Category Libraries

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 […]

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. […]