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Museums and Libraries Work Hand In Hand

One of the most devastating things that can happen to a community is for its local library or museum to be permanently closed when they have proven to revitalize struggling communities, act as a commons or safe haven for community members, and act as a resource for individuals of all backgrounds and ethnicities.

July/August 2015 column "Public Libraries"

The Wired Library – Tech Trends and Tension

The pendulum, it swings. Eight years ago, my charge as a technology librarian was to herd the cats — to introduce new technology and ways of serving the digital patron to an organization that was largely skeptical of change. Cut to now, and I’m … still herding cats. Only, this time, it’s the folks at all levels of the organization who want to incorporate tech into every service they can think of. Sunrise, sunset.

Does that mean we’ve had a complete polar shift in the way technology operates in libraries? Yes, but also no. Maybe we’ll even throw a “maybe” in there for good measure. The pendulum will keep swinging, meaning we’ve got to be ready for shifts in either direction. Sound confusing? Of course it is. There’s a tremendous tension between the wish to provide stability and the urge to forge new ground. In our quest to provide quality service and access to all, it’s no wonder we feel pulled in all directions at once.

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Weddings and Other Special Events at YOUR Local Library

Who amongst us librarians and library supporters would not want to get married in a library? Even if you have already been married you could still renew your vows there! The District of Colombia Council tentatively passed the 2016 Budget Support Act that allows the twenty-six branches of the D.C. Public Library the ability to charge for “private, revenue-generating activity.” These activities are not limited to weddings, but DCPL library director Richard Reyes-Gavilan needed this legislation in order to allow unrelated activities in their libraries. Reyes-Gavilan intends for all new or renovated libraries to generate revenue.

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Explore San Francisco’s Libraries, Bookstores and Literary Landmarks While at ALA 2015

If you’re attending this year’s ALA Annual Conference, take some time to explore San Francisco’s special libraries, bookstores, and other literary landmarks. By no means a full list, here are a few fun destinations to squeeze into your itinerary.

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How Kentucky’s Public Libraries Are Enabling Digital Literacy

Public libraries in Kentucky are supplying more people with computer and Internet access than ever before and, by doing so, are helping Kentuckians obtain 21st century jobs.

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Hackathons @ the Library

Since libraries are organizations that promote information access and cultural discourse, #hackgirlsrights is an inspiration for libraries that want to incorporate relevant social issues or topics by hosting a hacker night with an aim toward an achievable goal or project.

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FY2015 E-rate Funding Targeted Toward Expanding and Modernizing Wireless Networks in Schools and Libraries

Funding for POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) will end, additional funding available to expand broadband capabilities.

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The Little Library That Lent a Hand: Ferguson Municipal Public Library

If anyone doubt that libraries respond to their communities in times of emergencies, the Ferguson Municipal Public Library remained the one calming and stable constant in this Missouri town’s tumultuous life as schools, businesses, and other government agencies closed after the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

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I Was That Little Girl Who Went to the Library Every Single Saturday: A Conversation with Sharon Draper

This past fall, author Sharon Draper’s novel, Out of My Mind, was Loudoun County Public Library’s pick for their 1 Book, 1 Community book. As part of the program, Draper visited the area and did an author chat at a local middle school.

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The Legend Behind the Library Myths

If you’ve worked in a library, even for just a few days, it’s likely you’ve heard some of the misconceptions people have about what we do.

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Librarians Work Hard and Everyone Should Know That

It’s deceiving, the library world. After a recent tour of my public library, an individual stated, “I had no idea how much work you guys do.”