Monthly Archives: March 2009

Shovers and Makers

Or is it Shavers and Bakers as Peter Bromberg thought?  Regardless, for all you amazing librarians out there who have waited patiently for years to be recognized by Library Journal as a Mover and Shaker, there’s an award out there with your name … Continue reading

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Towards a Greener Library

Laura Burnett from Jerome Public Library in Idaho wrote me wondering if any libraries had any experience with an idea they plan to implement.  To help save the environment, they will eliminate plastics bags for patrons’ materials and instead checkout … Continue reading

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A Fine Idea

In this economy, we know people really need us, so it’s important to eliminate any barriers to access.  That’s why I was pleased to read in Library Hotline that Delta Community Library in Alaska is eliminating overdue fines.  I realize … Continue reading

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Resources for New Americans

A colleague, Chris Cook, was just at the Alaska Library Association conference and noticed the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services booth.  Evidently they realized that public libraries are a great place to distribute the information people need for naturalization or … Continue reading

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Broadband Everywhere

One of the things that separates the haves from the have-nots these days is fast internet access and America is lagging behind many of our rivals in connectivity speeds.  Luckily states are recognizing that broadband can give their residents a … Continue reading

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The Patron-centric Library

I just attended, The Customer Focused Library, a very illuminating Web Junction session.    Three public libraries and an academic in the Chicago area had Envirosell, a company specializing in retail environments, study their physical spaces and customers’ behavior.  Of … Continue reading

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The Future of Public Library Funding

I sat in on a very depressing audio conference from the Urban Libraries Council this Wednesday, The Future of Public Funding.    We all know the demand for our services is increasing exponentially in the current economic climate.  Unemployed customers … Continue reading

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