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Who Knew? What They Don’t Teach You in Library School

A few days ago, another librarian and I spent an agonizing forty minutes trying to follow the impossible directions for assembling a desk chair. We had both approached the topic thinking it would be a quick and easy task and we’d soon be back to our ‘normal’ work. We ultimately assembled the chair, but with […]

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More on RFID in the Library

You thought putting in RFID tags was fun? Wait until you actually turn on the gates. That’s when the real adventure starts!

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Marketing Libraries Through Word Clusters

An academic research applied a clinical psychology methodology to librarians and patrons of an Italian Public Library. The findings – clusters of “dense” words – depict libraries as spaces of inclusion or integration (or exclusion).

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Dealing with Mentally Ill Library Patrons

The topic of this post may be a sensitive subject, and one that is rarely addressed in library school, but should be. Every library worker, whether in a public or other library, has had interactions with mentally ill patrons.

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Outdoors or Indoors – Anywhere is a Good Place to Read

Recently the New York Public Library (NYPL) unveiled a new program that they hoped would encourage more patrons to make use of their wonderful collection.

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Making an Attitudinal Change to Disabilities

One of the library buttons pinned on my office wallboard conveys a simple truth: “Attitudes are the real disability.” My original plan this month was to write about “Outreach to People with Disabilities.” Yet that subject was soon replaced by a topic that preempts and precedes the concept of disability outreach: attitudinal barriers to library […]

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Stock Up Your Shelves and Alert the Book Clubs – Reviews of the Third Annual Carnegie Medals Award Winners

For the third year, awards and accolades have been given by the American Library Association to two writers for their contribution to the literary world.  “The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation […]

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Moving Readers’ Advisory Online

Readers’ advisory is a unique service that public libraries can be the “best” at. By moving readers’ advisory to the virtual world, librarians can better reach their users.

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RFID – The People Side of Implementing a New Technology

As with every new product or service in a library, challenges occur. With getting an RFID system, there’s plenty of need for that!

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Two States Creating State-Wide Library E-book Collections

A recent Library Journal Online article examined a newly passed bill in Connecticut that gave the state’s library board of trustees the authority to create a state-wide e-book collection. Connecticut’s small size means there are no county governments and therefore no individual library systems. A Connecticut library card is valid in every library in the […]

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