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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.

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Creating a Digital Archive: It’s Harder Than You Think

History buffs get excited whenever a state or local agency announces the digitization of a huge collection of newspapers, birth and death records, and other archives. We all want the Holy Grail: convenient online access from home that lets us drill down and find information from genealogy records to crime reports.

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Dial-A-Story Offers Storytime Experience at Home

Some libraries have adopted an alternative to face-to-face storytimes: Dial-A-Story, a free program that allows patrons to dial their local library to listen to taped stories. Many libraries record their own staff reading stories, but not all have the extra time. Dial-A-Story offers a starter program with fifty-two taped stories but has more than seventy-five additional titles libraries can choose from.

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Library of Congress Digitizes Freud Collection

Library of Congress has recently digitized the Sigmund Freud Collection thanks to a generous donation by the Polonsky Foundation.

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ALA Office Seeks Research Grant Proposals

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science. The application deadline has been extended to midnight central time on April 15, 2017.

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Protecting Your Library from Ransomware

Just last month, seventeen libraries in the St. Louis area were victims of a ransomware attack. The cyberattack disabled the library computer system, and the attackers demanded a ransom to bring them back online. What can you do to protect yourself? There are a number of simple steps you can take to protect your library.

The #LibrariesResist Movement

The #LibrariesResist movement allows you to be involved in activism in the way that best suits you.

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FYI Podcast 17 – Libraries Ready to Code

Larra Clark Deputy Director for the Public Library Association and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), talks with Marijke Visser, Associate Director at OITP, about ‘Ready to Code” a new ALA initiative in partnership with Google, that aims to investigate the current nature of coding activities in public and school libraries for youth and broaden the reach and scope of this work.

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Amazon Books – Another Turn in the Spiral?

If you have not heard, book-selling giant Amazon currently has book*stores* in Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland with plans for more stores near Chicago and Boston. With Amazon also initiating a cashier-free grocery store, many have been speculating both why and what next.

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Exploring Youth Book Awards

Resources for exploring youth book awards beyond the Newbery and Caldecott.

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Braving the New World: Dystopian RA

The unsteady political climate and unsure footing of American foreign policy has led many readers to find solace in books that they feel they can relate to: dystopian novels.

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Information Pulls a Disappearing Act

Several have sounded the alarm that information is disappearing. We’ve known for a long time that some of our oldest materials were deteriorating and that we needed to microfilm (now digitize) the items for preservation. What’s happening now is that new information is disappearing from current databases and resources.

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A Patron by Any Other Name is Still a Patron

In a recent commentary published in the Minnesota Star Tribune, Jacob Woods recalls a visit to the Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul, where he had a brief interaction with a man he presumed was homeless. The man had angrily remarked that Woods had “come to the library to read books.” This interaction confused Woods until he realized that, while he was there to pass the time, the man who was homeless viewed the library as a shelter.

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Navajo Library Seeks To Preserve Rare Oral Histories

A lot of us can recall stories and tales told to us by our grandparents when we were young. Many of us hung on to these oral histories and have retold them plenty of times to our children in the hopes that they, too, will keep the tradition going. But what would happen if these oral histories were lost? Future generations would never know about their family’s history. Such was almost the case for the Navajo Nation.

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Museums and Libraries Work Hand In Hand

One of the most devastating things that can happen to a community is for its local library or museum to be permanently closed when they have proven to revitalize struggling communities, act as a commons or safe haven for community members, and act as a resource for individuals of all backgrounds and ethnicities.