Category Archives: Collections

Come What May

None of us really knows what will happen next. We should always be prepared. But we’re not. Not always. Advertisements

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Library of the Year: Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Congratulations to Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (KS), 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year. “The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL), KS, is engaged in every discussion in its community. In fact, it is usually leading them. The … Continue reading

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Lifelong Learners

According to an April report from the Pew Research Center: “Most Americans believe libraries do a decent job of serving the education and learning needs of their communities and their own families.”

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What Do They Think?

Library leaders and staff members like to know what their users think of them. Fortunately, as it turns out, most Americans think local libraries are doing a pretty good job, particularly when it comes to serving the educational needs of … Continue reading

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Why not?

“Search, click and you have your book in hand in a day or two.”

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Heart and Soul

“We’d hit the newspaper offices, the chamber of commerce, city hall, and Main Street for an introduction to the economics, politics, and stresses of a town. The visit to the public library revealed its heart and soul.”

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Alive and Making a Difference!

There are those who say libraries are dying.      

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The Future of Libraries

I attended a webcast on March 12 on the “Future of Libraries.”  Speakers were from a variety of settings: public library, academic library, public library consortium, and an independent library web developer.  When we talk about the future of libraries, … Continue reading

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Praise is Not Enough

There is an article, In Praise of Libraries (The Rotarian Magazine, March 2015), that is getting a lot of buzz in library circles.  Even if you aren’t in the library world, you should read it.  It’s a hymn of praise, … Continue reading

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Diversity and Collection Development

Selection is Privilege (The Show Me Librarian) is an excellent blog post getting some attention in library circles this week, and I would be remiss if I didn’t draw your attention to it.  If you don’t do selection at your … Continue reading

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