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Email: karen.pundsack@gmail.com   Twitter: @kp_librarian

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.


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2014 Digital Inclusion Survey Report: Public Libraries as Basic Community Technology Infrastructure

The 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey marks twenty years of data collection about the Internet and public libraries. The study is conducted annually by the American Library Association and the University of Maryland’s Information Policy & Access Center. This year’s results showed consistent trends in the increase of public technology service offerings in U.S. public libraries. Some key findings include:
*Virtually all libraries (98 percent) offer free public Wi-Fi access—in 1994 only 21 percent offered public Internet access;
*Close to 90 percent of libraries offer basic digital literacy training, and a significant majority support training related to new technology devices (62 percent), safe online practices (57 percent), and social media use (56 percent);
*Seventy-six percent of libraries assist patrons in using online government programs and services;
*The vast majority of libraries provide programs that support people in applying for jobs (73 percent), access and using online job opportunity resources (68 percent), and using online business information resources (48 percent);
*More than 90 percent of public libraries offer e-books, online homework assistance (95 percent), and online language learning (56 percent).

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21st Century Library Measuring Sticks

Gone are the days when public libraries measure their worth solely by the number of books circulated annually. It is no longer enough to measure our success by the size of the crowd that attended our Storytime program. Our communities expect more from their public libraries than just moving books or filling a room. Librarians in the 21st century must also show the impact and outcomes of the services they offer. Measuring impact and outcomes is getting easier. Public librarians have an assortment of tools available to demonstrate the impact of library services in their communities. National initiatives like the Impact Study and PLA’s Project Outcome provide new standards and tools to measure library services.

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The Bubbler: If You Build It, They Will Come

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.

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Projects to Watch – IMLS Funds 276 Library Grants

From expansion of STEM learning to televised reading programs for families of the incarcerated, IMLS funding expands library initiatives across the country.

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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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MILE Grows Future Minnesota Library Leaders and Networks

Since 2005, future Minnesota library leaders have come together to learn more about leadership styles, library trends and professional network building.

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Lessons from 2015’s Best Small Library in America

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?

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Vote for Libraries! Register Now for National Library Legislative Day

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.

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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.

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Librarians Getting Ready to Read with the Rhythm

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.

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Inputs, Outputs, and Outcomes – Oh My!

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.

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Library Security is Everybody’s Job

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?

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New Budget Processes for the “New Normal”

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.

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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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IMLS Releases Latest National Public Library Data

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.