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The Future of Remote Work is Flexibility

The potential value of remote work is not just about being remote, but about new ways of working.

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Five Kitchen Sink Science Experiments to Try at Home

It’s April: Citizen Science Month! There are hundreds of online events and ways to engage, including many opportunities from libraries around the world. Looking to do some projects inside, where you live? Check out the below projects. Then, discover additional events and opportunities on CitizenScienceMonth.org.

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Eating the Elephant: Libraries Tackle Huge Issues in Small Bites

Combatting the behemoth of misinformation can seem like an impossible task. Here are three subtle ways libraries do so on a daily basis.

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Feeding More than Minds at the Library

Utilizing public libraries to combat food insecurity is not a new concept. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many public libraries across the country had programs in place to provide meals on the weekends and during summer for children in food insecure households. However, as the pandemic continues, Feeding America projects that over 50 million people—to include 17 million children—will face food insecurity as a result of COVID-19.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Library Staff: Supporting Health and Well-Being

In 2020 the Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association (ALA) conducted two surveys about the impact of COVID-19 on libraries. Following on from that, PLA’s “Survey of the Public Library Field” in February 2021 asked library staff about the impact of the pandemic on them as individuals. The survey received 2,967 responses. […]

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Calling All Gamers: How a Day of Online Gaming Can Help Advance Health Research

Love video games? Put your gaming skills toward a great cause and join SciStarter, the Network of the National Library of Medicine All of Us Research Program, libraries around the world and other passionate volunteers — citizen scientists like you — for Gaming 4 Science Day during Citizen Science Month!

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The Dr. Seuss Opportunity

Controversy surrounding Dr. Seuss is not new. In recent years, more scrutiny has been placed on the depictions of Seuss characters in regards to ethnicity and race. The decision by Dr. Seuss Enterprises to end publishing of six titles reignited discussions.

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What is Citizen Science Month?

This April, explore over 100 events planned around everything from measuring light pollution to counting caterpillars.

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The Library is a Lifeline in Deerfield

Deerfield Public Library is working hard to reach homebound patrons during the pandemic – and you can, too.

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New Podcast! Misinformation, Disinformation, and More

This episode is about misinformation, disinformation, and mal-information. Whether it is lies about the election, or COVID-19, or conspiracy theories, we have seen just how insidious the spread of misinformation can b

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Helping a Community Coping with Loss and Grief

Over half a million Americans have died from COVID-19 in almost a year. It is an enormous loss for our country and deeply felt in every community. Public libraries are in a prime position to help community members dealing with these tragic losses and many are already doing great work in this area.

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Build America’s Libraries Act: Advocate for Critical Infrastructure

The Build America’s Libraries Act would provide $5 billion for upgrades to the nation’s library infrastructure to address challenges such as natural disasters, COVID-19, broadband capacity, environmental hazards, and accessibility barriers

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Ensuring Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Diversity. Inclusion. Equity. These are all fundamental aspects of librarianship, coded in our professional organizations and informing all of our actions from collection development to services to programming. We are uniquely positioned given these professional ethics to contribute at a higher level.

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New FYI Podcast! A Discussion of Imposter Syndrome

How often do you catch yourself feeling like you are in ‘over your head’ at work? Imposter syndrome – the sense that you are inadequate for the task in front of you despite past proof of your ability – can wreak havoc on your career and keep you from taking on new challenges. It can […]

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Short Story Dispenser Connects Libraries to Communities

Short Édition’s Short Story Dispenser was embedded in four pilot communities around the country through a project called “Fostering Creative Community Connections,” a partnership between the Public Library Association (PLA) and French publisher Short Édition, and made possible by a grant from the Knight Foundation.