Thanksgiving

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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Library Security is Everybody’s Job

Public libraries are reflections of their communities. This sometimes can include the uglier side of the public, like disruptive behavior, vandalism, or other criminal acts. How can we ensure our libraries are welcoming places?

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Whose Fault Is It? The Technology Or The Human Using It?

It’s so easy to blame the machine, but is that why something didn’t work properly? Could it be operator error? How can you decide whose fault it is?

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Free Library of Philadelphia Building Inspiration Initiative— An Innovative Model of Library Service

The Free Public Library of Philadelphia (FLP) recently announced a major initiative for renovation and expansion of select library structures, community outreach, and partnerships, funded in part with a major grant from the William Penn foundation. This initiative is worth taking a look at for at least two reasons: it will be an innovative model for library service and is an example of strategic funding.

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Clouds

Every Cloud Leaks a Little

A recent media scandal involved compromising celebrity photos allegedly hacked from the cloud via the celeb’s cell phones and then distributed to the general public. Shortly after this story broke, my local weather included rain. The jokes flew: every cloud eventually leaks a little.

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ACTION ALERT! Ask your members of Congress to pass the USA FREEDOM Act.

The Senate will vote this afternoon on meaningful reform to the USA PATRIOT Act, but the new act can’t pass without your help.

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3-D Printer

3D Printing: New Horizons

3D printing has opened up a whole new world, and a whole new can of worms.

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Report From the IFLA Public Libraries Conference

The IFLA Public Libraries Section held a satellite conference in Birmingham, England, in August, where some of the newest library spaces were showcased, such as the “topic room” in Berlin or the famous BiblioTech.

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I Love My Library Card: A Dual Use Library/Debit Card

Frederick County (MD) Public Library (FCPL) has found an ingenious way to combine its patrons’ library card with bank debit cards.

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Who We Are, What We Do, Why It Matters: Our Distinctive Purpose

Would you like to learn about a simple strategy that will make you, your library, and our profession indispensable for centuries to come? Join in an interactive day (lunch included!) to learn how a growing number of libraries are repositioning themselves as a key component of the education enterprise, alongside schools, colleges, and universities.

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