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To Fine or Not To Fine

Fines are a tangible reminder of the patron’s responsibility, the library’s importance, and the consideration of others.

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A Holiday Dedicated to Books

The tradition is perfect for those who do not practice a mainstream holiday and can be used for library outreach services.

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Google Now Directs Users to Library Ebooks

New Partnership between Overdrive and Google Promotes Library E-book Collections

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The Future Looks Bright for Librarianship

A recent report highlights growing demand for “librarians, curators, and archivists,” despite articles proclaiming the end of the profession. Communicating our value is required to abolish these stereotypical ideas about the end of libraries. 

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Seeking Essays on the Social Justice Implications of Net Neutrality

We are currently seeking 3-5 essays (no more than 1,500 words) for inclusion in the Perspectives column in the January/February issue of PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

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Review – War, Spies, & Bobby Sox: Stories About World War II at Home by Libby Hellmann

This book features three short fictional stories of WWII on the American homefront, an angle on the conflict that hasn’t received as much attention in our popular culture as other aspects of the war have.

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Rebranding Reference

No matter what you may hear, reference isn’t dead. It sure looks a whole lot different than it did ten, twenty or fifty years ago but I assure you it is alive and well. Next to material circulation, I believe reference help is the most popular library service. If you don’t believe me it’s because […]


Opportunities for Libraries with Apple’s Latest Operating System

With Apple devices widely used by our public and staff, libraries are invariably affected when changes occur. What might Apple’s latest operating system release mean for public libraries?

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Beer-Themed Programming at the Library

Partnerships with breweries and other local businesses can help public libraries engage with Millennial patrons

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Public Libraries Encourage Patrons to Get Moving

Movement is an important part of keeping patrons healthy which has become a main focus for public libraries. By creating an atmosphere that promotes well-being and motivates users to move their bodies, libraries are making a positive contribution to their communities welfare.

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Diversifying Librarianship

The library workforce fails to reflect the increasing diversity of our communities. It’s time for effective change.

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Navigating ACA Open Enrollment at Your Library

Federal legislation and executive leadership have added confusion to this year’s open enrollment period for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Here are a few suggestions to make a potentially stressful task easier for both library workers and patrons.

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New Podcast! FYI 024- Nicholas Higgins on Library Service to Jails and Prisons

We talk with Nicholas Higgins, director of Outreach Services at the Brooklyn (NY) Public Library. Higgins, author of the latest book in the PLA Quick Reads series, shares wisdom gleaned from his years of experience providing library service to incarcerated persons; provides a thoughtful perspective on the American criminal justice system and shows how to provide the absolute best service to this group and the families they have left behind.

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A Different Kind of Proposal: Weddings in the Library

Liverpool Central Library proposes weddings as a new revenue stream.


Check out Seeds at the Library

Recent research shows that many public libraries now manage seed libraries. This unique kind of “library of things” has many benefits for libraries and for the communities they serve.