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Looking Back on Public Libraries in 2010

Happy Holidays! Once again public libraries have had a difficult and painful yet inventive year.  Dwindling revenues means less outside training and services as directors try to avoid staff layoffs and pay/benefit cuts.  My former organization, BCR, was one of many … Continue reading

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BCR Closing But Members Have a Great Option

You’ve probably heard that BCR will shut down operations this year.  Luckily, we were able to negotiate free Lyrasis membership until June 2011 for our members, so there’s plenty of time to see how much money you’ll continue to save by joining them in … Continue reading

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No Buns or Shushing Here! Stereotypes and Library Funding

Dr. Marie Radford, chair of our upcoming Reference Renaissance 2010 conference, blogged about why librarian/library stereotypes are harmful.  I think she’s completely right that we need to lose our sense of humor and patience with these images.  As she says, … Continue reading

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Opportunity for All (via Library Computers)

Subtitled How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at US Libraries, this was a report on the just released study from the IMLS and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on how library computers help the American public, especially during … Continue reading

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2009 and Libraries

Looking back over the last twelve months, it’s been quite a year for libraries.  There have been some bad times (okay, lots of bad times – a number of libraries closing or being threatened by closures; lots of budget cuts; … Continue reading

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Public Libraries’ Economy Issue

I’m flying to Sioux Falls for PLA’s great Turning the Page training so I finally having a chance to catch up on my professional reading and saw Public Libraries’ “Economy Issue” (July/August 2009).  Since it looks like it won’t be … Continue reading

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Recession Relief

I did a free webinar last week called Recession Relief that covered ways libraries can help patrons during these tough economic times, and you can watch the archived session and access my PowerPoint slides and notes (which include all the links I … Continue reading

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