A Publication of the Public Library Association Public Libraries Online

January/February 2010Volume 49, No. 1

Reconnecting With Reading

Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library (CCPL) is one of nine library systems in Cuyahoga County. It has twenty-eight branches that serve forty-seven communities. Though the population in Cuyahoga County has decreased steadily in recent years, CCPL’s circulation continues to climb. Since 2005, our circulation has increased 35 percent and customer visits have increased 19 percent. […]

Jack of All Trades Readers’ Advisory: How to Learn a Little About a Lot

When it comes to the study of readers’ advisory, there is plenty of sage advice out there on the theory of helping someone find a book. It’s important to get to know what your reader is in the mood for. Try to understand what your reader is looking for by asking questions regarding what they’ve […]

Selling the Classics

Not long ago I recommended to a friend that she read one of my favorite novels, Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.1 I told her of its universal recognition as a first-tier classic, and I hoped to convince her further by offering what I thought at the time was an intriguing hypothetical scenario: How impressive she would […]

Readers Are Our Best Advocates

In 2005, the Online Computer Library Center’s (OCLC) study Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources identified two critical facts about library service.1 First, the study revealed that most people come to public libraries for print materials. Second, it found that people associate libraries, first and foremost, with books. There is no runner-up. We’re known primarily […]