Category Libraries

Aspen Institute Announces Dialogue on Public Libraries

A couple of weeks ago The Aspen Institute announced a “working group to shape vision for public libraries.” I get pretty excited about groups that are not libraries working on the future of libraries especially policy and research focused groups. I am really looking forward to reading what comes out of this dialogue. If you are […]

It Takes a Library: It is Time to Change the Tone of the Conversation About the Future of Libraries #ittakesalibrary

Last night Emily Lloyd tweeted Hashtag I’d like to see: #ittakesalibrary. Especially in place of #savelibraries. — Emily Lloyd (@PoesyGalore) June 6, 2013 YES THIS PLEASE! It is past time to change the tone of the conversation around the future of libraries. Nina McHale wrote  I hope that in five years, the person next to […]

Once a Librarian, Always a Librarian?

I recently posted to Facebook Dear ALA, Library Journal, and others: I have an MLS. I paid good money for it. I earned it. I am a librarian. Forever. The fact that I do not currently (nor may ever again) work in a library does not change that fact. Please make room for me on […]

What Can We Learn From Pew’s Changing World of Librarians

Lee Raine’s April 24, 2013 presentation to DC/SLA The presentation includes 3 technology revolutions and their impact on libraries: broadband internet access, mobile access, and the digital revolution. Plus some megatakeaways from Pew’s research on libraries in the digital age. Some of it is good news and some of it looks like areas of opportunity. […]

Top 10 Insights from Pew’s Research on Libraries in the Digital Age

Greatest Hits from Pew Internet’s Library Research from Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project see more from Pew’s research into Libraries in the Digital Age 

Looks Like Library Science After One Year

Erin and I announced Looks Like Library Science open for submission a little over a year ago on February 13th. This project has been so much fun! Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo! If you haven’t submitted a photo – you still can – see instructions at the end. I’ve learned that Tumblr is great […]

You Can Not Do More With Less – Less for Libraries Means Less For Our Communities and They Deserve More

Doing more with less is a bad joke on people who have made a living making something from nothing. Two years ago George Needham was a speaker at my library’s staff day. I’m not sure these were his exact words, but it is pretty close and you get the idea. It stuck with me. Libraries and […]


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