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Dispatches from ALA 2014: Ideas and Practices in STEM/STEAM Learning

As a Student to Staff volunteer with PLA for the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, I was given the task of assisting for several programs. Each of the programs I attended were unique, but all sought to continue a conversation about public library service—how to improve programs, increase outreach to patrons and support development.

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Making Hard Choices During Budget Cuts

When I go back to my favorite restaurant growing up, I find it pales in comparison to my memory. What I’m experiencing-currently-is not what I remember. Life is about change. The library is an organic entity with a life of its own. No matter how much we cling to our memories, what we recall in […]

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In Defense of YA Lit

Encouraging, not judging readers.

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Calling Kids to the Library Lunch Table

We’ve always known that food brings people together, but we didn’t know that Lunch at the Library would build such a strong bond with our community. And, it’s only been a few weeks since our library began this exciting new program.

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Internet Search

Tips for More Effective Google Searches

As librarians, Google can be our friend. That’s funny, because a lot of people think that Google renders librarians obsolete. But I, and many other library professionals, use Google regularly. Don’t get me wrong; I love online databases as much as the next librarian. For example, when I’m teaching a class on business resources for job seekers, I introduce them to our amazing library databases that will give them the current, verified, and valuable information that they need. In fact, a common response from the participants is, “Wow, you can’t find that by doing a Google search!” It definitely makes my librarian heart sing. But then there are other times, like when a patron wants to find that sentence from that article from that magazine that was published sometime in the last decade, when Google has the potential to be a really big help.

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Get Great Deals on e-Books

Looking to get a deal on e-books? Love sites like Groupon? Then you should try BookBub. According to the site, BookBub offers “limited-time free and discounted ebooks matching your interest.”

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Typewriter Keys

Paperless Society?

For a number of years, those of us paying attention have looked at each other in puzzlement. We are painfully aware that not all information is available electronically. In much the same manner we needed Librarians to train and guide people through the vast wealth of material available in print, we are now needed even more with the greater complexities of electronic formats. The devices are cool, certainly. And like all tools, they hold a useful and special place, but we also know that tools like these supplement, not replace.

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Skype-a-Docent — Library Technology Buzz

Library Technology Buzz is an occasional blog post, written by the PLA Technology Committee, on hot topics in the library technology world. In this post, PLA Technology Committee member Amy Terlaga (Director of User Services, Bibliomation, Inc.) discusses the Fairfield (Conn.) Public Library’s “Skype-a-Docent” program with Lauren DeNisco (Reference Associate, Fairfield Public Library).

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Library Kids

Can Children See Themselves in the Books on Your Shelves? Part II

Children look for themselves in the books that they read. Libraries need to have books that represent the rainbow of diverse cultures that are in our communities. Books that promote diversity should be celebrated every day, not just on holidays.

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Library Kids

Can Children See Themselves in the Books on Your Shelves? Part I

Children look for themselves in the books that they read. Libraries need to have books that represent the rainbow of diverse cultures that are in our communities. Books that promote diversity should be celebrated every day, not just on holidays.

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