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Libraries as Community Catalysts: A New IMLS Report

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

A recently issued report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Reinvestment Fund provides frameworks for libraries and museums to connect with their communities. Produced as part of the Community Catalyst Initiative, the report is a handbook for libraries and museums to position themselves as critical sites within broader social and institutional networks […]

NELA Advocacy Summit, July 19

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The New England Library Association (NELA) is sponsoring an Advocacy Summit on Tuesday, July 19th at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston, MA.  This is the first time NELA has embarked on this type of event and it encourages participation from all six New England states. Opening Keynote: Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director, New York Library […]

“America’s Public Libraries: Evolving and Thriving”

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The current issue of Library of Congress Magazine looks at the evolving role of public libraries in America. You can download a PFD of the magazine from the Library of Congress website.

Equal Access on Websites

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Being the 25th anniversary celebration of ADA (American Disabilities Act), every public library will want to consider the following. True equal access to web content is shrouded by the following sobering statistics. Only 5% of the population with visual disabilities own or operate accessibility tools (screen magnifiers and screen readers) for full access to the web. According to Forrester as cited by Ai Squared, […]

Library Convening will Focus on Engaging Communities

Monday, June 1st, 2015

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will hold its third stakeholder convening with library and archives professionals on  Tuesday, June 2, from 9:00 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. PDT at the Los Angeles Public Library in Los Angeles, CA. The meeting will focus on community engagement and spotlight a range of IMLS-funded programs. Online participants […]

Reading Aloud Library Service

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Why read aloud to older kids and teen? Read the following excerpted from the American Libraries magazine May 2015 issue, pg 23. It’s an interview with Newsmaker: Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend and other young adult titles. Kody answers the question,-What kind of service would you like to see libraries offer to people with visual […]

Re-Envisioning Public Libraries

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The Aspen Institute has just released Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, the culmination of the year-long Dialogue on Public Libraries.  Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Dialogue brought together librarians, policymakers, technology experts and others to explore the evolving role of libraries in the 21st century. The report identifies three […]

Integrating Early Learning Activities with State Systems

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

BUILDing Partnerships for Supportive Communities: Expanding the Reach of Early Learning and Development Systems through Libraries and Museums Join the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the BUILD Initiative for an informative webinar about the ways that libraries and museums can integrate early learning activities with ongoing state systems on August 4, 2:00 […]

Storytime welcomes kids with special needs

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

The Skokie Public Library in Illinois is doing some spectacular programming with kids who have different abilities.

Digital Media Labs Online Training

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Utah State Library is offering 5 sessions on Building a Digital Media Lab and has invited librarians from across the country to attend.  This is a great opportunity to hear speakers from all over the nation discuss what they’ve done at their libraries.  The sessions are online and free.  Note that all times are […]

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