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March/April 2012Volume 51, No. 2

With Age Comes Wisdom

I adore making lists. I love reading lists in magazines. Yes, I even adore those one hundred item masterpieces sent and resent through e-mail. Because this is my next to last article (I’m counting), I think I will share my most important learnings in the form of a “lifelong learning list” for directors. I will […]

Share and Share Alike: Building Social Collections with Pinterest

Library collections revel in the wonders of generality. We take pride in amassing wide collections of knowledge across a variety of subjects and having access to almost any answer in a matter of seconds. Yet every library is home to any number of micro-collections. Whether it’s driven by patron demand, unique local interest, or even […]

Electronically Preserving Obituaries

When Lisa Carlson’s uncle died a few years ago, she opted to forego traditional memorial services in favor of just an obituary as her uncle had no current religious affiliation and few were likely to attend a formal event. “We planned a low-cost cremation and no services but spent a bundle (more than $1,000) on […]

Library Service to the Homeless

Public libraries are a primary source of information and refuge for the poor and disenfranchised. However, many public libraries have enacted policies that limit homeless patrons’ access to library resources. These policies are often put in place in response to complaints from other patrons about the presence of those exhibiting signs of poverty. District of […]

Libraries Innovate With New Financial Education Programs

In 2007, the American Library Association (ALA); the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA; and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation formed a partnership to help public libraries meet the expanding need for unbiased financial education and information in communities nationwide. The program assumed heightened importance when, within […]

New Product News – March/April 2012

Bibliotheca Launches New Global Product Range Bibliotheca has announced the launch of its 2012 product range, which now offers customers a breadth of choice not previously seen within the library market. The flagship self-service (smartserve) collection has been developed to provide customers with a choice of five distinct options, each of which offers a selection […]