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Lian Sze Author Archive


Email: lsze@ala.org  

Lian Sze has worked on various PLA projects such as DigitalLearn.org, Turning the Page Online, Public Libraries Online and ALA’s Emerging Leaders program. She graduated from Dominican University with her MLIS in May 2012 and is a huge advocate of increasing technology and digital literacy in the public library. In her spare time, she is a volunteer beekeeper at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago.


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Fantasy Football, Information Literacy, and the Library

In August 2015, I invited Evan Silva, fantasy football author/podcaster/expert, to speak to an audience at the Skokie (IL) Public Library (SPL). Silva, though well known in the fantasy football world, had never spoken at a library or similar educational institution and wasn’t sure why I would contact him. To me, the connection was obvious. Librarians help and teach our patrons to find the best information possible in order to make the best decisions possible.

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GIFs List! Ten Public Librarian Conundrums

Friday Fun! Check out PLOnline’s collection of ‘library problem’ gifs.

PLA News

PLA Now Accepting Nominations for Nine Service Awards and Grants

Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium; please visit the website for details on each award and nominate yourself, your colleague or your library […]

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PLA Accepting Applications for 2015 PLA Leadership Academy

The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 23-27, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. This special event will offer intensive, empowering leadership education for public librarians who want to increase their capacity to lead not only within the library, but also in the community. Developed […]

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PL Poster Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Mary Frances Kirkpatrick, Linda Bruno, @HiDlovett, and @joseettardif for winning our poster contest! We picked two winners from our Facebook fans and two winners from our Twitter followers. The winners will receive a poster of the March/April cover of our print magazine. If you are a winner, please e-mail Lian Sze at lsze@ala.org […]

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Win a Poster!

Hey Public Libraries and Public Libraries Online fans – many of you have told us how much you loved our March/April journal cover, so connect with us online and be entered in a raffle to win a poster of the cover (we have four to give away!). As long as you “Like” or follow Public […]

New Product News – Jan/Feb 2013

Improving Numerical Literacy with Team Ten Team Ten is a set of plush toys in the shape of numbers zero through nine created by NumbersAlive! to encourage a child’s interaction with numbers. The colorful toys come in multiple colors and sizes, and each number has a back story. The team of ten numbers is lead […]

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Dispatches from Midwinter – Digital Public Library of America Update

Preparing for an April 18th launch, the Digital Public Library of America was present at the 2013 ALA Midwinter meeting to present some of the updates on its project. If you’ve never heard of DPLA, it is a digitization project that plans to create a national digital library where patrons can access materials from across the nation in a digital format. Whereas many libraries and organizations already have an existing digitization project, DPLA is a project that plans to centralize and streamline the process of digitization for the parties that might not already be involved.

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Dispatches from Midwinter – Transforming Singapore’s Libraries

Libraries in Singapore have gone through an extreme level of transformation in the recent years, with a vision to create “readers for life, learning communities, and a knowledgeable nation.” Two members of the National Library Board in Singapore, Katharina Lee, the executive director of Cybrarian Ventures Private Limited, and Lee Kee Siang, the CIO and Director of Tech & Innovation at the NLB presented at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle about the state of libraries in Singapore. Unlike libraries in the United States, all libraries in Singapore are governed by the NLB, which is part of the government.

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Dispatches from Midwinter – ALA President’s Program

When they entered a room full of chairs set up in small circles, many attendees were confused by the arrangement of the room. However, the arrangement was all part of Peter Block’s presentation to encourage community engagement. During the session, Block had the audience break into small groups in order to get to know one another and start building community during the session. He gave them questions to ask each other that went beyond the usual “What do you do?” and took it to the next level as he push the attendees to ask each other about who they are and what their passions were.