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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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Essential Librarian Skill: Writing

But all librarians use writing to do more than remind patrons of fines. To keep up with the latest, you have to go back to the basics of stringing words together to make your meaning clear. Writing is all over new technology, so much so that we don’t even think about it or notice it until it’s glaringly unprofessional or outright unhelpful.

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In Theory: Recommended Readings for Librarianship

It’s easy to lose focus on the theoretical principles behind librarianship after completing library school. While most librarians’ foundational resources will likely vary, the importance of professional literature to our field does not change.

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Modern Day Library Leadership

Deanna Marcum, managing director of consulting firm Ithaka S+R, has many thoughts on library leadership. At 2016’s annual meeting of the National Federation of Advanced Information Systems Marcum delivered a lecture on how leadership is changing as libraries move towards a more digital environment

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We Are Here, and We Are Generally Pleasant

It’s no secret to librarians that many patrons come to the library for more than our collections. Most people can find books and DVDs online. They can use our research databases without getting out of bed. For reference questions they can call, email, text, or instant message. We have reference resources that don’t circulate, and anyone who’s worked in a children’s room knows that parents don’t want to buy the thirty-five books their child wants that day, so coming to the library can be a life (and pocketbook) saver. Still, many patrons who come in the door don’t, strictly speaking, need our services. Many come for another free service we provide, albeit indirectly: human contact.

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What Will Happen to the MLIS?

In light of recent changes to the merits of LIS degrees, two new ALA task forces will address and reform accreditation.

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Coping With Eyestrain

In the May 5th issue of American Libraries Direct, Amy-Mae Elliot discusses a topic that is an unavoidable consequence of modern life: eyestrain. Anyone who spends several hours a day on a computer has dealt with it. Elliot says 68% of Millenials have reported suffering from digital eyestrain.[1] However, that’s not the only age group […]

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Libraries of Instagram

It’s easy to be overwhelmed as libraries worldwide are posting on Instagram, but specific hashtags can help find hidden gems.

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I Wanna Be On TV! Librarians in Pop Culture

Many shows and movies have highlighted the significance of librarians and challenged preconceived stereotypes of them. Which pop culture librarians are your favorites?

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GIFs List! Ten Public Librarian Conundrums

Friday Fun! Check out PLOnline’s collection of ‘library problem’ gifs.