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Suzanne LaPierre Author Archive


Email: summerslapierre@gmail.com   Website: LinkedIn   Twitter: @Bookmouser

Suzanne is a Virginiana Specialist Librarian for Fairfax County Public Library in Virginia. Her writing has been published in a variety of professional and academic journals. Current research interests include media literacy initiatives and the convergence of galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM). Opinions expressed are her own.


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Libraries Launch BLM Book Clubs

As indicated by the ALA’s response to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, libraries have an obligation to act on behalf of racial justice with genuine systemic change, not just statements or book lists.

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A Covid-19 Digital Archive

Participatory digital archives allow libraries to collect community responses to the pandemic in real time.

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Digital Access during Covid-19

While library buildings are closed, staff work to extend broadband and Wi-Fi access.

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Resisting “Vocational Awe” During the Pandemic

In the wake of COVID-19, it’s time to reexamine questions: Is vocational awe harming us? Is it harming the profession? Is it harming the public?

Voting at the Library

Registering voters and serving as a polling place is one way libraries “live the mission.” Although state and local voting laws vary, many areas allow and even require public libraries to serve as voter registration sites and polling locations. Madison Public Library in Wisconsin is among them. “All 9 of our library locations serve as […]

Election Year at the Library

From voting booths for kids to speed-dating candidates, libraries are encouraging all community members to participate in democracy.

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Graves Lost or Found? There’s an App for That!

Most library reference questions regarding cemetery data aren’t quite as urgent as this one, but libraries do often receive requests for such information from genealogists and historians. Thanks to new technology, including crowdsourcing via apps and websites, such information is becoming more accessible.

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The Post-Truth Archive

Fake News, Propaganda and Extremist Literature: Some Considerations for Public Libraries with Local History Archives It’s been said that we live in a post-truth society, one in which appeals to emotion and beliefs are more influential in shaping opinions than facts and reason. While skepticism is nothing new, it seems particularly in vogue in the […]

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Five Kinds of Outreach to People in Residential Care

The 96-year-old’s face lit up when she saw Outreach Librarian Diane Hollendonner again. She relayed she was quite happy with the book she returned – Mary Jo Putney’s Dearly Beloved– and announced that she had shared it with several other ladies at the assisted living facility…. “and now they all knew how to be a […]

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Equity Beyond Access

But even the most well-designed building or website can remain beyond reach of people in long-term care facilities, many of whom are unable to travel to library buildings and also lack access to private telephones, online services, or internet-enabled devices.

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Creative Learning @ Your Library

The Public Library Innovation Exchange Fosters Creativity and STEAM Programming  Central to the mission of public libraries is the facilitation of self-directed learning for all members of the community.  Now more than ever, learning includes not just the ability to consume information in the form of text, but the ability to create and share information […]

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Media Literacy Ideas

In this post-truth age of fake news and filter bubbles, what are public libraries across the U.S. doing to help community members become more discerning users of media information?

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ALA Annual Conference: Welcome to Washington, DC!

What does the Washington, DC location add to the 2019 ALA Annual Conference? Here are a few opportunities to consider.