Category Libraries

The Answer To “Who Are You Empowering?” Better Be “Our Patrons”

Hugh Rundle’s new article “Who Are you Empowering?” over at In The Library With a Lead Pipe caught my attention this week, so much so that I commented on it twice and finally decided to write this post. First, I wasn’t present for Joe Murphy’s closing keynote address, but if it was as Rundle describes it, […]

Disruption as Opportunity #OLASC14

On January 30, 2014 I delivered the Ontario College and University Library Association Spotlight speaker address at Ontario Library Association Superconference, Toronto Canada. As usual my slides are not intended to stand alone but I am posting them at the request of attendees and to provide easy to access to my references/recommended reading list. Enjoy! […]

New Pew Report on the Value of Public Libraries in Communities

This morning Pew Internet & American Life released the latest report on libraries in the digital age. “How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities” reports on the value of libraries services to their community. The vast majority of Americans ages 16 and older say that public libraries play an important role in their communities: 95% […]

Marketing Message – Public Libraries Helped 297.6 Million People in 2010

  One of the benefits of traveling is the exposure to new experiences and ideas. On my way back from Germany I filled my water bottle at water fountain that had a spout specifically for water bottles and it had this counter above it. My brain immediately started whirling – why don’t libraries do something […]

It Is Banned Books Week – What is Your Favorite Challenged Book?

This week is National Banned Books Week. So what is your favorite challenged book? Looking through the lists I’m hard pressed to pic just one Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Bridge to Terabithia, Go Ask Alice, A Light in the Attic, and so many more. If you’re not familiar with Banned Books Week here is […]

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 […]