Monthly Archives: February 2009

Serve Teens with Gaming Grant

We often lament losing children as patrons as they enter their teen years, but many libraries have become popular with this age group by providing opportunities for gaming.  This can be too expensive to implement for libraries with limited funds, … Continue reading

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Librarians' Indulgences

There was an article in the paper this Sunday about a Denver Post librarian who gave up buying books for a year.  I read it, and promptly dismissed it, as I figured the only reason he didn’t use the public … Continue reading

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Introduce children to the world

Here’s a great way for libraries that can’t afford multilingual texts to expand their youth collections virtually.    The International Children’s Digital Library promotes diversity and makes it fun for kids to learn about other languages and cultures.  You don’t … Continue reading

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The Maine Thing

I’ve got to admit, I’m pretty impressed by the Portland Public Library’s plans for a 30 foot wide urban screen to broadcast audio and video to passers-by.  What a great way to market the library and draw customers in.  And … Continue reading

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Fundraising @ your library

Money (or the lack of it) seems to be on everyone’s mind these days, and our dwindling budgets are resulting in cuts to programs and services, but I’ve heard of some ingenious tactics lately, some of which may even be … Continue reading

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Spanish Outreach

Due to diminished funding, many of us are scaling back on some programs or services.  It’s certainly true that we are serving more people now than ever, but we still have unserved and underserved enclaves in our communities, and in … Continue reading

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Library web sites are for the patron!

I just took a class in User Centered Design for Digital Projects with Brenda Reeb.  Public libraries’ web pages have come a long way from our early sites, and there are some institutions that are doing amazing things with targeted … Continue reading

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