Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities Call to Action

For the last six months or so I’ve been serving on the advisory board for the Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis a joint PLA and OCLC project funded by IMLS with the goal of learning how public libraries are responding to the opioid crisis in their communities.  Last week the final piece of the project was released, the Call to Action. It includes ideas, and resources … Continue reading Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities Call to Action

Keynote, Libraries as a Bridge: The Role of Libraries in Closing the Digital Skills Gap

I had the honor of delivering the keynote at the Lexington County Public Library this week. 10/18/2014 update: I was very impressed with the administration and staff at the library. There were so many great things about this trip but I want to point out two. First, each branch provided a passive programming idea that was on display throughout staff day, you can see the … Continue reading Keynote, Libraries as a Bridge: The Role of Libraries in Closing the Digital Skills Gap

Why Libraries Should Look Beyond Library Card Ownership As A Measure of Support

Last week the Pew Internet and American Life Project released their latest report on the role of libraries in the digital age. I have loved being involved with this project and was excited for this latest report to go live. I was also nervous. Along with the typology of library users Pew was releasing data about library usage and reported perception of the role and … Continue reading Why Libraries Should Look Beyond Library Card Ownership As A Measure of Support

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 not familiar with the The Aspen Institute it is an educational and … Continue reading Aspen Institute Announces Dialogue on Public Libraries

Recommendations for Digital Literacy Program and Libraries

I am pleased to report that ALA OITP Digital Literacy Task Force (of which I was a member, it has disbanded) released the final Conclusions and Recommendations for Digital Literacy Programs and Libraries. You can download the full report and read the blog post at Digital Dispatch. I have highlighted some sections I believe are the most important specifically sections related to libraries as powerful … Continue reading Recommendations for Digital Literacy Program and Libraries

Libraries: Good For the Waistline

This is a half thought out mash-up of two things that crossed my path this week. The first was the article in the Wall Street Journal “The Web-Deprived Study at McDonald’s“. Which covers what many of us already know – the digital divide is real, 33 million American’s do not have broadband service at home. Cheap smartphones and tablets have put Web-ready technology into more … Continue reading Libraries: Good For the Waistline

Working with eBooks? Please Take this Pew Survey

Actually there are two surveys – one for those working in libraries and one for patrons. If you work in a library and work with ebooks please take a few minutes to take the first survey. Please share the second survey with your patrons. The surveys will be live April 16 through May 18. The survey’s are part of a the research Pew is conducting … Continue reading Working with eBooks? Please Take this Pew Survey