How do you store 2.5 million research materials while keeping them accessible? The New York Public Library’s answer is the recently opened Milstein Research Stacks, a two-level 55,600-square-foot underground storage space and a 950-foot railroad with 24 train cars that can cover 75 feet per minute.
Carrie O’Maley Voliva Author Archive
Carrie O'Maley Voliva is a Supervisor Librarian at the Indianapolis Public Library Pike Branch. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Butler University and her M.L.S. from Indiana University. Carrie is currently reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.
As if free Wi-Fi on the New York City Subway wasn’t exciting enough, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) partnered with Penguin Random House to bring free books to subway passengers through mid-October. And for those who don’t think they have enough time to read a full story on their commute, “Subway Reads” offers selections based on reading times (ten minutes, twenty minutes, and thirty minutes).
The United States is far from the only country facing library closures and budget cuts. According to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy annual survey of libraries in Great Britain, there was a £50 million cut from library budgets across Britain in 2014–2015, and 106 libraries closed. In The Guardian’s “Student” section, Greta Bellamacina recently made a strong argument for the importance of public libraries, particularly as a vital resource for students.
The state of Indiana is thrilled to celebrate its Bicentennial in 2016, but the Indiana State Parks are also celebrating an important milestone–their hundredth birthday. The Indiana State Parks system was a gift to the people of Indiana in 1916 in celebration of the state’s centennial. And what better way to celebrate than to give the people of Indiana the gift of discovering their state parks—for free!
The Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program has released their third annual Best Practices publication. Along with the three previously announced 2015 prize winners, fourteen other organizations presenting paramount methods for increasing literacy are included in the publication. The Literacy Awards, first announced in January 2013, honor organizations that successfully increase literacy in the United States or abroad. The Literacy Awards also promote the distribution of the most effective methods, and the Best Practices publication is a key component in sharing these innovative ideas. Below are just a few of the programs cited for their exemplary work in the categories of best practices.
Smartphones are driving technology ownership like never before. According to a recent Pew Research Center study, “smartphones are transforming into all-purpose devices that can take the place of specialized technology, such as music players, e-book readers and gaming devices.” In fact, 68% of all U.S. adults now own a smartphone, while 92% own a cellphone. This number has nearly doubled since the Pew Research Center’s first study on smartphone ownership in mid-2011 when only 32% of adults had smartphones.
Keeping up with the changing landscape of gun control in all fifty states.
The FCC recently passed the Open Internet Order, which became active on June 12, 2015. ALA has overwhelmingly expressed its support for the legislation that protects and promotes the open internet. In fact, ALA and its coalition with 137 other groups and companies wrote a letter thanking FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, and Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel for their leadership in protecting the Open Internet. Because of the coalition’s strong and persuasive voice, the ruling references the coalition’s ideas and proposals nearly 20 times.
Big data is everywhere and patrons are increasingly turning to libraries to learn not only what it is, but how it can help their businesses. And just as businesses use big data to target their customers and generate more sales, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) saw an opportunity to better determine how to best deliver relevant content to its users by implementing big data. Their experience is one that could well help other public libraries leverage all their data to best serve patron needs.
A recent IMLS study showed that an estimated 28 million people use library computers and seek assistance from librarians for health and wellness issues, including learning about medical conditions, finding health care providers, and assessing health insurance options. The library’s role in health information dissemination became perhaps most well-known with the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace launch in 2013. Because of this massive change in federal healthcare, Webjunction partnered with ZeroDivide to create the program Health Happens in Libraries.
Library Journal Releases Results of 1st Salary Survey
How the public library can bring the community together to experience and discuss the next tech trends
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.”
Are you attending PLA 2014 next week? Will it be your first visit to Indianapolis? Between the nonstop exhibits, programs, author events, and social events, consider playing tourist during your down time!
Billboards sell everything from soda to lawyers to hotels so why not sell libraries that way? The Wilmington Memorial Library in Massachusetts gave it a try by renting a billboard for the month of November.