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MILE Grows Future Minnesota Library Leaders and Networks

Since 2005, future Minnesota library leaders have come together to learn more about leadership styles, library trends and professional network building.

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Downloading Hope: Providing E-Books to Low-Income Students

The Institute of Museum and Library Services’ initiative with Open eBooks Initiatives and ConnectED Library Challenge will be providing e-book access to thousands of low-income students. In addition to literacy, this is also providing hope to students and their families.

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Making Sure Help is Helpful

With the increase of internet searches and the dwindling of Reference Librarian positions, have we lost the art of focus?

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Health Insurance for Small Libraries

My library’s induction into a health insurance pool came about after I attended a Village Board meeting and learned that their health insurance costs had gone down 8%. This was the same year that the library’s costs had increased approximately 13% for the second year in a row. After my brain stopped exploding and the meeting was over, I talked with the Village Finance Manager and learned that they had joined a health insurance pool almost a decade earlier. This move occurred after they experienced the strategies health insurance companies use in setting premiums. It is particularly frustrating for organizations that employ less than 50 full-time equivalent staff.

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From Come-Do to How-To

MakerSpace. CreateSpace. Incubator. All are the latest buzzwords in our profession, in our journals, at our conventions, and in our blogs. They stimulate us to transform our traditional library space into one where we invite our community to come to the library to experience invention, innovation, collaboration, and creative problem solving.

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Explore San Francisco’s Libraries, Bookstores and Literary Landmarks While at ALA 2015

If you’re attending this year’s ALA Annual Conference, take some time to explore San Francisco’s special libraries, bookstores, and other literary landmarks. By no means a full list, here are a few fun destinations to squeeze into your itinerary.

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I Was Lucky Because I Could Walk to Our Local Library: A Conversation with Cece Bell

Award winning author Cece Bell has been writing and illustrating children’s picture books for several years. This year, her book for older children, El Deafo, earned her a Newberry Honor. A graphic novel memoir, El Deafo tells her story of becoming almost completely deaf at a young age due to illness. Depicting the resulting challenges—and delights—are a cast of bunny characters that tell a very human story.

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“We Need Diverse Books” Campaign Gaining Momentum

If you work with children’s books and go online, there’s no way you can miss the colorful logo of the “We Need Diverse Books” (WNDB) campaign, which launched in 2014. What started as a tweet between creators Malinda Lo and Ellen Oh has turned into a grassroots movement that has bloggers, authors, librarians, and publishers getting involved and addressing the need for diverse characters and narratives in children’s literature.

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Open Internet Order Now Effective

The FCC recently passed the Open Internet Order, which became active on June 12, 2015. ALA has overwhelmingly expressed its support for the legislation that protects and promotes the open internet. In fact, ALA and its coalition with 137 other groups and companies wrote a letter thanking FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, and Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel for their leadership in protecting the Open Internet. Because of the coalition’s strong and persuasive voice, the ruling references the coalition’s ideas and proposals nearly 20 times.

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To Series or Not to Series…Does it Matter?

It’s taken quite a bit of time to put series information on all our chapter, tween, young adult, adult, and large print books. However, the response from the community has been tremendous, and it’s taught us a few things about our collection as well!

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Coping With Eyestrain

In the May 5th issue of American Libraries Direct, Amy-Mae Elliot discusses a topic that is an unavoidable consequence of modern life: eyestrain. Anyone who spends several hours a day on a computer has dealt with it. Elliot says 68% of Millenials have reported suffering from digital eyestrain.[1] However, that’s not the only age group […]

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Libraries of Instagram

It’s easy to be overwhelmed as libraries worldwide are posting on Instagram, but specific hashtags can help find hidden gems.

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Narrowing the Digital Divide: New York Public Library Loans Out Hotspots

The New York Public Library, along with the City of New York, is bringing low-income New Yorkers out of the “digital dark” with free internet access at home. The New York Public Library, partnering with Sprint, decided to improve access for its patrons by lending out hotspots, which are essentially mobile devices that transmit a wireless signal

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Special Access Browsing for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Special Access Browsing is an after-hours program designed for kids on the Autism spectrum and their families. Our library opens up its Children and Teen Services Department when the library is normally closed just for this patron population. We also try to offer a craft or program at the same time. Our Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community has responded well to these events.

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