When Madison (WI) Public Library began renovating their central library in 2013, a vision of an interactive library space came forward—The Bubbler. The makerspace has evolved to become a major program initiative, bringing learning experiences through programs to nine libraries and other community venues–including a juvenile detention facility.
Karen Pundsack Author Archive
Executive Director at Great River Regional Library, a six-county regional public library system in central Minnesota and MLIS graduate of the School of Information Studies at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Cult of Done member. Karen is currently reading "Washington: a life" by Ron Chernow.
From expansion of STEM learning to televised reading programs for families of the incarcerated, IMLS funding expands library initiatives across the country.
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.
Since 2005, future Minnesota library leaders have come together to learn more about leadership styles, library trends and professional network building.
When Library Director Gale Bacon began leading the Belgrade Community Library, the roof was leaking. Nine years later, BCL was selected by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as the Best Small Rural Library in the country. What can public librarians learn from her experience to improve their own libraries?
Are you looking for an opportunity to advocate for public libraries? Do you feel strongly about national library funding? Take advantage of National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) on May 4th and 5th. Join your voice with other library advocates.
FY2015 E-rate Funding Targeted Toward Expanding and Modernizing Wireless Networks in Schools and Libraries
Funding for POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) will end, additional funding available to expand broadband capabilities.
Get out your guitar, ukulele, maracas, and tambourine! Winter has just begun, but librarians across the country are choreographing their “Read to the Rhythm” summer.
Measuring outputs to evaluate library success is only one way of demonstrating effectiveness. To tell the story of how your library changes lives, look to outcome-based measurement.
Public libraries are reflections of their communities. This sometimes can include the uglier side of the public, like disruptive behavior, vandalism, or other criminal acts. How can we ensure our libraries are welcoming places?
Library budgeting has never been an easy task. New approaches, like priority-based and outcome-based budgeting, could help align a library budget with its services and dollars received.
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.
See how your library compares with the national trends. The FY 2011 survey shows correlations between data elements like library usage, collection size, and funding.
It is easy to fall into the busy summer routine without thinking about why we, as public libraries, dedicate so much staff time and resources to this activity each year.
Multitasking is a myth. Odds are you are not the multitasking ace you claim to be. Working in a public library means being a master juggler. Here are some tips to help keep the balls in the air.