These career library workers are part of a small but growing segment of Americans who remain in the workforce into their 70s, 80s and 90s.
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Every so often a new phrase, buzzword, or philosophy about library service comes along and throws a different light on what we do, and how we do it. There’s been a lot of talk and interest in “the purpose-based library” recently. What’s that all about?
I had an opportunity to speak with Steven Potter, library director and CEO of the Mid-Continent Public Library in Kansas City, Missouri who recently co-authored a book on the subject. The purpose-based library connects with the community, collaborates to better reach goals, measures what is useful and shows value, and continually improves. Summing up, Potter says, “It is all about re-embracing the vitality of our profession.”
The idea of charging fines for overdue materials can be a contentious one in our field. While the question does bring out strong opinions, the fact remains that libraries still charge fines, and many also have programs to waive or work off those fines.
A typical library scene—but this is not your typical public library setting: it is a prison library. Surprised? Prison librarians all over the country are coming up with an abundance of programming aimed at assisting prisoners in learning lifelong skills.