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Mark Troknya Author Archive


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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Finding Facts at the Library

What part will libraries play in 2018?  Many people believe libraries will continue to serve as the place for responsible information and fact-finding about the world we live in.  After 2017 and the spread of fake news, libraries may in fact supply the instruction and truthful guidance we are looking for.

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The Architecture of Libraries in Contemporary Times

Ask baby boomers to describe their mental picture of a library, and ask a millennial to do the same and see how the answers differ. The library of yesteryear was more of a knowledge and information center that catered to the academic and the studious, and now libraries are designed to be places to hang out with friends or to host programming similar to community centers. With 82 building projects, completed between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, academic and public institutions are seen as places where the community can gather and collaborate.

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National Library of China Makes Audiobooks Available to Beijing’s Subway Riders

The NLC is hoping this will promote reading and library use. This initiative was launched in 2017, with the NLC working in tandem with the subway operator Beijing MTR. 

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Hurricane Harvey Did Not Spare Texas Libraries

Hurricane Harvey caused record-breaking rainfall to the Houston-Galveston area the last week of August 2017, as tens of thousands of Texas residents evacuated their homes for the crowded emergency shelters.

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Tattoos are the Newest Form of Algorithm at Denver Public Library

The idea was to have its librarians see if they could recommend titles to patrons solely based on a person’s tattoos  and the back-story of why they got that particular tattoo.

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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.