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A Free Virtual Conference for Librarians? It’s On!

My colleague and I hosted Library OnConference, a virtual conference held completely on Google Hangouts for librarians throughout the country. How did this come about and would we do it again? And how can you host your own conference?

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Bringing the Smithsonian to Your Patrons

One of the most interesting museum experiences out there is the Smithsonian. However, many people may not have the opportunity to travel and see everything. Now, the American Library Association has teamed up with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) to offer a traveling exhibit, Exploring Human Origins, based on the Hall of Human Origins.

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Challenges of a Rural Library

While some of us may be used to large urban public libraries that have almost anything we want, this is not the case with rural libraries. What some people take for granted others would treasure. Many libraries in rural areas are at a crossroads where they find themselves in a financial situation that does not allow them to advance.

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Paddling to the Library

Imagine a day at the beach: Feel the warm sand slipping between your toes. The pleasure of drowsily napping under the rays of the warm sun. Cooling off in the water, splashing in the waves. Borrowing a book from the library. Wait a second… library? I thought I was at the beach?

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Baby Boomers Aren’t Called “Seniors” Anymore – Next Level Programming for Older Adults

Baby Boomers have rebranded themselves—older adults, matures, 55+, aging adults, longevitists? They aren’t called “seniors” anymore. And library services need to keep pace with their changing needs.

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Bike-Based Library Services: Innovative Outreach

Why bikes? The basic idea is that with a little customization, creativity, and legwork, a bicycle can become a mobile point of service in the community. Bicycles go where bookmobiles can’t, provide an element of surprise, and spark a personal connection that will promote library services in new ways.

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Teen Programming – Who Comes and Why

A teen may actually benefit more (both educationally and with regards to self-efficacy) by tutoring a tween in a particular subject than by being taught the information by an adult. In creating activities, however, a librarian needs to consider if opening an event up to a wider public will alienate some of the potential participants.

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Color In the Library – Organizing Materials By Color

Is it a marketing technique or a one-time investment to save money later? Using color to organize the library’s materials could make sense for you as well.

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Language Learning @ Your Library

In today’s world, we’re adopting an increasingly global outlook. Whether we’re traveling abroad for vacation or business, immigrating, or simply interested in expanding our personal knowledge, the desire to learn a different language is prevalent. Many people turn to their libraries for resources to do so.

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Pass It On at Libraries to Help Seniors Avoid Scams

The Federal Trade Commission, with the support of the Institute of Museums and Library Services, is encouraging public libraries in the U.S. to create Pass It On programs to advise senior citizens about prominent scams.

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