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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 […]

Forum on the Role of Public Libraries in Local Open Government

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

IMLS Announces Grant for National Forum on the Role of Public Libraries in Local Open Government August 28, 2013 Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today a $99,713 grant to the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany for a national forum that will lead to a better […]

Blind Toddlers at the library

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Why would a public librarian need to know about braille? Braille is not only the written language for blind and visually impaired individulas, it’s a literacy tool just like regular print is for sighted individuals. At the Braille Summit held at Perkins in Watertown, MA last week, braille was described as a literacy tool where fingers must […]

Treaty for the Blind

Monday, June 24th, 2013

The WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Treaty for the Blind is aimed at ensuring that millions of blind and vision-impaired people can get books in accessible formats like audio, Braille and large print. There are differences between advocates for the blind and the Motion Picture Association of America. The agreement would allow books to be […]

Digital Literacy, Libraries and Public Policy

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The American Library Association’s Digital Literacy Task Force has released a comprehensive report on digital literacy and digital inclusion in the context of school, public and academic libraries.  The report talks about how various libraries support digital literacy programs for their patrons and students. Libraries play an increasingly important role in digital literacy efforts.  A […]

Library Services in the Digital Age

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has published a new report that surveys the role of libraries in people’s lives and communities.  The results will not come as a surprise: free computers and internet access now rival book lending and reference service as a vital service of libraries.  However, the report from the leading […]

State Data Coordinator Conference- Day Two

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Day two at the conference was full of presentations and discussions about using national data. I’d like to share some information I learned about IMLS from Carlos Manjarrez, Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. As you may know, at one time libraries and museums were under the Department of Education. Now that it is a […]

State Data Coordinator Conference- Day One

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Hello from Nashville! I’m at the annual State Data Coordinator Conference. For those of you who fill out the Annual Report each year, most of the questions on the survey are determined by this group of Coordinators along with members of the Census and IMLS. The Data Coordinator from each state attends, as well as […]

Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) in the American Library Association seeks comments on its digital literacy draft report. The Digital Literacy Task Force is asking library professionals to help them answer the question: what does “digital literacy” look like in a library context? The Task Force, spearheaded by the OITP, is seeking comments […]

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