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May/June 2011Volume 50, No. 3

May/June 2011 – New Product News

New Service from EBSCO Allows Libraries to Use EBSCOhost as the Front End of Their Online Catalog EBSCO Publishing is now enabling public libraries to use EBSCOhost as the front end of their online catalogs. Loading catalog records on EBSCOhost allows public libraries to provide their patrons with the features and functionality of EBSCOhost. Searching […]

Using Social Networking to Connect Teens with Young Adult Literature

Connecting teens to literature, one of the many jobs of a youth services librarian, means meeting teens where they are––and they are online. Using social networking Web 2.0 technologies enables librarians to offer teens the services they want and need in an online environment, thus enhancing traditional teen services. Connecting teens to reading has always […]

The Human Genome Project: Community Conversations at the Brooklyn Public Library

The Human Genome Project’s (HGP) Community Conversations project is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant-funded library outreach program aimed at the general public, especially low-income communities of color. Librarians at the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), the fifth-largest library system in the nation, partnered with the Genome Outreach and Education department at the Medgar Evars […]

E-Government: Service Roles for Public Libraries

Public librarians now assist many patrons with federal, state, and local government agencies’ services that have moved almost exclusively online––with increases in online services occurring since the passage of the E-Government Act of 2002.1 Persons with limited or no Internet access, or persons who need assistance using technology or understanding and reading forms, rely on […]

A Year of Accomplishment

As my presidential term comes to a close, I’d like to share with you PLA’s many accomplishments. This year we have reexamined all of our services to align them with the new PLA strategic plan and to reflect the new economic realities. As a result, the organization is providing new training opportunities and products that […]