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Managing a Multigenerational Staff

The next time you are pondering the point of view of a colleague from a different era, step back for a minute and reflect on all that they have to share with you, whether younger or older.

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National Library Week Launching Point for Advocacy

Library workers take action to stop proposed budget cuts from eliminating federal funding for libraries.

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Trend Alert: Stuffed Animal Sleepovers

Stuffed animal sleepovers provide the perfect mix of early literacy and fun.

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PBS Back on the Chopping Block

For as long as I can recall, it seems when budget cuts are going to be made, PBS is always named as a candidate for defunding.

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Digital Access Cards for Everyone, Please

If the library card makes a library more accessible, can’t we make the library card easier to get? Imagine if every resident in your community registered for digital access directly from your web site? Then imagine half of those patrons visiting the library to check out books, movies, and music. Wouldn’t that spell success?

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Libraries, Museums, and Fake News

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about fake news and “alternative facts.” As librarians, we help foster intellectual freedom, education and lifelong learning, and provide access to unbiased and accurate information for the communities we serve. All of these ideas originate from our professional Core Values, and we take pride in what we do to support them. That is why it was heartening to see libraries and museums participate in the successful “Day of Facts” campaign on February 17.

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Readers’ Advisory Secrets — A Conversation with Becky Spratford

Whether it’s learning to ski or how to sew a straight seam, a great teacher shows contagious enthusiasm while breaking down the skill into manageable pieces. Becky Spratford is no exception.

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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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The Importance of Understanding and Evaluating Research

As librarians we are not only on the front line of information sharing, we are also its guardians. I believe we need to hold creators accountable. If you don’t know or understand research methods – learn them! If a source or organization will not provide or support the process, don’t support it. We need to start treating data with respect or all information will soon become meaningless.

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This Library Isn’t Just For Congress Anymore

The beautiful Thomas Jefferson Building that I remember from my youth now houses The Young Readers Center. Opened in October 2009, the center offers books and programming for children and teens. It’s opening marked the first time the library had extended its services specifically to young people.

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Library Ethics and Social Media

The Jefferson County Public Library (CO) recently came under fire for allegedly posting politically sensitive tweets on the library’s Twitter account.

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Kansas City Public Library Offers Citizenship Classes

While countless public libraries have a webpage listing local and national naturalization resources, the Kansas City (MO) Public Library (KCPL) is one of the only public libraries to form a program and team specifically designed to help immigrants become citizens. KCPL created the Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE) program to help connect local immigrants with quality services and resources through outreach, education, and advocacy.

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Public Libraries as Instruments for Social and Political Activism

Diedre Conkling, one of the subjects in the article, is a librarian in Oregon who has spent most of her career working to encourage public libraries to embrace progressive social change, environmental issues, and politics and spurred them to be part of the movements that make those changes possible. She very graciously took the time to answer a few of my questions about the role public libraries should take in this time of great social and political upheaval.

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Library Partnerships Bring People Together

Thanks to the clear divisions in our country, there has recently been a lot of talk about bringing people together. In the spirit of that call for camaraderie, I’ve been reflecting on the opportunities the library has to partner with others on programs and efforts.

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FYI Podcast 18 — Project Outcome

PLA’s Project Outcome (PO) is a free online toolkit consisting of surveys, a survey portal, and an interactive data dashboard that helps librarians measure the outcomes of their programs and services. Join us as we discuss this project with Emily Plagman, PO’s Project Manager and Samantha Lopez, Project Coordinator.