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August is Read a Romance Month

You know the month. Talk of love and chocolate and red flowers. Romance is planned, discussed, and celebrated. Love stories are shared in the middle of the hottest month of the year—What? Wait! No, we’re not speaking of chilly February’s Valentine’s Day but rather sweltering August’s Read a Romance Month.

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Canada’s Librarian Radio Show

In today’s environment, it’s hard to figure out how to create buzz for your library. Every day libraries face serious issues such as budget cuts, reduced staffing, and privatization. It is stating the obvious to say that the profession is greatly changing. However, there is a new way for libraries to get the message out about what they do and why they do it.

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The Wired Library – The User Experience

When we say “user experience” we are talking about something that can be measured. While user experience designers are motivated to make awesome things an decrease worldsuck, library stakeholders may not always understand the motivation behind user-driven decisions. For all they see, these changes may simply be about the visual look and feel of a website. The thing to stress is that user experience is plottable and predictable. User experience affects the library’s bottom line.

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The Future of Library Services for and with Teens

As you look around libraryland, you’ll see quite a bit about 21st century libraries, services, and 21st century literacies. In 2014, after a yearlong forum, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released the report, The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action, which specifically addresses 21st century teens and their needs.[1]

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Can I Bring My Gun to the Library?

Keeping up with the changing landscape of gun control in all fifty states.

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EveryLibrary to Launch “The Political Librarian”

“The Political Librarian” is slated to be EveryLibrary’s venue and platform for the advocacy work they do.  Their motto is “Any library initiative anywhere matters to every library everywhere.”  Everylibrary trains, coaches, and consults library stakeholders and supporters to increase civic awareness to win campaigns and funding at the local level for libraries.

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Immerse Yourself in the Excitement of New Initiatives: Longtime Indiana Director Retires

The St. Joseph County Public Library (SJCPL) in South Bend, Indiana, recently said farewell to their highly regarded director of thirty­seven years, Donald Napoli, who retired on June 30th. Napoli was only the fifth director in the library’s 126­ year history and during his tenure saw many changes. The biggest trend when he started in 1977 was the move to “give them what they want,” which emphasized popular materials over well­rounded collections. This patron­driven idea was pioneered by Dr. Ernest R. DeProspo at Rutgers University and whole­heartedly embraced by Napoli, who believed that public libraries should reflect the communities they serve.

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KEEP CALM AND LIBRARY ON: Avoiding Summer Burnout

Summertime can be pretty overwhelming in a public library, even if you don’t work in youth services. Thanks to an increase in unstructured time, the library becomes a popular place for students and their families. At my library, we also see an uptick in usage from residents who do not have school-age children and come in to stock up on books and media before heading off on vacation. While the rest of the world is getting the chance to relax, we’re kicking it into high gear in order to provide the best possible service for our patrons.

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Reading Between the [Head]Lines…or Through the Looking Glass

If you are anything like me you take a look at yourself in the mirror at least once a day. You might check your hair, shave your face. or adjust your tie. Perhaps a feeble attempt to change how people perceive us (maybe a little lipstick would help?). So, what do public libraries do to change people’s perception of them? Our regulars get us, they know us. But what about people who read about us in the mainstream media? How might they perceive public libraries if they knew us only through headlines and news stories?

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The State of America’s Libraries 2015

Public libraries, school libraries, and academic libraries provide Americans of all ages, backgrounds, and incomes with access to “unlimited possibilities.” The State of America’s Libraries 2015: A Report from the American Library Association recognizes American libraries as “community anchor institutions” whose missions include economic benefits—as well as creating a more democratic, just, and equitable society.

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Deadline Approaching For 2016 Emerging Leaders Program

The August 1 deadline is quickly approaching for consideration in next year’s group of ALA Emerging Leaders. According to ALA’s website, this program “enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and [provides an] opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity.”

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Help Shape the 2016 Knight News Challenge – Focus is Library Innovation

What amazing things happening in libraries should be amplified? Submit your answer to the Knight Foundation by August 1 to help shape the 2016 Knight News Challenge.

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Summer Reading Club Promotional Videos

The Vernon Area Public Library District (VAPLD) in Lincolnshire, Illinois, is engaging with its patrons in a really fun way to promote this year’s Summer Reading Club (SRC) theme: Read to the Rhythm. We wanted to reach more adults, teens, tweens, kids, and babies. What we came up with was an SRC promotional video that parodied Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars.

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Diversity and Inclusion: Robotic Librarians Help Autistic Patrons

Bibliobot. That is the name given to the robotic librarian that was created in Longmont, Colorado, by the Longmont Library Innovation Team. The Innovation Team worked on a low-cost robotics program to create Bibliobot. Longmont (CO) Public Library (LPL) partnered with Robauto, a Boulder-based robotics company, and Jalali Hartman, the innovator and creator of Bibliobot, which is a library robot prototype created to serve children with autism.

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Scholastic Publishes Fifth Edition of Kids & Family Reading Report

Scholastic has published the fifth edition of its popular Kids & Family Reading Report, the results of a survey conducted in conjunction with YouGov that gauges how children and their parents view reading in their daily lives.[1] The organizations polled over 2,500 respondents, representing ages 0-17, in late 2014. Questions ranged from the importance and frequency of reading for pleasure, what makes a “frequent” reader, where kids are reading, and what kids are looking for when selecting books.

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