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Picture Book Discussion Group at the Library

Why not host an adult book club focused on picture books?

Cool Tech I Didn’t Hear About at PLA

A few months back, while planning for the next few issues of this column, I penciled in the topic “Cool Things I Heard About at PLA.” Then a snowstorm, a full day in the Houston airport (I started in Chicago), and no PLA conference for me. Instead of things I heard, here are some tech trends that I imagine would have come up in conversation.

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Library Book Clubs Can Change Lives

The simplicity behind gathering to talk about a shared story softens feelings of self-doubt. The book and its storyline are the vehicle allowing club members to listen, and be listened to. It is meant to expose feelings through difficult ideas and opposing viewpoints. While talking about fictional characters, real experiences bubble up to the surface. There’s an opening to relate first to the story and then to each other. There is no better way to spread great ideas then when people meet face-to-face. A bookclub is neutral ground, which makes it subtly powerful and influential.

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Leaving Dewey for BISAC

Four years ago we wrote about our library converting to a BISAC (Book Industry Standards and Communications) organizational structure. We thought it was time to detail what we learned about the experience, especially as we receive plenty of emails asking how it went or would we do it again if we had the opportunity to do everything over.

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What Are Hiring Managers Really Looking For?

Whether you are looking for your first library job or your next library job there are certain details that, if left unattended, can derail your job hunt even before you get called in for the interview. What is it that hiring managers look for in an applicant? How can you be that perfect candidate? Read on to find out!

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Turn the Tables: L.A. County’s DJ Training Program

The DJ training program is nine weeks long and it “teaches teens not just how to remix a song and scratch a record, but also how to market themselves and navigate the business world. Reflecting both today’s changing job market and the interests of teens, the library is beginning to offer more courses around S.T.E.M. — science, technology, engineering, math — and the arts.

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Public Libraries Celebrate the Democratic Ideal

Public libraries face the challenge of providing information and resources about the upcoming election this November but they also engage their communities in civic opportunities and experiences throughout the year.

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Yarn-Bombing the Library

What better way to showcase Barnett’s picture book, our knitting program, and Project Literacy than to “yarn bomb” the library—especially the trees?

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New York Public Library: Serving Looks and Books          

The Riverside Branch of the New York Public Library has added professional fashion accessories to its circulating materials options.

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Managing Your Workplace Relationships

Is it ever okay to treat your colleagues like family?

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Quick Reads Series — PLA 2018: Ten Essential Programs

PLA 2018: Ten Essential Programs consists of ten articles highlighting educational programs that took place at the PLA 2018 Conference. Filled with instruction, advice, and knowledge from some of the field’s more innovative thinkers, the publication covers everything from serving persons experiencing homelessness in your makerspace to reaching children with barriers to access to anti-racist librarianship and more.

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Banning Books Silences Stories

Bob Woodward’s Fear caused a censorship controversy for a WV library; Banned Books Week 2018 reminds us that “Banning Books Silences Stories.”

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Seattle Public Library Offers Free Telephone Service

Visitors to the Seattle Public Library’s Downtown Library don’t have to worry about running out of minutes – the library will provide 10 free ones on their newly-installed free public phones

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Library’s Business Center Leads to Success with Community, Government, and Business

Indeed, embedded librarianship and partnerships have led to much success for the business center, citizens, and city government.  It is important to meet with as many different business organizations as possible in order to publicize what libraries can do for the community.

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Shout It From the Rooftops: Reading Is Fundamental!

Reading for pleasure is at an all-time low in America. Librarians need to extol the merits of reading wherever we go. We need to champion the importance of reading to turn the tide on declines.