Monthly Archives: September 2009

Advocacy Training at PLA

For anyone who’s attending PLA 2010 next March, there’s a great two day free advocacy training opportunity.  Turning the Page: Building Your Library Community (scroll down to it for the description) is open to the first 200 people who check this option … Continue reading

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Horrific Advertisement Attacking Public Libraries

My blood ran cold when I saw this ad – Close all the libraries; alternatives exist –  that ran in the Omaha World-Herald.  School and university libraries can’t provide the materials public libraries do – and it’s not their place … Continue reading

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If You Build It Will They Come?

Digital library services guru, David Lee King, gave  an enlightening presentation Tuesday, Building the Digital Branch for the 21st Century.  He pointed out that many libraries’ websites focus on the physical building, so aside from providing access to electronic resources, their sites are … Continue reading

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Free Library of Philadelphia to Remain Open

I just couldn’t believe that there was actually the possibility that the library would close on October 2.  How could this possibly happen in these desperate times?  Well, hurray, it won’t!  I just saw that legislation was passed which will allow … Continue reading

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Living Library

I know the idea of living libraries has been around for a few years, but I just love this concept of promoting understanding through personal interaction.  Copenhagen’s has a refugee who lived in a shipping container, an ex-stripper, and a … Continue reading

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Reader Development or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Proust

A BCR colleague, Laura Olson, recently told me about the concept of Reader Development, which originally started in the UK.  Laura and her fellow library school students are really excited by this holistic approach.    I took a look at the website … Continue reading

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Making the World Better with Books

I came across Better World Books when I was creating a class on Friends of the Library and looking for outlets for weeded materials.  You may already be dealing with them, but if not, read the CNN article and keep them … Continue reading

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