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Digital Access Cards for Everyone, Please

If the library card makes a library more accessible, can’t we make the library card easier to get? Imagine if every resident in your community registered for digital access directly from your web site? Then imagine half of those patrons visiting the library to check out books, movies, and music. Wouldn’t that spell success?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (left) watches artist Shepard Fairey sign a replica of LA’s first artist-designed, limited-edition library card at the press launch on April 19 at the Central Library. The card is available at all 73 locations of the Los Angeles Public Library.

Los Angeles Public Library Updates Twenty-Year-Old Library Card Design

As part of its National Library Week Celebration, the Los Angeles Public Library teamed up with artists Shepard Fairey and Cleon Peterson to re-imagine their outdated purple and orange card. The new green and black design is a stylized illustration of the Central Library in downtown L.A., which is celebrating its ninetieth birthday this year.“Our city is the creative capital of the world—and this collaboration between the Los Angeles Public Library and Shepard Fairey is a great expression of how art can enliven our civic institutions,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti at the April unveiling of the LAPL’s first limited-edition artist-designed card. “It is a beautiful design that will raise awareness about the wealth of resources that our libraries offer, free of charge, to Angelenos of all ages and in every community.”

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Canvassing Conundrum

I would argue that going door-to-door for any reason is an inherent danger. After all, canvassing rules say to never go inside the house, try not to be alone, and disengage immediately if you sense anything amiss. Many locations require those going door-to-door to register and carry a government ID card to identify you as legitimate Some places ban the practice altogether citing safety concerns, for both those inside the house and outside.

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An Open Door @ the Library

The Door County Library System was established in 1953 when several libraries came together under one umbrella. Jane Greene was the librarian at the time and insisted that the system be responsive to the community and provide services to everyone. Ever since, there are no residency or age restrictions to acquire a library card.