating our value is required to abolish these stereotypical ideas about the end of libraries. 

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Seeking Essays on the Social Justice Implications of Net Neutrality

We are currently seeking 3-5 essays (no more than 1,500 words) for inclusion in the Perspectives column in the January/February issue of PUBLIC LIBRARIES.