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Email: MTroknya@toledomuseum.org  

Mark Troknya is working towards his MLIS at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He lives in Toledo, Ohio and is part of the online program at WSU. His undergraduate degree is a major in Popular Culture with a minor in Psychology from Bowling Green State University. He is currently reading Fire in the belly: the life and times of David Wojnarowicz by Cynthia Carr.


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Library Rebuilding Begins at University of Mosul

Mosul Eye has said they have amassed about 10,000 books so far but still have a long way to go. The hope is that one day the library will revert to its status as a “beacon for knowledge and arts where young, curious minds in Mosul can come to learn about the city and the world’s history.

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Gender Reassignment Surgery and the Library’s Health Plan

In 2016, library employee Rachel Dovel (via employer health care plan) planned to undergo gender reassignment surgery. When told the surgery was not covered by the library’s health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Dovel took the library board/insurance company to court.

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Preventing Overdoses in the Library

San Francisco Public Library is considering training staff members on how to administer Naloxone if they were to encounter someone overdosing in or around the library.

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ALA Partners with Sarah Jessica Parker on Book Club Central

The actress is partnering with the ALA to serve as the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central which is a new online podium of reading resources which includes endorsements, expert book lists, and other content for book club members.

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Library of Congress Digitizes Freud Collection

Library of Congress has recently digitized the Sigmund Freud Collection thanks to a generous donation by the Polonsky Foundation.

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Library System to Receive State of the Art Technology Suite

The Brooklyn Public Library is undergoing a technology upgrade. New York State Assembly members have secured $3 million in state funds to provide a suite of technology in every branch.

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Library Program Combats Winter Blues

The Lawrence Public Library (LPL) in Kansas has started a new program for local patrons to help combat those pesky winter blues. LPL recognizes that many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and have scheduled times in their auditorium for patrons to come in and soak up some light from therapy lamps that mimic natural outdoor light.

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Damaging Waters Lead to Uncertain Future for Library

Form over function is costly for Niagara Falls, Paul Rudolph, and its patrons

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Updating the ALA Annual Conference

There comes a time in almost every organization or program when the question must be asked, “How can we make this better?” In the case of the ALA Conference that time is now.

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Lending Musical Instruments

In June 2016, the Vancouver Public Library opened its Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library. “The Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library at VPL is a collection of instruments that you may borrow using your Vancouver Public Library card. The collection is located at the Central Library. The instruments can be found by searching the library catalogue.” (Vancouver Public Library 2016) In addition to Vancouver, the Toronto Public Library has also added a musical instrument lending program. Each library has about one hundred instruments.

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NYPL Opens New Branch at Rikers Island

The New York Public Library has a new branch. An unofficial new branch, that isn’t exactly open to the public. This new branch, opened July 26, 2016, is the permanent public library at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, housed in the women’s Rose M. Singer Center. The Rikers Island library “holds 1,200 books — spanning everything from comics to sci-fi, from Spanish language works to nonfiction classics — and it will be open every Tuesday for about six hours each day. Inmates can check out two books for two weeks, with the goal of serving half of the prison one week and the other half the next.”[1] Most of the books have been donated. There are very few limits on types of material, but hardcover books are prohibited. Although housed in the women’s facility, the library will also service the men’s prison once a week via a mobile book cart.

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Anti-Prom Held at New York Public Library

“Anti-Prom provides an alternative, safe space for all teens who may not feel welcome at official school programs or dances because of their sexuality, gender presentation, the way they dress, or any other reason.” The library has been hosting this event since 2004, and the number of attendees has been steadily growing since its debuted attendance of a hundred. Admission is always free, and a DJ provides music. By the end of the night, non-gender-specific King and Queen of the anti-prom are chosen. Some of the guest masters of ceremony over the years has been Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador-at-Large of the New York City-based clothing store Barneys, and Jimmy Van Bramer, an openly gay councilman from Queens.

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Police Involved with Overdue Library Books

“A Hatful of Seuss” turns into a hatful of fines and legal fees.

al-Qarawiyyin Library Set to Reopen Once Dust Settles from Renovations

The library of the al-Qarawiyyin University in Fez will reopen for public use after the completion of major renovations led by Canadian-Moroccan architect Aziza Chaouni. After receiving a grant for the project from Kuwait’s Arab Bank, the Moroccan Ministry of Culture asked Chaouni to rehabilitate the library in order to safeguard its contents and make it suitable for public use. Chaouni was approached in 2012 to begin work on the renovations. In a field mainly dominated by men, she was surprised and pleased to receive the call; after all, the al-Qarawiyyin is the oldest library in the world, and this would be a huge and indescribably important undertaking. Four years later, the renovations are almost complete, and King Mohammed VI is hoping to cut the ribbon on the reopening in May 2016.

Adults Prefer Physical Classrooms to Virtual

While many may attest to the idea that online leaning is a wave that future generations will ride, today’s adults prefer learning the old-fashioned way: in a classroom with other students and a teacher at the front of the room. For many, this continued education takes place at their local libraries. According to the Pew Research Center, most adults feel libraries are successful at serving the educational needs of its patrons.