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Tap Into a New Patron Base with Community Partnerships

Expand your library’s reach by partnering with community businesses and organizations.

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Community Connections

As public librarians, we know that there are many people who simply do not realize the amount of resources that local libraries have available; it’s so important to get the message out to the community. In this post, I am going to share some of the ways that I have been connecting with local job seekers and businesspersons so far.

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Queens Library at Arverne Celebrates Re-Opening, Following Superstorm Sandy Re-Build

On April 18, Queens Library celebrated the grand re-opening of its library in Arverne, one of four on the beachfront peninsula known as “the Rockaways.” Members of the community and elected officials crowded the rebuilt library to marvel at how wonderful it looked and to trade memories about the dark weeks following Superstorm Sandy.

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Head in the Cloud?

Over the past few years, a lot of our information has gone into ‘the cloud.’ The appeal is clear—the ability to access data (files, spreadsheets, schedules, etc.) from anywhere. Drop and drag a file from your desk top and retrieve it from any device you use. The convenience is undeniable. But is convenience overshadowing reason?

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World Book Night—Spreading the Love of Reading, One Book At a Time

World Book Night US 2014 is spreading the love of reading, one book at a time, one person at a time and transforming lives through the power of literacy. The gift of a book is a powerful thing.

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The Book Thieves

In the fiscal year 2012 book thieves stole over 70,000 books from the Brooklyn Public Library. Most of us working in public libraries have experienced theft at one point or another, but how does this much thievery go on with the news not reporting on it until 2014?

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Implementing Programs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Libraries are in the business of providing resources and programming for everyone. Holding programs for children with autism fits perfectly in our model and is a great way to reach out to a population that might not have been served as much in the past.

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Historic American Newspapers Available via Library of Congress Website

The Library of Congress has unveiled a new website, Chronicling America, which contains digitized versions of 1,270 historic newspapers from across the country. Chronicling America was created by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a joint venture of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities.1 The goal of the project is to create a searchable internet database of historic newspapers.2 This site is a perfect way for those interested in genealogy or local history to learn more about the historic past. It is also beneficial for high school and college students to learn to use primary resources and better understand newspapers’ importance in the development of journalism and communications. Chronicling America is also a one stop shop for public librarians to use when answering complex research questions.

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Dispatches from PLA 2014: Creating a Health Literate City

The speakers provided an overview of what two libraries were able to accomplish in health literacy in their community, as well as advice for how to set up similar programs in your own library. National Institutes of Health offers “Partners in Research” grants. Ann Arbor District Library and the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library, along with the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, partnered to “address the need for community engagement in clinical research by incorporating community expertise and knowledge in several innovative strategies designed to raise the level of literacy, awareness, and participation in clinical research.”

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Tax Forms – Moving From Distribution Point to Information Provider

Where are your tax forms? How Great River Regional Library eliminated tax form distribution as move toward better defining their library’s role as information provider.

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