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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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Maintaining Library Services During Hard Economic Times

This past summer we were in the midst of the how-are-we-going-to-fund our library discussion. It’s an age-old library question: how do we maintain our services, or (dare I suggest) how can we increase our services with a flat or reduced budget? The fear was real: do we reduce services at (or close) a branch or do we make drastic cuts at the main location?

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When the Prison Doors Slam Shut On a Teen: Hope in Literacy

Low literacy skills, poverty, and school dropout rates are common denominators for incarcerated teens. Gaining literacy skills create lifelong activities—improved self-esteem topping the list. Begin there and there’s hope for everything else to happen.

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Blogging for Books

This program provides review copies of books to bloggers, retailers, librarians, and media outlets in exchange for a book review

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Writers-in-Residence at the Public Library

An artist in residence is not a new concept. Many museums and art communities have been using this program as a way to not only promote art and the artist but also as way to promote the establishment.

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The Legend Behind the Library Myths

If you’ve worked in a library, even for just a few days, it’s likely you’ve heard some of the misconceptions people have about what we do.

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Embedded Business Librarianship in 5 Steps

Embedded librarianship to the business community is so important because the people in this group may not consider the library as a resource, yet are the very ones who could benefit the most from their public library’s services.

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Miami-Dade Public Library Advocacy Efforts Succeed – Will Yours?

Over the past few years, the Miami-Dade Public Library has faced the brutal reality of continually decreased funding in a time when more and more citizens have been utilizing the library.

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The Importance of Library Insurance: Investigate It Before You Need It

To be honest, insurance was not something I really thought much about. Of course I held personal insurance (home, auto, etc.), but for the library? I recognized the importance of the library having a basic liability policy.

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How Is a Library Open House Like a Thanksgiving Dinner?

No football, no parades, but maybe a turkey coma. What do these seemingly dissimilar events really have in common?

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